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St John Bosco Arts College, based in Croxteth opened its doors to students and teachers after completing the first phase of its massive £18 million school build in September. As part of a city wide building programme this is one of the most exciting and inspiring leaning spaces around.

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The new building is less rigid in design, allowing maximum use and flexibility in the way the school teaches lessons. The school is based around a central heart space which offers students study booths with flat screen technology and a learning resource centre..
The school has a designated Salesian area where the Religious Education department are based alongside the school Chaplain and the beautiful Prayer room. This flexible space is the perfect design for larger groups sharing in collective worship and for smaller groups sharing quieter Prayer moments. Staff were able to use the space for the year 7 welcome mass at the beginning of the School year.

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:30

FMA Pastoral Day - 28th February 2015

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Do you know the world and reality of our young people today? - one of a series of hard hitting questions that 30 people had to wrestle with at the FMA Pastoral Day held last weekend at Blundellsands.

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Don Bosco once wrote that 'we would continue the work he had started ; "I sketch, you will paint in the colours"' - a challenge to all involved with young people.

The day consisted of prayer, reflection and sessions, including two speakers - Joanne Brown, a Volunteer with 'Foodbank', and Ken McCabe, who was for four and a half years a prison chaplain at Walton jail, Liverpool. Both shared their experiences particularly of young people and the effects both economic and spiritual poverty had on them.

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The day was organised by Mary Biddle, the Youth Pastoral Worker for the Salesian Sisters, and everybody agreed it was an excellent day.

The FMA Communities of Glasgow, Cowley, Blundelsands, Battersea, Croxteth were well represented, as well as adults, young and old from UR Space, Kendal, Vides and others involved in Salesian Spirituality.

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As you will already know, this is a very special year for the Salesian Family. We are celebrating 200 years since the birth of St. John Bosco! To help mark this special year, the Salesian Youth Movement are holding an international youth gathering this summer, walking in the footsteps of Mary Mazzarello in Mornese and John Bosco in Turin.


The highlight of the week will be an overnight stay in Colle Don Bosco, waking up in the home of St. John Bosco on his birthday!

ColleDonBoscoThis event will see young members of the Salesian Family gather in Italy from all over the world. For our group, the initial weekend will be spent in Mornese, visiting the places of St. Mary Mazzarello. On Monday 10th, we will travel to Turin and spend a week visiting the places of St. John Bosco, as well as having opportunities for prayer, mass and socialising.

On Saturday 15th August, we will make our way to Colle Don Bosco (by foot where possible!) and camp overnight, taking part in a vigil, followed by morning mass on Don Bosco’s birthday.

It really will be an amazing week and we would love you to join us! Here are some important details:


WHEN: 7th – 16th August 2015

WHERE: Mornese and Turin (with an overnight stay in Milan)

COST: £450 (including flights, travel in Italy, basic accommodation and meals)

WHO: Young Adults aged 18+

What Next?

If you are interested, please email Mary at the Youth Pastoral Office and ask for a registration form. Please note that all registration forms must be fully completed and returned by Friday 13th February. We are also asking for a deposit of £200 to be paid by this date. If for any reason you are unable to pay this deposit by the 13th February (we know it is very short notice), but would like to be part of the group, please contact us as soon as possible.

If you have any queries or questions, please contact the Youth Pastoral Office: youthpastoralcoordinator@gmail.com. We hope you can join us!

Friday, 06 February 2015 16:30

Youth Pastoral Day 2015

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On Saturday 28th February, there will be a Youth Pastoral Day for all those involved with Youth Pastoral work across the FMA Province. The day will be held at the Salesian Sisters, Blundellsands, from 11.00am - 4.00pm.

The day will focus on how we are called to 'Continue the Dream' of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello in our current youth culture. We will focus in particular on the new Salesian strenna for 2015, reflecting on our Salesian call to work with the young who are most vulnerable. There will be input, discussion, visiting speakers and time for prayer and reflection. A light lunch will be provided.

If you would like to come along, please email Mary - youthpastoralcoordinator@gmail.com.

It would be great to see you there!

Thursday, 01 January 2015 12:55

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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"When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are!" (Edgar Cayce)

The words of Edgar Cayce capture for me the immediacy of new beginnings. . . present in the here and NOW! So, why is it we always wait for a New Year to begin to start again?

