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News and Events

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Fr Provincial's Letter

 

5th November, 2010

 

Dear Confreres and Friends,

 

This letter will arrive a little late, since I have been on the road with the other members of the OPC, visiting most of the communities. Thank you again for the warm welcome we received and for your kindness. I am always impressed by the amount of apostolic work being done in the Province and also by the fraternity which exists, despite our differences.

 

This month we again commemorate our deceased confreres, relatives and benefactors. Often during these visits, I would reflect on those giants of Redemptorists who strove so earnestly since the 1840’s to bring the message of the gospel to people in this country and further afield. I again remind you of our commitment to celebrate or attend Mass for them, as well as for our benefactors who have been such an enormous support to us, and of course for our relatives who have gone before us and are now in solidarity with our mission in a new and special way.

 

Last month the three Provincial Councils of London, Dublin and St. Clements met in Dublin and continued our dialogue on common aspects of apostolate, formation and special initiatives. In particular we progressed our plans for the inter-provincial community at Clapham, and hope that this venture will move into a new phase after the Province Nominations in January/February.

 

I know that several of the confreres preached missions and retreats during October. I was fortunate enough to be part of the City Mission in Bratislava. This was an enormous venture which saw over 60 missioners – the vast majority of them Redemptorists or Redemptorist co-workers – being present in every Catholic church in Bratislava. The Mission proper was preceded by one week of street evangelisation to prepare for the preaching week. I found the Mission very edifying. I was also able to preach to our Novices and Sisters there.

 

The mission was followed by a meeting of the Conference of Europe in Trois Epis – scene of the Evangelisation Colloquium just a few weeks before. The main topics discussed were the Statutes of the Conference, and the Apostolic Priorities of the Conference.  In March, names will be forwarded to the General Government for the appointment of the Co-ordinator of the Conference of Europe, and further discussions on the Priorities and on Formation will take place.

 

This coming week we have OPC and EPC meetings during which this situation, as well as other matters such as our properties, the Clapham Community and items relating to the Trustees will be discussed. Any updates can now be found on our revamped web site. Thanks again to Fr. Richard.

 

All good wishes for our Feast on 9th – the Foundation of the Congregation. Perhaps it is a time to be grateful for what we, our co-workers and the confreres who have gone before us have done in evangelization. Congratulations also to our Superior General, Fr. Michael Brehl, who yesterday celebrated the first anniversary of his election.

 

I ask prayers for Sr. Perpetua Lonnergan, a Presentation Sister, who died this week. Sr. Perpetua ministered in a most dedicated fashion with our confreres in Formation in Zimbabwe, and also supported the poor in our township parishes through her teaching and good works. May she rest in peace. Fr. Tryvis Moyo, who is studying in Dublin, hopes to represent the Region and the Province at her funeral in Clane, Co Kildare.

 

Birthday this month are Brother William and Fr. Barrie O’Toole on 18th and Fr. Brian Russell on 24th.

 

With best wishes to all,

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

 

 

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

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Happy 278th Birthday

of the 

               Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer!    

 

On this day, 9th November,

the Redemptorists

were founded in 1732.

Enjoy the day! 

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Fr Provincial was in Slovakia at the end of last month, preaching a city wide mission and

giving input to our brother novices and to our dear sisters at the Kezmarok monastery.

 

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Below we see some of the photos:

- With some of the community and the novices

- Father with some of the sisters and the computer

- Outdoors!

- Doing some work!

- With some of the sisters and postulants

- Alone enjoying the Tatra mountains (running along the border of Poland and Slovakia).

 

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Archbishop's Ordination Highlights

For those of you would like to see Archbishop Tobin's ordination highlight, go to this page where you will find four short ordination films;

Laying on of hands, Receiving crozier and mitre, Condensed ceremony highlights, and a Message from Archbishop Tobin.

 

The website www.redemptorist.info has many good international features of our Congregation!

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50 Years in Zimbabwe!

Wonderful celebrations have taken place in Zimbabwe to mark our Golden Jubilee there! 

As ever the brothers worked exceptionally hard to make sure the celebrations went off without any problems!

