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The Gospel extract this week takes us to the last days of Jesus' ministry. In the unfolding of the narrative, Jesus has recently raised his friend Lazarus from the tomb in Bethany. As a result of the impression which this sign has made on the people, Caiaphas and his Sanhedrin friends have agreed that Jesus should die, and have made their decision public, so that Jesus is a marked man. A celebratory meal has taken place during which Mary, the sister of Lazarus, has anointed Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. The next day Jesus has entered the city of Jerusalem on a young donkey amidst the acclaim of the pilgrims, an event which leads the Pharisees to comment that the whole world has gone after him. The scene which follows constitutes the conclusion of the public ministry, and rounds off the first part of the Gospel.

Today we switch from Mark's Gospel to that of John, with a description of an incident which occurs in the Jerusalem Temple:

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.

For the second Sunday of Lent the Gospel reading is always the story of the Transfiguration. Mark's version, which we are following today, reads as follows:

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."

Each year Lent is introduced with the story of the testing or temptations of Jesus. In Year B of the liturgy, which we are currently using, it is Mark's version upon which we are invited to reflect.

And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him. Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news." (1:12-15)

Saturday, 21 July 2007 01:00

Thornleigh Sixth Formers in Tanzania

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On Saturday 21 July, after several months of fund raising and preparation, ten students and three teachers from Thornleigh Salesian College in Bolton, England, flew from Manchester airport to begin three weeks of work and community living based at a house belonging to a local religious order not far from the Salesian house of studies in Moshi, Tanzania.

Harry Potter fans

In Nairobi Airport, catching up on magical developments.

Sunday, 22 January 2006 00:00

Fr Provincial in Galilee

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Fr Provincial in Galilee

Fr Michael Winstanley by the Sea of Galilee

Our Provincial, Fr Michael Winstanley, was invited by the Salesian community of Ratisbonne, Jerusalem, to preach their annual retreat from 22nd to 29th January 2006. The fact that the Rector of this House of Studies is Fr Francis Preston may have had something to do with it.

Tuesday, 20 February 2007 00:00

Name chosen for New School

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The Governors of the new community school based at St James, Bootle, have announced the new name of the school. It is to be called ALL SAINTS CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, BOOTLE, and will open on 1st January 2007. It is the amalgamation of two existing schools at St James and St Joan of Arc; the third partner school closed down last year at St Winefride's & St Richard's. The Governors chose this name after consultation with children and families in the various parish communities that will make up the new school. It is a way of moving forward and building something new based on vibrant traditions.

The School was awarded Targeted Capital Funding and building will begin on the fields opposite St James' Church in February 2007, with a planned opening in September 2008. The school will operate as a split site until then, under the leadership of Stephen Sanderson. Steve goes to Buckingham Palace next week to collect his CBE which he was awarded in Her Majesty's Birthday Honours for Services to Education. The Leadership Team of All Saints attended the recent Salesian Teachers' Conference in Manchester, an indication of how the school sees its future in a Salesian context.

The opening of All Saints is very much part of the parochial renewal that is going on in the parishes of St James and St Winefride under the Leaving Safe Harbours programme. It has given us fresh impetus and drive for the future. The Bootle Community asks for your prayers as we move into these new unchartered waters and are forced to leave our comfort zones. 

Thursday, 28 September 2006 01:00

Training for Leaders in GBR Salesian Schools

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The Youth Ministry Schools Team organised its annual residential in-service training event at the Belfry House Hotel, near Manchester Airport, on 28th and 29th September 2006. This conference is an opportunity for the Province to concentrate on a particular group of teachers within our Salesian network of schools in the UK.

This year we invited Leadership Teams to an excellent exposition of Christian Leadership within Catholic Schools given by the acknowledged expert in the field, Professor John Sullivan of Hope University College, Liverpool. He offered us great hope and support in this essential area and people returned home to their various locations challenged and encouraged. On a daily basis we come into contact with over 5000 young people through our network of schools - a fantastic opportunity for effective youth ministry.

Sunday, 06 January 2013 00:00

Pilgrimage Petitions

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During the Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco in the UK, which took place from 6th to 14th January 2013, hundreds of the pilgrims wrote petitions. These were taken to the Salesian Community in Farnborough where they will be remembered in daily prayers until the Feast of Saint John Bosco in 2014.


Fr Des O'Riordan with Gerry Kehoe and Fr Martin Coyle

Wednesday, 09 January 2013 00:00

Pilgrimage of the Relics of Don Bosco

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Early in January 2013, the casket containing the Relics of Don Bosco is due to arrive in the United Kingdom. It is on a pilgrim journey through 130 nations which began on 31st January 2009 in preparation for the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Don Bosco's birth on 16th August 1815.

The casket

The programme is being directed by Fr Martin Coyle, Provincial of the GBR Province.

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