Marian Mothers News
May 2018

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Women to Women on Faith and Life
May 2018

Kia Ora Marist Friends
Blessings for the lovely month of May and Pentecost.

On the Move:
We have moved offices with Logos,
But our P.O. Box number remains the same.

Our street address is:
44 George St, Kingsland, Auckland.

If you are in Auckland on Tuesdays or Thursdays please visit.
Picture: Our Office is situated at the far right of the building.

Mobile is: 021 041 9728.

Movers taking a break at the new office

Euthanasia Legislation - Please Act Now

Please keep praying, especially as the Select Committee considers submissions. The New Zealand Medical Association states the existing legal situation: "Ethical assisted dying is:

death with dignity and comfort
the right of patients to decline treatment
the right to request pain relief even it may hasten the death of a patient
the right of access to appropriate palliative care."

What is opposed is assisted dying entailing the deliberate ending of a patients life or assisting their suicide masquerading as medical care. Keep informed and share this information as you pray.

Moving Farewell:

Fr Paul Shanahan SM, concelebrated Mary-Rose Webb's beautiful requiem.

Marist Laity, Logos(including her granddaughters from that ministry), sang Mo Maria & O Maria Mater Amabilis around her coffin in a moving farewell.

Thank you Fred for sharing the picture.


Fr Brian Quin SM
Professed 1968, died 24th March 2018.

Mary-Rose Webb
Lay Marist, 29th March 2018.

Sr Margarita Burke SM, 8th April 2018.

Our sympathy and condolences go to their loved ones.
May they Rest in Peace.
Eileen Patricia Clune: aged 91 from Gisborne.

10th October: Sr Eva Horkan SM of Ireland

Sr Mareta Nai Raikivi SM of Fiji. 

Fr Paul Walsh SM
SM General Councilor (Rome)

Fr Paul Walsh SM, SM General Councilor (Rome), responsible for Marist Laity visited on moving day!

It was good to meet him and begin sharing possibilities.

We pray for him.

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for May 2018

That the Laity may fulfil their specific mission,
by responding with creativity
to the challenges that face the world today.

Otaki Visit:

Bev is in Wellington 3rd-6th May and at Otaki evening of Fri 4th and Sat 5th. Please pray for our Otaki Hui.

She is also in the central North Island last week of May. Please call or email her if you want her to visit you or your group/parish.

Pentecost JOY, Bev & 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.

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. 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

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: 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.

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

We are grateful for all your support.


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