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Friday, 29 June 2018 01:28

Youth Club Holidays for St James' Bootle

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By Niamh, Thornleigh Salesian College Work Experience Student


This video from the Salesians Bootle shows the children from the Youth Group from St James' Bootle doing various activities during their Youth Club Holidays, such as creating prayers, cooking, drawing, painting, and having fun in the countryside area.




By Niamh, Thornleigh Salesian College Work Experience Student


Many young people stepped up on the 26th of June, to 'build up their parishes' with the Thornleigh Chaplaincy GIFT team, and many, many others. Together, they helped develop hope for the future in many Catholic schools in unity.


Various Thornleigh Salesian college students helped lead this event with over 1000 pupils.



By Niamh, Thornleigh College Work Experience Student


On June 21st, 2018 Ex-Salesian College pupil and former Cabinet Secretary Gus O' Donnell was heartily welcomed back to St John Bosco College Battersea to spend a bit of time on the other side of the desk.


Mr O'Donnell taught the students about politics, from his experience as a cabinet secretary.


He has many Salesian influences from his place of education. He was welcomed with open arms by Head Paul Dunne and school governor, Nick Potter (pictured above).


Photo: Liverpool Echo

by Niamh, Thornleigh College Work Experience Student


Kimberley Nye, a student teacher at St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, has been shortlisted for a Liverpool Echo Schools' award for Student Teacher of the Year, sponsored by Liverpool John Moores University.


As noted by the College itself, on the 4th of June, the school is overjoyed and delighted that Kimberley's work has been recognised with this nomination.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:59

Salesian Holiday Italy 2018

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The group in Rome


Provincial Secretary Fr Kieran Anderson writes about the recent SDB 'Roman Holiday'

From 11 – 15 June 2018, nine Salesians, accompanied by Mrs Marguerite Lydon, travelled to Villa Palazzola, Rocca di Papa, Italy. The summer house of the English College, Rome overlooking Lake Albano to the south of the city of Rome was the perfect setting for a few days holiday together.


On Wednesday June 27th 2018, almost two hundred and fifty pupils from Year 7 completed a circuit of Salesian School Guildford Road. This event, organised by the Chaplain and supported by the Head of Year 7, involved Year 7 pupils completing a 0.48km walk around the Guildford Road site in Tutor Groups with their Tutors.

On Saturday July 16th the CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers was held in the Salesian parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Sherborne Road, Farnborough. The Mass, which took place at 2pm, was organised by Martin Brown, CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator. After the Mass, a talk was given by a CAFOD employee who spoke at length about her official visits to Guatemala and El Salvador. A number of farmers in El Salvador grow maize, which can be difficult as small -scale farmers not only have to battle the inimical physical geography and climate, but also the presence of “middle-men” who buy their maize only to sell it to third parties for exaggerated profits. In many cases, it is the children of these farmers who suffer. Many children are orphans or have to be looked after by aunts and grandparents as parents have had to move in order to find work. One grandmother who has sadly passed away, confided to the speaker five years ago that she prayed that God would “give me a long life so that I can continue to work for Him.” In Guatemala, a country plagued by violence both civil and domestic, communities have been blighted by turf wars between rival drug gangs. During the recent disastrous volcanic eruptions, in which scores of people have tragically lost their lives and many are still missing, CAFOD works with local partners to assist people in both their immediate and long-term need. For the past thirty years, CAFOD has been supporting the Federation of Radio Schools in Guatemala. This service provides education to children who otherwise would be unable to attend school on a regular basis due to transport difficulties and rural isolation. One of the benefits of the radio schools is that broadcasts are made in many of the local languages. For many people of Guatemala, with its large percentage of indigenous peoples, many of whom speak little Spanish, the radio broadcasts in their local languages helps both to educate, inform and instil a sense of community. Communication is vital in the case of recent events, as the radio stations were able to request on air the donation of vital emergency donations, such as toothbrushes, nappies, sanitary towels and items of food. Furthermore the speaker told the attendees about Fr. Asis, a native of Cape Verde, currently working in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Overcoming the racism of certain police officers, F. Asis feels that his calling is to be a voice of challenge to society, especially for the poor facing eviction from their favelas. Fr. Asis believes that it is essential to listen to people; only then can you truly understand what they need and want. He believes that Jesus did not build churches; instead He brought people together.

Friday, 22 June 2018 11:32

St Joseph Cafasso

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St Joseph Cafasso, who we celebrate on 23rd June, has a special place in the Salesian Family, as the mentor, spiritual director and friend of Don Bosco. We celebrate his memorial on 23rd June.

Born in Piedmont, Italy, into a devout peasant family that valued education, he bore the discomfort of a spinal deformity, and became an outstanding scholar and respected teacher and seminary director.



On Wednesday June 20th, the Memorial of St. Alban, a selection of Year 7 pupils from Salesian School Chertsey attended the annual Good Shepherd Celebration at Worth Abbey, West Sussex. Salesian School Chertsey has a proud tradition of being in the position to represent Catholic secondary schools in this increasingly popular diocesan event.



Province Justice and Peace delegate, Fr Marco Villani SDB, reports on CAFOD's work in South America


On Saturday June 16th the CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers was held in the Salesian parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Sherborne Road, Farnborough. The Mass, which took place at 2pm, was organised by Martin Brown, CAFOD’s Community Participation Coordinator.

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