Hi everyone, Lent has arrived early this year and we thank Bev for her powerful reflection on Pope Francis' message to the Society of Mary Chapter in Rome. It is very appropriate as you will see, on our journey through Lent to Easter.
Bev is still on her extended break and will be back at the office on 18th March. Your ongoing prayers for her time of renewal is much appreciated.
Euthanasia Legislation - Please Act Now
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 at:
Cyclone Gita has caused a lot of destruction and we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of you who have been affected. Fr Chris Skinner SM, has offered a Mass for everyone.
Congratulations and Prayers
Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM, whose Episcopal Ordination will take place on Saturday 3rd March, in Riccarton.
We extend our congratulations and continue to pray for him and the people of the Diocese of Christchurch.
Father Barry Scannell was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community and heritage preservation for his restoration and seismic strengthening work on St Mary of the Angels.
Okaihau Marists were farewelled by the parishioners of the three Mid-North Pastoral area communities. They resided at Okaihau since 2004 and operated for many years from Rawene and Moerewa prior to that.
The Otara Community is also preparing to leave the parish after 16 years of service by the Society of Mary.
Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for March
Evangelization: Formation in Spiritual Discernment
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on personal and community levels.
Marist Dates for March
1822 March 9: letter of Pope Pius VII praising idea of Society of Mary and encouraging its founders which marks the first papal recognition of the Society.
19th: St Joseph, husband of BVM
25th Palm Sunday
29th Holy Thursday,
Fri 30th Good Friday
31st Holy Saturday
We wish you every blessing on your Lenten journey and pray that you will be refreshed, renewed and filled with the hope of our Resurrected Jesus.
God bless, Bev and Vanessa
Our Lady of Good Hope:
Please remember to keep all expecting mothers in your prayers and to promote Our Lady of Good Hope prayer in your parishes and among friends and family.
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.
Listening to Laity:
Listening to Laity: is the latest series of video talks for Marist Youth International and it is on our website home page: www.maristlaitynz.org/. Alexandra Yannicopoulos-Boulet is a married woman with a teenage family who live in France. She made her commitment as a Lay Marist here in New Zealand in 2015 and came to the Marian Mothers leaders meeting in Wellington that year, so we are proud to see her so active in her Marist life among us.
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
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
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If you have already done so, thank you.
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