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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:34

Cowley parish has a great new website!

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On 8th December, a very special date for the Salesian Family, the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians in Cowley, Oxford, launched its new website.


Visit the site and find out more about what's happening in this lively Salesian parish, which we will visit in the final week of our Advent journey around he province.




Friday, 08 December 2017 15:57

What Christmas means to us ...

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Year 7 students from St John Bosco College Battersea, write about the meaning of Christmas:


We enjoyed making our Christmas crib with Fr Saju this week because it was fascinating to look at all the statues like Mary and the animals in the manger. The crib looks really beautiful and it is on display in our reception so that all our visitors are reminded about the true meaning of Christmas.

Friday, 08 December 2017 15:21

Awards Evening in Bootle showcases talent

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Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB shares news of a recent event in Bootle.

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On 8th December 1841, the recently ordained Fr John Bosco was preparing to say Mass, when he came across a frightened, ragged boy who had been sheltering in the church. Don Bosco talked to him gently, and learnt about his hard life and lack of education - both spiritual and academic. He taught the youngster the Hail Mary, and assured him of a welcome in future, asking him to bring his friends next week.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:04

Our new books for Children!

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This week, Don Bosco Publications launches two delightful new books for children - just in time for your Christmas shopping!


Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:39

Second week of Advent: A Salesian Community

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This week, three of the priests from St Joseph's, the community in Bolton where many of our senior SDBs live, guide our reflections in the second week of Advent.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 11:38

Salesians talking to students about religious life

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Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, an RE teacher St John Bosco College Battersea, describes how Salesian Sisters, Brothers and priests bring the Salesian mission and vocation to life at the school.

Over the last couple of months St John Bosco College has been pleased to welcome various SDBs and FMAs who have given generously of their time to talk to our Year 7 pupils about St Mary Mazzarello and to our Year 9 pupils about their personal vocation stories.

Monday, 04 December 2017 13:48

Feast of Blessed Philip Rinaldi

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On 5th December, we celebrate Philip Rinaldi. He was five years old when he Don Bosco in 1856. In 1922, he became the third person to follow him as Rector Major of the Salesians.


A quiet, self-effacing man, he led the continued growth of the Salsians of Don Bosco, and laid the foundations of the Volunteers of Don Bosco (VDB), the the Secular Institute of the Salesians, which celebrates its centenary on 17th May 2017. The VDB is a branch of Consecrated life, whose mmbers live out their vows in their working lives in the world, guided by the Salesian charism.


Blessed Philip died in Turin on 5th December 1931, and was beatified in 1990.

“What must you do to have life? Before all else, the first thing you have to do is pray for courage every day to carry the cross the Lord has assigned you. Then let each of you do your own work really well, the work proper to your state, as God wants it, and according to your condition.” Blessed Philip Rinaldi


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Just a couple of weeks after winning a national 'Diana Award' for making an outstanding contribution to his community, Thornleigh Sixth Form student Jonathan Wright has done it again, winning a second national award at the 'Celebrating Young People' Awards 2017, from UK Catholic organisation, Million Minutes. He is pictured above with Headteacher Alison Burrows and Maria Pawlowski, who nominated him for the award. His proud school tells us all about his latest success:

Thursday, 30 November 2017 11:26

First Week of Advent: a Salesian School

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We begin our Salesian Advent journey at St John Bosco College, Battersea.

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