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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

RYM - Confession talk and discussion

This article was first published in the March 2018 edition of Bishop Eton's in house magazine BE Alive.

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The Sacrament of Confession is probably the most misunderstood of all the sacraments. It is something which, for many, is a source of apprehension, fear, and in some cases, terror. The Redemptorist Young Adult group recently had an enlightening talk from Mgr Peter Fleetwood about this sacrament, and we put to rest some of the myths and mysteries surrounding it. 

The Heroic Virtues of the Servant of God Bernard Lubienski CSsR...

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The Congregation for the Causes of Saints is making public the following decrees which Pope Francis authorized in a meeting with Cardinal Angel Amato, Prefect of the Congregation.

-the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Bernard Łubieński, Professed priest of the Congregation of the Holy Redeemer; born in Guzów (Poland) on 9 December 1846 and died in Warsaw (Poland) on 10 September 1933

Fr Lubienski lived for some time in England, making his Profession in Bishop Eton Monastery Liverpool and living in the Redemptorist monastery in Clapham.

The story of his life can be found here...

More will follow...

24 Hours for the Lord - 9th/10th March Worldwide...

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"One such moment of grace will be, again this year, the “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, which invites the entire Church community to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation in the context of Eucharistic adoration. In 2018, inspired by the words of Psalm 130:4, “With you is forgiveness”, this will take place from Friday, 9th March to Saturday, 10th March.

In each diocese, at least one church will remain open for twenty-four consecutive hours, offering an opportunity for both Eucharistic adoration and sacramental confession."

Pope Francis - Lenten Message 2018

 

In Clapham, St. Mary's Redemptorist Church

will be open for these 24 Hours for the Lord.

The Fathers from our Deanery will be avaiable throughout the day and the night to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Lord will be present in the Blessed Sacrament for people

to come to adore and pray.

If you are anywhere around this part of London please come along and spend some time of the Lord

 

Friday 9th March

7am Mass

7.30am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

12.30pm Mass

1.00pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

throughout until 

9.30am Saturday 10th March

See other churches in Southwark A'Diocese

 

Fr Peter C.Ss.R invites you to a Youth Retreat

 

Order of the Most Holy Redeemer OSsR...

Our sisters OSsR in Ireland have produced this little booklet about themselves. THey are fanatastic community of dedicated, joy filled and prayerful women. Have a look for yourself.

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Would you make a Holy Hour for Vocations?...

This is Lent and there is always time to pray, so why not commit to making a Holy Hour for the Intention of getting Vocations for Church, locally and worldwide?

Have a look at the letter that This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., our Vocations Director, wrote to the  confreres of the Province. At the end of the letter he says,"Please feel free to share this loetter with anyone you like..." So we thought we would share it with you!

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Pray for Vocations to the Religious Life and the Priesthood

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CSsR Festival of Remembrance 1918 - 2018...

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A Night to Remember
On Friday 16th February 2018 we held a Redemptorist Festival of Remembrance here in our church of St. Mary’s Clapham Common.

The Redemptorists of the London Province, the parishioners of St. Mary’s, chaplains to the armed forces and members of the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines gathered together to remember all those who fell in the First World War, especially those of our own parish and those Redemptorist priests who served as chaplains to the armed forces during the conflict.

During the service we heard the story of the parish throughout those days of war and we heard the stories of three Redemptorists who were killed in action serving as chaplains:

Fr. Bernard Kavanagh C.Ss.R. C.F. who was killed on Mt. Sinai while ministering to a soldier who lay dying;

Fr. Charles Watson C.Ss.R. C.F. who died in the desert and

Fr. Thomas Bradley C.Ss.R. R.N. who was a descendent of Captain Hardy of HMS Victory and was killed in the Indian Ocean when his vessel was torpedoed.

The Roll of Honour for the parish was read and the Royal Marines played the last post in remembrance of the fallen.

It was an evening of music, poetry, inspirational stories and fellowship.

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Click above to get a copy of the Service Leaflet

The event was in aid of the work of chaplains to the armed forces and raised close to £3000 for the Royal Navy RC Trust both through ticket sales and a silent auction we held on the night and we are very grateful to those institutions that provided items for the auction.

Fr Richard Reid CSsR, the Rector and Parish Priest of the Redemptorist Church in Clapham said, “It was a very moving ceremony in which we paid tribute to the fallen people of Clapham and our own Redemptorist Fathers who gave their lives in the service of others.”

We will remember them.

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Provincial's Letter and Appointments in Zimbabwe...

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16th February, 2018

Dear Confreres,

They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2.42

Thank you for your characteristic hospitality during my visit here and for your openness in accepting appointments. I have already written to you about the appointment of Fr. Raymond Mupandasekwa as Bishop of Chinhoyi - and we shall celebrate together with Bishop Ralph and Fr. Richard Reid, our Vicar on April i h This has necessitated changes in the structure of the Region. We have sought the necessary permission from the General Government and from the local Ordinary.

The ORC had already made the attached appointments and communicated them to the OPC in London who confirmed them. However, a few words of clarification may be helpful.

Provincial's Letter Feb 2018...

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23rd February, 2018

Dear Confreres,

Just a brief note to wish you well in Lent and to let you have some information on my return from Zimbabwe. I shall write the Province letter at the beginning of Lent while I am preaching a Forty Hours Devotion in Bearsden!

The Visit to Zimbabwe was good. The rains poured for the first six days which was too late for the crops which have died, but is good for the water table. However, it meant that we had very little electricity - and therefore little corresponding internet availability.