New Year is a time when we are all drawn to look back; to remember and to reminisce over all that has been. It is a time when we remember the struggles and sorrows in our own lives and in our world. It is also a time to recall the happy and treasured moments where God broke into our ordinary lives. It's a time to give thanks!

As Salesians, we are called to live each 'ordinary day' in an 'extraordinary way!' We are called to live in the present moment; not in the past or in the future. St Francis de Sales reminds us that "holiness is found in a path opened to us in our daily lives."

A New Year is a new beginning; a fresh start! It carries with it a sense of hope and new life. In 2015, my New Year wish for each one of YOU is to 'start where you are' wherever you are. No more avoiding or waiting; God is with us NOW!

May 2015 be a year where you and all your loved ones are touched by the true love of our God present in our daily lives.

I wish you all a very happy and blessed New Year.

Sr Connie Cameron FMA

Provincial

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 15:56

SHARING THE CHAPTER

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During our Chapter, Sr Connie and I spent quite a lot of time as did many others thinking about how to share the Chapter message . . . We decided that it would be really a good idea to share it with all our friends, co-operators and helpers together with the FMA communities.

Realising that travel is never easy we also thought to do it in three places. . . London, Cowley and Glasgow . . . as it turned out we managed that and squeezed in another session with our staff in the brand new and recently opened St John Bosco Arts College in Croxteth as well as a session in Blundellsands.

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The message of the Acts of the Chapter, "Broaden our Horizons, and be with the young missionaries of Hope and Joy!" has now spread far and wide so watch this space for the next steps we will also be sharing of how to do this in our context in the coming year.

I think the photos speak for themselves of the inspiration people took from this message and the connection many felt with the challenges, changes of mentality and choices which emerged from the Chapter ably helped to keep our feet on the ground by the presence of our laity and young people!

Thursday, 04 December 2014 08:33

VIDES - Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart

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On Saturday 29th November VIDES celebrated 25 years in the UK.

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The day began with a wonderful celebration of Mass in St. James', Bootle where VIDES held a camp for 5 years. The Mass was celebrated by Frs. Gerry O'Shaughnessy and Michael Winstanley. However, special thanks must also go to Fr. Michael Cunningham who has always been very willing to support VIDES through the celebration of Mass.

The theme of the Mass was, 'Give Thanks with a Grateful Heart' and that is certainly what we did. Volunteers past and present joined the FMA, members of the Salesian family and local parishioners to give thanks for the memories, formation, service, friendships and fun they have experienced through VIDES in the last 25 years.

Also present with us on the day were Sr. Maria Grazia who founded VIDES International back in 1987 and who now works in the Human Rights Office of the UN in Geneva and Sr. Leonor Salazar Garcia, delegate of VIDES International in Rome. They were very impressed by all our volunteers and the sense of family spirit amongst us all.

 

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It was certainly a wonderful day of celebrations and giving thanks for the last 25 years and, encouraged by the words of Sr. Leonor, having remembered and given thanks we now renew and look forward to the next 25 years of VIDES UK!

Friday, 24 October 2014 10:25

MOTHER YVONNE REUNGOAT RE-ELECTED

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Rome (Italy). This morning, at 9,35 the Chapter Members re-elected as Mother General Sr. Yvonne Reungoat The 9th successor of Mother Maria Domenica Mazzarello. Among the first to congratulate her along with the Chapter Members, was the Rector Major, Fr. Ángel Fernandez Artime, . A long, warm applause greeted the official proclamation.

All members of the Salesian Family send their best wishes and promises of prayers to Mother Yvonne, and offer congratulations to the FMA British Province.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014 12:11

VIDES UK hit Cowley for a 2nd Year!

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This summer, 21 volunteers from all over the UK and 2 from Slovenia travelled to the Salesian community of Cowley to lead a 10 day formation camp for the young people of the area. 

