" 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
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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Clapham's new Parish Priest...

Fr Dominic O'Toole C.Ss.R., is the new parish priest of St. Mary's in Clapham, London!

His induction took place when Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC came to the parish to oversee the ceremony.

We offer Fr Dominic our warmest congratulations and assure him of our prayers for his future ministry!

 

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Mission in Sevenoaks...

 

'Discovering God', this banner will hang over the sanctuary for the mission week. Various groups have been working for months to make this week a wonderful success. Judging by the turn out at the opening event, it is sure to be so.

 

The first night 'Discovering Healing - Restoring Hope'touched many people’s hearts, while the early mass is proving popular with many folk, a free breakfast thrown in before boarding the trains to London. Later in the week the school have organised a Eucharistic Procession to celebrate Corpus Christi. Members of the new 'Ordinariate' are also joining in the mission celebrations.

 

Browse a few pictures of our celebrations so far, including Fr Charlie Corrigan, Fr. Kieran Brady & Fr. Richard Harvey PP getting some sun. May this week be a time of prayer and growth in the parish of Sevenoaks, as the parish mission prayer book quotes:

 

Protect us O Lord, from thoughts without action.

Guard us O Lord, from words without feelings.

Defend us O Lord, from ideas without results and

surround us with Your Presence.

 

from a prayer by David Adam

 

 

A selection of photos from a couple of the nights and ceremonies

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The Redemptorist Virtue for the Month of July is...

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The Feast of Blessed Gennaro Sarnelli C.Ss.R...

Today we celebrate the life of Blessed Gennaro Sarnelli C.Ss.R.

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To find out more about him, click here.

 

Have a Happy Feast Day!

Ss. Peter and Paul...

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On this feast of Ss. Peter and Paul,

we offer our congratulations to

His Holiness,

Pope Benedict XVI

on the

60th Anniversary

of his

Priestly Ordination.

 

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Ad multos annos Holy Father!

Our Mother of Perpetual Succour's Feast Day...

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Have a Happy Feast Day and enjoy wherever you may be!

 

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The Redemptorist Fathers discussing the icon with Pope Pius IX!

 

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Our Blessed Mother and a few of our saintly confreres!

St. John Neumann C.Ss.R., St Alphonsus Liguori C.Ss.R.,

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour,

St. Clement Hofbauer C.Ss.R., St. Gerard Majella C.Ss.R.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ...

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In this picture we see St Alphonsus lovingly adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

O my dear Jesus, what can you do to make me love You? 

Make me understand what an excess of love you have shown me by reducing Yourself to food,

in order to unite Yourself to poor sinners! 

You, my dear Redeemer, have so much affection for me,

that you have not refused to give Yourself again and again entirely to me in Holy Communion. 

And yet I have had the courage to drive You away from my soul on so many occasions! 

You do not despise a humble and contrite heart. 

You became human for my sake. 

You died for me. 

You even went so far as to become my food. 

What more can there remain for You to do in order to gain my love? 

Oh, that I could die with grief every time that I remember that I have despised Your grace. 

I repent, O my love, with my whole heart for having offended you. 

I love You, O infinite goodness!  I love You, O infinite love! 

I desire nothing but to love You, and I fear nothing but to live without your love. 

My beloved Jesus, do not refuse to come to me. 

Come, because I would rather die a thousand times than drive You away again. 

I will do all that I can to please You. 

Come and inflame my whole soul with Your love. 

Grant that I may forget everything, to think only of You,

and to desire You alone,

my sovereign and my only good.

Prayer composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori

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COME LET US ADORE HIM!

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena...

Although the devotion to our icon dates back over many hundreds of years, the Perpetual Novena Devotions were the brainchild of an American Redemptorist in the middle of last century.

In recent times the custom of preparing for the feast on the 27th June with nine days of prayer has become a feature of the life of many Redemptorist churches.

Literally thousands of people will be attending the Novena in different places. Did you know that in Singapore the underground station and the district it serves is actually called "Novena", says something about the success of the devotions there?

Around Britain the novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is being held in Perth, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. (To name but a few!)

 

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To get the prayers you need for the novena, you'll have to read on...

Trinity Sunday...

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In a word, the Three Persons of the Most Holy Trinity have endeavoured to show the love which God has borne us, that we may love him through gratitude.

 It is, then, but just that we love that God who has been the first to love us, and to put us under so many obligations by so many proofs of tender love.

 

“Let us, therefore, love God, because God first hath loved us." (1 John iv. 19.)

 

Oh! what a treasure is charity! it is an infinite treasure, because it makes us partakers of the friendship of God.

 

She is an infinite treasure to men, which they that use become the friends of God." (Wis. vii. 14.)

 

But, to acquire this treasure, it is necessary to detach the heart from earthly things.

 

“Detach the heart from creatures," says St. Teresa, "and you shall find God."

 

In a heart filled with earthly affections, there is no room for divine love.

 

Let us therefore continually implore the Lord in our prayers, communions, and visits to the blessed sacrament, to give us his holy love; for this love will expel from our souls all affections for the things of this earth.

When," says St. Francis de Sales, ”a house is on fire, all that is within is thrown out through the windows."

 

By these words the saint meant, that when a soul is inflamed with divine love, s/he easily detaches him/herself from creatures: and Father Paul Segneri, the younger, used to say,

 

that divine love is a thief that robs us of all earthly affections, and makes us exclaim:

”What, O my Lord, but thee alone, do I desire ?"

 

Homily preached by St Alphonsus Liguori 

Cardinal Rigali Named Envoy for St. John Neumann C.Ss.R., Event...

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The archbishop of Philadelphia will represent Benedict XVI at an event celebrating one of his predecessors, St. John Neumann C.Ss.R., the first American to be canonized.

Cardinal Justin Rigali will represent the Pope this Saturday at celebrations in Prachatice, Czech Republic, marking the 200th anniversary of the saint's birth.

St. John Neumann C.Ss.R., was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1977. His feast is Jan. 5.

St. John Neumann C.Ss.R., (1811-1860) was a missionary to the United States who became the fourth bishop of Philadelphia (1852-1860).

He was born in Prachatice but came to America to follow his vocation to the priesthood. He was ordained in 1836. Four years later, he joined the Redemptorists. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1848.

As bishop of Philadelphia, he was the first bishop in the U.S. to organize a diocesan school system.

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