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

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The June newsletter is also still available.
Click HERE to download the document.

Kia Ora friends.

Winter has arrived but there are still drought conditions in some places. New Zealand is in Level 1 which means Parish life returns for most of you. However we are mindful that many parts of the world are still struggling with mounting death tolls from Covid 19 and hold them in prayer.

We also cannot ignore the shocking death of George Floyd and ensuing protests. As Fr Larsen says in his reflection, CRISIS is also a word for opportunity, so we pray that grace is able to harness the impetus for a more compassionate caring society.


Blessings to you and yours

Bev


Help Melsisi-Pentecost Island Marist Mission.

Cyclone Harold wreaked havoc on Melsisi in April.
We have 10 copies of Fr Craig Larkin’s beautiful spirituality and prayer book “An Inner Music”
We are making them available at $38.00 including P&P
ALL proceeds will go to the MARIST MELSISI MISSION

Deposit $38.00 into our account:

Marist Lay Movement - 02-0585-0079358-000
Particulars: Your surname
Reference: Inner Music

Please also send us an email confirming your address details.

If you don’t have internet banking, please send a cheque for $38.00 and your details, to Marist Laity, P.O Box 108-027,
Symonds Street, Auckland 1150



Taupo to Kaitaia? I want to visit groups I can drive to. So please send your meeting dates and times for July and August by email to office@maristlaitynz.org and I hope to see you soon.


The 5th Anniversary of Laudate Si; Care of Our Common Home.

The theme of Laudato Si’ is “everything is connected” and we are invited to enter a year-long journey of transformation, as we grow through the crisis of the current moment by praying, reflecting, and preparing together to build a better tomorrow.
September is designated as a Season of Creation, in which Pope Francis invites all Catholics to celebrate an annual season of prayer and action for our common home. Share your plans and stories!
You can learn more at https://laudatosiweek.org/activities/

To download the prayer card, click on https://laudatosiweek.org/prayer/


Marist Centre Auckland is beginning to take shape.
The address is 4 Ophir St, Auckland, and we are on the first floor.
Logos team will also be on the first floor once things get settled and the ground floor is being used by Vinnies and for Logos youth work. Our P.O Box is the same. Please continue to pray that Marist Laity flourish to better serve and share the gospel in New Zealand.


“Men and women who pray know that hope is stronger than discouragement. They believe that love is more powerful than death, and that it will surely triumph one day, even if in times and ways we do not know.”

Pope Francis 20 May 2020


This month's Charter Focus
From Christian Mothers Charter No. 8

A Christian mother reaches out to support and encourage all mothers & is open to receive the same from others.


"I thank my God whenever I think of you ...My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more..." Philippians 1:3-11


Prayer for Our Country:
God Defend New Zealand.

We pray for all politicians in the aftermath of Covid 19. Grant them compassion, wisdom and innovative vision for all, including the most vulnerable. We vote on two critical referenda soon; please take time to get informed. We pray for Simon Bridges as he stands down and for Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye who now lead the national party.


Our NEW HOME.
Snapshots of our new home.



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.


Pope Francis Prayer Intentions: July
Our Families

We pray that today's families be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.


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.


Pope's June Prayer Intention:

We pray that all those who suffer
may find their way in life,
allowing themselves to be touched
by the Heart of Jesus.
We pray for creative solidarity
in addressing the consequences
of the global pandemic.


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.