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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:00

Feast of Don Bosco - resources for schools & teachers

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In 1988 on the centenary of his death, Don Bosco was proclaimed the father and teacher of youth and a model for all educators by Pope John Paul II. He is an international figure inspiring a world-wide movement in the service of young people and especially those in most need. He responded to the need he saw by creating welcoming communities in schools, clubs, children’s homes and parishes as well as in many shorter-term projects around the world. On January 31st, this year there will be literally millions of people involved in celebrating his life and his message: That young people need to know that they are loved.

 

Below, you can download a range of resources to help you as teachers, youth workers or parents to share in that world-wide community of care for young people as we celebrate his feast at the end of January. The materials include readings and prayers for Mass, music, staff development resources and a brief outline of the Salesians' Strenna or theme for 2017, 'We are a family'. More materials can be accessed at www.SDB.org.  Please Contact us if you require images of Don Bosco, or would like any of the materials in hard copy.

 

I wish you all a happy feast day. We will keep you in prayer with gratitude as a Salesian family for the work you do in education especially for young people who are poorer.

 

Fr David O’Malley SDB
Salesian Schools Delegate

 

RESOURCES TO DOWLOAD

 

Liturgy resources:

Mass of St John Bosco

 

Music: 

A Man With A Dream

Don Bosco's Prayer

Man of Work and Prayer

Thou Who Didst Befriend

You'd A Tough Life

 

Staff development resources:

A letter from Don Bosco to teachers

Reflection Sheet: The Eight Salesian Beatitudes

Ruah - A Humanistic Spirituality for Teachers

 

Other resources:

A Salesian School - the Four Windows

Salesian Theme for 2017 - the Strenna for Schools

Powerpont on the 2017 Theme

 

 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 19:47

Savio House hosts student gathering

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Fr Cyril Edamana SDB organsied a gathering of young adults at Savio House recently. One of the students who attended tells us all about it. 

 

As we drove through the narrow roads and admired the rise and dip of the green hills surrounding Savio house, already an air of expectancy and excitement had descended upon us in lieu of the few days we were to spend in Bollington. Fr Cyril Edamana SDB had kept tight-lipped about the events of our gathering but it was certainly worth the wait.


We were 30 young people, mainly from different universities and colleges from all over the country. After grabbing a quick breakfast, our day began with spending a soul-awakening hour or two with our Lord through the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The day was split into moments of intense focus on relationship with Our Creator to light hearted entertainment in the games room. A combination of table tennis, air hockey and snooker gave the guys in our group plenty of downtime for socialising and relaxation. Heavy and humiliating defeats to Fr Cyril at table tennis provided the ‘humbling experience’ he had promised us before coming over.


The day was appropriately themed as ‘reflective’ as we partook in the ‘drawing of the well’ activity which was excellently led by Chris (team leader), Fr Roman, Br Janusz  and Fr Cyril. All four of them shared their personal experiences and memories, which moved the group into a time of deep inner deflection and soul searching.


We were greatly blessed with the presence of Fr Gerry Briody SDB during the gathering. He shared his visons, experiences and beliefs focusing especially on Don Bosco and the relationship between youth and church. After braving the cold, wind and mud we made our way to the top of a hill, to greet ‘White Nancy’. Spending some time meditating on the Word of God, while high up away from the city, meant we could concentrate on hearing the promptings of the Holy Spirit. The three days we spent at Savio at the Christmas season were really enriching and uplifting. It gave us the right orientation to welcome the new year with more optimism and enthusiasm. Savio House gave us a holy, helpful and hope-filled message derived from Don Bosco.


Jake Roy (20)
Cardiff University

 

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Friday, 13 January 2017 18:59

A conversation with the first Liberian Salesian

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When Fr Blamoh Harris, the first Liberian SDB, paid a visit to Thornleigh Salesian House last week, it was an opportunity for those who had served in Liberia to recall their time there together, and also for Salesian Link to talk to Fr Blamoh about his experience.

 

Fr Blamoh's formation and training as a Salesian took place against the backdrop of the civil war in Liberia, and after eleven years in Ghana, where he was principal of Don Bosco Technical School Ashaiman, he is about to begin his new mission as Parish Priest in Ondo, Nigeria.

