Fr Charles Randall CSsR, recently ordained in December 2016, celebrating Mass for the Students CSsR in our community oratory in the monastery in Clapham London. This mass was the students chance to say “goodbye” to Fr Charles as he leaves the Clapham community to take up his new appointment in the Bishop Eton Monastery, Liverpool.
The Altar frontal reads –
Copiosa apud eum redemptio
With the Lord there is plentiful redemption!
We wish Fr Charles well on his new appointment and his future ministry.
The 2nd of February is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas, when all the candles will be blessed for this coming year.
It is also a day of prayer throughout the world for those who live a consecrated life – and for those who will respond in the future.
Please pray today for Vocations to all forms of Consecrated Life especially the Redemptorists!
We are in it together!
Cardinal Tobin CSsR said on the 31 Jan 2017,
“Consecrated life, like any committed life, faces particular challenges today, particularly in the West, where a famous sociologist … used to talk about the “liquid society,” a society that is so fluid in its identity that you can say you’re something one day, and then change it the next, even the most profound characteristics of what it means to be human. I think as vowed people, people who have given ourselves to the Lord, to maintain that commitment within such fluidity is going to be a challenge. I think also that this sort of freedom that religious life should model isn’t always evident if we’re not truly free – free from striving for power, wealth or unlimited satisfaction. In a consumerist society, that’s going to be a challenge, to say no, living simply and living gratefully is the real secret to a happy life. So I think religious can model that for the rest of the Church. But if we’re not faithful to that, then we become like the salt that’s lost its flavor, and we don’t want to do that.”
He also said at antoher time,
“Our Holy Father Francis has given the Church this special opportunity to pray for all those women and men in consecrated life who have given their lives in love to God.
This prayer may prompt each of us to ask,
‘How is God calling me to give of myself this day, that I might know the deeper joy of service to God and others?'”
The Redemptorists of the London Province have a Vocations Discernment Weekend in March
– think about it!
Over the seminary half term break the Redemptorist formation community, based in Clapham, took the opportunity to visit some of our historic Churches. We set off early to drive to Worcestershire to Blackmore Park and the Church of Our Lady and St Alphonsus. The Redemptorists were there for six years and in that short time had over 400 conversions! It must have been a truly blessed mission and entering the church it was immediately obvious that this was a Redemptorist house. The shrine of Our Lady, the Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Succour and the chapel of St Alphonsus with its stained glass depicting his life made us feel at home. Fr Charles Corrigan C.Ss.R. said mass and in his homily reflected upon those Redemptorists whose ministry had changed the lives of so many people.
We had the privilege to join the family of Brother Royston Price C.Ss.R. for lunch and were treated to wonderful Welsh hospitality. It was a blessing to get to spend time with Royston’s family: Fr Provincial spoke, in his homily at the first profession of Brothers Royston and Mike Taylor C.Ss.R., of the way in which the congregation welcomes the parents of the confreres as our extended family and it really did feel like an extended family.
We then continued on our journey to Hawkstone Hall where we would be staying and on arrival we were greeted by Brother Mike Duxbury C.Ss.R. and Fr Mike Hennessy C.Ss.R. who really looked after us throughout our stay. It was an opportunity for us to spend some quality time with our confreres and good food, good company and fellowship created a great atmosphere for the week.
The following day we once again set off for the valleys of Wales to visit Machynclleth where the Redemptorists were present for many years. Arriving at the church of St Mary we were greeted by a parishioner who remembered the Redemptorist Fathers.
At the 25th General Chapter of our Congregation Fr General had asked that on that day all Redemptorists should reflect upon Constitution 20:
“Strong in faith, rejoicing in hope, burning with charity and on fire with zeal, in
humility of heart and persevering in prayer, Redemptorists as apostolic men and
genuine disciples of St Alphonsus follow Christ the Redeemer with hearts full of joy;
denying themselves and always ready to undertake what is demanding, they share
in the mystery of Christ and proclaim it in Gospel simplicity of life and language
that they may bring to people plentiful redemption. “
Fr Charles Corrigan said mass for us in the church that had been the base for Redemptorists going out on mission as part of the LAMPS Society. After mass we visited the graves of four of our confreres in the nearby cemetery and prayed for them.
On the last full day we travelled to the historic city of Chester and were greeted there by Brother Charles Randall C.SsR. who was recently ordained a Deacon and to be ordained to the priesthood on the 8th December. We visited Chester Cathedral and after lunch headed back to Hawkstone for our last night.
We are all studying hard as we prepare for life as Redemptorists but it is always nice to lift our heads from the books and be reminded of the rich history of our Congregation in these Isles. We all felt inspired by the example of the mission at Blackmore Park and encouraged by the kind memories of those in Machynlleth. The opportunity to meet with confreres reminds us that we are part of a province community and the importance of praying for all those who have gone before us, those who help form us today and for vocations to come so that future generations can know the plentiful redemption of Christ the Redeemer!
Our Mother of Perpetual Succour
Pray for us.
St Alphonsus and all our Redemptorists Saints, Blessed and Martyrs.
Pray for us.
Brother Christopher Reynolds