Redemptorist Community News
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 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.
Charles Randall, CSsR: This weekend Brother Charles is making the Final Profession of his Religious Vows and then being ordained Deacon in Clapham. We congratulate him and wish him every blessing and happiness in his future life and ministry with the Redemptorists. Many of you will remember Charles from his time here as a postulant. Fr Andrew is attending the Profession and then returning for the Sunday Masses. Fr Jimmy Smale will be present for both celebrations. You will be pleased to know that in the autumn Brother Charles will join the Bishop Eton community for a few months prior to his Ordination to the Priesthood at the end of the year. Also Chris Reynolds, our present postulant in Clapham, will be joining us after next weekend to gain some pastoral experience. Initially he will be working at SFX.
COMINGS AND GOINGS: Fr Andrew is away until Tuesday week (firstly for a family First Communion in France and then to Fatima with Marriage Encounter) and Fr Smale is on the Isle of Man until next Thursday. Frs Barrie, Jim Casey and I are hoping we stay fit and well to cope with the demanding programme over this weekend and into the week.
- On Friday Fr Pablo Prieto left us for the Canary Isles and Christmas with his family before beginning his new missionary venture in Zambia. It was a joy to have him with us and we assured him of our continuing prayers for his ministry.
- Fr Brian Russell has returned to the community after ten days in hospital with a badly infected foot. Please keep him in your prayers.
- Fr Andrew and I have to be in London in the middle of the week for a Provincial Council Meeting. I will have to catch the last train after the Service on Tuesday evening!
Comings and Goings. During the coming fortnight we are going to be particularly short staffed in the monastery. Fr O’Toole is in the middle of a fortnight’s holiday and Fr Smale leaves for a fortnight’s break this Monday. Fr Burns will be missing for virtually all of the coming fortnight, fulfilling a series of commitments across Europe! I will be in London from Wednesday afternoon until Saturday a.m. and then from Monday 26 until Wednesday 28 October. I will be in Aberdeen for the Ordination and First Mass of Peter Morris, with a Provincial Council Meeting thrown in for good measure! Fr Pablo Prieto, who has been staying with us for some months, has kindly agreed to cover many of the Masses while Fr James Casey will be holding the fort.
FUNERAL OF FR JAMES CORRIGAN, CSsR
BISHOP ETON, THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2015 at NOON
HOMILY BY FR. TIM BUCKLEY C.SS.R
I have not had far to look for the connections which so fascinate me when I came to prepare these few words to honour the memory of Fr Jim Corrigan as we lovingly entrust him to the Lord today. Just three weeks ago to this very day, Fr Andrew, Fr Barrie and I went to Christopher Grange, complete with a cake, to celebrate Fr Jim’s 88th Birthday. I don’t think we were responsible, but that night he was in the Royal Liverpool Hospital, only to be discharged at lunchtime the following day. Sadly these breathless turns were becoming a pattern and a few days later he landed in Whiston Hospital. They kept him in for a few days, and it seemed that both he and the Lord had decided that enough was enough, so on cue on the night of the 62nd anniversary of his ordination he went peacefully to the Lord: it was the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows and today is the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham. He would appreciate the connections: he had a great devotion to our Blessed Lady.
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