October 2016

October is traditionally the month of the Holy Rosary  
Apostolate of Prayer Intentions  
General Intention
– Journalists.  That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.  
Evangelization - World Mission Day.  That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.

The Reflections for this month are taken from the Constitutions.

1 October – Saturday | St Thérèse of Lizieux, d. 1897, Carmelite theologian.  
Suzanne Aubert, d. 1926, Founder of the Sisters of Compassion. Vocation of Compassion
Mass for deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.

Readings at Mass - Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Lk 10:17-24.  Alt. Is 66:10-14; Mt 18:1-5.  
Intention - That we share our prayer. - The Brothers’ Community at North Fitzroy in Melbourne.

Reflection - The vows, which are an expression of our love of the Lord, are a unifying force in the Marist community. Chastity, since it frees the heart from a possessive love, opens it to the breath and dynamism of a love that encompasses everyone. Poverty puts all that we are and everything that we have at the service of others. Obedience directs the community to seeking and carrying out the will of God. (C50)

27 Year C

2 October – 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Hab 1:2-3, 2:2-4; 2 Tim 1:6-8, 13-14; Lk 17:5-19  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 3  
Intention - That we respond as Mary did. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marist College in North Sydney.  
Reflection - We accept one another, different in many ways, yet complementary. Each of us should take an interest in the life and work of his Brothers. (C51)

3 October – Monday  Joyful - Brenton Brown.  
Readings at Mass - Gal 1:6-12; Lk 10:25-37.  
Intention - For a spirit of reconciliation. - Marists at St Joseph’s School in Northam, Western Australia.

Reflection - We try to develop a finely-tuned awareness of others – a sensitivity of heart which is quick to see that a companion is in trouble, and which finds a tactful way of helping him. (C51)

4 October – Tuesday |   St Francis of Assisi  Prayer of St Francis 
Readings at Mass - Gal 1:13-24; Lk 10:28-42.  Alt. Gal 6:14-18; Mat 11:25-30.  
Intention - That the education of the young remain a priority.  - Marists at Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood, Sydney.

Reflection - Putting aside our egoism and touchiness, we accept with simplicity a Brother’s admonition. We know how to ask pardon and to give it, trying to free our hearts from any resentment. In this way, our community becomes a place of friendship, of life shared, where the human qualities and the spiritual gifts of each Brother can flourish. (C51)

St Francis - d. 1226, Founder of the Franciscans. He grew up very wealthy but gave up his old ways and habits and to serve God. He distributed clothes, goods and money to the poor. He lived like a beggar.  Francis was humble. He loved God's creatures. He loved birds and beasts. He loved the depressed and the outcastes. He treated the birds, the beasts and all beings as brothers and sisters and went from village to village preaching the love of God.

St. Francis of Assisi - The Man Who Loved Everybody

5 October - Wednesday  Magnificat (All That I Am) - David Haas.  
Readings at Mass - Gal 2:1-2, 7-24; Lk 11:1-4.  
Intention - That young people discover Christ. - The Champagnat Marists at Païta in New Caledonia.

Reflection - Within the community the Superior represents Jesus Christ. By his presence, his care for the Brothers, and his availability, he helps build up a climate of understanding and harmony among them. He gives stimulus to the common effort, coordinates it, and provides continuity and cohesion. The mediation and animation of the local Superior are the main factors in keeping the community united to the Province, so that it becomes a living cell of the Institute. (C52)

6 October – Thursday | St Bruno  
World Teachers’ Day.             Psalm 139 - Wonderfully Made  
Readings at Mass - Gal 3:1-5; Lk 11:5-13.  
Intention - That we be open to life-long conversion. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Parramatta Marist High School in western Sydney.

Reflection - Following the example and teaching of Father Champagnat, the community sees the young Brother as a gift from God and a sign of Mary’s care for us. He brings to us the richness of a young man’s heart and mind, with its enthusiasm and its quest for authenticity. In a community where he is welcomed and engaged, he finds community life a setting that strengthens him in his vocation. (C53)

7 October – Friday | Our Lady of the Rosary  Our Lady of the Rosary.  
Readings at Mass - Gal 3:7-14; Lk 11:15-26.  Alt. Acts 1:12-14; Lk 1:26-38.  
Intention - For faithfulness to Marcellin’s spirit and vision.  - Marists at Marist Catholic College Penshurst, Sydney.

