Redemptorist Community News
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.
Visit of our Provincial Council. Fr McAinsh and his two consultors (Fr. Richard & Fr Gerard Mulligan) will be at Bishop Eton on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the future with us. Please take note that we may be extra occupied on those two days and please pray for God’s blessing during this time.
Fr Barrie returns to the community tomorrow, Monday 15, which is a wonderful Christmas present for us. He has completed his course of treatment. Now we hope that he will be able to have the original operation reversed sometime in the New Year. Again he thanks everyone for all the prayers and good wishes.
Today the "Year of Consecrated Life" begins and will run until 2 Feb 2016. Pope Francis is asking us all to celebrate and pray for consecrated life; become more aware of and consider joining consecrated life. We have plenty of examples around, the Redemptorists, the SND sisters and the Focolare movement. Please keep consecrated people in your prayers especially during this year.
For more information go to www.redemptorists.co.uk;
From Fr. Richard : I shall be in Spain making a 100 mile pilgrimage walk to Santiago de Compostela to give thanks to God for our Redemptorist Vocations, and to pray for vocations for the future. Please join us in prayer for this intention, 30 August—7 September. If you check out the website, www.redemptorists.co.uk , you can follow us each day.
Fr. Richard speaks about why he and a group of others will be walking the last 100 miles of the Camino
Prayer for Redemptorist Vocations
we thank you for the blessings you have given us
in Christ our Redeemer.
Let your Spirit overshadow your people,
making your gentle invitation heard in many hearts.
Lord of the Harvest,
bless the Redemptorist family
throughout the world with many vocations,
so that those in greatest need
will experience the Good News of Redemption.
May your love grow among us
and your kingdom come,
through Christ our Lord.
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