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Friday, 08 February 2019 12:19

A joyful Don Bosco Day in Bootle

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By tradition, the end of January is marked by a celebration of the Feast St John Bosco in every Salesian place. We hear about the Feast at Savio Salesian College and St James' parish in Bootle.


Our school and parish in Bootle always takes this opportunity to celebrate the day with great joy and invite many young people to join us in the celebration.

At Savio Salesian College, the Feast Day opened with festive school assemblies. Fr Jakub guided a reflection on the life of Don Bosco and the reality of the Salesian family throughout the world. A group of students performed a song in honour of Don Bosco, ‘The Friend of the Young’, accompanied by various musical instruments including piano, guitar and drum.

Friday, 08 February 2019 10:39

Salesians guide Roehampton students in discernment

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On Tuesday February 5th, Fr Martin Poulsom and Fr David O'Malley led a Signposts vocations workshop with the Barat House chaplaincy community at the University of Roehampton. Ten students took part in the two hour workshop and then were led in prayer by Fr Martin.

Monday, 04 February 2019 21:42

Shrigley Old Boys' Glasgow get-together

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Joe Doogan has more news of the recent Shrigley Old Boys' gathering in Easterhouse


Once again the Scottish clan of the Salesian family met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse,Glasgow, to have another fun day to celebrate the feast of Don Bosco.


Mass was slightly delayed until all the Old Boys had finished with their welcome. Our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody, concelebrated the Mass, ably assisted by Fr Michael Winstanley and Fr Bob Coupe.Although we had only 25 in the congregation, the wonderful singing seemed to fill the church, thanks due to the training received in Shrigley.

Friday, 01 February 2019 16:11

New Cooperator enrolled on Don Bosco Day

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Dr Etienne Ciantar, Fr Michael, Don Guiseppe, Fr Bob, Fr Kieran and Jessica


The feast of our founder was even more special this year, as Thornleigh House in Bolton hosted the enrolment of a new Salesian Cooperator, Baron Don Guiseppe Compagnino CHSJ. 


Don Guiseppe, who is a Baron of the Holy Roman Empire and Knight Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, has lived in Leeds since 2007, and formerly served in the Carabinieri, one of the Italian police forces.

Friday, 01 February 2019 12:38

Faith and Joy at our World Youth Day at Home

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Fr Jakub, Chaplain of Savio Salesian College Bootle, writes about attending our home-grown celebration

World Youth Day at Panama was one of the most exciting events for the youth who wanted to explore their faith and connect with other like-minded people. Travel to another continent can be however a bit of a challenge because of various commitments at school and at home. But for those kinds of people, the Salesian Sisters of the UK prepared something very special this year – “World Youth Day at Home”. Together with a group of students from Savio Salesian College we decided to take part in this exciting event which was a great way to join in the events happening at Panama while remaining in UK.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:37

Celebrating St John Bosco - our Founder's Feast!

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On 31st January, we celebrate and give thanks for St John Bosco, our founder. Surrounded by poor young people in urban Turin in the nineteenth century, he recognised their difficulties; their need to be loved and respected; and he created an educational approach based on valuing and nurturing the young that would enable them to feel loved and to thrive.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:28

Feast of Bl Bronislaus Markiewicz

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The Salesian Family celebrates Blessed Bronislaus Markiewicz on 30th January.


Born in Poland in 1842, Bl Bronislaus made his perpetual vows to Don Bosco himself, having joined the Salesians in 1887. He returned to Poland and was the founder of the Congregations of St Michael the Archangel. He died in 1902. 


Blessed Bronislaus, pray for us!


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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 02:24

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 9

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Day Nine - Compassion


The emptiness of young people's lives in Don Bosco's time resonated with the troubles of his own childhood.
Compassion opens our eyes to the need for loving kindness in the lives of others.
Pain, sadness and violence reveal an emptiness in life that will often find an echo in our own lives.
Lord, help us not be afraid to express our compassion for those who struggle.


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 


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.

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


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