" Mary was not only the Mother, but the worthy Mother of our Saviour. "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Fr. Dominic O'Toole and Channel 4...

Fr Dominic O'Toole recently appeared in a programme on Channel 4.

He did us proud! Watch and reflect...

 

Collaboration Between Ace of Clubs Centre & International Mural Artist...

The Ace of Clubs Centre (St Alphonsus Road, SW4) serves the homeless and vulnerable in Clapham by providing hot meals, laundry/showering facilities and welfare advice. The centre has up to 60-70 clients per day and crucially is a valuable social centre for people who often feel totally isolated.

Father Winfred C.Ss.R.,(Centre Director) recently invited an internationally renowned artist Jan Haen C.Ss.R., and accomplished co-artist Anne-Marie Van Delft , of the Collaboration Art Projects International Foundation based in the Netherlands, to lead a mural project at the centre. Father Winfred explains that the inspiration behind the mural was a wish “not to focus on the clients’ problems but their skills… I want the centre to be a place of hospitality and to create a warm and inviting environment where members can escape the clinical feel of many institutions”. 

The murals are due for completion soon and will be open to the public for viewing at the Ace of Clubs Centre, St Alphonsus Road, Clapham, SW4 7AS between 12-3pm on Monday, 30 May 2011.

Jan Haen CSsR sees to the finer details

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The Final Work!

Jan Haen’s mural work dates back over 17 years and he has worked on community projects in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Tanzania, Ireland, Zimbabwe as well as South Africa where he spent 25 years of his life. Jan’s was one of the key personnel working for the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference who were expelled by the apartheid regime in 1978 due to their opposition to the oppressive apartheid system. He was allowed to return to South Africa in 1994 where his artistic talents were galvanised when faced with the decoration of community areas in deprived townships.

Novena in Belfast...

...in Honour of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Fr. Richard Reid C.Ss.R., was invited to Belfast to join Fr. Sean Duggan C.Ss.R., to be the preachers at this years Novena. 

The Novena was a great success! Each day started with mass at 7am and finished each evening with a mass at 7.30pm.

Although the Novena is an event organised by the parish of St Gerards, many people come from surrounding parishes and even further afield.

It was a great experience for all involved and many people came to one of the four Novena sessions each day.

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Frs. Richard Reid and Sean Duggan C.Ss.R

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Frs. Sean Duggan and Richard Reid C.Ss.R.

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Our Mother of Perpetual Help,

Pray for us!

May Procession in Erdington...

in honour of Our Lady!

Parishioners, Holy Communion Children and their families and friends gathered at the Abbey to walk in procession and crown Our Lady, Queen of the May!

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Fr Gabby Maguire C.Ss.R., speaks a few words before the statue is crowned.process11process15

 

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Fr Frank Dickenson C.Ss.R., watches from the side.

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Our Lady, Queen of the May,

Pray for us!

Liverpool Half Marathon...for Mavambo...

For the third year in succession, runners from Bishop Eton trained hard for several months until they were ready to take part in the 13 miles long Liverpool Half Marathon - in aid of the Mavambo Trust in Zimbabwe.

 

As you will see, the group raised £4624.67 !!!

 

A big thank you to the runners and their sponsors.

 

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Happy 280th...to the O.Ss.R.

Today marks the 280th birthday of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer or the Redemptoristines as they are more commonly known.

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They are a year older than us(!) being founded by the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa in

1731 on the 13th May.

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We wish all our sisters a "Happy 280th anniversary of foundation"

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Ad multos annos!

 

10th May, 2011

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

I just heard of the death of our former confrere David Cairns. David was only 45 and had been in hospital with pancreatitis for some weeks. I know you will pray for him and his family.

 

Frs. James Casey and Jan Milcz will leave Sunderland for Liverpool on Thursday and I would like to thank them for their dedication in keeping the community spirit alive in St. Benet’s in these final few months when closure was imminent. Fr. Terry Creech has already moved to Chawton, while Fr. Oliver Keyes will, as you know, remain in Sunderland ministering in the clustered parishes of St. Benet’s and St. Hilda’s.

 

I know that other confreres have moved to new communities, while some changes still have to take place. We wish those moving every blessing, and trust that all will bloom where they are planted!

 

Yesterday we celebrated the Month’s Mind of the death of Brother Malachy.

 

Fr. Gerry Mulligan and I will tomorrow go to Aberdeen to visit Brother Cajetan.

 

Fr. Michael McGreevy is making a good recovery from his operation and will soon leave St. Thomas’s Hospital, London.

 

I also received news today that our three Novices will be invested with the Redemptorist habit on Sunday at a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Church, Toronto. We pray for Br. Gerry, Br. Charles and Br. Peter at this significant stage of their journey in Redemptorist life.

 

I will be at Hawkstone next week lecturing and hope to call into Bishop Eton and to the Redemptoristines after my work in Hawkstone.

 

With best wishes in this Paschaltide,

In the Redeemer,

 

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

A new St Gerard Majella C.Ss.R. website...

