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CSsR Provincial's Letter July 2015...


2nd July, 2015

Dear confreres and friends,

This letter gives me the opportunity to thank each of you, together with our Sisters, friends and benefactors for the great support you are giving me during this time of illness. As you know I have had endocarditis for some months and this necessitated an operation to replace a heart valve. In particular I wish to thank our Vicar, Fr. Richard Reid for coming up to Scotland and visiting me twice, and also for assuming the burden of provincial business in these days. And of course I have an enormous debt of gratitude to Fr. Gerry Mulligan for his constant visits to hospital both in Dundee and Edinburgh and for his care and attention before the operation and in these days of my recovery. For me, this is a reminder that our Constitutions on community are not just words.


I thought I would share with you a little around what the spiritual experience has been for me in these days. I have a horror of speaking too much about my health, but I think that simply sharing what I have experienced might assist someone in the Province in the future. And of course I am aware that several confreres have been through similar experiences. So I offer a little odyssey of these past few weeks.


I often hear people say in relation to a bout of illness, "I know that this was the greatest grace of my life", or that they felt particularly close to God during the days of their sickness. This was not my spiritual or emotional experience. In fact I had no sense of God's presence, and tried to say the Divine Office and the rosary with fidelity, but with really no devotion whatsoever.

Clapham's newest CSsR Parish Priest...

On Friday 3rd of July 2015,

Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC,

one of the auxiliary bishops of Southwark,

came to our Clapham church to celebrate the mass

of Induction of the new Parish Priest, Fr Richard Reid CSsR.

The mass was that for the feast of the day, St Thomas the Apostle.

Fr Richard CSsR replaces Fr Dominic CSsR who was appointed to Albania!

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Fr Richard CSsR professes his faith before the bishop.

The Redemptorist Virtue for the Month of July is...


 Virtue: Obedience

Patron: St Philip

Text: "You are my friends, if you do things that I command you." Jn 15:14

Wholly Holy 2015

Be Alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. Let Love be in all. 

June 20th 2015 at Hawkstone Hall

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After last years successful event Wholly Holy returned to Hawkstone Hall on Saturday 20th June. This years event was subtitled ' Stand Firm in the Faith' and promised : input; reflection; adoration; Mass; praise and worship and more. The keynote speaker was Fr. Jim McManus C.Ss.R. Fr. Jim is well known throughout the world as an author and missioner. He is currently the London Province's link person for the 150th Jubilee Year for the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. For more information on the jubilee year visit http://www.iconoflove.org/


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As part of the celebrations for the Jubilee year of the 150th anniversary of the Redemptorists receiving the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Holy Father Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence.

The indulgence is available to all who make a pilgrimage, between the 27th June 2015 and 27th June 2016, to the Church of St. Alphonsus in Rome or in any Redemptorist church anywhere in the world to venerate the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

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CSsR Redemptorist Ukrainian Martyrs Feast Day...

Celebrating the Feast of Our Ukrainian Martyrs...

We remember with pride our martyred confreres who gave their lives for the faith!


Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R., Bishop and Martyr

Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky C.Ss.R., Bishop and Martyr,

Blessed Zenon Kovalyk C.Ss.R., Priest and Martyr,

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk C.Ss.R., Priest and Martyr

Click here to learn more about these brave and holy men.

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May our Martyrs in heaven

guide our earthly footsteps!

Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour (Help)...



27th June...


The Redemptorists of the London Province

wish all their








and all who know them


a Happy Feast Day!


Our prayers go with you!

Perpetual Succour (Help) and the Plenary Indulgence...

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Most Holy Father,


John Charles Vargas, Procurator General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, with due obedience and sense of filial veneration for Your Holiness, reveals that next year will occur the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the transfer of the ancient icon of the BI. Virgin Mary bearing the Child Jesus, known as the Mother of Perpetual Help, to the Church of Saint Alphonsus on the Esquiline Hill, and the restoration of it to public worship, by the authority of BI. Pope Pius IX.


For the greater glory of Almighty God, and to implore the greater help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in these most turbulent times, and to encourage the constant devotion and trust of the Christian faithful towards the Mother of Perpetual Help, from the 27th of June of this year to the 27th June 2016, special sacred functions, pilgrimages as well as other devotions and expressions of Christian doctrine will be held in the Church of St Alphonsus in the City, where the sacred icon is most devoutly preserved, and also in each and every church of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.


In order that the treasures of divine grace may be opened more fully to the Christian faithful who take part in these celebrations and pilgrimages, the Most Reverend petitioner requests the gift of Indulgences corresponding to a jubilee. Et Deus, etc.



THE APOSTOLIC PENITENTIARY, by mandate of Our Holy Father Francis, willingly grants a Jubilee Year with the associated Plenary Indulgence, granted under the usual conditions, (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayers for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to be gained in the Church of St Alphonsus in the City of Rome and in the individual Churches of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, by the Christian faithful who are truly penitent and moved by charity, make a pilgrimage to the icon of Blessed Virgin Mary of Perpetual Help and there devoutly take part in the properly configured jubilee rites, or at least spend a suitable time in pious reflections, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, the Creed and invocations of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Celebrating Perpetual Help (Succour) CSsR...

