St Mary’s News & Events


Thank you, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Churches Trust & Our Parish

With the final approval of the repair of the Church Spire near completion we would like to thank all those who made it possible for this work to take place.     Our special thanks goes to the Heritage Lottery fund without whose support it could never have happened. The refurbishment of the spire was of great public interest and gave an opportunity for so many different groups of people to be involved. For professional groups such as the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors, the AA Conservation students and the SPAB scholars and fellows it was an opportunity to observe the work as it was taking place. The conservation students also had the opportunity to be briefed by Mr. Ian Harper from English Heritage on the HLF grant process. For St. Mary’s School it was a week of opportunity to do different projects on the church and church architecture. At our garden fete the children were able to meet some of the masons working on the spire and to try their hand at stone carving. The Clapham Society also visited and were able to climb the Spire under the guidance of PAYE construction. The Churches Together in Clapham came for a special lecture on getting a grant from the Heritage Lottery fund. Without the help of the HLF grant none of this would have been possible. To them we are truly grateful.   We are also grateful for the donation of £40,000 from the National Churches Trust. This made it possible for our parish to raise the remaining required funds.   The Redemptorists and the Parish want to say a...

Fr Chalres CSsR celebrating Mass for the Students CSsR…

  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...

World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life 2017…

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,...

Redemptorist Studendate on Tour!…

    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...