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For the nine days leading up top her feast on 24th May, we traditionally pray a novena to Mary Help of Christians, who is close to the hearts of all of the Salesian Family. This year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the consecration of the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin, the global novena is a series of videos on the theme of Don Bosco's dreams which feature Mary Help of Christians.

 

The theme was proposed by the Rector Major, and the videos include commentary and testimony from him and others in the Salesian Family. Watch the trailer, and follow the videos on the ANS YouTube channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The latest in our Pocketbook series from Don Bosco Publications is a little book telling the story of St Mary Mazzarello, who fouded the Salesian Sisters with Don Bosco.

 

We celebrate her feast on 13th May, so it's just the right time to find out more about this inspiring woman.

 

Order on our website now: £1.60 including UK p&p. Contact Publications for overseas postage. 

Friday, 04 May 2018 23:03

Are you going to Adoremus Youth?

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The Salesians are very proud to be sponsoring Adoremus Youth, an event for young people taking place on Saturday 8th September, as part of the National Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool.

 

Over 1000 young people from all over the UK are expected to take part in the event, held at the Echo Arena, close to the city's historic waterfront. The theme is "I an the Bread of Life", and a range of inspiring speakers has been lined up, together with great music, engaging activities and culminating in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, 03 May 2018 22:48

Salesian Feasts in May

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Friday, 04 May 2018 19:50

Announcing our SYM Pilgrimage 2019!

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In this great Salesian month of May, it is with much excitement that we announce our pilgrimage to the Holy Land!

If you'd like to be part of it, you need to book ASAP! Here's all the info:

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On 1st May, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, we celebrate all religious Brothers, and especially our Salesian Brothers, giving thanks for their work and the gifts they bring, and praying that more will hear the call to brotherhood in religious life.

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Mother General was given a wonderful welcome at Mary Help of Christians School, Asunción, Paraguay, at a great reception to begin her visit and the World Feast of Gratitude.

 

The Mayor of the City, Mario Ferreiro, was present, and he gave Mother Yvonne a plaque to commemorate her visit to Paraguay.

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Last week the Savio House team ran a day retreat for 69 pupils from Alderley Edge School for Girls. The team were blessed to be able to run their activities in the rare British sunshine - and Alderley Edge brought along their drone to be able to capture the team and Savio in the sun.

 

What a great way to make sure everyone gets in the group photo!

Thursday, 26 April 2018 20:18

Little Angels in Nairobi

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Fr Francis Preston SDB writes from Nairobi about a recent visit to to a home for little ones.

 

On the other side of the main road to Don Bosco Utume, the Salesian community residence and study centre where I am staying in Nairobi, the Cottolengo Sisters have a home for babies and young children.  The Cottolengo Sisters were founded by St Joseph Cottolengo in the first half of the 19th century to work in the "Little House of Divine Providence", a home and refuge for the most abandoned members of society -  the sick, the severely disabled, the elderly - that the Saint opened in the Valdocco district of Turin.   


As young priest Don Bosco visited the Little House to minister to the residents.  The Oratory and the Church of Mary Help of Christians that Don Bosco established in Valdocco are just a few hundred yards away from Cottolengo's Little House.

I paid my first visit to children's home at the invitation of the Sisters a couple of weeks ago.   The photo above was taken in the Little Angels Unit.  I am holding John and Jane, six month old twins.  Their mother died of sepsis when they were seven days old.  Their grandmother tried to care for them but the task proved too much for her, and so the twins were entrusted to the care of the Sisters.   


The youngest baby in the Unit was born just before Easter.  His mother is HIV positive and mentally very unstable and therefore unable to care adequately for him.  In fact,  a significant number of the 80 children the Sisters are caring for are HIV positive.  Looking after them is quite a challenge, but I was greatly impressed by the wonderful work that the Sisters and the volunteers who help them are doing.  St Joseph Cottolengo would be proud of them!

Fr Francis Preston SDB

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The URSpace team has had a busy week delivering retreats for S2 students from John Paul Academy, Glasgow at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Carfin, every day this week.

 

The students enjoyed a change from the school environment, and Srs Bernie, Elizabeth and Gill, and volunteers Ana and Niamh, had prepared a range of activities - indoors and out - to engage them and get them thinking about what they value, what makes them special, and how they can make a difference to the world. The theme was inspired by Pope Francis recent call for young people to shout out about the things that matter in the world.

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