Welcome to the website of the Redemptorists at Clonard, Belfast
On behalf of the Redemptorists and our co-workers at Clonard, I welcome you to our website. Here we share with you who we are and what we do, our call, our mission and our life.
At the heart of who we are and what we do is Christ the Redeemer, in whose honour our beautiful church and monastery are dedicated. It is our hope that this website will be another means of drawing you closer to the friendship of Christ to experience the joy of Plentiful Redemption.
Our call to be proclaimers of plentiful redemption finds different expressions. Our church is a centre of welcome and sanctuary, a place of devotion in particular to Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Young people especially find a welcome at Clonard, where we have a dedicated Youth and Young Adult Ministry team. Clonard’s long tradition in the service of peace-building continues through our Ecumenical and Reconciliation Ministries, and Redemptorists and co-workers from the community continue to preach the Gospel throughout Ireland leading parish missions, novenas and retreats.
Through our website, we invite you to explore more fully our life and work. Send us your prayer requests. Through our webcam, join with us in community prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist. You are warmly welcome.
Today's Gospel John 6:1-15 Jesus went off to the other side of the Sea of Galilee – or of Tiberias – and a large crowd followed him, impressed by the signs he gave by curing the sick. Jesus climbed the hillside, and sat down there with his disciples. It was shortly before the Jewish feast of Passover. Looking up, Jesus saw the crowds approaching and said to Philip, ‘Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?’ He only said this to test Philip; he himself knew exactly what he was going to do. Philip answered, ‘Two hundred denarii would only buy enough to give them a small piece each.’ One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said, ‘There is a small boy here with five barley loaves and two fish; but what is that between so many?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass there, and as many as five thousand men sat down. Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and gave them out to all who were sitting ready; he then did the same with the fish, giving out as much as was wanted. When they had eaten enough he said to the disciples, ‘Pick up the pieces left over, so that nothing gets wasted.’ So they picked them up, and filled twelve hampers with scraps left over from the meal of five barley loaves. The people, seeing this sign that he had given, said, ‘This really is the prophet who is to come into the world.’ Jesus, who could see they were about to come and take him by force and make him king, escaped back to the hills by himself. ... See MoreSee Less