Marian Mothers News
April 2019

The current New Zealand news is available in a simple format for printing.
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The March news is also still available.
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Maria Kennedy

Kia Ora Marian Mothers and friends, Mary created a home of welcome, and hospitality in its many forms is central in Marist Spirituality. Thank you to Maria Kennedy again for this lovely reflection on Being Made Welcome; her response to her visit to Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain.

Below you will see the notice for retreat days in Picton and Kaikoura on 30th and 31st March. Please share the news with anyone who may be interested, it is open to everyone and also pray for those attending.



Office News

Margaret is away 25th March to 10th April. This means that Bev is holding the fort and we ask for your patience if there are any delays or glitches. Special congratulations also to Margaret and Ian with the birth of another granddaughter.


Nga Tupu Logos House
Gene-Paul, Tutangata and Tim are blessed.

On 9th March it was the second birthday of Nga Tupu, which has 3 young men in community this year as part of the larger Logos whanau. It was a joy to attend the celebration which included the transplant of the house Kowhai into a much larger pot. It has grown each year as a symbol of the growing strength and reach of the community.


Left: Tutangata (new this year) and Maggie (last year help settle the kowhai into its new home.

Right: Nga Tupu lounge and guests


Justice, Peace and Care of our Environment Marist Ministry Blog

The Marist Fathers are offering a weekly reflection by weblog as a response to the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si. Links to it can be found on our Facebook page also. There are articles from NZ Marists, and Marists around the globe.

Click here to go to the Blog


The Caritas Lenten Focus this year is; “Living Our Lives with Love.” (Te Nohi Tahi Me Te Aroha) It is a quote from Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Exult p.14, 2018). "We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.” Pope Francis


Sexual Abuse Atrocities

You may be fielding questions or experiencing confusion about the conviction of Cardinal Pell in Australia and the Royal Commission in New Zealand. As any helpful information comes to hand we will post it on our Website and Facebook page. Fr Kevin Bates SM gave a reflection on it recently: see our home page


Pope Francis' Prayer Intention: April
Doctors & their Collaborators in War Zones

For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.


This Months Charter Focus
From Christian Mothers Charter No. 5

When a mother co-operates with God and His loving plan for herself and her family, she is nurtured by the Holy Spirit. She becomes holy; is a blessing and a grace for her family and others.
“The Spirit of God has made His home in you” Romans 8:9


Necessary emphasis should be placed on the "genius of women", not only by considering great and famous women of the past or present, but also those ordinary women who reveal the gift of their womanhood by placing themselves at the service of others in their everyday lives.
Pope John Paul II


Praying for Mothers & Children through Our Lady of Good Hope.

Please check that your Parish noticeboard has an up to date poster about dedicating mother and child to Our Lady of Good Hope.
If not please let us know. Prayer requests can be made at www.maristlaitynz.org ‘Mother of Good Hope’ tab.
We encourage you to offer this prayer service to people in your family, parish, school and community. It is very rare that someone refuses prayer and it is a gentle way to draw them toward the love of God. It is particularly important for those outside church circles.

Arohanui with our ongoing prayer for you and all you hold in your heart, Bev and Margaret


REST in Peace

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Carde SM who died on 3rd March 2019, and for all deceased Lay Marists, their family and loved ones.


We pray for all those who died in the Christchurch attacks on 15 March and for the woman who died in the Southland floods.


Lent seems to have raced by and we now wish you Easter blessings for April 21st. We pray that your Lent was fruitful and that you and all those you love, receive the overflowing joy of the Resurrection this year and always.


from Bev, Margaret and Fr Chris


Women to Women Marian Mothers

Women to Women Marian Mothers has its own Facebook page. HERE .Please LIKE our Page and share it with your friends.
It�s a way to introduce people to Marian Mothers and get up to date information and resources. We would love those of you on social media to use it and share what is happening in your groups.

Please send in stories and photos of your groups.
Enjoy Easter, Bev and Margaret


Sharing

I honour you by trusting you enough to tell you how I feel,
what my deep convictions are,
what I really think.

I do not imply that you should think or feel
like me or agree with me.

I hope you will listen to me and accept me as I am.

Please don't try to solve my problem,
or judge me, or change me.

I would like to experience
acceptance and reverence
when I share something of myself.

Confidentiality is essential.
Each must be aware that what is said in the group
is not discussed or mentioned outside the group.


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