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St. Alphonsus Liguori

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News and Events... Updated regularly

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!

Vocations Sunday... Change a Life..!

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A Diocesan Priest,

A Carmelite Nun,

A Redemptorist Father,

A fcJ Sister,

A De La Mennais Brother,

they all live, work and pray somewhere near you!

Why not go and join them?

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Bread4Today app launched...

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A wonderful app called Bread4Today can now be downloaded from iTunes to help us pray through the day

- these short reflections give us good direction!

It is free to download, so why not give it a try?

INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM FOR REDEMPTORIST PUBLISHING HOUSES... 

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The participants of the International Symposium arrived at Hawkstone Hall arrived on 8th of April 2015. Fr. Ronald McAnish, Provincial Superior of the London  Province, on behalf of the London Province, Redemptorist Publications and Majellan Publications welcomed the participants to the Symposium on the same day evening. In his welcome speech he brought the attention of  the members to the necessity of networking, planning and  ongoing development in the area Publication Ministry.

Easter Sunday 2015...

 

Christus Resurrexit! Vere Resurrexit!

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

The Lord is truly risen!

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The

Redemptorists of the London Province 

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Fr General CSsR writes this Easter '15...

 

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CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS

Superior Generalis

Roma, 2 April, 2015

Holy Thursday – Paschal Triduum

Prot. Nº 0000 116/2015

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Lay Associates and Friends,

This evening with the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we begin the Sacred Paschal Triduum of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection. Each year, we are invited to enter into this mystery through prayer and contemplation, liturgical celebration and service to those in need. “As helpers, companions and ministers” (c. 2), of the Redeemer, he “continues to fulfil the will of his Father by carrying on the redemption through us” (c. 52). What a wonderful and privileged vocation is ours! With joy and hope, let us say “yes” to this invitation with heartfelt gratitude.

As we approach these feasts, it is important for us to celebrate the deeper meaning of the Resurrection. As Pope Francis teaches in Evangelii Gaudium (#275-276), when we are tempted to think that nothing will change in this world of ours, we need to recall that Jesus Christ has triumphed over sin and death, and that not only is change possible, it is promised and guaranteed! “Christ’s resurrection is not an event of the past; it contains a vital power which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the resurrection suddenly spring up”. As our Constitutions remind us, we must “become signs and witnesses before people of the power of his resurrection, proclaiming the new and eternal life” (c. 51). 

To celebrate Easter in this Year of the Consecrated Life reminds us that we walk the same path as Jesus who gave himself up to death and ascended victorious through his resurrection: this path is the “way of virginity, poverty and obedience, the way of service and sacrifice of self unto death” (c. 50). This is the call to leave the upper room, to open the doors locked out of fear, and to enter the markets and the peripheries, the byways and the cities with a message of joy! 

Holy Saturday...

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Good Friday...

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Holy Thursday...

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An amazing amount of stuff! This was one of the most pivotal days in the life of Jesus Christ. Here are some of the things the gospels record for this day (including events that happened after midnight). Jesus:

 

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A look back at Flame 2 using mainly social media postings

YOUNG REDEMPTORIST PRIEST IN THE TALENT SHOW LA VOZ (THE VOICE), IN SPAIN... 

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The 28 year old Redemptorist priest Damian Maria Montes has surprised thousands of viewers of Spanish television when he passed the blind audition of La Voz (The Voice),  a reality talent show in Spain.

One of the important premises of the show is the quality of the singing talent. Four coaches, themselves popular performing artists, train the talents in their group and occasionally perform with them. Talents are selected in blind auditions, where the coaches cannot see, but only hear the audition. The jurors of the show were surprised to see that the singer was a priest.

Father Damian Maria, Redemptorist missionary, was born in Granada and currently lives in Madrid. He was ordained on 27th  April, 2013. In the stage performance of La Voz of Spain he performed the song “Angels” by Robbie Williams.