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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.  

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Blessed Cardinal Newman

Pray for us

COLLOQUIA EUROPA

90 Redemptorists and Co-Workers of the Conference of Europe gathered in Trois-Epis, France,

13-17 September 2010 for a colloquia to reflect and share on the experience of

Parish missions in the various units of Europe.

 

Those attending from our Province were:

  • Fr Jim McManus
  • Ms Maria Hogg
  • Fr Desmond Keegan
  • Fr Dominic O'Toole

 

See what is happening in this front here

The Parish Mission and the New Evangelisation.

 

New approaches in the London Province

A Presentation given by Fr James McManus to the assembly.

 

The changing face of the parish mission

The style and the format of parish missions in our Province have changed dramatically in the past thirty years. Missions used to last at least two intensive weeks during which the Redemptorists would visit every home in the parish and invite everyone personally to come to the mission. The goal was to get everyone in the parish back to the practice of the faith and to confirm the faith of the devout.

 

YOUTH GO TO REDEMPTORIST YOUTH MEETING IN LVIV (Ukraine)

Our Young People and Redemptorists have a mission:

On a mission...

  • To have fun

  • To grow spiritually

  • To form friendships worldwide

  • To spread God's word creatively

  • To support one another

  • To pray together

  • To participate in international gatherings

  • To fundraise

and TO BE REDEMPTORIST!

 

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Here is the English, Scottish and Zimbabwean backdrop

Redemptorist Youth Ministry

as they introduce their group to the International gathering in Lviv

 

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One of our group reads a prayer.

 

 

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Behold our group from the London Province.

You did us proud!

If you want to know more contact Paul 

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16th - 19th September 2010

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The Redemptorists of the London Province

WELCOME

His Holiness

Pope Benedict XVI

during his Papal Visit to the UK.

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Our Prayers go with the Holy Father.

The Edinburgh Community celebrate the

Cardinal's 25 years as a bishop

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Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, the Archbishop of St. Andrew's and Edinburgh, celebrated his Silver Jubilee as an Archbishop. 

The Redemptorist community presented him with a portrait which Fr. Michael Henesy C.Ss.R. had painted himself. 

Congratulations Your Eminence!

Latest letter from Fr Provincial...

 

 

30th August, 2010

 

Dear confreres and friends,

 

This month brought the great news of the appointment of Fr. Joseph Tobin as Secretary of the Congregation of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The post is a senior one in the Curia and is a great honour for our Congregation. As you know, Fr. Tobin has considerable language skills, as well as huge experience of Religious Life having been a member of the General Government for 18 years, 12 of which were spent as our Superior General. He has also been the Vice President of the Union of Superiors General. The date and place of his ordination as (Arch)bishop have not been announced. I have assured Fr. Tobin of the prayers and best wishes of all in the Province.

 

Other news this month. Fr. Terry Creech has recovered from his illness and is back in Lourdes. Recently he was given a prestigious award from the Canons of the Chapter there, in recognition of his service to the pilgrims who visit the Shrine. We offer Fr. Terry our congratulations.

 

Fr. Winfried Pauly from the St. Clement’s Province has taken up residence in Clapham and is at present working with the Ace of Clubs. We welcome Fr. Winfried to the Province. Fr. Winfield spent three weeks in Kinnoull in July, and was very much at home with all of us.

 

Fr. Brian Russell has assumed the position of Chaplain to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Sunderland, and again, we offer Fr. Brian our prayerful support in this new role of service.

 

The three Novices appear to be well settled in Toronto. We have a few young men who are interested in our life and have been in contact with Fr. Desmond. This weekend one is in Bishop Eton and two of them are visiting Kinnoull. Fr. Desmond has been under pressure from the illness of his mother in recent weeks. Please keep Mrs. Keegan in your prayers.

 

Fr. Jim McManus and Ms. Marie Hogg will represent the Province at the European Colloquium on Missions. Fr. Desmond who is a member of the European Colloquium Commission, will also be there and Fr. Dominic O’Toole is going as notary.

 

Next month the Preparatory Commission for the Provincial Chapter will send out the first ballot papers for the election of the Provincial Superior and also for the Chapter. I therefore ask anyone who is eligible and who wishes to renounce their passive vote in either case, to kindly make this known to me within two weeks.

 

 

 Birthdays this month: Fr. James Corrigan 3rd, Fr. Jack Clancy 4th, Br. Michael Duxbury 5th, Fr. Frank Allinson 8th, Fr. Winfried Pauly 13th, Fr. Tim Buckley 19th and Fr. Kevin McEwan 28th. Fr. John Trenchard will also celebrate his birthday on 19th.We again wish Fr. John every blessing as he begins his new ministry in Derby, and I ask your prayers for Fr. Charlie Corrigan and the Clapham community in these days.

