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

For the September Newsletter
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For the August Newsletter
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Happy Father's Day

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.

Dear Marists

Bev enjoyed seeing some of you
in Gisborne.

We prayed with sick Lay Marists
then had a beautiful reflection
day on Saturday 18th August.

The day was very well received and it was special to have Mgr Frank spend the day on retreat with us also.

Bev Visits Tokumaru Bay parishioners on the Sunday

Fr Jack, Bev and a small group of committed parishioners from Tokumaru Bay gathered to share a shortened version of the Saturday reflection day.

It was followed by a beautiful Mass and community relaxation over lunch.

Thank you Tokumaru and Gisborne. Your hospitality is wonderful.

Fund Raising Quiz Night for Logos Volunteer to Ranong.
8th September

Auckland Quiz night—8th Sept to raise money for Logos Marist Project to support another young Marist to Ranong.

Fr Frank Bird will be sharing about Ranong.

Dress up as 'A Night in South East Asia'.
Food and drinks available to purchase. Prizes.

Tickets $15.00 pp. or $100. table. EVERYONE Welcome.

Come and Make up a Table. Booking ONLINE essential.CLICK HERE

Reflection Day in Taranaki. Discover Joy in Everyday Life
Saturday 22nd September, FITZROY Parish

Fr Chris Skinner and Bev will be giving a day of reflection and renewal on
"Discover Joy in Everyday Life"

On 22 September

Fitzroy parishOur Lady Help of Christians, 24 Clinton Rd, Bell Block New Plymouth.

Mark the date in your diary now.
Please pray that our time there brings renewal in faith and hope. We are looking forward to seeing you all.

Auckland Marist Family Afternoon

The Marist Family will be gathering on Sunday 16th September at 2 pm at St Anne's Manurewa parish.

The theme will be the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary and that it is 180 years since Bishop Pompallier and the first Marists arrived in the Hokianga.

Everyone is welcome, so come along and share an enjoyable catch up with Marists from all five Branches of the family.

Please bring a small plate of finger food to share for afternoon tea

Marist Dates in September

8th Birthday of BVM

9-15 Caritas Social Justice Week

12th Holy Name of Mary

14th Exaltation of Cross

15th Our Lady of Sorrows

29th Feast of Archangels

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Caritas Social Justice Week 9-15 September

Day for Care of Creation is on Saturday 1st September. Perhaps you can think about some ways you could mark this in your family, school or parish.

Social Justice Week is on 9th - 15th September. The theme is:
Enabling Communities: Everyone Has a Part to Play.

How will you or your group contribute to the week?

Marist Laity Branching Out

Marists belong to a "tree with many branches". In this video Lay Marists from USA, Ireland and Australia talk about how they see themselves as part of the Family Tree. They share past perceptions, current reality and their dream for the future.

Welcome to our new Office Administrator

Secondly a more formal welcome to Margaret Russell who has accepted the office administrator position.
Margaret is a gifted musician with experience working in a parish and raising a family.
She was a Marian Mother herself for many years and still maintains contact with the members of that group.
I know you will all give her a warm welcome and support her in this role.


This month we have some sad news. Vanessa has resigned. If you wish to send her any farewell words please send them to the office and we will pass them on. We are very grateful for what she has done for this ministry and for her support of us all as we transitioned from Wellington and established the office then moved again within Auckland. We wish her and her family well. Please continue to hold them before Mary in your prayers.


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.

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.

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.)