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As the new school year begins, follow Fr Jakub Rusniak SDB and the team through a day in the life of the Chaplaincy at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, in this article from the latest issue of Don Bosco Today.


It’s 8 o’clock in the morning and Brother Maciek Sokalkski SDB is just opening the door to the chaplaincy room.


It’s been raining all night and a group of pupils, who have been waiting in the cold for a few minutes now, come into the warmth to watch an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ before the lessons begin. The video club is always fun. Students—especially those dropped off early by their parents—love to spend their time here. It’s their space. They can have their morning toast while enjoying some fun before the lessons begin. Soon after, the children go to meet their tutors and another day starts.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:53

Mary Help of Christians - 24th May



Today, as we celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians, it seems we have rarely been in more need of prayer and consolation. Our founder, St John Bosco, had tremendous faith in Mary's love and protection, and placed his Salesians and the Salesian Sisters - the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA) - under her patronage. Her feast on 24th May is therefore a very special day in the Salesian Family’s calendar.

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Monday, 08 May 2017 15:28

Novena to Mary Help of Christians

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In the nine days leading up to the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, a great feast in the Salesian calendar, we invite you to join us in praying a novena in her honour. 

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As we continue the season of Easter, Michael T Winstanley SDB encourages us to go beyond a 'cocktail approach' to look more deeply into the messages each of the evangelists have for us in their accounts of the passion and death of Jesus.


Many people in the UK, I’m told, enjoy a good cocktail, ordered at a bar or produced at home; the ‘Rusty Nail’, ‘Harvey Wallbanger’ and ‘London Fog’ feature amongst the current favourites. Many Catholics too seem to relish cocktails, cocktails of a different kind: scripture-based varieties.


At Christmas in cards, carols and cribs we readily mix items of Matthew’s nativity narrative with details from that of Luke, often without realising what we are doing. The same is true with our perception of the passion and death of Jesus. We tend to blend bits of Matthew and Mark with extracts from Luke and John, and occasionally toss in a Station of the Cross for good measure. Usually, this isn’t done consciously, and we are probably unaware of our thinking and creativity. From one angle, perhaps it doesn’t matter if this cocktail approach enables us to appreciate the suffering of Jesus, his love for us, and moves us to respond to him with gratitude and love. From another angle, it’s unfortunate, I believe, because it means we are not in touch with the differences in the four Gospel presentations; we can miss important messages for our theological understanding and our spirituality.

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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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The Salesian Spirituality South team (Mary Biddle, Sr Pat Devine FMA, Katie St Quinton, John Hunt, and Annabel Clarkson), have teamed up with the Salesian Sisters in Beckenham to create an evening to share ideas and prayer, along with some networking and a good deal of socialising!

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