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Our Lady of the Rosary (0)

September 30, 2014 • Category: This Month's Cover

The painting is by Bernardo Cavallino, 1640. According to Dominican tradition, in 1214, St. Dominic received a vision of the Blessed Virgin, who gave him the Rosary as a tool against heretics. While Mary’s giving the rosary to St. Dominic is generally acknowledged as a legend, the development of this prayer form owes much to the followers of St. Dominic

Her feastday is 7th October.…

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Daily Reflections

  • Thursday 23 October
  • Ephesians 3:14-21; Ps 33; Luke 12:49-53

    Filled with God

    The Prince of Peace says that he is here ‘to bring division’. This is because there will always be dissension between those who live according to his values and those who do not. Those that live according to his will and his teachings will ultimately be ‘filled with the utter fullness of God’ because his power, …

Bill Lambert»

Spiritual Dryness  (0)

Bill Lambert

I was whispering these thoughts into my trusty old Dictaphone at 4am this morning when I couldn’t drop off. Ideas and words come to me more easily in the quiet hours.

I had been trying to have a little pray….  but the line was dead.  In fact it had been dead for quite a few days.  God was busy elsewhere, the three of …

Catholic Life»

The Challenge for Catholics of Today (0)

By glen McCullough

I believe the challenge for today’s Catholic is no different from the fundamental challenge presented by the Gospels: am I willing to follow Jesus and accept the Kingdom offered as a free gift of the Father? Before I accept the challenge, though, I have to be prepared to make radical changes and to be a part of everyone else who also accepts …

Church History»

A Contribution of the New Zealand Chaplains in France (Comments Off)

by Elizabeth Charlton, Marist Archives, Wellington

Where the battles of northern France and Belgium were fought, were not empty plains but people’s villages and homes. The presence of our troops, their chaplains and their relationships also had an effect on the civilian population.

During different periods of 1917, the following New Zealand chaplains were stationed at Nieppe: Frs Barra SM, McMenamin, Skinner, O’Neill,  Bartley SM …


Crossword (0)



1 Priest's cur re-interpreted the Holy Books! (10)

7 Perry, a new order for communication with God! (6)

8 A barbed leather strap or a melted icicle for penance! (6)

10 Borrowed for the purple season? (4)

11 A close female relative of a monarch (8)

13 A class of things which have common characteristics (5)

14 Bargains in a city famous as

Death of a Marist»

Fr Denis Basil Scully s.m. BSc (0)

Fr Denis Scully sm

What follows is a tribute given by Fr J O‘Neill sm at Dennis’ funeral at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 5 August 2014

I feel privileged to honour Fr Dennis Basil Scully SM BSc. For me he was a confrere, a colleague and a friend.  He was also yours and also in some cases a relative. His friends called him ’Dennis’. …


In Asia Spiritual Vitality Offers An Opportunity to the West (0)

By Regis Anouil M.E.P.  and taken  from “Missions Etrangeres de Paris” May 2014

Vocations are blossoming, even if Catholics often remain very much minority groups. However, priests and religious who have come from the East are spreading their fervour  to congregations of the Old Europe.


When the cold statistical reality is closely examined, the future of the Church is seen to be inAsia.

That …

Focus Editorial»

Missions at Home and Abroad (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

October is traditionally a month focussed on the foreign missions. The command to spread the ‘Good News’ came from the Lord himself, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”  Matthew 28:19.

This is where the Church takes its mandate from. Many courageous men and women set out in response to this invitation. St. Augustine of Canterbury in England, St Francis …

Francis Speaks»

On the Beatitudes and in Korea (0)

Christians should memorise the beatitudes which Jesus taught as the path to true happiness, Pope Francis has said.

Speaking at his weekly audience at the Vatican on August 6, the Pope linked the beatitudes, the Ten Commandments and the Last Judgement.

Some 6000 people heard the Pope tell them he was so serious about Christians knowing Matthew 5:3-12, that he would read each beatitude out …

Historical New Zealand»

Centenary of the Death of a Missionary Artist (0)

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

On 19 January 1914 in Carcassonne in the South of France a diocesan priest died. He was Fr Clair Marie Léopold Verguet, and he had lived there a long time, being born in the town 97 years earlier in 1817. He had a reputation as the first photographer of Carcassonne, he was an honorary Canon of the Cathedral and a …


Can You Bear It? (0)

Church Ladies With Typewriters

These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced at church services: 

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

Scouts are saving aluminium cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.

The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.'The sermon tonight:'Searching for Jesus.'

Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance …

Missionary News»

How To Live Mission (0)

Fr Jacob Kavunkal SVD

Mission does not always involve going to foreign countries and spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth – rather, it is a call for each one of us to reach out in love to the people in our own lives who are in need of care, concern and compassion, Fr Jacob Kavunkal SVD says.

Fr Jacob, a leading …


Critics Pan Bill (0)

St Benedict’s parish in Newton faces a bill of up to $8 million to bring their Auckland landmark church up to proposed earthquake strengthening standards. That’s after already spending about $2 million ten years ago to restore the structure that was built in 1888.

That restoration brought the church up to 33 per cent of the New Building Standard, just short of the 34 per …


Images from the SMSM Celebrations (0)


St Mary’s school students preparing for the town parade in Apia.










Float created by St Mary’s Old Girls living in U.S.A.

Old Girls of St Mary’s

Personal Witness»

Butterflies and the Blanket (0)

by Anne Kerrigan

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.”

“Lord, ….let our prayers become part of the fabric of this blanket, saturating each thread to bring healing with each stitch. Please comfort and cover the recipient with your love through this blanket.”

Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany, Indiana. This is the prayer that is said before each …

Poetry and Art»

A Poem for the SMSM (0)

“From them to us there is a long history, 

A history of light and shadow

With times of growth,

Times of patience,

And endurance in faith”

(SMSM Constitutions – Prologue)


One hundred and fifty years ago …

You farewelled your parents, your families, your homelands,

to serve God through Mary in the faraway isles of the Pacific.

SMSM Soeur missionnaire de la Societe de …


The Little Blue Dove (0)

by Philippa Winch

The small dove was no ordinary bird. For one thing it was blue in colour and had a yellow wing. In fact most people would never have picked it as being a dove, if it wasn’t for the red childlike printing above the bird that announced this was in fact what it was. To further emphasise the point, a red arrow had …


Saints for October (0)

Saint Mother Theodore Guerin (1798-1856)

Anne-Therese Guerin was born in Etables, France, in 1798 to parents noted for their integrity and devotion. Baptised the next day, she received her first Holy Communion at age ten when she announced her desire to become a religious. However, her father’s death and her mother’s ill health postponed fulfilment of her ambition till 1825, when she received, along with …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: Mary Gives Birth to Jesus (1)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

Readings: Luke 2:6-19; Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11.

A Real Birth: 

Birth, the word opens up a world of meaning; a woman in childbirth is on the threshold of life and death. Her body struggles to bring the future into being, but her pain and exhaustion consume her to the point where she experiences a dying as well as a birthing, a …