June 2016

June is traditionally the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Apostolate of Prayer Intentions  
General Intention - Human Solidarity.  That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find, even within the huge cities of the world, opportunities for encounter and solidarity.

Evangelization - Seminarians and Novices.  That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.

The Reflections for this month are taken from the Constitutions.

Start of Winter

1 June - Wednesday | St Justin  (d.165) Philosopher, wrote several books. Martyr.
Mass for deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.  

Readings at Mass - 2 Tim 1:1-13, 6-12; Mk 12:18-27.  Alt. 1 Cor 1:18-25; Mt 5:13-19.  
Intention - For trust in God.  - The Brothers’ Community at Madang in Papua New Guinea.

Reflection - The model of our consecration is Mary, chosen by God to be completely His. She welcomed in faith the Word of God at the Annunciation; she surrendered herself, in love and joy to the workings of the Holy Spirit, giving herself totally to him. (C18)

2 June - Thursday | Ss Marcellinus and Peter - early Roman martyrs   I believe in Jesus
Samoa National Day 

Readings at Mass - 2 Tim 2:8-15; Mk 12:28-34.  
Intention - Thankfulness for God’s faithfulness. - Marists at the St Peter’s Campus of All Saints College in Maitland, country New South Wales.

Reflection - As a woman and mother, Mary knew in her heart the joys and sorrows of life. In Jesus’ company, she lived in utter trust in the Father, even to the foot of the Cross. In the glory of the risen Christ, she becomes, in a special way, the mother of all those consecrated to God. As men dedicated to her, we offer heart-felt thanks to her for the grace of our vocation, confident that her intercession will help us to persevere faithfully. (C18)

3 June - Friday | The Sacred Heart of Jesus

Blessed John XXIII, d. 1963, Pope and initiated Vatican II. 


We Are Called – David Hass

Readings at Mass - Ezek 34:11-16; Rom 5:5-11; Lk 15:3-7.  
Intention - For conversion of heart. - The Champagnat Marist Community at Mangere Bridge in Auckland.

Reflection - Our Founder, who learnt so much from Mary, is always our model of complete self-gift to God and of devotedness to people. His life is a living witness to us of the ideal that he presented to his first followers: "To become a Brother is to take as your goal to become holy." (C18)

4 June - Saturday | The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Tongan National Day  The Miraculous Medal  
Readings at Mass - Is 61:9-11; Lk 2:41-51.  
Intention - That our lives become abundant. - The Brothers’ Fraternities at MAPAC, the post-novitiate formation centre in Manila, Philippines.

Reflection - Our Founder, who learnt so much from Mary, is always our model of complete self-gift to God and of devotedness to people. His life is a living witness to us of the ideal that he presented to his first followers: “To become a Brother is to take as your goal to become holy.” (C18)

Widow of Nain

5 June | 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 17:17-24; Gal 1:11-19; Lk 7:11-17  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 2.

Intention - For those young men discerning their vocation.  - Marists engaged in Marist Solidarity projects across the Region.

Reflection - It is Jesus who gives meaning and value to celibacy lived for the sake of the kingdom. He willed to be born of the Virgin Mary and to be consecrated to His Father’s affairs. In this way, He sets forth clearly His total self-gift to God and the universality of His redeeming love. (C19)

6 June – Monday | St Marcellin Champagnat SM
Died 1840, b.1789 in Le Rosey, ordained 1816, parish priest in La Valla; in 1817 he began to realise his ambition of founding an order of teaching brothers - the Marist Brothers.  When he died there were 250 Brothers working in 47 schools.  His life was motivated by a deep love of God and the poor, and a strong devotion to Mary the mother of Jesus.   Marist Brothers arrived in New Zealand with Bishop Pompallier in 1838.
Marcellin Champagnat - A Heart that knew no bounds
Pastoral Note: The proper Office - and Mass of St Marcellin Champagnat may be used in Marist communities.  
Readings of the Mass - Tobit 12:1,5-15,20; Mk 12:38-44.  
Intention - That like Marcellin, God is the centre of our lives. - For all Marists at Marist Youth Care and the young people in their care.

Marist Anniversaries- 1840 Death of Marcellin Champagnat, aged 51, at the Hermitage.  - 1961 Introduction of the Causes of Beatification of twenty one Brothers martyred in Spain.

Reflection - St Marcellin Champagnat loved young people. They, in turn, found his enthusiasm and energy contagious. Three elements fuelled his passion for life and shaped his spirituality: an awareness of God’s presence, an unwavering confidence in Mary and her protection, and the two uncomplicated virtues of simplicity and humility. He gave his Brothers a clear mission. Proclaim the Word of God directly to the young, he said, and among them, particularly to those most neglected.

