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Saturday, 16 December 2017 00:46

A warm welcome to our new Missionaries!

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Our new Project Europe missionaries arrived safely in Bolton this week to a warm welcome, despite the Northern weather.


At the end of November, Danny Sweeney, Social Justice Coordinator for Justice and Peace Scotland and a volunteer animator for Salesian Youth Ministry, was part of a delegation hosted by the Catholic Worker House in Calais, France, who had gone to meet young refugees and the people helping them, a year after the camp known as “the jungle” was removed. Danny writes about the experience.


“We take our Saints seriously in this house!” This was what Br Johannes told me the first morning we were in Calais as we gathered for morning prayer. After picking a couple of hymns (‘Be thou my vision’, and the Taizé chant ‘Ubi Caritas’ for those who are wondering), Johannes had handed me a book which contained readings about the lives of Witnesses; not all (yet) Saints, but holy men and women, to serve as inspiration at the start of the day. Br Johannes’ statement was in response to my asking if I should read the ‘short quote’, or the ‘long biography’ of Saint Joseph Pignatelli SJ, who led the Jesuits during their exile from Spain. “Both” was the correct answer.


Friday, 15 December 2017 16:22

Third Week of Advent: Salesian Youth Retreat Centre

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This week, we experience the joy of Advent with the team at Savio House Youth Retreat Centre. We invite you to use some of the activities in your own reflections this week.


This year the Savio House community has been privileged to welcome young people from St James’ Catholic High School Cheadle Hulme and St Philip Howard Catholic Voluntary Academy Glossop for six Advent-themed retreat days. As Salesian Youth ministers there is no better way for us to enter more deeply into the season of Advent than by praying, playing and sharing with young people. So as a reflection we would like to share with you some of the programme we prepared and delivered.  

Thursday, 14 December 2017 13:43

Art teacher's Don Bosco sculpture for Chertsey Chapel

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Kat Baker, art teacher and technician at Salesian School, Chertsey, has created a spectacular Don Bosco sculpture group for permanent display in the school's St Francis de Sales chapel.


Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:19

Battersea - understanding other faiths

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Faith Direct is an initiative organised by Wandsworth Council and the Wandsworth Multi-Faith Group, to increase young people’s knowledge of the different faiths and beliefs practised in the borough, promote understanding, tolerance and respect and offer an open forum for dialogue. Fr Saju Mullasseril SDB, Chaplain at St John Bosco College Battersea, arranged for some of the students to take part in an event recently, and Lara from Year 10 talks about the impact it had on her.


Faith Direct was an amazing opportunity to learn about more than just my own religion. I now know that each faith has its own story from either very long ago or from more recently.


Understanding how believers from other faiths face life will help me, in the future, to be more understanding about other people's opinions and views.


When learning about Islam, one of my friends asked about the speaker's views on ISIS. He said that supporters of ISIS interpret the Qur'an in the wrong way and use this to back up their actions.


Overall, it was an amazing experience and I am now aware of religions that I was not aware of before. I am very grateful to Fr Saju for giving me this opportunity.


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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.

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


Read more about his life

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