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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

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

Parish Days of Recollection

cross goldSome of you may have seen the recent BBC4 series Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery , in which cameras were allowed into three different Benedictine monasteries to give us a snapshot of monastic life. One television critic praised the series, saying that “the wordless, daily rhythms of the Benedictine monks provided the most relaxing television that the ‘slow TV’ trend has ever managed.”

For some, however, the monks’ daily routine within the monastery – including both spiritual and mundane tasks - proved too much, as was born out in the Letters Page of a national newspaper in the days following the programmes’ airing: “How can anyone justify being a monk, sitting around reading and praying all day, when there is so much work to be done out in the community?”, wrote one correspondent.

RYM Young Adult Homeless Mission

We’ve been wanting to do a homeless mission since we first started planning events for the

young adult group, so we were really excited to liaise with Helen the lay chaplain at Hope, who had some experience of doing this in Liverpool.

We decided to do a joint mission with Hope University Cath. Soc. and it worked brilliantly !

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Fr Provincial writes 31st January 2018...

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31st January 2018

 

Dear Confreres and friends,

 

I hope this will reach you for 2nd February, the day set apart for a focus on the Consecrated Life. The Clapham community is hosting the local Religious, and several of the confreres in Kinnoull will attend the Diocesan celebrations for this special day.

Today the OPC finished the visits to the communities. These were intended to really be low-key visits, with the opportunity to meet each confrere and to convey to those who could not attend the Province Meeting, a sense of what occurred both in terms of the spirit and the input.

I once again thank the Kinnoull community for hosting the meeting and for the many confreres who attended, including those from Zimbabwe. I can say without hesitation that it was a very blessed time, and a meeting in which there was "genuine sharing on the human and spiritual level" to quote Constitution 21, which is the first Constitution of Chapter 2 on The Apostolic Community.

This quality of interaction was in a large measure due to the skills of Fr. Jack Kingsbury the Coordinator of North America who facilitated the meeting, and enabled us to express our hopes and our fears in a very supportive environment. It was also a very good preparation for the forthcoming Extraordinary Visitation which will take place at the end of April, and to which I once again invite each one.

Redemptorist Lay Associates

At all Masses for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary time (28.1.18) , the parishioners at Bishop Eton and  St Mary’s listened to Fr. Maurice O'Mahony speak about Redemptorist Lay Associates  Fr Maurice and some of the existing Lay associates also hosted a session in which those interested could learn more. 

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Fr Maurice C.Ss.R and some of our Lay Associates

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Each of the Lay Associates present spoke of how they got to know the  Redemptorists and their experience of being a Lay Associate so far.  They spoke eloquently and enthusiastically and many people expressed an interest in joining them.

Below is Fr Maurices’ address to the congregation at the 6pm Mass at Bishop Eton

To read more about Redemptorist Lay Associates in other parts of the world click here  

If you are interested in becoming a Lay Associate of the London Province please e-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Or write to Fr Maurice P O’Mahony CSsR, The Redemptorists, 49 Sutton Road, Birmingham B23 6PJ

Golden Jubilee Homily -Fr Anthony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy

by Fr. Andrew Burns C.Ss.R

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Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R, Fr Tony Hunt C.Ss.R, Fr Michael Henesy C.Ss.R

and Fr. Tim Buckley C.Ss.R

On the 17th September 2017 Fr Tony Hunt and Fr Michael Henesy celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their ordination. Fr Andrew Burns C.Ss.R gave the homily which follows.

Canon Bill Anderson RIP...

A few men in our Provincehad the privilege of knowing this wonderful man.

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  There are obituaries, of course, of this wonderful priest, tracing his distinguished career from a degree in classics at Cambridge, to philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, being ordained for the archdiocese of Edinburgh, teaching at Blairs College, going on to work at the BBC Religious Affairs department, moving to the Scots College in Rome as spiritual director, returning to teach at Blairs, then chaplain to Aberdeen University, administrator of Aberdeen Cathedral where he was made a canon, then parish priest, hospital and school chaplain, and finally retirement.

None of this elegant procession of appointments captures who Bill was as a human being. Obituaries tend to trace nominations and achievements, as if a life can be reckoned by a litany of labelling: you are left to guess, too often on reading, what the person was really like, what made them hum, what hurt them or what haunted them, how they influenced others.

Vocations in Wales - in Welsh - CSsR...

On the RedemptoristsGB page of Twitter a Vocations Ad was found in Welsh advertising for the Redemptorists! We wonder how it got there?!

A yw Duw yn eich galw i fod yn Offeiriad Gatholig neu'n Brawd? Sefydlwyd ein Gorchymyn i fyw mewn cymuned ac i bregethu'r Efengyl i'r rhai sy'n druan. Mae gennym un Brawd o Gymru, a byddem wrth ein bodd yn cael mwy! Duw bendithiwch chi!

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Patrons, Virtues and Prayer Intentions CSsR...

Today the Redemptorist community at our Clapham Monastery (London) picked out patrons, virtues, and prayer intentions for the year; one of our traditional customs.

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L to R:

Br Royston CSsR, a Welshman,

Fr Richard CSsR, a Scotsman

and Br Marek, a Slovakian.

All three are proud to be Redemptorists!

Sr Maureen's Service in Kinnoull CSsR...

THE END OF AN ERA! – SR. MAUREEN IS RETIRING FROM KINNOULL

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Sr. Maureen Barry whom many visitors to Kinnoull know is retiring from her ministry here in Kinnoull after 12 years of dedicated service in our Redemptorist Retreat House and Pastoral Centre.

The many guests and retreatants who have stayed in Kinnoull have benefitted from Sr. Maureen’s attentive hospitality and listening ear and we are very grateful to her for her generous service over the years.

We also thank the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland for allowing Maureen to exercise this ministry amongst us for so many years and we wish her well in her retirement.

Young Adult Retreat

 

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St John Neumann CSsR - 5th of January - Feast Day...

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Pray with us as celebrate the Feast Day of one of our Saints -

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Please pray for Vocations to our Congregation - the Redemptorists - and also please pray for those Redemptorists around the world who are today exercising the Ministry of Bishop.

Especially Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR, Bishop of Hallam,

Bishop Elect Raymond Mupa CSsR, Chinoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe, and

Bishop Elect Jon Hansen CSsR, Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Canada

 

St John Neumann CSsR - Pray for us!