On the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, June 27, 2015, Redemptorist Missionaries will open a year-long celebration to commemorate the restoration of the Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for public veneration.

The theme of this Jubilee, “Icon of Love” testifies to the attraction and the power of Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the people of our day.

Attached (video link) is the invitation of the

Most Rev. Father Michael Brehl, C.SS.R.,

Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

to participate in this celebration. 

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Br. Peter C.Ss.R expresses thanks on the occaision of his Perpetual Profession. 

Br Peter CSsR who made his Perpetual Profession today want to say a word of thanks! Congratulations!

Posted by Redemptorist Vocations GB on Saturday, 13 June 2015

Fr Provincial's Letter June 2015...


18th June, 2015

Dear confreres and friends,

Today we begin the Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help and I am writing earlier this month since I will be unable to do so after this weekend. I hope that the Novenas go well in the various locations and that all of us are blessed on this special feast.

I write early  because tomorrow I am due to be transferred to Edinburgh Royal hospital after almost 7 weeks in hospital in Dundee. It is thought that I will have my operation next week and I will be in intensive care for a few days, followed by high care. Obviously in the two weeks that follow I will not be looking at any emails and I would ask you to refer any Province business to the Vicar, Fr. Richard Reid. I am also most grateful for your prayers. 

I am pleased to inform you that the celebration of the Final Vows and the diaconate of Brother Peter Morris went very well. Special thanks to Bishop Ralph, to Fathers Corrigan and Reid and to all the Clapham community. Further information about the celebration and pictures are available on our website at www.Redemptorists.co.uk

Prayers for Wholly Holy...on now...


Please pray for our young people and confreres

who have gathered at Hawkstone Hall this weekend

to pray, reflect and celebrate.

More will follow very shortly!

Overview of Pope Francis' "Laudato si"...

pope francis laudato siThe following text offers an overview of the 191 pages of the Encyclical Laudato si’ and its key points, along with a summary of each of its six chapters (“What is happening to our common home”, “The Gospel of Creation”, “The human roots of the ecological crisis”, “Integral ecology”, “Lines of approach and action”, and “Ecological education and spirituality”). The Encyclical concludes with an interreligious prayer for our earth and a Christian prayer for Creation.


“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (160). This question is at the heart of Laudato si’ (May You be praised), the anticipated Encyclical on the care of the common home by Pope Francis. “This question does not have to do with the environment alone and in isolation; the issue cannot be approached piecemeal”. This leads us to ask ourselves about the meaning of existence and its values at the basis of social life: “What is the purpose of our life in this world? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? What need does the earth have of us?” “Unless we struggle with these deeper issues – says the Pope – I do not believe that our concern for ecology will produce significant results”-.

The Encyclical takes its name from the invocation of St. Francis, “Praise be to you, my Lord”, in his Canticle of the Creatures. It reminds us that the earth, our common home “is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us”. We have forgotten that “we ourselves are dust of the earth; our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”

CSsR Prayer for the Jubilee...

This prayer has just been published and it is to be our prayer for the Jubilee Year

June 27th 2015 - June 27th 2016

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O Mother of Perpetual Help,

Icon of Love

Your sorrowful gaze

at our suffering and that of Jesus

entrusts us into the love of the Father.


Help us to make you known even more

and to be missionaries

of the good, beautiful and joyful life of the Gospel.


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Pope Francis has confirmed more members and substitutes for the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops , which will take place from October 4-25, 2015, under the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.”

On 16th June 2015, the  Press Office of the Holy See published the list of Members and Substitutes who have been elected by approved organisations and have been ratified by Pope Francis to attend the XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Among those listed are:

- Most Rev. Father Michael Brehl, C.SS.R., Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) in the group representative of the Union of Superiors General.

- His Ecc. Mons. José de Queirós Alves, C.SS.R., Archbishop of Huambo (Angola) as a substitute
representative for the Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome.

Fr Ed CSsR serving the International Community in Luxembourg...

Fr Ed Hone CSsR works with the International English Community in Luxembourg, here he share a bit about life and the recent Holy Communions.

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The day finally arrived! The church is still radiant with the glow of our celebration of the First Holy Communion of 28 of our young people at the 11:15 Mass on 7th June. The children had been preparing for months, along with the catechetical team and the parent-volunteers — not only in their Sunday morning classes, but in the Masses where we focused especially on them.

An occasion such as this is significant on a number of levels: the children being further initiated into the life, the communion, of the Church; parents guiding their children in the ways of faith and church life; the parish community both supporting our catechetical efforts, and in turn being encouraged by witnessing each new generation of children being immersed more deeply in the Church; and last, but not least, the witness that is given to family and friends who come along, some perhaps not having much church contact themselves, but seeing a vibrant, believing community in worship and in social celebration.