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A Contribution of the New Zealand Chaplains in France (0)

August 31, 2014 • Category: Church History, This Month's Cover

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 …

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Daily Reflections

  • Tuesday 2 September
  • 1 Corinthians 2: 10-16; Psalm 145; Luke 4: 31-37

    Spiritual Warfare

    The Lord Jesus engaged in spiritual warfare throughout his public ministry. Satan tempted him in the desert and Jesus overcame him. The Lord defeated Satan many times in the course of his public ministry when he drove demons from suffering people. He recognized his Passion as the Enemy’s last attempt to destroy him …“But …

Bill Lambert»

Lessons for life (0)

Bill Lambert

  • Take charge of events before they take charge of  you
  • Don’t look back except to say: “It was fun while it lasted.  Wasn’t I lucky to have it.   You can have it back Lord”
  • It’s not a question of  “CAN I do it?   The  question is “HOW will I to do it?”
  • If all else fails, read the instructions.
  • In business

Christianity in Action»

De Paul House (0)

De Paul House has been serving and strengthening families through our emergency accommodation and community family support since 1986.  Established by the local parish of St Marys under the guidance of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, these volunteers worked tirelessly to transform the neglected buildings into accommodation units for families in need.

The Daughters of Charity of the Australian Province lived on site …

Church History»

A Contribution of the New Zealand Chaplains in France (0)

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 …

Death of a Marist»

Fr Philip King-Turner sm (0)

What follows  are eulogies delivered by  his sister and brother, Colleen and Ray at the Sacred Heart Church Reefton on 25 July 2014.

Eulogy by Colleen King-Turner rndm, Phil’s Sister

I would like to share Phil as I know him – some stories are from the family, some from my own experience of him and some others have shared with me.

There was one family …

Focus Editorial»

Anniversary WWI (0)

Fr Bernard Carney sm

This year is spent in marking the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of WWI. In fact the war began on August 5th 1914.

Bending the sword of war. The Christchurch War Memorial by William Tretheway.

This month’s Marist Messenger includes a snapshot of that anniversary by a brief account from Elizabeth Charleton about some New Zealand Catholic chaplains and their ministry …

Francis Speaks»

Name: Christian. Surname: Belonging To The Church (0)

Vatican City, 25 June 2014 (VIS) – This morning in St. Peter’s Square the Holy Father, in his general audience, continued to speak about the People of God, a theme that he began to explore last Wednesday. Today he highlighted the importance for a Christian of belonging to this people, and reiterated that we are not isolated Christians. “Belonging is our identity”, he said. “We …

Jokes»

Can You Bear It? (0)

When fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate.

A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

When the smog lifts in Los Angeles
U. C. L. A.

The batteries were given out free of charge.

A dentist and a manicurist married. They fought tooth and nail.

A will is a dead giveaway.

With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.…

Liturgy»

Using the Silence (0)

by Fr Merv Duffy sm

“To promote active participation, the people should be encouraged to take part by means of acclamations, responses, psalms, antiphons, hymns as well as by actions, gestures and bodily attitudes. And at the proper time a reverent silence should be observed” - Sacrosanctum Concilium 30

This month’s column is sparked by a statue which I saw outside the chapel of a …

Missionary News»

China Growing up in China (Part 2) (0)

Remarks recorded by Fr Bernard Jacquel, MEP taken from “Missions Etrangeres de Paris” May 2014

The community would gather in the courtyard of my maternal grandparents’ home. It was huge, that courtyard – it could hold five or six hundred people. High party walls bounded it and separated the property from neighbouring houses; a portal opened onto the street. The living quarters were at the …

News Insight»

Some Thoughts about the Papacy of Pope Francis (0)

by Sue Jones

At Mass on Pentecost Sunday Father preached about the Holy Spirit’s power to unite us as a universal Church. He said we had a letter from the Pope asking us to pray with him on this day for peace in the Holy Land. I had seen on the television news that the Pope had invited leaders from that part of the world …

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Expulsion of Eastern Christians  (0)

The expulsion of Christians from Iraq’s second largest city has been compared to 1930’s Nazi Germany by a former British ambassador to the Holy See.

Francis Campbell, who served in Rome from 2005 to 2011, said he was deeply disturbed by the West’s indifference to the events in Mosul.

The extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gave Mosul Christians an ultimatum to …

Poetry and Art»

Carol of Industrialized Democracy (0)

Factories, forests, mines and farms,

We come with white collar, come with the blue,

But we come all together to pay homage due.

 

We’re inter-dependent, sister and brother,

We not only need, but must serve each other;

Few of us have any gift that we’ve made,

But we offer today the tools of our trade.

 

Stethoscope, hammer, dossier, till,

The plumb and the

Reflection»

The Greening of the Mangrove Part 2 (0)

by Fr Phil Cody sm

One other lesson impressed itself on me as I ‘waited’ alongside the mangrove. The message to ‘SIT DOWN’. As the late Bishop Finau SM stated in a sermon to us in the seminary, ‘Be prepared to waste time with us’. He was lamenting those people coming to Tonga who were like tourists who took photos and left.   No, if …

Saints»

September Saints (0)

Saint John Gabriel Perboyre (1802-1840)

John Gabriel Perboyre was born in Montgesty, France, in 1802, into a family which gave three other religious to the Church. John’s younger brother, Louis, felt called to the seminary, and John was asked to accompany him to help him adjust.  Like his uncle and brother, Peter joined the Vincentians and was ordained in 1826. Louis applied to be sent …

Spirituality»

The Greening Of The Mangrove (0)

by Fr Phil Cody sm

My Mother used to say the best part of holiday is looking forward to it! There is truth in that. The same might be said of my expectation of meeting up with the mangrove tree I had befriended while on retreat in Australia.1   When I arrived at the beach at the Mary MacKillop Centre called The Haven for …

Theological Reflection»

Mary for Today: The Annunciation – A Call to Vocation (0)

by Br Kieran Fenn FMS

It is easy to imagine Mary as a young woman, soon to be married to Joseph, dreaming of a loving marriage, a family, a home in the village among the people she knew.  There, she would lead a quiet life far from the gaze of the Roman occupation, protected from the bustle of the city and the thirsty desert of …