Redemptorist Community News

Comings and Goings: Fr Andrew Burns has been away these last two weekends with Marriage Encounter; this  weekend at an international congress in Spain. At the end of the coming week we will both be in London for a Provincial Council meeting.

Fr Barrie’s 80th. We congratulate Fr Barrie who reaches this milestone on the 18th of this month. He too will be away for a week from next Saturday, enjoying some holiday with his sister. His recovery from so much serious illness has been quite remarkable and we remain immensely grateful for all he is able to contribute to the life of both our parishes. For the record, Fr Brian Russell will be 77 on the 24th.


We congratulate Bros Michael Taylor and Royston Price, who will take their First Vows as Redemptorists tomorrow, 15 August, at the noon Mass. We will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption again and all are welcome. There will be an informal reception in the Fisher-More Hall afterwards.

RELIGIOUS PROFESSION: Bros Michael Taylor and Royston Price will take their First Vows as Redemptorists on Monday 15 August at the noon Mass. All are welcome and there will be an informal reception in the Fisher-More Hall afterwards.

Fr Jim Casey has had a difficult week, but he is stable and we hope will eventually make a full recovery. Please keep him in your prayers.

FIRST PROFESSION: Bro Michael Taylor and Bro Royston Price have completed their novitiate in Canada and will make their first profession of vows as Redemptorists at the noon Mass on Monday 15 August. All are welcome and there will be an informal reception in the hall afterwards.

Work in the monastery. There will be limited  access and parking in front of the Monastery for the foreseeable future. The renovation of many of the rooms has been initiated by the Redemptorist Provincial Council to try and ensure that we are as well equipped as possible to care for our aging community. It will entail a considerable amount of disruption with members of the community having to move around while the improvements are made, so if at times we are looking slightly more frazzled than usual, I am sure you will be understanding!

Fr James Casey C.Ss.R.: Fr Jim has to undergo a serious operation at the Royal tomorrow and will appreciate your prayers for him along with all those who are ill in our parishes at this time.

FR JOHN MILCZ celebrates his Golden Jubilee of Ordination this weekend. We congratulate him and welcome members of his family who have come from Poland to be with him, as also some of his great friends from Sunderland. You are cordially invited to join us in the Fisher-More Hall for a reception after the 11.30am Mass today. As many of you read in the remarkable account of his early life in Lent Extra, John as a boy was taken prisoner and forcibly removed from his homeland by the Nazis. He survived the war and then served in both the Polish and British Armies before deciding to train for the priesthood here in England. As well as a spell in South Africa and Zimbabwe, he has ministered mainly in Liverpool and Sunderland and many of you can give testimony to his loving and gentle concern that you should know how much God loves you. May the Lord continue to bless and protect him.

Works in the church and monastery

In the coming months there will be extensive work taking place in the monastery and the church. We will try and keep disruption to a minimum. More info in due course. 

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