Election 2020. The NZ Catholic Bishops statement incorporates Laudato Si‚Äô, (care of our common home) themes, which embraces what Pope Francis calls ‚ÄėIntegral Ecology‚Äô, highlighting the interconnectedness that exists between God, humanity and creation and recognizes how political, cultural, economic, social, and religious dimensions are interrelated. They also say ‚ÄúProtecting life, especially the lives of those most vulnerable, from the beginning to the end of life, should be a cornerstone for our nation now and into the future. Life through all its stages must be treated as a sacred taonga.‚ÄĚ
The Bishops conclude, ‚ÄúRather than thinking about what will benefit each of us personally regarding the election and referendum
choices we face, we ask you to pray and discern what will protect the poor and vulnerable and what will uphold the dignity of
creation so that we create a connected future for all without disregarding any of us.‚ÄĚ (cf. Welcom Aug. 20)
As well as electing leaders, we have two critical social referenda to vote on.
To consider them from an informed Catholic perspective we recommend you click HERE to download some information.
Marist Laity and Marian Mothers September Reflection
Laudato Si' - Season of Creation 1st September - 4th October 2020
The prophetic words of Pope Francis, taken from the social teaching encyclical he signed 5 years ago, continue to ring in our ears ‚ÄúWhat kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?‚ÄĚ We have plundered the earth and she is burdened and laid waste, 'groaning in travail'. It is time to join together and explore ways to care for our common home.
For the current MARIST LAITY reflection and discussion guide click HERE to download the document.
To look at previous Marist Laity reflections Click HERE
For the MARIAN MOTHERS current reflection and discussion guide Click HERE to download the document.
For Marian Mothers current news and events click HERE
For Marian Mothers previous reflections, click HERE
Eucharist Under Alert Level 2 and 2.5
Covid 19 Mass and gatherings
Under New Zealand's current Covid 19 alert levels you will need to check your local Parish about Mass. In general as gathering numbers are limited to 100 and some options for weekday Mass is available - check with your Parish.
In Auckland's 2.5 restrictions Church gatherings are limited to 10 Mass persons and for the most part Mass attendance is suspended.
Meantime please take advantage of online Masses. The Church doors may not be open, but the Church is. Eucharist is being offered everyday and we can participate and intentions and needs are included in every Mass.
We encourage you to family prayer, Online prayer and gatherings, and meet in small groups with safe protocols especially for the vulnerable.
Stay connected, check on your neighbours, look after your mental and emotional health, wear a mask when on public transport or in crowded places, maintain physical distance as we continue to pray for mercy and the intercession of Mary for the worlds people ravaged by Covid 19 and the economic consequences of the virus.
We also pray for wisdom and grace for all leaders and governments moving forward.
May the grace of God and the gift of the Holy Spirit bring good out of the struggle.
For online Mass you are best to check with your local Diocese or Parish as the options are too vast. Sunday Mass is Broadcast on Shine TV Sunday 2.00pm Free-to-air TV Channel 25 | SKY TV Channel 201.
A Prayer of Spiritual Communion is for those times when we desire but cannot receive Holy Communion. Through it we are united to the Eucharist being celebrated. We encourage you to actively participate in the Eucharist even through the virtual medium. Pray the following or similar at the time Holy Communion would be shared and consumed.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You are being received in Holy Communion at this time and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
(popularised by St Alphonsus Liguori)
Marist Prayer for Mercy from Covid19
we pray through the intercession of our Founder,
Father Jean-Claude Colin,
and Mary, Mother of Mercy,
for all people affected by the new coronavirus,
that everyone may know your love and protection.
We pray for all Marists throughout the world,
especially for our senior and vulnerable brothers and sisters.
May we know your special protection and care.
We also pray for all those with whom we share the Work of Mary
and for all whom we serve in our different ministries.
May all people experience your healing and protective grace
in all that is happening among us.
We fly to your protection,
0 Holy Mother of God;
Despise not our prayers in our necessities
But in your mercy hear and answer us.
Venerable Jean Claude Colin - pray for us.
Mary, Queen of the Apostles - pray for us.
Cyclone Harold wreaks devastation on the church mission at Melsisi, Pentecost, Vanuatu.
Living The Word Sunday Mass Readings and Reflections
While we are unable to physically attend Mass, Go Deeper into the Word!
The Mass Readings for every Sunday of the Year are available with reflections to ponder in your own time . You will be graced.
These Reflections by Fr Frank Bird SM and/or Bev McDonald,(Marist Laity NZ and ACSD) will help you grow in Living the Word. You can sign up to receive them HERE
They are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday. Check it out and share it in your parish.
While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups. Marist Laity has accepted responsibility for ensuring this scripture resource continues to be available. Let's stay in the Word and Live the Word as Mary did.
To be Marist is to want to encounter Jesus, to love, serve and follow him in Marys way and to share his love with others. We encourage the spiritual growth of families, lay groups and individuals wishing to grow in their Christian journey. Mary wants to gather everyone into Gods family and all are welcome. More...
Father Jean Claude Colin, Founder; Pray for Us.
Fr Colin's spiritual and practical legacy was immense.
There is a new website to help promote the cause of Fr J C Colin. The URL address remains the same. Check it out HERE
We ask Fr Colin to pray that Lay and Religious Marists will again catch the vision to be instruments of Gods mercy in Mary's name. May we work to build a Marian church of mercy for the greater glory of God and the honour of his mother. We pray for the full flowering of Fr Colin's vision for Laity. Jean Claude Colin website