Reflection - A mature Brother, enriched as he is by the experiences of his successes and failures, contributes his dynamism and balance to the community, and, in turn, receives support and encouragement to enter ever more fully into his vocation. (C53)

The Rosary is a meditation that focuses on events in the life of Jesus and Mary. There are 20 Mysteries group in 5 themes: 1) The Luminous Mysteries, 2) The Joyful Mysteries, 3) The Sorrowful Mysteries and 5) The Glorious Mysteries.

The feast day was established by Saint Pius V on the anniversary of the naval victory won by the Christian fleet at Lepanto, October 7, 1571. The victory was attributed to the help of the holy Mother of God whose aid was invoked through praying the Rosary. The celebration of this day invites all to mediate upon the mysteries of Christ, following the example of the Mary who throughout her life loved Jesus and followed his ways.

8 October - Saturday 
Never Going Back to OK - The Afters.  

Readings at Mass - Gal 3:22-29; Lk 11:27-28.  

Intention - That we grow in self-surrender to God. - Marists at Mt Maria College in Petrie, Brisbane.  

Reflection - The perseverance of the elderly Brother is a living sign of the Lord’s faithfulness. He does not see his life’s work as finished, but tries to render whatever service he can, and takes a lively interest in the Brothers engaged in the active apostolate. By his prayer and the offering up of his sufferings, he carries on an effective apostolate. The community holds him in deep respect and affection. (C53)

28 Year C

9 October - 28th  Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - 2 Kg 5:14-17; 2 Tim 2:8-13; Lk 17:11-19.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 4  
Intention - That like Mary we be open to the gift of grace in lives.  - The Champagnat Marists at Cardinal McKeefry primary school in Wellington.

Reflection - Following the Founder’s example, the members of the community see the sick or suffering Brother as a source of blessings. They are attentive to see that he receives every care and spiritual help that his condition calls for. (C54)

10 October – Monday | Fiji Islands Independence Day | World Sight Day   
Readings at Mass - Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31 - 5:1; Lk 11:29-32.  
Intention - For lives reflecting trust in God’s love.  - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Port Moresby, the administration centre for the District of Melanesia.

Reflection - For his part, the sick or suffering Brother looks to the Lord and to Mary for strength, keeping in mind that by his sufferings, united with the Redeemer’s, he “makes up in his own body the hardships that still have to be undergone by Christ for the sake of His body, the Church.” (C54)

11 October - Tuesday St John XXIII  
Yom Kippur, The Jewish Day of Atonement

Readings at Mass - Gal 5:1-6; Lk 11:37-41.  
Intention - Thankfulness for God’s blessings on the Institute.  - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Marcellin College in Randwick, eastern Sydney.

Marist Anniversary - 1826 The First Vows in the Institute were made by eight Brothers at the Hermitage.

Reflection - The community will show a great and loving care for a Brother who has come to life’s end. Each of its members gives the dying man the support and comfort of his presence and prayers. The Eucharist, received as Viaticum, helps him to complete the consecration he has lived. In this way, the Brother can experience the happiness of dying as a member of Mary’s family. (C55)

12 October - Wednesday 
I Will Be Here - Steven Curtis Chapman

Readings at Mass - Gal 5:18-25; Lk 11:42-46.  
Intention - For the community that Marcellin created.  - For all those working with and participating in the young Marist initiatives across the Region.

Marist Anniversary - 1839 Brother François was elected first Superior General, with Brothers Louis-Marie and Jean-Baptiste as his Assistants. - 1891 Champagnat Marist apostolate began at Timaru, New Zealand.

