Kia Ora Marist Friends
Blessings for the lovely month of May and Pentecost.
On the Move:
We have moved offices with Logos,
But our P.O. Box number remains the same.
Our street address is:
44 George St, Kingsland, Auckland.
If you are in Auckland on Tuesdays or Thursdays please visit.
Picture: Our Office is situated at the far right of the building.
Mobile is: 021 041 9728.
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.
Fr Paul Shanahan SM, concelebrated Mary-Rose Webb's beautiful requiem.
Marist Laity, Logos (including her granddaughters from that ministry), sang Mo Maria & O Maria Mater Amabilis around her coffin in a moving farewell.
Thank you Fred for sharing the picture.
Fr Brian Quin SM
Professed 1968, died 24th March 2018.
Lay Marist, 29th March 2018.
Sr Margarita Burke SM, 8th April 2018.
Our sympathy and condolences go to their loved ones.
May they Rest in Peace.
Fr Paul Walsh SM
SM General Councilor (Rome)
Fr Paul Walsh SM, SM General Councilor (Rome), responsible for Marist Laity visited on moving day!
It was good to meet him and begin sharing possibilities.
We pray for him.
Marist Dates in May
Tues 1st: St Joseph the Worker
Sun 13th: Ascension of the Lord
Sun 20th: Pentecost
Mon 21st: Mary, Mother of the Church
Thu 24th: Our Lady Help of Christians
Sun 27th: Most Holy Trinity
Thu 31st: Feast of the Visitation of BVM
Bev is in Wellington on 3rd-6th May and at Otaki on the evening of Friday 4th and Saturday 5th.
Please pray for our Otaki Hui.
Bev is also in the Central North Island in the last week of May. Please call or email her if you want her to visit you or your group/parish.
Pentecost JOY, Bev & Vanessa
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.
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.
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.)