" Make me forget myself, so that I may remember only Your goodness! "
St. Alphonsus Liguori
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News and Events... Updated regularly

Fr Provincial writes...Dec 2018

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31st December, 2018

Dear Confreres and friends,

From all accounts a very enjoyable Christmas has been celebrated in each of the communities of the Province. I appreciate that with the ministry, and also the efforts put into the community celebrations, a lot of the confreres are quite tired. I hope that people do get some rest and have the opportunity to enjoy the Octave of Christmas; and of course to continue reflecting on the wonderful exchange of God becoming one of us so that we could share his life - the mystery which entranced St. Alphonsus so profoundly.

In Kinnoull, we had Frs. Philip and Tom with us for Christmas day and the renewal of vows. On Christmas eve, Jim McManus had a health scare with one of his eyes, but after a visit to A & E in Perth and in Dundee and also the optician, he is now back to full health.

In Liverpool, Bishop Ralph joined the confreres who had just celebrated Jimmy Smale's 75th birthday. The two parishes kept the confreres very busy but they managed a worthy Christmas celebration.

The community in Erdington celebrated well, although Fr. Kieran had to be with his father who was unwell over Christmas. We keep his father, Gerry, in our prayers.

Clapham had very joyful celebrations in the church, in the refectory and in the common room. They look forward to welcoming some of the confreres from Zimbabwe who are coming for the Chapter.

Fr. Denis in Chawton celebrated Mass for Terry on Christmas Day; and his sister Ellen ensured that all were well fed!

The various communities in Zimbabwe celebrated in their own way, having shared a Regional festive meal together a few days before Christmas, at which Bishop Raymond was present.

In these days after Christmas some confreres will have the opportunity to get away for a break.

I know that you will all continue to pray for the Chapter which begins on the 7th of January. The Coordinator will be present together with the capitulars and other observers.

As we pray our Te Deum at the end of the year, I give thanks for the past quadrennium and for the kindness, generosity and cooperation of so many confreres, co workers, family members, friends and benefactors.

Birthdays: Frs J Doherty 4th, (M. Brehl 7th), J. Casey 17th, J. Musendami 19th, G. Webster 26th

I pray that 2019 will be a blessed year for each one of us. Happy New Year.

 

In Christ the Redeemer,

Ronald J. McAinsh, C.Ss.R.

Provincial Superior

Feast of Holy Family and Icon OSsR...

The Icon of the Holy Family -

an Explanation and Reflections on the Icon

This beautiful presentation gives a deeper look into the theological underpinnings of this piece of exquisit art.

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The Icon was written by our Redemptoristine Nuns OSsR.

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

 

Meditation Nine

DECEMBER 24

The birth of the Infant Jesus in the cave of Bethlehem.

 

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Novena for Christmas - Day 8

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

Meditation Eight

DECEMBER 23

The sojourn of the Infant Jesus in Egypt and Nazareth.

 

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Novena for Christmas - Day 7

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

  

Meditation Seven

DECEMBER 22 

The journey of the Infant Jesus to Egypt.

 

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Novena for Christmas- Day 6

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

 

Meditation Six

DECEMBER 21

The mercy of God in coming from heaven to save us by his death.

 

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Novena for Christmas - Day 5

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

 

Meditation Five

DECEMBER 20

The life of sorrow which Jesus lived, even from his birth.

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Novena for Christmas - Day 4

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

 

Meditation Four

DECEMBER 19

The life of humility which Jesus lived, even from his infancy.

 

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Novena for Christmas - Day 3

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

 

Meditation Three

DECEMBER 18

The life of poverty which Jesus lived, even from his birth.

 

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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.

 

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Provincial's Letter November 2018...

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30th November 2018, Feast of St. Andrew

Dear Confreres and friends,

As we approach the first Sunday of Advent it is a good time to recall our Redemptorist tradition of preparing for the feast of the Incarnation. This is at the heart of our spirituality, and "making flesh"that is making Jesus truly present in today's society seems to be an even greater challenge than previously. How we reflect during this preparation time will impact on our day-to-day lives as well as our celebration of Christmas. St. Alphonsus wrote much material on this Advent season. In addition there is a plethora of classical works as well as our own Advent Extra which can provoke our thoughts and minds.

As I indicated in my letter last month, I am hoping to visit the communities in the coming week. The plan at present is to visit Fr. Barrie in Ripon on Tuesday 4thBarrie is struggling these days and is grateful for our prayers. I shall then go to the Bishop Eton for a meeting at about 6.00 in the evening of that day. After this I will go to Clapham on Wednesday where I hope to meet the community which includes the Students, in the afternoon around 4.30. I am hoping that Fr. Denis will be able to travel up from Chawton for this. On Thursday I will go to Birmingham and meet with the brethren there around midday. My meeting with the Kinnoull community, and those attached but ministering outside, will take place on the 20th of December in the afternoon. I trust that everyone has the documentation so that we can discuss the draft of the Apostolic Plan for Europe.

Kinnoull Open Doors

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Recently as part of the Open Door Scotland 2018 event our Kinnoull Monastery through open its doors to the general public. The event is similar to the Heritage Days that take place once a year in England.

The Scottish Plainsong Choir provided us with soothing music.

The day was well received by all who came along, why not watch the slideshow below which will give a flavour of the day.

The Ace of Clubs in the News Again...

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The Ace of Clubs featured in the BBC news for the great story of one of the members of the ACE being trained as a Barrista.

Congratulations! 

Diary for 2019...

Prepare for the year ahead with the 2019 Icon Diary

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A hardback, A5 diary with a practical full week to view across a double page spread. It includes twelve monthly reflections written by Denis McBride with commentary on twelve thought-provoking icons, especially selected for this diary by Richard Maidwell, an icon specialist.

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Remembering our War Dead...

Fr Bernard Kavanagh CSsR, Army chaplain during WWI. 

Buried in Jesusalem War Cemetery

100years later a Redemptorist Group came to pay their respects.

The Salve Regina was sung and we retreated in silence.

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Rev. B. Kavanagh

Chaplain to the Forces

4th Class

21st December 1917 Age 53

Priest of the Congregation

of the Most Holy Redeemer