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That which is important for me... are the simple eternal truths: the Incarnation, the Redemption and the Holy Eucharist  

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CSsR Virtue for October...

 

The Redemptorist Virtue for the Month of October is

 

 RECOLLECTION and SILENCE

 

PATRON: St Simon, Apostle

 

TEXT: "And when He had dismissed the crowds He went up by Himself

into a mountain to pray." (Matt 14: 23)

Read more: CSsR Virtue for October

A fresh look at the Rosary for October...

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Read more: A fresh look at the Rosary

Sant'Alfonso - the British Connection...

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The first English language newspaper in Italy, “The Italian Insider” writes an interesting story about the Redemptorist Shrine, “Sant’Alfonso”. The article tries to bring out the historical factors about the shrine and tries to find out the reasons why it is important to the Titular Bishop of the this church Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster.

 

Choosing obscure Sant’Alfonso on the Esquiline Hill as titular church for Britain’s highest Catholic, Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols, came as a surprise in many quarters.

 

Sant’Alfonso, or, to give it its full name, Santissimo Redentore e Sant’Alfonso, is a 19th century edifice built in an unfashionable neo-gothic style and wedged into a corner facing on to Via Merulana, the tree-lined avenue that links the two basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran. It is not one of the churches on normal tourist itinerary lists, although it possesses an icon much revered in Haiti, the Philippines and several Eastern European countries and has a special relationship with the resident Polish community, with a social centre and masses in Polish on Sundays.

Read more: Sant'Alfonso - the British Connection

Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR...

 

On the 26th September,

the Redemptorists around the world

keep sacred the memory of 

Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR

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A friend of Blessed Kaspar wrote to his mother on his death, he said,

 

"As long as I had contact with him, I enjoyed his solidly devout personality, his striving to live with an orientation toward God above. I am obliged openly to confirm that your son lived as an ideal priest. Now his life has been crowned by the death of a saint."

 

Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR died on Sept 26th 1899 before he reached the age of 29! He was a beloved educator, who worked with great love for the students of our Congregation. Today is a fitting day to pray for our CSsR students in every part of the world, especially those within our Province of London and the Region of Zimbabwe.

Read more: Blessed Kaspar Stanggassinger CSsR

A most precious icon...shot at during WWII

 

Look closely at this icon and see clearly, in Jesus' halo,

where this icon was shot at by a soldier during World War II

 

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Our three confreres CSsR in Albania...

 

On Sunday the Holy Father, Pope Francis was in Albania visiting the nation - and our three confreres who moved there last week! If you watched the Papal Mass on EWTN on Sunday you will have spotted Fr Dominic distributing Holy Communion! 

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Fr Dominic CSsR, Fr Laureano CSsR and Fr Andrzej CSsR

(London                   Madrid                Warsaw Provinces)

 

in white Redemptorist habits.

 

Please pray for them and their new mission in Albania

The first Redemptorist community and mission ever in Albania.

Home Mission Sunday 2014...

...Evangelisation "in the heart of the family"

 

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"On 21 Septemeber 2014 the Bishops of England and Wales invites parishes and religious houses to celebrate Home Mission Sunday to encourage every massgoing Catholic to respond urgently to the call to evangelise. With most massgoing Catholics feeling the pain and sorrow caused by a large number of family members and friends not practicing their faith there is an urgency for us all to consider afresh how we might respectfully and joyfully reach out to our absent brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you for all that are already doing in this regard."

Bishops' Conference Dept for Evagelisation and Catechesis.

 

For ways to get involved in this great work, see the web addresses below

and be sure to pray about it!

Read more: Home Mission Sunday 2014

Photos of the Way - Santiago...

 

Below are some of the photos taken by one of the group...

...follow the yellow arrow

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the scenery is stunning

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time for personal sharing and reflection

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Read more: Photos of the Way - Santiago

 

New Redemptorist mission in Albania...

 

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We are well used to the fact that the numbers of active Redemptorists in Europe is diminishing: a concernshared with most Religious Congregations. However, we, in faith, take this as an opportunity: to give ourselves generously to areas we identify as missionary: whether in the developing world or closer to home. The Redemptorists of Europe have, this week, initiated a new missionary community in Tirana, Albania. Three confreres are involved in the new mission: Laureano (Madrid Province), Andrzej (Warsaw Province), Dominic (London Province). Each will be a sore miss to their home province, but each is a generous investment in the Redemptorist mission of the evangelisation of those most in need.

