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Monday, 28 January 2019 03:54

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 7

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Day Seven - Self-Sacrifice

 

Don Bosco often said to the young people of Turin, "For you I study, for you I work, for you I live, for you I am ready even to give my life".
Lord, help us to go the extra mile in the care and safeguarding of others, to witness to the sacredness of all human life. Help us to escape from self-centred thinking and move to the self-sacrifice that will give our lives meaning and direction.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: Salesian Youth Ministry Animators at Make Some Noise youth gather 2018

Sunday, 27 January 2019 04:37

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 6

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Day Six - Little Ones

 

Lord, help us to imitate Don Bosco in making the first move in responding to the needs of the young and the vulnerable.
Teach us to look beneath the brash bravado or the shrinking shyness of others to see your face.
Help us to create opportunities for conversation, to engage in the world of the poor and abandoned and allow them to test the strength of our care.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: URSpace Glasgow S2 retreat day at Carfin National Shrine

 

Saturday, 26 January 2019 03:14

Don Bosco Novena - Day 5

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Day Five - The Eucharist

 

Lord, as we eat and drink at Communion, the bread and wine become part of each one of us and we should become, like Don Bosco, bread and wine for others.
The intimacy of your risen presence moving in our lives goes beyond our understanding.
Help us to try to live this mystery of intimacy with you, our Risen Lord, and allow it to shape our lives and deepen our friendship with you.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Photo: First Holy Communion at St Gregory's, Bollington

Friday, 25 January 2019 03:54

Don Bosco Novena - Day 4

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Day Four - Awakening a Family Likeness

 

Don Bosco emphasised the family spirit in his communities.

Lord you remind us in the scriptures that everyone moved by the Spirit is a son or a daughter of God. So it is as if we are recognising a family likeness in others, a likeness that makes each person a sacrament: an outward sign of your inner presence.

Lord, help us to recognise that every gathering of two or three people is potentially a family reunion when viewed through the eyes of love, of justice.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.


Download the Novena as a pdf

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Photo: Don Bosco Youth-Net meeting at Savio House 

Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:31

Don Bosco Novena - Day 3

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Day Three - Hospitality

 

For Don Bosco, every Salesian house was a place of hospitality and welcome.

 

Lord, help us to make every encounter a sacred space, where people can feel safe, relax and be present just as they are.

 

Lord, you said Whenever you welcome one of these little ones, you welcome me. So, we pray that hospitality for us may become an act of faith in the unique spirit at the heart of each individual.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: Providing hospitality to the young at Savio House

Tuesday, 22 January 2019 02:08

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 2

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Day Two - The Call to Belong

 

Don Bosco calls us into a wider community and into a network of care for others.

Everyone we meet is both our pupil and our teacher, whatever their age or status.

Ours is a vocation to interdependence; to giving and receiving in a way that challenges the individualism of many cultures.

Lord, may we never lose touch with the still small voice of the your Spirit, and be aware of our need of others.

 

Hail Mary ...
Saint John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications 

 

Photo: Celebration of 150th anniversary of Sacred Heart church, Battersea

 

Monday, 21 January 2019 16:38

Novena to Don Bosco - Day 1

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The Novena to our founder, St John Bosco, traditionally begins on 22nd January, and is prayed on the nine days leading to his feast on 31st January. 

 

Please join us in prayer.

 

Day 1:  Signs and Bearers of God's Love

 

Lord, may we be so aware of our own brokenness that it may give us the compassion to care for others, as Don Bosco did.

May we be driven by the call for justice through this inner spirit to make sacrifices for young people at risk.

May we be called by compassion to live a healing gentleness among young people, our family and our friends.

Let the spirit of justice and compassion move us so that, in our lives, we may become signs and bearers of your love.

 

Hail Mary ...

St John Bosco, pray for us.

 

Download the Novena as a pdf

 

This novena is based on the book A Salesian Way of Life by David O'Malley SDB, available from Don Bosco Publications

 

Photo: Phoenix Summer Camps 2017

 

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Hazel Fort, of the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy Team in Bootle, reflects on a caring Advent. Above - the students Nativity play for pensioners.


After the fresh start in September, it seemed that we were just getting into the swing of things when Advent sneaked up on us and gave us a tremendous push into the hectic waters of Christmas preparation. It was sink or swim as we tried to juggle school exams with Advent and the hurly burly of Christmas.


Television adverts pushed impossible presents at impossible prices and cookery programmes told us of the exotic recipes we could prepare for our amazed guests at the parties we would be holding - if you were that way inclined and had begun ingredient shopping last August …


… and just the tiniest amount of time was allotted to the homeless or those alone at Christmas. Here, at Savio, those people have always been our priority.

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The new Devereux resource base for pupils with Autism and mental health needs, the first of its kind in Wandsworth, was formally opened on 15th January 2019, by Mrs Maureen Devereux, pictured above with Headteacher Paul Dunne.

 

The centre was named in honour of her son Sean, a former Salesian student, teacher and volunteer, who was murdered in in Kismayo, Somalia in January 1993, at the age of 28, while working for UNICEF. Sean is an important role model and inspiration for the Salesian family.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:48

Sisters host World Youth Day at Home next weekend

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Panama is a bit too far for many of us, so the Salesian Sisters are providing their own World Youth Day experience at the same time as the global event, but at a more accessible location.

 

From 25th - 27th January, young people in Years 9-11, S3 & S4, and sixth formers will be enjoying a fun-and-faith-filled weekend at Barnston, on the Wirral peninsula near Liverpool, planned and facilitated by the Salesian Sisters’ VIDES UK team.

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