" The Infant Jesus, far from being sorrowful at this proposal, is pleased at it, accepts it with love, and exults in it! "
St. Alphonsus Liguori

News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

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.

 

cssr diaconate br charles7cssr diaconate br charles31cssr diaconate br charles jpg

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!

cssr final profession br charles24

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour - Liverpool

By Father Timothy J Buckley CSsR writing for the

Liverpool Catholic Pictorial and Liverpool Archdiocesan Website

olpspope

"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...

maryicon small opt

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...

st marys clapham book cover

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.

cssr book st maryscssr book st marys8

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.

corpus christi 15

The Knights of St Columba with  the Eucharistic Canopy

Fr Provincial writes 31st May 2016...

provincialsletterhead

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.

cssrperpetsucu

Read the Cardinal's reflection here...

Corpus Christi 2016...

 Our great, learned and holy Founder, 

St. Dr. Alphonsus Maria de'Liguori CSsR

gives us this prayer as an act of Spiritual Communion.

corpus christi cssr

"Behold the source of every good, Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, who says, 

"If anyone thirsts, let them come to me." (John, 7.37)

Oh, what torrents of grace have the saints drawn from the fountain of the Most Blessed Sacrament!...

O my most amiable, most sweet, most beloved Jesus, my life, my hope, my treasure, the only love of my soul. ...

Your love, and the desire which you have to be loved by us, have conquered all."

 

The art work above was created by one of our confreres, Br Max Schmalzl CSsR

Novices receive the CSsR Habit...

The Noviciate taking place in Canada has two of our novices from London - Br Royston Price and Br Mike Taylor - they recently were clothed in the Redemptorist habit. We offer our congratulations to all the brothers who were clothed with the habit at this recent ceremony, and we promise our prayers for their future formation.

cssr novice ii

Br Royston wrote the following piece,

"On the afternoon of Friday 20th of May, the eight novices in the Redemptorist Novitiate Community in Toronto were clothed in the habit of St Alphonsus. The novices, from the Denver, Baltimore, Dublin and London provinces, have been formed in the spirit of the congregation for the previous ten months, and being presented with the habit is an important milestone on the road to becoming professed members of the Redemptorists. 

Pentecost 2016...

holyspiritwindow

You are fire; enkindle in me your love.

You are light; enlighten my mind with the knowledge of eternal things.

You are the Dove; 
give me innocence of life.

You are the gentle Breeze; 
disperse the storms of my passions.

You are the Tongue; 
teach me how to bless you always.

You are the Cloud; 
shelter me under the shadow of your protection.

And lastly,  You are the Giver of all heavenly gifts; 
animate me,

I beseech you, with your grace; 
sanctify me

with your charity; 
enlighten me

with your wisdom; 
adopt me by your goodness as your child,

and save me in your infinite mercy;

so that I may ever bless you, praise you, and love you;

first during this life on earth,

and then in heaven for all eternity.

Amen.

St. 
Alphonsus Liguori CSsR

Enjoy this wonderful feast!

The Faithies 2016

Congratulations to our Redemptoristine sisters, and our Youth Ministry Coordinator Paul Murphy who have been nominated in this year’s Faithies. The Faithies are the first social media awards in Ireland to recognise those who are using social media for sharing faith and spreading the Gospel.

The Redemptoristine sisters have been nominated in Category 4 – for the Faith Community of the Year Award

Two of the Redemptoristie sisters - Sisters Lucy Conway OSsR and Maura Walsh OSsR have been nominated in Category 1  for Facebook or Faithbooker of the Year

Paul has been nominated in Category 10 – International Award 

paul murphy

 – on hearing of his nomination he posted on facebook

 “Can't quite believe I've been nominated for The Faithies International Award - someone outside Ireland who inspires through social media!

Totally humbling - stunned!”

He faces stiff completion as Pope Francis has been nominated in the same category

If you would like to vote for any of the nominees you can find out more at https://thefaithies.wordpress.com/category/news/

Celebration of the Mass at San Alfonso, Roma, April 2016... 

IMG 4560

Mass being celebrated by the London Province group on the very day,

150 years later,

26th April 1866 - 26th April 2016

when Blessed Pope Pius IX gave the

Icon of our Mother of Perpetual Succour

to the Redemptorist Confreres.

 

Watch out at 21:07mins you will hear the Redemptorists sing the Inclyta

- one of the few times ever recorded!

 

Mother of Perpetual Succour - Pray for us.

Blessed Pius IX - Pray for us.

OLPS 1866 - 2016 CSsR Part 4...

The final day in the Eternal City was another opportunity to see some of things that Rome is famous for...

IMG 5963

The Church, St Peter in Chains - Michelangelo's Moses

IMG 6050

The Coloseum

IMG 6056