 

On 4th September Fr. Brian Russell  and Fr. Gerry Mulligan (and Fr. Sean Wales) celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their Profession. And on 29th September Brother Cajetan will celebrate 60 years of Religious Profession. Our prayers and congratulations go to these four confreres.

 

Fr. Maurice O’Mahony will represent the Province at the meeting which the Holy Father has with Religious at Twickenham. I’m sure that other confreres will encounter Pope Benedict either at one of the venues or through the media. Let’s pray that the visit is a blessed time for the people of this Island.

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

 

Fr Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

September 11, 2010

 Place, Date and Time set for

Archbishop-elect Tobin’s episcopal ordination.

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A date and place has been announced for the episcopal ordination of our Superior General Emeritus, Archbishop-elect Joseph W. Tobin.

 

 

It will take place in Rome, on Saturday, October 9th at 16:00 hours in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the altar of  Peter’s cathedra (site of the alabaster window portraying the Holy Spirit), which is also where the statue of St. Alphonsus, Doctor of the Church, overlooks the nave.

 

 

Principal consecrator will be Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State. Three others will be consecrated bishops along with Archbishop-elect Tobin.

 

 

 

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Archbishop-elect Tobin meeting our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI

Pope addresses the UK from Rome...

"I'm looking forward to my visit to the UK"

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Serving the Poor in Spirit as a Prison Chaplain and a Redemptorist

brmichaelduxburyBrother Michael Duxbury C.Ss.R.

As Redemptorists we are called to follow Christ our Redeemer in the spirit of St. Alphonsus, proclaiming the Good News to the most abandoned, especially the poor. I have tried to do this through the prison ministry which I have been involved in for 15 years.

As a chaplain within the prison establishment, I have an in-between role in the system, not exactly as one of the staff, but with a definite role. This lack of a tight role definition is actually a strength. Most staff members have closely regulated jobs to do, I have the freedom to make contacts on an unstructured basis, ready to respond to needs as they arise. 

Significant conversations can ignite spontaneously in the oddest of places: the kitchen, waiting your turn at the 'hot water' tap. One characteristic of offenders, and often a reason for their personal  difficulties, is their tendency to act on impulse. I would label as 'immediate people'. The 'loitering with intent' model of ministry is quite an appropriate one in my job. 

The role of the chaplain is ultimately connected with being a member of the "Body of Christ", sharing the Good News with all who find themselves behind the prison walls. My task is to affirm belief where possible, and to encourage all whom I meet to accept a way of life which can enable them to live up to the fulness of their potential. This obviously involves a challenge for myself, as it requires that I challenge those around at times. After all Christ's message was that he had come "that you may have life and have it to the full." Jn 10:10

Traditionally chaplains have been involved in the total life of the prison with a number of daily tasks, these include visiting every newly received prisoner within twenty-four hours. Some prisoners may not want to be visited, others will be polite but will not want any follow up, but there are always those for whom God can be the answer.

It is with these encounters that the chaplain has the privilege of sharing the riches of the Gospel, often in the most pathetic of situations. I have often found that prisoners met on reception often respond later, perhaps when they have grown in confidence in their new surroundings, or conversely, when they find that they are not able to cope with their new found situations.

Every prisoner held in the segregation wing and those held in the health care centre (still known as the prison hospital) receive a visit from a member of the chaplaincy team on a daily basis. It is often in these situations that the chaplain becomes the only real friend a prisoner allows himself. Even the most violent of men will take the chaplain into his confidence. This does not happen overnight, but when you have been journeying together for some time.

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Unfortunately I have often had the sad task of "welcoming" ex-prisoners back into our prison community and can recognise how their various tendencies have destroyed their personalities and health since our last meeting.

There are many times when you find yourself dealing with a prisoner who is mentally challenged or perhaps a person who has been judged to be criminally insane.

This work is particularly challenging and has been likened to working in the "gutter of life". In these situations, the Lord's message of "I am the way, the truth and the Life" can be powerfully grace filled and proclaimed.

In every prison there is a chapel and it is the right of every prisoner to be taken there to worship. The celebration of the Eucharist every week with my prison community is a time of openness and fidelity, even among prisoners who are attending mass after having been lapsed for many years. 

Around the altar we are a community of men entering into the Eucharistic mystery whilst trying to embrace our brokenness and be in solidarity with one another.

It is at such times that I thank God for the privilege of of my apostolate. 

PRAYER FOR PRISONERS

Lord, you offer freedom to all people,

we pray for all those who are in prison.

Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exists.

Support with your love,

prisoners, their families and friends, prison staff and all who care.

Heal those who have been wounded by the activities of others, especially the victims of crime.

Help us to forgive one another,

to act justly, love with all our hearts and walk humbly with

Christ in his strength and in his Spirit.

Now and every day, AMEN.

