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News and Events... Updated regularly

The Year of St Joseph...

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Read Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter "Patris Corde" - "With a Father's Heart"

CSsR Provincial's Letter January 2021...

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Open the letter by clicking here

+Vincent Logan, Bishop Emeritus of Dunkeld RIP...

Our monastery, St Mary's, Kinnoull, Perth is in the diocese of Dunkeld. We have heard the sad news that Bishop Vincent Logan, once our Bishop has died. We pray for him, for Bishop Robson, the Clergy, the Religious and all the people of the Dunkeld Diocese. Requiescat in pace.

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A Diaconal Ordination in St Mary's Monastery, Kinnoull, Perth, Scotland - 1997

LtoR Kieran Brady CSsR, Bp Vincent Logan, Richard Reid CSsR, Paul Douthwaite

The "new" deacons are all still going strong as priests - Deo gratias!

 

One Body: Clement’s failures...

One of the features of the bicentenary of the death of our confrere Clement Hofbauer has been the variety of inspiring and useful texts in this series of C.Ss.R. Spirituality.  From the sheer holiness of the man to his missionary vision and accomplishments, to his interior life, we have been treated to insights into the man we right call our “second founder”.

In this reflection, I want to look at the failures in Clement’s life or rather at how he coped with failure. Sometimes in reading the lives of the saints, we are inclined to conclude “marvelous, to be admired, but hardly to be imitated”.  But we all have in common some brush with failure; indeed we may feel trapped in failure or afraid of failure.

Failures due to external forces – failures from within the Congregation

Perhaps the most public and dramatic failure for Clement was the suppression of St Benno’s on June 17th1808. The arrest, imprisonment and eventual deportation of the Warsaw community was the end of the transalpine Congregation for the time being.  To see such a fruitful ministry terminated and the community dispersed must have tested Clement’s trust to the full.  Less dramatic but no less disheartening was the failure of many, if not all, of the foundations Clement made across Europe.  From France to Romania Clement saw his efforts fail.

Such failures were due to external forces, political, social, and sometimes religious. A quite different level of failure came from within the Congregation itself. The Consultor General, Fr Leggio, accused Clement of “changing morning meditation for two sung Masses, no observance of silence, no afternoon acts” and for good measure, he accused Clement of refusing to return to Italy because “you do not want to have any superior over you”.

Even within his own Warsaw community, Clement heard voices raised to highlight his failures.  Fr Vannelet’s correspondence showed that some members of St Benno’s community were uneasy with the pace and style of Clement’s version of Redemptorist life.

Clement was not unaware of the limitations under which he laboured. So much of his earlier life had been patchy: some study, some experience of the hermit life, some theology at the University, very short Novitiate, skimpy familiarity with the traditions of the Congregation, little contact and less literature on the charism of the Congregation….all added up to feelings of inadequacy and a recipe for failure.  On top of all this, Clement had to cope with his own temperament: “I thank God I have this shortcoming (short temper) because if I didn’t have it, I would be tempted to kiss my own hand out of respect for myself” he ruefully admitted.

CSsR Feast - Blessed Peter Donders CSsR...

14 January 2021

Feast of Blessed Peter Donders CSsR

On the side of the Marginalized

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To find out more about Bl Peter Donders click here

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Pray for us.

FR KIERAN INVITES YOU TO SUNDAY MASS

The Baptism of the Lord concludes the Christmastide season and leads us into hopefully a better New Year. If you would like to participate in mass today, albeit remotely, click below for our recorded mass from St. Martin’s Tranent in Scotland.

 

You can also see all future masses on the you tube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC06QnlDwxe3giY4udnDykGQ

God Bless

Fr Kieran Brady C.SsR

 Feast of St John Neumann CSsR 5th January...

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Pray with us as celebrate the Feast Day of one of our Saints - 

St John Neumann CSsR

Please pray for Vocations to our Congregation - the Redemptorists -

and also please pray for those Redemptorists around the world

who are today exercising the Ministry of Bishop. 

Especially our two confreres from our own Province

Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR,

Bishop of Hallam, England

Bishop Raymond Mupa CSsR,

BIshop of Chinoyi, Zimbabwe

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St John Neumann CSsR - Pray for us!

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - Jan 1st 2021...

The Redemptorists of the London Province

wish you all

a Happy New Year

and entrust you all

to our Blessed Lady's care.

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Prayer by St Alphonsus 

Most holy Virgin Immaculate,
my Mother Mary,
to you who are the Mother of my Lord,
the Queen of the Universe,
the Advocate,
the hope,
the refuge of sinners,
I who am the most miserable of all sinners,
have recourse this day.
I venerate you,
great queen,
and I thank you for the many graces
you have bestowed upon me
even unto this day;

I love you, my dearest Lady;
and because of that love,
I promise to serve you willingly for ever
and to do what I can
to make you loved by others also.

I place in you all my hopes for salvation;
accept me as your servant
and shelter me under your mantle,
you who are the Mother of Mercy.

And since you are so powerful with God,
deliver me from all temptations,
or at least obtain for me
the strength to overcome them until death.

From you I implore a true love for Jesus Christ.

Through you I hope to die a holy death.

My dear Mother,
by your love for Almighty God,
I pray you to assist me always,
but most of all at the last moment of my life.

Forsake me not then,
until you shall see me safe in heaven,
there to bless you
and sing of your mercies through all eternity.

Such is my hope.
Amen

Goodbye 2020, Welcome 2021...

It has been a strange and bizarre year, of that no one can have any doubt. In a short time we will say farewell to the year that is ending and a rousing welcome to the year now approaching. 

 

Let us never forget to say thanks to our God for the many good things that happened this year, things that we perhaps take for granted; the weather, the sun shine, fresh air, water, our memories, good people close by or far away, etc. We have indeed been blessed in many ways during 2020, and we have had a few trying moments as well! Let us read the poem that King George VI made famous in 1939... and welcome the year 2021 by putting our "hand into the Hand of God."

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The Gate of the Year

‘God Knows'

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:
“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” 
And he replied: 
“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God.
That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” 
So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night.
And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East. 

So heart be still: 
What need our little life
Our human life to know, 

If God hath comprehension? 
In all the dizzy strife
Of things both high and low, 
God hideth His intention. 

God knows. His will
Is best. The stretch of years
Which wind ahead, so dim
To our imperfect vision, 
Are clear to God. Our fears
Are premature; In Him, 
All time hath full provision. 

Then rest: until
God moves to lift the veil
From our impatient eyes, 
When, as the sweeter features
Of Life’s stern face we hail, 
Fair beyond all surmise
God’s thought around His creatures
Our mind shall fill.

Minnie Louise Haskins (1875-1957)

Have a blessed and Happy New Year of 2021

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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