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5thWkLent 2018


For this week's Lenten reflection, Fr David O'Malley SDB offers guidance in following the path of Don Bosco, showing loving kindness as we respond to our call to help the young and the vulnerable.

Little Ones

Whatever your gender there is something maternal about the way that you are called to respond to frailty in others or in yourself. There should be no room for harshness in your life but rather a gentle and consistent discipline that ensures freedom and space to grow strong  where life is broken.  



Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB and students from St John Bosco College, Battersea, were guests on their local radio station on Mothering Sunday. 


On Sunday morning, three of our pupils were invited to speak on 'Sunday Joy' at Wandsworth Radio about the Music for Lent  evening at St John Bosco College on Thursday 22nd March 7.30pm - 8.30pm. (See below for more information). The presenters were very welcoming and helped to  put our students at ease very quickly.



Work for the Salesians! Our youth retreat centre in Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, is seeking a new retreat team and programme leader. 


Savio House is seeking an inspirational and committed practising Catholic to lead our retreat team of young volunteers and community members in the delivery of engaging, thought provoking retreat programmes to the young people that we serve.


 Clerics on ice in 1950s Cheshire


As many of us shiver in the snow, watch the video below to take a nostalgic trip back to the Salesian Missionary College, Shrigley, in the 1950s and 60s - when it may have been cold, but by golly, it was fun! And if you're a Shrigley Old Boy, what better to get you geared up for the reunion in September? Read all about that here



On International Women's Day, Br St Lloyd SDB shares the Battersea Salesians' tribute to the women who work at Salesian House


In Salesian House Battersea, we honour and give thanks for the ladies who rule our house.  Without them we would be in a very sticky situation!
Thank you for everything you do for us!

We also say goodbye and good luck to Abi who has supported us these past few months.



Year 9 students from Savio Salesian College, Bootle near Liverpool, joined up with four other schools from Sefton and Knowsley to participate in a very successful Business Conference hosted at the College.


Business Mentors representing a variety of careers are supporting the students in school to find out more about their own skills and preparation for working life. The students were in attendance for two workshops about careers in the NHS and how careers are developing /evolving in the Merseyside region. It is predicted that by the time this generation reaches the age of thirty eight they will have had up to fourteen different jobs; so they need to be prepared and equipped with a range of transferrable employability skills for their futures.


Read more on the College website

4thWkLent 2018


This week, we reflect on Don Bosco’s vision for our work with the young, by looking back to the beginning of the Oratory, a story retold by Rosa Navarro Durán.


God didn’t create paradise for it to be empty


It was 8th December 1841: the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Don Bosco was about to start Mass in the church of St Francis of Assisi when he saw a boy in the corner with his jacket covered in plaster from the walls.  The boy was an apprentice builder and an orphan of just sixteen years old. Everybody laughed at him. But Don Bosco saw him for what he was—a defenceless young boy. He knelt by his side and said a Hail Mary. “Don't be afraid. You're my friend now and no-one is going to hurt you.”  



On Sunday 11th March four students from SJBC will be interviewed on Wandsworth Radio, their Sunday Joy programme, from 9am - 10am. You can listen to the show here.  

The interview will be based on the school's 'Music for Lent' evening which will take place on Thursday 22nd March at SJBC from 7.30pm - 8.30pm. It will be an evening of varied music genres and readings to prepare us for Holy Week and Easter.



Latin students from Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton are safely home from their visit to Rome, after spending an extra day in the Eternal City, thanks to the snow!

3rdWkLent 2018


Lent is a spiritual journey, in which we try to deepen our relationship with God. Fr Michael Cunningham SDB explores the role of silent prayer in becoming present to God, and growing in compassion towards our brothers and sisters.


Whenever we embark on the spiritual journey, we always encounter in some form or other the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. This is the pattern of death and life, which is at the heart not just of Christian experience but of all human experience. For new life to grow, something has to die. This is experienced most deeply in the spiritual life by the death of that ego-centred existence that is the false self. The issue is always one of giving up control and surrendering to The Great Mystery, The Great Love, The Great River of Life, which Jesus calls The Kingdom of God, the experience of deep love and communion. When we are working for others, or even saying our prayers, we are still to some extent in control. In silent prayer, we have to face up to an encounter with our wounded and broken selves. This is why many give up this difficult path. As Jesus said in the parable of the Sower, the seed falls among the thorns and stony ground of our human condition.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:37

Salesian Family's Easterhouse Gathering

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Mass, concelebrated by Frs Hugh and Charles

Joe and Paticia Duggan report on the gathering of the Scottish Salesian Family in Easterhouse, to celebrate Don Bosco's feast.


Once again we had a large gathering of the Salesian family here in Scotland for the feast of St. John Bosco. On Sunday 4th February, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Cooperators and the Shrigley Old Boys met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse, Glasgow.


After meeting up with old friends we had our Mass concelebrated by F Hugh Preston SDB and Fr Charles Garrick SDB, who came uop from England, bringing the one and only Bro Donald McDonald SDB: a Scottish 'old boys' reunion wouldn't be the same without him.



Plans have now been finalised for the 2018 reunion of Shrigley Old Boys, marking the Diamond anniversary for the boys of 1958! Bernard O'Neill tells us what's in store, and how to book:


Following on from the previous successful reunions, we invite you to book for the Shrigley Old Boys Reunion 2018 on 07 – 09 September later this year. As this is the 60th anniversary for boys and staff at Shrigley in 1958, we are arranging a special anniversay meal at Savio House on Saturday, 8th September.  Details of the Presentations and the Meeting Agenda will be advised when confirmed later in the year.


There are 11 single bedsrooms and 19 twin rooms available at Savio, strictly first come basis. We have reserved 20 rooms at Shrigley Hall Hotel on a special B&B room rate. Further inforamtion is on the Reunion booking form (see below).



Friday 7 September
Arrive Shrigley/Savio
Buffet at Savio 7pm

Saturday 8 September
11:00 -  Mass at Savio
Visit to Bollington cemetery: Several Salesians are buried here including Fr Bernard Parkes who died April 2014.
13:30 -  Lunch at Shrigley Hotel
15:00 -  Meeting & Presentations - Shrigley Hall Hotel
16:30 - Visit to Shrigley Cemetery
18:00 - .Dinner at Savio
20:00 - Concert at Savio

Sunday 9 September
10:00 (TBC) - Mass at Savio
12:00 - Lunch at Savio



The Booking Form with further information (and a "Memories of 1958" competition to win a bottle of whiskey!) can be downloaded as a Word Document or a PDF from the Shrigley Association Website


Book as soon as you can! 


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