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for photos of Bev's visit to groups in Wellington

Women to Women on Faith and Life
October 2017

Hi everyone, we are in Mary's month and it's finally getting a bit warmer and drier.

But we are also aware of those around the world impacted by flooding and earthquakes and especially pray for the poor in areas like Bangladesh and Mexico.

It is also the Centenary of the Final Apparition at Fatima on 13th October 1917. A day to join in solidarity prayer.


I was in Timaru in September and it was so good to catch up with the group there. Like so many around the country there are ongoing challenges for them around the merging of parishes.

I encourage you to pray for each other and for all parishioners and priests around the country working through these changes.

Photos of my visit are on the website.

General Chapter:

The Society of Mary Chapter is continuing in Rome.

Bev and Michel Macquet, the leader of the World Marist Laity Co-ordination Team from France, are sharing 4 days at the Chapter where issues of Marist Laity worldwide will hopefully be explored.

It is a great privilege to attend and we ask for your prayer for our travel and the whole Chapter.

Hawkes Bay Retreat
The Jesus Gaze: Show us Your Face O Lord

Fr Chris Skinner is facilitating the Marist Laity/Marian Mothers Hawkes Bay retreat Sunday 15th October in Taradale. Please let people in that area know.

To view the flyer with more details, click


Please pray for the repose of the souls of:

Mary Cullen-Walsh:
Died suddenly 26th August in Oamaru. Mary was a long standing member of the Third Order of Mary and married to Pat Walsh who passed away last year.

Sr M. Catarina Lee SMSM:

Died at St Joseph's Home of Compassion on the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, 12 September 2017, and her funeral was on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

Catarina worked with Marist Laity and Fr John Allardyce in the 1960's and with other Directors through to the mid 90's, supporting the Third Order of Mary groups and Marian Mothers.

Thank you for your service to Laity Sr Catarina. Many remember you fondly in prayer.

Feast of the Holy Name, 12th September:

We hope you enjoyed a wee celebration of some sort for our Marist Feast. In Auckland we were blessed with the opportunity to gather with the Marist Family for prayer and lunch.

It was a beautiful reminder of the family we belong in and a commemoration of the Marist Brothers FMS and Marist Sisters Bi-Centenaries this year.

God bless, 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.

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

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.


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