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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 16:32

Battersea to host concert for Don Bosco Ashalayam

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If you can get to Battersea on Thursday 18th October, please support St John Bosco College's evening of music in aid of the street and vulnerable children of Don Boscio Ashalayam in Kolkata. 

 

Light refreshments and raffle tickets can be purchased on the night, and there will be a limited selection of jewellery from Kolkata for sale.

 

Admission is free, but tickets must be pre-ordered through the school. An optional donation to the Ashalayam can be made at the end of the evening.

 

For more information and to reserve your tickets, email Fr Andrew Ebrahim on info@sjbc.wandsworth.sch.uk

 

 

 

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Porridge Club

 

Each month, we will be presenting an article from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia. In the first of these articles, Sophie Astles introduces us to Share the Light and its aims.

 

Share the Light is based on the vision of St John Bosco, who established the Catholic Salesian religious order, the Salesians of Don Bosco. Our focus aligns with the four key areas he defined for working with young people: Home; School; Church and Playground. Although Share the Light only became a registered charity in 2016, it has existed as a concept at Salesian College Farnborough for many years. Sean Devereux was School Captain at the college from 1981 to 1982. After leaving the college, he went on to dedicate his life to serving others, working with several charities across Africa. In 1993, he was killed while working in Somalia on a UNICEF aid programme. His ethos and mission to help those less fortunate underpins the work done by Share the Light.

Saturday, 08 September 2018 15:04

Welcome to the new Savio House Retreat Team!

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Another year begins at Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, and new members have joined the team. Jonny Dearden is the new Retreat Team Leader, and Br Martin Pushparaj is the latest SDB on the team.

 

The 2018-19 volunteers are Iringo, George, Ffion, Charlotte, Grace, Chloe, Hannah and Theo - most of them are pictured above with Fr Roman at the Adoremus Youth Congress. We wish them every blessing in their valuable ministry this year!

 

Find out more on the Savio House website

 

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Dinner at Savio House

 

Last weekend was the 2018 reunion of Old Boys and staff from the former Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley Park. Around 35 attended the event, which especially remembered the boys of 1958, in their 60th anniversary year (see photo below). Among their number were SDBs, Fr Bob Coupe, Fr Michael T Winstanley, Br Michael Winstanley, Br Joe Adams and Br Donald MacDonald.

 

Last weekend's Adoremus Congress and Pilgrimage in Liverpool was the first National Eucharistic Congress to be held in England since London hosted the 1908 International event, and was widely reported on by UK and overseas media.

 

Archbishop Edward Adams, the Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, read the message of Pope Francis to the Congress, which was a reminder of the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives: "I encourage all of you to open your hearts with generosity, with a deeper awareness of the real presence of Christ among us; may each of you hear afresh the summons of the Lord to share his saving joy in practical concern for the material and spiritual needs of the poorest of our brothers and sisters."

 

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Sr Ella FMA describes the joys of the recent Salesian Cooperators’ pilgrimage to Italy.

 

Every two years, Eamonn McDonald of the Cowley Co-operators, organises a Pilgrimage to Italy which always includes Valdocco and the places associated with Don Bosco. Sixteen “Pilgrims” set off from various parts of the U.K. We all met in Bologna Airport where our coach took us to Rimini where the Salesians have a holiday house facing the sea! Accommodation, food and weather were excellent. Our Sisters gave us a warm welcome at our house round the corner! On one day a guided tour of the ancient Republic of San Marino was included, a remarkable experience into another world and outstandingly beautiful!

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Fr Francis with Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille

Fr Francis Preston SDB and Jimmy, Stanley, Mark and Richard, four Savio past pupils from the inaugural event, took part in the 50th Blisters for Bread Walk in South Africa, on a chilly August Sunday. The half-century of the event was also attended by Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, the Western Cape Minister of Education and Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

 

I spent last weekend in Cape Town where I participated in the 50th Blisters for Bread charity walk. I helped organise the first charity walk for the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PFSA) 50 years ago, when as a young Salesian, I spent three years teaching in a Salesian school in Cape Town. The first walk in which only the pupils and staff of the school participated, raised about 2000 Rand (around £100). When I returned to the UK in 1970, the PSFA took over the organisation of the Blisters for Bread walks.

Wednesday, 05 September 2018 16:20

Volunteering at Bolton's Destitution Project

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Salesian Cooperator, Paul Barnes, writes about the Salesian ethos he finds in his community's response to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers though the Destitution Project in Bolton, where he is a volunteer. Paul is pictured above left, with Battersea past pupil, David O'Keefe.

 

Since coming back to Bolton from Cornwall in 2016, I have been reintroducing myself to life in the community, including my local Parish of St Edmund's and St Patrick's, and it was through church that I was introduced by a Thornleigh past pupil, Denis Madden, to what is known as the Destitution Project.

 

I have recently started there as a volunteer and am finding it very fulfilling. The project was set up in 2015 and is held in the Methodist Victoria Halls, although it is non denominational. It opens each Wednesday from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Its main purpose is to support and befriend refugees and asylum seekers including those who have failed to obtain refugee status. There are about 28 volunteers at the moment and over 125/150 on a regular basis.

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The Salesians of Bon Bosco UK are proud to be sponsoring the Youth Congress at the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress in Liverpool on Saturday 8th Spetember. Salesians will be leading sessions on Don Bosco and the Eucharist, and asking particpants to consider whether God is reaching out to them in unexpceted ways.

 

We will also have a stand at the event where visitors can see and but books from Don Bosco Publications.

 

If you're attending Adoremus, please come and see us.

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB updates us on the start of the new academic year at St John Bosco College (SJBC) Battersea

 

SJBC has a new Head of Music who has managed to get our new Year 7s singing! The photo above shows him preparing them to sing for Holy Mass through a whole range of techniques such as learning how to control their breathing and recognising the different tones in their voices.

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