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Chaplain Fr Jakub shares some of the school's festive activities, and introduces another of their great videos!

 

We had a lovely celebration for the Feast of St John Bosco in the school today.

 

Children have prepared a special banner and worked together on the assemblies presented this morning. The short video below was made for the assemblies, about the meeting of Don Bosco and Dominic Savio.

 

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 16:23

Milton Cooperators send news from Glasgow

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Isabel, Coordinator of Milton Cooperators, Glasgow, Scotland, gives us an update on their group.

 

We thought you would like to see a photo of Milton Cooperators out having a meal to celebrate the Feast of Don Bosco!

 

The size of our group has fallen over the years with the death of at least 3 of our Cooperators, but we continue to meet every second Tuesday in the house of one of our Cooperators. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018 12:22

CAFOD Young Leaders at Chertsey & Farnborough

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Fr Marco, Chaplain at Chertsey, tells us about last week's CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Day in Farnborough Hill.


On Thursday January 25th, the second session of the 2017-2018 CAFOD Youth Leadership Training Programme took place in Farnborough Hill School. Students from over half a dozen different schools, including from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough, were given information about fundraising strategies utilised by CAFOD and how CAFOD tries to respect the God-given dignity of those in need by only using images of needy individuals in a sensitive manner.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 20:45

Our Founder's Feast: Happy Don Bosco Day!

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Today, we celebrate and give thanks for our founder, St John Bosco. Seeing the problems faced by young people in nineteenth century Turin, their need to be loved, educated and respected, he created an educational approach to nurture them and enable them to thrive in the future.

Our novena this year took the form of reflections from Salesian Cooperators who are inspired by Don Bosco's example. Jessica Wilkinson, Provincial Coordinator for the Salesian Cooperators, offers some thoughts for the feast. Learn more about St John Bosco

 

God called many of us to follow His Son as Salesian Co-operators, "with each of us living out that call according to our personal circumstances in life." (Salesian Co-operators Daily Prayer) The reflections written by Salesian Co-operators over the last nine days leading up to the feast of our much loved founder have really illustrated that. I would like to thank each contributor and Salesian Link for making this happen.

 

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 16:13

Catholic Heads talk about ethos and spirituality

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Fr David O'Malley SDB, Schools Delegate for the Province, writes about a recent meeting of Headteachers

 

A small group of head teachers gathered in Battersea to explore ethos and spirituality in schools. The heads of Salesian schools do this regularly. Two Salesian heads, Alison Burrowes and Ged Owens met up with heads from five other Catholic schools to explore how a Salesian approach to spirituality might support them in building the Catholic ethos of their own schools. The gathering involved a lot of reflection on the challenge of maintaining ethos in the present educational climate, the need to maintain a strong sense of vocation in teachers and the benefits of using a charism to reinforce Catholic ethos in schools.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018 07:28

Feast of Bl Bronislaus Markiewicz

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The Salesian Family celebrates Blessed Bronislaus Markiewicz on 30th January.

 

Born in Poland in 1842, Bl Bronislaus made his perpetual vows to Don Bosco himself, having joined the Salesians in 1887. He returned to Poland and was the founder of the Congregations of St Michael the Archangel. He died in 1902. 

 

Blessed Bronislaus, pray for us!

 

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.


On our final day, Brian reminds us how skilled St John Bosco was at listening. As Salesian Cooperators, we follow his example as we live out our faith.


Many of you will remember that when John Bosco was ten years old he impressed Don Calosso, an elderly priest, as to how well he had listened to and remembered that day's sermon at Becchi. As a result of being impressed by this startling demonstration, Don Calosso taught John grammar and Latin as the first step towards his eventual priesthood.

 

We live in a world where we are bombarded by sounds. One problem that we have is that, at school, we were taught to read but told to listen. Sadly hearing is not listening. Listening requires an active mind, something we cannot always switch on. Our brain so easily drifts back into a passive, hearing-only state. How often does the conversation between husband and wife include the phrase 'you don't listen to me'?

 

How can we become better listeners or emulate what John Bosco managed? Perhaps the next homily that we hear would be a good opportunity to test how well we can listen and remember. Perhaps we could listen afresh to some of the beautiful prayers that are part of Holy Mass and appreciate them.

 

We are all in this together. If, by some means, we could become better listeners we would be in a stronger position to listen to young people. We might need to reflect back to them what we believe they are saying to us and to our communities. Let us pray for just a little of John Bosco's amazing skill as we practice our own listening.


Brian Barnes
Chertsey Cooperators

 

Salesian Cooperators were set up by Don Bosco himself; we are part of the worldwide Salesian family, serving God in the young and the poor. We are lay people living our vocation according to our own circumstances in life.

Want to find out about the Salesian Cooperators?


Facebook – Salesian Cooperators GBR
Twitter - @CoopProv
Email – salesiancoopcoord20162019@gmail.com

 

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

Today, James, the father of a little daughter, shares with us his reflections on the art of listening.

 

I think it’s fair to say that since our daughter Grace was born 15 months ago she has become my main topic of conversation. And since I’ve driven everybody around me mad, I can’t help but see writing a reflection for the Salesian family on the theme of “listening and of accompaniment” as an excuse to say more about her…

Monday, 29 January 2018 10:11

The annual Don Bosco Mass in Manchester, 2018

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On Saturday 28th January, Salesian Family members gathered again for Mass at Manchester's lovely Church of St Mary, the Hidden Gem. The joyful celebration continued with lunch at a nearby hostelry!

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation.

 

Annabel, from Battersea, shares her reflections on how she saw the vocation to listen and accompany lived out in the lives of two recently departed Salesian Cooperators.

 

Rosario Maiorano and Matt Murphy died in the same week at the turn of the year. Both of them were Coordinators in the Association of Salesian Cooperators, Rosario at World level and Matt at Provincial level here in Britain. They would both have welcomed this year’s Strenna for the Salesian Family because, with their great love of Don Bosco, they both brought the gift of listening and accompaniment to their leadership of the Cooperators. Their conversations, their decision-making and the choice of their own words were guided by a prayerful listening.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

To help us prepare to celebrate the feast of our founder, St John Bosco, for nine days, Salesian Cooperators from across the Province share their personal reflections on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation. On our sixth day, Sue, from Macclesfield, looks back at her personal mission and in the light of the Strenna, reaches forward. She highlights for us a few key messages from the Rector Major too.

 

Accompaniment – ‘the art of’ … I have never felt comfortable with a brush or clay in my hand; I am assured from within that they will not produce anything. Here and now though, as a Salesian and as a member of the Church, with young people in my hand, I am not so afraid of ‘the art of’ accompaniment.

Friday, 26 January 2018 23:33

Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

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On 27th January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

 

The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day in 2018 is “the power of words”. The words of those who suffered from these terrible events have the power to show us truths we may prefer not to face, to unite us in empathy, and to strengthen our courage in opposing discrimination and oppression in our own time.

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