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Paul Barnes, who has been a volunteer in Moshi, writes about the recent celebrations marking 25 years of the Salesian presence in Tanzania. Our Province has a long connection, and a group of staff and students from Thornleigh Salesian College will be visiting Moshi again soon.

 

On Saturday 22nd April 2017 representatives of the whole Salesian family gathered at Don Bosco Moshi, Tanzania, to celebrate 25 years of Salesian activity. Moshi is in the foothills of Kilimanjaro the highest mountain in Africa and known as the rooftop of Africa. The Salesian foundation is part of the East Africa Province whose Provincial House is in Nairobi, Kenya.

Friday, 28 April 2017 17:58

New Salesian Youth Project needs volunteers

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Salesian Youth Ministry is seeking 24 volunteers for an exciting new summer project in Battersea, running from 18-27th August 2017.

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Salesian House, Battersea has been shortlisted for a 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)  London Award!

 

Salesian House is home to the Battersea Salesian community, and its flexibly designed spaces also provide guest accommodation and work rooms which can be used by visiting groups of young people. The copper-clad chapel overlooks an attractive landscaped garden that extends the contemplative atmosphere to the outdoors.  

 

Sited right next to the recently built St John Bosco College and officially opened on Don Bosco Day in 2016, Salesian House was the final stage in a vision for Battersea inspired by Don Bosco's Oratory model - where each Salesian house and work is a home, a school, a church and a playground.

 

The completed scheme has already had success at the  New London Awards  and the  UK Property Awards. The 2017 RIBA London Award winners will be announced on 22 May 2017.


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Poster for Rise 2017

 

The RISE event aims to gather up to twenty young people who are leaving year 10 or 11 for a five day project for young leaders, a fun filled week including workshops in communication skills, teamwork skills and youth work skills.

The programme will run from 6pm on the 24th July until 4pm on the 28th July, at Savio House in Bollington (near Macclesfield). It is being organised by the Salesian Youth Ministry Team.

Young people can make their own way to Macclesfield station where we will collect them (or alternatively they can arrange someone to drop them off at Savio House). To cover the costs of food, accommodation and outings we are asking only £99 per head (the project is being subsidised by the Salesians).

We hope through this week to develop Salesian young leaders by giving young people a chance to build skills which they can use in the future. We are therefore asking if you could identify any young people who have displayed leadership qualities (at school and/or local community). You can download an invitaion letter to give to your young people below, together with the registration form.

Download the  poster

Download the  invitation letter and registration form

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As we continue the season of Easter, Michael T Winstanley SDB encourages us to go beyond a 'cocktail approach' to look more deeply into the messages each of the evangelists have for us in their accounts of the passion and death of Jesus.

 

Many people in the UK, I’m told, enjoy a good cocktail, ordered at a bar or produced at home; the ‘Rusty Nail’, ‘Harvey Wallbanger’ and ‘London Fog’ feature amongst the current favourites. Many Catholics too seem to relish cocktails, cocktails of a different kind: scripture-based varieties.

 

At Christmas in cards, carols and cribs we readily mix items of Matthew’s nativity narrative with details from that of Luke, often without realising what we are doing. The same is true with our perception of the passion and death of Jesus. We tend to blend bits of Matthew and Mark with extracts from Luke and John, and occasionally toss in a Station of the Cross for good measure. Usually, this isn’t done consciously, and we are probably unaware of our thinking and creativity. From one angle, perhaps it doesn’t matter if this cocktail approach enables us to appreciate the suffering of Jesus, his love for us, and moves us to respond to him with gratitude and love. From another angle, it’s unfortunate, I believe, because it means we are not in touch with the differences in the four Gospel presentations; we can miss important messages for our theological understanding and our spirituality.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 16:30

Easter Triduum 2017 at Savio House

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The Easter retreat at Savio House began with a lively Passover meal, and then the youth and young adult groups attending worked to create a wonderfully prayerful atmosphere for the Easter services.

