St Mary’s News & Events


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...

Fr Provincial’s first letter of 2017…

28th December, 2016 Dear Confreres and friends,   All good wishes for a very happy and blessed New Year. Once more, we have much to be grateful for during these past 12 months. In particular I am grateful to God for the Professions and Ordinations which have taken place both in the Province and in the Region, and for the extraordinary amount of apostolic work undertaken by all of us. A special word of thanks must go to our elderly confreres who continue to be available to support our various ministries. As we look ahead, many challenges are indeed present. Fr. Gabriel Maguire has been diagnosed with a serious illness and will have six months away from ministry in order to maximise the effect of the radiotherapy and chemotherapy he will receive. I know you will keep him in your prayers. During that time, Frs. Frank Dickinson, Elias Gweme and Kieran Brady will do their best to keep the ministry in the parish alive and active. Fr. Maurice O’Mahony has also volunteered to go to Erdington as he will be working two days a week giving spiritual direction in Oscott College, and he is happy to support the mission of the parish. Although this letter is being written before the end of the year you may not receive it until early January as I will be going to Hawkstone today until 2nd January in order to allow our two confreres there to have a short time away. We are again hopeful about a sale, and should we have a successful exchange of contracts, I will inform you. Frs. Richard,...