At high school, Blamoh was very much involved in youth work in his home parish, and Fr Michael O'Leary SMA suggested he and the Salesians may be right for each other. As a result, he moved to Monrovia and attended the Don Bosco Technical School, where he studied construction and carpentry, and first met British Salesians including Fr Joe Brown and Br Donald Macdonald.

In 1984, there was no English-speaking Salesian novitiate in Africa, so Blamoh went to study in the Philippines, making his first profession on 1st April 1986. After studying philosophy in Lesotho, he returned to Liberia for practical training in 1989, shortly before the war began. As the Salesians were expatriates, they all had to leave, and Blamoh was effectively cut off from them, so he decided to return to his own diocese. For some time, the Salesians did not even know where he was, and it was Sean Devereux, who was then working for the UN, who helped them to reconnect. Blamoh then spent two years with the Salesians in Tappita, Liberia.

Liberia is now part of the Anglophone West Africa Province, along with Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, and the novitiate in now based in the Province. In 2015, a second Liberian Salesian, Fr Albert Gibson, was ordained priest, and there are around five men in formation.

Fr Blamoh told us about the school in Ashaiman, Ghana, where he was Principal until recently. The area has many challenges and people live in significant poverty. In keeping with the Salesian charism to serve the poor and to be among them, Don Bosco Technical School was set up to provide education and vocational training to young men and women that equips them to find employment in local factories and businesses. The training offered includes auto-mechanics, accounts, secretarial and computing skills and electronics, and students can take qualifications to gain entry to higher education. The Salesians also operate ‘Don Bosco Reach Out’ a project supporting graduates of the school in setting up their own small businesses. During his time there, the school has grown from 350 students to 720.

In his new mission, Fr Blamoh will lead a parish of around 800 families in Ondo, Nigeria. The parish has a big youth centre and a variety of activities for young people. There is a team of catechists and liturgy groups who set the theme for each year in liturgy and spirituality.

We spoke about the challenges the people in the Province face. Fr Blamoh explained that in Liberia and Sierra Leone especially, people were just beginning to rebuild their lives after the war when Ebola came along. He said that as a priest, responding to people who have had their families wiped out can be challenging – trying to explain this in terms of a loving God – but he believes the most important factor has been that the people have seen the presence of the Church in their midst, in their suffering and their pain.

Many children were forced or tricked into taking up arms during the war, and as they grow up, the Salesians are supporting them in dealing with this aspect of their past. ‘Reconciliation through sports’ has proved a valuable approach in bringing together young people who have been badly affected by the conflict.

Things are now beginning to improve after the Ebola crisis, but poverty remains, and people sometimes find it difficult to balance their spiritual lives with meeting the very basic needs of existence.

It is heartening to see that the Salesians are thriving in Liberia, carrying out Don Bosco’s mission to serve the young and the poor, and building on the foundations laid down by Salesians from our Province, and our prayers are with them and the people they serve throughout the Anglophone West Africa Province.

 

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Des Williams is a Bosco Volunteer Action (BOVA) volunteer from Scotland, who took some time out of running his own business to spend 4 months volunteering at Don Bosco Care Home, Salem, India. Des has spent time reflecting on his experiences during and after his placement and shares with us some of his thoughts a few months after returning to the UK - Anita Motha, BOVA

 

Sixty two boys aged from seven years up to twenty-one live here in the care home. All the boys are living with HIV; nearly all were born HIV positive.

 

Fr Daniel, the Rector,  has, throughout the last 5 years, developed the care home with a holistic approach. There are a variety of animals and birds on site. All the boys are responsible for their feeding and welfare. Up to 8 cows supply milk which in turn can be sold for profit which goes towards much needed funds to sustain the care home. The boys all work the land cultivating fruit and veg such as coconut, mango, carrot, onion etc. Corn is harvested and adds to the natural bounty.


