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Plans have now been finalised for the 2018 reunion of Shrigley Old Boys, marking the Diamond anniversary for the boys of 1958! Bernard O'Neill tells us what's in store, and how to book:


Following on from the previous successful reunions, we invite you to book for the Shrigley Old Boys Reunion 2018 on 07 – 09 September later this year. As this is the 60th anniversary for boys and staff at Shrigley in 1958, we are arranging a special anniversay meal at Savio House on Saturday, 8th September.  Details of the Presentations and the Meeting Agenda will be advised when confirmed later in the year.


There are 11 single bedsrooms and 19 twin rooms available at Savio, strictly first come basis. We have reserved 20 rooms at Shrigley Hall Hotel on a special B&B room rate. Further inforamtion is on the Reunion booking form (see below).



Friday 7 September
Arrive Shrigley/Savio
Buffet at Savio 7pm

Saturday 8 September
11:00 -  Mass at Savio
Visit to Bollington cemetery: Several Salesians are buried here including Fr Bernard Parkes who died April 2014.
13:30 -  Lunch at Shrigley Hotel
15:00 -  Meeting & Presentations - Shrigley Hall Hotel
16:30 - Visit to Shrigley Cemetery
18:00 - .Dinner at Savio
20:00 - Concert at Savio

Sunday 9 September
10:00 (TBC) - Mass at Savio
12:00 - Lunch at Savio



The Booking Form with further information (and a "Memories of 1958" competition to win a bottle of whiskey!) can be downloaded as a Word Document or a PDF from the Shrigley Association Website


Book as soon as you can! 


Tuesday, 27 February 2018 13:37

Salesian Family's Easterhouse Gathering

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Joe and Paticia Duggan report on the gathering of the Scottish Salesian Family in Easterhouse, to celebrate Don Bosco's feast.


Once again we had a large gathering of the Salesian family here in Scotland for the feast of St. John Bosco. On Sunday 4th February, the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Cooperators and the Shrigley Old Boys met in the parish of St John Bosco in Easterhouse, Glasgow.


After meeting up with old friends we had our Mass concelebrated by F Hugh Preston SDB and Fr Charles Garrick SDB, who came uop from England, bringing the one and only Bro Donald McDonald SDB: a Scottish 'old boys' reunion wouldn't be the same without him.

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Lent is a spiritual journey, in which we try to deepen our relationship with God. Fr Michael Cunningham SDB explores the role of silent prayer in becoming present to God, and growing in compassion towards our brothers and sisters.


Whenever we embark on the spiritual journey, we always encounter in some form or other the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. This is the pattern of death and life, which is at the heart not just of Christian experience but of all human experience. For new life to grow, something has to die. This is experienced most deeply in the spiritual life by the death of that ego-centred existence that is the false self. The issue is always one of giving up control and surrendering to The Great Mystery, The Great Love, The Great River of Life, which Jesus calls The Kingdom of God, the experience of deep love and communion. When we are working for others, or even saying our prayers, we are still to some extent in control. In silent prayer, we have to face up to an encounter with our wounded and broken selves. This is why many give up this difficult path. As Jesus said in the parable of the Sower, the seed falls among the thorns and stony ground of our human condition.

Monday, 26 February 2018 14:52

Kevin retires after 19 years as Savio House cook

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At Savio House, the community and staff gathered to say thank you and farewell to Kevin Owen, who retired this week.


Kevin will be known to many across the Salesian family, as he has been a dedicated cook at Savio House for over 19 years. The community and staff came together to give thanks for Kevin’s long service.

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Joe pictured with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB


BOVA volunteer Joe writes about how his experience in India is helping him discern his vocation to the priesthood


For as long as I can remember I have had an inexplicable desire to be a priest. This desire is not something that comes from me, it is not something I want to do; it is something I feel called to do. For a long time, I supressed that calling, instead, aspiring to a more 'normal' life: school, university and married life like a 'normal' person. It was only when faced with the reality of university – looking up courses, visiting campuses, going on open days – that I realised that this really was not what I wanted to do and that I could not happily pursue such a life. And so, having already accepted to study in Derby, I withdrew my application and entered into a 'gap year'.

That gap year has now become two years of 'gap' and I have no regrets. At first, to my mother's dismay, I had no idea what I was planning to do. I knew I wanted to pursue my vocation to enter the priesthood and that I wanted to enter seminary but I felt I wanted more time to discern my calling before making any formal steps. I planned to volunteer with a Catholic organisation as I knew I wanted to spend some time in a religious environment, growing in spirituality and discerning, but also putting into action my faith and doing something proactive. I wanted somewhere far from home, completely outside of my normal life, somewhere I could pursue my faith and vocation unhindered.

Thursday, 22 February 2018 14:57

Students' Krakow visit honours SDB killed in Auschwitz

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This month, Salesian students from Farnborough, spent some time following the footsteps of Bl Józef Kowalski, one of the Salesians killed in Auschwitz


During their trip to Krakow during half term, 44 students from Salesian College Farnborough, visited the Salesian Parish of Saint Stanislaus & St John Bosco in Debniki, where St John Paul II had been a parishioner.


They were welcomed by Fr Zygmunt SDB and, as it was Ash Wednesday, he administered the ashes to the group.

2ndWkLent 2018


The Keys of the Kingdom, hidden in our hearts


Lent gives us an opportunity to look within for anything holding us back from being transformed by God.  Fr David O'Malley SDB looks at one of those things - our need to feel in control - and at the gentler ways we can support our young people and help to unlock God's Kingdom.


The keys

I felt naked without them, a little apprehensive too; having lent them to the badminton group to get the equipment out. It was strange not to have the keys jangling in my hands like worry beads or reassuringly heavy in my jacket pocket. I sat at my desk wondering what the young people were doing with my keys, probably pressing each key  into a bar of soap so they could copy it later I thought suspiciously. They seemed to be taking forever and I was getting nervous. Then paranoia began to set in. Worse than the young people getting the keys would be another staff member! Some of them would love to see what I'd got in  my store room especially as money for equipment has been tight recently.  



As part of the parish’s celebration for our 125th anniversary of the consecration of Sacred Heart Church, we are holding a series of lectures in honour of a much loved priest of the community, Fr Pat McGrath Sdb. The opening lecture in January looked at the history of Christianity in Battersea from the first Christian settlement to the re-founding of the Catholic Mission at Battersea Park in 1860. The present Parish Team Leader, Gerry O’Shaughnessy and the local Anglican Vicar, Rev Simon Butler led that session

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Srs Connie, Linda and Pauline of the Formation Team outline the forthcoming Formation for All Salesian Family Training Day. The event will be held in Kendal, Cumbria on Saturday 10th March 2018, and all are welcome.


We would like to invite you to attend a Salesian Family Training Day on the following theme: “WORTHY”: Accompanying vulnerable young people in the development of self-worth.

Friday, 16 February 2018 13:47

New BOVA volunteers are off to India and Cambodia

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Anita Morais tells us about the latest BOVA (Bosco Volunteer Action) volunteers as they set off to their placements.


Paul and Alan are both beginning their BOVA placements this month. 


Alan is the first volunteer we are sending to Don Bosco Ashalayam, Kolkata, through the links we have had from Fr Andrew Ebrahim's visits to the community. Alan will spend 2 months initially with the community in Kolkata and hopes to return for a longer term placement over the course of his career break. 

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