Redemptorist Community News
The Parish Team
Fr Tim Buckley C.Ss.R
Other members of the Redemptorist Community
Fr . Andrew Burns C.Ss.R
Fr Andrew Burns is the Rector of the Community in the Monastery. Other community members are the parish team above plus:
Fr. Beverley Ahearn C.Ss.R
Fr Jim Casey C.Ss.R
Fr James Smale C.Ss.R
Fr. Brian Russell C.Ss.R
Fr. Kevin Callaghan C.Ss.R
Fr. Tony Hunt C.Ss.R
Fr. Michael Henesy C.Ss.R
Fr. Gabriel Maguire C.Ss.R
Fr. Martin Gay C.Ss.R
Fr. Michael McGreevy C.Ss.R
Br William McDermott C.Ss.R
Br. Michael Duxberry C.Ss.R
Bishop Ralph's Installation in Hallam. Bishop Ralph Heskett was duly installed as the new Bishop of Hallam last Thursday. It was a very happy event with a liturgy to fit the occasion. Since he has also been asked to be Apostolic Administrator of Gibraltar until a new bishop is appointed there, he certainly has his work cut out. Please keep him in your prayers.
Jubilee Celebration today at the 11.30am Mass. Today is in fact the 50th Anniversary of the Ordinations of Frs Anthony Johnson and Jim Casey. We congratulate them and assure them of our prayers and good wishes. They will concelebrate today's Mass at 11.30 a.m. "Ad multos annos" is the traditional good wish of the Redemptorists "for many more years" to come.
General Visitation: We have welcomed Fr Jacek Zorzalek CSsR (from Poland), who is with us this weekend. Unfortunately Fr João Pedro Fernandes (from Angola) has not yet arrived in the country, but hopes to join in the visitation of the rest of the Province in the coming weeks.
On 3 December Bishop Eton will play host for the day to all the confrères who are able to come to conclude the visitation of the Province. Fr Michael Brehl (our General) will be present for that meeting.
New Redemptorist 'Beati': This weekend over five hundred martyrs from the time of the Spanish Civil War will be beatified and among them will be six Redemptorists. Bishop Ralph will be attending the ceremony. We celebrate with joy and give thanks to God for the example of these faithful and heroic men.
The beatification took place on October 27, 2013
More information on these Spanish Martyrs can be found by clicking here
Bro Glyn's funeral was a blessed occasion and our thanks to those of you who were able to join us at Bishop Eton last Monday. His family, most of whom are not Catholics, were touched by the occasion and are very grateful to everyone who helped make his life as comfortable as possible during these past few years.
A few days after Bro Glyn's death we heard of the death of another of our Redemptorist Brothers, Cajetan. He had been living at Nazareth House in Aberdeen for many years and his funeral was last Thursday in Perth. In less than three months we have lost three of the six remaining brothers in the Province, so you don't need to be a mathematical genius to realise that there are only three now left: Bro William here in Liverpool, who is doing sterling work at the prison and with Mother Teresa's Sisters in town; Bro Michael who is a prison chaplain in Middlesbrough, and Bro Thomas, who is sacristan in Clapham. Many of you will remember the days when each of our large communities would have had half a dozen brothers, so this is a further reminder of the changing face of the Catholic landscape in this country. I will not harp on about it, but you know that the number of active priests we have has also diminished dramatically. It is almost two years since I took on the care of our two parishes, so I have less than two years to run in the four-year cycle and I think we must continue to dialogue about how to prepare for the future. Watch this space!
Bishop Ralph's Installation in Hallam. This Thursday Bishop Ralph will be installed as Bishop of Hallam in St Marie's Cathedral in Sheffield. Most of the Redemptorist community will be there to support him and I am sure you will all keep him in your prayers at this time. I am grateful to Frs Grant Maddock and Stephen Pritchard for the covering the Masses on that day. If you wish to watch the ceremony on the internet, go to www.stmariecathedral.org
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