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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 16:21

Hear Salesian Choir on ACN Christmas video

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A few weeks ago, we shared the news that singers from Salesian School Chertsey's Staff Choir, Scholars and Sinfonia had been invited by Aid to the Church in Need to record a special version of the Twelve Days of Christmas for the charity's new Christmas appeal. Now you can watch the video and hear them sing.


Find out more about ACN's Christmas campaign


Thursday, 13 December 2018 16:13

Want to make your Salesian school or parish greener?

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Don Bosco Green Alliance, an initiative of the Salesians in India, is an international collective of young people from Don Bosco institutions and organisations that contributes to global environmental action, thought and policy.


Salesian schools, colleges, parishes and other groups all over the world are warmly invited to join the Alliance and team up with over 80 other member-organisations from 29 countries. All members are asked to make specific commitments to doing their bit locally for a greener world, which link in some way to the three broad priority areas on which the Alliance is currently focused: combating pollution, reducing global warming and eliminating disposable plastic.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 14:46

Young people: What kind of Salesians do you need?

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A few weeks ago, we shared news from Rome about the theme for the 28th General Chapter, “What Salesians for today’s youth?”. Ahead of our Provincial Chapter in April 2019, the consultations with young people called for by the Rector Major, have begun, and Fr David O’Malley SDB describes one of the first meetings.


On Friday, the eve of the feast of Mary immaculate, the community in Battersea invited a group of 6th form students from St John Bosco College to talk to them about the theme of the next chapter: "what kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"

Wednesday, 12 December 2018 12:09

Salesian Chertsey students share the Fairtrade message

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On Tuesday December 11th, two Year 11 pupils from Salesian School Chertsey, Niamh Forbes and Calogera Scannella, led a Fairtrade assembly for pupils at St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School Weybridge, accompanied by Chaplain Fr Marco Villani SDB. The children, aged from Year 3 upwards were treated to a PowerPoint presentation containing a selection of images pertaining to various types of food, with the challenge being to guess correctly which Fairtrade produce was represented.

Saturday, 08 December 2018 00:03

Second Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Phoenix Summer Camps


In the second week of Advent, we hear from two of the staff from schools who bring children to our Phoenix Summer Camps, about the benefits the see for their students and schools. The camps give an active, faith-based holiday to young people who need a break they may not otherwise get. Each year, several secondary schools bring ten Year 7 students each, along with two members of staff, to Base Camp at Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington. They have lots of fun indoors and out, make new friends, learn more about cooperation, support each other and share prayer together - all in true in Salesian style. The camps are planned and led by the Salesian Youth Ministry team with support from additional volunteers, and each week-long camp offers a wide range of activities, including trips out to Stockport swimming pool and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 

Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:20

'Alive!' - New book explores Resurrection narratives

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The latest book by Fr Michael T Winstanley SDB is now in stock, and from the number of enquiries about it received at Don Bosco Publications before its launch, it's going to be very popular!


‘Alive! The Gospel Resurrection Narratives: Then and Now’,  represents Michael’s ability to sensitively and effectively translate scholarly work on scripture into language that speaks vividly to Christians today. 


Order now from our online bookshop, £14 including UK p&p, or contact Don Bosco Publications for bulk and overseas orders. 



Wednesday, 05 December 2018 17:34

Don Bosco Youth-Net seminar hosted in Battersea

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Last month, Salesian House Battersea hosted the annual "Take the Next Step" seminar from Don Bosco Youth-Net (DBYN). DBYN is an international network of Salesian youth work offices and youth organisations which work in the style of Don Bosco. The network assemblies 18 organisations, +1.000 employees and +9.000 volunteers, who cater for over 125.000 children and young people in 16 European countries.

Monday, 03 December 2018 17:14

Former pupil's visit inspires Savio students

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Last week, Savio Salesian College Bootle had a visit from a former student, who is now a member of the school's Hall of Fame. Beth Thompson delivered a motivational assembly to Years 10 & 11.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 16:46

Preparing for Christmas in Battersea

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A busy Advent at St John Bosco College Battersea began on Monday as Headteacher Mr Dunne lit the first Advent candle, and the schedule for the first week included a trip to Westminster Cathedral where singers met Bishop Paul McAleenan.

Monday, 26 November 2018 11:16

Traditional games for Sunday Oratory in Tanzania

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Salesian Cooperator, Paul Barnes, took some good old-fashioned games to Tanzania for children in St Francis Xavier parish.


In Cornwall they say "What goes round comes round". In the early 60's as a Salesian, I helped Sister Georgina McPake (RIP) to run the Sunday afternoon Oratory in Sacred Heart Parish, Battersea.


Fast forward 58 years later, and as a Salesian Cooperator, I find myself doing the same thing in my Tanzanian parish of St Francis Xavier on my current 3-monthly visits.

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