Sport is enjoyed weekdays from 5-6 pm and twice on weekends. Special programmes take place fortnightly which include comedy, singing, and dancing. The boys are very talented and so enthusiastic, preparing and participating in the entertainment shows. Education is regarded highly here and the boys study morning before school and evenings for up to 2 hours. All boys rise at 5.30 am weekdays and adhere to a strict timetable, though weekends are more relaxed with more sports, rest and relaxation.


The vast majority of boys have lost at least one but probably both parents to HIV. When one parent dies it is a huge financial, physical and emotional burden on the lone parent to cope. In such cases the best option is for the boy to find a new home with Don Bosco.


All the boys take medicine twice daily to support their immune system. They attend monthly checks in hospital and their CD4 count is monitored (white blood cells). At present 54 boys are on line 1 HIV tablets and 7 on line 2. One boy seems likely soon to be going on to line 3 which is the last option available. With their health and well-being looked after in the care home, and being spiritually and emotionally supported, these boys have a better chance to extend their life expectancy.

 

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Krishna is 17 years old and has lived in the care home for 2 years. I spoke to him to try and understand his feelings about his past and how he sees things now and in the future. He said his mother died from a snake bite when he was a few months old. He told me his father died from pneumonia when he was six. He was then looked after by an aunt until he was thirteen. He left home and worked in the kitchen in a hotel for two years until he was fifteen. An NGO then placed him in Don Bosco in Salem.


Krishna tells me his parents died in these circumstances and that is what he believes. When I asked him how he contracted HIV he said he did not know but he accepts the situation now. He said when he first arrived in the care home he was very frail and his blood count was low. He said he felt he would rather be dead. However today when I speak with him he seems happy and he has a lovely calm persona. He tells me he likes living in the care home and does not visit his home village anymore. However I felt sad when he said he had no special or close friends. He is seventeen years old living in a care home with HIV and no family or close friends. He has no hopes of a relationship or marriage. He finds contentment and reward in art. He likes drawing and painting. He is attending school but is two years behind. He misses school from time to time due to illness, like many of the boys. It was my birthday recently and Krishna drew a picture of him and I, and wished me a Happy Birthday. It was a very humbling moment.


Having spent nearly four months here, I notice similarities in the boys with boys back home. There is rivalry on the sports ground. There are friendships and groups who stick together. There is peer pressure and bullying but no greater than I would say back in Scotland. However I have noticed differences also. The boys are woken at 5.30 am, which in my opinion is too early for the younger boys. Nevertheless, they accept this and are busy all day. They study before school (which I don’t see back home), they play sports (in very hot temperatures) every day for one hour, two at weekends. They are all working daily assisting in bird and animal welfare and the cultivation of plants, vegetables and some local fruits. Salem mangos are famed throughout South India. All boys are expected to participate in all activities whether it be dance, song, drama, games etc.

 

The boys live in the care home within the Salesian methodology of welfare: home, school, play, Church. Although only a handful are Catholic, all boys say morning and evening prayers and attend Mass on special days. I see how they draw strength from the spiritual aspect of the Don Bosco Salesian teachings. Having visited many other Don Bosco boys' homes during my stay, this is well-equipped in terms of variety of activities, and the setting of the busy town at the foot of the Yercaud Hills is stunning.


My lasting impressions are of boys from birth, through no fault of their own, having to struggle with incurable HIV. There is a social stigma to HIV in the villages where the boys are born and they suffer not only community rejection but family apathy because they are a financial and emotional burden. These boys know they at present will probably die young. They have probably seen their parents die from HIV related illness. Some also have to cope with the fact that they may have elder siblings who do not have the virus. Not only do they have the normal problems and anxieties of childhood but all these issues to live with also. Without the commendable care and selfless daily sacrifice of the Don Bosco Fathers these boys may not be here today.


Des Williams

 

BOVA is a volunteer group of the Salesians. It offers opportunities to adults (18+) to live and work with Salesian communities around the world, assisting in their work with young people while experiencing life outside of the UK. Placements last between one month and two years. If you would like to find out more about serving with BOVA, contact Anita Motha

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(ANS - Rome) - It is now over 10 months since Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil SDB was kidnapped in Yemen. From the beginning, the Congregation and the Salesian Family were incessantly urged to pray for his release. Now, trusting in the intercession of the Mother of the Saviour, they invite everyone to include this special intention in the novena to Mary Help of Christians from 15 to 23 January in preparation for the monthly commemoration on 24 January 2017.

