Redemptorist Community News
- 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.
FR JAMES CORRIGAN, CSsR.
Fr Jim Corrigan died at Christopher Grange on Tuesday evening, the anniversary of his ordination. In spite of all his sufferings in recent years he remained the most gracious of men, always interested in what was going on and always rejoicing when he heard good news about people and their endeavours.
He will be received into the church after the Novena on Wednesday evening and his funeral will be at noon on Thursday.
Not only did he do his junior seminary training here, but he spent many of his 62 years of priesthood at Bishop Eton. It will be wonderful if many of you can join us on Thursday. May he rest in peace.
Bro Royston Price: Our thanks to Royston for all he contributed during his month’s pastoral experience, including his thoughtful reflections, his help with the altar servers, his visits to the schools, the hospice and some of those who are housebound, not to mention his contribution to the meetings he attended and his help around the monastery. We wish him and Bro Michael Taylor every happiness and success in the novitiate in Toronto. Bro Michael, who comes from the parish, is around at present, after his pastoral experience at Redemptorist Publications.
Fr Andrew will be in Middlesbrough for the next fortnight so that Fr Michael Henesy can have a break, but he will return for the month of August to allow me to have some holiday.
As Fr. Richard leaves for pastures new he leaves us with this message
"Sincere thanks to everyone for all the good wishes received over the last few weeks.
Please keep me in your prayers as I take over my roles in Clapham.
Be sure to keep an eye on the website - www.redemptorists.co.uk
- and that will keep you up to date!
Thanks, God bless and Good bye!"
It is difficult to keep pace with all that is happening at present, but here is a succinct update. Fr Richard will celebrate the 10.00am today and leaves for Clapham tomorrow. Once again we wish him every happiness. Fr Andy Burns is due to arrive and take the helm on Wednesday. The lift is progressing well and the four confrères at Hawkstone may be able to rejoin us next weekend. Fr Barrie O’Toole returns from Ripon for an appointment at Broad Green on Tuesday. Hopefully this will go well and his recovery will continue apace.
The Redemptorist Community. The next two weeks will be challenging. There will be just four of us resident in Bishop Eton: Bro William (working in the prison), Fr Smale (Foreign Mission Appeals), Fr Casey and myself. Frs Milcz, Johnson, Russell and Hunt are in Hawkstone while the lift is being renovated. Fr Reid is saying ‘goodbye’ this weekend and then giving a retreat to some religious sisters in Birmingham before finally moving to Clapham. Fr Burns should be with us by the end of the month.
Redemptorist comings and goings: During the past few days there has been a gathering at Hawkstone Hall (Shropshire) of Redemptorists and their lay associates who are involved in religious publishing around the world. Clearly, it has been a huge success. A number of the delegates have been staying at Bishop Eton on their way to and from the congress. Also our Provincial Council will be here on Monday for one of its regular meetings.
Regarding the members of our own community, some of those who are entirely dependent on the lift will be moving to Hawkstone for the next couple of weeks because the lift is due to be completely overhauled, so there will be fewer priests concelebrating the noon Mass each day at Bishop Eton.
And finally, please keep up your prayers for Fr Barrie. He was discharged last Tuesday, but had to return to the Royal the following day. We hope he will soon be home for good.
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