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News and Events... Updated regularly

Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien RIP

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REQUIESCAT IN PACE:

Archbishop Emeritus Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien (1938-2018) RIP...

At 1am on 19 March 2018,

His Eminence Keith Patrick Cardinal O’Brien,

Archbishop Emeritus of St Andrews & Edinburgh,

died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne

surrounded by family and friends and

fortified by the rites of Holy Church. RIP.

He was 80 years old.

Parish Mission in St John's Perth

RYM - Christmas Meal 2018 for those who are alone

 

It may seem a long way off to Christmas, but if you are trying to organise a community event on that day a lot of planning is needed.  In this article are Youth Minister Natasha explains the thinking about a meal to be held this Christmas in Liverpool, and talks about an upcoming fundraiser to support this aim. This article was first published in the March 2018 edition of Bishop Eton's in house magazine BE Alive.

Christmas day can be difficult for a lot of people - squabbling families, getting in to debt, or not being able to find that perfect outfit for the Christmas party. For some people, however, the greatest difficulty around the most wonderful time of the year can be how utterly lonely that one day can be.

The Provincial writes March 2018...

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7th March, 2018

Dear confreres and friends,

When I wrote to you on the 23rd of February giving you the update on the situation in Zimbabwe, and also the Nominations there, I said I would write again this week.

I have just completed preaching the 40 Hours Devotion in Bearsden and it was a most encouraging experience despite the snow and the difficulty of getting there. Returning to Kinnoull was even more challenging as I had a puncture on the motorway at 11 :30 PM! However as you can tell, I am in one piece.

I have just seen the proofs of a revised and shortened version of the Visits to the Blessed Sacrament which I have prepared for the Adoremus event which will take place in the coming months and culminate in a Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool in September.

I hope that Lent is going well. I am aware that there are several missions and retreats taking place in these days, as well as Lenten events in parishes and here in Kinnoull. In the spirit of St. Alphonsus and his great devotion to the passion of Jesus, I hope we are able to communicate this to people for whom and with whom we work.

 

Upcoming Parish Mission in Croydon

 

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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 Croydon.

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