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2015 is a special year as it marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Don Bosco. There are celebrations taking place all over the Salesian world, including the UK and so it is very appropriate that we also celebrate the event at Shrigley/Savio.

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Thursday, 05 February 2015 16:03




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Jane Ellison, the MP for Battersea, spoke of her hopes for the new site for St John Bosco School at the topping out ceremony in Battersea on February 5th. She wanted it to be both a loving family for young people and a pathway to fulfilling work. She was responding to Dr Anne Bamford the director of education for Southwark diocese who saw the school as a source of high quality Catholic education with a welcome for all students. Mr Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth council, hoped that the new school in Battersea would provide young people with hope for their future.

Mr Simon Utley, head teacher of the Salesian school in Wandsworth that will move back to the new site in Battersea was delighted to reach this stage of the journey towards a new school. He spoke of the schools continuing success and attainment levels and the increased recruitment levels for the New Year. In September St John Bosco College will open its doors on the Battersea site after a four year absence and it is clear that there will be a big welcome for them when they return in September.

The topping out ceremony is a strange, almost pagan ritual during which branches of a tree are buried in mortar in order, according to nordic legend, to repel evil spirits. Today that happened on the roof of the new St John Bosco School in Battersea. Assisting in this ritual were John and Irisa who are both year eleven students at the college. Both of them will return to this site as 6th formers in September and were excited to see the school taking shape. At present the school construction is on time for a September start and student numbers ar rising rapidly as the start date approaches. Next door to the school a new salesian community house is rising from the ashes of the old surrey lane house making this new beginning a sign of ongoing commitment of the Salesians to Battersea.

Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:55


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"When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are!" (Edgar Cayce)

The words of Edgar Cayce capture for me the immediacy of new beginnings. . . present in the here and NOW! So, why is it we always wait for a New Year to begin to start again?

New Year is a time when we are all drawn to look back; to remember and to reminisce over all that has been. It is a time when we remember the struggles and sorrows in our own lives and in our world. It is also a time to recall the happy and treasured moments where God broke into our ordinary lives. It's a time to give thanks!

As Salesians, we are called to live each 'ordinary day' in an 'extraordinary way!' We are called to live in the present moment; not in the past or in the future. St Francis de Sales reminds us that "holiness is found in a path opened to us in our daily lives."

A New Year is a new beginning; a fresh start! It carries with it a sense of hope and new life. In 2015, my New Year wish for each one of YOU is to 'start where you are' wherever you are. No more avoiding or waiting; God is with us NOW!

May 2015 be a year where you and all your loved ones are touched by the true love of our God present in our daily lives.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year.

Sr Connie Cameron FMA


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Monday, 29 December 2014 11:54


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Today is the Feast of St Thomas Becket (known also as St Thomas of Canterbury) - St Thomas is the Patron of our Province.

On this day we remember especially our Provincial (Fr Martin) and his leadership team.

We ask the blessing of St Thomas on the Province, and also on the Salesian Family of Great Britain.


Monday, 01 December 2014 10:27


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Today Scotland celebrates the Feast of St Andrew (normally 30th November, but yesterday was the First Sunday of Advent).

We rejoice with all members of the Salesian Family in Scotland, or of Scottish descent elsewhere on this great Feast Day - and we especially remember all those in the Parishes of St Clare and St Benedict in Easterhouse; the Ur Space project in Newlands, Glasgow and the Cooperators of Paisley, Milton and Easterhouse.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 14:40


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Fr Martin Poulsom SDB has recently released a new EP, called Invisible on his Bandcamp website at

The EP is available as a download exclusive (it's NOT available as a CD), and is a 'pay what you like' download (meaning you can download it for free if you so wish).

The webpage tells you the story of how the four songs came together - two of them being on his last album, Dark Light, and two newly recorded for this release. The four songs are all about commuting in different ways, something that he has been doing for the last eight years as he works at Heythrop College in London.

One of the great things about Bandcamp is that you can listen to the whole EP online before you decide whether you want to download it.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:14


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As part of the FMA General Chapter, the Delegates had an audience with the Holy Father. Without doubt a wonderfully blessed experience for all, especially the British Delegates, Sr Connie (Provincial) and Sr Pat.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 15:08


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The Bi-Centenary EXPO arrived at St Mary's Cathedral, Sunday 26th October, after travelling from Glasgow.

Over 600 people attended the three Sunday Masses - one of which was presided over by the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle SDB - he also preached at the Masses. In the afternoon about 100 people came back to the Cathedral for the EXPO Essence - the play - 'Don Bosco - A Magic Saint'; the Exhibition - 'Vison of Life' and the concluding prayer service.

The whole group was very warmly welcomed by the Dean, Fr Dermott Donnelly and his Cathedral Team.

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Monday, 27 October 2014 14:19


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Over 400 members of the Salesian Family and friends came to St Andrew's Cathedral, Glasgow on Saturday (25th October) to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of their founder and the patron saint of young people, St John Bosco.

The Holy Mass was led by Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, concelebrating with Bishop John Keenan, Bishop of Paisley, ( a past-pupil of the Salesian Missionary College at Shrigley), Fr Martin Coyle SDB, Provincial and 18 priests, both local and farther afield.

Speaking to the Congregation, Fr Martin in his homily emphasised the unshakeable belief in the presence and providence of God that Don Bosco had; how Don Bosco believed in the goodness and potential of young people, especially those that society had ignored, or worse, despised; concluding Fr Martin both encouraged and challenged the Salesian Family to continue the legacy of Don Bosco's mission onto the future, with a special message to the young people gathered to be strong in their witness to the Gospel.

Among the Congregation were staff and students from Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton - with their choir singing a beautiful rendition of 'Bread of Life' after Holy Communion.

Staff and pupils also attended from St Mungo's Academy, Glasgow.

Others in the Cathedral included Altar Servers from the Parishes of St Clare and St Benedict, Easterhouse; the welcome ministry was provided by staff and volunteers from Salesian Youth Ministry and Savio House, Bollington; the music ministry was led and animated by young adults from all around England and the organist from the Cathedral; refreshments were provided from the Salesian Sisters, beautifully served with the aid of friends and volunteers.

A big thanks was offered for support from Mgr Chris McIlroy and the staff of the Cathedral.

The Congregation was invited after the Mass to share refreshments in the Hall and to spend time looking at the Photographic Exhibition provided by Salesian Link on the theme - 'Vision of Life'

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