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

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

For the Link to the Novena in English: Click here to download the document.

For Spanish Click here to download the document.

For French Click here to download the document.

For Italian Click here to download the document.

For Dutch Click here to download the document.

For German Click here to download the document.

Being Made Welcome

Mary created a home of welcome, and hospitality in its many forms is central to our Marist Spirituality.Thank you Maria Kennedy for this timely reflection; her response to a visit to Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain.


Fr Hubert Bonnet- Eymard SM writes: “Lent began with the joy of welcoming two very special visitors. On 5th March Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP spoke on "Christians in the Muslim World: Signs of Hope".

Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP

Fr Timothy giving his talk at Notre Dame de France, London March 2019

Gene-Paul, Tutangata and Tim are blessed.
Nga Tupu (Logos) Community House

On 9th March it was the second birthday of Nga Tupu, which has three young men - Gene-Paul, Tutangata and Tim - in community this year as part of the larger Logos whanau. It was a joy to attend the celebration which included the transplant of the house Kowhai into a much larger pot. It has grown each year as a symbol of the growing strength and reach of the community.

Nga Tupu House

Left: Tutangata (new this year) and Maggie (last year) help settle the kowhai into its new home.

Right: Nga Tupu lounge and guests

Office News

Margaret is away 25th March to 10th April. This means that Bev is holding the fort and we ask for your patience if there are any delays or glitches. Special congratulations also to Margaret and Ian with the birth of another granddaughter.

Latest Blog: Street boys from Dakar
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 articles from NZ Marists, and Marists around the globe.

Click here to go to the Blog

The Caritas Lenten Focus this year is; “Living Our Lives with Love.” (Te Nohi Tahi Me Te Aroha)
It is a quote from Pope Francis in Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Exult p.14, 2018).
The recent outpouring of compassion in New Zealand gives witness to its importance in our world today.

"We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.” Pope Francis

Sexual Abuse Atrocities

You may be fielding questions or experiencing confusion about the conviction of Cardinal Pell in Australia and the Royal Commission in New Zealand. As any helpful information comes to hand we will post it on our Website and Facebook page. Fr Kevin Bates SM gave a reflection on it recently: see our home page

Take a Marist Moment

Both within and outside our religious communities,
we shall, …share our time,
our talents, our spiritual riches with others,
and receive with gratitude
whatever they may wish to share with us.
Marist Sisters' Constitutions N.23

April Feasts for Marists:

Monday 15th -Holy Week
Fri 19th Good Friday
Sunday 21st Easter JOY

28th April St Peter Chanel This year it is also Divine Mercy Sunday and we ask that you please Pray for Marist Family Vocations.

29th April anniversary of approval the Society of Mary by Pope Gregory

A Chanel Prayer:
Father, you called St. Peter Chanel to bring the light of faith to Oceania.
He surrendered everything for love of you and to share your mercy.
We pray for others to follow in his path and the path of Mary within the Marist family.
May we like him, work for God alone and the glory of His mother.
We ask you this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April
Doctors and their Collaborators in War Zones

For doctors and their humanitarian collaborators in war zones, who risk their lives to save the lives of others.

Easter blessings on April 21st. We pray that your Lent was fruitful and that you and all those you love, receive the overflowing joy of the Resurrection this year and always.

from Bev, Margaret and Fr Chris

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr Peter Carde SM who died on 3rd March 2019, and for all deceased Lay Marists, their family and loved ones.

We also pray for all who lost their lives in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 and for the woman who died in the West Coast flooding.

Here is an excellent article on the current relevance of being Marist.

Well worth reading!

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.

A Prayer composed by St Peter Chanel
A Special prayer that carries weight...

Pope Pius X, on 17th June 1908 granted an indulgence to members of the Association of Mary / Third Order of Mary every time they recite this prayer, composed by St Peter Chanel:

"Through you O Mary, may the name of the Saviour of mankind, be known and adored throughout the whole world." Amen

We can also ask the Lord that these indulgences be applied to the holy souls in purgatory. A mission of mercy!

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.

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.)