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Congratulations to all the brothers celebrating these 50 Years!

50 Years in Zimbabwe!

Wonderful celebrations have taken place in Zimbabwe to mark our Golden Jubilee there! 

As ever the brothers worked exceptionally hard to make sure the celebrations went off without any problems!

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Congratulations to all the brothers celebrating these 50 Years!

A MESSAGE FROM THE REGIONAL SUPERIOR

 

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ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION

OF THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE

CONGREGATION OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER IN ZIMBABWE

 

To all Redemptorists

 

The celebration of fifty years of the presence and work of the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe is an occasion of great joy, for us, and for Redemptorists elsewhere. The coming of age of our mission here is the achievement and commitment of generations of confreres from the London Province, the South African Province, the General Government and of many other units of our congregation all over the world, who have shown great solicitude and rendered much needed help.

 

It is also an achievement of the local Church in Zimbabwe; the bishops, clergy, religious orders and congregations, and indeed the faithful, who have all welcomed, supported and worked alongside our fathers and brothers from the very beginning.

 

It is the achievement of the Zimbabwean young men, who have joined our formation programme over the past half century, who were subsequently called elsewhere, and those who have persevered and remained. This jubilee is a celebration of how, the Redemptorists together with the many people of this country have given their lives for plentiful redemption.

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE REGIONAL SUPERIOR

 

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Golden Jubilee 1960-2010

ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION

OF THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE

CONGREGATION OF THE MOST HOLY REDEEMER IN ZIMBABWE

 

To all Redemptorists

 

The celebration of fifty years of the presence and work of the Redemptorists in Zimbabwe is an occasion of great joy, for us, and for Redemptorists elsewhere. The coming of age of our mission here is the achievement and commitment of generations of confreres from the London Province, the South African Province, the General Government and of many other units of our congregation all over the world, who have shown great solicitude and rendered much needed help.

 

It is also an achievement of the local Church in Zimbabwe; the bishops, clergy, religious orders and congregations, and indeed the faithful, who have all welcomed, supported and worked alongside our fathers and brothers from the very beginning.

 

It is the achievement of the Zimbabwean young men, who have joined our formation programme over the past half century, who were subsequently called elsewhere, and those who have persevered and remained. This jubilee is a celebration of how, the Redemptorists together with the many people of this country have given their lives for plentiful redemption.

 

The Redemptoristines Give Away All Their Possessions!

Our dear sisters in the Liverpool monastery are setting their things in order as they prepare to shut their monastery down after 20 years.

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Some of our confreres were there to help them and move some of their Redemptoristine' heritage to other monasteries.

Have a look at the van - you'll see everything from furniture, vestments, statues and much more.

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We thank Sr Bernadette and Sr Patrick and we remember them in our prayers as they move home next week.

When she has settled into the new place, Sr Bernadette will provide us with an article and pictures on their presence as Redemptoristine sisters in England for over 130 years.

 

 

Bishop Ralph C.Ss.R., returns to  St Mary's Clapham.

 

 
The people of St Mary's were delighted to welcome back their former Parish Priest, Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR. 
 
In London, with Bishop Ralph, for the annual celebration of Gibraltar Day, were the First Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs Caruana, along with many other representatives from Gibraltar.
 
 
Thanking the parish for their warm welcome, Bishop Ralph said how delighted he was to be back in Clapham, where he had spent nine happy years.
 
 
Bishop Ralph had a chance to meet old friends after the mass at a reception held in the monastery gardens.

 

 

 

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"On Sunday the Chief Minister and Mrs Caruana will be attending a mass of thanksgiving at St Mary Church, Clapham which will be celebrated by the Bishop of Gibraltar Ralph Heskett. The mass will also involve members of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment who will parade the respective flags for the occasion. Gibraltarian Tenor Philip Borge will be singing at the Church Service also." PRESS RELEASE - GOVERNMENT OF GIBRALTAR

St Gerard Majella's

Feast Day

October 16th

Enjoy the Day!

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ARCHBISHOP JOSEPH W. TOBIN C.Ss.R.

