28 March 2020: Blessing for the Church and the World: Lord Save Us
Full Text of Pope Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Meditation More...
Use Your LOCKDOWN to Listen to God -
God At Work In Silence
April Reflection and News, for bothMarist Laity and Marian Mothers.
In this reflection, we hear that 10 minutes of intentional silence, within the frame of God's love, can bring us refreshment and renewal - when we can become aware of the presence of God and to be present with God, the ground of all love and mercy.
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God is with Us in our Bubbles
Online Mass the New Normal under CV19 lockdowns
As the world progressively goes into lockdown and social isolation, we are called with even more urgency to be missionaries of Hope and Prayer. The Eucharist is the life of the Church and there are many ways to connect to Mass online.
In New Zealand a good option is to go to the National Liturgy Office of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference where there is a list of Daily Masses from every Diocese.
We encourage you to not simply watch the Mass but to actively participate and pray the Eucharist even though you cannot physically receive Holy Communion.
A Prayer of Spiritual Communion is for those times when we desire but cannot receive the Eucharist. Through it we are united to the Eucharist being celebrated. Pray the following or similar at the time Holy Communion would be shared and consumed.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are being received in Holy Communion at this time and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
(popularised by St Alphonsus Liguori)
United in Prayer with Colin, Mary and the Marist Family worldwide
Superior General Calls for Novena for Mercy from Covid19
Greetings from Villa Santa Maria, Rome.
These are anxious days. We are called to take many measures to confront the spread of the Virus Covid-19. We are challenged to respond prudently, generously and faithfully.
As Marists, this is also a time of renewed faith-filled prayer together.
We remember especially our seniors and those who are most vulnerable to the virus. We want you to know we are united as one family.
I invite everyone for the next nine days to pray before the icon of Mary and Ven. Jean-Claude. We pray for everyone affected in any way by this virus. If we cannot come together with others we can pray individually, knowing that we are united in Spirit as one Society.
Ideally, we would begin this novena of prayer on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19. However, we could start whenever we can.
As our early missionaries used to write: "oremus pro invicem" ... let us pray for and with each other. The suggested prayer is below.
John Larsen s.m. Superior General
Marist Prayer for Mercy from Covid19
we pray through the intercession of our Founder,
Father Jean-Claude Colin,
and Mary, Mother of Mercy,
for all people affected by the new coronavirus,
that everyone may know your love and protection.
We pray for all Marists throughout the world,
especially for our senior and vulnerable brothers and sisters.
May we know your special protection and care.
We also pray for all those with whom we share the Work of Mary
and for all whom we serve in our different ministries.
May all people experience your healing and protective grace
in all that is happening among us.
We fly to your protection,
0 Holy Mother of God;
Despise not our prayers in our necessities
But in your mercy hear and answer us.
Venerable Jean Claude Colin - pray for us.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles - pray for us.
Living The Word Sunday Mass Readings and Reflections
While we are unable to physically attend Mass, Go Deeper into the Word!
The Mass Readings for every Sunday of the Year are available with reflections to ponder in your own time . You will be graced.
These Reflections by Fr Frank Bird SM and/or Bev McDonald,(Marist Laity NZ and ACSD) will help you grow in Living the Word. You can sign up to receive them HERE
They are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday. Check it out and share it in your parish.
While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups. Marist Laity has accepted responsibility for ensuring this scripture resource continues to be available. Let's stay in the Word and Live the Word as Mary did.
To be Marist is to want to encounter Jesus, to love, serve and follow him in Marys way and to share his love with others. We encourage the spiritual growth of families, lay groups and individuals wishing to grow in their Christian journey. Mary wants to gather everyone into Gods family and all are welcome. More...
Father Jean Claude Colin, Founder; Pray for Us.
Fr Colin's spiritual and practical legacy was immense.
There is a new website to help promote the cause of Fr J C Colin. The URL address remains the same. Check it out HERE
We ask Fr Colin to pray that Lay and Religious Marists will again catch the vision to be instruments of Gods mercy in Mary's name. May we work to build a Marian church of mercy for the greater glory of God and the honour of his mother. We pray for the full flowering of Fr Colin's vision for Laity. Jean Claude Colin website