Kia Ora Lay Marists, Marian Mothers & friends,
Blessings for the year of 2023 and special thanks to Ellen Coleman from the Auckland ML group for this month’s reflection. You will find the format a bit different to the usual, which is why we don’t have a guide on the back of this newsletter. Be sure to have your bible with you before you begin.
The holiday break is over but there are many issues facing us that need ongoing prayer. As we begin the year, let us raise our minds and hearts to God through the intercession of Mary, for stability and peace in our nations, in our communities and in our families; for a refreshment of our minds that we may be more willing to tackle the challenges, with the sure knowledge that Christ and His Blessed Mother go before us, and walk with us, always.
Please note: There will be no newsletter and mail-out at the end of February, as I will be on leave. For those of you who receive the monthly material in the post, I have included the March reflection and guide in this month’s envelope also. The March guide is on the back of this month’s newsletter so please keep this in a safe place until after your March meeting. Please also continue to pray for the direction of Marist Laity NZ and for the appointment of a new facilitator.
Prayer & Blessings from Fr Chris, and Margaret
For an easy-to-read PDF version of the Marist Laity news, click HERE
For an easy-to-read PDF version of the Marian Mothers news, click HERE
Congratulations to our newly Professed Marists – Joseph Mijares (New Zealand), Hansford Mane (Solomon Islands), Manuele Botabua (Fiji), Zulu Serop (Papua New Guinea), Eduardo Gutierrez and David Vences (Mexico). It was a lively celebration on January 5th in the Marist Parish in Castiglion Fiorentino in Italy.
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 February
We pray that educators may be credible witnesses, teaching fraternity rather than competition and helping the youngest and most vulnerable above all.
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 a help when we cannot attend Mass in person.