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Monthly Archives: August 2011
Wednesday

Rattled nerves and a few stray bits of plaster were, for the most part, the only damage suffered by Redemptorist communities and churches in the Baltimore Province during Tuesday’s rare earthquake that was felt up and down the U.S. East Coast.

But St. Patrick’s Parish in the Fells Point section of Baltimore wasn’t so lucky. The church, which had been a mission of the now-closed St. Michael’s and is now under the care of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, is closed indefinitely due to serious damage to the steeple and bell tower. Large pieces of the steeple came crashing to the sidewalk during the quake, and the building has been ruled unsafe. A community already trying to adjust to being part of a new parish is now temporarily without its church home.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore will provide shuttle buses to Sacred Heart of Jesus for parishioners who normally attend the Wednesday evening and Sunday morning Masses at St. Patrick’s. You can read more about the damage and plans to help the parishioners here.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us!

Thursday

Redemptorists in the English-speaking Region of the Caribbean celebrated earlier this week with three students who took the next steps in their vocations with the Congregation.

During a special Mass August 16, Baltimore Provincial Kevin Moley accepted the final vows of Alistair Elias, and the first vows of Calvin Auguiste and Ashford St. Romain.

Alistair, a native of Grenada, will continue his theology studies this fall at Boston College. Calvin, from Dominica, and Ashford, from St. Lucia, will both return to their philosophy studies at St. John’s University in New York City.

Two other men professed their first vows as Redemptorists earlier this month. Click here for their story.

 

 

 

 

Monday

With a Eucharistic procession, flags, prayers, songs and a bilingual Mass, the Catholic communities of St. Michael/St. Patrick and Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Hispanic community from nearby Our Lady of Pompei, celebrated a new beginning Sunday in Baltimore. The three communities are coming together to form a new parish that will be a center for Hispanic ministry in East Baltimore.

 

Videos from the Eucharistic procession from St. Michael’s to Sacred Heart of Jesus, and from the Mass at Sacred Heart:

 

 

 

 

Monday

Last Saturday, August 6, the Feast of the Transfiguration, two men took their next steps in their formation as Redemptorists. Anthony Michalik and David Verghese professed vows of poverty, chastity and obedience for the first time during Mass at the Shrine of St. John Neumann in Philadelphia. They will renew their vows for at least three years before making their final vows.

After pronouncing their vows before Baltimore Provincial Kevin Moley, Anthony and David received their profession crosses and a copy of the Redemptorist rule of life.

On the same day, across the pond, three novices from the Redemptorists’ London Province also professed their first vows. The three men were part of the group that spent their novitiate year in Toronto, Canada, with Anthony and David. (Click here for photos from the London professions.)

Please remember in your prayers three more Redemptorists who will profess vows next week in the Caribbean: Calvin Auguiste and Ashford St. Romain, who will make their first vows, and Alistair Elias who will profess his final vows.

 

 

Anthony Michalik professes his vows:

 

 

Friday
From New City Press:
 
We yearn for communion with one another because of God’s yearning for communion with us. Father Billy reminds us that communion, according to John Paul II’s Novo Millennio Ineunte, lies at the very heart of the Christian message.
 
Contemplating the other. Living in unity. Accepting each other as “gift.” Sharing each other’s burdens. Although such right relationship is meant to be practiced by everyone, the “spirituality of communion” has special significance for religious, since they are called to be “experts” in its daily practice.
 
Father Billy points to the striking benefits and authentic renewal that embracing a spirituality of communion can bring to the life of men and women religious and their communities. He offers companionship and concrete strategies for helping to help narrow the “gap” between the vision of what we desire to become and the reality of who we are.

Each chapter opens with an epigram about religious life and closes with a series of reflection questions.

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