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Wednesday, 03 August 2016 14:01

Over 1600 students visited Savio House this year

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Pictured: The Savio House Team with a youth retreat group at White Nancy, Bollington


Recently, our year together came to an end at Savio House, with the departure of our volunteers and Br Łukasz going home to Poland. It has been an amazing year filled with laughter, fun and friendship and we have been able to share it with over 1600 students who have visited Savio this year on retreat.

We would like to thank the staff from each of the 26 schools who gave up their time and put in all he background work to bring students on retreat: we truly appreciate all the work you put in. We would also like to thank all the people who have answered our calls for assistance and have given up their time to help us throughout the year. We won’t name them in case we forget anyone – but you know who you are.

We are lucky this year as Kazzi and Laia have truly entered into the Salesian spirit and have volunteered further to work on summer projects through Salesian Youth Ministry.

Finally we would like to thank all of the retreat team for all the hard work they have done throughout the year. The mission of Savio House would not be possible without the team and words cannot express our gratitude.

We would ask you to keep each of them in your prayers as they move forward to the next stage of their journeys.


Emma Jarvis
Savio House


The 2016 Team outside Savio House with a student retreat group



The amazing Savio House Team, 2016

See Savio House on Flickr for more photos of their work this year

Thursday, 21 July 2016 13:25

Salesian YM counting down to World Youth Day

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The nineteen Salesian Youth Ministry pilgrims are making their final preps and checks ready to set off for the 31st World Youth Day in Krakow.


One of the many highlights of the pilgrimage will be the International Salesian Festival, where our group will also meet up with the 21 young adults from All Saints, Sheffield, who took part in the GBR Salesians WYD preparation day.


The Festival will be held on 27th July at the EXPO fair site, with Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, Rector Major of the SDB, and Mother Yvonne Reungoat, Mother General of the FMA attending, and giving the 'Good Night' at the end of the evening of spirituality.


We wish them a safe journey and pray for them and all the WYD2016 pilgrims during this life-changing experience.



The Salesian and All Saints pilgrims during the training day at Savio House


Salesian Youth Ministry is delighted to have had so much early interest in next year's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. There are now only 3 places left, so please contact Sue McDonald as soon as you can (and definitely before 1st September!) if you'd like to take up this amazing opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Jesus 'in an adventure of the Spirit'. 


There will be a preparation weekend for all pilgrims at Savio House, which will be arranged as soon as places are filled.



Tuesday, 14 June 2016 01:00

Salesian Chaplaincy Network meets at Crosby

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A Church of England high school with a Salesian Catholic chaplain was the perfect venue this week for the Salesian Chaplaincy Network to explore being 'Salesian anywhere'.

After four years with the Savio House community, Sam is now the first ever chaplain at St Michael's C of E High School, Crosby. She and Jess, a chaplain at a non-Salesian RC school, shared their experience bringing Don Bosco's ethos and approach to their work outside a Salesian setting.

Following a tour from our superb student guides, including some time with the animals on the school farm, the meeting began with prayer led by Sandy.

Jess took us through a 'Salesian Health Check' - challenging us to see how far we are Salesian in our own work, being present to young people, 'wasting time' with them, sharing the Salesian charism with colleagues as well as students.

Sam asked us to consider our own lives at work and beyond in terms of Don Bosco's window - home, school, playground and church, and outlined how she tries to bring the Salesian approach into each area. She outlined how the students have been involved in defining the values their school lives by, and how these values are encouraged and developed.

Sam pointed out that we tend to think Salesian work is only done where Salesians are based. However, following today's experience, we will all be much more aware that Salesian methods are being used to support young people and enrich their lives beynd Salesian settings, by people committed to being Salesian anywhere.

The day ended with Mass, celebrated by Fr Martin Coyle SDB.

We were very grateful for the hospitality of Sam and St Michael's, and very impressed by the school and the students we met.



Friday, 03 June 2016 16:18

Flame 2017

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When you know an event is going to be really great, you just have to book early, and that's why it's time for all Salesian group leaders to bag their tickets for Flame 2017, at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 11th March.

Only 150 of the 500 tickets Salesian Youth Ministry bought are left, so if you want to be AT THE FRONT with us, get in touch very soon, or you may be disappointed!

Contact Sue McDonald and make sure your Salesian group gets there! sue@salesianyouthministry.co.uk

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 15:37

Youth Ministry Retreat 2016

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This year's  Youth Ministry retreat will take place at lovely Sandymount House of Prayer, Blundellsands, from 10 - 12 June 2016.


Fr Michael Winstanley SDB will preach on the theme 'Mercy through Scripture'. 


The cost is £60 for full-board. Numbers are limited, so please contact Sue McDonald to book a place as soon as possible: sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 14:16

Salesians' WYD banner is a work of art!

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On a glorious Saturday afternoon 4 young adults joined me at Salesian House, Battersea to design and create the banner our province World Youth Day group will be carrying this summer in Poland.

After 1hour3mins of procrastination, enjoying the sun and eating junk food. We finally put together a work of art, if I do say so myself! Considering we only had 1 paint brush between us I think we did a very good job.


There are now 19 in the Salesians GBR group heading to Krakow. Please continue to pray for our pilgrimage group as we continue our preparations for this exciting journey

Bro Ste Lloyd



This year as you may have seen already, the Salesians are holding a national youthgather for all young Salesians yr9+. For the past 6 weeks our 6 Salesian schools and our parishes/youth groups have had exclusive booking privileges.

Now, that offer is available to the wider Salesian family i.e. Salesian lay chaplains and youth workers.
The event will be held at Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton from 6pm Friday the 30th September until 5pm Saturday 1st October.

