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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

This past year 2016-2017 in CSsR time...

What an awful lot has been happening!

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Pray for CSsR and OSsR VOCATIONS

Our Mother of Perpetual Succour - Pray for us.

Our Holy Father Alphonsus - Pray for us.

Upcoming Parish Mission in Bartley Green

 

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Please click on the image to access the Parish Mission flyer

Upcoming Parish Mission in Peterborough

 

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Please click on the image to download the parish mission flyer with details of the mission itself.

Fr Provincial' Letter 28th Oct 2017...

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28th October, 2017

Dear Confreres and friends,

I am beginning this letter early this month as I will be in meetings most of next week.

As we begin the month of November I again pay tribute to our beloved dead and remind each one that we are building on the amazing work which they did beginning on 9th November 1732, and over the past 174 years in this country. Each November, in accordance with our Statutes, we have the four community Masses and suffrages for our deceased confreres, relatives and benefactors. I know that in Zimbabwe, the confreres also gather at the local cemetery where our dead are buried.

May I quote a few lines from a letter that St. Alphonsus wrote in 1762 in which he says, "You can be certain that those who die in the Congregation will not only save themselves, but will save themselves as saints and have a good place in heaven. .. Therefore draw even closer to Jesus Christ through your love. Love is a golden chain which binds people to God so closely that it seems that they can no longer draw away from him."

National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress 2018

In September 2018 there will be a National Eucharistic Pilgrimage and Congress held in Liverpool. In this video Fr. Denis McBride C.Ss.R provides some background

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In this video Brother Royston C.Ss.R explains the importance of the Eucharist

 

Two CSsR Golden Jubilarians...

Today we give thanks to God for two men

who have given their live to God

in the Redemptorist Congregation.

On the 16th October 1967

Fr Oliver Keyes CSsR and Fr Denis McBride CSsR

professed their vows and became members of the Redemptorist Family.

We ask the Lord's continual blessing on these two men and their ministry.

1967 - 2017

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Ad multos annos!

Vivant in aeternum!

Feast of St Gerard Majella CSsR - 16th October...

Today is the feast of our dear Brother, St Gerard Majella. Enjoy and celebrate this feast well!

We pray especially for our Brothers in the Congregation

and for all women expecting a baby.

God Bless you all.

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Below are some pictures which are scenes from his holy and impressive life -

he was only 29 years old when he died, but he certainly made an impression!

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What is God saying to you?...Vocations Weekend...!

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Pray for Vocations...

Pray for the Men looking at this...

Pray they will do the right thing!

Fr Frank Dickinson CSsR - 60 years a Priest...!

Our hearty congratulations

go to our dear confrere

Fr Frank Dickinson CSsR

who recently celebrated

60 years as a Priest.

1957 - 2017

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In his diamond jubilee year - still going strong!

 

Claire Daly writes about the about the experience of the day...

"Here at the Abbey we had a wonderful mass to celebrate

the Diamond Jubilee of priesthood of Fr Francis Dickinson.

Fr Maurice O'Mahoney preached a lovely sermon on the birth of Our Blessed Lady and Fr Dickinson spoke at the end of mass with his usual wit and humour to a full church and a rapturous applause.

After a an enjoyable meal the community met together in the evening to watch a Betty Davis film which transfixed those present.

Fr Dickinson truly enjoyed his day."

 

From all of us - Ad multos annos et Vivat in aeternum!

Fr Terry Creech CSsR in Hospital...

A quick message to ask your prayers for Fr Terry Creech CSsR who is in hospital at this time. Fr Terry has friends all over the world, particularly from his time of ministry in Lourdes. If anyone wants to drop him a card the address is;

Fr Terry Creech CSsR

The Victoria Ward,

Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Romsey Rd,

Winchester SO22 5DG

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Our Lady of Lourdes - Pray for him and all who are sick at this time!

Fr Provincial's Letter Oct 2017...

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1st October, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

September has been a very busy month for many of us. I already wrote to you about the Third Phase of the General Chapter which was held here in Kinnoull, and also the Assembly of the Conference of Europe.

