Marist Laity News
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple form for printing.

For the November News

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For the October Newsletter

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Advent Reflection

You will find the ADVENT 2019 Reflection, by clicking HERE

Kia Ora Marist friends.

This month we remember the holy souls and pray for all saints. We pray for deceased Marist Laity & all who have lost loved ones. What a joy that Cardinal John Newman, a great advocate for the vocation of Laity and a 19th century Swiss Lay woman Marguerite Bays were canonized together in October. On Nov. 15th we remember the death of Fr Colin in 1875 and also the date Francois Perroton sailed for mission in Oceania as a Marist Lay woman in 1845. We are living their legacy.

Blessings and prayer

LOGOS: Marist Youth Development celebrate 20 Years

On Saturday 12th October 2019 Logos celebrated a wonderful commemoration of 20 years which Margaret and many others attended. The week before they celebrated Mass in thanksgiving where each person wrote a ‘flame’ memory offered in thanksgiving to God and Mary.

Highlights. This 20 year milestone brought together different generations who all had a part in creating, forming and continuing the Logos Project story from their humble beginnings in 1999. The Saturday evening was a joy-filled occasion including prayer for all Logos whanau who have passed away, story-telling from guest speakers; Fr Pat Breeze SM (one of the Logos founding priests 1999), Chris Lautua (past Logos events ministry) & Jen Mano-Martinez (CEO of Logos), plus entertainment from past and present Logos Community, dinner, refreshments, activities for all ages and an opportunity to reconnect and share memories of the Logos story over the 20 years.

As a way to acknowledge the foundational members of Logos and all who have contributed through the years, the current young adult community shared a moving rendition of the hīmene, ‘Ka Waiata’ and a powerful and equally moving haka.

We wish to extend our warmest gratitude to our Marist Laity community for your continued prayers and love given to the Logos Project.
Sam Mano, (Acting CEO) & Logos community.

Office Move Pending

Another office move is looming so please pray that our search for a building is graced and a long term Marist spirituality home can be established in Auckland.

Marist Moment

In the Third Order Association of Mary, Mary extends her arms to every age, sex, condition, degree, shade of meaning, which can be found in souls. Men, fathers, young men, children, women, mothers, young women, little children, those who are advancing, beginning, strong, weak, sinners, impious, even the children still enveloped in the
misfortune of original sin.
Ed Keel, “A Book of Texts…”. 120 p.65

Pray for the Church in New Zealand

The resignation of Charles Drennan was a shock but we can be reassured by the transparent and pastoral process the Church used. Our prayers are with all involved especially the courageous young woman. We encourage you to read a reflection by Fr Kevin Bates SM on coping when our church family hurts on our home webpage. We included an article on the nature of power imbalance and abuse. You are always welcome to contact Bev.

We recommend Sunday Mass REFLECTIONS at:

Pope Francis speaks:

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 and also
a link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available there.
CLICK HERE for the homepage.

If any of you need to talk in confidence about any of it you are welcome to ring Bev.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for November

That a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Near East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.

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 Pope’s 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.

Click here to go to the Blog

Prayers for expectant Mothers

We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers - usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:

"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."

"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."

Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.



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.

Icon of Marist Founder completed

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.

Helping Our Work
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.

If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.

If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.

New Zealand Bank Account Number:
(BNZ) 02-0585-0079358-00

Thank you.

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.)