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In the Jubilee Year of Mercy, young people aged 13-16 have written reflections on the theme of mercy for a new book, created by the Salesian School, Chertsey. This little book provides a revealing insight into what mercy means to young people today, and appropriately, all profits from its sales will go to support suffering Christians in the Middle East.


The book is available from Don Bosco Publications, priced at £2.50 a copy, plus p&p. Contact Sarah or Bernadette on publications@salesians.org.uk, or Fr Andrew Ebrahim aebrahim@salesian.surrey.sch.uk



Sunday, 27 March 2016 14:15


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Wishing you all a very happy Easter - every blessing on this great Feast!!

Thursday, 24 March 2016 16:15

Wishing you a blessed Holy Week

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As we enter the Holy Triduum, we wish all of you peace and consolation in reflecting on the Passion of Jesus, and the hope he gives us, in looking forward to the joy of Easter and eternal life.


This week, in a video message the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, appealed to the whole Salesian Family for prayer for peace on Holy Thursday, with a special intention for Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian kidnapped in Yemen.

Holy Thursday is a key moment of the liturgical year. On Holy Thursday Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood, he began his Passion and was totally abandoned to the will of the Father. This is why the Church has always celebrated special vigils and moments of intense prayer on that day.

For this very reason, looking at the suffering in so many parts of the world, "with so many people of different religions and confessions suffering a real martyrdom", Fr Á.F. Artime invites everyone "to spend a time of very intense prayer on Holy Thursday evening, as we accompany Jesus in the pain and loneliness of Gethsemane".

"I sincerely hope that all our Salesian Family throughout the world and our young people will be united, in different places and at different times, in this one prayer for peace" continues the video message.

Speaking on behalf of the whole Congregation, the Rector Major "also expressed our closeness and our solidarity" with the family of Fr Uzhunnalil. While assuring them that he is monitoring closely the painful affair, he asks the Lord to give Fr Tom “a deep peace that he may live through the experience trusting in the Lord Jesus."


You can view the video here on YouTube

Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:58

Salesian tickets for Flame 2017 going FAST!

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Next March may seem a very long way off, but 200 of the tickets Salesian Youth Ministry has bought for Flame 2017 have now been reserved by groups. There are now only 300 left, so if you're taking a Salesian group of young people to this brilliant event, get in touch with Sue McDonald ASAP to reserve yours.

The tickets are £18 each, and it's 'first come, first served', so don't miss the boat!


Contact Sue on sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk


Thursday, 24 March 2016 15:49

Job Vacancy

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Residential Team / Programme Leader - Savio House, Bollington, Nr Macclesfield

Salary: £20,000 pa (Accommodation included)

Hours: Full time

Length of Contract: 2 years


Our retreat centre for young people in the beautiful Cheshire countryside needs a new Residential Team / Programme Leader.

The team is made up of Salesians of Don Bosco, staff and volunteers, most of whom live together in the community at Bollington, and share the work of planning and leading retreats for schoolos and other groups.


The closing date is Monday 18th April, and interviews will be held on Tuesday 10th May. 


Application packs are available from: Miss Emma Jarvis, Savio House Retreat Centre

Tel: 01625 575405 Email: saviooffice@saviohouse.org.uk


See the job details on CatholicYouthWork.com

Friday, 26 February 2016 10:39

Salesian Youth Ministry - WYD Friday Reflections

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As we prepare for World Youth Day as a Salesian group, we have committed to providing a reflection each Friday. Here is the first of the series:

Salesians pilgrimage to WYD2016 Kracow - 5 months to go!

Theme for WYD2016: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy" (Mt 5:7)


10 minutes to spare:

If you have 10 minutes to spare I strongly recommend following the link below and reading the full text of Pope Francis' message for World Youth Day 2016. He invites us to reflect on and respond to God's mercy and highlights the unique opportunity we have as pilgrims to celebrate WYD in Kracow, home of the Divine Mercy Shrine, during this Jubilee Year of Mercy: Read it here

2 minutes to spare:

If you have 2 minutes to spare, then I recommend reading this extract from Pope Francis' message which stood out to me as an inspirational anecdote as well as a challenge:

God’s mercy is very real and we are all called to experience it firsthand. When I was seventeen years old, it happened one day that, as I was about to go out with friends, I decided to stop into a church first. I met a priest there who inspired great confidence, and I felt the desire to open my heart in Confession. That meeting changed my life! I discovered that when we open our hearts with humility and transparency, we can contemplate God’s mercy in a very concrete way. I felt certain that, in the person of that priest, God was already waiting for me even before I took the step of entering that church. We keep looking for God, but God is there before us, always looking for us, and he finds us first. Maybe one of you feels something weighing on your heart. You are thinking: I did this, I did that.... Do not be afraid! God is waiting for you! God is a Father and he is always waiting for us! It is so wonderful to feel the merciful embrace of the Father in the sacrament of Reconciliation, to discover that the confessional is a place of mercy, and to allow ourselves to be touched by the merciful love of the Lord who always forgives us!