 

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Confreres gathered from many parts of the world to see their Superior General Emeritus ordained Archbishop in St. Peter's Basilica.

 

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Friends gathered

 

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The many bishops go forward to lay their hands on the men who will shortly be their brother bishops.

 

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The new croziers and mitres belonging to the four new archbishops

 

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Archbishop Tobin moves among his brother bishops exchanging the kiss of peace.

 

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Some confreres enjoying the reception after a long ordination.

 

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Latest Provincial Letter

30th September, 2010

 

Dear Confreres and Friends,

 

Today the Ordinary Provincial Council met in Kinnoull for our monthly reflection on the various apostolates of the Province, as well as personnel issues and other matters concerning properties and finance.

 

As we move into the final months of this triennium, we will try to make a pastoral visit to all the communities once voting for Provincial and Chapter are over. I will let the Rectors know of proposed dates in November for these visits.

 

Last month, Fr. Maurice and I were present in Zimbabwe for a Visit and also to participate in the various Professions and Ordinations which I mentioned in my August letter. The Visit was very blessed and the hospitality of the confreres was outstanding. Fr. Richard Reid was also present for the celebrations, and his presence much appreciated. Fr. Gerry will go to Harare to represent the Province for the Golden Jubilee Mass and events that surround it. The Mass is on 16th October.  You may know that Fr. Tony Pathe, who will be in Harare for the event, and Fr. Philip Foster, first went to (then) Rhodesia in 1960 to establish the House in Borrowdale. We congratulate the confreres, and wish them all the very best for the Celebrations.

 

Here at home, Fr. Gerry and Fr. Brian celebrated their Golden Jubilee of Profession this month, and also Bro. Cajetan his Diamond Jubilee. Brother Anthony will celebrate his Golden Jubilee on 16th October.

 

This month a group from the Province attended the European Colloquium at Trois Epis, and here is an extract of an email about the meeting from Fr. Desmond Keegan who is a member of the Commission.

 

“The representation from the London Province was Father Jim McManus, Miss Marie Hogg, myself as part of the Commission and Father Dominic O'Toole who acted as secretary to the meeting. A parishioner from Bishop Eton, Mr. Bob Grace, travelled to the meeting to help with German and French translation. The hospitality of the Strasbourg Province was quite outstanding. Details of the meeting can be found on the website,www.cssrmission.com. It was an excellent meeting which highlighted the importance of Redemptorists working together in the Conference of Europe in order to ensure that the life and mission of the Congregation can continue in this continent”.

We are grateful for those who represented the Province, and all reports indicate that it was a very productive meeting.

 

Brothers Michael and William attended a meeting of the European Brothers in Slovakia, and reported that it was a worthwhile journey, with good input from Fr. Lopez.

 

 

Other news:

 

v  The web site managed by Fr Richard Reid is now fully up and running. It is excellent, and if anyone has any information for the site, please contact Fr. Richard.

 

v  Fr. Joe Tobin will be ordained (Arch) bishop at St. Peter’s on 9th October. He has already started work at the Dicastery for Religious, and I ask for prayers for Fr. Joe for this important ministry.

 

v  Fr. Gabriel Maguire and Ms. Clare Daly have agreed to take over the running of Redemptorist Missionary Action. (RMA). Fr. Gabby was in fact one of the founders of this outreach to our overseas mission. If you can support it, please do.

 

v  The Province Directory will soon be available to all, courtesy of Fr Gabby.

 

v  Fr. Terry Creech is now fully recovered, and continues his work with the added title of Honorary Chaplain to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes.

 

v  Fr. Barrie O’Toole will move to Bishop Eton in the next few weeks. With Bishop Ralph moving to Gibraltar and Fr. Charlie being in Clapham, his presence will be deeply appreciated in Liverpool. I thank Fr Barrie for all the work he has done over the years in the John Paul Centre, and wish him many blessings in his new community.

 

v  Vocations. Our Novices in Toronto remain focused and well. A recent photo of the group can be found on the Web Site. (www.redemptorists.co.uk)  We have a few men interested in joining the Congregation, and Fr. Desmond is arranging another ‘Come and See’ weekend. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone who is interested, seems to be suitable for our life.

