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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:35

Second Sunday of Advent 2019

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Christ is at home in every culture


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The Word of God: 

Romans 15: 5-9 Christ is the saviour of all men


The teaching of our Church

The Catholic Church is not an intruder in any country; nor is she alien to any people. … Apply remedies adapted to the various regions of the world, and see to the founding of se-minaries for both individual regions and groups of dioceses. Pope Benedict XV, Maximum Illud 1919

Persevering research on the part of missionaries of every age into the various civilizations facilitates and renders more fruitful the preaching of the Gospel of Christ. Pope Pius XII, Summi Pontificatus, 1939


Salesian thought
The mission of Jesus is manifested in the context of incarnation and inculturation. The Incarnation, as the greatest expression of inculturation, is not a secondary fact, but the way chosen by God to make himself known. God’s revelation is transmitted through the Incarnation. The Church’s mission, guided and sustained by the mission of the Holy Spirit, has been fulfilled and is fulfilled in categories of time and space, by inculturation in the lives of people. Salesian Youth Movement: Frame of Reference, p63


Adapted from Baptised & Sent, Salesian Missions, Rome, by Salesians GBR





Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:30

Revisit the Rector Major's tour of our Province

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You can now see all the photos and videos from the Rector Major's visit to our Province in a single location. Liam Parr, who took most of the photos during the visit, has created a website that documents the entire visit, and allows you to view and download images, video and audio from each part of his tour.


Click the link below, and enjoy reliving a great experience!


The Rector Major's 2019 GBR Visit


Friday, 29 November 2019 16:53

First Sunday of Advent 2019

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The harvest is great

On the centenary of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV's letter to the Church on carrying the Gospel message throughout the world, we focus this Advent on our mission as people baptised and sent into the world to each play our part in sharing the Good News. 


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The Word of God Matthew 24: 22-24 The Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.


The teaching of our Church 

There still remain in the world multitudes of people who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death. Pope Benedict XV, Maximum Illud, 1919

It is important to ask ourselves certain questions about our identity and our responsibility as believers in a world marked by confusion, disappointment and frustration, and torn by numerous fratricidal wars that unjustly target the innocent. Pope Francis, World Mission Day 2017


Salesian thought

There are many people to whom the Gospel has not yet been proclaimed. Many youngsters need a friend, a brother, a father, whom they can find in the Salesians they meet.  Fr Ángel Fernández Artime SBD


Adapted from Baptised & Sent, Salesian Missions, Rome, by Salesians GBR





Friday, 29 November 2019 15:28

St James Bootle celebrates its young people on NYS

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Mass on Sunday was a very special one at St James' Bootle, as the young people of the parish were at the centre of the National Youth Sunday Mass. 

Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB said, "On this day, we celebrate the young people in our parish and community and all the gifts and talents they share with us".

Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:05

SJBC musicians at national Red Wednesday service

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by Fr David O'Malley SDB

Public buildings in London were bathed in red light as students from St John Bosco College, Battersea helped to lead the music at the Nnational Red Wednesday service in Westminster Cathedral on November 27th. Over 1000 people attended the service and the walk of witness from Parliament.

Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:22

Rector Major's visit ends in Battersea

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Saturday was the final day of the Rector Major's visit to the GBR Province.

In the morning, he spent time with the communities of Cowley, Chertsey, Farnbroough and Batterse. After Mass, he met Mrs Maureen Devereux, mother of Sean Devereux, the Salesian missionary volunteer and aid worker who was killed in Somali in 1993.

Above: Mrs Devereux with the Rector Major, Sean's sister and Regional, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus (Photo: Liam Parr

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 18:54

Thornleigh Salesian wins Secondary School of the Year!

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Thornleigh Salesian College won the Education Award for Secondary School of the Year at the Bolton News Education Awards this week. (Photo: The Bolton News)

The parent who nominated the school highlighted Salesian characteristics, such as making pupils who are transitioning from priimary school 'feel comfortable, welcome and excited anout their journey to high school' and enabling cildren to develop into 'confident and happy' young people.

Congratulations to Head Andrea O'Callaghan and all at the school!

Read the story on The Bolton News website

Saturday, 23 November 2019 10:01

Rector Major presents Don Bosco awards in Farnboro

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On Friday, our Rector Major visited the SDB community in Farnborough, Hampshire, (Photo below) and then went to Salesian College, where he met school and Sixth Form students, and presented awards to students for projects they had carried out on Don Bosco. (Above)

Saturday, 23 November 2019 09:20

Rector Major and Regional at our Provincial Council

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On Friday evening, the Rector Major and Regional, Fr Rozmus, attended the GBR Provincial Council meeting at Salesian House, Battersea. 


Don Ángel also met the staff of the house, and some of their family members too. Here he is exchanging a high-five with the cook's son as Rector, Fr Tom, looks on.


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Friday, 22 November 2019 11:37

Rector Major at Chertsey and Royal Holloway

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On Thursday, Don Ángel was at Salesian School in Chertsey, Surrey. The school celebrated its centenary in the summer, and during his visit, the Rector Major blessed and officially opened the Centenary Hall. He is pictured above with students, and Fr John Dickson (Rector, Chertsey); Fr Marco Villani (Chaplain); Fr Kevin O'Donnell (Teacher and Sixth Form Chaplain) and Mr James Kibble, (Headteacher).

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