What is it?
It will be 24hrs packed with the opportunity of meeting other young people through games/activities/music/challenges and we will have a number of larger activities as well such as inflatable’s, climbing wall etc.
As well as this there will be an all night vigil with each group taking 1/2hr in the chapel and we will be finishing with Mass on Saturday afternoon.

The purpose of this event is that young people have a taste of national Salesian family therefore the cost is kept to an absolute minimum of £5 per child. This gives places the scope for booking coaches and keeping costs down.


We ask that the young people bring something light for their dinner at 6pm and we will serve hot food at 10pm then hot breakfast at 8am and lunch.

Drinks will be available throughout the day.

What next?
All bookings need to be in by 1st July 2016 therefore please now fill out a booking form and post/email it to the Youth Ministry Office in Savio, Bollington.


Download your BOOKING FORM


Sue McDonald


Savio House, Ingersley Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5RW

Friday, 06 May 2016 10:00

Mini-novena to St Dominic Savio

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Savio House Team produced this mini-novena to St Dominic Savio in the lead-up to his feast this year, but you can of course pray it at any time.



















Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:13

Hurry for Salesian Flame 2017 tickets!

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When you know an event is going to be really great, you just have to book early, and that's why it's time for all Salesian group leaders to bag their tickets for Flame 2017, at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 11th March.


Over half of the 500 tickets Salesian Youth Ministry bought have now been reserved, so don't leave it too long, or you may be disappointed.


Contact Sue McDonald and make sure your Salesian group gets there!





Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:59

Salesian preparation for World Youth Day 2016

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The weekend of 15-17th April was the preparation meeting for the Salesian pilgrimage to Kraków for World Youth Day this year. We gathered together 15 of the 18 pilgrims at Savio House. They travelled from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, London and Falmouth to meet each other, learn about WYD and prep the timetable. Friday was a relaxing time, and whilst waiting for the young adults to travel from the south, we listened to how the Provincial 'survived' WYD in Madrid!


On Saturday, however, it was more hectic, as we welcomed into our group 21 young people from all Saints, Sheffield. They will be joining us in Kraków for the International Salesian Festival during WYD. Fr Roman told them a little about the place they will be visiting and Sue shared a little of what to expect at WYD. In the afternoon Anita and Sue taught everyone one some songs/hymns we will need, although Fr Martin had his ears covered at times.


Once the young people had left, the youth ministry group settled down again to planning their own timetable for the pilgrimage. The group bonded well and It was a really fruitful weekend. We left with jobs to do, booklets, flags and prayers to prepare. We look forward to sharing more with you in July.


Sue McDonald, Salesian Youth Ministry

Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:57

Salesian team facilitates at CELEBRATE 2016

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Team Picture Celebrate 2016


This weekend (22nd-24th April 2016) myself and four other Salesian volunteers, Rachel Cortes, Sue McDonald, Jessica Wilkinson and Danny Sweeney, had the privilege of facilitating the Ignite stream of 'Celebrate', the Catholic Charismatic Conference. This was held at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield. The Ignite stream was filled with twenty eight 11-14 year olds all ready to explore the theme of the conference which was “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8.

We explored each individual section of the main conference theme with a number of activities, games and discussions. We explored acting justly by reflecting on the refugee crisis and the situations refugees face when trying to seek asylum. We also took part in a mock trial for applying for asylum, asking each group of young people to put themselves in the shoes of a refugee, whose story they were given, and fight as them for their right to be granted asylum in the UK. The young people made really moving and passionate speeches, using the feelings they had felt during the earlier game and the stories of their refugee, they truly put themselves into that situation. We then explored walking humbly with our God, talking to the group about how we have to look to God as our guide in all situations. We played some games to show how it’s not always easy to hear someone guiding us when we can’t see or hear them but it is possible if we really concentrate and discover our own personal way to communicate with God that suits us. We also looked at the word humble and explored what that means to us today, in our everyday lives. Finally we explored mercy, and how all through this weekend we have seen great acts of love and mercy, to each other and through exploring the other two parts of the theme.

Throughout the weekend we praised God thanking him for all the blessings we have in our lives and adding them to our blessings board. We celebrated Mass with the whole conference each day, which was truly inspiring for everyone, each of the Masses where filled with total joy! We also had the privilege of welcoming Ros Powell into our Ignite group along with two of her prayer partners. Ros, a Christian Evangelist, told her testimony to the group and led us in a very moving and Holy Spirit filled prayer service. The young people opened their hearts to God and were filled with the Holy Spirit. It was beautiful to see young people praying over other young people and being open to whatever God wanted to do for them in that moment. We also welcomed into our group, on the Sunday, Steve Murray, who ministers to lots of young people and adults through mime. He inspired our young people and ourselves to think about “whose do we think we are, not who do we think we are” getting us to focus our minds on what God is calling us to do in our lives instead of just thinking solely about what WE want from our lives. Steve asked us to be counter cultural, to look to God and seek his path rather than looking to today’s cultural influences. He didn’t shy away from this idea and inspired us all to look again at how we live our lives out. His beautiful and powerful mime about temptations in our world really got us thinking about how we have to be constantly aware of the things we do in our lives, always “checking in” with God and allowing him to steer us in the right direction.

The whole weekend was one that I will never forget. I have come away totally inspired by the young people I met, who were so bold and never shied away from their love of Jesus. This weekend has taught me to be bolder, to “check in” with God more often and to look to him always to guide me in the right direction.
A big thank you goes to the Celebrate Team for this opportunity to work with incredible young people, to learn new ways of prayer and praise and be inspired.


'Say Yes', the Michelle Williams Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland song, was the soundtrack of our weekend: each time we felt a bit tired we put this song on and danced away our tiredness before starting back.


Kate Wilkinson




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