Fr. Raymond was there for the beginning of the meeting, but then had to go off to deal with matters relating to his new appointment in Chinhoyi. He will go to Rome, Germany and also have a short visit to UK, leaving Zimbabwe on 1st March. Accordingly, this is the date on which the new administration in Zimbabwe will assume office. I know you will support them with your prayers.

Obviously the local Ordinary had to be considered, and so visits to the Nuncio and several other stakeholders had to take place; and so the changes were only finalisec) before I left. As you know, keeping confidentiality is a great challenge in this age of digital media, and so I am sending these to you as early as I could.

The confreres asked me specifically to express their gratitude for your kind support at every level over the years and feel very much part of the Province. They really feel your ongoing interest and encouragement, in what are often extremely difficult circumstances.

I shall provide you with more Province information in my letter in early March, but again remind you of the importance of attending the Extraordinary Visitation, as we have had enquires from members of other Units and would wish to give priority those of this Province.

I have just attended the 'wake' for Brain Dolan's mother and sent your prayers.

With best wishes for the feasts of St. Clement, St. Joseph and the Annunciation.

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald McAinsh, C.Ss.R

Provincial Superior

Upcoming Parish Mission in Cricklewood

 

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Please click on the image to access the Parish Mission flyer. Please pray for the Mission Team during their week at Cricklewood.

CSsR Festival of Remembrance on Friday 16 February 2018...

To mark the Centenary of the cessation of hostilities at the end  of the First World War, St Mary’s R.C Redemptorist Church, Clapham will be holding a  Festival of Remembrance at 7 pm  on Friday 16 February.

The service, modelled on that held by the Royal British Legion, will bring together military chaplains of all denominations, respected veterans, the Redemptorists of the London Province, parishioners and members of the local community to remember, not just the chaplains, but all those of the parish who lost their lives during the First World War.

Br. Christopher Reynolds, a member of the Redemptorist community in Clapham, explains why he was inspired to organise the service,

“a board in the monastery refectory records the names of all the deceased members of the community and my attention was drawn to one name in particular which was followed by the note: “died at sea.” Looking further I noticed two others carried the post nominal C.F., Chaplain to the Forces.” 

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Father Kavanagh who was killed in action

Parish Days of Recollection

cross goldSome of you may have seen the recent BBC4 series Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery , in which cameras were allowed into three different Benedictine monasteries to give us a snapshot of monastic life. One television critic praised the series, saying that “the wordless, daily rhythms of the Benedictine monks provided the most relaxing television that the ‘slow TV’ trend has ever managed.”

For some, however, the monks’ daily routine within the monastery – including both spiritual and mundane tasks - proved too much, as was born out in the Letters Page of a national newspaper in the days following the programmes’ airing: “How can anyone justify being a monk, sitting around reading and praying all day, when there is so much work to be done out in the community?”, wrote one correspondent.

RYM Young Adult Homeless Mission

We’ve been wanting to do a homeless mission since we first started planning events for the

young adult group, so we were really excited to liaise with Helen the lay chaplain at Hope, who had some experience of doing this in Liverpool.

We decided to do a joint mission with Hope University Cath. Soc. and it worked brilliantly !

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Fr Provincial writes 31st January 2018...

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31st January 2018

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

I hope this will reach you for 2nd February, the day set apart for a focus on the Consecrated Life. The Clapham community is hosting the local Religious, and several of the confreres in Kinnoull will attend the Diocesan celebrations for this special day.

Today the OPC finished the visits to the communities. These were intended to really be low-key visits, with the opportunity to meet each confrere and to convey to those who could not attend the Province Meeting, a sense of what occurred both in terms of the spirit and the input.

I once again thank the Kinnoull community for hosting the meeting and for the many confreres who attended, including those from Zimbabwe. I can say without hesitation that it was a very blessed time, and a meeting in which there was "genuine sharing on the human and spiritual level" to quote Constitution 21, which is the first Constitution of Chapter 2 on The Apostolic Community.

This quality of interaction was in a large measure due to the skills of Fr. Jack Kingsbury the Coordinator of North America who facilitated the meeting, and enabled us to express our hopes and our fears in a very supportive environment. It was also a very good preparation for the forthcoming Extraordinary Visitation which will take place at the end of April, and to which I once again invite each one.

Redemptorist Lay Associates

At all Masses for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary time (28.1.18) , the parishioners at Bishop Eton and  St Mary’s listened to Fr. Maurice O'Mahony speak about Redemptorist Lay Associates  Fr Maurice and some of the existing Lay associates also hosted a session in which those interested could learn more. 

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Fr Maurice C.Ss.R and some of our Lay Associates

Each of the Lay Associates present spoke of how they got to know the  Redemptorists and their experience of being a Lay Associate so far.  They spoke eloquently and enthusiastically and many people expressed an interest in joining them.

Below is Fr Maurices’ address to the congregation at the 6pm Mass at Bishop Eton

To read more about Redemptorist Lay Associates in other parts of the world click here  

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Associate of the London Province please e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or write to Fr Maurice P O’Mahony CSsR, The Redemptorists, 49 Sutton Road, Birmingham B23 6PJ

Golden Jubilee Homily -Fr Anthony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy

by Fr. Andrew Burns C.Ss.R

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Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R, Fr Tony Hunt C.Ss.R, Fr Michael Henesy C.Ss.R

and Fr. Tim Buckley C.Ss.R

On the 17th September 2017 Fr Tony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their ordination. Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R gave the homily which follows.