Winter is upon us and we hope you are finding things for children to enjoy and keeping the cold and bugs at bay.
NZ Order of Merit
Many of you may know Fr Barry Scannell, the former parish priest of St Mary of the Angels. He was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year 2018 Honours for services to the community and heritage preservation. We congratulate him and keep him in prayer for a well-deserved break after such a huge task completed so successfully.
Marist Lay Commitment
Marian Mothers is a ministry for women with women in their own homes, sharing faith and life, especially for mothers, but open to all. What you may not hear much, is that it is possible to respond to Mary's call in a more personal way by making a commitment as a Marist Laywoman. A man in Te Anau recently made this commitment on the new Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church. The commitment is set out below for your interest and consideration. There is an opportunity to learn about it before making a decision and the initial commitment is always for no more 12 months. Anyone wanting to consider that further can contact Bev or Vanessa.
Lay Marist Commitment
I, . bring myself today just as I am,
With the intention to live my ordinary life as a Lay Marist for 12 months from .
I choose to be part of the Work of Mary
in the Marist family which bears her name.
I recognize that Mary calls me to portray
a Marian face of the Church in the world of today.
I desire, to make the Church friendly,
open and faithful to the Gospel.
I want to respond generously to the Holy Spirit
as Mary did.
In asking the Spirit of God to guide me every day,
I want to be a bearer of mercy, life, and hope
to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters
on their journey of life.
I will be particularly attentive to those
who are suffering and in need.
I acknowledge how small I am,
So, I put all my trust in God and in Mary.
I ask God, through Mary, for the strength, courage, and patience to be faithful to whatever God asks of me,
for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus. Amen
Marist Laity International News
You can read the latest news about the work of Marist Lay people around the world here
We NEED a Photo of your Group
Please update us with your photo and group details
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.
This Months Charter Focus
Charter No. 7
7) A Christian mother nurtures a love for Christ in her children and encourages them to live a Christ-like life.
"And Jesus increased in wisdom, in stature and in favour with God and people." Luke 2:52
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
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
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