Marist Laity News
The current New Zealand news is available here in a simple format for printing

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Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
September 2017

Dear Marists and friends,

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.

October Marist Dates

2nd Guardian Angels

4th St Francis of Assisi

7th Our Lady of the Rosary

13th Final Fatima apparition of The Blessed Virgin Mary

18th St Luke Evangelist

Sat 28th St Simon & Jude Apostles

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

This Retreat for Marist Laity/Marian Mothers, with Fr Chris Skinner and Fr John Allardyce, will be on Sunday 15th October.

For more information, click here

Feast of the Holy Name - 12 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.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of:

Mary Cullen-Walsh
Mary was a long standing member of the Third Order of Mary and was 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.

Living the Word:
Living the Word:

Many of you know 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.

Social Media

There is a good Youtube reflection just added to the Marist Laity Facebook page about discernment, which you may like to share with your young people.

Information without application is fascination.
Information with application is transformation.

Prayers for expectant Mothers

We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers – usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:

"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."

"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."

Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.


Please Pray for the Society of Mary Chapter 2017

The Chapter is an important meeting of Delegates from all the Provinces to discern and decide the direction of the Society of Mary for the next 8 years,
Here are two decisions regarding Laity from the 2009 Chapter.
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This general administration will engage in a process to enable every Marist to recognize the Marist laity associated with us as integral to the Marist family and so show the Marian face of the Church.
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To achieve this ... search for and encourage new ways of inviting and forming Lay Marists in communion and collaboration in mission.

The Chapter Prayer can be found here:
Click here to download the document which includes the prayer.

A Prayer composed by St Peter Chanel
A Special prayer that carries weight...

Pope Pius X, on 17th June 1908 granted an indulgence to members of the Association of Mary / Third Order of Mary every time they recite this prayer, composed by St Peter Chanel:

"Through you O Mary, may the name of the Saviour of mankind, be known and adored throughout the whole world." Amen

We can also ask the Lord that these indulgences be applied to the holy souls in purgatory. A mission of mercy!

Music of Fr Chris Skinner SM

While Fr. Chris Skinner is spiritual director for Marist Laity NZ. he also has a renowned music ministry and has happily shared several of his songs on the audio tracks for our monthly reflections which adds something special to them.

His web site has a list of all his albums & prices, with music clips available.

To contact him:
Rev. Chris Skinner sm, PO Box 68627, Newton, Auckland, 1145, New Zealand.

Here is an excellent article on the current relevance of being Marist.

Well worth reading!


This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.

God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession. (…………….)
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.

Icon of Marist Founder completed

The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.

Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.

Helping Our Work
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.

If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.

If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.

New Zealand Bank Account Number:
(BNZ) 02-0585-0079358-00

Thank you.

Marist Laity Office Location

Bev's office in Auckland is in a building shared with Logos Marist Ministry for Youth.

Address: 25 Virginia Ave East, Eden Terrace, Auckland.
Please note this is the street address,(where you are welcome to visit) not the postal address.

For all Mail to Bev please send to
P.O. Box 108027, Symonds St Auckland 1150

The phone is shared with Logos
Ph: 09 307 2712

A Certain Way

This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' book—we still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)