To expand further, the Third Phase looked at ways of implementing the decisions of the Canonical Phase of the Chapter in Thailand in order to renew our apostolic life. Topics covered included: the ongoing challenge of possible reconfiguration, prioritising ministry in Albania, networking within the Conference and with other Conferences, and the possibility of organising a meeting of European lay Redemptorist Associates or coworkers. A Commission is to be set up to prepare an Apostolic Plan for the Conference. This plan will be presented to the Conference in November 2018.

Towards the end of the meeting, the General Government announced dates of an Extraordinary Visitation of the Congregation by locations.

I had already also sent you information about the Conference meeting at which names were forwarded for a new Coordinator. We also received reports from several Secretariats and fixed the next Assembly meeting for Bratislava in 2018.

As you will recall from my last letter, we have arranged a Province meeting in January under the guidance of Fr. Jack to Kingsbury, the Coordinator of North America, to discuss restructuring. I remind you that the venue is Kinnoull and the dates are: January 7th (arrival) until January 12th (departure). Pease try and attend this gathering.

I would do it (CSsR) again!...

Fr Bev Ahearn has just celebrated 70 years of Redemptorist Religious Life!

He says, "I would do it again!"

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It is a wonderful life! 

Is the Lord calling you?

70 years of Vows, CSsR Religious Life...

Fr Bev Ahearn CSsR

has reached a tremendous milestone in his life...

he took his religious vows 70 years ago this year!

1947 - 2017

We are all so proud of him and this incredible achievement

- not many people make it this far!

We give thanks to God for you and your vocation!

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Before mass...

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Fr Bev CSsR with his brother, sister-in-law and 2 of his nephews and nieces.

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Fr Bev CSsR, some of his blood family and some of his religious family - CSsR

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CSsR Jubilees Galore...

Many Jubilees have been celebrated up and down the province these last few weeks!

On the 8th of September

Fr Jim Casey CSsR,

Fr Tony Johnstone CSsR,

and

Fr Jim McManus CSsR

celebrated their Diamond Jubille of Priesthood.

A truly wonderful day was had by all who celebrated that day.

We give thanks to God for their years of devoted service and ministry!

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Then on the 17th September another two Golden Jubilees were celebrated for two of our Fathers in Bishop Eton Monastery, Liverpool.

Fr Tony Hunt CSsR and Fr Michael Henesy CSsR

have now reached the 50th mark in their holy priesthood.

We once again give thanks to these two men and the wonderful ministry that they have carried out.

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Ad multos annos!

Ven Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage Day 2017...

Once again the yearly Ven Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage Day was upon again. Below are some of the pictures and the homily given that day by Fr Richard Reid CSsR. A great day was had by all and we continue to place before her shrine all our many petitions.

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Dear Brothers and Sisters!

I cannot begin to tell you how immensely happy I am to be back in the wonderful St Patrick's in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. I see many faces that I know well in this church however for those of you who do not know me, I had the privilege of serving in this church for 7 years and the honour of living in a Redemptorist Community - where you now have Mgr Phillip Kerr.

Since I left Edinburgh - nine years ago I have travelled to many different places - however that is not for here - but I would like to register my delight to return to this church - because it is St Pat's - but also because it is the home and final resting place of our Venerable Margaret Sinclair. I have know of the Venerable Margaret all of my life - believe it or not - because my granny always had a prayer card of the Venerable Margaret somewhere obvious in her house! So you can now appreciate how strange it was for me to find myself here in church those years ago. And you may well appreciate the great pride (not sinful pride) I was able to take when the hearse left the Mount Vernon cemetery with her coffin inside and I travelled all the way back here, with Ven Margaret's remains by my side.

CSsR Missioners' Meeting Sept 2017...

Fr Kieran Brady CSsR called a Missioners' Meeting in the Monastery of St Mary's, Kinnoull, Perth Scotland. It was a great success and enjoyable by all. Many issues were discussed and plans for the future put in place.

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Fr Charles CSsR - leading us in the liturgy - praying for us all!

 

The missioning body ranged in age from - 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!

From these, came a huge amount of missionary experience and love of the Gospel!

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