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Thursday, 11 October 2018 15:29

Mass of Commitment for Savio House team 2018-19

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The Mission statement of Savio House talks about the Community celebrating God’s presence in all people – particularly the young . . .


Sunday 7th October, 2018 saw the coming together of the Savio House Community for their annual Mass of Commitment, the spiritual beginnings of their time together at Savio House, for the school year 2018-2019.


The Mass was celebrated by Fr Gerry Briody SDB, Provincial – and in the presence of the Rector, Fr Martin Coyle SDB and the Salesian Community, family and friends the prayer of commitment was read by the entire group.


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Fr Gerry, whilst offering the new Team Leader, Jonny Dearden every blessing and good wish for the year, took the opportunity to present him with a signed copy of the Savio House Mission statement.

After the Service, an excellent buffet was offered to all by the House.


The work of Savio House is of great importance in the Salesian Mission of the British Province, and we send them our thoughts and prayers on this special occasion.


Please keep the Savio community and the young people they will serve this year in your prayers too.





Thursday, 11 October 2018 14:05

New Pocketbook on life of Titus Zeman

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The seventh volume in the Pocketbook series from Don Bosco Publications looks at the remarkable life of Slovakian Salesian, Titus Zeman.


Find our more and order from our bookstore. 



Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:31

Young Leaders begin CAFOD training

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From Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain at Salesian School Chertsey

On Tuesday October 9th 2018, I took two students, Ella Mcloughlin and Juan Campos Olcina, both from Year 13, to embark on the first of three CAFOD Youth Leadership training sessions.
The venue was Oaklands Catholic School and Sixth Form College, Waterlooville, Hampshire. Our students joined fifty-six students from various schools across the South, including our cousins from Salesian College Farnborough.

After arrivals and registration, the group was addressed by Sarah Burrows (CAFOD Youth Leadership Co-ordinator) and Jo Lewry (CAFOD Community Participation Co-ordinator, Portsmouth Diocese). Students participated in various learning activities to understand better the history, nature, purpose and goal of CAFOD.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 14:53

Synod 2018 - Salesian group off to Rome with CYMFed

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A Salesian group from our Province is setting off for Rome to hear more about the Synod discussions. The Catholic Youth Ministry Federation (CYMFed) has arranged a conference in Rome next week for members to gain insights into the progress of the Synod on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.


The Salesian delegates represent most branches of our work, including Youth Ministry, Cooperators and BOVA. They will hear from a range of speakers, some of whom are taking part in the Synod, and will attend Mass at the English College.

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As they prepare to celebrate 125 years since the consecration of Sacred Heart, Battersea, the first Salesian church in the country, parishioners and SDBs are taking part in a Mission Week, led by Fr Roy Shelly of the Diocese of Monterey. They are cominmg together with members of other local parishes, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which was the first Catholic church in Battersea, and St Mary's Church of England parish, in reflecting on their past, present and future.


The celebration Mass will take place at 10:30 on Sunday 14th October, with the Rector Major Fr Ángel Fernández Artime SDB and the Archbishop of Southwark.

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Sophie Astles continues our series of articles from Share the Light, a charity created from the projects and links developed by the staff and students of Salesian College Farnborough with young people in Zambia.


One of our key objectives at Share the Light is to develop young people who are articulate, informed and personally engaged 'advocates' for the developing world. This dates back to the first trip from Salesian College Farnborough to Mazabuka in 2012, and since then, the advocate programme has been a central part of the work carried out by Share the Light. It ensures that close links are maintained between the charity, the community and the projects we support, and helps engender a sense of investment in the success of our work. Our aim is to work with those we support and tailor our projects by listening and responding to the community, in order to provide assistance where it is most needed. Our advocates programme helps us to strengthen the ties that make this possible.

Monday, 08 October 2018 14:37

Going to Flame 2019? Get your tickets now!

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The biggest Catholic youth event in England and Wales is back at the SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday 2nd March 2019, and the Salesians bought 500 of the very first tickets. We've now only got 300 left, so if your group would like to be part of the Salesian contingent at Flame2019, bag your tickets ASAP for a better view and a lower price!!


Because Sue bought our tickets as soon as they went on sale, you'll pay just £20 a seat even after the 12th October 'early bird' deadline, instead of the full price of £23, AND our seats are near the front! For groups of 50+, you can reserve seats for just a £5 deposit each if you book by 31st October. If you have any questions, please email Sue


Download a booking form here. 


Savio's Head Boy & Girl, Ben & Aleisha with Michael and Hayley


The Next Step Day at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, aims to prepare students for life beyond school, and this year, two past pupils went along to help. Hayley Caruana who left Savio in 1996 and Michael Brierley who left in 1998, returned to join a team conducting mock interviews to help current students hone their skills.


Fourteen representatives from different types of employment attended , and every Year 11 student took part in workshops on Apprenticeships and were guided through the process of registering on the Apprenticeship website, as well as learning about the different type of apprenticeships from Jan Agger of GMLPF. They were then put through their CV paces by Valerie Jones from The Work Outfit, in a CV Bootcamp with information and guidance on how to compile a CV and how best to present yourself in the workplace.

Friday, 05 October 2018 15:28

All the fun of the prayer at Make Some Noise 2018

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Last weekend, our national Salesian youth gather once again gave hundreds of young people an amazing 24hours. The Salesian Youth Ministry event, kindly hosted by Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, is for students from Year 9 and over, and participants came from Salesian schools and those with a Salesian connection - including a Church of England school whose Chaplain is a member of our Salesian Family. A major aim of the event is to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to meet with Salesians ‘on the playground’.

Thursday, 04 October 2018 13:16

Remembering Blessed Alberto Marvelli

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'One can be in politics and be a saint, and this is a very great message that comes from the life of Alberto Marvelli.' These words, spoken by Archbishop Angelo Comastri of Loreto, are an important reminder to all of us, in times when popular respect and trust for politicians is generally low.

On 5th October, we celebrate this inspiring young man, whose life also reminds us that we are called to be involved in the running of our communities, using our voices and skills for the common good - to create fairness and justice in our society.

Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:49

Our latest book: accompanying young people

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Published on the eve of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and in the light of our Strenna on the art of listening and accompaniment, the latest book from Don Bosco Publications guides the reader through the needs, challenges and opportunities of accompanying the young in a Salesian way. 

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Headteacher Paul Dunne embodies the spirit of the school


The Parliamemtary Review, an annual publication highlighting aspects of good practice in a range of fields across the UK, has published an article from St John Bosco College Battersea, discussing how the ideals, innovations, and teachings of Don Bosco inform everything taught within the school and how this Salesian ethos makes the pupils happy, healthy, and prepared for the challenges of the world after school.

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