Warm greetings during the depths of winter. We hope that you had a good break over the school holidays and managed to avoid the terrible colds that are going around.
Retreats this year:
I am sorry that so far retreats this year in the districts have not happened as intended. Fr Chris was available but I have had quite significant health and family issues and have only been managing to do the basics so I haven't been able to fit in retreats or visits. I hope you can understand and I really appreciate your patience. For those of you who knew, thank you for the prayers for my husband, Stuart. He is now recovering well from surgery.
Wellington Area Visit:
I am coming to Wellington in early August and hope to catch up with as many of you as possible.
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.
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.
Information without application is fascination.
Information with application is transformation.
There is a good Youtube reflection just added about discernment you may like to share with your young people.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:
Mrs Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu, who passed away unexpectedly on 2 July, younger sister of Fr Joe Savesi SM.
Mrs Epiena Lomu, who passed away on 22 July, mother of Fr Soane Lomu SM (Otara Parish).
Some of you may not have heard that Mrs Cassie Devlin, mother of Frs Pat and Rob Devlin passed away in June. Pat and Rob Devlin wrote:
"Thanks to those who sent messages and to those who were able to be at the rosary vigil or Requiem Mass.
Because the church was full we may not have been able to greet everyone individually but your presence was appreciated".
Women to Women Marian Mothers
Women to Women Marian Mothers has its own Facebook page. 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.
Keep warm in body and spirit, Bev and Vanessa
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for August
In 2017 Pope Francis is giving one prayer intention per month. He plans to add a 2nd topical prayer intention related to current events or urgent needs. Because we prepare these newsletters in time to get out to you, the updated second prayer intention may often not be available.
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone
discover the beauty of creation.
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 the 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 welcome to families in and outside the church.
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 Vanesa.
Go gently with Mary, Bev and Vanessa
Photo of your Group
We're always happy to hear from you at any time,
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 the winter. Please let us know and we can share the idea and it can encourage others.
This photo is an old one from Bryndwr. Please send in yours.
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