This initiative was proposed by the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) of Turin, and has the full support of the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime. He invites all Salesians and members of the Salesian Family to participate with faith and devotion.

"As an association, we feel particularly committed to praying for priests, so we would like to request the intervention of Mary Immaculate Help of Christians for the prompt release of Fr Tom," said Mr Tullio Lucca and Fr Pierluigi Cameroni, President and Spiritual Animator of ADMA.

When people asked for some special grace Don Bosco used to say: “If you wish to obtain graces from the Blessed Virgin, make a novena” (MB IX, 289). This novena, according to him, had to take place if possible “in church, with lively faith” as an act of fervent homage to the Eucharist.

According to Don Bosco, for the novena to be efficacious, the dispositions of the soul should be as follows:

Do not put your hope in human forces but have faith in God.
The request should be made to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, fount of grace, kindness and blessing, and with trust in the power of Mary whom God wishes to be honoured on earth in this temple.
Always add the intention “Thy will be done” and the condition “if it is for the good of the soul of the person being prayed for”.
Pray for nine consecutive days:

Three times: Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be… to the Holy Eucharist followed by the short prayer: “Blessed and praised every moment be the Most Holy and Divine Sacrament.”

Three times: Hail Holy Queen… followed by the short prayer:
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.

Personal Conditions required:

1. Approach the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist.

2. Give an offering or do some work to support the apostolate, preferably on behalf of youth.

3. Renew your faith in Jesus in the Eucharist and devotion to Mary Help of Christians.

Friday, 06 January 2017 16:30

Savio Salesian College singing for Lourdes

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On the last Sunday of the Christmas term, the Lourdes Group at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, undertook a Charity Sing-a-Long at Sainsbury's Rice Lane, Liverpool to support the college's annual pilgrimage to Lourdes.

 

Thirty seven pupils and five staff, with the support of Mr Bennett's 60's Band 'GENEVIVE' entertained staff and costumers with Christmas hits and carols. The pupils represented the school impressively, and raised over £660! This brings the total amount raised for Lourdes since September to £2200, which is nearly half way to their goal of £5000 which will be used to fund the pilgrimage.

 

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All jobs come with unexpected days – however there was nothing in the 2 ½ years I had worked in the Civil Service which prepared me for the first week of November 2016. On the Monday evening a phone call from my manager told me that I was to be deployed, along with a few hundred others to Calais in France. Over the last few years the growth of the migrant camp in Calais has become a symbol of several trends; the war in Syria, the butchery of Islamic State in the middle east, global poverty, and the failure of European states to offer a coherent, co-operative, or compassionate system of asylum, or safe migration.


The previous week I had been in Glasgow interviewing for the job I now have. At the time of my interview it felt strange to speaking of social justice, and the need for the church to welcome the stranger, when at breakfast I’d been watching the footage of the French authorities razing the camp to the ground after several weeks and months of discussion and threat.


That week the majority of the camp had been cleared, and the remains burnt. Between 1500 – 1700 young people (unaccompanied asylum seeking children), and families remained in two sections of the camp; the white UNHCR cabins seen on the news, and the buildings of an old summer camp next door. An agreement between the French and British governments had been reached, that those still in the camp would be taken to reception centres across the country, those eligible to come to the UK under either the Dublin Regulations (concerning those with family in the UK), or the amendment to the Immigration Act proposed by Lord Dubs (to take in vulnerable children from Europe) would have their cases considered and bought to the UK, the others would be considered for asylum in France. The purpose of my visit was as one (of many) who were there to show a presence of the British government; to reassure those who were being transported that this was not a trick by the French authorities, and that the British government had not forgotten them.


