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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Adoremus 2018 - Redemptorist Charism

As part of the parallel programme that ran alongside Adoremus 2018, Bishop Eton Parish held two events. The second of these was a talk by Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R on St Alphonsus and the Redemptorist Charism

The talk followed Mass at which Bishop Ralph Heskett C.Ss.R presided

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Novena for the Intercession of the Servant of God Venerable Fr Bernard Łubieński

(For private prayer during the nine days of prayer)

 

The Sign of the Cross

The Intention

Through the Intercession of Venerable Father Bernard, I ask God for (name the intention)

            

PRAYER

O God who has granted your servant Bernard an apostolic fervour and strength of spirit to carry his cross, we beg you to allow that he, who gave his whole life to lead the people to the Kingdom of Truth and Love, may intercede for us with you and obtain for us the graces for which we pray with faith, through Christ our Lord Amen.

Our Father …

Hail Mary …

Glory Be …..

Venerable God’s Servant, intercede for us

 (At the beginning of the Novena it is recommended to go to Confession, and through the nine days of prayer to attend Mass and receive Holy Communion)

 

Information about graces received through Fr Bernard Łubieński’s intercession should be sent to

Fr Rector – Bishop Eton

Woolton Road

Liverpool

UK L16 8NQ

Adoremus 2018 - Family Hour

As part of the parallel programme that ran alongside Adoremus 2018, Bishop Eton Parish held two events. The first of these was a family friendly Holy Hour

The 17 young Altar Servers and the members of the Bishop Eton and St Mary's Youth Justice and Peace Group were a credit to their families.

The service started with the Youth Justice and Peace Group signing (Britsh Sign language) 'Bread of Life - Truth Eternal'

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The family Holy hour was led by Bishop Ralph Heskett C.Ss.R

Parish Mission in Rathmore

 

Pray for the Upcoming Parish Mission in Rathmore. We will be combining forces with Irish confreres.

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Click on the image to download the parish mission flyer with details of the mission itself.

Pray for the Synod of Bishops in Rome...

Bishop Ralph CSsR greets Pope Francis

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Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR (Hallam), Cardinal Nichols (Westminster) Bishop O'Toole (Plymouth)

Fr Provincial's Letter 30th September 2018...

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Dear confreres and friends,

As you are aware, we celebrate two significant feasts this coming month: on 15th, the feast of Saint Teresa the great Doctor of Prayer and so beloved by St. Alphonsus, and then the following day the feast of our own St. Gerard Majella. Each year I ask for prayers for all our Brothers - but especially those in the Province and in the Region. In a special way we remember Bro. Thomas who resides with Little Sisters, but is visited frequently by the confreres from Clapham. Let us also continue to pray for good vocations to this special way of living our Redemptorist vocation.

September has been a busy month and we have seen the ordination of two of our confreres in Zimbabwe. Bishop Raymond, who ordained Frs. Albert and George has been in Rome for the New Bishops' Initiation Course, and then moved on to Germany to visit some of the funding agencies. He hopes to be able to visit his family in England before returning to his diocese of Chinhoyi.

Also this month we have had many meetings. Most of these took place in Clapham, and it is always good to be able to say thank you for the hospitality shown by the community there. There are confreres from various parts of the world living there at the moment, and it is always truly an international community.

Parish Mission in Renfrew

 

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Please click on the image to download the parish mission flyer with details of the mission itself.

More Summer CSsR Reflections...Dublin

The Ninth World Meeting of Families took place from 22nd to 26th of August in Dublin, Ireland. The Irish Redemptorists embraced this opportunity to give greater focus on marriage and family life in the months leading up to the main event, with various initiatives carried out at the local community level.

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During the main event itself which ran from 22nd to 26th August, the Redemptorists had a large visual presence at the congress promoting all the aspects of the Redemptorist life and ministry. We gave particular focus to St. Gerard Majella with a standalone prayer space. This provided an opportunity for many people to chat, pray, write petitions and receive a blessing with the relic of St Gerard. This initiative was a great success and one appreciated by the many hundreds of people who visited our stand.

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I first starting thinking about Religious Life...

This was the sentence given to both Fr Richard CSsR and Fr Peter CSsR and this is how they completed it...

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I first starting thinking of Religious Life when I was six years old! Never did the idea leave me and now 40 years later I am convinced that I am one of the happiest people on this planet. I am a Redemptorist Priest and all I can say is, Thanks be to God

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Fr Provincial speaks to the Spanish CSsR...

(Madrid, Spain) A gathering of 15 confreres under the age of 45 from the Province of Madrid took place from the evening of 16th until the afternoon of 19th September in the retreat house of the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer.

