" Jesus, thank you for everything, for my very beginning and my very end. "
Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR

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Solemnity of Pentecost 2015...

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You are fire; enkindle in me your love.

You are light; enlighten my mind with the knowledge of eternal things.

You are the Dove; 
give me innocence of life.

You are the gentle Breeze; 
disperse the storms of my passions.

You are the Tongue; 
teach me how to bless you always.

You are the Cloud; 
shelter me under the shadow of your protection.

And lastly,  You are the Giver of all heavenly gifts; 
animate me,

I beseech you, with your grace; 
sanctify me

with your charity; 
enlighten me

with your wisdom; 
adopt me by your goodness as your child,

and save me in your infinite mercy;

so that I may ever bless you, praise you, and love you;

first during this life on earth,

and then in heaven for all eternity.

Amen.

St. 
Alphonsus Liguori

 

Enjoy this wonderful feast!

CSsR Province 150 years old!...

It is with great joy that we announce

that the 24th of May this year marks

the 150th anniversary of our province!

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{1865 - 2015}

 

The Redemptorists arrived in England in 1843

and then 22 years after, in 1865, were made a province in their own right.

 

We are delighted at this sequicentenary of the Province, and we ask you to

please join us in grateful prayer as we thank

our Most Holy Redeemer

for bringing us to this day!

As the 24th of May is also Pentecost Sunday,

we are sure the Holy Spirit pours blessings and graces upon us.

 

Please also pray for Redemptorist Vocations for this part of the world,

that we can continue to minister as God wants!

 

More will be written celebrate the past 150 years of Redemptorist Missionary endevour!

For the time being we simply ponder, pray and celebrate!

Here is to the next 150.....

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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour,

Pray for us.

St Alphonsus Liguori,

Pray for us

All our Redemptorist Saints and Beati,

Pray for us.

Fr Charlie Corrigan CSsR - Celebrating his Golden Again!...

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Fr Charlie Corrigan CSsR, our Golden Jubilarian of Priesthood received an invitation from Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark to join the Jubilarians for a celebratory mass and a festive meal. It was a wonderful occasion and an opportunity to meet up with friends old and new. See more at Southwark's page.

corrigan cssr jubilee Fr Eustace Durugbo MSP, Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC and Fr Charlie Corrigan CSsR

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GOLDEN JUBILARIAN AND

ALL WHO CELEBRATE A JUBILEE OF ANY KIND THIS YEAR!

Divine Providence and the  Icon of Love...

 

Fr Jim McManus C.Ss.R., has just written this beautiful piece.

 

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On the 26 April 1866 a providential fountain of grace was opened for the universal Church when the miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour was solemnly enshrined in the Redemptorist church of St. Alphonsus in Rome. Ever since then the cleansing, sanctifying and fortifying flow of grace from Our Lady’s shrine has washed over the whole Church, bringing conversion to hardened sinners, health and wholeness to the suffering and the broken hearted, inspiration and holiness to great saints like St. Therese of Lisieux and St Pope John Paul ll, and comfort and consolation to all the faithful who invoke her powerful intercession. The miraculous Icon has truly been the Icon of Love, beaming the love of God, the love of Jesus and Our Lady’s own love into the hearts that are open to receive.

 

The Icon of Love, this fountain of grace, came to be enshrined in the church of St. Alphonsus, not through a series of historical coincidences, but through the will of God. The first theological observation, therefore, that we must make about the miraculous Icon is that it was clearly God’s will that the Icon would be enshrined in the church of St. Alphonsus in Rome. We see God’s providence at work in each historical event and in each person who was responsible for ensuring that Our Lady’s wish, that the Icon be venerated in the church that stood between St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran,  be fulfilled

 

A NEW VISION OF THE REDEMPTORISTS IN THE MINISTRY OF PUBLICATIONS...

