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Marist Messenger — the Beginning

by the Editor The Marist Messenger, with Fr Kevin McGrath SM as the editor, began life as The Empire Fetelist in a very modest way in St Heliers, Auckland, in November 1929. The old-fashioned term ‘fetelist’ meant something like ‘an advertisement for a fete’, in this case, the ‘Empire Fete’, to be held on 14 […]

Thursday 24 January

ST FRANCIS DE SALES Hebrews 7:25-8:6; Psalm 39 (40):7-10, 17; Mark 3:7-12 Gentleness St Francis de Sales had to be a leader in church when the Reformation was in full force. He chose interesting weapons in his battles – sincerity, gentleness, respect and love. God does not need bluster or bullying, domination or heavy-handedness. The […]

Friday 17 August

Ezekiel 16: 1-15, 59-63, Canticle Isaiah 12:1-6; Matthew 19:3-12 The question about divorce I’ve been to many weddings. Love is palpable and alive. The promises the couple make are full of hope. Marriages are wonderful causes of celebration. The ceremony, photos and banquet are life-giving and beautiful. Then life changes. Dreams die. Relationships fracture and […]

Friday 29 June

Sts Peter and Paul Acts 12:1-11. Psalm 34, 2 Timothy 4:6-8,17-18, Matthew 16:13-19 The pillars of the Church Peter and Paul were flawed characters who both denied Jesus. It was the effect of these denials that brought them to a state of emptiness. Suddenly it seemed they were filled with God. Or was it sudden? […]

Monday 14 May

ST MATTHIAS, apostle Acts 1:15-17,20-26; Psalm 113; John 15:9-17 I chose you Jesus reminds disciples that it was he who chose them, not they who chose him. The reading from Acts shows how the Holy Spirit guided the apostles in their choice of who was to replace Judas as one of the twelve. Replacements and […]

Thursday 18 January

1 Samuel 18:6-9, 19:1-7; Psalm 56; Mark 3:7-12 Is it all about me? When people acknowledge my good work, I love it, but if somebody wants to help I say ‘no.’ That’s because I’m protecting my patch. I want the acclaim. That’s jealousy. Our friend Saul was jealous because David received more applause. Saul noted: […]

Friday 24 November

St Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59; Canticle 1 Chronicles 29:10-12; Luke 19:45-48 A ‘house of prayer’ Jesus referred to ‘his house’ – the Temple – as a house of prayer. Probably we would think of our own church similarly. It is where we gather at least weekly to pray together. But we […]


Re-opening of St Mary of the Angels church ‘We’ve saved the Church,’ was the jubilant reaction of Parish Priest, Barry Scannell sm, at the blessing and re-opening of St Mary of the Angels on Wednesday evening in Holy Week. He said that one of the saddest aspects of the church being closed was not being […]

Wednesday 17 May

Acts 15:1-6; Psalm 122; John 15:1-8 Abide in my love What a useful extract from Acts for us to reflect on today! We see Paul and Barnabas travelling to join other disciples in Jerusalem to discuss matters of common concern. In 2015 Pope Francis gave us an example by calling representatives – both clergy and […]

Monday 8 May

Acts 11:1-18; Psalm 42; John 10:11-18 Compassion and concern In today's reading Peter has to learn to accept a variety of people different from himself. Likewise our church has many voices: those who wish the church to stay the same and those who wish for change. Pope Francis' compassion and concern for the poor and […]