Marist Laity News
The ADVENT reflection is available here in a simple form for printing.

Click HERE to download the document.

For the November Newsletter
Click HERE to download the document.

Issue 6: October 2018

The latest News about the many groups and activities of Lay Marists around the world is now available: Click here to download the document in easy pdf form.

It is 10 pages of good news including information about moving forward with implementing the SM Chapter decisions regarding Laity and the International Gathering in Ireland in 2019. If you need a printed copy please let us know. It is worth sharing in your parishes.

The WMLC Team wish you every blessing in your vocation as Instruments of Mercy in daily life. The newsletter reminds us that we are not alone in doing the work of Mary within this worldwide Marist Family.

Correspondence is welcomed and may be sent to this website.

With Mary we Advance,
Bev McDonald and the WMLC Team

If you want to see Issue 5, it is still available Click here for a back copy.

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions: December

In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
That people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

Advent and Christmas

Blessings from the

Marist Laity Team,

Bev, Margaret and Fr Chris.

Marist spirituality is simple
and modest
in its expression,
close to the lives of
ordinary people,
apostolic in character and
marked by spontaneity and joy.
It tries to make its own the Christian
experience lived by Mary.
SM Const. 117

All Souls Day

Bev's visit to the Marlborough region
Nelson Group.

It was special to be with some of you in Marlborough in October.
I wish I could see all of you more often.
It was good also to begin plans for retreat opportunities in the area next year.

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.

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.
Phone: 09 623 0325
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.)