Reflection - We frequently pray for the dead. In the communion of saints, we feel ourselves united to our Brothers who are already at home with God. (C55)

13 October - Thursday God Of Wonders – Kutless.  
Readings at Mass - Eph 1:1-10; Lk 11:47-54.  
Intention - That the Good News be our credibility. – The Champagnat Marists at St Anne's primary school in Wellington.

Reflection - The Brothers’ love for one another extends also to their families. This is shown by a warm welcome into our communities and by prayer, especially in times of happiness or of sorrow. Our religious consecration deepens and makes more sensitive our love for our parents. (C56)

14 October – Friday | St Callistus I 
Excuse Me God, I Am Still Doing My Thing Here
Readings at Mass - Eph 1:11-14; Lk 12:1-7.  
Intention - For lives reflecting trust in God’s love.  - Marists at St Peter Claver College in Riverview, Brisbane.

Reflection - Prayer in common is an essential element in Marist Community life. Since our faith in Jesus has brought us together, it is, above all, our prayer that builds up the community each day. We are all jointly responsible for this prayer, which weaves together the threads of daily events in our lives. Each of us draws support from the presence and example of his confreres. (C57)

15 October – Saturday | St Teresa of Avila, d. 1582, Carmelite theologian. b. Avila in Spain, d. at Alba in Italy. Joined Carmelite Order which she later reformed successfully in spite of great trials.  Wrote works renowned for their depth of doctrine and showing her spiritual experiences.  A commanding, attractive person; frank, affectionate, cheerful, and witty.

A Short Introduction to the Carmetites.   St. Teresa of Avila.
Christ Has No Body Now But Yours - David Ogden.

Readings at Mass - Eph 1:15-23; Lk 12:8-12.  Alt: Rom 8:22-27; Jn 15:1-8  
Intention - That healing releases new life in us. - The Brothers’ Community at Rosalie in Brisbane.

Reflection - The very fact that it gives witness to the brotherly love of consecrated people makes the community an evangelizing force in the local church. (C58)

29 Year C

16 October - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time | World Mission Day 
Readings at Mass - Ex 17:8-13; 2 Tim 3:14 - 4:2; Lk 18:1-8.  
Link to readings USCCB  
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 1  
Intention - For a deepening sense of communion with each other, and with all of creation. - Marists at the John Therry Catholic High School in Rosemeadow, south west Sydney.

Reflection - As Marist Brothers, we practise tolerance, courtesy, mutual support, and the other “little virtues” recommended by the Founder to maintain union in the community. (C59)

17 October – Monday | St Ignatius of Antioch, c.108, Succeeded St Peter as 2nd Bishop of Antioch; a respected writer on theology, the Church and the Christian life; imprisoned in Rome and martyred under Trajan. Saint Ignatius of Antioch - 17 October.  

Readings at Mass - Eph 2:1-10; Lk 12:13-21.  Alt. Phil 3:17-4:1; Jn 12:24-26.  
Intention - That we respond to the urgent needs of young people.  - The Champagnat Marists at St Patrick's primary school in Greymouth, New Zealand.

Reflection - The openness the community has for pastoral action leads it to accept as its own the apostolic work of each of its Brothers. They, for their part, whatever may be their occupation, participate fully in the community so that love may be strengthened. (C58)

Marist Volunteers provides an opportunity for Marists to freely offer their presence and service in Marist mission in the Pacific and beyond with the Marist Volunteer Network. Visit the international website and the District of the Pacific website.

18 October - Tuesday | St Luke  
Readings at Mass - 2 Tim 4:10-17; Lk 10:1-9.  
Intention - That our lives witness to communion. - The Champagnat Marists at Sacred Heart primary school in Timaru, New Zealand.

Reflection - In living out the demands of our vows and of our daily duties, in serving the Brothers, and in enduring the painful aspects of life together - inevitably present because of our limitations – each of us will find many opportunities to renounce himself and carry his cross in the footsteps of Jesus. (C59)

Marist Volunteers provides an opportunity for Marists to freely offer their presence and service in Marist mission in the Pacific and beyond with the Marist Volunteer Network. Visit the international website and the District of the Pacific website.

