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Is anyone else looking forward to Spring? It's lovely to see the mornings getting lighter now.
Bev is on the road again this month, visiting Gisborne and Tokomaru Bay. If you're in that region, we hope you get a chance to join her.
We know you'll make her welcome :)
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
Retreat Day Coming Up.
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 21-23 September. We are also planning a Friday evening gathering. Please pray that our time there brings renewal in faith and hope.
We NEED a Photo of your Group
Please update us with your photo and group details
Please consider taking a photo of your group, with or without children.
A photo with a few words about your group is always the best thing to include in our newsletters so they are truly about what is happening for you.
Perhaps you have a group or family event planned for the winter. Please let us know and we can share the idea and it can encourage others.
This photo is an old one from Bryndwr. Please send in yours.
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.
OCTOBER YOUTH SYNOD
"Young people, the faith and vocational discernment"
The preparatory document for the October Bishops Synod in Rome has been 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 as well as over 100,000 who answered the questionnaire worldwide
This Months Charter Focus
From 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 Spirit strengthens her.
"What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self–control."
Our Lady of Good Hope:
Please remember to pray for mothers and babies, especially those dedicated to Our Lady of Good Hope.
It is good to encourage families to register their unborn or newborn babies. They can write to us with the parents' names/address and we will send a card to them. A stamped self-addressed envelope is appreciated or a small donation to cover costs, but the ministry is free. The simplest way to do it is on this Marist Laity website.
Dedicating children to Our Lady's care is a Marist ministry valued by parents and we often hear wonderful testimonies of how Grace has worked in their lives. It also offers a simple way to offer love and welcomes families both in and outside the church in a relaxed way.
Existing parish posters have the old address so new posters will be sent progressively over the coming months.
Little handout cards are also available and if you want them please contact Vanessa.
Thank you for remembering these mums and babies in your prayers.
Go gently with Mary, Bev and Vanessa
Living the Word:
Many of you remember 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.
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.
Women to Women Marian Mothers
Women to Women Marian Mothers has its own Facebook page. 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.
Keep warm in body and spirit, Bev and Vanessa
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.
Beatification of Fr Colin SM
The Cause for the Beatification of Fr Colin SM, Marist Founder, has moved a step closer.
We encourage you to spread devotion and prayer to Fr Colin.
Resources for this and more information can be FOUND HERE
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