Apostolate of Prayer Intentions
General Intention - Centrality of the Human Person. That each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center.
Evangelization - Mission to Evangelize. That by participating in the Sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.
The reflections for this month are drawn from our Marist documents related to an understanding of the Pillar: In the Way of Mary.
Start of Spring
1 September – Thursday. Nothing Is Impossible – Planetshakers.
Mass for deceased Brothers, parents, relatives, pupils, colleagues and benefactors.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 3:18-23; Lk 5:1-11.
Intention - That our vows be a unifying force in our community. - The Champagnat Marists at Campion College in Gisborne, New Zealand.
Marist Anniversary - 2000, Departure of Brs Mark Paul, Canute Sheehan and Manuel Silva (on loan from the Province of Portugal) to establish a Marist community and begin our first works in Baucau, East Timor.
Reflection - In giving us Mary’s name, Father Champagnat wished us to live her spirit. He was convinced that it was she who has done everything for us, and he called her our Ordinary Resource and our First Superior. (C4)
2 September – Friday | Spring Ember Day – A Special Day of Prayer and Penance | Tazie – Bless the Lord.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 4:1-5; Lk 5:33-39.
Intention - For the Brothers in our community. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Francis Xavier’s College in Hamilton, Newcastle, New South Wales.
Reflection - To make Mary’s spirit our own, we contemplate the life of our Mother and Model. Our ways of being and acting draw their inspiration and guidance from the attitudes that made her the perfect disciple of Christ. (C4)
3 September – Saturday | St Gregory the Great, d. 604, Chief civil magistrate of Rome; became a monk, papal legate to Constantinople; elected pope in 590 when the "barbarian" invasions were destabilising western Europe, first to use the phrase "servant of the servants of God"; sent missionaries to England.
Discovering our Saints - St Gregory the Great.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 4:6-15; Lk 6:1-5. Alt. 2 Cor 4:1-2,5-7; Lk 22:24-30.
Intention - For Brothers who are troubled. - The Champagnat Marists at St Peter's College in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Reflection - Since God gave His Son to the world through Mary, we want to make her known and loved as one who will lead us to Jesus. In this way, we put into action our motto: “All to Jesus through Mary, all to Mary for Jesus”. (C4)
Office - Week 3.
Intention - That our communities may be life-giving. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s College in Hunters Hill, Sydney.
Marist Anniversary - 1846 Br Gerard Fougerousse arrived in Samoa. - 1888 the Marist school apostolate was re-established at Mulivai, Samoa.
Reflection - Mary is for us the perfect model of the Marist educator, as she was for Marcellin. As woman and layperson, Jesus' first follower, she inspires our personal faith. As educator of Jesus at Nazareth, she inspires our pedagogical approach. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 117)
5 September – Monday The Story of Three Frogs - Inspirational Video
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 5:1-8; Lk 6:6-11.
Intention - For our local superiors and community leaders. - For those young men across the Region who are in initial formation to be Brothers.
Reflection - Mary’s was a journey of faith, just like ours. Though schooled in the tradition of her people, she was nevertheless astounded by the extraordinary intervention of God in her life. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 118)
6 September - Tuesday
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 6:1-11; Lk 6:12-19.
Intention - For Brothers in annual vows. - Marists at Assumption College in Kilmore, north of Melbourne.
Reflection - Though “chosen from all women”, she knew the hardship of giving birth in an inhospitable place, far from home, and the life of a refugee. There was dust on her feet. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 118)
7 September - Wednesday Mary, Did You Know.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 7:25-31; Lk 6:6-11.
Intention - For Brothers in mid-life transition. - Marists at Marist College in Kogarah, Sydney.
Reflection - [Mary] knew the joys and trials of life. She marvelled at the greatness of God even as she was disturbed. In faith, she was open to the action of the Holy Spirit. In faith, she pondered on the events of her life and of her Son’s. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 119)
Readings at Mass - Micah 5:1-4 or Rom 8:28-30; Mt 1:1-16,18-23.
Intention - For our elderly Brothers. - Marists at The John Berne School in Lewisham, Sydney, a school for marginalised youth.
Marist Anniversary - 1852 Promulgation of the Common Rules of the Institute.
Reflection - In faith, she [Mary] responded wholeheartedly, not waiting to have answers to all her questions, from her “Yes” at the Annunciation to her grief at the foot of the Cross. In faith, she humbly became one of Jesus’ new family of followers who wanted only to do the will of the Father. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 119)
The celebration of the Birthday of Mary may have originated in Syria or Palestine in the beginning of the 6th C after the Council of Ephesus called Mary, the Mother of God. The Roman church adopted the feast in the 7th C. However, the story of Mary's Nativity is known only from apocryphal sources.
