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Kia Ora Friends
Easter and Pentecost Blessings!
This month we hear that God doesn't design us to be self-sufficient and to enjoy divine love 'privately.' He invites us to keep growing into the fullness of three-fold conversion - moral, intellectual and heart, and to keep moving forward together.
Later in June I will be visiting Palmerston North and Wanganui from to connect with groups in the area.
The International Marist Laity Conference in Dublin in early August is looming. Please pray for the organisers and all those attending.
Some of you know Fr Ed Keel SM USA. Sadly he is very unwell and needs prayer.
It was with great shock and sadness to hear Fr John Pearce CP, Parish Priest of Star of the Sea, Marlborough died suddenly on May 5th. He was so gracious to Fr Chris and I in Blenheim and we offer our prayerful condolences to his Passionist confreres, his family in Australia, and his parish community and friends, including Lasike and the Tongan Third Order group.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
St Peter Chanel was celebrated with joy in Blenheim with the Tongan group leading the Mass. Sadly the next time they would share their music and talents was for Fr John‚Äôs funeral.
Margaret and Bev visited members of the Third Order in Tauranga in May.
We took the Mary prayer shawl and prayed with Joan, who has moved into care, and Audrey.
We also met Fr John Jolliffe SM and made connections in parishes so it was a time of grace.
Prayer and donations needed for victims of Sri Lanka bombings
Sri Lanka is reeling from bomb attacks on Christians which killed and injured hundreds, many at Easter Mass. Our hearts go out to the people of Sri Lanka and Kiwi‚Äôs with Sri Lankan family and friends. The Church there traces to the C5th. Ongoing prayer for victims and for peace is crucial. We know many parishes are raising money for victims. If you wish to donate online one option is an Australian Catholic site at: www.aidtochurch.org/srilanka
Donations are forwarded to a special fund of Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo.
Fr John Larsen, Superior General told us ‚ÄėMission‚Äô is an ‚Äėattitude of the heart‚Äô when he was in NZ in April. Like Mary going to Elizabeth, those on mission leave their comfort zone and, as it were, ‚Äėcross the road‚Äô to help give life and encouragement. He said the Work of Mary means working with Lay collaborators. He spoke about the importance of the Dublin Laity meeting in August. Three NZ Marist Laity will be attending; Bev, Penelope and Tutangata. Please pray for us.
The bill should have returned to parliament's 2nd reading and vote by the time you read this. The Palmerston North Diocese shares that everyone concerned about euthanasia being legalised in New Zealand is encouraged to use their democratic responsibilities by signing the new Care Alliance petition to MPs‚Äô (go online to www.carealliance.org.nz and click on the ‚Äėsign the Petition‚Äô button), and to visit or email their MP directly.
This Months Charter Focus
From Christian Mothers Charter No. 8
A Christian mother reaches out to support and encourage all mothers and is open to receive the same from others.
‚Äú I thank my God whenever I think of you ‚Ä¶ My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more ‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions: June
That priests, through the modesty
and humility of their lives,
commit themselves actively to a solidarity
with those who are most poor.
We welcome two new Marian Mothers Groups. Please remember to keep other groups in prayer and to share the gift of Marian Mothers amongst your friends and social networks. A parish can have as many groups as women want, so if your timing and group doesn't fit with others they can start their own.
Together in Prayer and Solidarity
As we see the rise of attacks against faith communities around the world - we gather in support and prayer.
Mary mother of mercy, You watched in agony as your son Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Standing with you now, we cry out to God in Jesus; have mercy on the people of Sri Lanka, as they live with this grief, tragedy, shock, loss and suffering,- we particularly pray for those who lost loved ones, the wounded and their families and communities. May those who died rest in peace.
We also remember the Jewish community in USA who have been attacked and people of all faiths and religions around the world including Christians in the Middle East who are under constant fear of violence.
We pray too for the volunteers, faith leaders, health and security responders who are exposed to such horror and trauma.
May all people of goodwill join together with Mary and find safety under her mantle of protection as we pray for peace and an end to extremist violence and fundamentalism. Lord have Mercy. Amen, Alleluia
Ma te Atua koe e manaaki
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‚Äôs 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.
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 ‚ÄėMother of Good Hope‚Äô 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 Thomas Laffey SM who died on 26th April 2019, and for all who have died, their families and loved ones.
Easter JOY and blessings, ALLELUIA!
from Bev, Margaret and Fr Chris
Euthanasia Legislation - Please Act Now
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.
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
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.
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