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Novena for the Feast of St Peter Chanel
Starts 20th April

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April Marist Laity and Marian Mothers Reflection and News
Being Made Welcome

When we are made welcome, we feel blessed and honoured. How can we be welcoming in our church communities, without expecting to be 'repaid?"

Jesus' compassion made him sensitive toward the hungers in people he encountered. Can we make a difference, by reaching out and showing compassion and kindness to the marginalised? Our topic this month is very timely as we have so recently witnessed deep aroha and welcome being poured out by New Zealanders to one another after the Christchurch attacks.

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Pondering on the Christchurch Attack and Cranes


Including Many from our International Marist Family too numerous to add;

You can see some of the condolence messages and calls to prayer and solidarity here:

When Our Own Family Causes Shame and Disgrace

Following the news of Cardinal Pell’s conviction, the response in the media, among politicians and among parishioners has been understandably diverse.

Living The Word
Marist Sunday Scripture Reflections

These Reflections by Fr Frank Bird SM or Bev McDonald,(Marist Laity) on each Sundays Mass readings help us 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.

As the Nation Mourns - we gather in support and prayer

This message from the Catholic Bishops Committee for Inter-Faith Relations.15 March 2019

Dear Members of the Muslim community in Aotearoa New Zealand,
We hold you in prayer as we hear the terrible news of violence against Muslim’s at a mosque in Christchurch. We are profoundly aware of the positive relationships we have with Islamic people in this land, and we are particularly horrified that this has happened at a place and time of prayer. We are deeply saddened that people have been killed and injured, and our hearts go out to them, their families and wider community. We wish you to be aware of our solidarity with you in the face of such violence.
Peace, Salaam,
Ngā mihi nui,

Colin McLeod
Chair, Catholic Bishops Committee for Interfaith Relations

Your Invitation to Explore

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.

Or those who want to consecrate a new born to the care of Our Mother Mary.

Issue 6: October 2018

Read the latest news and work of Marist Laity around the world and keep up to date with plans moving forward including the Ireland Gathering in 2019 HERE

Father Jean Claude Colin, Founder; Pray for Us.
Fr Colin's spiritual and practical legacy was immense.

"Keep well in mind that you must direct your house by prayer. That is very important. Everything by prayer...When something new comes along, something to be said or done, pray to the blessed Virgin." FS.39:19,20,

Here is a YouTube video of excerpts of final mass in Rome for the end of the Colin Year.

We ask Fr Colin to pray that religious and Lay men and women 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 and we pray for the full flowering of Fr Colin's vision for Laity. Jean Claude Colin website
A site has been created to give information about Fr Colin, provide weekly extracts of his words for reflection and promote his Cause.

Check it out!

Today is a time of great change

The conditions that apply to doing Mary's work are not conditions set by Marist's but by Mary herself. It is work done on her terms.

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