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The Provincial writes 30th June 2016...

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30th June, 2016

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

This month has just flown by and the celebrations for the conclusion of the Year of our Mother of Perpetual Help will take place in Clapham on Saturday in the presence of Cardinal Nichols, Bishop Ralph, our confreres, and friends and parishioners from many parts of the country.

 

I appreciate that in many communities and parishes a great effort has been made during this year to honour our Lady of Perpetual Help in a special way. I was in Clapham for a couple of days during the Nine Days Prayers where Fr. Raymond Mupandasekwa and Fr. Peter Morris preached to good numbers.

Clapham CSsR and their Novena...

This Year for the Novena, St Mary's Clapham, London, had two preachers leading the Nine Days Prayer.

The Province's newest ordained and youngest priest, Fr Peter Morris CSsR and

the Regional Superior from Zimbabwe, Fr Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR.

 

See below a few photos of the experience...

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Fr Charlie Corrigan CSsR and Fr Michael McGreevy CSsR

Bishop Eton CSsR and the Novena...

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Thank you to all who made this year's Novena so special.

 

Thank you to Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR for opening the Novena, Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Kelly for his three different homilies on the Feast of St. Thomas More & St. John Fisher and to Archbishop Malcolm McMahon OP for leading the final Novena Mass last night and to those priests of the Pastoral Area and surrounding areas that joined us and of course all the Redemptorist Community at Bishop Eton.

 

Thank you to Bishop Eton Primary, Much Woolton Primary, St Julie's and SFX who all had their own shrine with petition boxes

 

Thank you to those at Bishop Eton and St. Mary's who made it all possible, to the stewards (members of the Knights of St Colomba), our flower arrangers, readers, extraordinary ministers of communion, altar servers, sacristans, musicians, hospitality group and admin staff. Thank you also to the SVP conferences for bringing the sick and housebound to Saturday's healing Mass.

 

Thank you to those of you who took part whether by attending Mass, popping in to say the Novena prayers during the day or who said the Novena prayers at home.

 

Mother of Perpetual Succour - pray for us

Ukrainian Martyrs - Our CSsR Confreres...

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Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R., Bishop and Martyr,

Blessed Nicholas Charnetsky C.Ss.R., Bishop and Martyr,

Blessed Zenon Kovalyk C.Ss.R., Priest and Martyr,

Blessed Ivan Ziatyk C.Ss.R., Priest and Martyr

Click here to read more.

Holy Martyrs - Pray for us!

Our Mother of Perpetual Succour's Feastday...

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

wish all their

confreres,

sisters,

families,

friends,

co-workers,

benefactors

and all who know them

a Happy Feast Day!

Our prayers go with you!

Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR...

For years we have been calling her "Venerable" but we must now call her by her new title as she was declared "Blessed" in Foggia Italy by Cardinal Angelo Amato, who was representing the Holy Father Pope Francis. 

Our sisters, the nuns who normally are enclosed, came from all over the world, making this the largest group of Redemptoristines nuns ever gathered!

It was a day of deep joy for the Redemptorist family - OSsR and CSsR

Our Provincial, Fr Ronnie McAinsh and his Vicar, Fr Richard Reid met the Irish Provincial, Fr Dan Baragry CSsR and four of our sisters from the Dublin Monastery Sr Lucy, the Prioress, Sr Gabrielle, Sr Magdalena and Sr Alena OSsR - they made the pilgrimage together.

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Click on Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa (above) to see the Booklet for Beatification

 

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Our Sisters OSsR with Fr General and Fr Provincial from Dublin CSsR

Br Charles CSsR ordained to the Diaconate...

Br Charles CSsR was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR, who was Br Charles' formator when he first entered!

It was a wonderful celebration.

Your prayers are asked for Br Charles as he now makes the final journey to the Priesthood.

Please pray for Vocations!

 

See Br Charles' Diaconate Booklet here.

 

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Perpetual Profession Booklet CSsR...

Click here to see...

Final Profession of Br Charles Edward Randall CSsR...

On the 11th June, Br Charles E Randall CSsR

made his Final Vows in St Mary's Clapham,

surrounded by his loving family and confreres.

A wonderful celebration!

Please pray for Br Charles CSsR

as he carries on his journey in the footsteps of

Our Most Holy Redeemer!

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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - Liverpool

By Father Timothy J Buckley CSsR writing for the

Liverpool Catholic Pictorial and Liverpool Archdiocesan Website

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"Make her known" was Pope Pius IX's command to the Redemptorists when he entrusted the icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour into their care on 26 April 1866. The story of the icon is a long and colourful one, much of it embellished with dramatic legends associated with how this typically beautiful eastern icon of the Madonna and Child left the island of Crete and eventually ended up being venerated in the Augustinian church in Rome.