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Congratulations to Sr. Monica O.Ss.R who made her First Profession

in the Monastery of St. Alphonsus in Dublin.

Click here to visit the Redemptoristines web-site.

O.Ss.R. means Order of the Most Holy Redeemer.

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Clapham's Newest Community Member...

Here we see Fr. Winfried Pauly C.Ss.R., arriving by bicycle at the back door of the monastery at Clapham, London. In a short interview we find out a little bit more about what is happening in Clapham! 

29th July, 2010

 

Dear Confreres and Friends,

 

I hope that this letter arrives in time to wish you all the best for the Feast of St. Alphonsus. Let’s pray that he will continue to inspire our Province with apostolic zeal and a true love for the Lord.

 

On Saturday, Fr. Maurice and I head off to Zimbabwe. We will conduct a Visitation there and also participate in the First and Final Vows celebrations of those I named in my June letter. We shall also attend the Diaconate Ordination of two confreres. Please note that of these being Perpetually Professed, Francis and David are being professed as Brothers in the Congregation. Isaac and Victor, who are preparing for the priesthood, will receive Diaconate Ordination at the hands of Archbishop Kocheri, the Nuncio, who is friend of the Redemptorists and who also has two cousins who are members of the Bangalore Province. I am pleased to let you know that the priestly ordinations of Joseph and Caspar took place on 24th July in Harare with great joy.

 

Also on the formation front, I am happy to inform you that Gerry, Peter and Charles arrived safely in Toronto yesterday, and were each given a one year visa at the border control. Please keep them in your prayers as they discern their future in terms of our vowed life.

 

The ordination of Bishop Ralph in Gibraltar was a wonderful event, and I was privileged to present his Episcopal ring as a gift from the Province. There was a marvellous representation of confreres, friends and parishioners from various parts of the UK present. The hospitality we received was tremendous. Bishop Ralph continues to count on your prayers as he now takes up the huge task of governing and pastorally leading his Diocese.

 

We are most grateful to Fr. Richard Reid for the time and energy he has put into this project. Our hope is that this initiative will be the springboard for an innovative way of contacting people. It means that the communities will have to make contact with Fr.Richard on a regular basis, so that the site remains current and interesting. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

On the 9th August the International Youth Gathering will take place in Lviv. Mrs Roisin McKnight (Coll) and Fr Dominic O’Toole will lead our youth group. The group has worked hard during this year, fundraising; and already two members have gone to the Ukraine as part of the preparation team. We pray that this gathering will be a great success and thank the 18 members who form our London Province delegation there.

 

While Fr Maurice and I are in Zimbabwe, Fr Gerry will be in Kinnoull. I return on 11th and will be here throughout August, preaching a retreat to priests and Religious and being engaged in various meetings of the Provincial government.

 

 

Birthdays this month: Frs Ben Ahearn and Jim McManus 1st, Maurice O’Mahony 9th, Andrew Burns 13th, Kieran Brady 17th, myself 21st and Jan Milcz on 29th. Congratulations to all.

 

I hope that confreres are able to get some time of holiday in these months.

 

With best wishes,

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

 

 Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

 

 

Recommended reading. Well, this is the month of August, and so I recommend light reading. The first, “Our Iceberg is Melting”, is a wonderful little book about facing the challenge of change (and the dangers of not dealing with it) by John Kotter, Professor from the Harvard Business School. If you want light reading, I can recommend the trilogy “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” – but that will take you into September, since the books are long!

 

As we prepare for the Beatification of John Henry Newman, here is my final Newman contribution for the year – sent to me by Sr. Bernadette, O.SS.R. I will update you on the situation in Gilmoss in my next letter.

 

 

Marian Prayer of Cardinal Newman 

O Mother of Jesus, and my Mother, let me dwell with you, cling to you and love you with ever-increasing love. I promise the honour, love and trust of a child. Give me a mother's protection, for I need your watchful care. You know better than any other the thoughts and desires of the Sacred Heart. Keep constantly before my mind the same thoughts, the same desires, that my heart may be filled with zeal for the interests of the Sacred Heart of your Divine Son. Instill in me a love of all that is noble, that I may no longer be easily turned to selfishness.

Help me, dearest Mother, to acquire the virtues that God wants of me: to forget myself always, to work solely for him, without fear of sacrifice. I shall always rely on your help to be what Jesus wants me to be. I am his; I am yours, my good Mother! Give me each day your holy and maternal blessing until my last evening on earth, when your Immaculate Heart will present me to the Heart of Jesus in heaven, there to love and bless you and your divine Son for all eternity.


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Rome, Italy
August 2, 2010

Father Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.

Superior General Emeritus

Appointed Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life

with the rank of Archbishop, titular see of Obba.

On August 2, 2010 the Holy Father appointed Father Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., Superior General Emeritus, a member of the Province of Denver, as Secretary for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic life with the rank of Archbishop.