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The group received some input sessions and actively participated in lively discussions on the major areas of our ongoing Redemptorist formation.  Among the areas covered were the apostolate, the community living, human sexuality, relationships, our partnership with the laity and transition to ministry.  The facilitator, Fr. Ronnie McAinsh of the London Province, also gave 5 input sessions as well as processing the reports from the groups’ sessions.  There was a remarkable degree of openness, transparency, and a common desire to continue developing our shared mission and ministry.  The Provincial Superior of Madrid, Fr. Jose Luis Bartolome, participated in each plenary session and was open to receive the feedback and process it.

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Encounters such as this are ongoing in the Province, and both the Provincial government and the participants are committed to this continuing dynamic which they find to be life giving and energizing.

Fr. Ronnie McAinsh, CSsR.

XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops...

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(Rome) The Press Office of the Holy See published the list of the Participants in the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which will take place from 3 to 28 October 2018.

Among the participants there will be the following Redemptorist confreres:

1.     As elected by the Union of Superiors General Rev. Fr. Michael BREHL, C.Ss.R. Superior General of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (The Redemptorists)

2.     As a member of the Pontifical Nomination His Eminence Rev. Cardinal Joseph William TOBIN, C.Ss.R., The Archbishop of Newark (United States of America).

3.     As a member of the representation of Great Britain (England and Wales) His Excellency Rev. Msgr. Ralph HESKETT, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Hallam (England)

4.     For the Synod of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, His Excellency Rev. Msgr. Bryan J. BAYDA, C.Ss.R., Bishop of Saskatoon of the Ukrainians

5.     As a Consultor Rev. Fr. Sabatino MAJORANO, C.Ss.R., Professor Emeritus of Systematic Moral Theology at the Alphonsian Academy of Rome

We wish our confreres good work and we join with St. Alphonsus in prayers for the outcome of this universal church event.

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Fr General CSsR writes - Feast of the Holy Cross 2018...

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Superior Generalis

September 14,2018

Feast of the Holy Cross

Prot. 10.0000 138/2018

"I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me;

insofar as I now live in the flesh. I live byfaith in the Son of God

who has loved me and given himselfup for me. " (Galatians 2: 19b-20)

Dear Confreres,

Today, as we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross, we remember the first Novena that St. Alphonsus preached in Scala, from September 6 - 14, 1730, in honour of the Holy Cross venerated in the cathedral of that city. This Novena strengthened his conviction about his vocation to preach the Good  News to the abandoned poor. He offered himself to be crucified with his Redeemer so that Christ's life might be made manifest in him and the Copiosa Redemptio more freely available to others.

Perhaps this message is more important to us than ever this year as we celebrate the Holy Cross. For this reason, I have decided to write specifically and directly to you as my beloved brothers, professed together in the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer.

My brothers, so many confreres have spoken to me in recent weeks of their discouragement and disillusionment in the light of the recent revelations and scandals, both the abuse and the coverup, and now the overt and public attacks on Pope Francis. Many of you have asked me: "Is the Institutional Church beyond Redemption? Why do we stay, and how can we continue to preach Good News when this bad news is all around us? When and how will this scandal end?" Certainly, in tlle north and west, we have seen our Churches empty, our people lose faith and trust, and young people give up. And now this crisis seems to be growing in the south and east, and we are no longer surprised by situations such as Chile and Peru. 

Fr Peter Morris' reflections on Grenada 2018

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Back in July Fr. Peter was one of the many who took part in the Redemptorist Youth Congress in Grenada Spain. Here he looks back on the event and shares his experiences and thoughts.

Bl Maria Celeste Crostarosa OSsR Feast Day...

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We thank God for our Sisters and their ministry of Prayer

- they are a wonderful gift to us.

Vivant CSsR & OSsR

Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa - Pray for us

The Provincial writes 2nd Sept 2018...

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2nd September, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

As we move into the autumn, I hope that those who have been able to take a holiday have returned refreshed. I am hoping to have a break in October.

This coming week, Fr. Richard and I will be attending a meeting of Provincial Councils of Europe in Wittem, Holland. There, among other things, the proposed Apostolic Plan for the Conference will be discussed.

Also in the coming days, the Preparatory Commission for the Provincial Chapter will be sending out nomination sheets for the next Provincial Superior and also ballot papers for membership of the Provincial Chapter for the new quadrennium. Obviously with members of the Province and Region in many places, some time will be required for the return of the ballots. However, as in previous years, it will be accomplished, and I thank the members of the Commission for this work.

Fr General writes for St Alphonsus 2018...

CONGREGATIO SS. REDEMPTORIS

Superior Generalis

August 1st 2018

Solemnity of St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

Prot. No 0000 115/2018

WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER:

ln Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World

"When Jesus saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd"

(Matthew 9:36)

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Lay Missionaries and Associates,

Once again, we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori, C.Ss.R. in a spirit of joy and gratitude for the great gift of our Missionary Charism which we received through his faithful following of Jesus the Redeemer.

