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Friday, 06 April 2018 10:54

Salesian Mission Days 2018 - Laos

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The focus for Salesian Mission Day 2018 is on Asia, and we begin our journey in Laos: a young Salesian mission in a country with a very young population. The video below gives a glimpse of life in Vientiane, and the Don Bosco Centre, the technical school in the city.

Saturday, 31 March 2018 23:02

A Happy and Holy Easter!

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May you all feel the blessings of the risen Christ on this wonderful Easter day! He is risen, alleluia!

 

Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:13

Happy 80th, Fr Joe SDB!

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SDBs gathered in Bolton last weekend to celebrate the 80th birthday of Fr Joe Brown SDB. 

 

Fr Joe had celebrated with his community of St Joesph's on the big day itself, and at the weekend, he was joined by more confreres who shared a wonderful meal, many memories and funny stories and a splendid cake. Fr Joe also led the community singing!

Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:23

Thank you to our Salesian priests next door!

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Frs Bob, Michael, Harry and Bernard in the College chapel

 

Salesians have close connections with their schools, and this is especially valuable in seasons such as Lent, when their availability to support the priests, brothers and lay staff on the chaplaincy teams in offering the sacraments to students and staff is especially important.

Monday, 26 March 2018 10:12

Kendal Young People are Taking the Lead!

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During February half term, Mary and Iain Biddle took three young people for a wonderful stay with the Salesian Sisters at the Blundellsands community. This group of committed young people regularly attend the youth group "Create Space" in Kendal, which was born out of the Salesian Spirituality Team.

 

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During the stay, Mary and Iain delivered the VIDES Youth Leadership Course, encouraging the young people to think about their own gifts and talents while focusing on their future leadership potential. The theme for the stay was "You are young, you are precious, you are loved." They took time to look at the lives of St. John Bosco and St. Mary Mazzarello, as well as discussing and reflecting on the Salesian way of working with young people.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 18:47

Preparations for Holy Week and Easter in Bootle

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College Chaplain, Fr Jakub Ruszniak SDB, describes how students at Savio Salesian College Bootle, have been getting ready for the holiest time of the year.

 

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In the last week, we've been preparing for Holy Week and Easter. Many pupils participated in shoe box appeal as a form of Lenten alms giving; this was in support of the local SVP group. We also had the Stations of the Cross service - stations were placed in different places of the school building.

 

Finally, Year 8 students had their retreats in the Blessed Sacrament parish centre, where we reflected about the meaning of Lent.

 

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HolyWeek 2018

 

 

In Holy Week, we reflect with Juan José Bartolomé SDB on Mary's presence at the foot of the cross, and the legacy of his mother's love, left to us by Jesus.

 

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

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The unlimited fidelity of the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple was the cradle of the new Christian community. The beloved disciple was entrusted as a son to the mother of Jesus, and the mother of Jesus was the inheritance given to the disciple Jesus loved. From that moment, the mother of Jesus‘ belonged to the faithful disciple. She became part of his world and of his home. From the moment Jesus died on the cross, Mary makes her home ' wherever there is a disciple faithful to her son. But to have her as mother, the i disciple must bear the cross of Jesus, without betrayal or abandonment. Jesus ‘ chose twelve apostles to continue his work, but he entrusted his mother to only one of them, the one who was most faithful.

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The UK's Heaven's Road Catholic radio's Talking Faith programme broadcast an interview with Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB on 19th March. Fr Tom talks from Bangalore about his missionary work in Yemen, the  18 months he spent in  in captivity, and the strength he gained from the knowledge that people of all faiths were praying for him. If you missed it, you can listen to the programme using the link below.

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Dan Antonio of Salesian Youth Ministry GBR describes their recent weekend exploring the Strenna 2018.

 

Last weekend some of the Salesian Youth Ministry GBR animators met together with our young leaders from the RISE project to reflect and share on the theme of this year's Strenna. We looked at how in our roles we might strive to quench the young people's thirst for life and spirituality. This was linked together with the Gospel of John 4:1-42, the woman at the well especially the phrase "Sir, Give me this water". It was a blessed time to share with those who are just starting off in Salesian leadership, listening to their take on how to reach out to the young today.

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In collaboration with the Irish Salesian Province, we are have produced a series of programmes to explore the sacred lands of Britain and Ireland.  The first of these takes place in England from 18th – 25th August 2018, in England. Come with us as we walk Christian routes, and explore cathedrals and abbeys, Neolithic sites and a Bronze Age causeway - but the group size is strictly limited to just 8, so book soon!

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