Sep
6
3:30pm 3:30pm

Local Melbourne Gathering: Alive with Gospel Fire!

On Wednesday, 6th September, we gathered in the newly opened Atrium at Marcellin College Bulleen. What a magnificent space, so rich in history and Marist symbolism.

Br Michael Herry led us in song and prayer. His enthusiasm and passion soon had us all joining in the singing!

The focus of our Gathering was the unpacking of the Module on Christian Discipleship taken from our Growing the Spiritual Family booklet. Joe McCarthy led this reflection. He adopted a contemplative approach which enabled us to reflect on our own understanding of discipleship.

We welcomed three new members to the Marist Association: Grace Johnstone, Maureen Caldow and Sarah Cattapan. A warm welcome is extended to all of them - it is always good to ‘grow’ our Marist Family.

A big thank you to all who attended – these gatherings, where we pray and discern together, help to enrich us all.

God Bless.

Gail Coates
Local Coordinator

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Aug
25
to Aug 27

Marist Association Regional Retreat Perth

On Friday evening Marist Association members from Perth and from Bunbury gathered at New Norcia, the place of the first Marists in Western Australia from 1913 – 1964, for their Retreat facilitated by Br Tony Shears fms, Lord Teach Us to Pray – an exploration of our deepening relationship with God, Jesus, the Spirit and Mary.

Our 16 participants were led through a variety of different ways of Praying, Reflections and Personal Quiet Time by Br Tony, who was able to cater to the different needs of each participant by offering a plethora of ideas and resources.

We joined the Benedictine Monks, three of whom are ex- students of Marist Schools from different states, for Mass and Vespers in the Monastery Oratory. We also joined the New Norcia Community for Sunday Mass in the Abbey Church which was originally built in 1861 and has been added to over the years to accommodate the large congregation consisting of the Monks, locals and a number of retreat and school camp groups, tourists and pilgrims who have completed the Camino Walk from St Joseph’s at Subiaco in the Footsteps of Dom Salvado and Dom Serra.

The historic and spiritual atmosphere of New Norcia, along with it’s rich tradition of Marist Education made it an ideal location for out first Marist Association Retreat. We not only had the opportunity to take time to deepen our relationship and prayer life with God, Jesus, Spirit and Mary but also the occasion to build community among ourselves as Marist Association.

We are very grateful to Br Tony for travelling from NSW to lead us in such a spiritual experience and for sharing his expertise in assisting us so meaningfully in our own Spiritual Development.

Dianne Grinbergs

Local Coordinator, Perth

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Aug
16
3:00pm 3:00pm

Marist Association Local Gathering August 2017, Perth.

To celebrate our Patronal Feast Day, we gathered on Wednesday 16 August. We enjoyed our guest speaker, Sr Margaret Scharf OP, who shared MARY FOR OUR TIMES: MOTHER, MODEL, MYSTIC. which we found animated, engaging, enlightening and very much in line with our Marist Spirituality on Mary.

We presented new members, Br Noel Hickey and Tricia Starkey with their membership and badges and we completed our Formation Program Module Mary’s Work, Mary’s Way: A Doorway into God’s Mission.

We continued to build community over heart - warming soup and beverages, with lively discussions and conversations.

Dianne Grinbergs

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Marist Bicentenary Mass
Aug
12
11:00am11:00am

Marist Bicentenary Mass

Br Peter Carroll
Provincial and Leader of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat is pleased to invite you to

the celebration of the

Marist Bicentenary Mass

being held at 11am, 12 August 2017 at the following locations

Brisbane
Mass Cathedral of St Stephen
Light refreshments Francis Rush Centre

Sydney
Mass St Patrick's Cathedral, Parramatta
Light refreshments Cathedral Cloister

Melbourne
Mass Champagnat Chapel, Marcellin College Bulleen
Light refreshments Functions Room, Marcellin College Bulleen

Please celebrate this significant occasion with us.

Mass will be followed by light refreshments.

REGISTER FOR CATERING PURPOSES BY

28 July 2017

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Jul
23
4:30pm 4:30pm

Mass and Jubilee Celebration in Melbourne

On Sunday 23rd July, Melbourne Marists celebrated Mass with the Exodus Community at the Banyule Community Health Centre, Heidelberg West. It is always affirming to gather as one. Present on the day were members of the Exodus Community, the Marist Association, MYM and Remar. 

Thanks to all who attended and who assisted in so many ways. 