19 October - Wednesday | Ss John of Brébeuf and Isaac Jogues and their Companions | St Paul of the Cross  
Readings at Mass - Eph 3:2-12; Lk 12:39-48.  
Intention - For renewed vision. - Marists at Catholic College in Sale, east of Melbourne.

Reflection - Community recreation and sharing of our views help to build up family spirit. When we share in all honesty, we offer to our Brothers what is best within us. (C60)

20 October – Thursday |  Fr Jerzy Popieluszko, d. 1984, Priest and martyr of Solidarity in Poland.
Documentary on Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko: A martyr who fought against communism.  
Readings at Mass - Eph 3:2-12; Lk 12:49-53.  
Intention - That we realise our identity in God. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Ltyentye Apurte in Santa Teresa, Northern Territory, Australia.

Reflection - The community meeting, by encouraging us to speak and to listen, is an effective way of helping community spirit to grow. We bring simplicity and good will to these meetings and take an active part in them. Realising that it takes time to create community, we do not allow ourselves to be discouraged when difficulties and tensions arise. (C60)

21 October - Friday  
The Way – Jeremy Camp.  
Readings at Mass - Eph 4:1-6; Lk 12:54-59.  
Intention - That God’s life within transforms us. - The Champagnat Marists, school and community at Santo in Vanuatu.

Reflection - We value silence because it opens us to the mystery of others, thus preparing us for heart-to-heart communication and sustaining it. It leads us, out of love for our Brothers, to respect times for prayer, for work, and for rest. (C60)

22 October - Saturday | St John Paul II
3 Paths of Joy.  
Readings at Mass - Eph 4:7-16; Lk 13:1-9.  
Intention - That love continues to change our lives. - Marists at Notre Dame College in Shepparton, Victoria.

Reflection - By the obligation of life in common, we are bound to live in our house and to leave it only with the Superior’s permission. Our lodgings must meet the needs of community living. Whatever be the kind of house and wherever it be located, the community premises should always be tidy, and furnished in a way that visibly reflects our poverty. (C61)

 23 October | 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time  

Readings at Mass - Sirach 35:12-14, 16-19; 2 Tim 4:6-8, 16-18; Lk 18:9-14.  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 2.

Intention - That we be inclusive of all people. - The Champagnat Marist Community and their vocation ministry at Bikenibeu on Tarawa, Kiribati.  
Reflection - As a sign of our consecration and as a witness to poverty and Marist simplicity, we wear the habit of the Institute, as described in the Statutes. (C61)

24 October – Monday |  St Anthony Claret - d. 1870, born in Spain he became a bishop in Cuba and founded the Claretian Fathers.  
Universal Youth - The Thirsting.  

Readings at Mass - Eph 4:21 - 5:8; Lk 13:10-17  
Intention - For those Brothers working in other Provinces.  - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the Sacred Heart Colleges in Somerton Park and Mitchell Park in Adelaide.

Reflection - The Marist community welcomes all who come, as if receiving Jesus in person. In this way we live out in a practical manner our brotherhood to all. Active in its own immediate neighbourhood like leaven in the dough, the community must also be open to all people in its prayer and in its apostolate. (C62)

25 October - Tuesday  Champagnat's Legacy
Readings at Mass - Eph 5:21-33; Lk 13:18-21  
Intention - For the strengthening of our relationships. - The Brothers’ Community at St Helen’s Park in Campbelltown.  

Reflection - Community is a grace of the Holy Spirit. Brought together without having chosen our companions, we welcome one another as gifts of the Lord. (C63)

26 October - Wednesday  Awesome God  
Readings at Mass - Eph 6:1-9; Lk 13:22-30  
Intention - That God’s compassion guides us. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Thomas More Primary School in Sunshine Beach, north of Brisbane.

Reflection - In our untiring and ever-renewed effort to be reconciled with one another and to live in communion, we become a sign of unity for those who see the way in which we live. We are, however, always aware of the gap between this grace that the Lord is constantly offering us and the reality of our life. Therefore, we pray that, despite the difficulties encountered, we may remain united in the name of the Lord Jesus. (C63)

27 October - Thursday 
Roots – inspirational video

Readings at Mass - Eph 6:10-20; Lk 13:31-35.  
Intention - That we become living signs of the Father’s tenderness.  - The Champagnat Marist Community at Marcellin Centre in Vatuwaqa, Suva, Fiji.

