Marist Laity News
August 2019
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple form for printing

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For the July Newsletter
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Kia Ora Marist friends,

International Marist Laity Conference: I am in Dublin at the World Marist Laity Conference with Penelope, Tutangata and delegates from Europe and around the world. It is an exciting time for our worldwide Marist family and I ask for your ongoing prayer that we are able to discern the way Mary is calling us and to be responsive to the Holy Spirit.

A reminder, also, that the office is closed 16th-26th August.

Blessings and prayer


Jean Vanier & L'Arche members
Jean Vanier:

We are reflecting on Jean Vanier and his legacy this month. Some of you may have had contact with the L’Arche community in New Zealand.

Any feedback or sharing about your experiences would be wonderful to receive.

Joan McWhinney, a long-time member of Marist Third Order, has also recently been called home. Joan was 99 yrs old and had been in a care home for only a short while before her death.
May she also rest in peace.

Re-Ignite the People of God to Mission

October this year is Extraordinary Missionary Month. The Pope is calling for us to reignite our Baptismal calling as People of God and recognize we are all Missionary Disciples of Christ - the October theme is:

'Baptised & sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world.'

There are four dimensions for preparation and implementation of the October Extraordinary Month.

1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church: in Eucharist, the Word of God, and personal and communal prayer.

2. Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world.

3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, theological.

4. Missionary charity. Make practical plans for support of others
Think about ways you can grow in knowledge of the Faith and make practical plans for mission this month.

Missionary Disciples of Prayer and Action:

Pope Francis’ full message for World Mission Day, 20 October 2019 is online at:

As part of your October Mission preparation, please remember that Sunday Mass readings and other Scripture resources are at For Daily Readings try Catholic Bible website Bev has written the Marist Messenger Reflections for August on that site.

Marist Laity Conference

Bev departs for the Dublin Marist Laity Conference on 22nd July with two participants from Logos. Please pray for us.
Bev returns 22 August. Margaret is happy to hear from you over that time. The office is closed from 16th - 26th August. The Guides will come as usual but news may be sparse in September.

August Marist Days

Fri 2nd: Feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard.

Sun 4th: Feast of St. John-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars.

Tue 6th: Transfiguration

Thu 8th: St Mary of the Cross, McKillop

Thu 15th: Assumption of the B.V.M.

Thu 22nd: Our Lady Queen and Mother.

Sat 24th: (1834) Marist Lay confraternity at Belley, France, given a grant of indulgences.  This marks the first papal approval of Marist family Lay Branch.

Sat 24th: St Bartholomew, Apostle.

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 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

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for August
Families as Schools of Human Growth

That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly
"schools of true human growth."

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.


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' book—we 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.)