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Masses on line with the Redemptorist Family...

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There are many places offering Holy Mass at this difficult time. Join us and pray with us.

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Redemptorist Publications

- plus a impressive preacher.

 

Mass with our

Redemptoristine Nuns in Ireland

- a group of contemplative nuns who live a life of prayer.

 

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Redemptorists in Clapham

- doing their best to help nourish you spiritually, there have been a few teething problems but they have now been ironed out!

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Limerick

- These webcams are available 24/7. As well as Mass they will also periodically stream Adoration.

Blessed Sacrament Meditation by St Alphonsus...

Meditation on the Blessed Sacrament
by St Alphonsus M de’Liguori

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Meditation, wherever it is made,
pleases God.
But it seems that Jesus
especially delights in prayer
made before the Blessed Sacrament.
Did he not leave himself for us
in this sacrament
to be food for our spirit,
and to be present
for all who seek him?

We cannot all make pilgrimages
to the places where Jesus lived,
but the Lord who died for us
on the cross of Calvary
now dwells in person,
in the tabernacle – waiting.
We need not await a command
as we would of an earthly king,
to enter his presence –
He is waiting for us
to lay before him our wants
and to seek his help.

Superior General proclaims a Jubilee Year in honour of St. Clement Hofbauer...

 02 February 2020
Feast of the Presentation of the Lord
Prot. No. 0000 010/2020

Dear Confreres, Sisters and Partners in Mission,

March 15, 2020, marks the bicentenary of the death of St. Clement Maria Hofbauer, often referred to as “the apostle of Warsaw and Vienna” and the “second founder of the Congregation”. The contribution of St. Clement to the history and development of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer has left a lasting mark on our spirituality and mission.

For this reason, the General Government decided to proclaim a Jubilee Year in honour of St. Clement, from March 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021. During this Jubilee, we remember once again the person and work of our brother Clement, whose “life was based on love for God and the Holy Church and the desire to lead souls to God” – as those who knew him personally affirmed. Clement lived in a very difficult period from the political and religious point of view. It was a period hostile to the Church and to religious life, and he opened a road to Christian renewal. Thanks to him, the revival of religious life in Warsaw and Vienna took place.

Because Clement lived in a historical era very different from our own, it would be a mistake to simply imitate or copy his work and spirituality. On the other hand, Clement teaches us about certain aspects of the religious vocation which are very relevant today: the value of prayer and faithfulness to God, evangelical missionary zeal and care for the abandoned and the poor, partnership in mission with laymen and women, fidelity to the Church and perseverance in the charism of our Congregation.

From Clement we can learn how to live in communion with God and, at the same time, to be zealous apostles, dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel to the poorest and most abandoned. Like St. Alphonsus, his genius lies in the harmonious fusion of the interior life and apostolic activity. These two dimensions of holiness often run the risk of being separated. For Redemptorists, the interior life without an active mission in the world will not build up the Reign of God. The active missionary apostolate and care of people, without passion and the inner warmth of heart, would be reduced to purely external action.

The face of St. Clement Maria Hofbauer Feast Day 15th March...

Note on the first iconography

At the sound of the bells of the Angelus, on March 15, 1820, St. Clement Maria Hofbauer died. His body was dressed in the Redemptorist habit, a purple stole, embroidered with the symbols of passion, and the biretta. It was moved to the empty house of the Ursuline chaplain to facilitate mourning visits. The sad news quickly spread throughout Vienna and a crowd of devotees flocked to greet the Saint the last time.

Late at night, after the flow of visitors had ceased, the Jesuit Fr. Friedrich Rinn, one of the saint’s fervent followers, began to paint his portrait, putting at the bottom of it the phrase of the Ecclesiasticus: “Beati qui te viderunt, et in amicitia tua decorati sunt” (Sir 48:11).

