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News and Events... Updated regularly

Holy Week and Fr General CSsR message...

Dear Confreres, Sisters, and Brothers,

Once again, I greet you from Rome and the Church of St. Alphonsus. Thank you for your greetings, and most especially for your prayers.

Each day, we come before the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to pray for all of you – for the whole Redemptorist Family and for the whole world. We pray for those suffering from COVID-19, and for those who are caring for them. We pray for the poor and the abandoned, and for those who are hungry and lost. We pray for so many of you reaching out to them with a message of hope through social ministries, with welcome, food, and shelter. We pray for the army of health care workers and volunteers of every nation and religion who are serving those in need. And we pray for the healing of our world which is wounded and in pain.

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday. After forty days of Lent, we come once again to Holy Week.

Perhaps some of you are wondering: “How can we celebrate Holy Week this year? In the midst of this historic pandemic which is ravaging our people, our nations, our world: how can we celebrate?”

Our Churches are closed and locked. We cannot gather with the faithful to celebrate this holiest of weeks. Processions are canceled. No way of the Cross. No concerts or sunrise celebrations on Easter morning. In many places…

(See the full message in the video)

 

Pope Francis recalls St. Alphonsus’ prayer for spiritual Communion..

 

In this time of health emergency in which Masses with the participation of the faithful are suspended in Italy and other countries, the Pope calls for spiritual Communion. During the morning celebration at Casa Santa Marta, he often recites the prayer of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Not being able to receive the Eucharist does not mean not being able to welcome Jesus within one’s heart. In the history of the Church, there is an ancient praxis, confirmed in particular by the Council of Trent, which Pope Francis recalled several times during this pandemic time. It is a spiritual communion, that is, with a prayer one expresses the ardent desire since it is not possible to receive sacramental communion, to welcome Jesus Christ at least spiritually. Inviting to Spiritual Communion, Pope Francis often recites this prayer of Saint Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori during Masses in Santa Marta:

“My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things and desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, come at least spiritually into my heart. As you have already come, I embrace you and with all my being unite myself with you; never let me be separated from you.”

“In this pandemic situation, in which we find ourselves living more or less isolated, – the Pope said at the Angelus of March 15th – we are invited to rediscover and deepen the value of communion that unites all members of the Church. United to Christ we are never alone, but we form one Body, of which He is the Head. It is a union that is nourished by prayer, and also by spiritual communion in the Eucharist, a practice very much recommended when it is not possible to receive the Sacrament”.

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by Amedeo Lomonaco – Città del Vaticano – see full text (in Italian) on the page www.vaticannews.va

Fr Richard CSsR celebrating Mass - Sat 4th April 2020...

Br Royston CSsR lead us in a thought for the day...

Get ready for Palm Sunday with Fr Denis CSsR...

Drawing on his extensive scriptural knowledge, and profound love of art,

Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R. offers us a reflection for Palm Sunday.

Fr Casper CSsR celebrating Mass in Clapham SW4...

Fr Richard CSsR leads us in a thought for the day...

 

Lenten Narrative - Raising of Lazarus...

Our thank to Fr Denis McBride CSsR and Redemptorist Publications

 

We now reflect on the raising of Lazarus, which appears only in the fourth Gospel.
When someone we love dies, we become acutely aware of a large absence in our life, an absence that seems to fill the world. One person is dead; the world is depopulated. So much that appeared important before now pales into insignificance beside this hard loss.

Jesus felt this loss too but addresses it in the most remarkable way.

More Lenten Narratives - Fr Denis McBride CSsR...

In the previous session we looked at one of the great witnesses the evangelist, John, called to the witness box, the woman of Samaria, who testified to her village and to us. In this session John calls the man born blind to the witness box, he will testify before us about the identity and power of Jesus.

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Br Mike CSsR thought for the day 2nd April 2020...