You, dear young man, dear young woman, have you ever felt the gaze of everlasting love upon you, a gaze that looks beyond your sins, limitations and failings, and continues to have faith in you and to look upon your life with hope? Do you realize how precious you are to God, who has given you everything out of love? Saint Paul tells us that “God proves his love for us in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom 5:8). Do we really understand the power of these words?

Sue McDonald, Salesian Youth Ministry


Tuesday, 21 February 2017 16:10

Sts Louis Versiglia and Callistus Caravario

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On 25th February, we honour the Salesian Saints, Louis Versiglia and Callistus Caravario, martyred on this day in 1930.

Louis  was born in Oliva Gessi (Pavia) on June 5, 1873. Although his devotion from childhood led people to believe he would be a priest, his first ambition was to become a vet. After meeting Don Bosco when he was twelve, he later discovered his vocation, with a special hope of going to the missions.

He led a group of six Salesians who arrived in China in 1906. In 1918, the Salesians received the mission of Shiuchow from the Vicar Apostolic of Canton, and on January 9, 1921, Fr Versiglia was consecrated its bishop.

Callistus Caravario was born at Cuorgné, in the province of Turin, on June 18, 1903. He entered the novitiate and became a Salesian. In 1922, Bishop Versiglia was in Turin and spoke of the missions to the Brothers. Callistus told him: "Bishop, you will see me in China."

After travelling as a missionary for a few years, in May 18, 1929, Callistus returned to Shiuchow, where bishop Versiglia ordained him priest and entrusted him with the mission at Linchow.

On February 13, 1930, Fr Caravario was in Shiuchow to accompany the bishop on his pastoral visit to the Linchow mission. Some young boys and girls who had been studying in Shiuchow went with them. On February 25, a group of Bolshevik pirates stopped the bishop’s boat, wanting to take the girls. Bishop Versiglia and Fr Callistus stopped them. They were taken by force and ultimately shot, but before they were killed they heard one another’s confessions. Their last breath was spent for their beloved China.

Pope Paul VI declared them martyrs in 1976, John Paul II declared them Blessed in 1983 and canonized them on October 1, 2000.

Source: Salesian Missions

Friday, 19 February 2016 09:52

Lent Fast Day

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Today, Friday 19 February, is Lent Fast Day. This year, CAFOD’s Lent Appeal will ‘Turn on the Taps’ to help thousands of people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda to gain access to safe, clean water. Apart from the obvious benefit to health, the local provision of safe water transforms lives in many other ways. CAFOD spoke to Proscovia, a 14-year old girl in Uganda, who took on the task of walking long distances each day to collect the family’s water while her mother worked to support them: ‘I found it very difficult to put on a uniform after walking so long for water. I didn’t want to go to school dirty or late.’

Every £1 we give to the Lent Fast Day appeal will be doubled by the UK Government, so we can really make a difference to people like Proscovia.

If you can get online today from 1:30 – 2:30pm, you can join the CAFOD webinar to hear how your support has made a difference in the lives of real people.


We share the CAFOD Lent Fast Day Prayer:


Merciful God,

Source of all that is good, wash us clean of all that prevents us from seeing you in each of our sisters and brothers around the world.

Transform our hearts this Lent, through our prayer, fasting and almsgiving, to be open to the needs of all those who thirst.

Spirit of compassion, move us to share with all people the water of life.

We ask this through Christ our Lord,



Source: CAFOD

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 10:55

Ash Wednesday

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Today we begin the season of Lent. Many of us will have decided how we will mark this time of contemplation and preparation, but perhaps some are still considering. Inspired by the Year of Mercy, our 'Lenten Wednesdays' series of emails this year offers readings, reflections and prayers centred on themes from Catholic Social Teaching. If you would like to receive the weekly reflections, please send a message to newsdesk@rualink.net


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