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CelebratingREChertsey 2018

 

Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB, updates us on a Chertsey tradition

 

On Friday March 16th, many KS2 pupils from our primary feeder schools came to Salesian School Chertsey for our “Celebrating RE Day”, an event that has now become an annual feature in our school calendar.

 

Pupils in the deanery from near and far came for a morning based on the theme of Vocation. A welcome, opening prayer and blessing by the School Chaplain introduced the day whilst the programme outline was shared by Mrs M Morrison, RE teacher and Celebrating RE Day Co-ordinator.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:47

Preparations for Holy Week and Easter in Bootle

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College Chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, describes how students at Savio Salesian College Bootle, have been getting ready for the holiest time of the year.

 

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In the last week, we've been preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Many pupils participated in shoe box appeal as a form of Lenten alms giving; this was in support of the local SVP group. We also had the Stations of the Cross service - stations were placed in different places of the school building.

 

Finally, Year 8 students had their retreats in the Blessed Sacrament parish centre, where we reflected about the meaning of Lent.

 

Fr Jakub SDB

 

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HolyWeek 2018

 

 

In Holy Week, we reflect with Juan José Bartolomé SDB on Mary's presence at the foot of the cross, and the legacy of his mother's love, left to us by Jesus.

 

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

John 19: 25-27

The unlimited fidelity of the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple was the cradle of the new Christian community. The beloved disciple was entrusted as a son to the mother of Jesus, and the mother of Jesus was the inheritance given to the disciple Jesus loved. From that moment, the mother of Jesus‘ belonged to the faithful disciple. She became part of his world and of his home. From the moment Jesus died on the cross, Mary makes her home ' wherever there is a disciple faithful to her son. But to have her as mother, the i disciple must bear the cross of Jesus, without betrayal or abandonment. Jesus ‘ chose twelve apostles to continue his work, but he entrusted his mother to only one of them, the one who was most faithful.

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, our Justice and Peace Delegate, writes about Fairtrade Week at Salesian School Chertsey, where he is Chaplain.

 

Thursday March 8th saw the annual Fairtrade Bake Sale at Salesian School Chertsey, Guildford Road. The Fairtrade Team, consisting of pupils and staff members, organised, supervised and ran our most successful Bake Sale yet.

Monday, 26 March 2018 10:12

Kendal Young People are Taking the Lead!

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During February half term, Mary and Iain Biddle took three young people for a wonderful stay with the Salesian Sisters at the Blundellsands community. This group of committed young people regularly attend the youth group "Create Space" in Kendal, which was born out of the Salesian Spirituality Team.

 

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During the stay, Mary and Iain delivered the VIDES Youth Leadership Course, encouraging the young people to think about their own gifts and talents while focusing on their future leadership potential. The theme for the stay was "You are young, you are precious, you are loved." They took time to look at the lives of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, as well as discussing and reflecting on the Salesian way of working with young people.

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Dan Antonio of Salesian Youth Ministry GBR describes their recent weekend exploring the Strenna 2018.

 

Last weekend some of the Salesian Youth Ministry GBR animators met together with our young leaders from the RISE project to reflect and share on the theme of this year's Strenna. We looked at how in our roles we might strive to quench the young people's thirst for life and spirituality. This was linked together with the Gospel of John 4:1-42, the woman at the well especially the phrase "Sir, Give me this water". It was a blessed time to share with those who are just starting off in Salesian leadership, listening to their take on how to reach out to the young today.

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In collaboration with the Irish Salesian Province, we are have produced a series of programmes to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland.  The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018, in England. Come with us as we walk Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway - but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon!

Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:23

Thank you to our Salesian priests next door!

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Frs Bob, Michael, Harry and Bernard in the College chapel

 

Salesians have close connections with their schools, and this is especially valuable in seasons such as Lent, when their availability to support the priests, brothers and lay staff on the chaplaincy teams in offering the sacraments to students and staff is especially important.

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We have entered Passiontide, and as we prepare to accompany Jesus on the way of the cross, we reflect on two significant events in the Gospel of John, and look at the essence of Salesian prayer. 


The Fourth Gospel is a richly veined mine in which we can uncover deep insights into the person and meaning of Jesus, and into the nature of discipleship. In John's story there are two events which occur in the last week of Jesus' life which are closely linked. The wider context for each is the celebration of Passover, the immediate setting a meal. Each event contains a symbolic gesture. Mary of Bethany anoints the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and dries them with a towel. Together the episodes illustrate the generosity and self-giving of Jesus, and invite a similar response from his friends and disciples.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:25

St Joseph's is seeking a Cook

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St Joseph's, our lovely community for older Salesians in Bolton, is seeking an experienced cook to work for 25 hours a week, planning, coordinating and providing appropriate catering for the Community in consultation with the Home Manager.

 

See our Job Vacancies page for more information and an application pack.

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