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Ven. Fr Passerat C.Ss.R

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New Apostolic Nuncio - A CSsR Welcome!...

The Redemptorists of the London Province are delighted that

His Execellency, Archbishop Edward Adams

is now the current Apostolic Nuncio here in Great Britain.

Some of our men, particularly our Fr Provincial, Ronald McAinsh CSsR

knew Archbishop Adams when he was the Nuncio in Zimbabwe.

Archbishop Adams is the Titular Bishop of Scala,

the place, above the Amalfi coast in Italy, where the Redemptorists were founded.

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God bless your Ministry, Archbishop Adams!

Reality - Informing, Inspiring, Challenging Today's Catholic...

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REALITY is one of the excellent productions found at

Redemptorist Communications in Dublin,

our fellow partner with

Redemptorist Publications in Chawton, Hampshire.

Have a look at somehting advertised on next month's front cover,

"The beautiful Lady Chapel of St Mary's Clapham."

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Reality is a Redemptorist Publication,

published by the Irish Redemptorists,

Unit A6, Santry Business Park, Swords Road, Dublin 09 X651,

Tel: 00353 (0) 1 4922488

Check out their web page www.redcoms.org

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Our Lady of Fatima - 100 years...

13th May 1917 - 13th May 2017

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Saint Francisco and Saint Jacinta

Pray for us

The London contingent at the Madrid Perpetual Succour Conference...

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Eddie Loughton, Fr Ronnie McAinsh CSsR, Maureen Loughton

The Redemptorists from all around Europe gathered in Madrid for a Conference on Our Mother of Perpetual Succour.

Our Province was represented by our friends from Kinnoull, Perth.

Mother of Perpetual Succour

Pray for us.

To Commemorate the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help...

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The 150th anniversary of the restoration of the icon of our Mother of Perpetual Help for public veneration will stir up in people many theological, spiritual and personal thoughts. 

As a preacher of the Word of God, I often give conferences on the role of our Blessed Lady in our lives. As a Redemptorist, I recall the urging of our founder St. Alphonsus that we should not omit on any mission or retreat, a conference on Mary the mother of Jesus. And of course as a member of the Redemptorist family I have a personal devotion to Our Lady - especially under this title of Perpetual Help. As a member of the Church, I recall chapter 8 of Lumen Gentium, on the role of Mary in the economy of salvation.

It is good to call to mind the debate that took place during the Second Vatican Council prior to the completion of this great document on the Church. Many Council Fathers wanted a separate document on the role of the Virgin Mary in the Church. This was just fourteen years after the solemn declaration of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven by Pope Pius XII on 15th August 1950, and just over ten years after the conclusion of the Marian Year of 1954 which was celebrated throughout the world. So one can see why many of the Council Fathers thought that a separate document was important.

However, the periti, that group of wise and I also believe pastoral men, who were the theologians preparing the documents, together with a sizeable group of bishops, argued differently. They did not wish to downplay the role of Mary. However, they wished to situate her exactly where she belongs: that is, at the heart of the Church. It is for this reason that the final chapter of this great and seminal document of the Council is named: The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the Mystery of Christ and the Church.

Of course Mary is not given one specific title in this document. Every local Church, and many Religious Orders and Congregations honour Mary under a title that is meaningful and suitable for them. As we know, St. Alphonsus had his own personal devotion to Mary under the title of our Lady of Good Counsel. And of course his appreciation of her as the Immaculate Conception is at the heart of his Marian doctrine. We also know that at one stage he wanted all Redemptorists to take a vow to defend the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. However, this was removed from the early outline rule by Rome.

Celebrating one of our great Patrons!...

We will celebrate liturgically tomorrow,

however, we celebrate our great Patron

St George

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today.

Celebrated in the five continents, we are glad to have this special link.

Everyone in England, have a Happy Feast Day!

God bless England!

CSsR Redemptorist World!...

Click here to see the Redemptorists in every part of the world!

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We think you will be impressed!

Good Friday 2017...

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Holy Thursday...

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An amazing amount of stuff! This was one of the most pivotal days in the life of Jesus Christ. Here are some of the things the gospels record for this day (including events that happened after midnight). Jesus:

  • Sent Peter and John to arrange for them to use the Upper Room to hold the Passover meal.
  • Washed the apostles' feet.
  • Held the first Mass.
  • Instituted the priesthood.
  • Announced that Judas would betray him.
  • Gave the "new commandment" to love one another.
  • Indicated that Peter had a special pastoral role among the apostles.
  • Announced that Peter would deny him.
  • Prayed for the unity of his followers.
  • Held all the discourses recorded across five chapters of John (John 13-18).
  • Sang a hymn.
  • Went to the Mount of Olives.
  • Prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Was betrayed by Judas.
  • Stopped the disciples from continuing a violent resistance.
  • Healed the ear of Malchus, the high priest's servant, after Peter cut it off with a sword.
  • Was taken before the high priests Annas and Caiaphas.
  • Was denied by Peter.
  • Was taken to Pilate.

Read the Gospel passage for yourself; it is all there.

Sr Bernadette OSsR Funeral RIP...

It was a strange start to Holy Week for the Redemptorists and the Redemptoristine Nuns of Dublin as they all gathered in Liverpool for the Requiem of the last English Redemptoristine Nun - Sr Mary Bernadette OSsR. They gathered to thank God for her life and to lay her to rest.

Along with her own blood family there were also six OSsR Nuns who had left the enclosure and sang the Requiem Mass. Fr Provincial Ronnie McAinsh CSsR presided at the Funeral Mass, accompanied by many other Fathers and Brothers. Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR was in attendance as was Archbishop Kelly, Emeritus Archbishop of Liverpool.

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A Stamp to commemorate St Clement in Vienna...

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The Redemptorists of Vienna-Hernals have brought out a new postal stamp to commemorate the feast of St. Clement Hofbauer CSsR.

Read the story by clicking here St Clement's Postal Stamp

St Clement Hofbauer CSsR - Pray for us!