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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Vocations Sunday 12th May 2019...

Pray for Vocations to the Religious Life and or the Priesthood

It is a great life!

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Fr Barrie O'Toole RIP... Funeral arrangements...

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Parish Mission in Muirhead

Please pray for Fr Kieran and Fr Peter who are this week leading a parish mission in Muirhead.

 

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Please click on the image to access the Parish Mission flyer

The parish Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/stbarbaramuirhead

Fr Barrie O'Toole CSsR - Gone to the Father...

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Fr Barrie O’Toole RIP

Our confrere, Fr. Barrie O’Toole went to God to 4.40am today, 7th May, 2019 in the presence of his sister Pat and his niece, Kathleen.

 

Fr. Tim Buckley was with him yesterday afternoon and fortified him with the Rites of the Church.

 

I was blessed to be with Fr Barrie 10 days ago. May he rest in peace.

 

Funeral arrangements at Bishop Eton will follow.

Ronald McAinsh, C.Ss.R.
Provincial Superior

More news as it is available.

Fr Provincial writes 30th April 2019...

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30th April 2019,

Dear Confreres and friends,

All good wishes for the month of May. When I look back over my letters for this month dedicated to Mary, I see quotations from Alphonsus, Augustine, Newman, Ephraim, Mother Teresa and Popes Benedict and Francis. Let me offer another from the Holy Father for this month - again from Evangelii Guadium (No. 285):

"At the foot of the cross, at the supreme hour of the new creation, Christ led us to Mary. He brought us to her because he did not want us to journey without a mother; and our people read in this maternal image all the mysteries of the gospel. The Lord did not want to leave the Church without this icon of womanhood."

I have another wonderful excerpt from Fr. Hans Urs von Balthaser in his book: "To the Heart of the Mystery of Redemption". I find this quite touching and very, very apposite for the times in which we are living. It is taken from the chapter, 'Mary and the Church in the Redemption,' and you will find it in the fourth section.

What is the Easter Triduum

Holy Week in 3 Minutes

Be not afraid...

Be not afraid! 
Read this article ...
... and be not afraid!

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FACING THE FUTURE WITH HOPE AND JOY 
+Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. 
Pontifical College Josephinum, 3.27.19 

I’m glad to be here tonight for two reasons. First, I admire – greatly admire — the Josephinum and the men it produces. The Church needs you because we urgently need more good priests, men of prudence and charity, but also of spine and courage, who understand the changing terrain of our times. In my life, the priesthood has been a deep source of joy and purpose, the gift of knowing with certainty why God made me. But it’s not a life for the weak or the lukewarm. Especially now.

My second reason is this. Cardinal Pio Laghi was a mentor and friend who showed great kindness to me as a young bishop. When you’re a baby bishop, everything is new and a bit intimidating. Cardinal Laghi’s encouragement made a great difference in my life and ministry. He gave me my first zucchetto, pectoral cross, and mitre. I’ve never forgotten the debt I owe him. Delivering these remarks in his name is not just a pleasure, the pleasure of being with you, but also an honor. So let’s begin.

I chose tonight’s theme because it sounds better than “facing the future with confusion and anxiety,” and anger for that matter, because I’m tempted to feel all three of those things a couple of times a week. There are days when everyone in the Church seems angry. Laypeople and priests are angry with their bishops for the abuse scandal, which never seems to end. Bishops are angry with priests for their bad example. And many bishops are also frustrated – to put it gently — with Rome for its unwillingness to acknowledge the real nature and scope of the abuse problem. Clerical privilege is not the problem. Clericalism may be a factor in the sexual abuse of minors, but no parent I know – and I hear from a lot of them – sees that as the main issue. Not naming the real problem for what it is, a pattern of predatory homosexuality and a failure to weed that out from Church life, is an act of self-delusion.

Our OSsR Nuns - The Redemptoristines...

Life lived in God. Is God Calling you?

This is the question asked by our nuns in Dublin. They are an International Order of enclosed Nuns, who are actually our Redemptorist counterparts - praying all the time for the work we do and for the whole Church and the world.

