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Kia Ora Friends
Easter and Pentecost blessings!
This month we continue hearing about the Guatemala Weaving Life experience and thank Fiona for sharing her insights from her time there.
Bev will be visiting Palmerston North and Wanganui from 20th-23rd June to connect with groups in the area.
It was with great shock and sadness to hear Fr John Pearce CP, Parish Priest of Star of the Sea, Marlborough died suddenly on May 5th. He was so gracious to Fr Chris and I in Blenheim and we offer our prayerful condolences to his Passionist confreres, his family in Australia, and his parish community and friends, including Lasike and the Tongan Third Order group.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
St Peter Chanel was celebrated with joy in Blenheim with the Tongan group leading the Mass. Sadly the next time they would share their music and talents was for Fr John Pearce's funeral.
June Marist Days
Sun 2nd: Ascension of the Lord
Thu 6th: St Marcellin Champagnat SM
Sun 9th: Pentecost
Mon 10th: Mary Mother of the Church
Sun 16th: Trinity
Sun 23rd: Corpus Christi
Mon 24th: St John Baptist
Fri 28th: Sacred Heart of Jesus
Sat 29th: Sts Peter & Paul
Sun 30th: Anniv. Sr Jeanne Marie Chavoin
Prayer and donations needed for victims of Sri Lanka bombings
Sri Lanka is reeling from bombings which killed and injured hundreds, many at Easter Mass. Our hearts go out to the people of Sri Lanka and Kiwiâs with Sri Lankan family and friends.
The Church there traces to the C5th. Ongoing prayer for victims and for peace is crucial. We know many parishes are raising money for victims.
Donations are forwarded to a special fund of Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo.
L-R: Bev, Joan, Margaret, Audrey
Margaret and Bev visited members of the Third Order in Tauranga in May.
We took the Mary prayer shawl and prayed with Joan, who has moved into care, and Audrey.
We also met Fr John Jolliffe SM and made connections in parishes so it was a time of grace.
Take a Marist Moment
âAvoid all discrimination
which might arise from difference
of race, nation, region, or cultureâ
and âgo beyond your views and interests
for the sake of the kingdomâ. (SM Const. 29)
The bill should have returned to parliament's second reading and vote by the time you read this.
The Palmerston North Diocese shares that everyone concerned about euthanasia being legalised in New Zealand is encouraged to use their democratic responsibilities by signing the new Care Alliance petition to MPsâ (go online to www.carealliance.org.nz and click on the âsign the Petitionâ button), and to visit or email their MP directly.
Marist Laity Conference
The International Marist Laity Conference in Dublin, Ireland, in early August, is looming. Please pray for the organisers and all those attending.
Some of you know Fr Ed Keel SM USA. Sadly he is very unwell and needs prayer.
Together in Prayer and Solidarity
As we see the rise of attacks against faith communities around the world - we gather in support and prayer.
Mary mother of mercy, You watched in agony as your son Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Standing with you now, we cry out to God in Jesus; have mercy on the people of Sri Lanka, as they live with this grief, tragedy, shock, loss and suffering,- we particularly pray for those who lost loved ones, the wounded and their families and communities. May those who died rest in peace.
We also remember the Jewish community in USA who have been attacked and people of all faiths and religions around the world including Christians in the Middle East who are under constant fear of violence.
We pray too for the volunteers, faith leaders, health and security responders who are exposed to such horror and trauma.
May all people of goodwill join together with Mary and find safety under her mantle of protection as we pray for peace and an end to extremist violence and fundamentalism. Lord have Mercy. Amen, Alleluia
Ma te Atua koe e manaaki
Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Marist Ministry
Marist Weekly BLOG
The Marist Fathers are offering a weekly reflection by weblog as a response to the Popeâs encyclical Laudato Si. Links to it can be found on our Facebook page also. There are different articles from Marists around the globe, including New Zealand every week.
That priests, through the modesty and humility of their lives, commit themselves actively to a solidarity with those who are most poor.
NZ Marist Laity Commitment
I, ------------ bring myself today just as I am,
With the intention to live my ordinary life as a Lay Marist for 12 months from ------------------
I choose to be part of the Work of Mary
in the Marist family which bears her name.
I recognize that Mary calls me to portray
a Marian face of the Church in the world of today.
I desire, to make the Church friendly,
open and faithful to the Gospel.
I want to respond generously to the Holy Spirit
as Mary did.
In asking the Spirit of God to guide me every day,
I want to be a bearer of mercy, life, and hope
to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters
on their journey of life.
I will be particularly attentive to those
who are suffering and in need.
I acknowledge how small I am,
So, I put all my trust in God and in Mary.
I ask God, through Mary, for the strength, courage, and patience to be faithful to whatever God asks of me,
for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus.
Music of Fr Chris Skinner SM
While Fr. Chris Skinner is spiritual director for Marist Laity NZ. he also has a renowned music ministry and has happily shared several of his songs on the audio tracks for our monthly reflections which adds something special to them.
His web site has a list of all his albums & prices, with music clips available.
To contact him:
Rev. Chris Skinner sm, PO Box 68627, Newton, Auckland, 1145, New Zealand.
PRAYER FOR FR COLIN
This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.
God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession. ( .)
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.
The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.
Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.
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A Certain Way
This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' bookwe still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)