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

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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:

We have moved to 14 East St Auckland City.
This is temporary until a long term home is found. Please keep that search in your prayers. Meantime phone numbers and postal address are unchanged.

P.O. Box 108027, Symonds Street, Auckland 1150

Marist Moment

Fr Colin used to speak of spending time in Nazareth with Mary to be embraced by God , hear the voice of the Spirit and be empowered to go out, carrying the Presence of Jesus - sharing His love. We stop to discern our unique personal call to mission and service, to encounter - be it in our families, in our wider community, in our parish and in so many different environments where God
has uniquely placed us.

From Marist Brothers Publication

Living the Word:

Please remember our Living the Word Sunday Mass Bible reflections. Wonderful for any age, young adult on, and suitable for small groups or individual reflection. Go to to sign up.

Reflection Days

GISBORNE VISIT: 13th-16th February.

There will be a REFLECTION Morning on Saturday 15th February, starting after the 9 am Parish Mass.

Topic:'Mary’s Magnificat - Blueprint for Lay Mission.'

Everyone is welcome.


I am giving a workshop at the Mission Expo at Viard College on 'Mary’s Magnificat - Blueprint for Lay Mission.'
We have a booth for Marist Laity and Marian Mothers and would love some volunteers to help please! It would also be good to encourage people to attend the Expo.

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.)