7 June - Tuesday  Make An Impact - Inspirational Video by Ben Lionel Scott
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 17:7-16; Mt 5:17-19.  
Intention - That we be grateful for all of our lives – the good as well as the bad. - Marists at the Province Centres at Mascot, Ashgrove and Brunswick in Australia.

Reflection - In His relations with men and women, which broke through the traditional confines imposed by the society of his times, Jesus is seen as both perfectly chaste and totally human. (C19)

8 June - Wednesday Shine Jesus shine  
Readings of the Mass - 1 Kg 18:20-39; Mat 5:17-19.  
Intention - For boundless vision and outlook. - Marists at Mt Maria College in Mitchelton, Brisbane.

Marist Anniversary - 1840 Father Champagnat SM was buried in the Brothers’ cemetery at the Hermitage.

Reflection - We see in Jesus a sensitivity to every kind of distress, a respect for each person. We find in Him simplicity and goodness, and the ability to awaken what was most noble in the hearts of those he met. (C19)

9 June – Tuesday | St Ephraim d. 373, Deacon and Doctor of the Church  
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 18:41-46; Mt 5:20-26.  
Intention - That our hearts remain open. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the Hermitage in Mittagong, south of Sydney.

Reflection - By the evangelical counsel of chastity, Jesus calls us to live, as He did, a life wholly given to God and to people. Our accepting to be celibate “for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven” is our response to His call, and a witness to His Kingdom. This acceptance brings into being a union with God that does not involve a human partner, and establishes us as brothers to all people. (C20)

10 June - Friday  The Book of Acts in 3 Minutes
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 19:9, 11-16; Mt 5:27-32.  
Intention - That we be faithful to the spirit of the beatitudes.  - The Champagnat Marists, school and community at Marist Brothers Primary School in Mulivai, Apia, Samoa.

Reflection - In professing the vow of chastity, we accept the gift of the Father, and we give ourselves to a love relationship with Christ and with Him alone, holding nothing back. We set aside married life and fatherhood, and we live out perfect continence in celibacy. (C20)

11 June – Saturday | St Barnabas, chosen after Pentecost as companion to St Paul on his missionary journeys. Because of this special task he is referred to as an apostle even though not a member of the original twelve.  He is said to have been martyred in Cyprus. 

Readings at Mass - Acts 11:21-26,13:1-3; Mt 10:7-13.  
Intention - That we experience Jesus personally as Lord.  - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s Primary School in Murgon, northwest of Brisbane.

Marist Anniversary - 1978 First vows taken by Indian Brothers.

Reflection - We look to Mary, as Father Champagnat did, as guide and support in learning to live the chaste life. She was the woman who was the first to live a life of virginity because of Christ. She became life-giving through the power of the Holy Spirit. (C21)

11 Year C

12 June | 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - 2 Sam 12:7-10, 13; Gal 2:16, 19-21; Lk 7:36-8:3
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 3.

Intention - For those Brothers working in other Provinces.  - The Champagnat Marists at John Paul II High School in Greymouth, New Zealand.

Marist Anniversary - 1954 St Peter Chanel SM was canonised.

Reflection - In making a place for her in our home, we learn how people are to be loved, and we, in turn, become living signs of the Father’s tenderness. We make young people welcome, our hearts open to receive them and ready to serve them. Mary inspires us to have constant concern for their welfare, and to respond with selfless love to their appeals for help. (C21)

13 June - Monday | St Anthony of Padua  d. 1231, Franciscan theologian.
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 21:1-16; Mt 5:38-42.  Alt. Is 61:1-3; Lk 10:1-9.  
Intention - That God disturbs us to new actions.  - The Brothers’ Community at Netley in Adelaide.

Reflection - Our vow of chastity admits us to deeper levels of the mystery of the Church. Married Christians are the signs of the spousal bond between Christ and His Church. By our celibacy, we testify to the reality of this espousal and proclaim the coming of a new world where everyone will find in God their perfect love. (C22)

14 June - Tuesday  Fruit of the Spirit – Love 
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 21: 17-29; Mt 5:43-48.  
Intention - For courage to respond to the Spirit’s promptings. – The Champagnat Marists at Pacific Rise, Auckland, the administration centre for the District of the Pacific.

