Marist Laity News
July 2020
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple form for printing

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Kia Ora Marist friends,

Winter has arrived but there are still drought conditions in some places. New Zealand is in Level 1 which means Parish life returns for most of you. However we are mindful that many parts of the world are still struggling with mounting death tolls from Covid 19 and hold them in prayer.

We also cannot ignore the shocking death of George Floyd and ensuing protests. As Fr Larsen says in his reflection, CRISIS is also a word for opportunity, so we pray that grace is able to harness the impetus for a more compassionate caring society.

Blessings to you and yours


JULY Reflection:CD's are back!
This month we share the latest reflection from Fr John Larsen, Superior General of the society of Mary. He is calling us all to seek mew directions with boldness of faith and courage to act. Mary is calling us to her work.

Marist Centre Auckland is beginning to take shape. The address is 4 Ophir St, Auckland, and we are on the first floor. Logos team will also be on the first floor once things get settled and the ground floor is being used by Vinnies and for Logos youth work. Our P.O Box is the same. Please continue to pray that Marist Laity flourish to better serve and share the gospel in New Zealand.

Taupo to Kaitaia? I want to visit groups I can drive to. So please send your meeting dates and times for July and August by email to and I hope to see you soon.

Help Melsisi-Pentecost Island Marist Mission.

Cyclone Harold wreaked havoc on Melsisi in April.
We have 10 copies of Fr Craig Larkin’s beautiful spirituality and prayer book “An Inner Music”
We are making them available at $38.00 including P&P
ALL proceeds will go to the MARIST MELSISI MISSION

Deposit $38.00 into our account:

Marist Lay Movement - 02-0585-0079358-000
Particulars: Your surname
Reference: Inner Music
Please also send us an email confirming your address details.

If you don’t have internet banking, please send a cheque for $38.00 and your details, to Marist Laity, P.O Box 108-027,
Symonds Street, Auckland 1150


Prayer for Our Country:
God Defend New Zealand.

We pray for all politicians in the aftermath of Covid 19. Grant them compassion, wisdom and innovative vision for all, including the most vulnerable. We vote on two critical referenda soon; please take time to get informed. We pray for Simon Bridges as he stands down and for Todd Muller and Nikki Kaye who now lead the national party.

Pope's July Prayer Intention
Our Families

We pray that today's families be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

Marist Laity Australia write: In 1817 the Trappist priest Jeremiah O’Flynn arrived in Sydney to celebrate Eucharist, Baptisms and Weddings. By May 22, 1818, he was deported as this was illegal in the colony. However, he left a consecrated Eucharist Host in the Davis Family Home on the current site of Marist Parish St Patrick's Church Hill Sydney. Christians would join together at the site to secretly pray. Tradition says that the host was consumed two years later at the first Mass. Incredibly, for the first 40 years of the Sydney settlement Lay people played a significant part in keeping the Catholic faith alive.

Please promote Living the Word They are wonderful for any age, young adult on, and suitable for small groups or individual reflection. In these days when attending Sunday Mass is impossible due to CV19, using reflections like these can nourish our faith.

Go to to sign up. There are posters for the parish noticeboard you can print or ask us for them.

Marist Moment

“We contemplate Mary
particularly in the simple
hidden life of Nazareth
and in the newborn Church,
where she was the soul of the
apostolic community
while remaining in the background.”

SMSM Constitution 53

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.

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

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.

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.)