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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Upcoming Parish Mission in Cricklewood

 

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Please click on the image to access the Parish Mission flyer. Please pray for the Mission Team during their week at Cricklewood.

CSsR Festival of Remembrance on Friday 16 February 2018...

To mark the Centenary of the cessation of hostilities at the end  of the First World War, St Mary’s R.C Redemptorist Church, Clapham will be holding a  Festival of Remembrance at 7 pm  on Friday 16 February.

The service, modelled on that held by the Royal British Legion, will bring together military chaplains of all denominations, respected veterans, the Redemptorists of the London Province, parishioners and members of the local community to remember, not just the chaplains, but all those of the parish who lost their lives during the First World War.

Br. Christopher Reynolds, a member of the Redemptorist community in Clapham, explains why he was inspired to organise the service,

“a board in the monastery refectory records the names of all the deceased members of the community and my attention was drawn to one name in particular which was followed by the note: “died at sea.” Looking further I noticed two others carried the post nominal C.F., Chaplain to the Forces.” 

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Father Kavanagh who was killed in action

Parish Days of Recollection

cross goldSome of you may have seen the recent BBC4 series Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery , in which cameras were allowed into three different Benedictine monasteries to give us a snapshot of monastic life. One television critic praised the series, saying that “the wordless, daily rhythms of the Benedictine monks provided the most relaxing television that the ‘slow TV’ trend has ever managed.”

For some, however, the monks’ daily routine within the monastery – including both spiritual and mundane tasks - proved too much, as was born out in the Letters Page of a national newspaper in the days following the programmes’ airing: “How can anyone justify being a monk, sitting around reading and praying all day, when there is so much work to be done out in the community?”, wrote one correspondent.

RYM Young Adult Homeless Mission

We’ve been wanting to do a homeless mission since we first started planning events for the

young adult group, so we were really excited to liaise with Helen the lay chaplain at Hope, who had some experience of doing this in Liverpool.

We decided to do a joint mission with Hope University Cath. Soc. and it worked brilliantly !

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Fr Provincial writes 31st January 2018...

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31st January 2018

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

I hope this will reach you for 2nd February, the day set apart for a focus on the Consecrated Life. The Clapham community is hosting the local Religious, and several of the confreres in Kinnoull will attend the Diocesan celebrations for this special day.

Today the OPC finished the visits to the communities. These were intended to really be low-key visits, with the opportunity to meet each confrere and to convey to those who could not attend the Province Meeting, a sense of what occurred both in terms of the spirit and the input.

I once again thank the Kinnoull community for hosting the meeting and for the many confreres who attended, including those from Zimbabwe. I can say without hesitation that it was a very blessed time, and a meeting in which there was "genuine sharing on the human and spiritual level" to quote Constitution 21, which is the first Constitution of Chapter 2 on The Apostolic Community.

This quality of interaction was in a large measure due to the skills of Fr. Jack Kingsbury the Coordinator of North America who facilitated the meeting, and enabled us to express our hopes and our fears in a very supportive environment. It was also a very good preparation for the forthcoming Extraordinary Visitation which will take place at the end of April, and to which I once again invite each one.

Redemptorist Lay Associates

At all Masses for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary time (28.1.18) , the parishioners at Bishop Eton and  St Mary’s listened to Fr. Maurice O'Mahony speak about Redemptorist Lay Associates  Fr Maurice and some of the existing Lay associates also hosted a session in which those interested could learn more. 

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Fr Maurice C.Ss.R and some of our Lay Associates

Each of the Lay Associates present spoke of how they got to know the  Redemptorists and their experience of being a Lay Associate so far.  They spoke eloquently and enthusiastically and many people expressed an interest in joining them.

Below is Fr Maurices’ address to the congregation at the 6pm Mass at Bishop Eton

To read more about Redemptorist Lay Associates in other parts of the world click here  

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Associate of the London Province please e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or write to Fr Maurice P O’Mahony CSsR, The Redemptorists, 49 Sutton Road, Birmingham B23 6PJ

Golden Jubilee Homily -Fr Anthony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy

by Fr. Andrew Burns C.Ss.R

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Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R, Fr Tony Hunt C.Ss.R, Fr Michael Henesy C.Ss.R

and Fr. Tim Buckley C.Ss.R

On the 17th September 2017 Fr Tony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their ordination. Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R gave the homily which follows.

Canon Bill Anderson RIP...

A few men in our Provincehad the privilege of knowing this wonderful man.

