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Thursday, 12 December 2019 15:18

Bells ring out again at St James' Bootle

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by Fr Jim McGarry SDB

In the tower of St James’ Church, Bootle, there are ten bells. They have not been used in seven years because of the condition of the tower.

One of the bells, the largest, is the original tolling bell, known as “Big Tom”. There are nine other bells were cast in 1924 at the O’Byrne Foundry, Dublin, to form a peal. Inscribed on the largest of the nine bells are the words: “This peal of bells is erected to the memory of the late Canon Kelly, for 37 years Rector of St James’s, RIP”. The remaining eight bells have a name inscribed on each one: Our Lady of Lourdes, St Bernadette, St James, St Joseph, St Patrick, St Anthony, The Little Flower, and Gemma Galgani.

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Mass on Sunday was a very special one at St James' Bootle, as the young people of the parish were at the centre of the National Youth Sunday Mass. 

Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB said, "On this day, we celebrate the young people in our parish and community and all the gifts and talents they share with us".

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St Anne's Chertsey's year of celebrations continues, as described by Joy Mowatt.


As part of the 90th celebrations of St Anne's, Chertsey, there was a pilgrimage to Lourdes organised by Ken and Barbara Greaney. Both are long-standing Cooperators, and they took a group of parishoners, most or all of whom are also Cooperators, to Lourdes to pray for the Parish at this special time.

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Br Lukasz Wojcik SDB describes the delights of Bootle's recent Youth Club holiday

Egg parachutes (dropping the egg from the roof and trying not to smash it), cinema, quizzes, bowling&laser, and endless fun on the best swing in Merseyside: all this and even more has happened in Shirdley Hill during the annual Youth Club holidays.

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Parishioner Joy Mowat sends news from Chertsey. Joy is pictured above with the Parish Council: Fr Michael Hines, SDB; Gwyn Williams UK Director and Libia Roldan, organiser.


This Year, St Anne’s, Chertsey, is celebrating 90 years as a Parish church. We have a year-long programme of events to mark the occasion and on the 3rd Sunday of Lent we took part in a “Feed the Hungry” packing event. This charity supplies meals to those most in need and our efforts were being sent to children in Burkina Faso and flood victims in Zimbabwe.

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In the penultimate week of Lent, the Rector Major considers the heart of the Salesian spirit, in the rich network of relationships we form in our lives, and Fr Graham Forristalle looks at holiness in a parish preparing for the holiest time of the year.


Each Lenten Friday evening in Cowley, the people of the parish gather in the church for 6pm. Altar servers have come to join us, and together we follow the Way of the Cross. In the fourteen stations the family of the parish meditate on Jesus who suffered and gave his life for us all. This family has members from Latvia, from Malawi, from Goa, East Timor and Poland: from Brittany and from all parts of Europe. We are praying in English: whether this is our first or second language we acclaim the one saviour, and the image and pattern of his sacrifice is our pattern of holiness. In one scripture during the Stations, we read about the paradox within Jesus’ sacrifice. “For our sake God made the sinless one into sin, so that in him we might become the goodness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 20:39

Fourth Week of Advent: A Salesian Parish

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Our Advent journey around the Province concludes with a beautiful reflection from the Parish of Our Lady Help of Christians, Cowley, Oxford, for the fourth week of Advent.

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 12:34

Cowley parish has a great new website!


On 8th December, a very special date for the Salesian Family, the parish of Our Lady Help of Christians in Cowley, Oxford, launched its new website.


Visit the site and find out more about what's happening in this lively Salesian parish, which we will visit in the final week of our Advent journey around he province.


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Fr David O'Malley SDB writes about a recent event in Battersea. Photo above shows stars of the show,  Ben Whitehead, Danny Whitehead, John Lumsden, James Hume, with Lauren Soley and Josie Kemp in the front row.


Sacred Heart Parish hosted an event to raise money for a redecoration fund. Entitled "The West End comes to Battersea" the concert included six of the stars of musicals across the west end who joined with an array of young talent from the Salesian parishes in Battersea.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 15:23

New altar servers get their skates on in Bootle

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New altar servers at St James' parish, Bootle near Liverpool, were welcomed to the team recently when they had their first training session.


The young people were then invited to join the rest of the team on a trip to the ice rink at Widnes, where plenty of fun was had in true Salesian style.

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