Below we offer (in video), a  message and testimony of Father Ronald McAinsh CSsR, superior of the Province of London, and president of the Redemptorist Publications Committee of London, about the International Symposium for Redemptorist Publishing Houses, that took place at the  Hawkstone Hall, England from 8 to 12, April, 2015.

In his own words the symposium was  “a time to share about the way we work, and to share the resources and organizational skills, with the participants who came from Brazil, Poland, India, Africa and many other places of the world. A chance to learn about the plans, proposals and at the same time to understand the reality where we must carry out these projects. It is not easy but is very instructive. We were able to discuss, debate, exchange ideas in this symposium very specially  because it had a common goal, to enhance the works of the publishing houses, and to collaborate within the field of Publications “.

” I found out that there is a new vision in the field of publications in the Congregation.”

 

Red Nuns OSsR connect to the world via the web...

A wonderful video and a marvellous message!

Visit our sisters, the Red Nuns!

Red nuns invite women to look at monastic life...

By Susan Gately - 08 May, 2015

 
The sisters support themselves by making altar breads and candles but most of their life gravitates around prayer.
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Redemptoristine chapel Dublin

Next weekend single women interested in contemplative life will have an opportunity to experience firsthand what it feels like to be an enclosed contemplative nun.

The Redemptoristine sisters in Dublin hold a monastic weekend twice a year.

Beginning Friday 15 May 2015 at 3pm, those interested will join the sisters in prayer, work, lectio divina and experience the ‘great silence’ from 10pm each night of the weekend.

Iraqi Archbishop CSsR and We Are One... 

Watch as Archbishop Bashar CSsR pray and a pop group sing... We Are One

 

 

Bread 4 Today - An International Redemptorists Prayer App...

 It will serve as a free, accessible meditation aid which people can use to come closer to God and effect positive change in their lives and their community. Please click HERE to read today’s prayer. Bread 4 Today is available on both Google Play and the App Store. Please consider sharing this app with your friends, family and parish. Below you will find resources to help you promote the Bread 4 Today prayer community.

ENJOY!

 

BL VASYL VELYCHKOVSKY, CSSR, MARTYR FOR CHRIST...

This article first appeared in THE PRAIRIE MESSENGER and was written by BRENT KOSTYNIUK who lives in Edmonton, has a bachelor of theology from Newman and is a freelance writer. He and his wife Bev have been married for 36 years and have eight grandchildren.

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When I was in Grade 3, our teacher asked the class what we would do if someone came into the room and threatened to shoot anyone who was Christian. It was an incredibly scary prospect back then and it still is today. Yet there are brave and faithful people who resist any temptation to deny their faith and face martyrdom instead. Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky did exactly that.

Vasyl Velychkovsky was born in 1903 into a priestly family in Western Ukraine. His father was a priest, as were both his grandfathers. After serving as a rifleman in the First World War, Vasyl entered the Major Seminary in Lviv, Ukraine. During his diaconal year, in 1924, he joined the Redemptorist Congregation. He was ordained to the priesthood on Oct. 9, 1925, in Stanislaviv. Early on, his gift of preaching was recognized and he was assigned to give parish missions in the Volyn region.

During this period, the region was under Polish control and there was strong pressure for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church to become polonized. Father Vasyl refused to do this. Instead, he strived to unite the faithful under Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky. Because of this, he was forced to leave Volyn in 1935. He returned to Stanislaviv where he spent the next several years giving traditional Redemptorist two-week-long missions. In June 1940, with the Soviets occupying Western Ukraine, Father Vasyl led a procession of some 20,000 people through the streets of Stanislaviv on the occasion of the feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

 

Mission advertising...

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Let us pray for this parish community

and the Fathers who will conduct this mission!

Institution of Readers and Acolytes 2015...

Our students received the ministries of Reader and Acolyte during a community mass celebrated by our Fr Provincial CSsR.

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Br Royston Price, Br Michael Taylor, Fr Charlie Corrigan CSsR (Prefect of Students), Br Charles Randall and Br Peter Morris.

