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Friday, 14 June 2019 09:17

Reflecting on the Blessed Five

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Br Lukasz from the Bootle SDB community and the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy team, reflects on this week's memorial of the five Polish Salesian martyrs, who were executed in 1942. The oldest was 23, and the youngest just 19.


“My dearest parents, brothers and sisters, the time has come to say goodbye to you on August 24, the day of Mary Help of Christians … May the Good Lord take me to himself. Don’t have regrets that I am leaving this world so young. I am now in a state of grace. ... I am going to heaven. There I shall pray to God … Pray sometimes for me … I’m going now.”


After writing these words in the letter to his mother, Franciszek Kesy and his other four companions: Czeslaw Jozwiak, Edward Klinik, Edward Kazimierski and Jarogniew Wojciechowski, were taken into the prison yard in Dresden and beheaded. It was the 24th of August 1942, the monthly feast of Mary Help of Christians in all Salesian communities. This Wednesday in our Family, we celebrated the commemoration of these blessed martyrs.


CAMINO is a 6 day training course, from 26 August to 2 September 2019, for those working in Chaplaincy or non-formal education. It aims to provide at further training to experienced educators in youth work /chaplaincy to deal specifically with interreligious dialogue in their own settings.

The course is offered by Don Bosco YouthNet, a network of 18 youth organisations across Europe, within the global Don Bosco Movement. It will be held at Benediktbeuern, near Munich, Gemany. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 06:00

Memorial of Blesseds Francis Kesy and Companions

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'God has given us this cross, and he is giving us the strength to carry it'


The memorial of Polish Salesian martyrs Blesseds Francis Kesy, Edward Klinik, Jarog Wojciechowski, Czeslaw Jozwisk and Edward Kzmierski is celebrated on 12th June. 


They attended the Salesian oratory in Poznan, Poland, and were involved in the youth work there. Following the Nazi occupation, Francis took a job in a factory, spending his free time at the oratory, and after the house was taken over by the Nazis as a barracks, the young people gathered in the woods, to continue their prayer and the work of the youth groups. In September 1940, these five young men were arrested, accused of belonging to an illegal organisation - the fear was that Catholic groups like these could form the basis of a resistance movement.


Tuesday, 11 June 2019 12:47

Salesian Old Boy honoured by the Queeen

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Story and photos: Barry Hudd


Father Michael Fava, the most senior Catholic Army Chaplain, has been awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Fr Michael is a former pupil of Salesian College, Farnborough.


In November 2018, Fr Michael was appointed Deputy Chaplain General, the first Catholic to be appointed to this post.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 10:44

Well done, Brothers!

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On Friday 7th June, Br Ste Lloyd SDB completed his PGCE studies at St Mary's University, London, and Brs Gregory Echegwo SDB and Joseph Tran SDB have now completed their BA degrees.

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St Anne's Chertsey's year of celebrations continues, as described by Joy Mowatt.


As part of the 90th celebrations of St Anne's, Chertsey, there was a pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by Ken and Barbara Greaney. Both are long-standing Cooperators, and they took a group of parishoners, most or all of whom are also Cooperators, to Lourdes to pray for the Parish at this special time.

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 12:44

The day the Bishop came

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Hazel Fort from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College in Bootle, near Liverpool, writes about a very special day in the life of the school.

June 4 was a day of great excitement for Savio Salesian College: on this day, we received our bishop. I say ‘our bishop’ because Bishop Tom Williams is home grown, with his roots firmly established in St Antony’s parish.


He visited us to see how we were going on. Students were as eager to meet him as he was to meet them. He had words of encouragement for the staff, too.



This year's reunion for the Shrigley Old Boys is just 3 months away, and it gets better each year - so you don't want to miss it! The event is from 6 - 8 September, and in response to requests, the Hotel, Shrigley Hall, will be the main venue for the weekend with Savio for the Sunday Mass.

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Br Michael Winstanley SDB celebrated a rather special birthday last weekend at Savio House, where he has become something of a legend in his many years of service, held in great affection for his Salesian spirit, friendliness and sense of humour.


In Volunteers' Week, we celebrate and give thanks for the amazing people who give their time and skills to support others. 


Volunteering is very much a two-way thing, and when you're giving others your time and talents, you'll be learning so much from the people you help. With our projects, you will help young people, but you'll also receive training and support, gain valuable skills and experience, and make lasting friends. Serving as a volunteer can sometimes be challenging, but it helps you grow, and you'll also have times of tremendous fun, create memories that will live with you forever, and have experiences that will change your life.

Monday, 03 June 2019 09:09

Chertsey parishioners visit historic chapel

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Joy Mowatt writes about a rare visit to an historic chapel as part of the year of celebration for the 90th anniversary of St Anne's, Chertsey.


Our year began with the installation of a 1st class relic - a letter written by St John Bosco to Fr Macey, the priest in charge at the time. This event was followed by a complete overhaul of our PA system, the Feeding the Hungry project, a murder mystery evening,  and a Parish pilgrimage to Lourdes.


One of the other highlights so far has been celebrating mass in Lady Holland's Chapel. She was the niece of Charles James Fox, a Whig MP, who converted to Catholicism and had a chapel built in all of her properties here and in Italy. We were allowed access to the chapel in order to celebrate Mass and in the 2hrs prior to this, the public were given permission to view it. Lady Holland is buried in the chapel as her will stated that she was not to be placed underground.


On the day there were 19 of us, inside and out of the chapel, who took part in the Mass. We were blessed with good weather and could take advantage of the gardens as well as appreciate the beauty of this tiny place of worship.


Still to come this year are our Flower Festival at the end of June; a guided walk on the history of Chertsey; our Parish high tea, a talk on the Salesians in Chertsey and a Barn Dance.


The culmination of our celebrations will be a Parish Pilgrimage to Arundel Cathedral to see the Walsingham statue and celebrate Mass.


We look forward to having more to tell about these in the future!

Joy Mowatt

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On May 25th the Chertsey community gathered with the parish and friends and family of Fr John to celebrate a jubilee mass led by Fr Gerry Briody, the Salesian provincial.


After the Gospel John spoke with great warmth and gratitude for the gift of his priestly ministry exercised in formation, in leadership, university life and in the detailed business of building in many parts of the province.

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