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Friday, 04 August 2017 16:01

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

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On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. Mother Mazzarello, who had worked with Don Bosco to establish the new society, was elected as their first superior on the same day.  
 
Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:45

VIDES UK's Scottish adventure

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VIDES UK embarked on a new Scottish adventure at the end of July, with the opening of the first of the 2017 summer camps in Paisley.


Volunteers arrived early for a final period of preparation to make sure everyone and everything was well and truly ready for a successful and hectic week. At an evening gathering, the team met some of the young people who would be attending, along with their families, and were delighted that Provost Cameron, councillor for Paisley South West. and the Provost of Renfrewshire, came along to show her support for the project.

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Our founder, Don Bosco, had a passinate devotion to Mary Help of Christians, so she is very special to us, the Salesian Family, and her feast on 24th May is celebrated by all of our parishes, schools and communities. Here, Cristiana Ferrauti tells us how her parish in Battersea marked the occasion this year.

 

“She has done everything” Don Bosco used to say, referring to the support and the miracles throughout all his life. From the dream at the age of nine, to the foundation of the Salesians in Turin, everything came from Mary.

Thursday, 01 June 2017 17:12

Salesian Spirituality Weekend July 2017

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All members are the Salesian Family are invited to join the Salesian Spirituality Team at the Sisters' house by the sea at Blundellsands, for an in-depth exploration of our Spirituality to compliment the first Salesian Spirituality programme, done in an informal, active and community orientated way.


The cost for the weekend retreat is a very reasonable £25 including meals. Accommodation is available at Blundellsands, but places are limited, so please get in touch with Mary Biddle (contact below) before the deadline.

For more information and to confirm your place, email Mary  salesianspiritualityteam@gmail.com  by June 10th.

Friday, 26 May 2017 22:14

Remembering Sr Cecily, one year on

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May 24th was the first anniversary of the death of Sr Cecily Dunn FMA and the Bosco centre gathered to remember her leadership and to dedicate themselves to building on the foundation that she built.

 

There were about sixty people at the event including members of Cecily's family from Dublin and Scotland. The Salesian Sisters were represented at the celebration by Sr Mary and Sr Mary Louise from Battersea and Sr Pat from Beckenham.

 

The picture shows Fr David O'Malley blessing tokens of salesian spirituality which are held by Romaine Shilling one of the management team of the Bosco Centre.

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Born on 9th May 1937, 180 years ago this week, and known for her unfailing cheerfulness and ability to draw others into the vital work of supporting poor and marginalised girls, Maria Domenica Mazzarello was chosen by Don Bosco to work with him in establishing the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Figlie di Maria Ausiliatrice (FMA).

Monday, 08 May 2017 16:09

Two celebrations of our co-founder

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This week, we have two occasions to celebrate St Mary Mazzarello, who founded the Salesian Sisters with Don Bosco, and became our first Mother General.

 

Monday 9th May 2017 marks the 180th anniversary of her birth, and on Saturday 13th May, we celebrate her feast. A joyful week indeed.

 

Happy Feast!

 

Learn more about St Mary Mazzarello

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, 23 March 2017 10:02

Canonical Visit from Sr Lucy Rose FMA

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On 16th February, the Salesian Sisters GBR welcomed Sr Lucy Rose Ozhukayil FMA as she arrived for her Extraordinary Visitation.  Sr Lucy Rose is a General Councillor of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, based at the General House in Rome. She will remain with us until 3rd April, visiting the communities and the wide range of works the Sisters carry out in Britain.

Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:37

Salesian Sisters to host gathering in Beckenham

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The Salesian Spirituality South team (Mary Biddle, Sr Pat Devine FMA, Katie St Quinton, John Hunt, and Annabel Clarkson), have teamed up with the Salesian Sisters in Beckenham to create an evening to share ideas and prayer, along with some networking and a good deal of socialising!

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:00

Bosco Centre Inset Day

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The staff of Bosco Centre in Bermondsey enjoyed an INSET day at Battersea this week. The group explored resilience in adults and looked at how Don Bosco's approach built resilience in those who care for the young.


There will be a second INSET for the staff of the Bosco Centre Nursery later in the year.


This project was led for many years by Sr Cecily Dunn FMA who died suddenly last summer. The Centre is still coming to terms with that sad loss and asks for the prayers of the Salesian family as it moves forward.


You can read more about the Bosco Centre on their website

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Numeracy Week is a yearly initiative by St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth, which promotes numeracy skills and mathematics amongst pupils.

 

Pupils across all year groups got involved in weekly activities and challenges to promote the importance of understanding basic numeracy skills and mathematical problems.


Numeracy tasks during the week included a ‘Puzzle of the Day’ which was shared on school screens and social media; using numeracy clocks to work out the time; Times Table games in form time and lunchtime quizzes in the school canteen.


On Monday, The Happy Puzzle Company visited the school to help Year 7 and 8 pupils to problem solve and develop thinking skills. The week concluded on Friday with a numeracy presentation and discussion exploring where numeracy is used in school and everyday life.

 

The school believes numeracy skills are an essential lifelong skill which is important to understand for the world of work and everyday life. Its excellent maths practice and dedication to promoting numeracy skills was rewarded earlier this year when the school was awarded the ‘Gold Liverpool Counts Quality Mark’.


Numeracy and Teaching and Learning Coordinator Paul Coffey, says: “Good numeracy skills are an important skill to have, not only for future careers and jobs but for all aspects of everyday life such as paying bills and finding the best deals when shopping.


“Numeracy Week is our way to showcase numeracy in action; throughout the school day, pupils are faced with puzzles, activities and numeracy-themed games to get them thinking about numeracy in a new, exciting way outside scheduled maths lessons.


“We have had a fantastic response from pupils every Numeracy Week and this year has been no different, with pupils showing their love of maths right across the school!”

 

Source & Photos: The Foundry Agency

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