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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.

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

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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!

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