Not only were we there to pray and worship together – we were also there to celebrate Br Harry Prout’s Golden Jubilee: 50 years a Brother. We congratulate you, Br Harry! Jack Stammers and Hannah Silberstein spoke about Br Harry’s achievements and successes and his great kindness to them when they were part of the Exodus Young Adult Community. We all want to thank you, Br Harry for all that you have done, and are doing – we are grateful to you for your wonderful servant leadership. 

The gathering ended with a scrumptious luncheon. A sincere thank you to all who brought a plate to share.
 
Gail Coates
Local Coordinator, Melbourne
 

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Jun
6
8:30pm 8:30pm

Feast Day of St. Marcellin Champagnat Catholic College Sale

In this the 200th Anniversary of the establishment of the first Marist community, this was a special day of celebration and commemoration for our College.

A whole school Mass in the morning was followed by an ‘In the Footsteps of St. Marcellin Champagnat Walk’ around the two city lakes in Sale.

Each student and staff member was issued with a ‘Pilgrims’ booklet containing ten significant events in Marcellin’s life. As the walkers progressed around the route they encountered the ten events, marked by a sign and picture depicting the event. Their booklets were stamped with the image of the Bicentennial pin, they were then on their way to the next stop.

At the conclusion of the walk each walker was issued with a Marist Bicentennial pin. It was a great day in celebrating our College Marist heritage and building our community.

Peter Centra
Deputy Principal – Catholic Identity and Community

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Jun
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Heidelberg West, Melbourne Gathering

Melbourne Marists Celebrate Champagnat Day in Style!

Thank you all for joining us to celebrate Champagnat Day at The Shed, Exodus House, Heidelberg West last night. It was a wonderful gathering of Marists young and old. Our sincere thanks go to Brs Barry Lamb and Doug Walsh, Cassie Wilmot and Jack Stammers for organising this event.

The Shed was decorated with streamers and balloons, the food was delicious and there was even a large chocolate cake to celebrate the Bicentenary. Thank you Br Michael Herry and team for your wonderful music – it certainly enhanced our prayers. The singing of the Sub Tuum was a real highlight of the evening.

Br Barry gave a short reflection on St Marcellin, telling us three stories from his life, and then read a letter from Father Champagnat, addressed to us, wishing the Marist Association well. We sincerely thank you Br Barry, for presenting all present with a personal copy of this letter, together with a beautifully inscribed, hand-drawn card.

The gathering ended with members packing bread in readiness for the Exodus Bread Run the following day.

So, to all who helped, attended and participated - thank you – what a great team effort! This was indeed a feast day celebration to remember.

Gail Coates

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May
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Marist Association Local Gathering Perth May 2017

Our Local Gathering of the Perth Marist Association took place on Wednesday evening was very well attended.

We congratulated new members with the presentation of their certificates and medals. There were several new attendees who had come along to see what we are all about.

We welcomed Br John Furlong who has recently moved to the Brothers Community at Churchlands.

We also welcomed Br Harry Prout who is currently on leave in Perth. Harry spoke to the group about his work with the Heidelberg Exodus Community. Our group was amazed at the work Harry is doing and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with him and share his experiences.

A light meal and refreshments provided a great opportunity for Community Building, with lots of conversations and sharing.

Dianne Grinbergs

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May
23
to Jun 13

2017 Marian Lectures Series: An Invitation to Come and Explore 'Underground Cathedrals'

You are invited to come to a presentation in the search of 'underground cathedrals' with the wisdom of noted educator and spiritual guide Mark Patrick Hederman OSB of Glenstal Abbey, Ireland. This is an annual Marian Lecture hosted by the Marist Association. The presentation is free. However, spaces are limited so – RSVP now at http://www.maristassociation.org.au or call 02 – 9218 4000.

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Innisfail Gathering 2017
May
4
9:30am 9:30am

Innisfail Gathering 2017

Marists from Good Counsel College, Innisfail, met on May 4 for their ‘Beyond Footsteps 2’ Local Gathering. Peter Dryden, Local Coordinator, welcomed Debra Withnall (pictured) as the latest Member to the group. The attendees met at the College and explored the theme, ‘Communion – The Spiritual Family – Availability to Each Other’: 

'To live the Marist Charism with others is to live an experience of communion. People reach their full potential in so far as they enter into a relationship of communion. The quality of that communication conditions the quality of our existence and the lives we lead. We need one another.' 
(Secretariat of the laity, 2012) 

They then went off together to enjoy a shared meal.

