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Sunday, 31 January 2016 14:00

A VERY HAPPY FEAST DAY

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Wishing all the members of our Salesian Family a very happy, peaceful and spirit filled Feast Day. 

Sunday, 31 January 2016 14:00

A VERY HAPPY FEASTDAY

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Wishing all the members of our Salesian Family a very happy, peaceful and spirit filled Feast Day. 

Friday, 15 January 2016 16:30

FARNBOROUGH ALUMNI ANNUAL DINNER 2016

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[photo excerpt is from the 1964 school photo - the two Salesians are Bro Michael Delmer, who later became the Headmaster at Farnborough, and Fr Herbert Douglas who taught French]

If you are an alumni of the Salesian College Farnborough and would like to renew your connection with the school, then please come to our annual event. This year, the venue is the school on Reading Road. The event is on Friday 12th February starting at 4.30 PM and includes a dinner and a guest speaker. Last year’s event at the Oval in London was very popular and very successful.

 

If you are interested and want further details, please contact either Des McGuire at maguiredes@hotmail.com or Mark Louch at mark.louch@sensebdl.co.uk.

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:01

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

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Friday, 25 December 2015 09:52

A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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Today we celebrate once again the abiding presence of God, born in time out of love for each of us; Jesus - Emmanuel – God with us.

In celebrating the greatest gift of all, we can also be thankful for all our gifts and blessings over the last year and the people who have been a part of our lives and the source of those blessings. We can remember them, pray for them, send greetings to them and if possible visit them – sharing something of the love and presence of God among us.

Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:53

NEW PROVINCIAL ANNOUNCED

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We are delighted to announce that the Rector Major, Fr Angel Fernandés Artime, with the consent of his Council, has appointed Fr Gerry Briody SDB as the new GBR Provincial for the period 2016 - 2022.

Fr Gerry will take up the responsibility in August 2016.

Informing the SDB Communities of the appointment earlier, Fr Martin Coyle wrote;

'I am confident that Gerry will bring his leadership experience and his characteristic enthusiasm and commitment to this role, which will be a great blessing for the Province. I assure Gerry of our support and our prayers as he prepares to take on this responsibility in August 2016.'

Wednesday, 09 December 2015 14:59

YEAR OF MERCY

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One of the central aims of the Jubilee of Mercy will be to reorient the Sacrament of Confession back to the center of the Church's pastoral life, explained one official involved in organizing the year-long event.

“Mercy is the tangible expression of God's love in the world,” said Fr. Geno Sylva, official for the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization (PCPNE).

“By placing ourselves in situations to reflect upon this love and to experience the grace of this love in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, (we find) the strength, the courage, and the compassion to be instruments of mercy to others.”

“I really believe that by recognizing and experiencing how incredibly patient and forgiving God is with each one of us in our imperfections and failings, we can become ever more patient and forgiving of those with whom we live, work, and interact every day,” he told CNA.

The Jubilee of Mercy is an Extraordinary Holy Year that will officially commence December 8 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – with the opening of the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica. It will close Nov. 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Christ the King.

The Pontifical Council is charged with putting Pope Francis' vision for the Year of Mercy into practice – both in the Vatican and abroad.

“The Holy Father wants the Jubilee of Mercy to be an opportunity to place the sacrament of God’s mercy - which is the sacrament of penance and reconciliation - into the central pastoral life for the Church,” Fr. Sylva said.

“We know that, unfortunately, Catholics don’t take advantage of the sacrament as much as they should, and so this is an opportunity for us to remind people of God’s desire to forgive us and that he’s always there to forgive us no matter the sin.”

To help emphasize the role of the Sacrament of Penance during the Jubilee, Pope Francis has called the Church to send out “Missionaries of Mercy” – priests with the faculties to pardon sins in cases otherwise reserved for the Holy See.

These priests, whom the Pope will send out on Ash Wednesday, 2016, will serve as “a visible sign of the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation in our lives of faith,” Fr. Sylva said.

“It is the responsibility of the (Pontifical Council) to select the Missionaries of Mercy,” Fr. Sylva said. He explained that many of those selected have applied to the Council, along with a letter of recommendation from the bishop showing how they “epitomize and embody” a missionary of mercy, as described in Pope Francis' Bull for the Jubilee released earlier this year.

He added that some priests selected as “Missionaries of Mercy” did not apply, but were recommended to the Pontifical Council.

