" My Jesus, I will love only You; You are the only one I wish to please. "
St. Alphonsus Liguori

News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

CSsR Patron and Virtue for February...

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£800k CSsR Spire Restored...

Newspaper headline telling South London all about our spire!

Have a look at two of our confreres, Frs Richard Reid and Peter Morris CSsR

posing on top of our roof infront of our spire!

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Thanks again to everyone involved...

... and to you for your prayers!

Read the article...

Provincial CSsR Letter January 2016...

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29th January, 2016

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

We are already at the end of the first month of 2016 which coincides with the closing of the Year of the Consecrated Life. In Rome there will be a symposium on Religious Life which our Students will attend, and the Holy Father will conclude it with a Mass of thanksgiving celebrated on 2 February.

 

We have celebrated our own Thanksgiving Masses in Hawkstone during this month. First of all we had the days with the confreres; and then we had a weekend with families, friends and benefactors. Both occasions were very special and I wish to express the deep gratitude of the Province to Fathers Maurice and Kevin, the Sisters and the staff who were so welcoming and facilitated the event so well.

 

Where are all aware that Hawkstone Hall has been our seminary since 1926, and also a major pastoral centre since the 1970s. It has played a significant part in all of our lives and in the lives of the many people who have come there seeking renewal, refreshment and a deeper relationship with God. It would be impossible to name all those who have made a very significant contribution both to the seminary and to the pastoral centre. Many have gone to God. However the Province deeply appreciates the work done over the past 40 years of ministry in that particular pastoral context.

CSsR Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Video...

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Click and enjoy

Fr Barrie O'Toole C.Ss.R - Golden Jubilee

Saturday the 9th January 2016 marked the Golden Jubilee of Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr. Barrie O'Toole. 

As Fr. Jim Casey toiled in the kitchen to prepare a celebratory lunch. Fr. Barrie was joined by the majority of his confreres and Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly to celebrate midday Mass. 

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Fr. Barrie was temporarily overcome with emotion during a beautiful Mass in which Fr. Tim Buckley acted as cantor and Fr. Andrew Burns gave the homily (which can be found below). As was befitting of the celebration two of St. Alphonsus' hymns (translated by Fr. Edmund Vaughan)  O Bread of heaven and O Mother Blest were sung.

Rededicating and Blessing of CSsR Steeple in Clapham...

 Last Sunday's celebration were slightly special as we gathered together outside near the end of the mass to hold a special ceremony. The Blessing and Rededication of the Spire (built in 1850) was an opportunity to thank God for this fine landmark. It was an opportunity to say "thank you" to the parishioners who gave of their time, money and prayer to support the whole project.

The Redemptorist community was well represented as all wanted to join in the celebrations. As the photos also show a huge crowd from the parish were also there, giving praise to God for the wonder of our spire.

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This photograph does no justice to the spire and its lofty height - it can be seen for miles around.spire10 page 1

However this one might!

To see a copy of the service booklet click here.

Fond farewell to CSsR Hawkstone Hall...

Saying goodbye to a place is never easy and this was certainly the case for the two events that were held recently as the confreres and then the "family and friends" gathered to say farewell to Hawkstone Hall. 

Hawkstone Hall has been part of our province's life for 90 years - bought in 1926 - for 50 years it was our seminary and for the past 40 years a centre of renewal and reflection.

We gathered to remember, to share stories and to express our gratitude! 

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Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR presiding at the Mass for the Redemptorist Confreres.

Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR proclaiming the Gospel.

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Blessed...Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR...

In June of this coming year, the

Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR

will be declared "BLESSED"

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A special word of Congratulations must go to our nuns - and also to ourselves!

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Fr Barrie O'Toole CSsR - Golden Jubilarian

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Congratulations to 

Fr Barrie O'Toole CSsR

who this year celebrates his

Priestly Golden Jubilee.

Vivat in aeternum!

1965 - 2016

A little bit of CSsR history...

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This weekend the community and the parish are celebrating a service of Rededication of the Church's mighty spire.

For the moment here is some of our history...

CSsR Clapham History 1848 onwards

ENJOY!

 

Apologies for lack of service

We apologise for the lack of the site over the weekend. We have had a few techical issues. 

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Thank you for your patience.

 

Fr Provincial writes for the end of the year 2015...

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31st December, 2015

Dear confreres and friends,

 

Once again we come to the final day of the year and I give thanks to God for the many blessings we have experienced. We pray for peace and fidelity in 2016.

 

When I look back over the year there is much for which we should be grateful. The tremendous amount of apostolic work carried out, in and through our Province, continues to be amazing. The day-to-day work in the parishes and in Redemptorist Publications, the preaching of missions and retreats, the ministry in and from the John Paul Centre and at Hawkstone, the work of formation, and of course the administration of the Province, all go to make up the tapestry of our Redemptorist life and ministry here and in Zimbabwe. In the Region there have been many missions and retreats, as well as the parish work in Tafara, Bhobo, Mabvuku, Saint Gerard's, Nazareth House, Hatcliffe and Chiweshe. And on top of all this, there is the Aids outreach, the Mavambo project the Adult Literacy programme and several other ministries.

 

Both here in the Province and in Zimbabwe we also celebrated new life, welcoming men to join us and discern their vocation. We have also sent men to the novitiate, as well as admitting confreres to Vows and celebrated with those who received the Sacrament of Ordination.

Anno Domini 2016...

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

would like to wish their

confreres and sisters

families and friends

benefactors

and all the wonderful people it is their privilege to know

a happy, peace filled and blessed

2016

Charlie Brown and Christmas...

 

Let a child remind us of the meaning of Christmas!

 

Novena for Christmas Day 9

Written by St Alphonsus Liguori CSsR Founder, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

Meditation Nine

DECEMBER 24

The birth of the Infant Jesus in the cave of Bethlehem.

 

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Novena for Christmas - Day 8

 Written by St Alphonsus Liguori CSsR Founder, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Meditation Eight

DECEMBER 23

The sojourn of the Infant Jesus in Egypt and Nazareth.

 

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