Hi everyone, we trust you are well as winter begins and June is upon us...
I am writing this just before the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians and we are about to enter the feasts of the Ascension, Visitation and Pentecost.
Acts 1 says the disciples "devoted themselves to prayer, together with Mary." Let's ask the Blessed Mother to accompany us as we move into Pentecost and beyond. You could pray a Novena and if you haven't been to Confession lately, why not go before Pentecost. Consider some other effort as a way to "devote ourselves" more fully to prayer.
Read the Ascension, Visitation and Pentecost stories and pray
Ask Mary to teach you how to pray for the Holy Spirit e.g. "Mary, loving Mother, intercede for me that I may be filled with the Holy Spirit as you and the first disciples were."
On Saturday 22nd April about 60 Tongan Marist young people aged 10-25 gathered in Auckland for their retreat day.
Then 40 Tongan Marist adults gathered in May for a full weekend retreat. Apart from the sadness of a member passing away that weekend it went very well also. Bev gave one of the morning sessions for the youth and was inspired by their commitment and Marist identity.
The International Marist Laity News is almost ready and will be sent soon.
Please keep praying for the Chapter and for Bev and a French Lay man who have been invited to attend the Chapter for 4 days - more on this later.
We hope to see some of you on the 5th. It will be a great day.
Bev and Vanessa
Schools, Young People and Life Issues:
As we head into another term we can especially remember to pray for the young people returning to school.
May the Light of Christ especially shine upon them and guide them.
Last year one Third Order group approached their local Catholic Secondary school and committed to pray for the teachers and senior pupils.
Perhaps your group might pray about how you are being encouraged by God to reach out to schools and young people in your area in Mary's name, always mindful of course of the realities of your groups health, age and talents.
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.
Decisions: Paragraph 58
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.
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.
Mother of Good Hope
prayers for expectant mothers
Sometimes we get feedback from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers – usually when difficulties have been overcome.
"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.
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.
International Laity News:
The 2017 Edition 4 is due soon so keep a watch for it.
The 2016 Lay Marist International News is available here at Marist News. READ HERE
It is 12 pages of good news so well worth a read. If you need a printed copy please let us know. It is worth sharing in your parishes.
The World Marist Laity Coordination Team wish you every blessing in your vocation as Instruments of mercy in daily life. The newsletter reminds us that we are not alone in doing the work of Mary and belonging within this worldwide Marist Family.
To download the CURRENT English language Issue 3 Click here to download the document.
For the earlier Issue 2 May News you can Click here
Any correspondence relating to these newsletters may be sent to the email contacts given in the newsletter or to this website.
With Mary we Advance,
Bev McDonald and the WMLC Team
PRAYER FOR FR COLIN
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.
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.
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:
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.)