 

Read more: New Redemptorist mission in Albania...

 

Santiago de Compostella...

 
We made it! Last night we arrived at Monte de Gozo, the massive pilgrim centre about 6 kms from Santiago de Compostella. From here we began our walk (march) into the city and to the cathedral of Santiago. As a group we wore our Redemptorist Missionary Vocation blue t-shirts, and one of the group was in his Redemptorist habit, so we looked like a fine gang of people. As we walked into Santiago de Compostella we could see the people giving us a second look, wondering who on earth we were. This shouldn't surprise us as we were every age range from 82 years young down to 23 years old. We were a group of men and women, young and old, but all with one thing in common, we all are praying for vocations to the Redemptorists. 
 
As we approached the cathedral we all walked close by one another and the oldest member of our group led the procession into the square in front of the cathedral. It was a joy to be standing there just taking in the sights, knowing that we had finally arrived after our pilgrim way! 

Read more: Santiago de Compostella

Mark McManus - An Alphonsian Journey...

 

 

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Fr Michael Brehl, CSsR Superior General of the Redemptorists, has led the tributes to Mark McManus on the occasion of his First Profession of Consecration to the vowed life in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, on 6th September this year. Mark first met the Redemptorists in the parish of St Patrick’s, Edinburgh and was actively involved in the life of the parish and its mission in the diocese; He was a member of the parish when it operated as a Redemptorist Mission Development Community (from 2000 until 2012), exploring new ways of spreading the Gospel according to the charism of St Alphonsus. Mark has been both attracted to this mission and actively engaged in supporting it, running the parish bookshop, catechising in the parish, closely involved in the Redemptorist Youth Vocations Ministry and acting as a constant welcoming presence for visitors in the church during the week. Fr General warmly congratulated Mark and his desire to live the Redemptorist charism, saying,
 
'Greetings from Rome and heartfelt congratulations on your profession to live a
Consecrated Life in the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, as inspired by
St. Alphonsus and the Charism of the Most Holy Redeemer…'
 
The ceremony of Consecration was conducted by the Rt. Rev. Leo Cushley, archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh. with a grand gathering of priests and Religious present. It was with great joy that the Redemptorists of the London Province, the parishioners, and the young people with whom Mark has shared so much over the years in RYVM celebrated this day with him.

Read more: Mark McManus - An Alphonsian Journey

Fr Provincial writes Aug 2014...

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30th August 2014

Dear confreres and friends,

 

St. Augustine's feast this week always gives me great hope. I find a quotation from the 9th Book of the Confessions very encouraging: "I did not know how sick I was; nor did I know how well I could become". Perhaps this can give some thought for reflection.

 

At the beginning of the month I informed you that Fr Gerry and I would visit Bishop Eton for the feast of St. Alphonsus. I was happy to see Fr Barrie O'Toole in good form and dealing with the chemotherapy, and all the confreres coping well with various infirmities. Archbishop Kelly and Bishop Ralph joined us for a lovely Eucharist followed by a marvelous lunch and celebration together with our Redemptoristine Sisters.

 

I likewise found our confreres in Zimbabwe in good space. I was there on a pastoral visit to do a consultation about proposals for the next Regional government which will take office at the same time as our next Provincial government. I did send to each community in the Province a letter which I wrote to all the confreres in the Region outlining the achievements they have accomplished in the past few years.

Read more: Fr Provincial writes Aug 2014

Br Michael CSsR - 25th Jubilee...

 

Our congratulations go to

 

Brother Michael Duxbury CSsR

who made his Profession

 

on 9th September 1989,

25 years ago.

 

He now celebrates his Silver Jubilee of Profession.

 

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This photos of Br Michael CSsR was taken 25 years ago!

 

Currently Br Michael CSsR works for men in prison. 

This ministry is important, so let us pray for Br Michael's work.

Let us also pray for Vocations to the Redemptorist Brotherhood!

 

Vivat in aeternum

Read more: Br Michael CSsR - 25th Jubilee

 

The Camino V...