Reflection - Jesus, conversing with the Father, teaches us to listen to God and to respond to Him. Always attentive to the Father in accepting His condition as incarnate Son and in undertaking the plan of salvation given Him to accomplish, Jesus spoke to the Father of His longings and love, His praise and thanksgiving, His anguish, and His joy in the Spirit. (C64)

28 October – Friday | Ss Simon and Jude, Apostles. Nothing is known of Simon except that he was born at Cana and was known as "the Zealot"; said to have preached the gospel in Egypt and later Persia with Jude.  Jude (aka Thaddaeus) is traditionally identified as the brother of James and writer of the letter of his name; thought to have preached and died in Persia; patron saint of "hopeless cases".

Discovering our Saints - Sts. Simon and Jude. 

Intention - That we respond to the signs of the times around us.  - The Champagnat Marist Community and Novices at Lomeri in Fiji.

Marist Anniversary - 1816 While visiting a dying youth and finding him ignorant of the Catholic faith, Marcellin Champagnat resolved to found an Institute of teaching Brothers.

The Montagne Incident. Within a month or two of arriving in his first parish Marcellin Champagnat was called to attend a sick young man.  It was clear that Jean-Baptiste Montange he was dying. Marcellin offered to pray with the young man. Marcellin was dismayed that the young 17-year-old had not even heard about God, let alone knew any prayers. Marcellin assured him that the compassionate God of Jesus Christ loved him and guaranteed him a place in heaven. He died later that night. That incident confirmed for Marcellin his conviction that, ‘We need brothers’ was a call of God. On 2 January 1817, not six months after his ordination as priest, the first two young men joined him forming a community of brothers to help young people. 

29 October - Saturday 10 Great Motivational Quotes
Readings at Mass - Phil 1:18-26; Lk 14:7-11  
Intention - That like Mary we too may say yes.  - The Brothers’ community at Templestowe in Melbourne.

Marist Anniversary - 1824 Father Pierre Colin wrote to his Bishop: "My Lord, today the Little Society of Mary begins." It was the day that Etienne Declas joined Pièrre and John-Claude Colin, and a team was formed to do missionary work in outlying mountain areas.

Reflection - Ours is a community apostolate. It begins with the witness of the consecrated life that we live together. The community stands closely knit as one, and, in this bond, sustains and encourages the apostolic work of each of its members. (C82)

31 Year C

30 October - 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Readings at Mass - Wis 11:22 - 12:2; 2 Thess 1:11 - 2:2; Lk 19:1-10  
Link to readings USCCB 
Link to Gospel Commentary  

Office - Week 3.

Intention - That we be led by the Holy Spirit. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s Secondary School in Tenaru – Laumanasa in the Solomon Islands.

Marist Anniversary -1805 Marcellin Champagnat, aged 16 years, entered the Minor Seminary at Verrières to study for the priesthood.

Reflection - The more united and welcoming our community, and the more dynamic its spirit of prayer and zeal, the more effective our apostolic work will be. When our life radiates Christian joy and hope, we awaken in young people the desire to give themselves to follow Christ. (C82)

31 October - Monday  Love Has Come for Me - Colton Dixon. 
Readings at Mass - Phil 2:1-4; Lk 14:12-14  
Intention - For those Brothers living outside Marist communities.  - Marists at the Lavalla Catholic College in Traralgon, Gippsland region of Victoria.

Marist Anniversary -1996, Brs Fernando de la Fuente de la Fuente, Julio Rodríguez Jorge, Miguel Angel Isla Lucio and Servando Mayor García were martyred in Bugobe, Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Reflection - We are close to young people in their actual life situations, taking the risk of going into what may be unexplored areas where those in material and spiritual poverty await the revelation of Christ. In dealing with young people, we show a concern that is humble, simple, and forgetful of self. (C83)