Marian Mothers News
September 2018

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Kia Ora Friends
Welcome to Spring!
Bev enjoying the Tokumaru sunshine after Sunday Mass with Fr Jack.

Bev enjoyed spending time in Gisborne.

She visited sick Lay Marists with Judy Wilson and had a beautiful reflection day with the Gisborne parish on Saturday 18th August. It was special that Monsignor Frank Eggleton shared the day with us.

She visited the parishioners of Tokumaru Bay on Sunday and shared a shortened version of the Saturday reflection. It was well received and most of the community gathered after the Mass for a lunch together. We were all blessed.

Communities of faith are so valuable in Gods eyes for the church in New Zealand, whatever their size.

Happy Fathers Day

Bev is Coming your way soon!
Please check these dates and contact Bev

Bev's Upcoming Visits:

Nelson Blenheim Oct. Wed. 17th—Sun 21st

Christchurch area: Wed 31st Oct—Sat 3. Nov.

Hawkes Bay: Nov. Fri 16th —Mon. 19th

Please contact Bev to schedule arrangements.

Fundraising Quiz Night 8th September
Help Send a Volunteer from Logos to Ranong

Auckland Quiz night—8th Sept- to raise money for Logos Marist Project to support another young Marist to Ranong.

Fr Frank Bird will be sharing about Ranong.

Dress up as 'A Night in South East Asia'.
Food and drinks available to purchase. Plenty of great Prizes.

Tickets $15.00 pp. or $100. table. EVERYONE Welcome. Children are welcome so bring the family. Kids are free but you must order them a free ticket. They will be your responsibility.

Come and Make up a Table. Booking ONLINE essential.

ClickHERE to order.
Hope to see you there.

Come to Celebrate with the Marist Family 16th September
YES- Marian Mothers are WELCOME

The Marist Family will be gathering on Sunday 16th September at 2 pm at St Anne's Manurewa parish.

The theme will be the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary and that it is 180 years since Bishop Pompallier and the first Marists arrived in the Hokianga.

Everyone is welcome, so come along and share an enjoyable catch up with Marists from all five Branches of the family. Its always a great afternoon.
Please bring a small plate of finger food to share for afternoon tea

Discover Joy in Everyday Life
Taranaki- Don't Miss This Reflection Day 22nd September.

Bev McDonald, Marist Laity Facilitator and Spiritual Director and Fr Chris Skinner SM are visiting the Waitara, Inglewood and Fitzroy area of Taranaki 21st-23rd September.

On Sat. 22nd September there is a reflection day titled Discover Joy in Everyday Life"

AT: Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, FITZROY,
24 Clinton Rd, Bell Block New Plymouth.

Please share this invitation. It is for families and is open to everyone. It is not restricted to Catholic's so come along and bring a friend who needs refreshing, new perspective and a sense of joy in their everyday life.

Sexual Abuse Atrocities: Pope Francis:

"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.

A link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available on the home page. Click HERE

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Caritas :Enabling Communities Week 9th-15th September

World Day of Prayer for Creation, 1st September - is something you can easily get the whole family involved with. What are some ways you could mark this in your family, school or parish. One idea is to link it with Fathers Day celebrations.

The Caritas Social Justice Week theme being celebrated 9th-15th September is Enabling Communities: EVERYONE has a part to Play.
Click Here for details, ideas and what is happening in your area.

We encourage you to get involved with these events in your parish communities.

Congratulations to Gonville Marian Mothers
Wow- 30 years anniversary- well done!

Special congratulations go to the Gonville group who celebrated their 30th Anniversary in style with a stunning cake. They also shared the news in Welcom which is a simple way of encouraging others.

Please update us with your photo and group details

Please consider taking a photo of your group, with or without children.
A photo with a few words about your group is always the best thing to include in our newsletters so they are truly about what is happening for you.

Perhaps you have a group or family event planned for Spring. Please let us know and we can share the idea and it can encourage others.

Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis had this to say about families: "As families, you are the hope of the Church and of the world! God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, created mankind in his image to share in his love, to be a family of families, and to enjoy the peace that he alone can give."

A big shout out to a Marian Mum and her family who were there!

Think about sharing this months reflection with young mums in your parish if it seems appropriate and lets pray for our dads and men on Fathers Day.

This Months Charter Focus
From Charter No. 8

Charter No. 8
A Christian mother reaches out to support and encourage all mothers and is open to receive the same from others.

"I thank my God whenever I think of you … My prayer is that your love for each other may increase more and more …" Philippians 1:3-11

Our Lady of Good Hope:

Please remember to pray for mothers and babies, especially those dedicated to Our Lady of Good Hope.

It is good to encourage families to register their unborn or newborn babies. They can write to us with the parents' names/address and we will send a card to them. A stamped self-addressed envelope is appreciated or a small donation to cover costs, but the ministry is free. The simplest way to do it is on this Marist Laity website.

Dedicating children to Our Lady's care is a Marist ministry valued by parents and we often hear wonderful testimonies of how Grace has worked in their lives. It also offers a simple way to offer love and welcomes families both in and outside the church in a relaxed way.

Existing parish posters have the old address so new posters will be sent progressively over the coming months.

Little handout cards are also available and if you want them please contact Vanessa.

Thank you for remembering these mums and babies in your prayers.

Go gently with Mary, Bev and Vanessa


"Young people, the faith and vocational discernment"

The preparatory document for the October Bishops Synod in Rome has been published.
Young Catholics "want an authentic church", the document says. "With this, we would like to express, particularly to the church hierarchy, our request for a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community."
300 young people were at the March pre-synod meeting, and 15,000 participated online as well as over 100,000 who answered the questionnaire worldwide

Welcome to our new Office Administrator

Secondly a more formal welcome to Margaret Russell who has accepted the office administrator position. Margaret is a gifted musician with experience working in a parish and raising a family. She was a Marian Mother herself for many years and still maintains contact with the members of that group.
I know you will all give her a warm welcome and support her in this role.


This month we have some sad news. Vanessa has resigned. If you wish to send her any farewell words please send them to the office and we will pass them on. We are very grateful for what she has done for this ministry and for her support of us all as we transitioned from Wellington and established the office then moved again within Auckland. We wish her and her family well. Please continue to hold them before Mary in your prayers.

Living the Word:

Many of you remember 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.

Women to Women Marian Mothers

Women to Women Marian Mothers has its own Facebook page. HERE .Please LIKE our Page and share it with your friends.
It's a way to introduce people to Marian Mothers and get up to date information and resources. We would love those of you on social media to use it and share what is happening in your groups.

Please send in stories and photos of your groups.
Enjoy Spring, Bev and Margaret


I honour you by trusting you enough to tell you how I feel,
what my deep convictions are,
what I really think.

I do not imply that you should think or feel
like me or agree with me.

I hope you will listen to me and accept me as I am.

Please don't try to solve my problem,
or judge me, or change me.

I would like to experience
acceptance and reverence
when I share something of myself.

Confidentiality is essential.
Each must be aware that what is said in the group
is not discussed or mentioned outside the group.

Beatification of Fr Colin SM

The Cause for the Beatification of Fr Colin SM, Marist Founder, has moved a step closer.

We encourage you to spread devotion and prayer to Fr Colin.

Resources for this and more information can be FOUND HERE

Ongoing prayer is your most important gift but donations also help support this ministry and are tax deductible if you request a receipt.

If you have already done so, thank you.

If not, your group or individuals may be able to contribute.
You could send a cheque to: Marist Lay Movement
or Direct Credit our BNZ Bank Account:
02 0585 0079358 00

We are grateful for all your support.


See what Pope Francis is saying about the importance of celebrations in family life.

Standard size greeting cards of the Icon of Our Lady of Tenderness shown here are available for purchase