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Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:20

'Alive!' - New book explores Resurrection narratives

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The latest book by Fr Michael T Winstanley SDB is now in stock, and from the number of enquiries about it received at Don Bosco Publications before its launch, it's going to be very popular!


‘Alive! The Gospel Resurrection Narratives: Then and Now’,  represents Michael’s ability to sensitively and effectively translate scholarly work on scripture into language that speaks vividly to Christians today. 


Order now from our online bookshop, £14 including UK p&p, or contact Don Bosco Publications for bulk and overseas orders. 



Wednesday, 05 December 2018 16:46

Preparing for Christmas in Battersea

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A busy Advent at St John Bosco College Battersea began on Monday as Headteacher Mr Dunne lit the first Advent candle, and the schedule for the first week included a trip to Westminster Cathedral where singers met Bishop Paul McAleenan.

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 16:48

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

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 14:29

A Christmas Story - from the streets to safety

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Photo: Salesian Institute, Cape Town 


For several years, Salesian Cooperator and Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, helped at the Salesian Institute in Cape Town. This short story was inspired by his experience, and reminds us that Don Bosco’s mission to the young is still being carried out every day, all over the world.


Joseph woke up feeling the ‘South-Easter’ wind on his exposed face. His eyes tried to focus in the bright sunlight on the sight to which he opened his eyes every morning: Table Mountain.

He was still feeling the effects of last night’s strenuous knock-about with six of the other street children, who lived with him under the elevated motorway that leads to nowhere, on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.

Monday, 03 December 2018 17:14

Former pupil's visit inspires Savio students

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Last week, Savio Salesian College Bootle had a visit from a former student, who is now a member of the school's Hall of Fame. Beth Thompson delivered a motivational assembly to Years 10 & 11.

Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:00

First Week of Advent 2018

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The four weeks of Advent are increasingly busy in our commercialised world, and while we wrap gifts for our loved ones, we need to take a little time to unwrap some spiritual gifts for ourselves.

As we prepare the way for the Lord in our lives this Advent, each week, we offer you a scripture passage and a prayer, and present four stories showing some of the ways in which Salesians of Don Bosco and members of the Salesian Family in the UK are living their vocation to reach out to the young, and following the Gospel call to compassion and mercy.

We hope the stories inspire you to act in this season of good will:

Could you:

Pray for the success of the work being done and the people who give and receive it?

Get involved in these projects, or others that support young people, by volunteering?

Make a donation to help this work continue?


In the first week of Advent, we hear from Share the Light, a charity run by young people, for young people, which began in Salesian School, Farnborough, and makes connections with young people in Zambia, providing friendship and practical support, including the Porridge Club, to give children a nutritious start to their day.



As students at Salesian School Chertsey joined Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB in praying the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy at lunchtime on Red Wednesday (photo above) we spotted an exciting announcement from the school:


"Salesian Choir were honoured to be asked by the Aid To The Church In Need to record a special "The Twelve Days of Christmas" for their advent promotion. A mixture of our scholars, sinfonia and staff attended a special rehearsal after school to put together this very important performance. This will feature on the charity’s website as part of their official fundraising campaign and we were delighted to be able to help them out in such a fantastic cause."





Thursday, 29 November 2018 21:05

Red Wednesday at St John Bosco College Battersea

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Year 7 student, Savannah-Rae, describes activities at St John Bosco College Battersea for Red Wednesday, Aid to the Church in Need's event to highlight the plight of persecuted Christians. Photo: A Christian and a Muslim stand together to support Red Wednesday.


28th of November 2018, was Red Wednesday. It is a day when we remember persecuted Christians in countries all around the world. Persecuted Christians refer to the Christians in a country who are in a minority and who are being attacked for having a different belief. People in charge of the country allow Christians to be murdered and force them to change their religion.

Thursday, 29 November 2018 20:39

Chertsey DT students showcase their creativity

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Last week, we reported on the Christmas Fayre at Salesian School Chertsey, and this week, Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB reveals the source of some of the goodies that were on sale to raise funds.


Talented pupils, students and staff in our Design & Technology department produced an impressive array of goods to sell at the Fayre.  Christmas tree decorations were designed and cut on lathes whilst Christmas cards were designed by pupils and printed with a professional gloss.


The DT stall “fayred” well at the Christmas Fayre in which a significant amount was raised by the Salesian Parents’ Association by a department that continues to grow from strength to strength.


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Photos taken by the Head of DT, E. Alighieri.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 14:46

Soccer stars & Heavenly Tunes at Savio Awards Evening

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Manchester United's Alex Greenwood and Molly Green presented awards at their old school


Chaplain Fr Jakub has news from Bootle

Savio Salesian College recently celebrated its Annual Awards Evening. This is a night where we honour and congratulate all of our hardworking and achieving students and we invite their friends and family to come along and join in with the celebrations.


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Last Monday, the Salesian Chaplaincy Network gathered for a day of retreat by the sea, at Sandymount House of Prayer, Blundellands, near Liverpool.


This meeting welcomed 18 chaplains connected through the Salesian ethos. The network has grown from strength to strength, starting from our six Salesian trustee schools. As a result of many of our animators choosing chaplaincy, we now invite chaplains serving at other schools who have a personal connection to the Salesian Family, and work in the spirit of Don Bosco in their chaplaincies.


Participants on the retreat came from Savio Salesian College, Bootle; St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth; Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton; Salesian College, Farnborough; St Michaels C of E Crosby; All Saints Catholic High School, Sheffield; Cardinal Wiseman, Coventry; All Hallows, Penwortham; All Hallows, Macclesfield and St Mary’s Chesterfield.

Monday, 26 November 2018 11:16

Traditional games for Sunday Oratory in Tanzania

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Salesian Cooperator, Paul Barnes, took some good old-fashioned games to Tanzania for children in St Francis Xavier parish.


In Cornwall they say "What goes round comes round". In the early 60's as a Salesian, I helped Sister Georgina McPake (RIP) to run the Sunday afternoon Oratory in Sacred Heart Parish, Battersea.


Fast forward 58 years later, and as a Salesian Cooperator, I find myself doing the same thing in my Tanzanian parish of St Francis Xavier on my current 3-monthly visits.

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