My team and I were used on the Thursday; various logistical problems meant that not all the camp’s residents left on the Wednesday when the operation began. For me it was a strange feeling to be going to a place which I had seen and read so much about. The graffiti on bridges calling for access to the UK, or freedom to travel remained, but the rest of the camp was all but gone; all that remained when we travelled in was debris, and the Eritrean church which had been built. The church had become something of a symbol within the camp of hope, but also safety; on Tuesday evening several young Eritreans had taken shelter there when tensions between the Afghan and Eritrean teenagers had erupted. (We witnessed the church being demolished as we arrived.) The smell of burning, be it from the fires that the camp’s residents had been using, or the recent destruction I couldn’t say – but it was all-pervading through the area.


Within the summer camp the graffiti was of a different kind; murals for peace, flags from the countries and nations the families had come from. A colleague shared a regret with me: that we were not able to photograph any of it before it is removed (I suspect that this destruction has now taken place). The logical and informed part of me knows how unsuitable the camp at Calais was for anyone to remain in. The residents living in some desperate situations, vulnerable to attacks, bad weather, the increasingly hostile local population and police, and the “agents”; the term used for people smugglers who exploit the desperation of the migrants, offering the chance to enter the UK, but using threats, violence and extortion to profit on the misery of others. However, there were others in the camp; the volunteers who have put themselves at the service of the poor, offering language classes, legal assistance, and the support which the state refused to offer. On board our coach waiting for the families we were to travel with I witnessed the tearful goodbyes between volunteers and migrants. Whatever greater safety we were taking them to – a community of people was being broken up over these few days.


During our journey, Wais, a young Afghan man a few years older than me with his wife, and Abeel, their 2 ½ year old son, told me that the camp was like being in England; “everyone spoke English, all the kids speak English rather than French”. On our journey Wais told me about his life; the disappearance of his mother, and kidnap of his sister many years ago, then the events that had led him to leave Afghanistan with a new-born child. He also told me about how he’d spoken with his mother, a refugee safe in the UK for the last 7 years, who had long believed him to be dead. They had not met; she was unable to afford to travel to France, but he was hoping to be reunited with her soon.


On our coach were 4 Afghan families. Jamal, a 14 year old, the oldest of 6 children travelling with their mother; his youngest sister was 5 weeks old, born in the camp. On the journey he was telling me about his time in the camp, his hope to see his father in the UK; but would grow silent when I asked about certain times in the camp before the family had been able to move to the more secure accommodation in the old summer camp buildings. When packing the night before we left I had grabbed my rucksack – still containing my things from volunteering on Salesian Youth Ministry summer camps. The playing cards and juggling balls (although these had to go away after going too near the driver and French officials at the front of the coach), along with the gloves from our first aid kit which after inflating and drawing on became “chicken-balloons”, provided some entertainment on the 16 hour journey. The biscuits and chocolate we had purchased for our team’s return journey instead became part of a midnight snack, and a small bridge of trust with the young people we were accompanying. Our arrival at the families’ new home came a little after 2am. I helped Jamal move his family’s belongings to their new bedroom, and, tired as we both were pulling suitcases (donated by one of the charities), he chatted about wanting to come see Manchester, my home city and especially Man United.


Saying goodbye and leaving to let all the families settle in, I found myself speaking with an employee at the site, another part of which functions as a care home for children with learning difficulties. He was telling us that there was some anger amongst locals; fears that the people being brought in were terrorists. Outside the centre I had observed several handmade banners in red and black; we had assumed (wrongly) that these were in protest about the children. The banners were actually in opposition to staff cuts, organised by their trade union. However, it was undeniable that the reporting on French TV had us on edge, and all coaches travelled under police escort when leaving Calais and for several miles before their final destinations. We had also heard accounts of other coaches where people had refused to board, refused to leave, and in one case, where the centre had refuse to admit the coach at all. The reactions of some people in the service stations we stopped at on the way hadn’t helped; at one stop the arrival of our group had prompted staff to pull the security shutter across the wide, open entrance, leaving a single file channel next to the till.
I travelled back from France after a few hours sleep, to the Salesian Youth Ministry meeting. Trying to reflect on what I had seen and heard. (I think that is also why I felt the need to start typing this). For me it is a lack of compassion and humanity which led to the growth of the camp at Calais. Whatever our country’s legal obligations, seeing people living in misery, and throwing themselves under the wheels of trains and lorries in attempts to reach safety has been drowned out by the hate-mongering of the press. The decision to accept vulnerable children into the UK should be praised. But for me a question which remains unanswered is : who decided to make the first groups brought over not the children I travelled with, but 17 year olds, bought over in the eye of the press, who were then subjected to the ignorance of the media and out of touch politicians making baseless demands for dental exams?


