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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