As the photos show, (thank you URSpace & Sr Gill for these!!), the weekend was a spiritually uplifting experience with plenty of fun too, in the Salesian tradition.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:43

Catch up with the Sisters in Beckenham!

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An update from the Sisters in the Beckenham community, who are developing a new mission working with female asylum seekers.

 

We continue to be amazed at the Providence which comes our way weekly. Just a couple of recent examples...

 

A lady from the parish arrived quite late in the evening about two weeks ago with a large planter filled with polyanthus of all colours for near the front door. She also trundled round with a brilliant Dyson Hoover which is very efficient and has a strong capacity for grabbing up all the dust which has accumulated in corners.


Another amazing sign of Providence is our latest friend John from Malta. Sadly his dear wife Monica died unexpectedly in Malta in January. She was only 67 RIP. The Parish Office, knowing John was finding too much time on his hands, suggested he come to see if we needed any help... what a Godsend! I will not enumerate all he has done but the picture included shows how much rubbish he has removed from the back of the garden. He is a lovely man and has quickly become a real friend.


Our two guests seem very much at home.  They are both very different and we are learning lots as we all adapt to each other. Both are very prayerful and church is a very big part of their lives. One attends free English lessons at Leicester Square which is some distance away so she has long journeys on the bus. Our other guest, being from Nigeria, already speaks English. She spends much of her day praying with her Church which is at Brent Cross also a long distance away. At the moment she is doing this via the internet. Please keep them in prayer as they desperately want to pick up their lives and live more normal existences.


Now we are three it is great we have been able to do a sort of Community Plan. We already had a long and very extensive meeting with Sr. Connie in November when we worked together to set out the aim of the Project, so we all share the same vision and are working together to achieve it.


We feel we are very united with you all, Battersea community continue to be marvellous, we have enjoyed their company here and I think they find the house very homely. We were fortunate to have Sr. Lucy Rose for a flying visit. It was quite funny really since she was with us for our house mass on Monday morning. That particular day we were 17 in a very small chapel but the sense of communion and prayer was wonderful! The Claver Sisters usually join us they have been amazingly welcoming and helpful another blessing from the Lord.


We hope that in the near future some of you may be able to pop in and spend some time here. We enjoyed having Sr. Helen Murphy for a couple of days as she had meetings to attend in London. She has been very supportive and helpful with all kinds of things we never knew we needed to know about before!


Please continue to keep us in prayer and we will try to keep you up to date with new developments. Oh nearly forgot to mention that the Kendal Group who attended Flame enjoyed the great St. Edmund’s hospitality. They stayed in the mezzanine and flat belonging to the parish but some joined us for showers and breakfast, all came in for pizza and ice cream after Flame at Wembley. A noisy game of Uno followed with some definite cheating may have gone on! They are our first group and we really enjoyed their company, so we too are Walking with the Young!

 

Our small but really prayerful chapel is the focus for parish adoration every Monday evening. We are joined by four or five parishioners who seek the peace and quiet of a prayerful space we are blessed to be able to provide it!

Thursday, 20 April 2017 15:21

Salesian Family Formation Day, 27th May

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Join the Salesian Cooperators and the Salesian Sisters for this Formation for All Day on Saturday 27th May 2017 from 11 am - 4pm, in Oxford. The focus of the day is on Mary, the Mother of God and her journey, both physical and spiritual, as she responds to God's call in her life.


The event will be led by Sr Pauline FMA and will include opportunities to listen, to reflect, to share and to pray. PLEASE come along and meet up with new and old friends!

 

Tea and coffeee will be provided, but please bring a packed lunch.


Contact Sr Pauline: paulinefma@googlemail.com by SATURDAY MAY 13th to secure your place.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:31

Salesian Family Day coming up in Croxteth!

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St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, is hosting a fabulous, action-packed family day on Sunday 23rd April.

 

With plenty of attractions the event promises to be a great way to spend Sunday afternoon for 'kids' of all ages.  If you are in or around Liverpool this weekend, go and see!

 

Entry is free, as are many of the activities. Gates open at 12.30pm.

Sunday, 16 April 2017 16:54

HAPPY EASTER

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