 
The day starts as always with morning prayer where there are many references that I directly connect with our group....in particular the phrase 'extend hospitality to strangers' strikes a chord.  Up until the previous day we were a group of individuals united in our common goal ....but something happened the day before to change the dynamic after we stopped to remember an Irish pilgrim, we prayed together there on the Camino Way and then walked together but in profound silence thereafter.....the group changed from that point.  
 
Today we walked @15km, there was no race against the sun and despite sore feet, legs and bodies we made a conscious effort to walk together.  Many members of the group commented on the sounds and smells of the Camino and this continued today...on one corner we hear the music and smell the aroma of coffee from the cafe we pass and then a couple of yards away we encounter a dog with her two young pups and then further on we see a family with their three young children walking.  We continue the way until Lavacollo and then follow in the pilgrim tradition of cleansing our feet in the river.  
 
As a group we are relaxed, sharing prayer, sharing silence and above all sharing the unique pilgrim experience.  Our day concludes after we reach our destination at Monte do Gozo with mass.  We are tired but happy that we have shared and supported each other this far....only 6km to go tomorrow and we finally reach our destination. 
 
Know ow that you are all being held before the Lord in prayer. 

 

 

Walking the Way - the Camino IV...

 
Our day began with morning prayer, led by one of the Irish group, who is actually an English sister! During the reflection she spoke eloquently about forgiveness. She then went on to talk about how holding onto a hurt is terribly painful to ourselves, while the person "responsible" maybe quite unaware! She went on to suggest that the forgiveness given by us to others is truly a great gift to ourselves first and foremost! So we were asked to reflect on this today.
 
After yesterday's gruelling walk(!) we walked only 19kms today, which gave great relief to the group who are now running out of blister plasters! 
 
En route we came across a memorial in the middle of a forest, dedicated to a lady, Myra Brennan, from Ireland, who had died in Santiago de Compostella. It was here that we all gathered to remember our dead - family members, confreres, OSsR sisters, friends, benefactors and co workers. It proved to be a very moving experience as we prayed the first decade of the glorious mysteries of the rosary - the Resurrection! 
 
Evening Mass was celebrated by one of the young Irish fathers, who celebrated the Mass of St Gregory with the intention of one of the group's organisers, whose birthday it was today! 
 
Just to keep things interesting, the homily was e-mailed to us from Dublin! Our friend, who hurt his ankle and had to remain behind, was due to look after the homily for this Mass. Being a good and responsible man he typed it up and sent it on for the priest to read out. It was a wonderful homily that gave us much to think about. 
 
Know that you are being held before the Lord in prayer here on the Camino - and that goes especially to those we haven't met yet but whom the Lord is gently directing towards us! 

 

Walking the Way - The Camino III...

 

Today was the longest walk that the group had ever done! There were no incidents apart from several blisters on the feet of most of the group, but thank God nothing serious. 
 
Our morning began in Palais de Rei and ended in Arzua 28.5kms away. As we left after morning prayer, even earlier than yesterday, no one had any idea just how difficult this walk would turn out to be! The last eight kilometres were exceptionally gruelling and many of the group said that they had only endured the ordeal as long as God was good and sent us vocations! 
 
Our morning prayer focused on the fact that no one of us, be we a priest, a religious, a married couple, or a co- worker, whatever we may be, are ever alone. 
 
We had a lovely surprise during the morning prayer when our brother who injured his ankle in Dublin the morning we were leaving, and as such had to stay behind, appeared on the computer screen and read the scripture passage for the group. Isn't technology a fantastic thing! 
 
During our mass this evening, led by one of the Irish fathers, had us contemplating on the Holy Spirit, and the fact some us choose our paths and some of us don't. Those who don't choose their paths are those who were made to walk to the ghettos, those who marched 100 years ago to the trenches, and those brother and sisters of ours in Iraq, Syria, Palestine. We are reminded to pray for all these people and to be attentive to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 
 
On another note, one of the Irish fathers was in a bit of a state when his shoes fell to bits! He said he had brought them because they were well broken in, but he had no idea just how broken they would become! 
 
Know that you are being held before the Lord in prayer as we walk this way! 

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