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News and Events

News and Events... Updated regularly

CSsR Edmonton London...

Fr. Charles Corrigan, (Prefect of Students) went with our students to visit the church of the Most Precious Blood in Edmonton.

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This church has important connections with the Redemptorists. The parish was founded by the Redemptorists in 1904 and we stayed there until 1926. During that time we built the church and the Monastery.

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The church has a beautiful shrine to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour and devotion to her continues in the parish.

Fr Provincial writes...3rd March 2017...

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3rd March, 2017

Dear Confreres,

 

We are already well into the season of Lent and my prayer is that we will be open enough, through our self emptying, to receive the countless graces that the Lord wishes to offer us. I was in Clapham last week for a Finance Secretariat meeting and also an EPC meeting, and the spirit of this season was apparent in both our student group and the community at large. 

 

Fr. Richard and I had just returned from a rather gruelling canonical Visitation of the  Region of Zimbabwe. I am very happy to communicate to you that the Region is vibrant, faithful, hard-working, with a very good community spirit. We visited each community, as well as the mission in Chiweshe and a new Shrine Centre in the area we used to call 'Sally Mugabe’.

 

What was most striking is the complete collapse of the infrastructure in the country, and in particular the roads, many of which are just a mass of potholes. Each day we were stopped on many occasions by the police, and en route to Chiweshe had to pass 8 police road blocks. For the first four days there we were also without power in Tafara. We had intended to have a formal Novitiate Board meeting but some of the principals could not attend, and so we had an informal meeting with the Zimbabwean representatives, Fr. Sean Wales from South Africa and Fr. Raphael Kitheka from Kenya. I was also able to deliver the habits made by our Redemptoristine Sisters in Dublin and the rosaries made by our Polish students.

Giving a CSsR Retreat/Workshop...

A confrere from the Province reflects on his time in Thailand!

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"I was invited to Thailand by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart to give a 8-day retreat for their council and superiors at their beautiful place in Hua Hin. Their retreat centre is beside the beach... a dream place. mcbride thailand 1

I then went to the Redemptorist Spirituality Centre in Bangkok, which is part of the large complex that houses the Catholic International Independent School, run by the Redemptorists. The group was mixed with sisters from various congregations, the young St Gabriel brothers who run schools in Thailand, and the Redemptorists. A wonderful group of people. We did a seminar on Jonah, Jesus, and Discipleship."mcbride thailand 2

Many thanks to Fr Denis McBride CSsR

Station of the Cross, Then and Now - Book Reviewed...

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A recent book review by 'Thinking Faith' gave Fr Denis McBride CSsR latest book a glowing review. This book on the Stations of the Cross was reviewed alongside a book by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

On the "Stations of the Cross then and now" the Jesuit reviewer said,

"This is a book to ponder and pray, not to read. Whilst it is especially relevant for Lent and Holy Week, it is a book full of insights and blessings to keep in your daily prayer corner for any day or night of the year."

A must for any decent spiritual library!

Ash Wednesday 2017...

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Enjoy your Lent this year!

Fr Charles on his vocation 

Fr Charles Randall C.SsR. speaking at Bishop Eton about his vocation journey. 

 

RYM Retreat in Kinnoull Monastery, Perth...

Paul Murphy, Our Youth Officer shares some reflections...

A really special weekend with the most wonderful group of friends at our Redemptorist retreat in Perth - 'From Being Called to Being Sent' rym retreat feb 17iirym retreat feb 17i

A great time of delving deeper into our faith with focus on praying with scripture and reflecting on our call to evangelise and share our faith with others!

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We spent time discussing extracts from Evangelii Gaudium while looking at the life of St Peter and his call to 'follow Jesus'.

Happy Feast Day - Our Lady of Lourdes 2017...

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Know that any of you who are Sick are in our prayers!

Reflections on Lourdes from one of our younger brothers...

"Last summer, while on placement with Redemptorist Publications in Chawton, I accompanied Fr Terry Creech C.Ss.R. on his pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady at Lourdes. This was a journey he had made many times over the years but it was my first time making a pilgrimage anywhere and what a place to start! We drove the length of France over two days to get there and stayed close to the Sanctuary in Lourdes. Journeying down I discovered that Fr Terry had been serving the poor and most abandoned in Lourdes over many, many years helping groups such as HCPT and as a confessor. It became clear very quickly that this place was incredibly special for Fr Terry and arriving it felt like I was bringing him home. 

CSsR Youth - SERVING LIVERPOOL’S HOMELESS...

A reflection written by Anna...

February 8, 2017

Hello!

So today I wanted to share a recent experience of mine. Slightly different from the usual posts I write, however, after my night helping with the Redemptorist Homeless Mission night in Liverpool I believe that awareness needs to be raised of the huge need for help for the homeless people on our streets.

