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Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
February 2018

Hi everyone,and 2018 blessings!

Special thanks to Sr Marie Challacombe SM for this month's Reflection.


Welcome to the New Group and members of Sancta Maria Parish in Christchurch.

On 1st Feb 12 new members will make a 12-month commitment to living as Lay Marists in the Association of Mary.

Bev McDonald leading the Auckland commitments
Also in Auckland
at the Marist Laity Centre:

Julia Bland, Gillian Puch and Sam Manō made 12 month commitments at a Mass celebrated by Fr Tom O'Connor on 11th December.

Please pray for these new Lay Marists and all those exploring the call to Marist identity.

New Bishop appointed in Christchurch:

At the end of last year, Pope Francis appointed Fr Paul Martin SM as the 10th Bishop of the Christchurch Diocese.

In an interview, Bishop - Elect Paul Martin said: "It is a real privilege to be chosen as the next Bishop of Christchurch, I'm very positive about it."

(From: NZCBC press release)

Euthanasia Legislation:

Speaking up for the poor and voiceless is part of our Marist charism.  Please get informed and make a submission on the Euthanasia Legislation currently before Parliament.
For a guide (Pdf) to submissions and information on Euthanasia click here
or go to:

The final date for submissions is 

20 FEBRUARY  2018 

Please Act Now.

First Profession for Marist Sister:

On Saturday December 2nd 2017, Sr Tulua 'Otuafi made her first profession in St Joseph's Church at Orakei in the presence of all the sisters, her mother who came from Tonga, her sisters and family from various countries, her friends and other Marist religious.

Bishop Patrick Dunn concelebrated with Frs. P. Ward, P. Breeze sm and P. Brady. Sr Gemma Wilson sm received Tulua's vows on behalf of the Superior General, Sr Grace Ellul. In a simple and moving ceremony Tulua consecrated herself to Marist Religious life for one year under the Constitutions of the Marist Sisters.

Congratulations to:

Iosefo Amuri, Christian Ngoura, Timothy Hare, Jaime Perez Martinez and Carlos Olivares Flores who made first SM professions in the Phillipines in January.

Please continue to pray for them.

Bev is taking an extended break

And will not be back until 18th March. We wish her every blessing for her time of renewal and in the meantime, I am managing the office and any enquiries so feel free to contact me. (Vanessa).

God Bless, Bev & Vanessa

February Marist Dates

February 10th, 1871: Marie Elizabeth Blot dies. She is the Marist lay woman who gave us the symbol of lay Marists as bridges to souls.

February 28th 1873: Church approves Constitutions of Society of Mary.

Living the Word:
Living the Word:

Many of you know Fr Frank Bird SM. He set up a weekly Scripture Guide for the Sunday readings called "Living the Word".

Marist Laity NZ has accepted responsibility for this Resource, freeing Fr Frank for other initiatives. You can sign up for reflections at

These are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday Mass. Check it out and share it in your parish. While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups.

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.


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.

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

Well worth reading!


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.

Marist Laity Office Location

Bev's office in Auckland is in a building shared with Logos Marist Ministry for Youth.

Address: 25 Virginia Ave East, Eden Terrace, Auckland.
Please note this is the street address,(where you are welcome to visit) not the postal address.

For all Mail to Bev please send to
P.O. Box 108027, Symonds St Auckland 1150

The phone is shared with Logos
Ph: 09 307 2712

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.)