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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, 23 March 2017 10:02

Canonical Visit from Sr Lucy Rose FMA

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On 16th February, the Salesian Sisters GBR welcomed Sr Lucy Rose Ozhukayil FMA as she arrived for her Extraordinary Visitation.  Sr Lucy Rose is a General Councillor of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, based at the General House in Rome. She will remain with us until 3rd April, visiting the communities and the wide range of works the Sisters carry out in Britain.

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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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Friday, 04 August 2017 16:01

Happy Birthday, Salesian Sisters!

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On 5th August 1872, the first fifteen Salesian Sisters were clothed in their religous garments, and eleven of them (including St Mary Mazzarello) made their first professions. Don Bosco and the Bishop of Acqui were present on this joyful occasion at Mornese, Italy. Mother Mazzarello, who had worked with Don Bosco to establish the new society, was elected as their first superior on the same day.  
 
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Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:38

FMA Centenary

FMA Centenary

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FMA Celebration at Liverpool Cathedral

On Sunday 12th May 2002 the Salesian (FMA) Sisters celebrated the Centenary of their arrival in Great Britain. There had already been celebrations in the North and South of England, but the high point was the Mass in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, led by Archbishop Patrick Kelly in the presence of La Madre, Mother Antonia, the FMA Superior General, pictured below.

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For more pictures of this historic event, please click here.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013 18:37

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Note: These pictures have been lost but we are working hard to find them. 

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In the pictures below you will see Fr Francis Preston and Sr Margaret Cahill with Mother Antonia and Archbishop Kelly, some of the 40 or more SDBs who attended the celebration, some interior shots of the Mass, and views of Mother Antonia, Sr Georgina and Sr Kathleen meeting members of the congregation after the Mass. (You wont see the pictures if Java has been disabled on your computer.)

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If you would like larger versions (1280x960) of any of these pictures for printing, please contact Fr Patrick Sherlock

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