Church doors will be able to open from Thursday for individuals to pray in private, but public Mass is not possible under the limit of 10 people set under new restricted Alert Level 2, your bishops say in a letter today to parishioners, priests and parish leadership. More...
May Reflection for bothMarist Laity and Marian Mothers.
In this post-lockdown, special reflection for the month of May, Bev talks about how we stand at a crossroads, after the world has been shaken to it's core and are facing deep questions that we may not yet be ready to face, but we know that God is with us, and He calls us to creative faithfulness and hope.
For the MARIST LAITY current reflection click HERE to download the document.
To look at previous Marist Laity reflections Click HERE
For MARIAN MOTHERS, Click HERE to download the current Reflection
For all Marian Mothers previous Reflections, Click HERE
Cyclone Harold wreaks devastation on the church mission at Melsisi, Pentecost, Vanuatu.
The Eucharist is the life of the Church and there are many ways to connect to Mass online. Go to the National Liturgy Office of the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference where there is a list of Daily Masses from every Diocese. Click HERE
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.
In his Easter blessing, Pope Francis called on humanity to unite in solidarity and look to the risen Christ for hope amid the coronavirus pandemic. ‚ÄúToday the Church‚Äôs proclamation echoes throughout the world: ‚ÄėJesus Christ is risen!‚Äô - ‚ÄėHe is truly risen,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Pope Francis said in an empty St Peters on April 12.Continue to the full text. More...
28 March 2020: Blessing for the Church and the World: Lord Save Us
Full Text of Pope Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Meditation More...
United in Prayer with Colin, Mary and the Marist Family worldwide
Superior General Calls for Novena for Mercy from Covid19
Greetings from Villa Santa Maria, Rome.
These are anxious days. We are called to take many measures to confront the spread of the Virus Covid-19. We are challenged to respond prudently, generously and faithfully.
As Marists, this is also a time of renewed faith-filled prayer together.
We remember especially our seniors and those who are most vulnerable to the virus. We want you to know we are united as one family.
I invite everyone for the next nine days to pray before the icon of Mary and Ven. Jean-Claude. We pray for everyone affected in any way by this virus. If we cannot come together with others we can pray individually, knowing that we are united in Spirit as one Society.
Ideally, we would begin this novena of prayer on the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19. However, we could start whenever we can.
As our early missionaries used to write: "oremus pro invicem" ... let us pray for and with each other. The suggested prayer is below.
John Larsen s.m. Superior General
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.
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