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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

Rt Rev Raymond Mupandasekwa CSsR, Bishop of Chinhoyi...

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(Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe) Today on 7th April 2018, we witnessed the ordination of Right Rev. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, C.Ss.R as the third Bishop of Chinhoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe. He is actually

1.    The first Redemptorist Bishop in Chinhonyi.

2.    The first black African Redemptorist in Zimbabwe, Africa and the whole Congregation of the Redemptorists.

The principal consecrator was Archbishop Robert Christopher Ndlovu (who was also the Administrator of the Diocese of Chinhoyi). He was assisted by Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro. Several other bishops were present including our own Redemptorist Bishop from the United Kingdom (Hallam), Bishop Ralph Heskett.

Fr Ronald McAinsh, the provincial superior and his vicar Fr Richard Reid also graced the occasion. Redemptorists from other African countries included Fr Raphael Kitheka the mission superior of Kenya and Fr Sean Wales the provincial superior of South Africa.

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Profile: Family

Bishop Mupandasekwa was born on the 28th of April 1970 in Masvingo. His mother Roswita Madzima (deceased) was a housewife and a tailor. She died from breast cancer. His Father Fabian Mupandasekwa (Deceased) was a police officer for many years. He died in 2002 from injuries sustained from a car accident. These two staunch Catholics were married at Mukaro Mission in Bishop Mupandasekwa’s diocese of origin.

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Education and Redemptorist formation

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Diploma in Philosophy (1991-1993).

Chishawasha Seminary Harare, Zimbabwe – Honours Degree in Religious Studies (1995-2000).

St Augustine College South Africa – Masters in Canon Law (2001-2003).

Academia Alphonsiana Rome – Masters in Moral Theology (2007-2010).

Redemptorist Finally Professed: 21 February 1998.

Ordained priest – by Archbishop Patrick Chakaipa – 4 August 2001 in the Archdiocese of Harare, Zimbabwe.

Diocese of Origin: Masvingo.

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Offices

Redemptorist Regional Superior (2015).

Redemptorist Student Formator (2010-2015).

Vice Rector of Holy Trinity College Harare, Zimbabwe (2014)

Member of the Board of Governors of Holy Trinity College.

Dean of Outer City Deanery, Harare Zimbabwe (2013-2015).

Ministries

Curate of St. Fidelis Parish – Mabvuku, Harare, Zimbabwe (2001-2005).

Parish Priest of St Gerard’s Parish, Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe (2005-2007).

Parish Priest of St Fidelis Parish, Mabvuku, Harare (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Chishawasha Seminary, Zimbabwe (2010-2014).

Lecturer in Moral Theology, Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2010-2015).

Lecturer in Canon Law – Holy Trinity College, Harare, Zimbabwe (2012-2015).

Vocations Weekend July 2018

 

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If you or anyone you know is interested please get in touch.

Fr Provincial writes...Easter 2018...

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Holy Saturday, 2018, (31 st March)

Dear Confreres and friends,

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. He is risen!

In these days of Holy Week I have been preaching a retreat to the Sisters of Mercy's in Sunderland who have very fond memories of so many confreres at St. Benet's The foundation was made here in 1843 and I believe that the Sisters have achieved extraordinary work in this part of the North-East. Sadly their numbers are much diminished, but they continue as women of hope.

I have been reflecting on the Easter mystery and the empty tomb. Recently I was hearing of a spate of break-ins, and indeed more and more, we have to keep ourvehicles and doors locked. So Easter is a wonderful time to think of a break-out; the break-out of Jesus leaving the tomb and eventually walking with his disciples, and once again breaking bread with them. I pray that we can break out of any areas of darkness in our lives or, in the life of the Province and in turn, break the bread of our lives for one another and for the most abandoned.

Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday...

A wonderful reading found in the

Office of Readings for Holy Saturday.

Well worth reading - or listening to here on YouTube.

The Sacred Triduum 2018...

Let us enter this time intensely... awaiting the Lord

A New Way to Communicate...

 

A chance encounter at a conference has led the Redemptorist Youth Ministry down an unexpected path – one which has led to discovery and friendship.

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Last November, Anita and I decided to book a stall at Embrace, the Catholic conference for 14-25 year olds. We were hoping to meet lots of people aged 18 and over to get them involved in our young adult group. It was a great day – but most of the people we talked to were in the 14-16 age group, so not really appropriate for our group. Towards the end of the day a young man approached and began looking through the materials at our stall. We began to engage him in conversation, but it soon became clear that he could not hear us. Cal was deaf. We got by, him lipreading, us trying our best with our very very limited knowledge of sign language – and he agreed to come along to one of our young adult group evenings.

Preach the Gospel anew - St Clement Hofbauer CSsR...

 

A good film about St. Clement Hofbauer CSsR

Thanks very much to Fr Gerard Louis CSsR

 

 

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