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Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:57

Students' Krakow visit honours SDB killed in Auschwitz

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This month, Salesian students from Farnborough, spent some time following the footsteps of Bl Józef Kowalski, one of the Salesians killed in Auschwitz


During their trip to Krakow during half term, 44 students from Salesian College Farnborough, visited the Salesian Parish of Saint Stanislaus & St John Bosco in Debniki, where St John Paul II had been a parishioner.


They were welcomed by Fr Zygmunt SDB and, as it was Ash Wednesday, he administered the ashes to the group.

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The Keys of the Kingdom, hidden in our hearts


Lent gives us an opportunity to look within for anything holding us back from being transformed by God.  Fr David O'Malley SDB looks at one of those things - our need to feel in control - and at the gentler ways we can support our young people and help to unlock God's Kingdom.


The keys

I felt naked without them, a little apprehensive too; having lent them to the badminton group to get the equipment out. It was strange not to have the keys jangling in my hands like worry beads or reassuringly heavy in my jacket pocket. I sat at my desk wondering what the young people were doing with my keys, probably pressing each key  into a bar of soap so they could copy it later I thought suspiciously. They seemed to be taking forever and I was getting nervous. Then paranoia began to set in. Worse than the young people getting the keys would be another staff member! Some of them would love to see what I'd got in  my store room especially as money for equipment has been tight recently.  



As part of the parish’s celebration for our 125th anniversary of the consecration of Sacred Heart Church, we are holding a series of lectures in honour of a much loved priest of the community, Fr Pat McGrath Sdb. The opening lecture in January looked at the history of Christianity in Battersea from the first Christian settlement to the re-founding of the Catholic Mission at Battersea Park in 1860. The present Parish Team Leader, Gerry O’Shaughnessy and the local Anglican Vicar, Rev Simon Butler led that session

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Srs Connie, Linda and Pauline of the Formation Team outline the forthcoming Formation for All Salesian Family Training Day. The event will be held in Kendal, Cumbria on Saturday 10th March 2018, and all are welcome.


We would like to invite you to attend a Salesian Family Training Day on the following theme: “WORTHY”: Accompanying vulnerable young people in the development of self-worth.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:47

New BOVA volunteers are off to India and Cambodia

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Anita Morais tells us about the latest BOVA (Bosco Volunteer Action) volunteers as they set off to their placements.


Paul and Alan are both beginning their BOVA placements this month. 


Alan is the first volunteer we are sending to Don Bosco Ashalayam, Kolkata, through the links we have had from Fr Andrew Ebrahim's visits to the community. Alan will spend 2 months initially with the community in Kolkata and hopes to return for a longer term placement over the course of his career break. 

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:42

Cook needed at Savio House

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Savio House, our youth retreat centre in Bollington, Cheshire, is seeking a well-qualified, part time cook.


Find out more on our Job Vacancies page.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:43

Ash Wednesday - Lenten Reflection

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The Spirit of Jesus drives us forward


Fr Michael Winstanley SDB reflects on the challenges and the gifts that surround us as we begin the season of Lent, in the  desert with Jesus.


As we set out on our Lenten journey, our annual desert safari, I'm wondering about the contours of my own desert. The Judean wilderness consisted of ravines and limestone hills, a bleak, unfriendly landscape. We are familiar with pictures of the seemingly endless, undulating miles of the sandy Sahara. Nearer home l recently gazed across the lonely barrenness of Bowes Moor, which reminded me of the flats and troughs of Kinder Scout, and the contrast of dry dust and mud bog. Wastelands assume a variety of forms. As individuals and communities too, sharers in Jesus' mission, we all have our desolate wastes. At times our lives can be dry and harsh, exhausting and barren. It is important to locate our points of vulnerability and weakness, and  to seek to identify the shapes which the wild animals of our desert might adopt. Lent invites us to face our demons.  

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Salesian College Farnborough chose the feast of Don Bosco to remember former pupil, Sean Devereux. Chaplain, Fr Pat, outlines the events.

On January 31st, the Feast of Saint John Bosco, Salesian College Farnborough commemorated the 25th Anniversary one of our former pupils who was inspired by our founder to live out his Salesian ideals to the full. Sean Devereux was a natural leader with a mischievous sense of fun, who devoted himself to the young people of Africa, especially in Liberia and in Somalia, where he was assassinated on 2nd January 1993.


Fr Pat Sherlock updates us on preparations for music at the HCPT (Hosanna House & Children’s Pilgrimage Trust) liturgies at Lourdes this Easter.

On Saturday 3rd February there was a rehearsal, led by HCPT Pilgrimage Director Andy Clare, at Salesian College Farnborough. The HCPT liturgies this Easter are being led by the American Special Children's Pilgrimage Group, but as they can bring only a limited number of singers from the USA, reinforcements are being provided by students from the UK.



Fr David O'Malley SDB describes an eclectic celebration of Don Bosco in Battersea


The Battersea Salesian family gathered on Saturday evening, February 3rd to pray and to celebrate Don Bosco's day. The group gathered for an evening prayer, beautifully led by Bro Gregory and within that we were able to listen to Fr Angel's message for 2018 on video. Then we moved into sharing food, ably prepared by Bro Ste which was a version of "scouse" washed down with a few beers.

We had a wide representation of the Salesian family including the FMA community, and volunteers from around London, including school chaplains. We were also delighted to welcome two Cooperators from Argentina who brought a guitar and led us in some international singing. It was a great Salesian family night!


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