9 September – Friday | St Peter Claver SJ, d. 1654, Jesuit priest who worked with African slaves in South America.
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Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-27; Lk 6:39-42.
Intention - For those who care for our sick and suffering. – The Brothers’ Community at Lidcombe in the inner west of Sydney.
Reflection - Together with Joseph at Nazareth, Mary provided Jesus with the family unity and love he needed to grow as a person. As Jesus developed through adolescence, they gave him the space to establish his own identity. Even when this provoked misunderstanding, they conveyed their trust and continued to foster his maturing “in wisdom, age and grace”. From its beginnings, then, Mary has continued to carry out her mission of mother and educator within the Christian community. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 120)
10 September – Saturday | St Mother Teresa of Calcutta, d. 1997, Founder of the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa's words of Love.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 10:14-22; Lk 6:43-49.
Intention - For our sick and suffering Brothers. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at Trinity Catholic College in Lismore, New South Wales.
Reflection - The marial aspect of our spirituality is expressed, above all, in our identifying with her attitudes towards others and to God. She invites us, in her song of praise, the Magnificat, to give witness to God’s solidarity with people in their needs and sufferings. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 121)
Office - Week 4.
Intention - For Brothers who are approaching life’s end. - The Champagnat Marist Community and Novices at Lomeri in Fiji.
Reflection - She urges us to do whatever Jesus tells us. She is in our midst, a symbol of unity and mission, as she was for the apostles on the day of Pentecost. Like Marcellin, we look to Mary as our Good Mother and Ordinary Resource, and express our devotion to her in ways that are personal, family-based, simple, and that follow the practices of the Church and of local traditions. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 121)
12 September – Monday | Holy Name of Mary
Feast of the Marist Family who place themselves under the ‘name of Mary’.
Patronal Feast of the Society of Mary and the Marist Sisters
We are Marist by Desire. The Beatles - Let it be - Tribute to the Virgin Mary.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 11:17-26; Lk 7:1-10.
Intention - For the Society of Mary and Marist Sisters. - The Champagnat Marists at St Bernard's College in Lower Hutt.
Reflection - We consciously bring a marial dimension to our catechesis and prayer with young people. We lead them to love and honour her. We inspire them to imitate her tenderness, strength, and constancy in faith, and to turn to her often in prayer. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 122)
13 September - Tuesday | St John Chrysostom d. 349, Bishop of Constantinople; a brilliantly successful preacher and writer who explained both the faith and Christian living in spite of opposition, jealousy and being sent into exile twice.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 12:12-14, 27-31; Lk 7:11-17. Alt. Eph 4:1-7, 11-13; Mk 4:1-10, 13-20.
Intention - For our families. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s College in Mabiri, Central Bougainville.
Reflection - In all that we do, we associate ourselves with Mary so as to bring Jesus to birth in the hearts of young people: “All to Jesus through Mary. All to Mary for Jesus”. (In the Footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat, 123)
14 September - Wednesday | Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Readings at Mass - Num 21:4-9 or Phil 2:6-11; Jn 3:13-17.
Intention - That community prayer be the centre of our life together. - The Brothers’ Community at Macedon, north of Melbourne.
Reflection - Champagnat desired that our sole existence in the Church would already be a prophetic contribution, in being little brothers of Mary, that is to say, religious not forming part of the hierarchical structure of the Church and aspiring to live the Gospel in Mary’s way. (He Gave Us the Name of Mary, p.58)
15 September – Thursday | Our Lady of Sorrows
This day calls to mind the hard and painful things in Mary's own life and her share in Jesus' sufferings, through which we are saved. Seven Sorrows of Mary
Readings at Mass - Heb 5:7-9; Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35.
Intention - That our communities witness to brotherly love. - The Brothers’ Community at Madang in Papua New Guinea.
Reflection - Both words are important: little brothers and Mary, and both sum up what we are called to be. As Br Jean-Baptiste, the well-known biographer of the Founder, says in a retreat he gave to the Brothers in 1862: What is our spirit? What particular means did our Founder give us to arrive at perfect charity? The name we bear tells us what our spirit is. (He Gave Us the Name of Mary, p.58)
16 September – Friday | Sts Cornelius and Cyprian | Papua New Guinea Independence Day (1975)
Cornelius was ordained Bishop of Rome in 251, martyred in 253. Cyprian was born in Carthage in 210, ordained Bishop in 249, martyred in 258.
