St. Gerard Majella C.Ss.R
News and Events
News and Events... Updated regularly
Living Joyfully 2015...
If you want to know anything or everything about religious life then come along on Saturday 7th Feb 2015 to Liverpool's Catholic Cathedral!
You will be made most welcome and without doubt,
you will enjoy and be educated!
RYM back for another year...
RYM is back for another year - and 2015 looks like a busy and exciting 12 months!
Towards end of 2014 I started a Young Adult Group in our Redemptorist parish of St Mary's, Clapham in London!
So now RYM is based in 3 cities - Liverpool, Birmingham and London! After just 2 years we have developed the ministry nicely and there is undoubtedly a great need for young people to come together to share, learn about and discuss their faith!
Our Provincial in Poland...
Many Provinces in our Redemptorist Congregational are holding Provincial Chapters both for the task of electing new Provincial governments and also to reviews their apostolic and community priorities for the next four years.
At the invitation of the Provincial of the Province of Warsaw, Fr. Janusz Sok, our own Provincial Superior, Fr. Ronald McAinsh, was invited to conduct some time of spiritual preparation for the 44 confreres who participated in the Provincial Chapter of the Warsaw Province.
Flying into Gdansk, Fr. McAinsh stayed overnight in our community in Gdynia which has a fascinating history. The parish church which we staff was build under great persecution during the communist regime – and barely survived. There are 11 confreres ministering in the community, and we are also responsible for a very thriving Apostleship of the Sea which has the use of part of our premises. Being a port city this is of great value to the many seafarers who arrive and depart.
The Provincial Chapter was held in the Redemptorist Retreat house in Rowy which is about 130 km from Gdansk, and is on the Baltic Sea, which makes it a great tourist attraction during the summer months.
Fr Charles Corrigan CSsR - Golden Jubilarian...
Great celebrations were held in Clapham on the occasion of
Fr Charles Corrigan CSsR
Golden Jubilee of
Ordination to the Priesthood.
Fr Charlie was ordained on the 10th January 1965!
Pope Francis' List...
1. DON'T GOSSIP...
“When we gossip, we “are doing what Judas did,” and “begin to tear the other person to pieces. Every time we judge our brother in our hearts or worse when we speak badly of them with others, we are murdering Christians,” Francis says. “There is no such thing as innocent slander.”
2. FINISH YOUR MEAL...
“Throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.”
3. MAKE TIME FOR OTHERS...
“If the Pope can find time to be kind to others, if he can pause to say thank you, if he can take a moment make someone feel appreciated, then so can I. So can we.”
During the course of the Chapter we were delighted to have four capitulars from Zimbabwe with us in Perth! Those present, Fr William Guri CSsR, Regional Superior, Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR, Regional Vicar Superior, Br Ben Posvo CSsR, Consultor, and Fr Joseph Musendami CSsR who is currently working and ministering in our Clapham community and parish. They brought with them great energy and inspiring experiences which they generously shared.
During the Chapter it was anounced that changes are to take place at the end of the month!
The changes are
Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR
- Regional Superior
Br Benjamin Posvo CSsR - Vicar Reginal Superior
Fr Elias Gweme CSsR - Consultor
Fr William Guri CSsR steps down after 14 years in Regional Government!
Fr William will go and do further studies,
this will no doubt enrich the Region.
Thanks for the prayers for the Chapter!...
The New Ordinary Provincial Council
Once again we would like to express our thanks and appreciation for the prayers and kind good wishes
that accompanied us throughout the Chapter.
The Chapter was a great experience of a prayerful and thoughtful sharing of
our experience, our lived reality and our hopes and dreams for our future.
Thanks for your prayers!
News from the CSsR Chapter 2015...
The General Government CSsR in Rome has ratified the election of
Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR as Provincial Superior
Fr Richard Reid CSsR as Vicar Provincial Superior.
Fr Gerard Mulligan CSsR was then elected as the 2nd Consultor
These three confreres make up the
Ordinary Provincial Council (OPC).
God bless you in your ministry!
CSsR London Province's Chapter...
Please remember in your prayers the Chapter of the London Province which takes place between the 5th January until the 9th of January 2015.
The Chapter is our Government that is elected and then assembles to make decisons for the good of the Province.
At this meeting of the Chapter the main business is the election of our Provincial Superior and his council.
13 years in Edinburgh come to an end...
Many of our confreres have had the privilege of serving the people of St Patrick's Edinburgh. Sadly in November 2014 it was time for the Redemptorists to hand the church back over to the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
Those who were in the community at one time or another were,
Fr Edward Hone CSsR, Fr Michael Henesy CSsR,
Fr Richard Reid CSsR, Fr Dominic O'Toole CSsR,
Fr Kieran Brady CSsR, Fr Joseph Docherty CSsR and finally Fr Desmond Keegan CSsR
They all would like to express their gratitude to all the people who make St Patrick's so special!