Essentially we work together!

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They have 2 postulants at the moment and 1 novice

  • they are Irish, English and Indian!

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The Provincial writes...

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6th April, 2019

Dear Confreres and friends,

Apologies for this monthly letter being late but as you may know I was in Rome attending a meeting of the leaders of all English-speaking groups of the Congregation. I was happy to meet up with Brother Benjamin and with Fr. Gideon Sidinga who is studying spirituality in Rome.

On my return, the OPC immediately began the second round of visits to the communities, and on their behalf I would like to thank you again for your welcome and for your openness and willingness to cooperate with us in attempting to continue to reinvigorate the Province.

We are hoping to publish the Nominations soon after Easter; but of course we still need to hear back from the local bishops in whose dioceses the proposed changes will take place.

At the meeting in Rome, the General Government presented us with the new Plan of Community Life which we hope to present to each of the communities in the coming weeks. As a sign of cooperation, Fr. Dan Baragry, the Provincial Superior of the Dublin Province and I have talked about the possibility of having this printed professionally and shared among the confreres. It will be part of the blueprint for our renewed way of living.

At the meeting, there was also a suggestion that the Provincial Councils of London, Dublin, St. Clements and MunichNienna meet during the summer to see in what manner we can continue to advance the restructuring process in the Congregation. As you can imagine, with a minimum of 12 people we are having a great challenge in finding suitable dates.

London Calling...

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What a wonderful few days of Faith here in London, Our Lady's Wanstead to be precise. We are overwhelmed by the people's response to our Redemptorist Mission. 500 - 600 people at evening Services and 200 at the morning mass.

Who Can Be a Redemptorist?...

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We are looking for men who:

* Practice the Catholic faith

* Can give themselves generously in service to God and His people

* Can live with others in community, collaborate on common projects, share their successes and failures, their joys and sorrows, and do ministry together as an apostolic community

* Can embrace the Redemptorist charism of preaching the Gospel to the most abandoned, especially the poor

* Are flexible and adaptable in the service of mission

* Can foster an intimate relationship with God through prayer, having a deep love for Christ in the holy Eucharist and a love for His Blessed Mother

* Can live a healthy and balanced lifestyle defined by the Redemptorist charism under the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience

* Are in good mental and physical health

* Are open to growth and development on an academic, spiritual, communal, ministerial, and personal human level

* Are between the ages of 18-45

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Walking the Way of the Cross...this Lent...

I love You Jesus, my love above all things.

I repent with my whole heart for having offended you.

I will never offend you again.

Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will.

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We adore You O Christ, and we bless you.

Because by Your holy cross, You have redeemed the world.

Brand NEW - The Life of St Alphonsus...

Published on 31 Jul 2018
 
~ DOCUMENTARY, BIOGRAPHY ~ Saint Alphonsus Liguori C.Ss.R. (1696–1787) was an Italian Catholic bishop, spiritual writer, composer, musician, artist, poet, lawyer, scholastic philosopher, and theologian. Today, his latest successor
Fr Michael Brehl C.Ss.R., worldwide Superior General,
tells the story of the man who founded the
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
and gave hope to the Redemptorists and to million of people across the world.

Fr Richard CSsR explains Redemptorist Publications...

A brief insight into the world of Christian publishing and the vital role of Redemptorist Publications among Catholic and Anglican communities. 

Fr Ed Hone in Luxembourg...

An interview with Fr Ed Hone CSsR was televised on Luxembourg TV and can be seen here Fr Ed speaks about the nature and mission of our English-speaking Catholic community here in Luxembourg. 

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Fr. Ed Hone CSsR is chaplain to the English-speaking Catholic community in Luxembourg. 

The community was established over 50 years ago and is made up of a rich mix of nationalities. Anyone new to Luxembourg, or paying a visit, is welcome to join the Mass or any other events.

As Fr Ed says:

“God’s house is our house, and there is room for all to enter and feel at home.”