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In collaboration with the Irish Salesian Province, we are have produced a series of programmes to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland.  The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018, in England. Come with us as we walk Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway - but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon!

Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:23

Thank you to our Salesian priests next door!

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Salesians have close connections with their schools, and this is especially valuable in seasons such as Lent, when their availability to support the priests, brothers and lay staff on the chaplaincy teams in offering the sacraments to students and staff is especially important.

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We have entered Passiontide, and as we prepare to accompany Jesus on the way of the cross, we reflect on two significant events in the Gospel of John, and look at the essence of Salesian prayer. 


The Fourth Gospel is a richly veined mine in which we can uncover deep insights into the person and meaning of Jesus, and into the nature of discipleship. In John's story there are two events which occur in the last week of Jesus' life which are closely linked. The wider context for each is the celebration of Passover, the immediate setting a meal. Each event contains a symbolic gesture. Mary of Bethany anoints the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and dries them with a towel. Together the episodes illustrate the generosity and self-giving of Jesus, and invite a similar response from his friends and disciples.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:25

St Joseph's is seeking a Cook

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St Joseph's, our lovely community for older Salesians in Bolton, is seeking an experienced cook to work for 25 hours a week, planning, coordinating and providing appropriate catering for the Community in consultation with the Home Manager.

 

See our Job Vacancies page for more information and an application pack.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018 10:17

Centenary of Bl Alberto Marvelli

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On 21st March 1918, a young man was born who would grow up with such compassion for the poorest and weakest in his community that he became involved in politics to make their lives better, following the call we all have as Catholics to play our part in shaping our communities for good.

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The UK's Heaven's Road Catholic radio's Talking Faith programme broadcast an interview with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB on 19th March. Fr Tom talks from Bangalore about his missionary work in Yemen, the  18 months he spent in  in captivity, and the strength he gained from the knowledge that people of all faiths were praying for him. If you missed it, you can listen to the programme using the link below.

Friday, 16 March 2018 15:18

Lent retreat at Sacred Heart RC Primary

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Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB has been leading Lent retreats for the pupils of Sacred Heart RC Primary, Battersea, and the children have really enjoyed the experience. The staff and pupils sent their thanks with a series of storyboards: what a lovely way to do it! Have a look at what they did:

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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 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

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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.

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