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  There are obituaries, of course, of this wonderful priest, tracing his distinguished career from a degree in classics at Cambridge, to philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, being ordained for the archdiocese of Edinburgh, teaching at Blairs College, going on to work at the BBC Religious Affairs department, moving to the Scots College in Rome as spiritual director, returning to teach at Blairs, then chaplain to Aberdeen University, administrator of Aberdeen Cathedral where he was made a canon, then parish priest, hospital and school chaplain, and finally retirement.

None of this elegant procession of appointments captures who Bill was as a human being. Obituaries tend to trace nominations and achievements, as if a life can be reckoned by a litany of labelling: you are left to guess, too often on reading, what the person was really like, what made them hum, what hurt them or what haunted them, how they influenced others.

Vocations in Wales - in Welsh - CSsR...

On the RedemptoristsGB page of Twitter a Vocations Ad was found in Welsh advertising for the Redemptorists! We wonder how it got there?!

A yw Duw yn eich galw i fod yn Offeiriad Gatholig neu'n Brawd? Sefydlwyd ein Gorchymyn i fyw mewn cymuned ac i bregethu'r Efengyl i'r rhai sy'n druan. Mae gennym un Brawd o Gymru, a byddem wrth ein bodd yn cael mwy! Duw bendithiwch chi!

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Patrons, Virtues and Prayer Intentions CSsR...

Today the Redemptorist community at our Clapham Monastery (London) picked out patrons, virtues, and prayer intentions for the year; one of our traditional customs.

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L to R:

Br Royston CSsR, a Welshman,

Fr Richard CSsR, a Scotsman

and Br Marek, a Slovakian.

All three are proud to be Redemptorists!

Sr Maureen's Service in Kinnoull CSsR...

THE END OF AN ERA! – SR. MAUREEN IS RETIRING FROM KINNOULL

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Sr. Maureen Barry whom many visitors to Kinnoull know is retiring from her ministry here in Kinnoull after 12 years of dedicated service in our Redemptorist Retreat House and Pastoral Centre.

The many guests and retreatants who have stayed in Kinnoull have benefitted from Sr. Maureen’s attentive hospitality and listening ear and we are very grateful to her for her generous service over the years.

We also thank the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland for allowing Maureen to exercise this ministry amongst us for so many years and we wish her well in her retirement.

Young Adult Retreat

 

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Click on the image to read the full details

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

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

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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 Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR, Bishop of Hallam,

Bishop Elect Raymond Mupa CSsR, Chinoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe, and

Bishop Elect Jon Hansen CSsR, Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Canada

 

St John Neumann CSsR - Pray for us!

 

A good film about Kinnoull Monastery CSsR...

 

Find time to watch this wonderful video - from ShalomWorldTV

Pope Francis names one of ours a Bishop in Zimbabwe...

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Pope Francis

named our

Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR,

the currect Regional Superior of the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe,

as the new Bishop of Chinoyi, Zimbabwe.

Please keep Bishop-Elect Raymond in your prayers.

 

The Redemptorists in the Province and in the Region are obviously delighted about this appointment, however we realise this will mean a huge loss to us and personally for Bishop Elect Raymond. Our prayers go with you dear brother!

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The piece below was originally written for Facebook Redemptorists Zimbabwe

An insight into Bishop Elect Msgr Raymond Mupa, C.Ss.R

Fr Provincial's Final Letter of 2017...

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30th December, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,


I hope that everyone has enjoyed the Christmas season and has been able to have some rest. Usually at this time of year I invite you to celebrate our Te Deum. During my first years on the Congregation, we recited this twice a day as we went in procession from the refectory to the church, although I confess it never meant much to me. In recent years, reading it and praying it in English, I now see it as a wonderful prayer, because it contains what is at the heart of prayer - namely praise and thanksgiving.

So my Te Deum for 2017 first of all to gives praise to God for all the confreres in the Province and in the Region, for our Redemptorist co-workers and those so closely associated with our spirituality, and also our benefactors.

Secondly, I would like to praise those confreres who have so diligently lived our Redemptorist charism during the year, whether it be in active ministry, or by their prayer and suffering.

I also want to give thanks and to express my gratitude for the great spirit of cooperation that is prevalent in the Province and in the Region, and for the efforts people have made to go that extra mile to make our communities places which are our homes, but also places of welcome for a variety of confreres from other parts of the world, for retreatants, friends and relatives. A big thank you to everyone, because I know that many have gone that extra mile in a quiet and unobtrusive way.

The big news in this letter is that today at noon, Rome time, an announcement will be made from the Vatican that our confrere, Fr. Raymond Mupandasekwa, has been nominated by Pope Francis as Bishop of Chinhoyi in Zimbabwe. This is of course a great honour for Fr. Raymond, for our Region and our Province and a blessing for the priests, Religious arid laity in the Diocese of Chinhoyi.