The day we travelled was 3rd November – the Feast of Martin de Porres - patron saint of those who work for social justice. When I discussed our trip to Calais with several colleagues I was surprised, but pleased, to hear that they had gone for the same reason; this was a humanitarian effort, and it isn’t often you get to be the good guys working for Immigration. I don’t doubt that those who volunteered to go believed we were assisting with improving the situation for those we travelled with, and all the stories I have heard since show the compassion and charity of my colleagues in difficult circumstances. However, I cannot ignore that it is the policies and prejudices of our government which contributed to the situation in Calais, and that there remains a fear of what will come next. The camp in Calais will almost certainly be re-established despite all the extra fencing and barriers which have been put up in the area, as we have so far failed to address the causes of the current migration trend. I also fear the politicisation of migration and asylum in this country following the events of last summer and the increasing tensions in our society.


I pray for Jamal, Wais, Abeel and their families. For others who are seeking safety, and for our compassion as a country and continent during these times. The morning prayer on 3 November , taken from Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals, struck me when I read it on the coach:


Lord, when we open our hands and hearts to the poor, your kingdom is at hand. Remind us that there is always enough to give to those who are in need. Make us generous today with the goods you have entrusted to us. Amen.


Danny Sweeney
Danny is a volunteer with Salesian Youth Ministry, and the Social Justice Co-ordinator for the Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

Tuesday, 17 January 2017 12:39

Social Communications Conference: 4th February 2017

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The Salesian GBR Province is hosting 'The Digital Playground', a one-day Social Communications Conference, at Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton, on Saturday 4th February.

 

The conference was inspired by the call in General Chapter 27 for the Salesian Family to immerse itself in the digital world, although attendance is open to all with an interest in using digital communication and social media in a faith context. The event aims to explore the use of technology in evangelising young people, look at ways of staying safe online, and to try out some great new gizmos.


Keynote speaker, Federico Padovan, is Executive Director of Development & Technology for Immaculata-La Salle High School in Miami and an Apple Distinguished Educator. The NSPCC will lead a session on keeping children safe on the Internet; the Scripture Union will get everyone playing their excellent Guardians of Ancora game; and Jonny Dearden of Salesian Youth Ministry will introduce participants to the amazing world of Zappar Augmented Reality technology.

 

The day begins with a praise and worship session led by Dan Antonio, Chaplain of All Hallows School, Penwortham, and takes the form of talks, discussions and hands-on workshops. Fr Filiberto Gonzalez SDB, Salesian General Councillor for Social Communication, will be coming from Rome to give the concluding speech.

 

The conference is offered free of charge, but we are asking for a modest £2 from each delegate towards the cost of lunch and refreshments. We expect this to be a popular event, but numbers are limited to 75, so please download and return this booking form or contact us as soon as possible to reserve your place.

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Sunday, 01 January 2017 10:42

A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

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I wish the members of the Salesian Family every blessing as we celebrate the beginning of a new year.

May we hold onto what was good from the old year while welcoming the opportunity to begin again, so to speak, in the new!

May Don Bosco and Mary Help of Christians walk with all of us as we go forward in our life and our mission.

God Bless.

Fr Gerry Briody SDB - Provincial

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St Stephen's Day is a special one here in Battersea, as we give thanks for the service and dedication of all 50+ of our altar servers.

 

This year there was even more to celebrate with the induction of 4 new serves to the Guild of St Stephen and 4 being awarded their silver medals in recognition of 10yrs in the job!

 

Fr Gerry also gave thanks to Deacon Michael who this year celebrates 10 years of ordination! Michael has served the Sacred Heart community for a lot longer, and we are thankful for his commitment and love,  especially of and to our youngest parishioners.

 

Fr Gerry thanked everyone in the parish and wished them all a very happy season!

 

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