 

This month the Councils of Dublin, London and St. Clements meet in Ireland to continue our discussions on areas of common interest. Our present focus is on the Clapham Project (now renamed the Clapham Community) and Formation. However, our discussions also cover apostolate and other areas. In the middle of the month, I will be preaching a Mission in Bratislava as part of a team from several Provinces in Europe who are involved in the City wide Mission. Toward the end of the month the European Provincials gather in Trois Epis for the ‘Conference of Europe’ meeting.

 

The visit of the Holy Father to these Isles seems to have been an enormous success, as attested by the confreres who attended some of the gatherings, and also the public.

 

One birthday - Fr. Michael Creech on 18th. With best wishes for the Feast of St. Gerard.

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

 

 

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

 

Venerable Margaret Sinclair and Edinburgh

Each year many followers of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair (Sotland's only candidate for canonisation) come to Edinburgh to show their devotion and love; this year was no different.

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Cardinal O'Brien, Sr Patricia and Bishop Cunningham offer their prayers

at Margaret's tomb.

It seems fitting that the Redemptorists are currently known as

"Guardians of the Shrine"

as it was a Redemptorist Father who 'saved' her vocation the night she

entered the Poor Clare Convent in London! 

Venerable Margaret Sincair - Pray for Us!

The First Minister and the Papal Visit.

 
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Here is a clip of the First Minister speaking
of the Catholic Church, on the occasion of
the blessing of the Scottish Youth Cross
and the official welcome of the Pope to Scotland.
You will see a familiar face,
(our Fr Kieran Brady C.Ss.R.from St. Patrick's)
and then a shot of some of St Pats
young people bringing the cross up the hill.
Then at the end a nice shot of both Lillian and Sarah
from St Pat's Seekers Group.

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St Vincent de Paul Parish

Golden Jubilee of Church 1960-2010

 Redemptorist Parish Mission

18th September – 24th September 2010

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Building on the success of the inspirational Papal Visit to Scotland, Fr. Gerry Hill of St Vincent de Paul parish invited the Redemptorists to lead a Parish Mission in Thornliebank leading up to the feast of St. Vincent de Paul on Monday 27th September. This week of Renewal was also part of the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the Church.

As well as an early morning Mass and a reflection given at a later Mass, there was a Mission service each evening covering a different aspect of faith and life. The people were especially touched by a service of Healing on Monday evening which proved a gentle reflective time for a packed church.

The family celebration of Wednesday attracted a large congregation of young and old. Both St Vincent’s and Our lady of the Missions Schools were also involved in this Mission event with masses being celebrated for both school communities. The excellent choir of Our Lady of the Missions sang part of their “St. Ninian Cantata” which they proudly performed at the Papal mass at belahouston park. Some of the families attending the event said it was a great boost to their faith coming on the back of the Pope’s Mass. Each family was blessed at the end of the night with the Blessed Sacrament, and reminded that we are all called to witness to a broken world through the grace of our Baptism.

mission_6The parish event has been lead by two Redemptorist Fathers. Fr Thomas MacCarte CSsR who is based in the Redemptorist Monastery, Retreat and Spirituality centre in Perth. Many parish groups can also spend a few reflective days retreat there. Fr. Kieran Brady CSsR is based in St. Patrick’s church on the Cowgate in Edinburgh, the home of the National Shrine of the Venerable Margaret Sinclair. In fact Fr Kieran began this Mission just after a National pilgrimage to the Shrine attracting people from all over the UK. 

A Mission is a special time of Renewal for the whole parish. St Vincent’s and associated schools certainly feel they have been given a spiritual boost by the occasion. Other parishes are also preparing for this celebration of faith, Fr Kieran said the Redemptorist team were now heading to St Quivox in Prestwick to organise an event in November.

If you would like information on parish missions or becoming a ‘friend of Margaret Sinclair’ contact Fr. Kieran Brady CSsR, St Patricks Church, South Grays Close, Edinburgh. If you would like to find out about the work of the Redemptorist retreat centre or to book a few quiet days, contact St Mary’s, Hatton Road, Perth.