Marian Mothers News
April 2020
The current New Zealand news is available in a simple format for printing.

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The March newsletter is also still available.
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Kia Ora friends.

These are strange times but God tells us; “Be not afraid!”

Borders are closed and controls on gatherings increasing. Sunday Mass, receiving Sacraments, foolish panic buying, social distancing; everything ‘normal’ is impacted by CV19. Lent and Easter will be like no other in my lifetime. Yet we are uniquely placed to go deep with Christ, Mary and the first disciples; they experienced shock, grief, confusion, dislocation, vulnerability, abandonment and fear as the Crucifixion and its aftermath unfolded. One week they celebrated ‘Hosanna’s’, the next-shock beyond their understanding.

These emotions are in our communities. Marists are instruments of mercy and messengers of hope and prayer. Easter faith gives us hope. Mary and the first disciples clung together in fear and prayer and it was right in their fear that the Holy Spirit met them. Because of that we now gather in hope and prayer, trusting God and the power of the Holy Spirit to free us from this pestilence. We can be with whanau, friends, neighbours virtually, sharing online Eucharist, or in small groups in our homes. We are all in this together and God will lead us through.

Mary surrounds us in prayer and care, the fire of the Spirit is with us guiding us to mercy and hope and we are called to look up and to share that faith so others can hear “Do not be afraid.”

Be safe, sensible and kind to everyone in these stressful times. We are all in this together and with Mary we hold the world in prayer. As St Teresa of Avila wisely tells us, "This too, shall pass"

Easter Faith and Hope to all.

Bev


Wellington Mission Expo.

The day at Viard College was a true celebration of Faith and a joy to be part of. It was wonderful to see a few from the Wellington area groups and to catch up with Jane Langham. I also got to meet the Johnsonville young mothers group and hear about their excellent recent parish promotion.



Marist Laity Australia write: In 1817 the Trappist priest Jeremiah O’Flynn arrived in Sydney to celebrate Eucharist, Baptisms and Weddings. By May 22, 1818, he was deported as this was illegal in the colony. However, he left a consecrated Eucharist Host in the Davis Family Home on the current site of Marist Parish St Patrick's Church Hill Sydney. Christians would join together at the site to secretly pray. Tradition says that the host was consumed two years later at the first Mass. Incredibly, for the first 40 years of the Sydney settlement Lay people played a significant part in keeping the Catholic faith alive.


Office Move

We have moved to 14 East St Auckland City.
This is temporary until a long term home is found.
Please keep that search in your prayers.
Meantime ph. numbers and postal address are not changed.
P.O. Box 108027, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150


Who wants a Visit and/or Parish Reflection day when the lockdown is over? Please contact Bev or Margaret.



Pope Francis Prayer Intentions: April
Freedom from Addiction

We pray that those suffering from addiction may be helped and accompanied.

Living the Word:

Please promote our Living the Word Sunday Mass Bible reflections.

When Mass is impossible, using reflections like these can nourish our faith.

Go to https://livingtheword.org.nz/ to sign up. There are posters for parish noticeboards.


Your NEW Marist Laity WEBSITE is in development.
Got suggestions?
NOW is a good time to get them to us.


This Months Charter Focus
From Christian Mothers Charter No. 4

A Christian mother knows she is loved by God. God gives her many personal gifts; Jesus offers His friendship and love; the Holy Spirit strengthens her.

“What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22


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


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


Sexual Abuse Atrocities: Pope Francis:

'It is essential that we as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for the most vulnerable. May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by victims and make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary. Mary, the first of the disciples, teach all of us how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice.

You can read the full text of his letter on our home page.

A link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available on the home page. Click HERE


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.


Resources for Groups

Below is a copy of 'group sharing principles'.
If your group no longer has this or any of the start-up resources please contact the office and we can send what you need.

This includes: laminated charter/sharing principles, individual charters and publicity leaflets for handing out and/or keeping in your parish leaflets rack.

You can request extra leaflets or small charters at any time.
As with all our resources, they are provided free of charge, though we do appreciate occasional donations from groups.

Please note: for requests outside New Zealand we can send .pdf copies of the documents required rather than hard copy posted.


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.


Ongoing prayer is your most important gift but donations also help support this ministry and are tax deductible if you request a receipt.

If you have already done so, thank you.

If not, your group or individuals may be able to contribute.
You could send a cheque to: Marist Lay Movement
or Direct Credit our BNZ Bank Account:
02 0585 0079358 00

We are grateful for all your support.