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Fr David O'Malley SDB describes an eclectic celebration of Don Bosco in Battersea

 

The Battersea Salesian family gathered on Saturday evening, February 3rd to pray and to celebrate Don Bosco's day. The group gathered for an evening prayer, beautifully led by Bro Gregory and within that we were able to listen to Fr Angel's message for 2018 on video. Then we moved into sharing food, ably prepared by Bro Ste which was a version of "scouse" washed down with a few beers.


We had a wide representation of the Salesian family including the FMA community, and volunteers from around London, including school chaplains. We were also delighted to welcome two Cooperators from Argentina who brought a guitar and led us in some international singing. It was a great Salesian family night!

 

David O'Malley SDB

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Salesian College Farnborough chose the feast of Don Bosco to remember former pupil, Sean Devereux. Chaplain, Fr Pat, outlines the events.

On January 31st, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Salesian College Farnborough commemorated the 25th Anniversary one of our former pupils who was inspired by our founder to live out his Salesian ideals to the full. Sean Devereux was a natural leader with a mischievous sense of fun, who devoted himself to the young people of Africa, especially in Liberia and in Somalia, where he was assassinated on 2nd January 1993.

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Fr Marco Villani, the Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, reports on the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Justice & Peace Assembly 2018

 

On Saturday January 27th 2018, the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) in Crawley, West Sussex, hosted the annual Justice and Peace Assembly. The title of the assembly was 'Hope Overcoming Fear', reflecting upon the Church's message on social issues with regard to the maxim of St. Irenaeus, 'The glory of God is the human person fully alive'.

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Fr Martin Coyle, Rector of Savio House, our youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire, writes about an exciting new scheme to support its valuable work with the young, and invites YOU to help by becoming one of the Savio 100!

 

The Feast of Don Bosco is always a special day in every Salesian House and this year at Savio House we were blessed to have 2 groups of young people overlapping on retreat.

 

It was also a special day because it saw the launch of Savio 100, a fundraising initiative which aims at gaining additional financial support for the Salesian Mission at Savio House. Despite a large annual subsidy from the Salesian Province, our rising costs mean that we need to look for other forms of support and funding to continue to provide the unique Savio retreat experience to young people at an affordable cost to them.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:06

Salesian students send gifts to Don Bosco Ashalayam

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Adam Clark, a Year 11 student at St John Bosco College Battersea, tells us about the a shared project between SJBC and Salesian School, Chertsey, to help the street and vulnerable children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata, India. 


Today on Monday 29th January we were packing little goods like pencils, crayons etc. for kids in India. We also included toothbrushes and face flannels.

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On Don Bosco's feast day in Bermondsey the Principal of the Bosco Centre, Mr Darren Coghlan, arranged for a mass with all centre staff during which Romaine Shilling was enrolled as a cooperator. Romaine has been a manager in the Bosco Centre for many years alongside Sister Cecily Dunn FMA.

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Chaplain Fr Jakub shares some of the school's festive activities, and introduces another of their great videos!

 

We had a lovely celebration for the Feast of St John Bosco in the school today.

 

Children have prepared a special banner and worked together on the assemblies presented this morning. The short video below was made for the assemblies, about the meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio.

 

Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB

 

 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:23

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Isabel, Coordinator of Milton Cooperators, Glasgow, Scotland, gives us an update on their group.

 

We thought you would like to see a photo of Milton Cooperators out having a meal to celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco!

 

The size of our group has fallen over the years with the death of at least 3 of our Cooperators, but we continue to meet every second Tuesday in the house of one of our Cooperators. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:22

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Fr Marco, Chaplain at Chertsey, tells us about last week's CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Day in Farnborough Hill.


On Thursday January 25th, the second session of the 2017-2018 CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Programme took place in Farnborough Hill School. Students from over half a dozen different schools, including from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough, were given information about fundraising strategies utilised by CAFOD and how CAFOD tries to respect the God-given dignity of those in need by only using images of needy individuals in a sensitive manner.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:45

Our Founder's Feast: Happy Don Bosco Day!

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Today, we celebrate and give thanks for our founder, St John Bosco. Seeing the problems faced by young people in nineteenth century Turin, their need to be loved, educated and respected, he created an educational approach to nurture them and enable them to thrive in the future.

Our novena this year took the form of reflections from Salesian Cooperators who are inspired by Don Bosco's example. Jessica Wilkinson, Provincial Coordinator for the Salesian Cooperators, offers some thoughts for the feast. Learn more about St John Bosco

 

God called many of us to follow His Son as Salesian Co-operators, "with each of us living out that call according to our personal circumstances in life." (Salesian Co-operators Daily Prayer) The reflections written by Salesian Co-operators over the last nine days leading up to the feast of our much loved founder have really illustrated that. I would like to thank each contributor and Salesian Link for making this happen.

 

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