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Redemptorist Publication - Advent Reflections...

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5th December, 2010

Dear Confreres and Friends,


Greetings from a snowbound Kinnoull where there has been almost no post for the past 5 days. So I have no idea when this letter will reach you. The stillness which the snow brings also enhances the spirit of Advent and has brought a quality of quietness to this part of Scotland.

I have just returned from Toronto where I preached a retreat to the Novices. There were nine on the retreat – Gerry, Charles and Peter – and the six others, one from Vietnam, one from Mexico, one from Dominica, one from St. Lucia , one from US and the other also from US but born of parents from Kerala, India. So it was a diverse group; and a very blessed time. Our men continue their discernment and their struggle to see what God is asking of them. They are in good spirits and send best wishes to all for Christmas.

This will be the final Provincial letter of the triennium and so it is a good opportunity for me to express a word of gratitude. I shall of course expand on this in my report to the Chapter which will be available for all the members of the Province. However, as the triennium draws to its conclusion I would like to publicly thank Frs Gerry and Maurice who have been marvellous and supportive counsellors.  Their patience and joint wisdom has been a source of great benefit for the OPC. I thank also the members of the EPC and the Kinnoull community who have put up with my comings and goings, and who always made me feel very much a part of the community. I thank our co-workers in the Province, particularly Tony Barrance; and of course I thank all of you, the confreres, who have shown me such kindness during these past three years. I am truly grateful for your understanding.

Last month we had both OPC and EPC meetings, and on 8th December we have an extraordinary EPC meeting. We also have a RPTC meeting planned for 9th.

May I wish everyone a blessed feast of the Immaculate Conception, our patronal feast.

During November our two Redemptoristine Sisters, Bernadette and Patrick moved from the Monastery in Gilmoss to Nazareth House, Crosby to join Sisters Clement and Mary Anne Joseph. Srs. Bernadette and Patrick are living in a small apartment adjoining the Care Home and join the Nazareth Sisters for lunch each day. These past months have been difficult for them in the large building, and they are very relieved to have made the move and join their other two Sisters. Their address is Redemptoristine Sisters, Nazareth House, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool. L23 0QT (Tel. 0151 928 8215). The four Sisters will continue their life of prayer and intercession in Crosby. The Province continues to be immensely grateful to the Sisters who have prayed for us unceasingly since the Order first arrived in Clapham in 1897.

Today I received the news that Fr. M Kelleher has been re-elected as Provincial of the Dublin Province, and I have written to Michael to congratulate him on behalf of the Province. The Dublin Province elects the other member of the Councils at their Chapter in January.

Birthdays. This month Brother Malachy has already celebrated his 85th birthday on 3rd – the same day as he entered the Congregation 55 years ago. Congratulations to Br. Malachy who, as I write, is outside shovelling snow! Also we congratulate Br. Glynn Blackman on 8th, Fr. Tony Johnson on 16th and Fr. Jimmy Smale on 23rd.

As the year draws to an end, may I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas, and every happiness in 2011. This is my first Christmas in the Province since 1989, and my first in Scotland since 1975.

Our confreres in Zimbabwe are well; and we look forward to welcoming to the Province  those who will attend the Chapter, and send best wishes to all who live and work in the Region. Since Fr. Richard now puts this letter on our web site, I also wish our families, friends and co-workers every blessing at this holy season.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception




The Redemptorists wish you all a day of joy and blessing

as we celebrate

the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin.

Under this title, Our Mother is the Official Patroness of our Congregation!

A photo from our Christmas Fair..

It shows Father Christmas greeting the ever 'elve-ful' Br William McDermott C.Ss.R.


The parish of St Mary's had a great day with plenty to eat, do and buy.

They raised over £5000 for the Spire restoration Fund.

Greeting Cards for Charity..

The lovely card photographed below is the initiative of Avril Williams who is a friend of the Redemptorists. 

She made these cards in the hope of being able to help children in Zimbabwe, who without education could easily slide into ways that are not good.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help is on the back of the card, with the words "Keep us safe in your prayers" written.




The front of the card has space for a personal message,

ie Happy Birthday, As You Move to a New Home, or Congratulations!


On the inside cover there is verse from Joshua -

"Do not be fearful or discouraged, for wherever you go the Lord your God is with you."


The cards are priced at £1.

100% of the money given for the card will go to educating the children in Zimbabwe.


To order: Avril Williams, 152b Greenhill Rd., Winchester, SO22 5DR, Hants. 

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




Fr Winfried Pauly C.Ss.R. points to a selection of the posters that were entered in this year's competition!

Children in Years 3, 4, 5, 6 at five local Lambeth primary schools (Bonneville, Clapham Manor, Heathbrook, St Mary’s and Macaulay School) were invited to design a poster publicising the Ace of Club’s winter heating appeal. 

Sarah Miles, Centre Manager explained “our boiler is currently broken so centre workers, volunteers and clients have to keep hats, coats and even gloves on all day. Our antiquated heating system finally became beyond repair about 3 weeks ago and we have been struggling with small electric heaters since then. It costs approximately £5 per hour to heat the centre during opening hours so every penny donated from the local community will make a real difference to us”.

Centre volunteer, Michele Reilly, said “the pupils’ vibrant and imaginative entries have brought a whole new angle to the club’s publicity and have really boosted staff morale at the centre”.


Here is the latest RMA news coming from the Abbey via Fr Gabriel Maguire and Miss Claire Daly.

We will keep you up to date about the work and needs of the RMA team.

If you want to be involved in any way you are welcome to get in touch with Fr Gabriel or Miss Claire Daly at the Abbey in Birmingham, or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have a read below...



