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Paul Barnes, who has been a volunteer in Moshi, writes about the recent celebrations marking 25 years of the Salesian presence in Tanzania. Our Province has a long connection, and a group of staff and students from Thornleigh Salesian College will be visiting Moshi again soon.

 

On Saturday 22nd April 2017 representatives of the whole Salesian family gathered at Don Bosco Moshi, Tanzania, to celebrate 25 years of Salesian activity. Moshi is in the foothills of Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and known as the rooftop of Africa. The Salesian foundation is part of the East Africa Province whose Provincial House is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:58

New Salesian Youth Project needs volunteers

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Salesian Youth Ministry is seeking 24 volunteers for an exciting new summer project in Battersea, running from 18-27th August 2017.

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Salesian House, Battersea has been shortlisted for a 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)  London Award!

 

Salesian House is home to the Battersea Salesian community, and its flexibly designed spaces also provide guest accommodation and work rooms which can be used by visiting groups of young people. The copper-clad chapel overlooks an attractive landscaped garden that extends the contemplative atmosphere to the outdoors.  

 

Sited right next to the recently built St John Bosco College and officially opened on Don Bosco Day in 2016, Salesian House was the final stage in a vision for Battersea inspired by Don Bosco's Oratory model - where each Salesian house and work is a home, a school, a church and a playground.

 

The completed scheme has already had success at the  New London Awards  and the  UK Property Awards. The 2017 RIBA London Award winners will be announced on 22 May 2017.


Photographs ©  JZA Photography  and  Will Scott

Poster for Rise 2017

 

The RISE event aims to gather up to twenty young people who are leaving year 10 or 11 for a five day project for young leaders, a fun filled week including workshops in communication skills, teamwork skills and youth work skills.

The programme will run from 6pm on the 24th July until 4pm on the 28th July, at Savio House in Bollington (near Macclesfield). It is being organised by the Salesian Youth Ministry Team.

Young people can make their own way to Macclesfield station where we will collect them (or alternatively they can arrange someone to drop them off at Savio House). To cover the costs of food, accommodation and outings we are asking only £99 per head (the project is being subsidised by the Salesians).

We hope through this week to develop Salesian young leaders by giving young people a chance to build skills which they can use in the future. We are therefore asking if you could identify any young people who have displayed leadership qualities (at school and/or local community). You can download an invitaion letter to give to your young people below, together with the registration form.

Download the  poster

Download the  invitation letter and registration form

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As we continue the season of Easter, Michael T Winstanley SDB encourages us to go beyond a 'cocktail approach' to look more deeply into the messages each of the evangelists have for us in their accounts of the passion and death of Jesus.

 

Many people in the UK, I’m told, enjoy a good cocktail, ordered at a bar or produced at home; the ‘Rusty Nail’, ‘Harvey Wallbanger’ and ‘London Fog’ feature amongst the current favourites. Many Catholics too seem to relish cocktails, cocktails of a different kind: scripture-based varieties.

 

At Christmas in cards, carols and cribs we readily mix items of Matthew’s nativity narrative with details from that of Luke, often without realising what we are doing. The same is true with our perception of the passion and death of Jesus. We tend to blend bits of Matthew and Mark with extracts from Luke and John, and occasionally toss in a Station of the Cross for good measure. Usually, this isn’t done consciously, and we are probably unaware of our thinking and creativity. From one angle, perhaps it doesn’t matter if this cocktail approach enables us to appreciate the suffering of Jesus, his love for us, and moves us to respond to him with gratitude and love. From another angle, it’s unfortunate, I believe, because it means we are not in touch with the differences in the four Gospel presentations; we can miss important messages for our theological understanding and our spirituality.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:30

Easter Triduum 2017 at Savio House

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The Easter retreat at Savio House began with a lively Passover meal, and then the youth and young adult groups attending worked to create a wonderfully prayerful atmosphere for the Easter services.

As the photos show, (thank you URSpace & Sr Gill for these!!), the weekend was a spiritually uplifting experience with plenty of fun too, in the Salesian tradition.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:21

Salesian Family Formation Day, 27th May

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Join the Salesian Cooperators and the Salesian Sisters for this Formation for All Day on Saturday 27th May 2017 from 11 am - 4pm, in Oxford. The focus of the day is on Mary, the Mother of God and her journey, both physical and spiritual, as she responds to God's call in her life.


The event will be led by Sr Pauline FMA and will include opportunities to listen, to reflect, to share and to pray. PLEASE come along and meet up with new and old friends!

 

Tea and coffeee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.


Contact Sr Pauline: paulinefma@googlemail.com by SATURDAY MAY 13th to secure your place.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:31

Salesian Family Day coming up in Croxteth!

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St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, is hosting a fabulous, action-packed family day on Sunday 23rd April.

 

With plenty of attractions the event promises to be a great way to spend Sunday afternoon for 'kids' of all ages.  If you are in or around Liverpool this weekend, go and see!

 

Entry is free, as are many of the activities. Gates open at 12.30pm.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:54

HAPPY EASTER

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This item below was written by Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry as a guest post on the Catholic Truth Society’s Catholic Compass blog, to mark the 32nd World Youth Day on 9th April 2017. Sue is pictured above at Flame 2017 with Chris (left) and Br Janusz (right) from the Savio House Team, wearing their Don Bosco scarves and hi-vis Stewarding gear for the event.

 

Many groups adopt some sort of outward sign of membership: it could be a school badge, a football scarf, a wrist band. Salesian Youth Ministry has its Don Bosco scarves, worn as a symbol of family. 

 

Everyone searches to belong in some way, to be at home with others. When we find someone or something we can identify with it becomes part of who we are. When we believe that we belong and are valued, we will proclaim it with joy and conviction alone and as one. This is the Salesian call – family.
Our charism is one of togetherness: a four-pronged spirituality balancing belonging, learning, celebration and faith with, and for, the young. Don Bosco, our founder, began this mission meeting the young on their turf, in the streets, pubs, workplaces and homes. He walked alongside them offering them a spirituality in which they were assured of being loved. I think this is why we have such a strong network of volunteers – they have all known love, the love of Christ, through the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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