We pray your families experience the love, peace, hope and joy of our risen Lord Jesus.
We thank Fr Chris Skinner sm this month for our reflection and welcome Bev back after her mini-sabbatical.
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.
Congratulations and Prayers
Bishop Paul Martin Ordained in Christchurch
Bishop Paul Martin was Ordained in Christchurch on Saturday 3 March 2018, by Cardinal John Dew.
He is the tenth Bishop of Christchurch, succeeding Bishop Barry Jones, who died in February 2016.
At his ordination he said "Christchurch is my home." He thanked his family, particularly his mother and late father for showing him "what living a Christian life looks like."
At his Installation as bishop on Sunday, he said: "If we are to be Christian, actions must be consistent with our words."
We hold Bishop Paul in our prayers.
New Bishop for Dunedin Diocese
Bishop-Elect Michael Dooley will become the 7th Bishop of Dunedin.
He succeeds Bishop Colin Campbell who served for almost 14 years. The Ordination is on Thursday 26th April at 6.00pm in the Dunedin Town Hall.
55th Annual World Day of Prayer for Religious Vocations
Sunday 22 April 2018
Please pray for priests and encourage young people to consider a vocation.
We also pray for the Religious branches of the Marist family.
Bev and Vanessa
Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for April 2018
For those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters:
That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.
April Marist Dates
1st-7th Easter week
8th Divine Mercy Sunday
9th The Annunciation
April 28 Feast Peter Chanel, Priest/Martyr
April 29 1836 Pope Gregory XVI approves Society of Mary as a Religious Congregation.
St Heliers Presbyterian
Sunday 22nd April 5pm
100 St Heliers Bay Road
(Ph. 09 575 6098)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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