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From Friday 25th July – Sunday 3rd August these volunteers lived and worked together as one community in the service of the young. Our theme this year for both the young people and the formation of our volunteers was “partying with our superheroes’’ the reasoning behind the theme for the young people was celebrating 25 years of VIDES UK and to allow them to understand the qualities of superheroes and to try to recognise these qualities in themselves. These included; strength, not only the physical strength of people but also the strength of their love and understanding of each other, flying looking at their ability to reach for their ambitions, and teamwork after all every superhero has some sort of team behind them.


The young people of Cowley were a credit to the community and showed our volunteers what superheroes actually are.

 

The reasoning of theme for the formation of our volunteers, wasn’t much dissimilar to that of the young, however instead of looking at fictional superheroes, we focused on our Salesian heroes and how they are still inspirational figures to us as youth workers and volunteers, they included; Sean Devereux, Mamma Margaret, Mickie Magone, Laura Vicuna and of course both Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello


The week was a great success as daily 45-55 young people took time out of their day to come and spend time with us. Last year was our first year in Cowley and parents and the local community didn’t know what to expect, but thanks to the dedication of our VIDES volunteers, parents and the community once more put their trust in us to provide a fantastic week of activities.

 

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We give our most sincere thanks to the Salesian Sisters community of Cowley for their warm welcome and continued presence on the camp and to the SDB community of Cowley, especially Fr. Peter for his trust in us to deliver a camp for his young parishioners.


Special thanks must go to our volunteers who each gave up a week of their holiday, to sleep on a floor and shower in a sports centre, to be a part of the camp. This year’s team showed each other how to be true Salesian superheroes and we thank them for that.


We look forward to our return next summer to see the continued growth of the project for the young people we serve.

Monday, 11 August 2014 10:52

Sr Bruna Liveri Diamond Jubilee

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On Monday July 28th, Sister Bruna celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in Battersea Community. Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Kieran Anderson in the Convent Chapel. This celebration was followed by a festive meal and all had an enjoyable day.


During his homily, Father Kieran emphasized the sincere gratitude from the Salesian Congregation for Sister Bruna's years of unfailing generosity, constant fidelity, and infectious enthusiasm.


On the 5th August, the celebrations for the Jubilarians took place in the Provincial, House in Blundellsands. For Sister Bruna, the journey to Liverpool would be tiring so we had a second celebration in the Community, together with Father Kieran, Father Peter, Father Saju, and Brother John. Another festive meal was enjoyed by all ,followed by a very entertaining hour together.

 

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We all wish Sister Bruna every blessing and good health for her mission in the future.

Monday, 11 August 2014 10:25

Salesian Sisters' Anniversaries

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We are delighted to record the continuing celebrations at Blundellsands, and send our best wishes to;

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Sr Monica Smith FMA - 70 years professed
Sr Teresa Shannon FMA - Diamond profession (60 years)
Sr Bruna Livieri FMA - Diamond profession
Sr Cecily Dunn FMA - Golden profession (50 years)
Sr Norma Kirby FMA - Golden profession
Sr Maria Debano FMA - Ruby profession (40 years)

Sr Anne Frances FMA made her bi-annuals (vows for two years), and Sr Gill McCambridge FMA made vows for one year.

Below are a selection of photographs (unfortunately Srs Bruna, Cecily and Norma were unable to attend the gathering)

Friday, 08 August 2014 12:30

GOODBYE AND THANK YOU SR PAULINE

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On the afternoon of 5th August Sisters gathered in Blundellsands for the jubilee celebrations, witnessed the handover of our present Provincial, Sr Pauline Clark, to Sr Connie Cameron who now takes on the mantle of leading the Province for the next six years.

Sr Pauline speaking to the Sisters, expressed her gratitude first to God 'who has been our constant guide and support during the past six years, amazing us all by his gentle but firm leading along difficult and painful paths' then 'to the Sisters of the Province who have given me great trust and love...and as I come to the end of my term, I thank you for your understanding and unfailing support.'

Sr Pauline knows that this same trust and understanding will now be shown to Sr Connie as she begins her service.

A lighted lantern, symbol of the passing on of the leadership was given to Sr Connie by Sr Pauline .

Sr Connie left for Italy on Thursday (7th) where she begins preparations for the General Chapter due to start in September.

We pray for Pauline as she begins a year of various renewal courses.

We pray for Connie as she takes up a challenging role in these days but know that 'the God who started this great work in her will keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish....'

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