Peter Dryden
Local Coordinator, Innisfail

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Mar
29
9:30am 9:30am

Local Gathering of the Perth Marist Association

The local gathering of our Perth Marist Association was held on Wednesday 29 March at the Brothers’ Residence adjacent to Newman College. We had 35 attendees which included our Marist Association members, those whose memberships are pending and a those who came along to see if they would like to become members. We were delighted to welcome Daniel and Katie Lynch, members from Sydney, who now live in Perth. Br Kieran was visiting from New Zealand and was a welcome guest. He shared his Marist experiences from New Zealand with us.

Following a recap of our gatherings from 2016 and looking at the feedback given by Joe McCarthy from our Regional Gathering in November, we looked at our plans and activities for 2017. These are based on the feedback of ideas, requests and suggestions from our members and pending members. They include our first Marist Association Retreat which will be held over 3 days in August at New Norcia. This is the only monastic town in Australia, 130 km north of Perth and where the Marist Brothers began their mission in Western Australia. Its school, St Ildephonsus’ Boys’ School, was opened in 1913 and operated until 1964 under the Marist Brothers.

We also welcomed and congratulated new members to the Association, announced the release of the Marist Prayer App and shared our Formation Module Our Gift to the Church. Br John Horgan and Daniel Lynch shared their knowledge and experience of Marist Youth Ministry, Marist Solidarity and Marist Youth Care. We engaged in great dialogue and prayer throughout the sharing of this module.

We concluded our evening with community building over refreshments and a BBQ provided by the Brothers’ Community.

Dianne Grinbergs

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Mar
27
10:00am10:00am

Local Gathering in Alice Springs

On Monday, 27th March, nine members of the Marist Association in Alice Springs gathered for a prayer and meal at the home of Denise and Andre Simon to mark the new year, and new beginnings for the Association in the heart of Australia. Our prayer reflected on the Marist story, as captured in the four paintings for the Bicentenary, and their connections to our own Marist stories. Conversation flowed as we shared a meal, and plenty of laughter, deep into the evening. It was wonderful to kick off the year with amazing hospitality and delicious (and continuous) food from Denise and Andre. The photo was taken later in the evening, with a few of the stayers! Our next event will celebrate Champagnat Day, in true Marist style, with more great company and great food.

Br James Hodge
Local Coordinator, Alice Springs

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Mar
23
4:00pm 4:00pm

Forbes Marist Association Gathering

It was the 'regular’ (once a term) gathering of the local group of the Marist Association at Red Bend Catholic College held at the Brothers’ house on Thursday 23 March.
We had an ‘awakening’ process’ and then some sharing about the confronting issues people experience in their contact with young people. In a sense,  it was an adapted version of the first phase of the General Chapter preparation process.
We also took some contemplative prayer time together, and finished the evening with dinner together at a local pub.

Regards,

Michael.
Brother Michael Callinan FMS

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Mar
22
8:30am 8:30am

Melbourne Marist Think Tank at the Brothers’ Community, Templestowe

On Tuesday 22nd March, the Local Melbourne Marist Association held a ‘Marist Think Tank’ Gathering at the Brothers’ Community, Templestowe. As it was such a pleasant evening we were able to enjoy our meal outside – all gathered around the tables! Our sincere thanks go to Brother John, Brother Peter and the rest of the community for their wonderful hospitality. 

Brother John led us in a process of contemplation on the question ‘Aware of Br Emili’s document:  Gratitude, Forgiveness, Commitment, as a Marist, what is on your mind now?’ The feedback from the small group discussions, clearly indicated that there is plenty to be grateful for and that there is much we can and could commit to as we move forward as an Association. Opportunities like this are important as they encourage us to keep thinking about and planning for the future as well as sharing what we have and hope to achieve as members. 

As you would be aware the General Chapter of the Marist Brothers is being held in September this year. The Chapter sets the vision and priorities for the Institute for the next eight years. Joe McCarthy briefly outlined the process for how Marists across Australia can be involved in the 'Pre-Chapter Process'. Those who were interested in being part of this process were asked to ‘sign up’ so that a working group could begin the process here in Melbourne.

This was also an opportunity to welcome Robyn and Peter White as our newest Members of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat.

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Jan
2
8:00am 8:00am

Perth Bi-Centennial Celebrations

On Monday 2 January 2017, more than 150 people gathered at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to celebrate the Marist Bicentenary Commemorative Mass. In addition to members of the Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat from the region, there were past and present students, parents, Marist Brothers, Principals, Newman College Staff, at this celebration.

