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The Fairtrade Stall at Salesian School Chertsey's Christmas Shopping Evening last month raised £150, to go to a Fairtrade cause. The charity chosen was Shared Interest, an ethical investment organisation.

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Hazel Fort, of the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy Team in Bootle, reflects on a caring Advent. Above - the students Nativity play for pensioners.


After the fresh start in September, it seemed that we were just getting into the swing of things when Advent sneaked up on us and gave us a tremendous push into the hectic waters of Christmas preparation. It was sink or swim as we tried to juggle school exams with Advent and the hurly burly of Christmas.


Television adverts pushed impossible presents at impossible prices and cookery programmes told us of the exotic recipes we could prepare for our amazed guests at the parties we would be holding - if you were that way inclined and had begun ingredient shopping last August …


… and just the tiniest amount of time was allotted to the homeless or those alone at Christmas. Here, at Savio, those people have always been our priority.

Monday, 14 January 2019 14:15

Feast of Bl Luigi Variara

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Blessed Luigi Variara (15 January 1875 - 1 February 1923) was a Salesian priest and missionary, best known for his work with lepers in Colombia. We celebrate his memorial on January 15th.

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In this month's 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, Sophie Astles celebrates the achievements of a busy 2018.

 

The New Year is a time to look forward, but also a time for reflection and taking stock on the past twelve months. It’s been a busy year at Share the Light, with plenty of successes to celebrate. Here’s a round-up of some of our highlights of 2018:

 

January:
We celebrated Fostina, (photo above) one of our scholarship students, as she finished the first six months of her nursing course. Fostina reached out to Share the Light in April 2017 after meeting many of the advocates when they visited the City of Joy. She had graduated with good grades, but had no funds to continue her studies. With our help, she started a nursing course in Lusaka in July 2017.

Monday, 07 January 2019 13:59

Feast of Blessed Titus Zeman

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We celebrate the memorial of Blessed Titus Zeman, the first Slovakian Salesian to be beatified, on 8th January. 

 

In the early 1950s, when religious orders were banned by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia, and many religious were being sent to concentration camps, Blessed Titus organised the escape of young Salesians to Turin, where they could continue their formation. Aware that he risked the death penalty for his actions, he said, “Even if I lose my life I do not consider it a waste, knowing that at least one of those whom I have saved has become a priest to take my place”.

 

Following his arrest in 1952, he was beaten and tortured, before being tried for treason. He was sentenced to 25 years of hard labour in the harshest of prisons. On his release after 13 years, his health was broken but his spirit was not. He died five years later, on 8th January 1969.

 

Blessed Titus, pray for us!

 

Find out more about Bl Titus in our brief Pocketbook biography. (£1.60 inc UK p&p)

 

 

 

Friday, 04 January 2019 15:11

From Don Bosco Ashalayam to Bollywood

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB has wonderful news about a former member of the Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, a project he and many of our students in the UK have been supporting. Rajdeep is pictured above with the lady who has sponsored him through the initiative Fr Andrew is part of.

 

Rajdeep, who left the Ashalayam last year to join a rugby training school, was recently selected by a Bollywood film director to star in ‘Jungle Cry’, a film based on a true story about the Indian under-14 rugby team who won the 2007 Touraid International School Rugby Tournament in London. He was one of 13 boys selected from over 500 hopefuls for a part in the film.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:18

Celebrating Altar Servers on Feast of St Stephen

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On the Feast of St Stephen, 26th December 2018, four more young people entered the Guild of St Stephen at Sacred Heart Battersea, promising to serve the lord with Joy each Sunday. 

Tuesday, 01 January 2019 09:08

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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As we step into 2019, I pray that you and all those you love, will be blessed with good health, friendship, happiness and gifted with the gift of giving. God's special blessing on you and your families, and may you all have a very happy and holy New Year.

Friday, 28 December 2018 12:12

ST THOMAS BECKET - Patron of our Province

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On 29th December, we celebrate the feast of St Thomas Becket, Patron of our Province.

 

Thomas was born in around 1120, the son of a prosperous London merchant. He was well educated and quickly became an agent to Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him on several missions to Rome. Becket's talents were noticed by Henry II, who made him his chancellor and the two became close friends. When Theobald died in 1161, Henry made Becket archbishop. Becket transformed himself from a pleasure-loving courtier into a serious, simply-dressed cleric.

Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:07

Happy Christmas

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Wishing you and all your loved ones the peace, love and joy of Christ this Christmas and throughout 2019.

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