Marist Solidarity Campaign 2013: Connect Lives – Change.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 15:12-20; Lk 8:1-3. Alt. 2 Cor 4:7-15; Jn 17:11-19.
Intention - That the community be open to a variety of pastoral actions. - Marists at the St Peter’s Campus of All Saints College in Maitland, country New South Wales.
Reflection - Marcellin meant us to be apostolic religious in the way of Mary. What does that mean exactly? In the biblical texts, the mother of Jesus questions, pursues her son, gives orders, and travels. (In Her Arms or in Her Heart, pp. 43-44)
17 September – Saturday | St Robert Bellarmine Evangelizers in the midst of youth - Marist Youth Ministry.
Readings at Mass - 1 Cor 15:35-37, 42-49; Lk 8:4-15.
Intention - For Brothers who are finding community life difficult. - The Champagnat Marists at Chanel College in Masterton, New Zealand.
Reflection - Mary sets out “at once and in haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth, makes the definitive pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and at Pentecost is part of the believing community into whom the Spirit of God breathes life and sends forth on mission. Yes, Mary’s story is characterized by movement, by passages from one moment of meaning to another. (In Her Arms or in Her Heart, pp. 43-44)
Office - Week 1.
Intention - That we willingly carry our cross in imitation of Jesus. - The Brothers’ Fraternities at MAPAC, the post-novitiate formation centre in Manila, Philippines.
Reflection - In her role as our Ordinary Resource Mary, the Mother of our Saviour and our Good Mother, is at the centre of our apostolate to the young. She is at the centre of Marist Youth Ministry just as she was during the wedding feast at Cana. There she introduced her Son to the young couple who had run out of wine for their celebration of life. (Evangelisers in the Midst of Youth, 133)
19 September – Monday | St Januarius Bishop and martyr, died at Naples.
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Readings at Mass - Prov 3:27-34; Lk 8:16-18.
Intention - That we be willing to share our views with our Brothers. - Marists engaged in Marist Solidarity projects across the Region.
Reflection - In a similar way we encourage young people to have recourse to her (Mary)in their prayers and imitate her in their lives. At Cana, besides learning how to be a mother, Mary learned how to be a disciple of her own Son. (Evangelisers in the Midst of Youth, 133)
20 September - Tuesday | Sts Andrew Kim Tae-gon & Paul Chong Ha-Sang. Korean martyrs in the 19thC and 103 members of the Christian community – priests and laity, men, women and children – were martyred; among these were the first Korean priest, Andrew Kim Taegon, and the lay apostle, Paul Chong Hasang. They were canonized by Pope John Paul II in Korea in 1984.
Readings at Mass - Prov 21:1-6, 10-13; Lk 8:19-21. Alt. Wis 3:1-9 or Rom 8:31-39; Lk 9:23-26.
Intention - That we be tolerant of others in our community. - For all Marists at Marist Youth Care and the young people in their care.
Reflection - Mary, educator of the youthful Jesus, inspires our love and accompaniment of the young. Relying on her presence, Marist Youth Ministry attempts to answer the great questions in the lives of youth and help them discover the unconditional love of our Father. (Evangelisers in the Midst of Youth, 134)
21 September – Wednesday | St Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist: born at Capernaum; a tax collector when Jesus called him. Wrote his Gospel in Hebrew and, traditionally, preached and evangelised in the East.
Readings at Mass - Eph 4:1-7,11-13; Mt 9:9-13.
Intention - That we value times of silence. - Marists at the Province Centres at Mascot, Ashgrove and Brunswick in Australia.
Reflection - Like the first Christian community at Pentecost, we gather together with young people around Mary. Like the first Marists, we feel inspired to build a Marian Church and we help young people experience the maternal face of that very same Church. (Evangelisers in the Midst of Youth, 134)
22 September - Thursday
Readings at Mass - Eccl 1:2-11; Lk 9:7-9.
Intention - For the homeless in our society. - Marists at Mt Maria College in Mitchelton, Brisbane.
Reflection - Mary is our model for following Jesus. She opens up her life so that God can model it like clay in his hands: Be it done to me, according to your word. The first disciple, she kept all these things, meditating on them in her heart. She listens, welcomes and gives fruit. We keep Jesus present through Mary's features. (Gathered around the same Table, 110)
23 September – Friday | St (Padre) Pio of Pietrelcina, d. 1968, Joined the Franciscans at 16; his special mission was to offer spiritual direction to people.