 

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The official English-language website and prayer community under the patronage of Redemptorist Saint Gerard Majella C.Ss.R.

Click here and go and visit!

May is the month of Mary...

Mary is our Mother — not by the flesh, but by love. That is, she is our Mother by love alone. So someone observes that she glories in being the mother of love. She is all love for us, her adopted children.

The first reason for Mary’s great love for human beings is that she loves God so much. She loved him more in the first moment of her existence than all the saints and angels every loved him or will love him.

Just as there is not one among all the blessed who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one, after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does. Furthermore, if we heaped together all the love that mothers have for their children, all the love of husbands and wives, all the love of all the angels and saints for their clients, it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.

Mary, to obtain the life of grace for us … offered her beloved Jesus to an ignominious death, and watched him die before her eyes in cruel and unexampled torments.

It is written of the Eternal Father, that God so loved the world as to give his only-begotten Son (Jn 3:16), so also we can say of Mary, that she so loved the world as to give her only-begotten Son.

So with St. Anselm I will cry: “Let my heart languish and my soul melt away and be consumed with love of you, my beloved Savior Jesus and my dear Mother Mary! But because I cannot love you unless you give me grace, then give me grace, O Jesus and Mary — by your merits, not mine — to love you as you deserve to be loved. O God, lover of humankind, you loved sinful human beings to the point of death. Will you deny your love and your Mother’s to anyone who begs for it?”

— Excerpted from The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori

 

 

Fr James McManus C.Ss.R., latest book...

 

The body is something Christians have often been ashamed of, seeing it as debased, shameful, and a barrier to spiritual perfection. Published to coincide with the beatification of John Paul II, Jim McManus explains the late pope's original and profound teaching abou the sacredness of the body and how, with the soul and the spirit, it is a key part of our God-given humanity. By reading this book you will gain a new understanding of the dignity of your body, and how it is only through this embodiment that we can be "images" of God.

 

 

RP Books Code: 1516
 
ISBN: 9780852313879
 
Visit Redemptorist Publications and order your copy.

 

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RMA Sponsored Swim...

"Redemptorist Mission Action" gratefully acknowledge the effort of Claire Daly from Birmingham, who recently swam 60 lengths

and raised over £1,500!

Claire is one of the animators of RMA and she is showing one way in which help can be given!

If you would like to find out more about RMA contact either Claire, or Fr Gabby at the Abbey,

Erdington Abbey, 49 Sutton Road, Birmingham, B23 6QJ

or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Congratulations and thank you Claire!

Pope John Paul and the Guinness Book of Records...

 

Redemptorist Youth Ministry Meeting...

St Mary's, Kinnoull, was the venue for the recent meeting of RYM (Redemptorist Youth Ministry), which brought together Redemptorists and Young People from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Clapham (illness prevented the Bishop Eton delegation attending). The theme for the weekend was social networking: a look at how we relate to each other in life, and how that can provide pointers to our life with God. The first session focused on BFF (Best Friends Forever). The glorious Spring weather was perfect for a walk up Kinnoull Hill. This led to reflecting on what it is that God loves about us; our conclusion was that God loves us simply because we are!
 
 
On Saturday afternoon, Mark led the group in a session on the meaning of Holy Week, looking closely at the Easter Triduum in particular. In the evening, the focus was on reconciliation, taking the theme of the St John's account of the woman taken in adultery. After presentations of the gospel, the group were able to engage in various reflective prayer activities in the newly refurbished monastery crypt. Needless to say, the spiritual aspects of the weekend were well balanced with the social! Iris and Hugh gave an impromptu opera recital, Maggie demonstrated break dancing techniques, Shaun & Kieran stood on Fr Ed's stomach and Andrew and Vaila sang to each other... The less said the better! The monastery was a great venue, and the welcome of the entire community was fantastic. We can't wait for the next meeting!

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The Paschal Triduum

Every year, the Church celebrates the great mysteries of the redemption of mankind in the

"most sacred triduum of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection".

The Sacred Triduum extends from the

Mass of the Lord's Supper to Vespers on Easter Sunday

and is celebrated "in intimate communion with Christ her Spouse"."

Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments Dec.'01

 

EASTER SUNDAY

 

 
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The Redemptorists would like to take this opportunity
to offer their prayers and good wishes to all
their families, friends, confreres from around the world
and all who follow these pages!
May this Easter be a time of
JOY and PEACE
for each one of you.
 
Enjoy this Easter-tide.
 
Our prayers are with you!
 

 

 

Holy Saturday

 

Good Friday

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Holy Thursday

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Sister Richard Gavaza RIP

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The Regional Superior in Zimbabwe, Fr William Guri C.Ss.R.,

informed us that Sister Richard Gavaza LCBL has died after a short illness.

Our prayers are asked for the repose of her soul, and the comfort of her sisters and family and friends.

Sister Richard worked for many years in our community in Tafara.

She will be missed and we thank God for her many years of faithful service.

May she rest in peace!