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Novena for Christmas - Day 2

 Written by St Alphonsus Liguori CSsR Founder, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

Meditation Two

DECEMBER 17

The love of God in being born as an infant.

 

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Novena for Christmas- Day 1

 Written by St Alphonsus Liguori CSsR Founder, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

 

 

Meditation One

DECEMBER 16

The love that God has shown to us in becoming human.

 

Day1

 

Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Charles Randall CSsR...

Fr Charles Randall CSsR was ordained to the Priesthood

on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

in St Mary's Redemptorists Church in Clapham, London.

The Ordaining Bishop was Rt Rev Ralph Heskett CSsR, Bishop of Hallam.

Bishop Ralph had been Fr Charles' Postulant Director

at the beginning of his formation as a Redemptorist. 

See the photos that try to capture the wonder of the ceremony...

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Rutherglen mission

 

A video reflecting on the recent mission at Rutherglen courtesy of Holy Family Mossend's Facebook page

Yearning for Hope - Fr Denis McBride CSsR...

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 Fr Denis' article

as it appeared in the Tablet.

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Fr Provincial's Letter December 2016...

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30th November, 2016

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

All good wishes for the season of Advent. In these days the liturgy, and I am sure our preaching, stress vigilance, watchfulness and waiting. We are also reminded that this is a season of hope and quiet joy. The reality for many is that in the lead-up to Christmas, with all the work in the parishes and all the other ministries we are involved in, very little space for this attitude is afforded us.

May I suggest a couple of books which might help? "The Coming of God" by Maria Boulding which I recommended a few years ago, and Denis McBride's book, "Journeying towards Jesus in Advent" are both timely - and of course in the more immediate days leading up to Christmas, the Novena of St. Alphonsus.

 

All good wishes for our patronal feast on 8th December. This year it has a special flavour to it, as Charles Randall will be ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary's Clapham and will celebrate his First Mass there the following day. I know quite a few confreres will be able to be present, and I am aware that others will also keep him in their prayers. For me it is a moment of encouragement for our Province in having our second young priest ordained in the last year or so.

CSsR General Chapter comes to an end...

After much prayer the world around, and after a huge amount of hard work our

General Chapter is now concluding in Thailand.

Click on the video below and hear the Provincial, Fr Ronald McAinsh CSsR.

 

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Upcoming Mission in Rutherglen

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The New CSsR General Government...

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The General Chapter, now that Fr. Michael Brehl has been elected Superior General, today took on the responsibility of electing the members of the General Council. Six Consultors must be elected, taking into account the geographic reality of the world-wide Congregation.

Celebrating the Anniversary of the Founding of the Redemptorists in Kinnoull

Article by Fr. Peter Morris C.Ss.R

 

The Redemptorist community in Kinnoull, Perth, celebrated the 284th Anniversary of the founding of the Congregation with a special ceremony during Mass on Wednesday 9th November, 2016.

 

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Before he was re-elected by the capitulars of the General Chapter in Thailand, Fr. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., sent a letter to the Redemptorists throughout the world which included an invitation to the confreres in these words:

 

“On November 9, I invite all of you to renew your missionary dedication.  I encourage you to read and pray Constitution 20, in community where possible, and to allow these words to penetrate your very heart.”

 

Upcoming Mission in Rednal

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Pope Blesses CSsR General Chapter...

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To Reverend Michael Brehl, CSsR

Superior General

Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer

His Holiness Pope Francis was pleased to be informed of the twenty-fifth General Chapter of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, to be held in Pattaya, Thailand, from 31st October to 26 November 2016. He assures you and your confreres of his Spiritual closeness as you gather for the election of the Superior General and General Consultors. His Holiness is confident that you and all the participants of the Chapter will find renewed inspiration in the charism of the Congregation and truly experience the freshness of the Gospel, from which “new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for todays world” (Evangelii Gaudium 11). Commending your gathering to the maternal intercession of Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help, Pope Francis willingly imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of grace and peace in the Lord Jesus.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

 

Anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, letter from Father Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., Superior General...

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Pattaya, November 8, 2016

Prot. N° 0000 155/2016

Dear Confreres, Sisters, Lay Missionaries and Associates, and friends:

Tomorrow we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1732 in Scala. This year as we remember our Foundation Day, the Congregation is assembled in the Canonical Phase of the XXV General Chapter in Pattaya, Thailand. This is a unique opportunity for us as a whole Congregation to joyfully celebrate the great gift of our Redemptorist Missionary Vocation:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year of favour from the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19).

“Jesus began by saying to them, ‘Today, this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing’.”(Luke 4:21).

St. Alphonsus believed that he was called to “follow the example of Jesus Christ, the Redeemer, by preaching the Word of God to the poor” (Const. 1). Priest and Brother, Sister and lay associate, we are all called and sent as missionaries. Filled with the Holy Spirit, accompanied by Mary, the Perpetual Help of God’s people (Const. 32), as genuine disciples of St. Alphonsus, we follow the Redeemer with hearts full of joy. This is our feast! Let us rejoice and be glad in it!

On November 9, I invite all of you to renew your missionary dedication. I encourage you to read and pray Constitution 20, in community where possible, and to allow these words to penetrate your very heart.

A pastor with the spirit of willing obedience...

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Today, 7th November, at the end of our working day, our Superior General Fr. Michael Brehl informed us that at noon today the Vatican announced that Archbishop Joseph Tobin had been transferred from the See of Indianapolis to the See of Newark, New Jersey. He asked us to pray for Archbishop Tobin in a special way.

I recall clearly when the Archbishop was first moved from his position as Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Apostolic Life, he was interviewed on television and asked if he felt happy to be returning ‘home’ to USA. He gave a very spiritual response. He said “I did not ask to leave Rome. I did not ask to move. I go willingly at the service of the Holy Father who has appointed me to Indianapolis”.

CSsR Vocations Weekend this month...

Come along -
meet our brothers -
ask those questions -
spend time in prayer -
and have fun!

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Upcoming Mission in York

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