They ask for our prayers as they follow in the steps of the Redeemer!

Redemptorists & Vietnam War Veterans...

 

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter,

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HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM Dinh Van Hoang, a South Vietnamese veteran whose shirt is soaked in sweat under the burning sun, sits on a collapsible chair on the sidewalk, watching people traveling along the street in Ho Chi Minh City.

 

When motorbike riders stop, Hoang walks a little unsteadily on his prosthetic leg and fills or patches their tires. He used to crawl on the ground until recently, when one of his fellow veterans gave him the prosthesis. It is a trade he has plied for years in the glaring heat or the pouring rain.

 

"I earn only 30,000 dong [$1.40] a day and haven't had a square meal for years because I have to buy medicine for a blood disorder," said the 64-year-old, who lost his right leg below the knee in battle with communist guerrillas in Quang Tri province in 1972.

 

After North Vietnamese forces seized control of Saigon, the capital of U.S.-backed South Vietnam, on April 30, 1975, Hoang was forced into a reeducation program and had all personal papers confiscated.

"The war deprived me of all things. My wife left me; my parents were forced to live in a remote area and died there. My property was confiscated, and I have been living alone on sidewalks for the past decades," Hoang said. His belongings include a tent, a chair and tools to ply his trade. The old electric pump, he said, he rents to work.

 

"Sometimes, I have no money and food, I pray with God and he sends people to help me. I am Buddhist, but I've known God since I began attending [veterans] gatherings held by the Redemptorists since 2013," he said.

About a quarter of a million South Vietnamese soldiers died during the war, according to U.S. estimates. After the fall of Saigon, upwards of a million people fled the country for fear the victorious communists would exact revenge.

 

Some veterans said those who stayed were persecuted, imprisoned, put in reeducation camps or forced to live in remote areas. Their children were barred from studying at universities or working for the state.

They are still treated with suspicion even today. If they gather or hold a meeting, they are questioned by the police. They also remain studiously silent about politics, for fear they will be interrogated.

Hoang said they scrap out a living or beg, and "some lived in dire poverty and committed suicide.”

 

Redemptorist Fr. Vincent Pham Trung Thanh, who is in charge of veteran ministry for his order, said the Redemptorists began serving South Vietnamese veterans in 2014, after a group of Buddhist monks asked for assistance. Those monks had been helping and feeding 140 veterans, but were having problems with the police.

"We provide monthly medical checkups for 730 veterans at our monastery, help them get treatment and operations at hospitals, and have given them 270 wheelchairs and 90 pairs of crutches so that they can travel to work for a living,"

Fr Provincial's Letter April 2015...

 

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28th April, 2015

 

Dear confreres and friends,

 

As I write, there are only Fr Gerry Mulligan and myself in Kinnoull with bare floorboards and a few mugs for cups of tea. We hope to do the final removal of items tomorrow the 29th and shall return to 'camp out' in Kinnoull until Saturday when we will make the final move to Dundee. The address of the residence is 

 

Saint Anne's Cottage, 30 Lawside Road, Dundee DD3 6BJ. 

 

01382220254 is provisional telephone number although I am advised that my landline and the monastery landline calls will be diverted. However, if you have no success both Gerry and I have mobiles.

 

I was reflecting, as we approach the month of May, that since the mid 1860s we have celebrated the Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help here; and we had our final service with the public last Saturday. They will continue to follow the Novena from their homes in union with the many Redemptorist faithful throughout the world who honour Our Lady. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the icon perhaps it is a good to recall that our church here is the first church in the world dedicated to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. When we think of the extraordinary May devotions and processions of the mid 20th century, we can· see that dogma has developed.However it will be important not to forget the final chapter and exhortation of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium on the role of Lady.

Vocations 2015...

This is a real live bus stop in one of our major cities asking people to

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS TO THE PRIESTHOOD AND/OR RELIGIOUS LIFE

 

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St George's Day...

Enjoy this wonderful feast day!

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Pray for England!