Pope Francis has extended the sacrament of confession's availability to the world in other ways as well. For instance, all priests will automatically have the faculties to remit the penalty of excommunication attached to the sin of abortion, without having to receive permission from their bishops. The Pope has also granted faculties to priests of the Society of Pius X to hear confessions during the Jubilee as a step towards reconciling the traditionalist fraternity with the Holy See.

One of the characteristics of any Jubilee Year is the opening of Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, which allows those who pass through to obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions. The official “Holy Doors” are only found in the four major basilicas of Rome. For the Jubilee of Mercy, however, Pope Francis has asked that the tradition of the Holy Door be available at the local level.

“The Holy Father has stressed that this Jubilee is not only to be celebrated in Rome but in all of the particular churches of the world,” Fr. Sylva said.

“This is why he has asked every bishop in the world to choose in his diocese a Holy Door, a Door of Mercy, so that all people may have a chance to make a pilgrimage through a Door of Mercy.”

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Pope Francis goes to confession as part of a penitential mass at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 28, 2014. Credit: ANSA/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO.

“Each of the Jubilee initiatives is an invitation to bask in what Pope Francis has called the balm of God's mercy,” Fr. Geno said.

The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization is overseeing visits to the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, and encourages pilgrims to register at their website.

“Because there’s going to be so many people that’ll want to get through the Holy Door, we just want to make sure that it’s really prayerful,” Fr. Sylva said. “It’s a spiritual journey of conversion that people are making, and so it’ll be reserved and people will be given enough time.”

In addition to approving “missionaries of mercy” and helping pilgrims cross through the Holy Door of St. Peter's, the Pontifical Council is also tasked with charitable initiatives worldwide.

For instance, Fr. Sylva explained, the Pope has asked the council to establish an agricultural college in Burkina Faso, West Africa, which teaches young people to provide for themselves through agriculture.

“The Holy Father would like us to leave behind, after the Jubilee of Mercy, really concrete signs of God’s mercy, he said.

The Pope first announced the Year of Mercy on March 13, the second anniversary of his pontifical election, during a Lenten penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica.

On April 11, the Holy Father officially proclaimed the Jubilee Year with the release of the Bull of Indiction.

Mercy is a theme that is dear to Pope Francis, and is the central topic of his episcopal motto “miserando atque eligendo,” which he chose when ordained a bishop in 1992.

Text courtesy of Ann Schneible (Catholic News Agency)

Sunday, 29 November 2015 11:12

ADVENT 2015

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photo © Bro Ste Lloyd SDB

As we prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas, let us remember all the young people in Great Britain that we, Salesians, have the privilege of serving.

We place them under the patronage of her who bore the Saviour of the World.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 10:19

VENERABLE MAMMA MARGARET

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"You are now a priest, and you celebrate Mass. You are, therefore, closer to Jesus Christ. But remember that to begin to say Mass is to begin to suffer. You will not become aware of this immediately, but little by little you will realise that your mother was right. I am sure that you will pray for me everyday, whether I be still living or dead, and that is enough for me. From now on you must think only of saving souls; never worry about me." - Mamma Margaret to her son, Don Bosco on the occasion of his ordination.

Saturday, 14 November 2015 09:31

ST JOHN BOSCO COLLEGE - OFFICIALLY OPEN

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Friday saw the formal opening ceremony and blessing of the new school buildings of St John Bosco College, with the Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith, and Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial.

In 1887 three Salesians said 'goodbye' to Don Bosco in Turin to begin their pioneering journey into the unknown, arriving in Battersea, London on the 16th November. Don Bosco was keen to expand his work into an English speaking country and had been invited by Bishop Butt to send the Salesians to Battersea, at the reqquest of and funded by the Countess de Stacpoole. None of them could have imagined that 128 years later over 140 invited guests would be gathering to open and bless a wonderful new school building - securing the Salesian Mission here for the future.

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"I am delighted that the new school building project has reached its culmination with itys official opening. It has been a labour of love and faith over many, many months, involving the many different groups, but all focused on providing the best facilities for the young people in the local area. From an idea, to a plan, to a move, to a hole in the groiund, to this wonderful new home for the pupils and staff of St John Bosco College. Thosw who now use this place have a responsibility of Stewards, to make the most of the gift they are privileged to receive, but in a way that recognises that it will be handed on to others to use. May God bless all who study and work here, and all who visit." (Archbishop Peter)

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