 

Part of the tradition is that Mary had made it clear that she wished her image to be situated between the great basilicas of St John Lateran (the Pope's Cathedral) and St Mary Major, her own basilica. For the best part of 300 years from the year 1500, it was famous for the many miracles and graces granted to those who made the pilgrimage to the church of St Matthew on the Via Merulana, but when the church became the victim of the Napoleonic forces in 1798 and the Augustinians fled, the icon disappeared from the scene.

CSsR Novena in Erdington Abbey...

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The Parish of Erdington Abbey served by the Redemptorists are celebrating a very special occasion in June this year. As well as the Year of Mercy, the Parish and Deanery are commemorating 150 Years of caring for the image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. This is a familiar Icon of Our Lady, cherished by many Catholics. We believe Our Mother Mary, does hear our prayers and petitions precisely because she is one like us. Pope Pius IX asked the Redemptorist Order to make Our Lady of Perpetual help known around the world, and now 150 years on, the image is loved by many people, with weekly novenas taking place in all corners of the globe.

The Abbey parish recently joined with a national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in St. Alphonsus church in Rome. A specially commissioned Icon has been travelling around Ireland to many cathedrals, churches, nursing homes and prisons. Here in Birmingham Archdiocese we are also celebrating Our Mother of Mercy.  There will be nine days of prayer and celebration, a Solemn Novena in Erdington Abbey from Sunday 19th June up until the Feast on Monday 27th June. Later in the year in October, the Redemptorists will lead a few days of reflection before the Icon of Our Lady with celebrations and services based in St. Anne’s and English Martyrs. See below for the schedule of the Erdington Novena. Other events in the Archdiocese are also noted.

Fr Brendan McConvery's CSsR Book Launch Address...

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Book Launch, Clapham 3 June, 2016

There has been a good deal of discussion in recent weeks in both the national and religious press about the results of a Survey of Religious Attitudes taken in 2014 and published recently. Let me quote just three figures that might have some relevance to our meeting this evening. 

  1. Almost 50% of the populations of Great Britain describe themselves as having ‘no religion.’ 
  2. London is one of the most Catholic parts of the country with almost fifteen percent of the inhabitants of inner London describing themselves as Catholic. 
  3. While Catholics tend to hold on to their members better than most Christian Churches, they tend to have a lower conversion rate. 

That picture of the Catholic Church in London is very different from the days in which St Mary’s Church was founded. The foundation stone was laid in 1849 and the church opened two years later. At that time, there were just 42 churches and chapels in the whole London area, served by 84 priests. The blessing of the new church had to be performed quietly at 5.30 am in order not to attract anti-Catholic  demonstrators. Five hours later , the first Mass was celebrated and Cardinal Wiseman was met by two competing crowds -  one protesting at “papal aggression” in England and a smaller crowd, made up of ‘faithful Irish people who greeted his eminence with loud and enthusiastic cheers” (Domestic Chronicles, St Mary’s ). 

Launch of St Mary's CSsR Clapham Book...

On Friday 3rd June Fr Brendan McConvery CSsR launched his latest publication.

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A book on the history of the Redemptorist church and Community in Clapham.

Corpus Christi Procession - Liverpool

yearofmercyOur Liverpool Parishes (Bishop Eton & St. Mary's) form part of the pastoral area of St. Therese of Lisieux. As part of the  Year of Mercy all the Parishes within the Pastoral Area are organising  an event. 

The first event took place on Divine Mercy Sunday organised by the Parish of Christ the King & St. Mary's 

 

The feast of Corpus Christi saw the Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption organise a Blessed Sacrament Procession and Benediction Service at Hope University. The children of the Pastoral Area who had just made their First Holy Communion were invited to take part. The Knights of St. Columba had the honour of carrying the Eucharistic canopy.

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The Knights of St Columba with  the Eucharistic Canopy

Fr Provincial writes 31st May 2016...

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Feast of Our Lady of Foggia, 31st May, 2016

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

As you can see from the above date, thanks to the assistance of Fr. Dickinson, I discovered that my recollection of this feast day from my Hawkstone days was correct. I am grateful to the many others who wrote and gave a date in March which is of course the feast of our Lady of the Seven Veils and a feast with which St Alphonsus was closely associated.

 

In Foggia on 18th June, Sr. Maria Celeste Crostorosa will be beatified. This is a very important day for the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer - our nuns - but also for our Congregation since she was so instrumental in its foundation. I will be present at the beatification as a member of the Redemptorist Secretariat for the Sisters and Fr. Richard will represent the Province. As you can imagine, Redemptoristines from throughout the world are making a pilgrimage to be present at this occasion. I ask that each community participates in its own way in this ecclesial and Congregational event, and that information about the beatification be communicated to our parishes.

 

I know that the perceptions of Maria Crostorosa vary from that of outlandish mystic, to that of co-foundress. Neither of these extreme perceptions is accurate.

Cardinal Nichols reflect on OLPS...

Cardinal Vincent Nichols wrote a reflection on the

Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour,

recently published in the Catholic Herald.

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Read the Cardinal's reflection here...