St Joseph’s Subiaco is adjacent to the site of the first Marist school in Perth, thus we felt it appropriate to hold this special celebration at this significant site.

We were privileged to have as Principal Celebrant The Most Reverend Bishop Holohan – Bishop of Bunbury.  Bishop Holohan has a strong connection to the Marist Brothers, having been a part of the Marist Brothers Community and Chaplain at Newman College during the 1980s/90s.  He is also a Member of the Marist Association.

Concelebrating priests included the Very Reverend Peter Whitely – Vicar General of Perth, past student of Marist , Subiaco, Rev Fr Joseph Walsh – Parish Priest of Subiaco, Rev Fr Jeff Aldous – past Marist student and Rev Fr Pat Rooney - past Marist student.

There were also five Marist Brothers at the gathering: Brother Terry Orrell, Br Noel Hickey, Br Paul Murphy, Br Brian Kinsella and Br Mark Paul, all of whom are originally from West Australia.

Following Mass, morning tea was served on the piazza adjacent to the Church. We celebrated the past and asked God’s blessing on the future as we begin the third century of Marist life and mission.

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Feb
28
to Mar 1

Marist Association Council Planning Days

The Association Council will meet across three days beginning Sunday 28 February to consider all that has emerged during the last two years, and to shape the strategic priorities for the life and mission of the Association and its works in Australia over the next three years. The meeting will take place in Lancefield in country Victoria. The Council will in particular draw on the ideas and hopes generated at the Australian Marist Mission Assembly held last year. A further guiding document will be the imperatives that were identified at the 2014 International Marist Mission Assembly held in Nairobi. This is at the same time a poignant and pregnant moment for the Australian Conference of the Marist Association. It will hopefully lead to a consolidation for the Association in the life of the Church, finding her voice for how to be most effective in nurturing personal spiritual life, building faith community, and serving the needs of those young people who are marginalised and distressed, through education and other means of evangelisation. 

 

The outcomes of the Planning Days will be shared widely across the membership of the Association for individuals, communities and ministries to engage with and put into practice.

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Nov
22
10:00am10:00am

Melbourne Regional Gathering

You are invited to the Melbourne Regional Gathering.  

Coming together to celebrate the Eucharist, acknowledge those people who have completed their application to join the Marist Association, and participate in a one-hour workshop to shape the Mission Assembly documents.

Sunday 22 November, 10.00am - 1.00pm (Mass at 12.00 noon)

 

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Sep
13
8:30am 8:30am

Hermitage Tour

You are invited to join fellow CANBERRA MARISTS on a tour of the Marist Brothers Hermitage located in picturesque Mittagong. Included are wine tastings from their award winning vineyard, delicious morning tea and lunch, visit to the beautiful LaValla Chapel, the opportunity to enjoy the property and a moment or two to reflect on what it means to be a Marist today. 

Tour Details

Cost:  $50 per person includes transport, morning tea, lunch, wine tasting and afternoon tea. Depart Marist College Canberra, Marr Street, Pearce at 8.30am, return 5.30pm

For bookings contact Tara Blacker on 6298 7229 or email Tara

Download PDF here

 

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Aug
20
to Aug 23

Mission Assembly

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A representative group of 65 Marists will meet at the Hermitage, Mittagong on August 20-23.  The delegate list was arrived at having considered criteria such as age, gender, Brothers, geographical areas, ministries and ex-officio attendees. An alternative list of 65 would be equally fitting!  There are many fine people who are not attending the Mission Assembly, who will play a critical role in enlivening and enacting key messages and priorities that emerge.

The main message from the Mission  Assembly is anticipated to be communicated as 'the beginning of a dialogue', which will be taken up with all people in the Marist Association over the ensuing six months.  It will culminate with a written document to coincide the bicentenary of the Fourviere pledge on July 23, 2016.

Information for delegates.

 

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Aug
6
4:00pm 4:00pm

Marist Life Gathering

You are invited to the third Marist Life Gathering for 2015 to be held in the Senior Staffroom. Kirsty Bell will deliver a presentation on Marist Pilgrimage followed by light refreshments and some time to socialise with other Canberra Marists. All are welcome to this Marist Association event. 

Thursday 6 August 4.00pm to 5.30pm

RSVP:  3 August to nathanahearne@mcc.act.edu.au

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