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Women to Women on Faith and Life
Hi everyone, Special thanks to Mary Anne Carr-Neil for this month's Reflection.
Michel Macquet of France and I spent four days at the Society of Mary General Chapter.
Laity presented 4 papers which were the collated responses of Lay delegates from Madrid 2015 and these papers were integrated into the overall work of the Chapter.
The papers were well received but it was up to the Chapter to make their decisions which we have no information about until they are published possibly in December.
Advent starts this month and if your group is not meeting for Advent prayer please let us know.
We also wish those of you who are concluding this month, a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year and remind you that newsletters resume in February 2018.
New Superior General:
Fr John Larsen, a Kiwi who has been in Asia for over thirty years, was elected as the new Superior General and the new general council is John Harhager (Vicar General), Ben McKenna, Juan Carlos Piña and Paul Walsh.
We congratulate them and assure them all of our prayerful support and also express our thanks and appreciation to all the outgoing council.
At the Marist Family Mass Marist Laity presented Fr John Larsen with a NZ Prayer Cloak made by Grace Bower, reminiscent of a Maori Korowai. It was blessed by Pope Francis and carries many symbols of Religious life, leadership and the vision of Marists and Pope Francis for a revolution of tenderness.
Information about it is on the website.
Hawkes Bay Retreat
Special thanks to Fr Chris and John Allardyce for leading the retreat.
Around 50 attended the day.
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:
Eileen Patricia Clune: aged 91 from Gisborne.
10th October: Sr Eva Horkan SM of Ireland
Sr Mareta Nai Raikivi SM of Fiji.
November Marist Dates
1st All Saints
2nd All Souls
15th 1845: Marie-Francoise Perroton sails for Oceania.
15th 1875: Fr Colin's death.
There is more news, but an edition of the World news will be out soon, so more information and pictures will be available there and on our website.
At the Chapter papal audience Pope Francis extended his blessing to everyone we held in our hearts so I hope you all feel blessed.
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: 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.
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. 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.
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