Marist Laity News
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April 2017

Hello everyone, how is your Lenten journey going? Please remember to pray for the vision and direction of Marist Laity and for the Chapter in September.

Marist Youth Focus:

The Marist way is to live as disciples of hope in simplicity, humility and mercy as Mary did, and it offers a special perspective worth sharing with young people who are deeply attuned to authenticity. Check out the Marist Youth International at:

The Synod of Bishops in October 2018 is on "Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment". Marist Youth International has a blog for common reflection for all Marists, interested lay people or religious:

To share what Marists are doing in youth and vocational ministries & share ideas and possibilities.

To prepare for the 2018 Synod and for the General Chapter in September 2017.

They invite materials—news, ideas, pictures, quotes, or whatever. You can send material to: Or send it to this office and we will do it for you.

Apologies for the short notice about the retreat day. The opportunity came up late and we took it. Hope to see some of you there. Please share the word around.

Please pray for the repose of the soul of:

Br Ed Jones SM who passed away on 8th March
Anthony Prendeville, eldest brother of Kerry and Brian Prendeville SM on 20th March.

What is happening in your area?

Please send in your local news with pictures so we can encourage and inspire one another.

Have a Blessed Easter, Bev and Vanessa

Bev McDonald & Fr Chris Skinner S.M.

SATURDAY 1st APRIL 10 am – 3:30 pm

34 Bolton Street, Blockhouse Bay 0600 Auckland

Everyone including friends are welcome.

A KOHA is appreciated to cover costs.
Please bring your own food for lunch.
Bible, pen and paper.

R.S.V.P. Bev 021 041 9728
by 30th of March please

Marist Studies Seminar

Date:  Monday 5 June 2017 (Queen's birthday observance)

Location: Good Shepherd College, Ponsonby Road, Auckland

Time:  10am - 4pm

Pope's Prayer Intention for April 2017

The Pope is now giving only one prayer intention per month. He plans to add a 2nd topical prayer intention related to current events or urgent needs.

Because we prepare these newsletters in time to get out to you, the second prayer intention may seldom be available to print.

April: Young People

That young people respond generously to their vocations and seriously consider offering themselves to God in the priesthood or consecrated life.

Marist Dates for April

13th-16th Easter Triduum
28th St Peter Chanel
29th 1836, Approbation of SM by Pope Gregory XVI



International Laity News:

The latest Lay Marist International News is now available here at Marist News. READ HERE

It is 12 pages of good news so well worth a read. If you need a printed copy please let us know. It is worth sharing in your parishes.

The World Marist Laity Coordination Team wish you every blessing for the New Year.

The Latest Society of Mary News in English
A Prayer for the Society of Mary Chapter 2017

Click here to download the document.

There is an excellent article on the current relevance of being Marist.

Well worth reading!

Ongoing prayer is your most important gift but donations also help support this ministry and are tax deductible if you request a receipt.

If you have already done so, thank you.

If not, your group or individuals may be able to contribute. You could send a cheque to:
Marist Lay Movement P.O. Box 108027, Symonds St Auckland 1150
or Direct Credit our BNZ Bank Account.
02 0585 0079358 00 If you do so please send us an email with the details of the deposit so we can issue a receipt.

We are grateful for all your support.

Mother of Good Hope
prayers for expectant mothers

Sometimes we get feedback from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers – usually when difficulties have been overcome.
"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.

Request a card

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


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.

Marist General Chapter 2009
Extracts from the final report of the Chapter

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This general administration will engage in a process to enable every Marist to recognize the Marist laity associated with us as integral to the Marist family and so show the Marian face of the Church.
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To achieve this ... search for and encourage new ways of inviting and forming lay Marists in communion and collaboration in mission.