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Friday, 21 December 2018 22:34

Fourth Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Retreats for the young at Savio House

 

In the final week of Advent, we hear from Programme Leader Jonny Dearden about the work done at the Salesian Youth Retreat Centre.

Savio House is a retreat centre in the countryside near Macclesfield.  Our work here is to deliver a programme with school groups and to help them learn a bit more about themselves and their connections with each other and with God.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018 01:22

Third Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Training Young Salesians in West Africa

 

In the third week of Advent, as we focus on joy, we hear from our GBR Missions Office, which supports the work of Salesian Missions across the world, and in particular, funds the training of young Salesians in the Anglophone West Africa (AFW) Province: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria.

 

The British Province has had a long connection with Liberia in particular, and this continues in its financial contribution towards  the training of young Salesians in the AFW Province. For several decades, through the GBR Missions Office, we have made a commitment to send £7,500 a month (£90,000 a year), to support the formation of young men from this very youthful Province, where over half of the approximately 200 Salesians are in formation. This formation takes place in the countries of the AFW Province and beyond, as they continue their studies in East Africa, Italy, Germany and Great Britain.

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Saturday, 08 December 2018 00:03

Second Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - Phoenix Summer Camps

 

In the second week of Advent, we hear from two of the staff from schools who bring children to our Phoenix Summer Camps, about the benefits the see for their students and schools. The camps give an active, faith-based holiday to young people who need a break they may not otherwise get. Each year, several secondary schools bring ten Year 7 students each, along with two members of staff, to Base Camp at Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington. They have lots of fun indoors and out, make new friends, learn more about cooperation, support each other and share prayer together - all in true in Salesian style. The camps are planned and led by the Salesian Youth Ministry team with support from additional volunteers, and each week-long camp offers a wide range of activities, including trips out to Stockport swimming pool and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. 

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Saturday, 01 December 2018 01:00

First Week of Advent 2018

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Spiritual Gifts and Practical Gifts - The Porridge Club 

The four weeks of Advent are increasingly busy in our commercialised world, and while we wrap gifts for our loved ones, we need to take a little time to unwrap some spiritual gifts for ourselves.

As we prepare the way for the Lord in our lives this Advent, each week, we offer you a scripture passage and a prayer, and present four stories showing some of the ways in which Salesians of Don Bosco and members of the Salesian Family in the UK are living their vocation to reach out to the young, and following the Gospel call to compassion and mercy.

We hope the stories inspire you to act in this season of good will:


Could you:

Pray for the success of the work being done and the people who give and receive it?

Get involved in these projects, or others that support young people, by volunteering?

Make a donation to help this work continue?

 

In the first week of Advent, we hear from Share the Light, a charity run by young people, for young people, which began in Salesian School, Farnborough, and makes connections with young people in Zambia, providing friendship and practical support, including the Porridge Club, to give children a nutritious start to their day.

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 15:49

Our latest book: accompanying young people

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Published on the eve of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and in the light of our Strenna on the art of listening and accompaniment, the latest book from Don Bosco Publications guides the reader through the needs, challenges and opportunities of accompanying the young in a Salesian way. 

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 00:42

Cooperators' Marian day at Chertsey

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John Ryan sums up a vibrant day at Chertsey, in preparation for the feast of Mary Help of Christians, and Bernard O'Neill outlines the spiritual content.

On Sunday 20th May, Chertsey Cooperators under the guidance of Ken & Barbara Greaney, organised a Mary, Help Of Christians Celebration Day at St Anne's School in Chertsey, with talks by Fr David O'Malley SDB.

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HolyWeek 2018

 

 

In Holy Week, we reflect with Juan José Bartolomé SDB on Mary's presence at the foot of the cross, and the legacy of his mother's love, left to us by Jesus.

 

 

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.

Seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son”. Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother”. And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

John 19: 25-27

The unlimited fidelity of the mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple was the cradle of the new Christian community. The beloved disciple was entrusted as a son to the mother of Jesus, and the mother of Jesus was the inheritance given to the disciple Jesus loved. From that moment, the mother of Jesus‘ belonged to the faithful disciple. She became part of his world and of his home. From the moment Jesus died on the cross, Mary makes her home ' wherever there is a disciple faithful to her son. But to have her as mother, the i disciple must bear the cross of Jesus, without betrayal or abandonment. Jesus ‘ chose twelve apostles to continue his work, but he entrusted his mother to only one of them, the one who was most faithful.

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6thWkLent2018

 

We have entered Passiontide, and as we prepare to accompany Jesus on the way of the cross, we reflect on two significant events in the Gospel of John, and look at the essence of Salesian prayer. 


The Fourth Gospel is a richly veined mine in which we can uncover deep insights into the person and meaning of Jesus, and into the nature of discipleship. In John's story there are two events which occur in the last week of Jesus' life which are closely linked. The wider context for each is the celebration of Passover, the immediate setting a meal. Each event contains a symbolic gesture. Mary of Bethany anoints the feet of Jesus and dries them with her hair. Jesus washes the feet of his disciples and dries them with a towel. Together the episodes illustrate the generosity and self-giving of Jesus, and invite a similar response from his friends and disciples.

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Friday, 16 March 2018 15:18

Lent retreat at Sacred Heart RC Primary

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Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB has been leading Lent retreats for the pupils of Sacred Heart RC Primary, Battersea, and the children have really enjoyed the experience. The staff and pupils sent their thanks with a series of storyboards: what a lovely way to do it! Have a look at what they did:

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5thWkLent 2018

 

For this week's Lenten reflection, Fr David O'Malley SDB offers guidance in following the path of Don Bosco, showing loving kindness as we respond to our call to help the young and the vulnerable.

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Whatever your gender there is something maternal about the way that you are called to respond to frailty in others or in yourself. There should be no room for harshness in your life but rather a gentle and consistent discipline that ensures freedom and space to grow strong  where life is broken.  

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