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Monday, 14 August 2017 10:56

Looking back at Flame 2017

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In the Summer issue of Don Bosco Today, the UK's Salesian Bulletin, we look back at the amazing Flame 2017 gathering of young Catholics. Our Province is a major supporter of Flame, and the hundreds of young people from Salesian schools and projects attended with their teachers, chaplains, youth leaders, Salesian Sisters and SDBs. 

 

A Catholic youth gathering and a Salesian cardinal both trending on Twitter on the same day. Who’d have thought? Well, to those of us at the SSE Arena at Wembley on Saturday 11th March for Flame 2017, it wasn’t much of a surprise.

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:45

VIDES UK's Scottish adventure

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The VIDES UK Volunteer Team chilling out

 

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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The week invites students to think about different issues affecting the world

 

St John Bosco Arts College Croxteth, near Liverpool, took the refugee crisis as its Mission Week theme to raise awareness of this vital issue. Figures from the UN Refugee Agency show an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Text and pictures: Hannah Fowler, The Foundry Agency

 

Mission Week at St John Bosco Arts celebrates the school’s Christian ethos and invites students to think about different issues affecting the world and its local community.

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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.

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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

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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).

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Friday, 05 May 2017 13:10

FMA & SDB Youth Ministry meeting

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Three times a year, Youth Ministry teams from Salesians (SDB) and Salesian Sisters (FMA) get together to discuss their work and their plans.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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