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Friday, 06 May 2016 10:54

Mary, Help of Christians Celebration Day

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MHC Programme 2016

Mary, Help of Christians holds a special place in the Salesian Family. On June 9 1868 St John Bosco dedicated the mother church of his congregation at Turin to her, and the Salesians of Don Bosco and their Sisters have carried the devotion on, extending it to all those they work with.

Fr Andrew Ehrahim SDB is the guest speaker at this year's celebration, and the theme is Forgiveness and the Year of Mercy.

The event will be held at will be held on Sunday, 22nd May at St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Chertsey, from 10 am to 4pm.


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Friday, 06 May 2016 10:00

Mini-novena to St Dominic Savio

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Savio House Team produced this mini-novena to St Dominic Savio in the lead-up to his feast this year, but you can of course pray it at any time.



















Thursday, 05 May 2016 16:13

Hurry for Salesian Flame 2017 tickets!

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When you know an event is going to be really great, you just have to book early, and that's why it's time for all Salesian group leaders to bag their tickets for Flame 2017, at Wembley Arena on Saturday, 11th March.


Over half of the 500 tickets Salesian Youth Ministry bought have now been reserved, so don't leave it too long, or you may be disappointed.


Contact Sue McDonald and make sure your Salesian group gets there!




On Wednesday April 27th, the Speaker’s House in the Palace of Westminster hosted this annual event in recognition of those supporters of CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) who are in regular contact with their member of parliament on issues of justice and peace. Salesian School Chertsey was represented by its Chaplain and one of its Sixth Form students who is training as a CAFOD Youth Leader. Fr Martin Poulsom SDB was also in attendance. (Frs Martin and Marco are pictured above)

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon John Bercow, gave the welcome and introductory speech, outlining the reasons for his admiration for the work of this organisation in the field of humanitarian relief. The second speaker was the Rt. Hon Catherine McKinnell MP, who organised the event as Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of CAFOD. She warmly commended CAFOD and its members for their untiring commitment to engage with members of parliament on pertinent issues.


Lord Debon (John Gummer) the former Environment Minister and current Chair of the Climate Change Committee, spoke passionately about the need for Renewable energy. This message was reiterated by the current Under-Secretary for the Department for International Development, the Rt. Hon Nick Hurd MP who spoke about the impact of solar panels in the developing world, reducing dependency on fossil fuels and utilising the ever-increasing energy yields of solar power.

Ms. Molly-Kate McCaffrey, a student from the University of Durham, shared how being a CAFOD supporter shaped her life whilst the closing address by Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster John Sherrington reminded guests of the value of regular contact with parliamentarians through whom much progress has already been made.


Fr Marco Villani SDB

SSTP St. John Bosco Staff


On a beautiful Saturday, staff from St. John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, joined the Salesian Spirituality Team for their second Salesian Spirituality Day. Staff included Darren Gidman, the Headteacher of the school.


The day was held at the Salaseian Sisters' Provincial house in Blundellsands. It was a fantastic day, full of discussion and reflection. Together we discussed the Preventive System, Salesian friendship and Salesian prayer. It was all held together with a wonderful shared lunch - a real sign of Salesian community!


We all left the day full of life and ready to continue in our Salesian mission to the young.


Mary Biddle.

Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:48

Savio Salesian College does Disneyland Paris

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Over the Easter Holidays, a group of pupils and teachers of Savio Salesian College, Bootle, went for a trip to Disneyland Paris. Two full days in the theme park inspired by the famous animated movies were a wonderful experience.

Many adventurous rides were tried by the pupils and the staff members. The ride which the children enjoyed the most was called "The Space Mountain," – a rough rollercoaster ride in complete darkness, which the group have gone to not less, but 9 times! There was also a chance to meet the popular Disney characters, join the parade and see the great firework display during the night.

Overall the trip was full of fun and happy memories to carry into the future.

Jacob Ruszniak, Chaplain


Thursday, 28 April 2016 14:59

Salesian preparation for World Youth Day 2016

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The weekend of 15-17th April was the preparation meeting for the Salesian pilgrimage to Kraków for World Youth Day this year. We gathered together 15 of the 18 pilgrims at Savio House. They travelled from Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, London and Falmouth to meet each other, learn about WYD and prep the timetable. Friday was a relaxing time, and whilst waiting for the young adults to travel from the south, we listened to how the Provincial 'survived' WYD in Madrid!


On Saturday, however, it was more hectic, as we welcomed into our group 21 young people from all Saints, Sheffield. They will be joining us in Kraków for the International Salesian Festival during WYD. Fr Roman told them a little about the place they will be visiting and Sue shared a little of what to expect at WYD. In the afternoon Anita and Sue taught everyone one some songs/hymns we will need, although Fr Martin had his ears covered at times.


