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

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Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
March 2018

Hi everyone,

Lent has arrived early this year and we thank Bev for her powerful reflection on Pope Francis' message to the Society of Mary Chapter in Rome. It is very appropriate as you will see, on our journey through Lent to Easter.

Bev is still on her extended break and will be back on 19th March. Your ongoing prayers for her time of renewal is much appreciated.

Cyclone Gita

Cyclone Gita has caused a lot of destruction and we send our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to all of you who have been affected. Fr Chris Skinner SM, has offered a Mass for everyone.

Congratulations and Prayers

Bishop-Elect Paul Martin SM, whose Episcopal Ordination will take place on Saturday 3rd March, in Riccarton.

We extend our congratulations and continue to pray for him and the people of the Diocese of Christchurch.

Congratulations to:
Fr Barry Scannell
Father Barry Scannell was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community and heritage preservation.

Euthanasia Legislation:

Speaking up for the poor and voiceless is part of our Marist charism.  Please get informed and make a submission on the Euthanasia Legislation currently before Parliament.
For a guide (Pdf) to submissions and information on Euthanasia click here
or go to:

The FINAL DATE for submissions has been

EXTENDED to the 6th of March 2018 NZ Time.

Please Act Now.

Okaihau Marists Farewelled:

Okaihau Marists were farewelled by the parishioners of the three Mid-North Pastoral area communities. They resided at Okaihau since 2004 and operated for many years from Rawene and Moerewa prior to that.

Otara Community:

The Otara Community is also preparing to leave the parish after 16 years of service by the Society of Mary.

Fr Donald (Don) Forbes from Hamilton

Passed away on 24 Januay 2018. Please keep him, his confreres and family in prayer.

May he rest in peace.

Marist Dates in March

1822 March 9: letter of Pope Pius VII praising the idea of the Society of Mary and encouraging its founders which marks the first papal recognition of the Society.

19th: St Joseph, husband of BVM

25th Palm Sunday

29th Holy Thursday

Fri 30th Good Friday

31st Holy Saturday

We wish you every blessing on your Lenten journey and pray that you will be refreshed, renewed and filled with the hope of our Resurrected Jesus.

God Bless, 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

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.


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.)