A Request for Prayer from Fr. Generalfr general

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Associates and Friends,


As all of you are aware, this has been a very difficult year for the people of Haiti. In January, the earthquake devastated the region of Port-au-Prince, and the reconstruction process is very slow. Many people are still living in tents and make-shift shelters. Over the last few months, hurricanes and storms have brought further damage and suffering. Now, the cholera epidemic is spreading and causing even more suffering and pain.


In 1882 the people of Haiti prayed to Our Mother of Perpetual Help to come to their aid during a smallpox epidemic. Their prayers were heard and Our Mother of Perpetual Help became the Patroness of Haiti. As we approach December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Bishops of Haiti are asking for a time of concentrated and fervent prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help to come to their help during the grave crisis of the current cholera epidemic.


In communion with the Bishops of Haiti, with our Redemptorist confreres and Redemptoristine Sisters in Haiti, and with all the suffering people of the country, I ask all Redemptorists, Redemptoristines, Sisters, lay associates and friends to join in this time of concentrated and fervent prayer. I ask all Redemptorist Churches, Shrines and Communities to remember this intention in a special way during the Novena in preparation for the Immaculate Conception. As we have supported the people of Haiti through our donations, let us also support them through a great communion of prayer and solidarity which embraces the whole world.


O Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!
In the Redeemer,
Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.
Superior General
“O Mother of Perpetual Help, your very name inspires confidence.
We come to you in our need and ask your help.
You are the great Patroness of the people of Haiti.
In this moment of affliction, in solidarity with our brothers and sisters,
We pray for an end to the cholera epidemic ravaging your children.
Bring them healing, comfort and peace.
Sustain them in this hour of darkness.
Help them to know the presence of God-with-us,
Emmanuel, your Son and our Redeemer.”

Ace of Clubs - The Poor and Homeless of London

Speaking at a local church, Sarah Miles speaks of the Ace of Clubs in Clapham, London.

She is currently working as centre manager, welfare worker and fundraiser.

In the photo below, you see the members of Ace of Clubs receiving a gift of clothes.



"Ace of Clubs, as many of you may well know, is about 10 minutes walk away from Holy Spirit, in the old St Mary’s primary school on St Alphonsus Road.  It was started 15 years ago by members of the Redemptorist Order based in the monastery next to St Mary’s.   The story goes that they were starting to get a little tired of the number of people knocking on the monastery door seeking food, and that as the old St Mary’s school was empty they decided to open it as a permanent centre providing hot food and drinks every day from 8am to 7pm.  St Alphonsus founded the Redemptorists with the specific mission of preaching the word of God to the poor, but all of us as Christians know that we should love one another as God loves us and this really is the basis on which the Redemptorists founded Ace of Clubs, that all people are equal and equally deserving of God’s gifts.



     FREE introduction to

     the Gospel of Matthew

     by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.

The Pope has called for everyone in the church to rediscover the Bible and to grow in "an ever greater love of the Word of God".


This Sunday marks the beginning of the "year of Matthew" and to help people understand the context of the narratives, Fr. Denis McBride has written a short introduction to the Gospel which you can download and distribute free of charge by clicking here.

The Provincial Chapter 2011 has been elected!

The following confreres have been elected to the Chapter and will sit in the first week of January 2011.


Fr. Richard Reid fr richardr rome         Fr. Desmond Keegan fr desk 

Fr. Gerard Mulligan frgerrmulligan               Fr. Denis McBride denis  

Fr. Andrew Burns  andyburnscssr               Fr. Charles Corrigan frcharcorrigan

Fr. William Guri frwilliamgu                Fr. James McManus jmcmanus  

Fr. Kieran Brady   frkieranb          Fr. Timothy Buckley frtim  

Fr. Ronald McAinsh   frronnie       Fr. Maurice O'Mahony frmaurice2  

Br. Michael Duxbury   brmichaelduxbury1                    Fr. Edward Hone fredwardhone    

Br. Benjamin PosvobrbenFr. Raymond Mupandasekwa  frmupa         

  Fr. Kevin Callaghan  frkevin         Fr. Barrie O'Toole   frbarrie


More on the Chapter nearer the time!

Our Departed Loved Ones this Month of the Holy Souls...


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With only one week left of this month of prayer for our beloved dead, why not make it a special time to remember. 

Visit our "In Memoriam" page and pray Psalm 130 every day for the rest of the month for our deceased confreres.



Eternal rest grant unto them and let perpetual light shine on them...

Photos just in from Zimbabwe...

The brothers and concelebrants.



The Archbishop greeting the crowds



Fr Anthony Pathe giving a few words from bygone years

- he was the first Redemptorist to go to Zimbabwe



The Region presenting Fr Pathe with a gift



Fr Guri and Archbishop Ndlovu cut the Golden Cake!


Photos just in from Zimbabwe...

The brothers and concelebrants.



The Archbishop greeting the crowds



Fr Anthony Pathe giving a few words from bygone years

- he was the first Redemptorist to go to Zimbabwe



The Region presenting Fr Pathe with a gift



Fr Guri and Archbishop Ndlovu cut the Golden Cake!


In the sacristy...

there are some interesting things to see; chalices, monstrances and reliquaries!

At Kinnoull they recently came into possession of two monstrances from the Redemptoristines.

It was felt that they were too beautiful to be locked away,

and so a secure cabinet was made and here they are...


kinnoull sacristy

This monstrance was purpose made under the instructions of one of the sisters.



The monstrance was made in memory of one of the sisters who died.



This is a close up of the monstrance above; the Alphonsian Medal on the front.



Fr Dominic talks to the papers!

In today's edition of the "Independent" on page 15, the following article appeared.

Congratulations to Fr. Dominic!