Marian Mothers News
December 2018
The ADVENT reflection

Click HERE to download this year's Advent reflection.

The November news is still available in a simple format for printing.
Click HERE to download the document.

Our deepest desire, planted within us, is our Advent desire for Christ.


Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for December
In the Service of the Transmission of Faith

That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

Book release in Rome
Claudia and Jen from LOGOS

Fr Justin Taylor's book on Fr Colin: "A Reluctant Founder" was released in Rome and Australia recently.
For the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Auckland Marist Family met at St Anne's Manurewa. Jen and Claudia from Logos shared with the group about Young Marists on mission and their hopes and dreams for the Marist Family including Laity and young people

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

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 Christian Mothers Charter No. 4

A Christian mother knows she is loved by God. God gives her many personal gifts; Jesus offers His friendship and love; and the Holy Spirit strengthens her.
"What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22

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

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