Fig. 1 – Rinn F., Clemente M. Hofbauer (15 marzo 1820)

From this painting (Fig. 1), as noted by Fr. Michele Haringer (Vita del beato Clemente M. Hofbauer, Rome 1888, 332 note 4), almost all the iconography of St. Clement Maria Hofbauer was born.

Pope Francis' blessing for the CSsR family celebrating St Clement...

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Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, on behalf of Pope Francis, addressed a letter to Father General on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of St. Clement. 

Recalling the significant facts from the life of our Saint Confrere, the Cardinal emphasized his passion to work for God and for his neighbor and the great faith of St. Clement, who trusted God even in difficult situations, amidst misunderstandings and failures.

St. Clement Hofbauer urges contemporary Christian communities to leave behind worldly security and outdated pastoral schemes and free themselves from fears and laziness so that they can welcome the cry of the wounded men and women which rises from our cities today, and thus bring the joy of the Gospel everywhere. – we read in the letter.

In conclusion, the Cardinal expresses the wishes of the Holy Father and communicates the papal blessing to all those celebrating the Jubilee of St Clement.

Below we present the full text of the letter from the Vatican (translated from Italian)


Vatican, March 7, 2020

Reverend Father Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R.,
Superior General,
Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer
Via Merulana, 31
00185 Roma

Reverend Father,

In your courteous letter of February 2, you informed the Holy Father about the Bicentenary of the death of St. Clement Hofbauer, C.Ss.R. You also asked that he present once again this unique and multifaceted man to the Christians of our time.

His Holiness, welcoming this devout gesture, shares the joy of your Congregation and hopes that the celebrations in question will constitute a precious opportunity to make increasingly known and welcome the witness of this Saintly Confrere. Faithful to the apostolic spirit of the Founder, St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, St. Clement made every effort to proclaim the Gospel in the peripheries of his time and to bring the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer beyond the Alps, laying the foundations for its subsequent growth throughout the world.

His life’s journey was always guided by a deep faith, a faith that he learned on his mother’s knee, in his native Tasswitz, in Moravia. Despite numerous and painful events, and in different social and political contexts, this faith led him to abandon himself with full confidence into the arms of the Heavenly Father and not to lose hope in realizing his dream of being a priest despite numerous obstacles. Welcomed into the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, he took this unexpected opportunity as a particular grace and a further call to serve the cause of the Gospel and to witness to the precious treasure of faith, initially in Poland, because of the laws in force at that time in his homeland, and then, later, in Vienna.

Making a Spiritual Communion - St Alphonsus...

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Fr General CSsR sends greeting for St Clement 2020...

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Archbishop Peter Smith RIP...

Clapham is within the Archdiocese of Southwark

and we share in the loss our Archbishop emeritus, who retired in July 2019

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Our current Archbishop, Johh Wilson said this,

"Please pray for Archbishop Peter Smith, Emeritus Archbishop of Southwark,

who returned to the Lord last night.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him." 

CSsR Celebration in Vienna 1909 Archives...

As we prepare for the opening of the Jubilee Year on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the death of St. Clement Hofbauer, we recall the celebrations in honor of our holy confrere, which took place over 110 years ago in Vienna in the year of his canonization.clemente 1920 4 696x435

This is how Fr. Martin Leitgöb C.Ss.R. describes the event:
“The actual festivities in honour of St. Clement Maria Hofbauer took place as part of an eight-day celebration from 9th to 17th October 1909 in Maria am Gestade, at the end of which a solemn procession of the relics of Maria am Gestade to St. Stephen’s Cathedral was held. More than 10,000 people took part in this procession, including countless associations and federations.”clemente 1920 5

Among the people carrying the urn with St. Clement Hofbauer’s relics in procession we can recognize the Venerable Fr. Wilhelm Janauschek C.Ss.R. (detail in photo no. 5), at the time the superior of the Redemptorist community at the Maria am Gestade Church in Vienna.ven. wilhelm janauschek 1920 5a

Venerable Father Wilhelm Janauschek C.Ss.R.

The photos are kept in our General Archive.