Details for his Episcopal ordination will be forthcoming.

 

We send our Congratulations to

Fr. Tobin!

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A blessed and joy filled

feast be yours today!

Happy Feast Day!

Dear Confreres and Friends,

Today we celebrate the Feast of Gennaro Sarnelli and I wish everyone a blessed feast. We will also celebrate Our Most Holy Redeemer on 18th July, and again prayers and best wishes for this great feast of our Congregation

This month, many confreres have been engaged in preaching or organising Novenas in honour of ourMother of Perpetual Help. I was privileged to be part of the team in Clonard, Belfast, and I must say it was a great source of grace for the thousands who attended and a very blessed experience for me.
Our condolences go at this time to Fr. Michael McGreevy whose brother Vincent died during the month. We remember Vincent's wife and family. Fr. Jim McManus's, brother-in-law also died, and Jim is at present at the funeral in the US.

The three Postulants, Gerard Carroll, Peter, Morris, and Charles Randall were approved for the Noviciate and will fly to Canada on 28th July. Please keep them all in your prayers. Also approved for First Profession in the Region of Zimbabwe were Brs. Lovemore Jim, Kudakwashe Kariviro, Kenneth Macharaga, Gift Mubayiwa, Munyaradze Mushuku, Gideon Sidenga and Francis Tirivangani. In addition four confreres were approved for final Vows: Br. Francis Marimbe, Br. David Nyamuronda, Br. Isaac Davies and Br. Victor Bushu.

Also please remember in your prayers Fr. Joseph Musendami and Fr. Caspar Mukabva who will be ordained to the priesthood on 24th July in Harare. And finally please remember Fr. Tryvis Moyo who hopes to spend a year of training and preparation for his Formation work in Loreto House, Dublin. Fr. Tryvis is still awaiting a visa for Ireland.

This month the Postulants worked with Fr. Tim and Fr. Ralph on a Mission in Erdington, which by all accounts was very successful. This weekend they will be working with Fr. Richard Reid and I at a Vocations Weekend at Oscott College since Fr. Desmond is not able to be present at this time.

During the month Fr. Desmond represented the Province in Tropea, Italy at the preparation for the Colloquium on mission preaching. We hope that some of those involved in mission preaching will be able to attend the Colloquium in Trois Epis in September.

At its last meeting, the EPC appointed the following members to form the Preparatory Commission for the next Provincial Chapter and to be responsible for the election process for the Chapter members and the Provincial: Frs. Charles Corrigan, Desmond Keegan and Timothy Buckley. More details to follow next month.

You will have noticed that I frequently offer a book or two as good reading for the month. I often wondered if anyone reads any of them. So I was gratified to receive an email from Fr. Dickinson saying that of the books I recommend at the end of April, he enjoyed one greatly and that he had some reservations about the other. So that emboldens me to make a recommendation for this month.

At the end of last year Fr. Bev Ahern gave me a set of CDs which contain 36 lectures on the history of the papacy which I enjoyed greatly. Now I am just finishing an excellent book by the scholar who made the CD's. The book is called, "What happened at Vatican II" and the author is John W. O'Malley. The book is really a good theological and historical insight in the event of Vatican II and its consequences. It has a little of the flavour of Xavier Rynne's four books, but with a more theological and anthropological approach.

Two other items. Fr. Richard Reid is working on updating the Province Web site, and the renewed site should be up and running soon. Fr. Terry Creech has been ill in Lourdes, but is recovering and will be back in the Province next week for a break.

This month our special thoughts are with Fr. Ralph whose Episcopal Ordination takes place in Gibraltar on 10th. He left Bishop Eton a few days ago, and it was very painful for him and for all. However, he remains a Redemptorist Bishop with strong links to the Province, and will enjoy our support, hospitality and prayer. He has asked that those attending his ordination bring their Redemptorist habits.

Birthdays this month are many. Fr Michael McGreevy on 4th, Fr Oliver Keyes on 11th, Fr Charles Corrigan on 15th, Fr Terry Creech on 21st, Fr Kevin Callaghan on 24th, Bro. Thomas on 31st and Fr Gabriel Maguire on 31st. Congratulations to all.

With best wishes,

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

Ps. Since I have been trying to give a Newman thought each month, I feel that with the two bereavements mentioned above, perhaps these marvellous lines from "The Dream of Gerontius," which we all know, might be appropriate.

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world

In the name of God the almighty Father who created you,

In the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who suffered for you,

In the name of the Holy Spirit who was poured out upon you. Go forth Christian soul

May you live in peace this day,

may your home be with God in Sion,

with Mary the virgin Mother of God, with Joseph and all the angels and saints....

May you return to [your Creator] who formed you from the dust of the earth.

May holy Mary, the angels and all the saints, come to meet you as you go forth from this life...

May you see your Redeemer face to face.