One year ago on this feast, I wrote you to announce the Extraordinary Visit of the General Government to the whole Congregation. ln the spirit of the 25th General Chapter (Decision 44), this Extraordinary Visit has gathered Confreres, Sisters, and lay Redemptorist Associates from different (V) Provinces, Regions, and Missions for Assemblies in every Conference and on every Continent. As we celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsus this year, I would like to share with you some reflections on this extraordinary event in the life of our Congregation.

As I write to you, the General Government with the Conference Coordinators has already conducted over 80% of the Assemblies of this Extraordinary Visit. The Assemblies of the Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean and of the Conference of Africa and Madagascar have been completed. The remaining Assemblies will be completed before November this year. lt is already clear that the large majority of confreres, of all ages, have participated in these Assemblies, along with many Sisters from affiliated Congregations and lay Redemptorist Associates. ln addition to the Assemblies, we have also met with most of the Major Superiors and Councils in the Congregation. As well, the Conference Commissions for the Apostolic and Restructuring Plan have been meeting regularly and carefully considering the reflections, recommendations and suggestions which you have contributed at each Assembly.

Once the whole Extraordinary Visit has been completed, the General Government will evaluate the experience, taking into account the evaluations we have received from you during each Assembly. At this time, I would like to offer you some reflections on the experience so far as we begin the Conference Assemblies at which the first draft of the Conference Apostolic and Restructuring Plan will be presented.

First of all, the General Government would like to express our gratitude to all of you who have participated in this Visit. Confreres of all ages, from novices to seniors, engaged fully in the Assemblies. Others who were unable to attend an Assembly sent their contributions through the community preparation. Many who could not attend supported the Visit in their prayer, especially our infirm confreres, as well as many Sisters and lay associates. Thank you for your generous and enthusiastic response to the invitation contained in my letter of August 1, 20171

Every Assembly affirmed the value and importance of this Visit. Many confreres and lay associates thanked the Consultors and Coordinators for their closeness and availability, and they also expressed the conviction that they went home from the Assemblies with a much better understanding of the process of restructuring. More importantly, the majority of participants made concrete personal commitments to continue to engage fully in this process of renewal and revitalization of our Congregation.

The Assemblies strongly affirmed the importance of the day of retreat on the Theme of the Sexennium. I urge you to continue your reflection on this theme in each local community, and in your personal prayer. As we move forward with the work of the Commissions and the Conference Assemblies, we recognize that we are in a process of discernment, attentive to the movement of the Holy Spirit and the call of the 'signs of the times'. May St. Alphonsus, an expert in discernment, continue to accompany and guide us in this process!

Recognizing the reality of the Congregation at this time, many Confreres expressed a greater openness to the reconfiguration of their (V) Provinces and Regions in order to create stronger Provinces more capable of carrying out the mission to which we are called. At the same time, you expressed your concerns and fears, as well as criteria and concrete proposals for this reconfiguration. Each Conference Commission has found this information very helpful, and these Commissions will continue to pay close attention to your reflections and further contributions after you have received the first Draft of the Plan for your Conference. This Draft will be sent to each Unit once it has been approved as a working document by your Conference Assembly. This should be received in time for consideration in local communities, as well as in Assemblies and Chapters as we prepare for the next quadriennium.

As we continue this process of preparing the Plan in each Conference, we are also beginning the discernment of the kind of leadership we need for the next quadriennium. As you know, this discernment relates not only to the choice of Superiors, but also their Councils. This leadership will be very important as we continue the process of restructuring and renewal of the Congregation. We need leaders with the courage to face the risks involved, and to animate the (V) Provinces and Regions for the sake of our mission.

The ongoing participation of every confrere will continue to shape this process. As we celebrate the feast of St. Alphonsus this year, it is our hope and our prayer that we remain faithful to his vision and attentive to the 'signs of the times' today, so that we will continue our mission to "follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the word of God to the poor..." (Const. 1).

We are living in an extraordinary era, a time of great challenges and great opportunities. ln communion with the whole Church, guided by the leadership of Pope Francis, we commit ourselves once again to the theme of this sexennium: WITNESSES OF THE REDEEMER: In Solidarity for Mission to a Wounded World.

As genuine disciples of St. Alphonsus may God bless us with the grace to follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy. Denying ourselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, ffiay we share fully in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language, that we may bring to people the gift of plentiful redemption (cf. Cons. 20)

May our Mother of Perpetual Help accompany us always.

Your brother in our Redeemer,,

Michael Brehl CSsR

Superior General