Reflection - The faithfulness shown by married couples is a stimulus to our loving the Lord with all our being; and our celibacy, joyously lived, encourages them to remain together until death. It can enlighten those whom the Lord has called to the consecrated life to give themselves to Him without reserve. (C22)

15 June - Wednesday  Set Me As A Seal - Matt Maher  
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 2:1, 6-14; Mt 6:1-6, 16-18.  

Intention - That our trust in God endures. - The Champagnat Marist Community at Ngaruawahia in the Waikato region of New Zealand.

Reflection - The members of our community are the first to share in that love of everyone to which we are committed. This love also finds expression in the welcome we give to those who visit us. Our love for our Brothers should be simple and whole-hearted. We should be sympathetic enough to sense their difficulties, humble enough to share their joys, and generous enough to give ourselves to each one of them. (C23)

16 June - Thursday Open the eyes of my heart Lord - Maranatha music
Readings at Mass - Sirach 48:1-14; Mt 6:7-15.  
Intention - For a sense of personal inner peace. - Marists at St Teresa’s Catholic College in Noosaville, Queensland.

Reflection - Living together as Brothers is of great assistance in the maturing of our chastity. In times when the loneliness of celibacy weighs heavily on us, each of us ought to feel that he can rely on the sympathetic support of his Brothers. Their friendship helps us to keep our balance amid tensions. Mutual trust and the spirit of faith help us to be open, to share, and, when need be, to challenge. (C23)

17 June - Friday Psalm 23, The Lord is my Shepherd  
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Mt 6:19-23.  
Intention - For trust. - The Brothers’ Community in the University College of Aquinas, Adelaide.

Reflection - Chastity that is lived truly, opens our heart to friendship, which is a gift of God, who reveals His love in a human person. As consecrated men, we love those whom we meet as brothers and sisters in Christ. We gladly receive their love as an expression of the love of the Lord, always aware that He alone can fully satisfy the yearnings of our heart. Knowing our frailty, we recognize the need for reserve and prudence. (C24)

18 June – Saturday   Beautiful Beyond Description (I Stand in Awe of You) - Beth Croft.  
Readings at Mass - 2 Chr 24:17-25; Mt 6:24-34.  
Intention - That we realise the depth of God’s love for us.  - The Brothers’ Community at North Fitzroy in Melbourne.

Reflection - To foster our love relationship with the Lord, we need to be faithful to meeting Him in prayer, especially in meditation. This makes it possible for us to be at peace with the solitude inherent in chastity. Receiving the Body of the Lord gives us strength to go on our way through difficulties, which vary with each culture, each temperament, and the different stages of life. (C25)

12 Year C

19 June | 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Zech 12:10-11, 13:1; Gal 3:26-29; Lk 9:18-24
Link to readings USCCB  
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 4.

Intention - For trust and confidence in God. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marist College in North Sydney.

Reflection - In temptations and struggles, we open ourselves to the touch of Christ, who heals our wounds, delivers us from egoistic longings, and makes us children of the resurrection. Moreover, we take advantage of spiritual direction and that source of revitalized love, the Sacrament of Reconciliation. (C25)

20 June - Monday  Our God Reigns - Generation Unleashed.  
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 17:5-8, 13-15, 18; Mt 7:1-5.  
Intention - For a spirit of compassion. - Marists at St Joseph’s School in Northam, Western Australia.

Reflection - Christian asceticism, by the renunciation inherent in it, helps us to mature in love. (C26)

21 June – Tuesday | St Aloysius Gonzagad. 1591, Jesuit priest.  Died nursing plague victims at the Jesuit hospital Rome.
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36; Mt 7:6, 12-14.  Alt. 1 Jn 5:1-5; Mt 22:34-40  
Intention -That we remain in God’s constant love. - Marists at Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood, Sydney.

Reflection - We are attentive to all that promotes physical and psychological well-being. We make an enlightened and prudent use of leisure activities and of the mass media. We shape our conduct to the dictates of a delicate conscience. We accept life’s trials, uniting ourselves to Christ in His passion. So that we can be wholly His and free to love those sent to us, we work to purify our hearts. (C26)

22 June - Wednesday | St Paulinus of Nola (NZ) | Sts John Fisher & Thomas More
John Fisher - (1469-1535) Bishop of Rochester. Thomas More (1477-1535) Chancellor of England.  They opposed Henry VIII divorce and were executed on 22 June and 6 July respectively.  

Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 22:8-13, 23:1-3; Mt 7:15-20.  Alt: 1 Pet 4:12-19; Mt 10:34-39.  
Intention - That we be humble people. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Païta in New Caledonia.

