Marist Laity News
The current NewZealand news is available here in a simple form for printing.

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Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
April 2018

Alleluia! He is Risen! Happy Easter!

We pray that 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.


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 was Ordained in Christchurch 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.

Annual World Day of Prayer for Religious Vocations

Sunday 22 April 2018, 55th Annual World Day of Prayer for Religious Vocations.

Please pray for priests and encourage young people to consider a vocation. We also pray for the Religious branches of the Marist family.

Easter Blessings,

Bev and Vanessa

Marist Dates in March

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.

Music concert:

St Heliers Presbyterian

Sunday 22nd April 5pm
100 St Heliers Bay Road
(Ph. 09 575 6098)

Entry by Donation

Light Supper

For More Information Click here

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.

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.


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.)