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As part of the parish’s celebration for our 125th anniversary of the consecration of Sacred Heart Church, we are holding a series of lectures in honour of a much loved priest of the community, Fr Pat McGrath Sdb. The opening lecture in January looked at the history of Christianity in Battersea from the first Christian settlement to the re-founding of the Catholic Mission at Battersea Park in 1860. The present Parish Team Leader, Gerry O’Shaughnessy and the local Anglican Vicar, Rev Simon Butler led that session

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Srs Connie, Linda and Pauline of the Formation Team outline the forthcoming Formation for All Salesian Family Training Day. The event will be held in Kendal, Cumbria on Saturday 10th March 2018, and all are welcome.

 

We would like to invite you to attend a Salesian Family Training Day on the following theme: “WORTHY”: Accompanying vulnerable young people in the development of self-worth.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:47

New BOVA volunteers are off to India and Cambodia

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Anita Morais tells us about the latest BOVA (Bosco Volunteer Action) volunteers as they set off to their placements.

 

Paul and Alan are both beginning their BOVA placements this month. 

 

Alan is the first volunteer we are sending to Don Bosco Ashalayam, Kolkata, through the links we have had from Fr Andrew Ebrahim's visits to the community. Alan will spend 2 months initially with the community in Kolkata and hopes to return for a longer term placement over the course of his career break. 

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:42

Cook needed at Savio House

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Savio House, our youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire, is seeking a well-qualified, part time cook.

 

Find out more on our Job Vacancies page.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:43

Ash Wednesday - Lenten Reflection

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The Spirit of Jesus drives us forward

 

Fr Michael Winstanley SDB reflects on the challenges and the gifts that surround us as we begin the season of Lent, in the  desert with Jesus.

 

As we set out on our Lenten journey, our annual desert safari, I'm wondering about the contours of my own desert. The Judean wilderness consisted of ravines and limestone hills, a bleak, unfriendly landscape. We are familiar with pictures of the seemingly endless, undulating miles of the sandy Sahara. Nearer home l recently gazed across the lonely barrenness of Bowes Moor, which reminded me of the flats and troughs of Kinder Scout, and the contrast of dry dust and mud bog. Wastelands assume a variety of forms. As individuals and communities too, sharers in Jesus' mission, we all have our desolate wastes. At times our lives can be dry and harsh, exhausting and barren. It is important to locate our points of vulnerability and weakness, and  to seek to identify the shapes which the wild animals of our desert might adopt. Lent invites us to face our demons.  

Thursday, 08 February 2018 17:37

Feast of Blessed Eusebia Palomino Yenes

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Eusebia’s short life was full of challenges, which she bore with grace and piety. Born in Spain in 1899, into a poor farming family, she became accustomed to begging to help her family survive in bad times. She worked as a servant to a wealthy family, and later became a nanny at an orphanage. Her call to religious life led her to become a lay assistant to the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (the Salesian Sisters), where her spiritual gifts were recognised, and she entered the novitiate. In the early 1930s, as the Church was menaced by anti-Catholic forces in Spain, Sister Eusebia offered herself to God for the salvation of her country. In 1932, she contracted an illness which could not be explained by doctors, causing painful contraction of her limbs. She died on February 10, 1935, and was beatified in 2004. We celebrate her feast on 9th February.

 

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It's an exciting time for Savio House, our lovely youth retreat centre in the Cheshire countryside. Following last week's launch of  the new Savio100 scheme to support their work with young people, Centre Manager Emma updates us on their new website and a special offer.

 

Savio House has just launched its new website,  www.saviohouse.org.uk, where you can find all the information you need about our work, visiting us and volunteering with us. To go along with this, we have also started a reduced rate for youth groups hiring the Barns. The price has been reduced to £35 per person for a 2-night stay during the week or weekend. Through this we hope to enable as many young people as possible to have an experience at Savio House.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 14:22

SDBs try out Farnborough students' Social Media 101

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Fr Pat Sherlock SDB reports on a valuable new initiative from students of Salesian College Farnborough. 


On 7th February, members of the Salesian Community in Farnborough attended a practical session on Social Media organised by a group of Year 12 students in the College.

 

Last year, the students received a grant from Caritas Portsmouth and the Catenians to develop a project to coach older people in the use of computers, mobile phones and similar devices. The project arose from the Diocesan 'Dragons Den' competition some of the sixth-formers entered that year. They hope to extend this to local parishioners and the grandparents of current students, but they began with a pilot group of SDBs.

Tuesday, 06 February 2018 14:06

Memorial of Blessed Pius IX

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On 7th February, the anniversary of his death, we celebrate the memorial of Blessed Pius IX, knwn as 'Don Bosco's Pope' for the support he gave to our founder.

 

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Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti (Pio IX) was the ninth child of Count Girolamo and Caterina Sollazzi. He was born in Senigallia 13 May 1792. Between 1803 and 1808 he was a pupil at the College for noblemen in Volterra. Wanting to become a priest he had to interrupt his studies because of sudden attacks of epilepsy. In 1815, at Loreto, he obtained the grace of a full recovery. He resumed his theological studies in 1819 and was ordained priest. In 1823 he went as a missionary to Chile for two years.

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Fr Pat Sherlock updates us on preparations for music at the HCPT (Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) liturgies at Lourdes this Easter.

 
On Saturday 3rd February there was a rehearsal, led by HCPT Pilgrimage Director Andy Clare, at Salesian College Farnborough. The HCPT liturgies this Easter are being led by the American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group, but as they can bring only a limited number of singers from the USA, reinforcements are being provided by students from the UK.

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Fr David O'Malley SDB describes an eclectic celebration of Don Bosco in Battersea

 

The Battersea Salesian family gathered on Saturday evening, February 3rd to pray and to celebrate Don Bosco's day. The group gathered for an evening prayer, beautifully led by Bro Gregory and within that we were able to listen to Fr Angel's message for 2018 on video. Then we moved into sharing food, ably prepared by Bro Ste which was a version of "scouse" washed down with a few beers.


We had a wide representation of the Salesian family including the FMA community, and volunteers from around London, including school chaplains. We were also delighted to welcome two Cooperators from Argentina who brought a guitar and led us in some international singing. It was a great Salesian family night!

 

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Salesian College Farnborough chose the feast of Don Bosco to remember former pupil, Sean Devereux. Chaplain, Fr Pat, outlines the events.

On January 31st, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Salesian College Farnborough commemorated the 25th Anniversary one of our former pupils who was inspired by our founder to live out his Salesian ideals to the full. Sean Devereux was a natural leader with a mischievous sense of fun, who devoted himself to the young people of Africa, especially in Liberia and in Somalia, where he was assassinated on 2nd January 1993.

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