 

I want to share with you my experience of the night, and also tell you how you could get involved.

 

Please, please do get involved. I am really hoping that by using this platform to raise the issue, it will encourage people to talk more about the problem that is homelessness, and hopefully something can be done to find more long-term solutions.

 

My Experience

In all honesty, I had no idea what to expect with the mission night. There have been two previous nights in Liverpool, but unfortunately I had been unable to attend them. However, as part of Hope University’s CathSoc, I had helped to organise collection boxes around the university so that both staff and students alike could donate items such as spare hats, coats, sleeping bags, deodorant and facewipes etc to be donated to the people we were to encounter.

 

On the night, the group of us from Hope travelled to the Metropolitan Cathedral where we met up with Paul (leader of the Redemptorist Mission nights across the UK) and around 20 other people. After a short prayer to kick off proceedings, we split into smaller groups and made our way through the city centre via different routes. By taking this approach, it ensured that we were able to help as many people as possible, and the homeless were not met twice by different groups. This enabled resources to be distributed much more evenly across the city centre.

Discipleship - the call and the challenge...

Found this when visiting our Irish Redemptorist Communications Website!

One of the speakers is the Director of Redemptorist Publications!

God Bless the work of these two wonderful ministries!

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Fr Chalres CSsR celebrating Mass for the Students CSsR...

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Fr Charles Randall CSsR, recently ordained in December 2016, celebrating Mass for the Students CSsR in our community oratory in the monastery in Clapham London. This mass was the students chance to say "goodbye" to Fr Charles as he leaves the Clapham community to take up his new appointment in the Bishop Eton Monastery, Liverpool.

The Altar frontal reads -

Copiosa apud eum redemptio 

With the Lord there is plentiful redemption!

 

We wish Fr Charles well on his new appointment and his future ministry.

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017...

The 2nd of February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas, when all the candles will be blessed for this coming year.

It is also a day of prayer throughout the world for those who live a consecrated life - and for those who will respond in the future.

Please pray today for Vocations to all forms of Consecrated Life

especially the Redemptorists!

 

We are in it together!

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L to R: Br Chris, Fr Charles, Fr Richard, Fr Peter, Fr Charlie and Fr Ronnie CSsR - before the Papal Throne, St John Lateran

Cardinal Tobin CSsR said on the 31 Jan 2017,

"Consecrated life, like any committed life, faces particular challenges today, particularly in the West, where a famous sociologist ... used to talk about the “liquid society,” a society that is so fluid in its identity that you can say you’re something one day, and then change it the next, even the most profound characteristics of what it means to be human. I think as vowed people, people who have given ourselves to the Lord, to maintain that commitment within such fluidity is going to be a challenge. I think also that this sort of freedom that religious life should model isn’t always evident if we’re not truly free – free from striving for power, wealth or unlimited satisfaction. In a consumerist society, that’s going to be a challenge, to say no, living simply and living gratefully is the real secret to a happy life. So I think religious can model that for the rest of the Church. But if we’re not faithful to that, then we become like the salt that’s lost its flavor, and we don’t want to do that."

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He also said at antoher time, 

"Our Holy Father Francis has given the Church this special opportunity to pray for all those women and men in consecrated life who have given their lives in love to God.

 

This prayer may prompt each of us to ask,

'How is God calling me to give of myself this day, that I might know the deeper joy of service to God and others?'" 

 

The Redemptorists of the London Province

have a Vocations Discernment Weekend in March

- think about it!

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CSsR Virtue, Patron and Prayer Intention February...

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Patron:  St Andrew

Virtue:  Hope

Ps 91: 14 Since he clings to me I rescue him,

I raise him high, since he acknowledges my name.

Stations of the Cross - then and now...

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A must for Lent! RP Books

Fr Denis McBride CSsR writes

"I did not write these stations for public performance but for personal devotion: anyone can make the way of the cross at home. After all, it is there, for many people, that they live out their own suffering."

See what Abbe Jean- Baptiste de Courcelles, Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB and Joanne McAllister have to say...

Cardinal Tobin CSsR visits St Alphonsus in Pagani...

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Pagani, January 23, 2017, Cardinal Joseph William Tobin, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Diocese of Newark and a native of Detroit, paid a visit to the Basilica of St. Alphonsus in Pagani; the welcome given by both the local population and the religious and civil institutions of the place was extraordinary.

CSsR Youth and the London Homeless Mission...

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Paul Murphy shares with us some thought -

"Once again I have a mixture of emotions following our Redemptorist Homeless Mission in central London this evening!

On the most bitterly cold night in London - we have had the most heartwarming conversations with some incredible people who are homeless around Piccadilly, Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Chinatown. 

We met and talked to around 30 people from so many places who are homeless. So many people who are just like you and me - and who are in such lonely heartbreaking situations - without food, shelter or company!