Reflection - The chastity we live in consecrated celibacy is a sign of contradiction to the world. We proclaim gospel values in treating one another with respect, in living purely, and in compassionately loving those whom society refuses to accept. (C27)

23 June –Thursday |  St Paulinus of Nola (AUS)  One Bread One Body  
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 24:8-17; Mt 7:21-29.  
Intention - For gratitude to God. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Parramatta Marist High School in western Sydney.

Marist Anniversary - 1815 Marcellin Champagnat, Jean-Marie Vianney, and Jean-Claude Colin were ordained deacons at Lyon.

Reflection - Knowing that chastity is a gift of the Holy Spirit, we pray that all consecrated men and womwn may recieve the grace to be faithful to it, so that they may experience the joy promised to the undivided heart. (C27)

24 June – Friday | Birthday of John the Baptist, forerunner of the Messiah, cousin of Jesus. See LK 1:57-80.  The Birth of John the Baptist  
Readings at Mass - Day: Is 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Lk 1:57-66, 80.  Vigil: Jer 1:4-10; 1 Pet 1:8-12; Lk 1:5-17.

Office - of the Solemnity.  

Intention - For inner freedom. - Marists at Marist Catholic College Penshurst, Sydney.

Reflection - Christ, who, although rich, became poor for love of us, urges us to become one with him in His poverty. He was born in deprivation, lived by the work of His hands, announced the good news to the poor and proclaimed them blessed. Knowing that he had received everything from the Father, He gave Himself freely into His hands and emptied Himself to the point of dying on a cross. (C28)

25 June – Saturday  Communion Song 
Readings at Mass - Lam 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Mt 8:5-17  
Intention - That we love as God loves. - Marists at Mt Maria College in Petrie, Brisbane.

Reflection - Through love, we follow in the footsteps of Jesus to learn from Him how to live fully, in a spirit of detachment, our vow of poverty. (C28)

 13 Year C

 26 June – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - 1 Kg 19:16, 19-21; Gal 5:1, 13-18; Lk 9:51-62  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 1.

Intention - For the gift of self-acceptance. - The Champagnat Marists at Verdon College in Invercargill, New Zealand.

Reflection - Implicit in the evangelical counsel of poverty is living poorly, in fact as well as in spirit. We renounce the use and disposal, without authorization, of all money or of all material goods of value. We retain, nevertheless, the ownership of goods, the right to acquire more, and to add to our possessions the profits accruing from them. We hand over the administration to others. (C29)

27 June – Monday | St Cyril of Alexandria | Our Lady of Perpetual Help  
Readings at Mass - Amos 2:6-10, 13-16; Mt 8:18-22.  
Intention - For those Brothers living outside Marist communities.  - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Port Moresby, the administration centre for the District of Melanesia.

Reflection - The heart of Mary is revealed to us in her Magnificat, where, true to the tradition of the “poor of Israel”, she puts her trust in the Lord’s faithfulness. Together with Joseph the carpenter, she lives as one of the insignificant people of Nazareth. (C30)

28 June - Tuesday | St Irenaeusd.202, Bishop of Lyon, theologian and martyr.  
Readings at Mass - Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12; Mt 8:23-27.  Alt. 2 Tim 2:22-26; Jn 17:20-26.  
Intention - That we see ourselves as sent by God. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marcellin College in Randwick, eastern Sydney.

Reflection - From the Annunciation to Calvary, Mary gives her active consent to every kind of detachment asked of her by God. In her company, we gradually break loose from our earthly attachments, in accordance with the purifying purpose of the Lord, who fashions within us a heart that is poor. (C30)

29 June - Monday | Sts Peter and Paul  
Readings at Mass - Acts 12:1-11; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 17-18; Mt 16:13-19.  
Intention - For hearts that can forgive. - The Brothers’ Community at Seabird in Randwick, eastern Sydney and the Young Marists to whom they minister.

Reflection - We live out the reality of personal and community poverty in adopting a life of work and frugality, and in seeking only what is truly necessary. (C32)

30 June - Tuesday | First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church  
Readings at Mass
- Amos 7:10-17; Mt 9:1-8.  
Intention - That we be prayerful people. - The Champagnat Marists at Marist Brothers Primary School in Suva, Fiji.

Marist Anniversary - 1858 The death of Jeanne-Marie Chavoin SM, foundress, with Father Colin SM, of the Marist Sisters.

Reflection - Our poverty is evidenced also by the simplicity that is to characterize our approach to life, our style of living, and our apostolic action. (C32)