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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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LearnToListenLikeDonBosco

 

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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Bernard with some of the participants

 

Salesian Cooperator and Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, continues his account of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days in Valdocco, Turin, which explored the Rector Major's Strenna 2018, on listening to and accompanying the young. See his introduction here 

 

Day 2

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After prayer and meditation the morning talk was by sister Paula Casals FMA. She told us that St Teresa said that you learn to pray by praying , Learn to share by sharing and learn to listen by listening. Listening is not just from ears but with your eyes, body and manner.

Friday, 26 January 2018 16:22

Mrs Devereux inspires Chertsey students

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Fr Marco Villani SDB, Chaplain to Salesian School Chertey, tells us about the visit of Mrs Devereux this week

 

On Wednesday January 24th 2018, the Feast of St. Francis of Sales Patron of the Salesians, Mrs. Maureen Devereux addressed the students and staff of Salesian Sixth Form Chertsey. With over three hundred students from both Year 12 and Year 13 filling Highfield Road Hall, Mrs. Devereux spoke movingly about her son’s background, his teaching career in Salesian School Chertsey, his mission in Africa and the ultimate sacrifice of his life when challenging injustice.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

On Day 5 of our preparation for Don Bosco's feast, Bob, from Cornwall, reflects on his vocation as a Salesian Cooperator, in 3 different ways.


Livin’ It - How one can be living the life of a Salesian. Being part of the Salesian family gives you strength to carry on their work. Helping the young and their families is what we have as a gift from God. Letting them know if they need help we are there to be called upon.

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Let us cultivate the art of listening and accompaniment

 

Welcome to the fourth day of our novena of reflections from Salesian Cooperators, who share their personal thoughts on the Rector Major's Strenna 2018 and their vocation. Below, Kate reflects on how, as a Salesian Co-operator, listening to young people in order to accompany them effectively is part of her vocation.

 

Through reading and reflecting on many of Jesus’ encounters with others, his starting point is always friendship. He told His disciples He wanted them to be His friends. He talked with them, listened to them, invited them, show them love, helped them.

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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, Christine and Diane from Huyton, near Liverpool, reflect on what it means to them to be Salesian Cooperators.

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