Marian Mothers News
September 2019

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The August news is still available.
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Kia Ora Friends
Welcome to SPRING!

Amidst amazing Irish hospitality, around 120 participants discovered that though we looked different and spoke differently, Penelope, Tutangata and I were of one mind and heart because we share the spirit of Mary. We were fed in mind body and spirit. The 2 day World conference was much more intense but productive! Much to share next month! See photos below.

I am now back in the office and Margaret is away until September 11th

Blessings and prayer,

SPRING into Mission this October

October this year is Extraordinary Missionary Month. We are asked to reignite our Baptismal calling to be Missionary Disciples of Christ within the People of God. The October Theme is:

‘Baptized & sent: the Church of Christ on mission in the world.'

There are four dimensions of Mission Month and we are invited to prepare ourselves by:

1. A personal encounter with Jesus Christ living in his Church:
in Eucharist, the Word of God, and personal and communal prayer.

2. Testimony: missionary saints, martyrs, and confessors of the faith as an expression of the Church scattered throughout the world.

3. Missionary formation: biblical, catechetical, spiritual, theological.

4. Missionary charity. Make practical plans for support of others

Think about ways you can be more open to personal encounter and reflect on Testimonies and lives of Saints this month.

Check out the website HERE

The Pope calls on Mary to support us in mission. As Marists we are called to respond with her:
We entrust the Church’s mission to Mary our Mother. In union with her Son, from the moment of the Incarnation the Blessed Virgin set out on her pilgrim way. She was fully involved in the mission of Jesus, a mission that became her own at the foot of the Cross: the mission of cooperating, as Mother of the Church, in bringing new sons and daughters of God to birth in the Spirit and in faith.

Scripture readings:

As part of your October Mission preparation, please remember Sunday Mass readings and Bible resources at

For Daily Readings try the new Catholic Scripture website

Bev has written the Marist Messenger Daily Reflections for August on that site.

Rest In Peace

We especially remember Bev and her family at this time, as her mother, Mary Rae McKeown, passed away while Bev was in Dublin and this comes only weeks after the death of her brother Trevor McKeown in June. We ask for the Lord’s consolation and Mary’s mantle of love to surround and comfort them as they mourn.

We also pray for these deceased Marists:
Bishop Stuart O’Connell;
Fr Bob Lee,
uncle of Chris Skinner SM and longest living Marist in NZ until his death;
Fr John Mori;
Sr Loyola Grehan SM (Fiji).
She passed away on her feast day 31st July aged 100 years.
Sr. Isabelle Harding SM
Fr John O'Neill SM
who died on 28th August in Wellington

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen.

Joan McWhinney, a long-time member of Marist Third Order, has also recently been called home. Joan was 99 yrs old and had been in a care home for only a short while before her death.
May she also rest in peace.

Auckland Marist Family Afternoon
YOU are ALL Welcome

The Marist Family will be gathering on Saturday 21st September from 2 pm - 4 pm at Good Shepherd College, Ponsonby.

You are invited to bring a picture, a symbol or an object which reflects how you see Mary in your everyday life which you can share in a small group. Don’t worry if you haven’t got one as long as you can join in the sharing as we hope to get to know members from the different Marist branches that we may not know.

Please bring a small plate to share for afternoon tea if you are able.
We look forward to coming together.
Please bring a small plate of finger food to share for afternoon tea

This Months Charter Focus
From Christian Mothers Charter No. 4

A Christian mother knows she is loved by God. God gives her many personal gifts; Jesus offers His friendship and love; the Holy Spirit strengthens her.

“What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Galatians 5:22

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention: September
The Protection of the Oceans

That politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world's seas and oceans.

Justice, Peace and Care of our Environment Marist Ministry Blog

The Marist Fathers are offering a weekly reflection by weblog as a response to the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si. Links to it can be found on our Facebook page also. There are articles from NZ Marists, and Marists around the globe.

Click here to go to the Blog

New Groups are starting and we encourage you to request new Brochures and share them with your parish school contacts. A big welcome to the Napier and Miramar group, We look forward to photos! Wairarapa is discerning possibilities on beginning. If the group helps you, share the concept with other mothers.

Praying for Mothers & Children through Our Lady of Good Hope.

Please check that your Parish noticeboard has an up to date poster about dedicating mother and child to Our Lady of Good Hope.
If not please let us know. Prayer requests can be made at ‘Mother of Good Hope’ tab.
We encourage you to offer this prayer service to people in your family, parish, school and community. It is very rare that someone refuses prayer and it is a gentle way to draw them toward the love of God. It is particularly important for those outside church circles.

Arohanui with our ongoing prayer for you and all you hold in your heart, Bev and Margaret

Sexual Abuse Atrocities: Pope Francis:

'It is essential that we as a Church, be able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by all those entrusted with the mission of watching over and caring for the most vulnerable. May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by victims and make us hunger and thirst for justice and impel us to walk in the truth, supporting all the judicial measures that may be necessary. Mary, the first of the disciples, teach all of us how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice.

You can read the full text of his letter on our home page.

A link to The New Zealand Catholic Bishops letter is also available on the home page. Click HERE

Living the Word:

Many of you remember 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.

Women to Women Marian Mothers

Women to Women Marian Mothers has its own Facebook page. HERE .Please LIKE our Page and share it with your friends.
It's a way to introduce people to Marian Mothers and get up to date information and resources. We would love those of you on social media to use it and share what is happening in your groups.
Please send in stories and photos of your groups.

Resources for Groups

Below is a copy of 'group sharing principles'.
If your group no longer has this or any of the start-up resources please contact the office and we can send what you need.

This includes: laminated charter/sharing principles, individual charters and publicity leaflets for handing out and/or keeping in your parish leaflets rack.

You can request extra leaflets or small charters at any time.
As with all our resources, they are provided free of charge, though we do appreciate occasional donations from groups.

Please note: for requests outside New Zealand we can send .pdf copies of the documents required rather than hard copy posted.


I honour you by trusting you enough to tell you how I feel,
what my deep convictions are,
what I really think.

I do not imply that you should think or feel
like me or agree with me.

I hope you will listen to me and accept me as I am.

Please don't try to solve my problem,
or judge me, or change me.

I would like to experience
acceptance and reverence
when I share something of myself.

Confidentiality is essential.
Each must be aware that what is said in the group
is not discussed or mentioned outside the group.

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
or Direct Credit our BNZ Bank Account:
02 0585 0079358 00

We are grateful for all your support.