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This item below was written by Sue McDonald of Salesian Youth Ministry as a guest post on the Catholic Truth Society’s Catholic Compass blog, to mark the 32nd World Youth Day on 9th April 2017. Sue is pictured above at Flame 2017 with Chris (left) and Br Janusz (right) from the Savio House Team, wearing their Don Bosco scarves and hi-vis Stewarding gear for the event.

 

Many groups adopt some sort of outward sign of membership: it could be a school badge, a football scarf, a wrist band. Salesian Youth Ministry has its Don Bosco scarves, worn as a symbol of family. 

 

Everyone searches to belong in some way, to be at home with others. When we find someone or something we can identify with it becomes part of who we are. When we believe that we belong and are valued, we will proclaim it with joy and conviction alone and as one. This is the Salesian call – family.
Our charism is one of togetherness: a four-pronged spirituality balancing belonging, learning, celebration and faith with, and for, the young. Don Bosco, our founder, began this mission meeting the young on their turf, in the streets, pubs, workplaces and homes. He walked alongside them offering them a spirituality in which they were assured of being loved. I think this is why we have such a strong network of volunteers – they have all known love, the love of Christ, through the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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Friday, 24 March 2017 14:49

Are you ready to Make Some Noise?

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Once again, Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton is the venue for the Make Some Noise, our  Salesian Youthgather, which will be held from Friday 22nd - Saturday 23rd Septemeber 2017.

 

The maximum number we can admit is 350, and this is a popular event! Book before 13th April for the Early Bird price of £5. Passes bought after this date will be £7 each.

 

If you've not yet received an invite to the Google application form, contact Sue McDonald ASAP:  sue@salesians.org.uk

Published in Youth Ministry
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 15:30

Scottish Salesian group at Flame 2017

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Danny Sweeney, Justice and Peace Scotland's Social Justice Co-ordinator, is a long-standing Salesian volunteer. He accompanied the Salesian Sisters' URSpace group to the recent Flame 2017 event at Wembley Arena, where he joined BOVA, the Colombans ans Assumption Volunteers in presenting a lunchtime workshop encouraging young people to imagine the experience of refugees.

 

The URSpace group included around 30 students from several of the Scottish schools the URSpace team works with. 

 

Read his blog post about the event at Justice & Peace Scotland

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One of the many highlights of Flame 2017 last weekend was hearing Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, the very first Cardinal of Myanmar and a Salesian. At the end of the event, Salesian Link was delighted to spend a few moments in conversation with him.


Cardinal Bo began our conversation, of course, by speaking of Don Bosco’s devotion to the young: "Don Bosco loved all young people. He said that he loved them for the fact that they are young, but he especially cared for those who are abandoned and have lost all hope, and that is why he founded the Salesians."

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The group at White Nancy - Photo: Academy of St Francis of Assissi /Liverpool Echo

Savio House, our Youth Retreat Centre in Bollington, Cheshire, recently facilitated a retreat for a group of 27 Year 10 students from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi, a Catholic-Anglican school in Liverpool.

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This weekend, the youth ministry department held the 2nd meeting of the year for our Salesian animators. We began with an input and sharing session on the preparation document for XV General Assembly of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops taking place in October 2018. The theme for this Assembly will be “Young people, faith and vocational discernment.”

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Signposts is a Salesian project  for young adults (18-35) who have some life experience but are facing a time of major choice, sometimes without any sense of overall direction. It is for people who want to meet life as an adventure but also want to stack the odds in their favour through wise decisions.

 

The Signposts team is really excited at how things are developing, so we'd like to tell you more about the project - and ask for your help.

 

What does the programme involve?

 

An introductory workshop: A one-off event of a couple of hours that introduces the project and engages young adult participants (aged ​​18-35) in activities exploring how we make meaningful choices. Some people may have enough to take away with them from just this session, but we hope mamy participants will take up our invitation to join us for a residential weekend, where they will be able to explore their own decision-making process more deeply.

A residential weekend: We guide participants through the six Signposts stages (Ownership, Imagination, Valuing, Analysing, Synthesising) and provide a 'tool-kit for choice' offering a structure for the discernment process. Again, this may be enough to equip some particpants with all they need, but we also offer a third stage.

Individual guidance: The final stage offers individual support taking participants through the six signpost stages over a six month period with the aim of guiding participants to move forward in their own discernment. 


So, get in touch if you:

  • Would like to arrange a workshop to introduce your young adult group to the Signposts concept
  • Don't belong to a group, but would like to come to our open workshop on 29th November

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

Want to get involved in supporting the Signposts project?

We need your help to grow the project and develop our online presence:

  • Download our flyer and display it at your parish, college or group
  • Tell people aboout Signposts in your newsletters & on social media
  • Follow and retweet us on Twitter: @Signposts4life
  • Share useful resources with us on life choices, discernment and vocation for young adults
  • Contribute articles, videos, activities, photos for the resource area we're developing on our website
  • Pray for the project as it evolves this year

 

CONTACT SIGNPOSTS

 

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Anita Morais
Signposts Project Development Team

 

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