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News Items

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...



"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


CSsR Festival of Remembrance 1918 - 2018...

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A Night to Remember
On Friday 16th February 2018 we held a Redemptorist Festival of Remembrance here in our church of St. Mary’s Clapham Common.

The Redemptorists of the London Province, the parishioners of St. Mary’s, chaplains to the armed forces and members of the Corps of Drums of Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines gathered together to remember all those who fell in the First World War, especially those of our own parish and those Redemptorist priests who served as chaplains to the armed forces during the conflict.

During the service we heard the story of the parish throughout those days of war and we heard the stories of three Redemptorists who were killed in action serving as chaplains:

Fr. Bernard Kavanagh C.Ss.R. C.F. who was killed on Mt. Sinai while ministering to a soldier who lay dying;

Fr. Charles Watson C.Ss.R. C.F. who died in the desert and

Fr. Thomas Bradley C.Ss.R. R.N. who was a descendent of Captain Hardy of HMS Victory and was killed in the Indian Ocean when his vessel was torpedoed.

The Roll of Honour for the parish was read and the Royal Marines played the last post in remembrance of the fallen.

It was an evening of music, poetry, inspirational stories and fellowship.

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Click above to get a copy of the Service Leaflet

The event was in aid of the work of chaplains to the armed forces and raised close to £3000 for the Royal Navy RC Trust both through ticket sales and a silent auction we held on the night and we are very grateful to those institutions that provided items for the auction.

Fr Richard Reid CSsR, the Rector and Parish Priest of the Redemptorist Church in Clapham said, “It was a very moving ceremony in which we paid tribute to the fallen people of Clapham and our own Redemptorist Fathers who gave their lives in the service of others.”

We will remember them.

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CSsR Festival of Remembrance on Friday 16 February 2018...

To mark the Centenary of the cessation of hostilities at the end  of the First World War, St Mary’s R.C Redemptorist Church, Clapham will be holding a  Festival of Remembrance at 7 pm  on Friday 16 February.

The service, modelled on that held by the Royal British Legion, will bring together military chaplains of all denominations, respected veterans, the Redemptorists of the London Province, parishioners and members of the local community to remember, not just the chaplains, but all those of the parish who lost their lives during the First World War.

Br. Christopher Reynolds, a member of the Redemptorist community in Clapham, explains why he was inspired to organise the service,

“a board in the monastery refectory records the names of all the deceased members of the community and my attention was drawn to one name in particular which was followed by the note: “died at sea.” Looking further I noticed two others carried the post nominal C.F., Chaplain to the Forces.” 

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Father Kavanagh who was killed in action

Parish Days of Recollection

cross goldSome of you may have seen the recent BBC4 series Retreat: Meditations from a Monastery , in which cameras were allowed into three different Benedictine monasteries to give us a snapshot of monastic life. One television critic praised the series, saying that “the wordless, daily rhythms of the Benedictine monks provided the most relaxing television that the ‘slow TV’ trend has ever managed.”

For some, however, the monks’ daily routine within the monastery – including both spiritual and mundane tasks - proved too much, as was born out in the Letters Page of a national newspaper in the days following the programmes’ airing: “How can anyone justify being a monk, sitting around reading and praying all day, when there is so much work to be done out in the community?”, wrote one correspondent.

Canon Bill Anderson RIP...

A few men in our Provincehad the privilege of knowing this wonderful man.

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  There are obituaries, of course, of this wonderful priest, tracing his distinguished career from a degree in classics at Cambridge, to philosophy and theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, being ordained for the archdiocese of Edinburgh, teaching at Blairs College, going on to work at the BBC Religious Affairs department, moving to the Scots College in Rome as spiritual director, returning to teach at Blairs, then chaplain to Aberdeen University, administrator of Aberdeen Cathedral where he was made a canon, then parish priest, hospital and school chaplain, and finally retirement.

None of this elegant procession of appointments captures who Bill was as a human being. Obituaries tend to trace nominations and achievements, as if a life can be reckoned by a litany of labelling: you are left to guess, too often on reading, what the person was really like, what made them hum, what hurt them or what haunted them, how they influenced others.

Vocations in Wales - in Welsh - CSsR...

On the RedemptoristsGB page of Twitter a Vocations Ad was found in Welsh advertising for the Redemptorists! We wonder how it got there?!

A yw Duw yn eich galw i fod yn Offeiriad Gatholig neu'n Brawd? Sefydlwyd ein Gorchymyn i fyw mewn cymuned ac i bregethu'r Efengyl i'r rhai sy'n druan. Mae gennym un Brawd o Gymru, a byddem wrth ein bodd yn cael mwy! Duw bendithiwch chi!

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Patrons, Virtues and Prayer Intentions CSsR...

Today the Redemptorist community at our Clapham Monastery (London) picked out patrons, virtues, and prayer intentions for the year; one of our traditional customs.

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L to R:

Br Royston CSsR, a Welshman,

Fr Richard CSsR, a Scotsman

and Br Marek, a Slovakian.

All three are proud to be Redemptorists!

Sr Maureen's Service in Kinnoull CSsR...


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Sr. Maureen Barry whom many visitors to Kinnoull know is retiring from her ministry here in Kinnoull after 12 years of dedicated service in our Redemptorist Retreat House and Pastoral Centre.

The many guests and retreatants who have stayed in Kinnoull have benefitted from Sr. Maureen’s attentive hospitality and listening ear and we are very grateful to her for her generous service over the years.

We also thank the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland for allowing Maureen to exercise this ministry amongst us for so many years and we wish her well in her retirement.

St John Neumann CSsR - 5th of January - Feast Day...

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Pray with us as celebrate the Feast Day of one of our Saints -

St John Neumann CSsR

Please pray for Vocations to our Congregation - the Redemptorists - and also please pray for those Redemptorists around the world who are today exercising the Ministry of Bishop.

Especially Bishop Ralph Heskett CSsR, Bishop of Hallam,

Bishop Elect Raymond Mupa CSsR, Chinoyi Diocese, Zimbabwe, and

Bishop Elect Jon Hansen CSsR, Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith, Canada


St John Neumann CSsR - Pray for us!


A good film about Kinnoull Monastery CSsR...


Find time to watch this wonderful video - from ShalomWorldTV