Kia Ora Lay Marists, Marian Mothers & friends,
As we enter Holy week, we particularly think of, and pray for those people and communities in New Zealand and Vanuatu, whose lives and livelihoods have been severely impacted by cyclones Gabrielle, Kevin and Judy. May we all give generously in whatever ways we can to help in the restoration of these areas. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.
I know you will all enjoy listening to Bev’s reflection this month as she speaks of the promise of God’s Spirit that gives us hope, and that our lives are held firm by the indestructible power of Love. A timely reminder!
Easter Blessings! from Fr Chris, and Margaret
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The damage caused by cyclone Gabrielle across several areas in New Zealand has been disastrous, with at least 11 people killed, thousands displaced and millions of dollars of damage. St. Thérèse’s Catholic Church in Wairoa was one of a number of churches that were inundated. The Marist Priest in residence there, Fr Karaitiana Kingi, was helped from his home by his nephew as the waters rose.
In early March the Islands of Vanuatu were devastated by two cyclones. There is a lot of damage to buildings, trees and crops around the Vanuatu Islands, including the capital, Port Vila. When communications were restored, our Marist community reported that they are all safe.
Please pray for Fr Michael Coleman (England) who died on 17 March 2023
and for Fr Philip d’Auby (USA) who died on 11 March 2023.
Our new postal address:
Please take note of our new address and phone number:
P.O. Box 78083
Our new phone number is: +64 21 793 854
Pope Francis’s Prayer Intention for April
For a Culture of Peace and non-violence
We pray for the spread of peace and non-violence
by decreasing the use of weapons by states and citizens.
Mary, Mother of Good Hope.
A reminder to dedicate pregnant mothers and babies to Mary Mother of Good Hope.
The Marist Family, dedicate mother, family and baby to the care of Mary. They receive ongoing prayer for a safe delivery, a life of grace and the gift of belonging in the family of God. Also a prayer to join with.
All are welcome – please share the invite widely. Follow this link to see more on this website.
Living the Word Sunday Mass reading reflections are at www.livingtheword.org.nz
and are suitable of small groups or individual reflection.