Dear Marist Friends, we have certainly had a cold spell with polar blasts and flooding causing widespread problems. We pray you are warm and well and that those impacted receive all the help they need.
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 www.livingtheword.org.nz.
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.
Retreats this year:
I am sorry that so far retreats this year in the districts have not happened as intended. Fr Chris was available but I have had quite significant health and family issues and have only been managing to do the basics so I haven't been able to fit in retreats or visits.
I hope you can understand and I really appreciate your patience. For those of you who knew, thank you for the prayers for my husband, Stuart. He is now recovering well from surgery.
Wellington Area Visit:
I am coming to Wellington in early August and hope to catch up with as many of you as possible.
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.
Please send in some stories and photos of your groups. Please keep praying for the Chapter in October.
Keep warm in body and spirit,
Blessings Bev and Vanessa
Please pray for the repose of the souls of:
Mrs Koreti Mavaega Tiumalu, who passed away unexpectedly on 2 July, younger sister of Fr Joe Savesi SM.
Mrs Epiena Lomu, who passed away on 22 July, mother of Fr Soane Lomu SM (Otara Parish)
Following the death of Cassie Devlin,
Frs Pat and Rob Devlin wrote:
"Thanks to those who sent messages and to those who were able to be at the rosary vigil or Requiem Mass. Because the church was full we may not have been able to greet everyone individually but your presence was appreciated".
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.
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.
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.
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.)