Once the young people had left, the youth ministry group settled down again to planning their own timetable for the pilgrimage. The group bonded well and It was a really fruitful weekend. We left with jobs to do, booklets, flags and prayers to prepare. We look forward to sharing more with you in July.


Sue McDonald, Salesian Youth Ministry


On Thursday 21st April, Year 9 boys from Salesian College Farnborough took part in a day retreat on the theme of the Holocaust and heard the testimony of a Holocaust survivor.

After an opening liturgy in the College Chapel, the 100 boys were divided into 6 groups and spent the morning in workshops, helping them to prepare for the afternoon's speaker.

Rudi Oppenheimer, now 84, was eight years old at the outbreak of World War Two. He spoke clearly and engagingly for 70 minutes, giving a fascinating account of his life before and after the invasion of Holland by the Nazis. With the aid of photographs he described the happiness and peace of his early childhood, shattered by the restrictions imposed on the Jews and the deportation of his family to a transit camp and eventually to Bergen-Belsen. He then answered questions from the boys for a further 30 minutes.

Several staff and older students were able to attend part of the talk; these included two Year 12 students who had taken part in the 'Lessons from Auschwitz' project and had shared their experiences with the Year 9 boys during History lessons.

The day ended with a short closing liturgy in the College Chapel, including an Act of Commitment to learn from the lessons of history and to stand up for those who are oppressed in our world today.

Fr Patrick Sherlock SDB, College Chaplain


Thursday, 28 April 2016 13:57

Salesian team facilitates at CELEBRATE 2016

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Team Picture Celebrate 2016


This weekend (22nd-24th April 2016) myself and four other Salesian volunteers, Rachel Cortes, Sue McDonald, Jessica Wilkinson and Danny Sweeney, had the privilege of facilitating the Ignite stream of 'Celebrate', the Catholic Charismatic Conference. This was held at All Hallows Catholic College, Macclesfield. The Ignite stream was filled with twenty eight 11-14 year olds all ready to explore the theme of the conference which was “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God” Micah 6:8.

We explored each individual section of the main conference theme with a number of activities, games and discussions. We explored acting justly by reflecting on the refugee crisis and the situations refugees face when trying to seek asylum. We also took part in a mock trial for applying for asylum, asking each group of young people to put themselves in the shoes of a refugee, whose story they were given, and fight as them for their right to be granted asylum in the UK. The young people made really moving and passionate speeches, using the feelings they had felt during the earlier game and the stories of their refugee, they truly put themselves into that situation. We then explored walking humbly with our God, talking to the group about how we have to look to God as our guide in all situations. We played some games to show how it’s not always easy to hear someone guiding us when we can’t see or hear them but it is possible if we really concentrate and discover our own personal way to communicate with God that suits us. We also looked at the word humble and explored what that means to us today, in our everyday lives. Finally we explored mercy, and how all through this weekend we have seen great acts of love and mercy, to each other and through exploring the other two parts of the theme.

Throughout the weekend we praised God thanking him for all the blessings we have in our lives and adding them to our blessings board. We celebrated Mass with the whole conference each day, which was truly inspiring for everyone, each of the Masses where filled with total joy! We also had the privilege of welcoming Ros Powell into our Ignite group along with two of her prayer partners. Ros, a Christian Evangelist, told her testimony to the group and led us in a very moving and Holy Spirit filled prayer service. The young people opened their hearts to God and were filled with the Holy Spirit. It was beautiful to see young people praying over other young people and being open to whatever God wanted to do for them in that moment. We also welcomed into our group, on the Sunday, Steve Murray, who ministers to lots of young people and adults through mime. He inspired our young people and ourselves to think about “whose do we think we are, not who do we think we are” getting us to focus our minds on what God is calling us to do in our lives instead of just thinking solely about what WE want from our lives. Steve asked us to be counter cultural, to look to God and seek his path rather than looking to today’s cultural influences. He didn’t shy away from this idea and inspired us all to look again at how we live our lives out. His beautiful and powerful mime about temptations in our world really got us thinking about how we have to be constantly aware of the things we do in our lives, always “checking in” with God and allowing him to steer us in the right direction.

The whole weekend was one that I will never forget. I have come away totally inspired by the young people I met, who were so bold and never shied away from their love of Jesus. This weekend has taught me to be bolder, to “check in” with God more often and to look to him always to guide me in the right direction.
A big thank you goes to the Celebrate Team for this opportunity to work with incredible young people, to learn new ways of prayer and praise and be inspired.


'Say Yes', the Michelle Williams Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland song, was the soundtrack of our weekend: each time we felt a bit tired we put this song on and danced away our tiredness before starting back.


Kate Wilkinson





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