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

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New Plymouth Region Visit and Retreat

Taranaki turned on its best weather for Fr Chris and Bev to visit the groups and offer a retreat day at the Fitzroy parish. There were 32 participants and the day lived up to the theme of joy with each able to discover a fresh sense of God's love in the everyday. There was also a number of people who expressed interest in Marist Laity so please pray for them. Big thanks to the organisers and to Mary and John for your hospitality.

Retreat at New Plymouth

Feast of the Holy Name of Mary
Claudia & Jen from LOGOS

The Marist family in Auckland gathered at St Anne's in Manurewa on Sunday 16th September to celebrate our Marist Feast Day. Jen from Logos gave a moving presentation on the way young people hear Mary's call today, Claudia (Logos) shared on her Marist mission Brownsville Texas.

Bev in Your Area SOON
Please check these dates and contact Bev

Bev's Upcoming Visits:

Nelson Blenheim Oct. Wed. 17th—Sun 21st

Christchurch area: Wed 31st Oct—Sat 3. Nov.

Hawkes Bay: Nov. Fri 16th —Mon. 19th

Please contact Bev to schedule arrangements.

Father Frank Bird SM in Hawkes Bay
Fr Frank and Br Denis SM

The Taradale group had Fr Frank to speak about the Marist Mission in Ranong. They invited the school and a couple of classes turned up so they had a full house. He shared about the school and the health services they run for Burmese migrants and though not set up as a fundraiser, they collected donations and gave over $2,000 to the Mission. To know more go to

LOGOS Fundraiser Quiz

Logos quiz night raised approx. $5,000 net to send volunteers to the mission in Ranong.

Marist Dates in October

Tues 2nd Holy Guardian Angels

October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary but this year it falls on a Sunday. The Church chose that day and, apparently by extension, the month of October to honor Our Lady of the Rosary because a great victory took place on October 7. In 1571, Pope Pius V called on the Christian princes of Europe to rally to defeat the Islamic threat. In addition, he called on rosary confraternities in Rome and all over Europe to undertake special processions and public recitation of the Rosary, asking the intercession of the Blessed Mother. What ensued was the famous Battle of Lepanto. The Christian fleet was far outnumbered and appeared to have no human hope of winning. On the first Sunday of October 1571, the Christian fleet met the invaders off the coast of Greece in the Gulf of Lepanto.

As Christians all over Europe prayed for Our Lady's intercession, the European fleet broke through. By days' end, Europe was saved. Pope Pius established an annual commemoration to honor Our Lady of Victory, and his successor, Gregory XIII, decreed that the first Sunday in October would be the feast of the Holy Rosary.

The decision to designate October as the month of the Rosary apparently stems from the Church's desire to extend its thanksgiving to Our Lady for victory in the Battle of Lepanto from one Sunday to a whole month.

Book Launch in Rome

Fr Justin Taylor's book on Fr Colin: "A Reluctant Founder" has been released. Here, Br Ernesto Sanchez (Marist Brothers) Sr Grace Ellul (Marist Sisters), Sr Georgeanne Donovan (SMSM) & Fr John Larsen (SM) gather to launch the book on the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary in Rome.

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions
The Mission of Religious

That consecrated religious men & women may stir themselves,
and be present among the poor,
the marginalized,
and those who have no voice.


The October Synod on "Young people, the faith and vocational discernment" preparatory document is published. Young Catholics "want an authentic church", the document says. "With this, we would like to express, particularly to the church hierarchy, our request for a transparent, welcoming, honest, attractive, communicative, accessible, joyful and interactive community." 300 young people were at the March pre-synod meeting, and 15,000 participated online

Marist Laity Commitment

Lay Marist Commitment in Association of Mary

I, ……………………. bring myself today just as I am,
With the intention to live my ordinary life as a Lay Marist for 12 months from ……………………………….

I choose to be part of the Work of Mary
in the Marist family which bears her name.
I recognize that Mary calls me to portray
a Marian face of the Church in the world of today.
I desire, to make the Church friendly,
open and faithful to the Gospel.

I want to respond generously to the Holy Spirit
as Mary did.
In asking the Spirit of God to guide me every day,
I want to be a bearer of mercy, life, and hope
to all who are waiting to meet brothers and sisters
on their journey of life.
I will be particularly attentive to those
who are suffering and in need.

I acknowledge how small I am,
So, I put all my trust in God and in Mary.
I ask God, through Mary, for the strength, courage, and patience to be faithful to whatever God asks of me,
for the greater glory of God and the honour of Mary, mother of Our Lord Jesus.

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.

Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
May 2018

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.
P.O. Box 108 027, Symonds St, Auckland 1150

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.

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.

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.)