The Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (C.Ss.R.) was founded in Scala near Naples, Italy in 1732 by St. Alphonsus Liguori. The Redemptorists, as we are commonly called, number 5300 members serving people across the world in 78 countries. The priests that serve at St. Joseph's in Kannapolis and St. James in Concord belong to the Vice-Province of Richmond
The motto of our Congregation "Copiosa Apud Eum Redemptio " means: "With Him there is Plentiful Redemption". Like St. Alphonsus, we follow Jesus the Redeemer in preaching this Good News to the poor and most abandoned.
REDEMPTORIST YOUNG ADULT DIALOGUE IN CANANDAIGUA 2014
One of the ministries that are dear to the Redemptorists is that to the young adults in our parishes, therefore the Redemptorists of North America ,Canada and the world engage in a ongoing dialogue with them to explore how we can better minister to and with them. For this end a series of get togethers are scheduled throughout the years in various parts of the world. The latest one
took place this year at our retreat house in Canandaigua New York, from July 28 to August 1, 2014. It was a chance for young adults between the ages of 18 and 35 to gather together to fellowship and explore the great mysteries of redemption: the incarnation, the passion and the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Young adults and Redemptorists came from all across the United States and Canada to experience the presence of God and learn how His Spirit can transform us.
The itinerary of events included: Liturgical celebrations, Liturgy of the Hours, skits, dances, field trip, picnic, group sharing on the the mysteries of the incarnation, and Province/Vice-Province dialogue amongst the youth who attended.
The Vice-Province of Richmond sent the biggest delgation by charter bus of 24 Young adults from three parishes, St. James, Concord (7), St. Joseph's
Kannapolis (14) and St. Anne's in Sumter ((1). All of them, plus Fr. Al Riquelme, C.Ss.R and Fr. Pete Sousa,C.Ss.R, who led the delegation had a
wonderful time as they fellowshiped shared the faith and had fun. Everyone at the event had a very good impression of young people who came from the
According to Fr. Kevin Moley, Provincial of the Baltimore Province, who spent two days in Cannandaigua, "the 2014 Dialogue was a great experience. Fr. Richard Bennett and the staff from all the Provinces of Baltimore, Denver, the Provinces of Canada and the Vice Province of Richmond prepared this
inspirational week of events for over 80 Young Adults. Frs. Jack Kingsbury and Bruce Lewandowski gave two wonderful and inspirational talks during the
retreat." The Young Adults were deeply involved in the dialogues, and gave
witness to each other of their love of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Faith, their love of the Redemptorists, and their love of working with the Redemptorists. Frs. Mike Sergi and Paul Miller, in charge of the retreat house, were most gracious and welcoming to all. The food they prepared and the accomodations were very good. Some of the participants manifested their interest in becoming Redemptorist priests or brothers. Overall, it was a great experience for everyone.
Blessed Francis Seelos:
Blessed Francis Seelos was a German-American, Roman Catholic and Redemptorist missionary beatified on April 9 2000 by Pope John Paul II .
For more information on this great Redemptorist missionary visit the National Shrine of Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos at www.seelos.org
Blessed Sacrament Adoration.
We here at St. Joseph's value, frequent and promote adoration to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by making it available every Friday from 9:00am - 10:00pm.
All are welcomed and encourage to spend atleast one hour before His Eucharistic presence.
St. Alphonsus Liguori had a great devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He composed a series of 30 reflections to be used during regular visits. We've shared a few of his prayers here. The full text of the visits is available in the book, Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to Most Holy Mary by Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. (Ave Maria Press).
Visit to the Most Blessed Sacrament
By St. Alphonsus Liguori
My Lord Jesus Christ, out of love for us all, You stay night and day in this Sacrament, full of compassion, waiting for, calling and welcoming all who come to visit you. I believe that you are really here in this Sacrament. I adore you in your greatness. I thank you for all the wonderful graces you have given me. But I thank you especially for having given me yourself in this Sacrament, for having asked your own Mother to mother me, for having called me here to talk to you.
I am here before you today to do three things: to thank you for these precious gifts, to make up for all the disrespect that you receive in this Sacrament from those who offend you, to adore you everywhere in the world where you are present in this living bread but are left abandoned and unloved.
My Jesus, I love you with all my heart. I know I have displeased you often in the past — I am sorry. With your help I promise never to do it again. I have been weak and have sinned, but I consecrate myself to you completely. I give you my will, my love, my desires, everything I own. From now on do what you please with me. All I ask is that you love me, that you keep me faithful to the end of my life. I ask for the grace to do your will exactly as you want it done.
I pray for the souls in purgatory — especially for those who were close to you in this Sacrament and close to your Mother Mary. I pray for every soul hardened in sin. My Savior, I unite my love to the love of your divine heart, and I offer them both together to your Father. I beg him to accept this offering in your name. Amen.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to feed on your flesh. But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul at least spiritually. I unite myself to you now, as I do when I actually receive you. Never let me drift away from you. Amen.
Source: Living Redemptorist Spirituality: Prayers, Devotions and Reflections (North American Commission for Partnership in Mission, 2009)
Letter to Redemptorists Lay Collaborators and parishioners from Fr.Kevin Moley, former Provincial of the Baltimore Province reminding us about what we are all about.
FROM THE REDEMPTORISTS
AN EASTER REMINDER TO ALL REDEMPTORISTS, PRIESTS, BROTHERS, LAY COLLABORATORS AND PARISHIONERS
Every Redemptorist is called to serve the most spiritually abandoned, and to reach out especially to the economically poor.
In doing this we, as Redemptorists, must etch into our hearts the words that Jesus proclaimed in the synagogue at Nazareth:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to pro- claim a year acceptable to the Lord” (Lk 4:18-19).
As friends and followers of Christ, we must know deeply that we have been “anointed” to bring Good News — Joyful News, Blessed News, Peaceful News, Merciful News, Jesus News — to the abandoned and poor in our society. We must do this by our ser- vice, by our dedication, by our enthusi- asm and joy, and most of all by our love.
If we are to proclaim liberty to the captives and the oppressed, then we should not ourselves be prisoners or be oppressed by anything or by any person. We must have “the freedom of the sons of God” (Rom 8:21) that empowers us to free others who are captive to the power of evil in our world.
Perhaps the most important statement the Lord makes at the end of his prophetic message is: “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your presence” (Lk 4:21).
A Redemptorist, like all Christians, must believe that he is “called,” “anointed,” “sent” to bring Glad Tidings — Good News — to a world that constantly hears Bad News, Violent News, Unhappy News on our televisions, radios, newspa- pers, computers and many times in our own conversations.
Let us always seek out the needy, the most abandoned and the poor. Let us strive to be the means through which God may bless all people with the values, life, dedication, service, mercy, and love of Jesus Christ who is the “Good News” of God to all.
May God so bless each and every one of you!
Love and prayers,
Very Rev. Kevin Moley, C.Ss.R.