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Friday, 13 December 2019 12:15

Meet Dominic, the newest member of our team

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Last week, Salesian Link and Don Bosco Publications welcomed a new member of our teams. Dominic Small has joined us as a Business Administration Apprentice. Dom has really hit the ground running and is already making a big contribution to our work (including producing this week's RuaLink e-news, and getting some of our news onto the website!). Below, he tells us a little about himself. Welcome to our family, Dominic!

Thursday, 12 December 2019 16:50

Salesian Sisters celebrate 60 years in Liverpool

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Last Friday, the Salesian Sisters gathered with friends, suporters and students past and present to mark 60 years of their ministry to the young in Liverpool.


Provincial Sr Connie Cameron FMA spoke movingly to the gathered congregation, students from St John Bosco Arts College created the beautiful music and dance at the Mass, and old friends had a chance to reminisce over a delicious buffet.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 15:18

Bells ring out again at St James' Bootle

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by Fr Jim McGarry SDB

In the tower of St James’ Church, Bootle, there are ten bells. They have not been used in seven years because of the condition of the tower.

One of the bells, the largest, is the original tolling bell, known as “Big Tom”. There are nine other bells were cast in 1924 at the O’Byrne Foundry, Dublin, to form a peal. Inscribed on the largest of the nine bells are the words: “This peal of bells is erected to the memory of the late Canon Kelly, for 37 years Rector of St James’s, RIP”. The remaining eight bells have a name inscribed on each one: Our Lady of Lourdes, St Bernadette, St James, St Joseph, St Patrick, St Anthony, The Little Flower, and Gemma Galgani.

Thursday, 12 December 2019 14:09

Third Sunday of Advent

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The call is to build His kingdom


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The Word of God


Matthew 11:2-6 The Good News is proclaimed to the poor; and happy is the man who does not lose faith in me.


Fr Jakub Ruzniak SDB, Chaplain, writes about a caring Advent at Savio Salesian College, Bootle.

Advent is a time of preparation of Christmas. To do that we are invited to spend more time on prayer, perhaps find a good book or attend Advent talks in your local parish. We are also invited to think less about ourselves and more about others. With that in mind, this year at Savio, we have adopted four charities.

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:30

Revisit the Rector Major's tour of our Province

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You can now see all the photos and videos from the Rector Major's visit to our Province in a single location. Liam Parr, who took most of the photos during the visit, has created a website that documents the entire visit, and allows you to view and download images, video and audio from each part of his tour.


Click the link below, and enjoy reliving a great experience!


The Rector Major's 2019 GBR Visit


Monday, 09 December 2019 16:11

UK friends change lives for Kenyan children

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Fr Francis Preston SDB writes from Nairobi about some of the children kind Salesian donors in the UK are helping to educate.


During my first year in Kenya, I came to understand that many children here in Kenya don’t attend school, or only very irregularly, because their parents or guardians can’t pay their school fees. So when Caroline, a Catholic social worker based at St Monica’s parish in a very poor area of Rongai, a dormitory town outside Nairobi, asked if I could help pay the school fees of two or three children, I readily agreed to do so. Over the last three years, the number of children that the generosity of friends back in the UK is helping to support has increased to nearly twenty.

Sunday, 08 December 2019 17:35

Second Sunday of Advent 2019

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Christ is at home in every culture


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The Word of God: 

Romans 15: 5-9 Christ is the saviour of all men

Friday, 29 November 2019 16:53

First Sunday of Advent 2019

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The harvest is great

On the centenary of Maximum Illud, Pope Benedict XV's letter to the Church on carrying the Gospel message throughout the world, we focus this Advent on our mission as people baptised and sent into the world to each play our part in sharing the Good News. 


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Friday, 29 November 2019 15:28

St James Bootle celebrates its young people on NYS

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Mass on Sunday was a very special one at St James' Bootle, as the young people of the parish were at the centre of the National Youth Sunday Mass. 

Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB said, "On this day, we celebrate the young people in our parish and community and all the gifts and talents they share with us".

Thursday, 28 November 2019 19:05

SJBC musicians at national Red Wednesday service

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by Fr David O'Malley SDB

Public buildings in London were bathed in red light as students from St John Bosco College, Battersea helped to lead the music at the Nnational Red Wednesday service in Westminster Cathedral on November 27th. Over 1000 people attended the service and the walk of witness from Parliament.

Thursday, 28 November 2019 09:22

Rector Major's visit ends in Battersea

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Saturday was the final day of the Rector Major's visit to the GBR Province.

In the morning, he spent time with the communities of Cowley, Chertsey, Farnbroough and Batterse. After Mass, he met Mrs Maureen Devereux, mother of Sean Devereux, the Salesian missionary volunteer and aid worker who was killed in Somali in 1993.

Above: Mrs Devereux with the Rector Major, Sean's sister and Regional, Fr Tadeusz Rozmus (Photo: Liam Parr

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