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HolyWeek 2018

 

 

In Holy Week, we reflect with Juan José Bartolomé SDB on Mary's presence at the foot of the cross, and the legacy of his mother's love, left to us by Jesus.

 

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

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The unlimited fidelity of the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple was the cradle of the new Christian community. The beloved disciple was entrusted as a son to the mother of Jesus, and the mother of Jesus was the inheritance given to the disciple Jesus loved. From that moment, the mother of Jesus‘ belonged to the faithful disciple. She became part of his world and of his home. From the moment Jesus died on the cross, Mary makes her home ' wherever there is a disciple faithful to her son. But to have her as mother, the i disciple must bear the cross of Jesus, without betrayal or abandonment. Jesus ‘ chose twelve apostles to continue his work, but he entrusted his mother to only one of them, the one who was most faithful.

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The UK's Heaven's Road Catholic radio's Talking Faith programme broadcast an interview with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB on 19th March. Fr Tom talks from Bangalore about his missionary work in Yemen, the  18 months he spent in  in captivity, and the strength he gained from the knowledge that people of all faiths were praying for him. If you missed it, you can listen to the programme using the link below.

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Dan Antonio of Salesian Youth Ministry GBR describes their recent weekend exploring the Strenna 2018.

 

Last weekend some of the Salesian Youth Ministry GBR animators met together with our young leaders from the RISE project to reflect and share on the theme of this year's Strenna. We looked at how in our roles we might strive to quench the young people's thirst for life and spirituality. This was linked together with the Gospel of John 4:1-42, the woman at the well especially the phrase "Sir, Give me this water". It was a blessed time to share with those who are just starting off in Salesian leadership, listening to their take on how to reach out to the young today.

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In collaboration with the Irish Salesian Province, we are have produced a series of programmes to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland.  The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018, in England. Come with us as we walk Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway - but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon!

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We have entered Passiontide, and as we prepare to accompany Jesus on the way of the cross, we reflect on two significant events in the Gospel of John, and look at the essence of Salesian prayer. 


The Fourth Gospel is a richly veined mine in which we can uncover deep insights into the person and meaning of Jesus, and into the nature of discipleship. In John's story there are two events which occur in the last week of Jesus' life which are closely linked. The wider context for each is the celebration of Passover, the immediate setting a meal. Each event contains a symbolic gesture. Mary of Bethany anoints the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and dries them with a towel. Together the episodes illustrate the generosity and self-giving of Jesus, and invite a similar response from his friends and disciples.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:25

St Joseph's is seeking a Cook

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St Joseph's, our lovely community for older Salesians in Bolton, is seeking an experienced cook to work for 25 hours a week, planning, coordinating and providing appropriate catering for the Community in consultation with the Home Manager.

 

See our Job Vacancies page for more information and an application pack.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:17

Centenary of Bl Alberto Marvelli

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On 21st March 1918, a young man was born who would grow up with such compassion for the poorest and weakest in his community that he became involved in politics to make their lives better, following the call we all have as Catholics to play our part in shaping our communities for good.

Friday, 16 March 2018 15:18

Lent retreat at Sacred Heart RC Primary

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Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB has been leading Lent retreats for the pupils of Sacred Heart RC Primary, Battersea, and the children have really enjoyed the experience. The staff and pupils sent their thanks with a series of storyboards: what a lovely way to do it! Have a look at what they did:

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For this week's Lenten reflection, Fr David O'Malley SDB offers guidance in following the path of Don Bosco, showing loving kindness as we respond to our call to help the young and the vulnerable.

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Whatever your gender there is something maternal about the way that you are called to respond to frailty in others or in yourself. There should be no room for harshness in your life but rather a gentle and consistent discipline that ensures freedom and space to grow strong  where life is broken.  

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB and students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, were guests on their local radio station on Mothering Sunday. 

 

On Sunday morning, three of our pupils were invited to speak on 'Sunday Joy' at Wandsworth Radio about the Music for Lent  evening at St John Bosco College on Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm - 8.30pm. (See below for more information). The presenters were very welcoming and helped to  put our students at ease very quickly.

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