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Kia Ora Friends
The world has experienced ferocious storms recently with loss of life, homes and livelihoods. We hold those impacted by disasters and war in our prayers. Two new groups are starting up so please pray for them.
Communities of faith are so valuable in God's eyes for the church in New Zealand, whatever their size.
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.
New Plymouth Region Visit and Retreat
Taranaki turned on its best weather for Fr Chris and Bev to visit the groups and offer a retreat day at the Fitzroy parish. There were 32 participants and the day lived up to the theme of joy with each able to discover a fresh sense of God's love in the everyday. There was also a number of people who expressed interest in Marist Laity so please pray for them. Big thanks to the organisers and to Mary and John for your hospitality.
Fr Frank and Br Denis SM
Father Frank Bird in Hawkes Bay
The Marist group in Taradale had Fr Frank speak about the Marist Mission in Ranong when he visited recently.
They invited the school and a couple of classes turned up so they had a full house. Fr Frank shared about the school and health services they run for Burmese migrants, and though not set up as a fundraiser, they collected donations and gave over $2,000 to the Mission. It struck me that it was people using their giftedness for others in creative ways. To know more go to www.maristasiafoundation.org
Fundraising Quiz Night 8th September
Help Send a Volunteer from Logos to Ranong
APPROXIMATELY $5,000 WAS RAISED. This will be used to send volunteers to the mission in Ranong.
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
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions
The Mission of Religious
That consecrated religious men & women may stir themselves, & be present among the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.
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
OCTOBER YOUTH SYNOD
"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.
THANK -YOU & FAREWELL VANESSA
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.
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