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

For the October news
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For the September Newsletter
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Kia Ora Marist friends.
Month of the Rosary

This month Penelope from Logos is sharing her experience of the Dublin Marist Laity Conference. Her sharing offers hope and encouragement about the faith of young people and also challenges us in our Lay Marist mission.

Office Move Pending: Another office move is looming so please pray for our building search that a long term Lay Marist home can be found in Auckland.

Blessings and prayer,
Bev and Margaret

SPRING into Mission this October
October is Extraordinary Mission Month

We are asked to reignite our Baptismal calling to be Missionary Disciples of Christ within the People of God. The October Theme is:

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

How are you responding to this call? The 4 areas to consider are:

1. Personal encounter with Jesus Christ in his Church: How is your relationship with God in personal prayer and Eucharist?

2. Testimony: Who will you share your testimony of God with this month?

3. Missionary formation: What is helping you grow in Faith?

4. Missionary charity: How are you sharing mercy & compassion in Jesus’ name?

Check out the website HERE

International Marist Laity

Please pray for the Laity team elected in Dublin that they be courageous and united in vision, trust the guidance of Mary and the Holy Spirit and be supported by the other branches of the Marist family in mission. The team is; David Sanz (Europe), Elizabeth Piper (USA), Jorje Lopez, (Central) Bev McDonald (Australasia/Pacific). More news will be shared as the work develops.

We recommend Sunday Mass REFLECTIONS at:

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 October
A Missionary "Spring" in the Church

That the breath of the Holy Spirit
engenders a new missionary "spring" in the Church.

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' 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.)