Readings at Mass - Eccl 3:1-11; Lk 9:18-22.
Intention - That our life style witness to evangelical poverty. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at the Hermitage in Mittagong, south of Sydney.
Reflection - Mary, a lay woman, is also a model for us of the simple and hard-working life. Next to her and Joseph, Jesus learns how to forge relationships, to see the world and to discover his vocation. Like her, we evangelize and we educate through presence. (Gathered around the same Table, 111)
24 September – Saturday | Our Lady of Mercy
Patronal Feast Day of the Sisters of Mercy. Faithful - Brooke Fraser.
Readings at Mass - Eccl 11:9 -12:8; Lk 9:43-45.
Intention - That hospitality be a characteristic of our communities. - The Champagnat Marists at Catholic Cathedral College in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Marist Anniversary - 1836 Father Jean-Claude Colin SM was elected Superior General of the Society of Mary. Twenty Marist Fathers made vows in the Society. Father Champagnat SM gave the Occasional Address.
Reflection - In our families, in the work place, in encounters with friends and neighbours, we manifest the maternal face of the Church in the style of Mary. (Gathered around the same Table, 111)
Office - Week 2.
Intention - That we rejoice in the gift of one another. - The Brothers’ Community and Marists at St Joseph’s Primary School in Murgon, northwest of Brisbane.
Reflection - The image of Mary that Marcellin chose for his Brothers is also our symbol: the Good Mother. We want our relationships to be imbued with her tenderness and proximity. With those feelings of compassion, we present to the world the great gift of God made man. (Gathered around the same Table, 113)
26 September – Monday | Ss Cosmas and Damian, Early Roman martyrs. Patron saints of doctors.
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Readings at Mass - Job 1:6-22; Lk 9:46-50.
Intention - That we remain united despite the difficulties. – The Champagnat Marists at St Patrick's primary school in Greymouth, New Zealand.
Reflection - We feel a special confidence in Mary. Like Marcellin, we admit that she has done everything for us, and it is our custom to go to Christ through his love for his Mother. Devotion to Mary centres us in Jesus and sustains us on the way of the Gospel. (Gathered around the same Table, 114)
27 September - Tuesday | St Vincent de Paul d. 1660, Had a great concern for the poor and unfortunate and his name is associated with relief of the destitute. He cofounded two religious congregations The Congregation of the Mission and The Sisters of Charity. His life and actions inspired the formation of the society that carries his name.
Readings at Mass - Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Lk 9:51-56. Alt. 1 Cor 1:26-31; Mt 9:35-37.
Intention - That we accept God’s plan for our life. - The Brothers’ Community at Netley in Adelaide.
Reflection - Committed to the processes of liberating the excluded, we proclaim Mary's Magnificat, knowing that God is the one who drives us and sustains our efforts to bring about a world in which the hungry are filled with good things. (Gathered around the same Table, 112)
28 September - Wednesday | St Wenceslaus, Born in Bohemia about 907. King of Bohemia in 925. Murdered by his brother in 935. Something MORE.
Readings at Mass - Job 9:1-13, 14-16; Lk 9:57-62.
Intention - That we encourage one another in our apostolic work. - The Champagnat Marists at St Marcellin's primary school in Wanganui, New Zealand.
Reflection - It was [Mary’s] attitude of attentive listening to God’s Word throughout her life that enabled her to receive that Word at the decisive moment of the Annunciation. Because she was able to receive the Word in faith, she was able to enter upon the mystery and privilege of her Divine Motherhood. (Discernment, p. 114)
29 September – Thursday | Ss. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, The Archangels.
Readings at Mass - Dan 7:9-10,13-14 or Apoc 12:7-12; Jn 1:47-51.
Intention - That our communities be places of hospitality. - The Champagnat Marists at Holy Cross primary school in Wellington.
Reflection - In the past popular piety often erroneously depicted Mary as having, from the moment of the Annunciation, complete awareness of all that lay ahead for her and her Son. On the contrary, despite her unique gifts of grace, hers was a journey of faith, like ours. (Discernment, p. 114)
30 September – Friday | St Jerome, d. 420, Scripture scholar and translator. St. Jerome.
Readings at Mass - Job 38:1, 12-21, 40:3-5; Lk 10:13-16. Alt. 2 Tim 3:14-17; Mt 13:47-52.
Intention - For Brothers who work with children at risk. - Marists at St Teresa’s Catholic College in Noosaville, Queensland.
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)
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