We also wish the new parish priest, Mgr Philip Kerr, every success and many blessings!
We leave the final words to Fr Desmond Keegan CSsR, who preached the last semon...
The Feast of The Presentation of Our Lady,
St. Patrick's, Edinburgh
Friday 21st November 2014, 7.30pm Mass
Father Anthony Freeman C.Ss.R. who died in 1998.
His sermon when he was dying with cancer. In his life as a
Redemptorist he had one message:-
God loves you and me, God loves you and me unconditionally.
The Redemptorists have had the privilege of serving St. Patrick's for the last 13 years. We have come in all shapes and sizes. This has been the Redemptorist message:- God loves you and me unconditionally.
I am conscious that the Archbishop is here and so I want to quote reliable sources and who better than two Popes of the 20th Century.
In 1972 the then Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Archbishop Albino Luciani, who would go on to become Pope John Paul I, the smiling Pope and who died after only 33 days in office wrote a reflection on the founder of The Redemptorists, St. Alphonsus Liguouri
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2015...
On this first day of the new year,
the Redemptorist Brothers and Fathers of the London Province,
would like to wish you a very happy New Year!
On this special feast day, entrust yourself to Mary, the Mother of God.
The Coordinator of Europe writes...
Dear Lay Missionaries of the Most Holy Redeemer,
Dear Partners in Mission.
“Indeed they know that only the mystery of the Word Incarnate throws true light on the mystery of humanity and on the full reality of its calling.” Constitution 19
May this holy night awaken in us new faith in the truth of Emmanuel,
Jacek Zdrzałek CSsR
Letter from the Coordinator, No 18 (18.12.2014)
The new year of 2015 is coming but first I want to thank God for many the graces which we have received in 2014. It was really a blessed year for us in our Conference of Redemptorists of Europe. God blessed our various collaborations at many levels, and in a special way I would like to mention the mission-evangelization and the formation aspects.
The first of the seven guiding principles of restructuring in our Congregation is: “Restructuring is for mission”. So when I think about mission, I wish to stress at least three important events which took place in 2014: the inauguration of the Interprovincial Community of CRE in Tirana- Kamëz (Albania), REDCAMP (the International Summer School of Evangelization) in Kraków (Poland) and the Interprovincial Redemptorist Pilgrims ministry in Astorga (Spain). The first two events were really new and were done for the first time. The ministry with a temporary community in Astorga was carried out for a second time in CRE. All of these activities are developing and will be continued in the coming year.
I invite all to be involved in the mission actions of CRE, and in special way I invite more confreres for our pastoral work in Albania because this mission is growing day by day. I am waiting for new volunteers for our mission work in Albania. We are also in the process of preparation of the Interprovincial Community in Luxembourg – so we are also waiting for candidates there.
Thank God for the Year 2014...
As the world looks back at this year that has almost passed, so do the Redemptorists.
We look back, but we always say, Thank you!
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Enjoy, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones in this coming New Year 2015
Fr Provincial writes Dec 2014...
30th December 2014
Dear Confreres and friends,
I wish you many blessings for the coming year and once again give God thanks for the love and care we as individuals and as a Province have received throughout 2014.
I was happy to be in contact with each community over the Christmas period and to know that all the spiritual and community celebrations went well.
One piece of sad news is that the Redemptoristine presence in Crosby is at its end. I understand that Sr. Patrick has already gone to Dublin and is with our Sisters in Drumcondra, and I know they will have received her with great love and care. Sr. Bernadette will move to Nazareth House, Manchester where she will be nearer her family. She remains the only Redemptoristine in this country. We give thanks for the presence of the Sisters who came from the founding Monastery in Dublin in 1897 and lived originally in Clapham, then in Chudleigh, and finally as a viable community in Gilmoss. I attach a brief resume of their history as a form of tribute to all the Sisters.
- Happy and Holy Christmas 2014
- Novena for Christmas - Day 9
- Novena for Christmas - Day 8
- Novena for Christmas - Day 7
- Novena for Christmas - Day 6
- Novena for Christmas - Day 5
- Novena for Christmas - Day 4
- Novena for Christmas - Day 3
- Novena for Christmas - Day 2
- Novena for Christmas - Day 1
- Immaculate Conception 2014
- Vocations Retreat this weekend!
- CSsR Ace of Clubs Christmas Film
- CSsR Virtue for December
- The Provincial's Letter - Nov 2014