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REFLECTION DAY IN GISBORNE
THANK -YOU & FAREWELL VANESSA
This month we have some sad news. Vanessa has resigned. If you wish to send her any farewell words please send them to the office and we will pass them on. We are very grateful for what she has done for this ministry and for her support of us all as we transitioned from Wellington and established the office then moved again within Auckland. We wish her and her family well. Please continue to hold them before Mary in your prayers.
Welcome to our new Office Administrator
Secondly a more formal welcome to Margaret Russell who has accepted the office administrator position.
Margaret is a gifted musician with experience working in a parish and raising a family.
She was a Marian Mother herself for many years and still maintains contact with the members of that group.
I know you will all give her a warm welcome and support her in this role.
Reflection Day in Taranaki
Fr Chris Skinner and Bev will be giving a day of reflection and renewal on "Finding Joy in Everyday Life" on 22 September in Waitara for the region. Mark the date in your diary now. We are also planning a Friday evening gathering. Please pray that our time there brings renewal in faith and hope.
Auckland Marist Family Afternoon
The Marist Family in Auckland gathered at Good Shepherd College on 21st July and shared on each Branch's focus from the General Chapters. It was a great day. They meet again on Sunday 16th September.
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
is on Saturday 1st September. Perhaps you can think about some ways you could mark this in your family, school or parish.
Marist Laity Branching Out
Marists belong to a "tree with many branches". In this video Lay Marists from USA, Ireland and Australia talk about how they see themselves as part of the Family Tree. They share past perceptions, current reality and their dream for the future.
Fr Tony O'Connor SM reports from the USA/Mexican border
"I lived through 14 years of terrorism in Peru, and witnessed massacred youth ... in Venezuela. However, living here in Brownsville, it fails comprehension that the most powerful country in the world which promotes itself as the watchdog for human rights and democracy, has a government ripping toddlers from their Central American parents as they cross the borders..., these people all fear for their families, ... the people of Brownsville ... welcome the stranger and the alien ... So here I am, a Marist among them, ... doing my best to help, to listen and to walk with these people. I'm not able to solve the problem, just offer 'my grain of sand in this desert land'. We pray with them and feed them ... it's the ... local people, youths, mums and dads with their own kids, grandparents who all care for these children. Here,... on an ongoing basis, we live and breathe refugees, illegals, youth, vibrancy… The hope is that with attention on the current abhorrent agony, that ... we can help find a solution. Read more at https://cathnews.co.nz/2018/06/21/brownsville-not-all-americans-are-evil/
July is Bible Month.
Free Resources at www.biblemonth.nz. It's a great opportunity to check out www.livingtheword.org.nz. Fr Frank Bird created the Sunday Mass reflections and we now edit and manage the website. Start up a group and share the Scripture reflections in your parish.
OCTOBER YOUTH SYNOD
The October Synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" preparatory document is published. Young Catholics "want an authentic church", the document says. "With this, we would like to express, particularly to the church hierarchy, our request for a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community." 300 young people were at the March pre-synod meeting, and 15,000 participated online
Visitor from Atlanta Marist
Laura McGregor came from Atlanta school to holiday and learn about Marist life here.
For the first time the Marist schools apostolate and the USA Marist Laity connected at a recent Marist Way schools conference.
Marist Laity International News Issue 5
The latest World Marist Laity International News is available here Click here to download the document in easy to read pdf form.
It is 10 pages of good news including information from the Chapter and moving forward. If you need a printed copy please let us know. It is worth sharing in your parishes.
The WMLC Team wish you every blessing in your vocation as Instruments of mercy in daily life. The newsletter reminds us that we are not alone in doing the work of Mary within this worldwide Marist Family.
Correspondence is welcomed and may be sent to this website.
With Mary we Advance,
Bev McDonald and the WMLC Team
Marist Laity Commitment
Lay Marist Commitment in Association of Mary
I, ……………………. bring myself today just as I am,
With the intention to live my ordinary life as a Lay Marist for 12 months from ……………………………….
I choose to be part of the Work of Mary
in the Marist family which bears her name.
I recognize that Mary calls me to portray
a Marian face of the Church in the world of today.
I desire, to make the Church friendly,
open and faithful to the Gospel.
I want to respond generously to the Holy Spirit
as Mary did.
In asking the Spirit of God to guide me every day,
I want to be a bearer of mercy, life, and hope
to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters
on their journey of life.
I will be particularly attentive to those
who are suffering and in need.
I acknowledge how small I am,
So, I put all my trust in God and in Mary.
I ask God, through Mary, for the strength, courage, and patience to be faithful to whatever God asks of me,
for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus.
NZ Order of Merit:
Fr Barry Scannell, the former parish priest of the St Mary of the Angels, was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year 2018 Honours for services to the community and heritage preservation.
Living the Word:
Living the Word:
Many of you know Fr Frank Bird SM. He set up a weekly Scripture Guide for the Sunday readings called "Living the Word".
Marist Laity NZ has accepted responsibility for this Resource, freeing Fr Frank for other initiatives. You can sign up for reflections at www.livingtheword.org.nz.
These are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday Mass. Check it out and share it in your parish. While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups.
Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
Kia Ora Marist Friends
Blessings for the lovely month of May and Pentecost.
On the Move:
We have moved offices with Logos,
But our P.O. Box number remains the same.
Our street address is:
44 George St, Kingsland, Auckland.
If you are in Auckland on Tuesdays or Thursdays please visit.
Picture: Our Office is situated at the far right of the building.
Mobile is: 021 041 9728.
Please keep praying, especially as the Select Committee considers submissions. The New Zealand Medical Association states the existing legal situation: "Ethical assisted dying is:
death with dignity and comfort
the right of patients to decline treatment
the right to request pain relief even it may hasten the death of a patient
the right of access to appropriate palliative care."
What is opposed is assisted dying entailing the deliberate ending of a patients life or assisting their suicide masquerading as medical care. Keep informed and share this information as you pray.
Prayers for expectant Mothers
We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers – usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:
"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."
"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."
Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.
Pope Pius X, on 17th June 1908 granted an indulgence to members of the Association of Mary / Third Order of Mary every time they recite this prayer, composed by St Peter Chanel:
"Through you O Mary, may the name of the Saviour of mankind, be known and adored throughout the whole world." Amen
We can also ask the Lord that these indulgences be applied to the holy souls in purgatory. A mission of mercy!
Music of Fr Chris Skinner SM
While Fr. Chris Skinner is spiritual director for Marist Laity NZ. he also has a renowned music ministry and has happily shared several of his songs on the audio tracks for our monthly reflections which adds something special to them.
His web site has a list of all his albums & prices, with music clips available.
To contact him:
Rev. Chris Skinner sm, PO Box 68627, Newton, Auckland, 1145, New Zealand.
This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.
God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession. (…………….)
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.
The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.
Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.
If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.
If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.
New Zealand Bank Account Number:
Marist Laity Office Location
Bev's office in Auckland is in a building shared with Logos Marist Ministry for Youth.
Address: 25 Virginia Ave East, Eden Terrace, Auckland.
Please note this is the street address,(where you are welcome to visit) not the postal address.
For all Mail to Bev please send to
P.O. Box 108027, Symonds St Auckland 1150
The phone is shared with Logos
Ph: 09 307 2712
A Certain Way
This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' book—we still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)