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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:46

Helping Salesian Sisters give girls hope and a home

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles 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.

 

Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A safe and loving family home is certainly something I have always taken for granted, particularly as a child. Many of us are lucky enough for this to be a given and to grow up without even having to consider an alternative. However, for many children around the world, a secure home and family is not always the reality.

 

Zambia has been badly affected by the AIDS crisis, and this has left many families with the eldest sibling at the head. Alongside high levels of poverty, this leaves girls and young women particularly vulnerable, open to abuse and unsafe in their own homes. In response to this, the Salesian Sisters founded the City of Joy in 2008.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 03:00

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 8

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Day Eight - Mary Mother of God

 

Don Bosco dedicated his every project and plan to Mary Help of Christians.
Lord, may the silent presence of your mother bless and guide us on our journey through life.
At the Visitation Mary made the first move to reach out to her cousin and in that generous act the presence of God within her was awakened and recognised. In the same way we are called to make the first
move in welcoming others.
May we be ready to recognise the movement of the Spirit within other people.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.


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This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Monday, 28 January 2019 03:54

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 7

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Day Seven - Self-Sacrifice

 

Don Bosco often said to the young people of Turin, "For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready even to give my life".
Lord, help us to go the extra mile in the care and safeguarding of others, to witness to the sacredness of all human life. Help us to escape from self-centred thinking and move to the self-sacrifice that will give our lives meaning and direction.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: Salesian Youth Ministry Animators at Make Some Noise youth gather 2018

Sunday, 27 January 2019 04:37

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 6

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Day Six - Little Ones

 

Lord, help us to imitate Don Bosco in making the first move in responding to the needs of the young and the vulnerable.
Teach us to look beneath the brash bravado or the shrinking shyness of others to see your face.
Help us to create opportunities for conversation, to engage in the world of the poor and abandoned and allow them to test the strength of our care.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: URSpace Glasgow S2 retreat day at Carfin National Shrine

 

Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:14

Don Bosco Novena - Day 5

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Day Five - The Eucharist

 

Lord, as we eat and drink at Communion, the bread and wine become part of each one of us and we should become, like Don Bosco, bread and wine for others.
The intimacy of your risen presence moving in our lives goes beyond our understanding.
Help us to try to live this mystery of intimacy with you, our Risen Lord, and allow it to shape our lives and deepen our friendship with you.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Photo: First Holy Communion at St Gregory's, Bollington

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:58

Pope inspires young people at World Youth Day 2019

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Pope Francis arrived in Panama and delivered an inspiring speech at the opening ceremony to a huge international audience of young pilgrims, which included our own small group from Britain. Photo: Liam Parr

 

His Holiness said "Peter and the Church are walking with you", and said the global event shows that young people can meet each other regradless of their differences.

 

"You, dear friends, have made many sacrifices to be able to meet one another and in this way you have become true teachers and builders of the culture of encounter. By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, your desires and above all your sensitivity, you discredit and defuse the kind of talk that is intent on sowing division, on excluding or rejecting those who are not 'like us' ... On the other hand, we know that the father of lies prefers people who are divided and quarrelling to people who have learned to work together."

 

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After 33 years of service to the Province and to all us, working on finance and related matters in the Provincial Office, Paulene Whyte will retire from her post of Finance Manager at the end of January, with Wednesday January 30th as her last day in the office.

Friday, 25 January 2019 10:37

RE Conference for Salesian schools in the South

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Last week, students from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough joined their peers at St John Bosco College (SJBC) Battersea to take part in a Religious Education conference led by theologian Dr Peter Vardy. The conference was a bespoke programme designed to supplement and reinforce what they had learnt in RE for their GCSEs.

Friday, 25 January 2019 03:54

Don Bosco Novena - Day 4

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Day Four - Awakening a Family Likeness

 

Don Bosco emphasised the family spirit in his communities.

Lord you remind us in the scriptures that everyone moved by the Spirit is a son or a daughter of God. So it is as if we are recognising a family likeness in others, a likeness that makes each person a sacrament: an outward sign of your inner presence.

Lord, help us to recognise that every gathering of two or three people is potentially a family reunion when viewed through the eyes of love, of justice.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.


Download the Novena as a pdf

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Photo: Don Bosco Youth-Net meeting at Savio House 

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Br Lukasc Wojcik SDB writes about the Friday Masses at Savio Salesian College Bootle


In Savio Salesian College we have already managed to forget about the Christmas break. The Chaplaincy team is trying to find a way through planning the new trips, running the after schools clubs, and preparing for St. John Bosco’s Feast, which hopefully will be an absolutely great celebration. Apart from all of that, a lot is still going on and on we want to share with you our great experience.


Every Friday, during lunch break, we meet in our school Chapel for Holy Mass. In the beginning of the break students gather to be with God and meet one another. It is remarkable when among all the school noises one can experience silent prayer or communal singing, staff together with the pupils.

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