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Monday, 04 February 2019 21:42

Shrigley Old Boys' Glasgow get-together

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Joe Doogan has more news of the recent Shrigley Old Boys' gathering in Easterhouse


Once again the Scottish clan of the Salesian family met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse,Glasgow, to have another fun day to celebrate the feast of Don Bosco.


Mass was slightly delayed until all the Old Boys had finished with their welcome. Our Provincial, Fr Gerry Briody, concelebrated the Mass, ably assisted by Fr Michael Winstanley and Fr Bob Coupe.Although we had only 25 in the congregation, the wonderful singing seemed to fill the church, thanks due to the training received in Shrigley.

Friday, 08 February 2019 12:19

A joyful Don Bosco Day in Bootle

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By tradition, the end of January is marked by a celebration of the Feast St John Bosco in every Salesian place. We hear about the Feast at Savio Salesian College and St James' parish in Bootle.


Our school and parish in Bootle always takes this opportunity to celebrate the day with great joy and invite many young people to join us in the celebration.

At Savio Salesian College, the Feast Day opened with festive school assemblies. Fr Jakub guided a reflection on the life of Don Bosco and the reality of the Salesian family throughout the world. A group of students performed a song in honour of Don Bosco, ‘The Friend of the Young’, accompanied by various musical instruments including piano, guitar and drum.

Friday, 01 February 2019 16:11

New Cooperator enrolled on Don Bosco Day

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Dr Etienne Ciantar, Fr Michael, Don Guiseppe, Fr Bob, Fr Kieran and Jessica


The feast of our founder was even more special this year, as Thornleigh House in Bolton hosted the enrolment of a new Salesian Cooperator, Baron Don Guiseppe Compagnino CHSJ. 


Don Guiseppe, who is a Baron of the Holy Roman Empire and Knight Hospitaller of St John of Jerusalem, has lived in Leeds since 2007, and formerly served in the Carabinieri, one of the Italian police forces.

Friday, 01 February 2019 12:38

Faith and Joy at our World Youth Day at Home

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Fr Jakub, Chaplain of Savio Salesian College Bootle, writes about attending our home-grown celebration

World Youth Day at Panama was one of the most exciting events for the youth who wanted to explore their faith and connect with other like-minded people. Travel to another continent can be however a bit of a challenge because of various commitments at school and at home. But for those kinds of people, the Salesian Sisters of the UK prepared something very special this year – “World Youth Day at Home”. Together with a group of students from Savio Salesian College we decided to take part in this exciting event which was a great way to join in the events happening at Panama while remaining in UK.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019 17:37

Celebrating St John Bosco - our Founder's Feast!

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On 31st January, we celebrate and give thanks for St John Bosco, our founder. Surrounded by poor young people in urban Turin in the nineteenth century, he recognised their difficulties; their need to be loved and respected; and he created an educational approach based on valuing and nurturing the young that would enable them to feel loved and to thrive.

Tuesday, 29 January 2019 14:46

Helping Salesian Sisters give girls hope and a home

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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.


Home: the place where one lives permanently, especially as a member of a family or household. A safe and loving family home is certainly something I have always taken for granted, particularly as a child. Many of us are lucky enough for this to be a given and to grow up without even having to consider an alternative. However, for many children around the world, a secure home and family is not always the reality.


Zambia has been badly affected by the AIDS crisis, and this has left many families with the eldest sibling at the head. Alongside high levels of poverty, this leaves girls and young women particularly vulnerable, open to abuse and unsafe in their own homes. In response to this, the Salesian Sisters founded the City of Joy in 2008.

Friday, 25 January 2019 15:58

Pope inspires young people at World Youth Day 2019

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Pope Francis arrived in Panama and delivered an inspiring speech at the opening ceremony to a huge international audience of young pilgrims, which included our own small group from Britain. Photo: Liam Parr


His Holiness said "Peter and the Church are walking with you", and said the global event shows that young people can meet each other regradless of their differences.


"You, dear friends, have made many sacrifices to be able to meet one another and in this way you have become true teachers and builders of the culture of encounter. By your actions and your approach, your way of looking at things, your desires and above all your sensitivity, you discredit and defuse the kind of talk that is intent on sowing division, on excluding or rejecting those who are not 'like us' ... On the other hand, we know that the father of lies prefers people who are divided and quarrelling to people who have learned to work together."


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Br Lukasc Wojcik SDB writes about the Friday Masses at Savio Salesian College Bootle

In Savio Salesian College we have already managed to forget about the Christmas break. The Chaplaincy team is trying to find a way through planning the new trips, running the after schools clubs, and preparing for St. John Bosco’s Feast, which hopefully will be an absolutely great celebration. Apart from all of that, a lot is still going on and on we want to share with you our great experience.

Every Friday, during lunch break, we meet in our school Chapel for Holy Mass. In the beginning of the break students gather to be with God and meet one another. It is remarkable when among all the school noises one can experience silent prayer or communal singing, staff together with the pupils.

Friday, 25 January 2019 10:37

RE Conference for Salesian schools in the South

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Last week, students from Salesian School Chertsey and Salesian College Farnborough joined their peers at St John Bosco College (SJBC) Battersea to take part in a Religious Education conference led by theologian Dr Peter Vardy. The conference was a bespoke programme designed to supplement and reinforce what they had learnt in RE for their GCSEs.


After 33 years of service to the Province and to all us, working on finance and related matters in the Provincial Office, Paulene Whyte will retire from her post of Finance Manager at the end of January, with Wednesday January 30th as her last day in the office.

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