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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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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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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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Lent is a spiritual journey, in which we try to deepen our relationship with God. Fr Michael Cunningham SDB explores the role of silent prayer in becoming present to God, and growing in compassion towards our brothers and sisters.

 

Whenever we embark on the spiritual journey, we always encounter in some form or other the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. This is the pattern of death and life, which is at the heart not just of Christian experience but of all human experience. For new life to grow, something has to die. This is experienced most deeply in the spiritual life by the death of that ego-centred existence that is the false self. The issue is always one of giving up control and surrendering to The Great Mystery, The Great Love, The Great River of Life, which Jesus calls The Kingdom of God, the experience of deep love and communion. When we are working for others, or even saying our prayers, we are still to some extent in control. In silent prayer, we have to face up to an encounter with our wounded and broken selves. This is why many give up this difficult path. As Jesus said in the parable of the Sower, the seed falls among the thorns and stony ground of our human condition.

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At a time when the Church’s focus is on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, the theme of our Salesian Cooperators’ Retreat 2018 is Listening, Accompaniment and Vocation, and will be held at Savio House, Bollington, from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June 2018. Enquirers are welcome as well as enrolled members.


Our retreat will include:


 Chance to pray and reflect on the PAL and our own vocations
 Opportunity for fellowship
 Input from SDB Provincial Fr Gerry Briody
 Reflection on the Rector Major’s Strenna 2018 and the Synod in Rome
 Mass and renewal of promises



The cost is £150 including all meals, accommodation and retreat costs.


Places are  limited, so early booking is recommended. Please use the booking form below.

 

For further information, email Jessica at salesiancoopcoord20162019@gmail.com

 

Download the booking form

 

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Srs Connie, Linda and Pauline of the Formation Team outline the forthcoming Formation for All Salesian Family Training Day. The event will be held in Kendal, Cumbria on Saturday 10th March 2018, and all are welcome.

 

We would like to invite you to attend a Salesian Family Training Day on the following theme: “WORTHY”: Accompanying vulnerable young people in the development of self-worth.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:43

Ash Wednesday - Lenten Reflection

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The Spirit of Jesus drives us forward

 

Fr Michael Winstanley SDB reflects on the challenges and the gifts that surround us as we begin the season of Lent, in the  desert with Jesus.

 

As we set out on our Lenten journey, our annual desert safari, I'm wondering about the contours of my own desert. The Judean wilderness consisted of ravines and limestone hills, a bleak, unfriendly landscape. We are familiar with pictures of the seemingly endless, undulating miles of the sandy Sahara. Nearer home l recently gazed across the lonely barrenness of Bowes Moor, which reminded me of the flats and troughs of Kinder Scout, and the contrast of dry dust and mud bog. Wastelands assume a variety of forms. As individuals and communities too, sharers in Jesus' mission, we all have our desolate wastes. At times our lives can be dry and harsh, exhausting and barren. It is important to locate our points of vulnerability and weakness, and  to seek to identify the shapes which the wild animals of our desert might adopt. Lent invites us to face our demons.  

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Fr David O'Malley SDB, Schools Delegate for the Province, writes about a recent meeting of Headteachers

 

A small group of head teachers gathered in Battersea to explore ethos and spirituality in schools. The heads of Salesian schools do this regularly. Two Salesian heads, Alison Burrowes and Ged Owens met up with heads from five other Catholic schools to explore how a Salesian approach to spirituality might support them in building the Catholic ethos of their own schools. The gathering involved a lot of reflection on the challenge of maintaining ethos in the present educational climate, the need to maintain a strong sense of vocation in teachers and the benefits of using a charism to reinforce Catholic ethos in schools.

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Salesian Cooperator and Shrigley Old Boy, Bernard O'Neill, continues his account of the Salesian Family Spirituality Days in Valdocco, Turin, which explored the Rector Major's Strenna 2018, on listening to and accompanying the young. See his introduction here 

 

Day 2

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After prayer and meditation the morning talk was by sister Paula Casals FMA. She told us that St Teresa said that you learn to pray by praying , Learn to share by sharing and learn to listen by listening. Listening is not just from ears but with your eyes, body and manner.

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