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Saturday, 13 January 2007 00:00

Mamma Margaret Days

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On 13th, 27th and 28th January 2007, just before the Feast of Saint John Bosco, the GBR Province arranged study days focusing on his mother, Mamma Margaret, who was declared 'Venerable' on 15th November last year.


Monday, 01 August 2011 01:00

Memories of World Youth Day

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Back in August a contingent of young people from Great Britain, together with Salesians and Salesian Sisters, joined hundreds of thousands of others in Madrid to meet the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI in Madrid for World Youth Day 2011. At the time, there was extensive coverage on the web site of the Salesian News Agency.

Below you may be able to view a video produced by Don Bosco Missions which will bring back happy memories for those who were fortunate to be able to attend World Youth Day, and which will let the rest of us share some of the joy and enthusiasm they experienced.

Video of World Youth Day (needs frames)

Click the US/GB flag to see the English version.

On the website bosco2011 you can view a further video, in Spanish, of the gathering of groups in the Salesian Family at Atocha on the evening of 17th August. That site is run by the Salesian Youth Movement in Spain.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012 00:00

Salesians in Liberia

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Fr Harry O'Brien, currently (2012) Rector and Parish Priest in Lungi Sierra Leone, features in a 15 minute video tracing the history of the Salesians in Liberia, West Africa. In his gentle way he tells how the Great Britain Province accepted the mission in Liberia and how the work for needy young people continued in spite of wars and great hardships. Those who know the Salesians in the UK will recognise many familiar faces and names in his account.


On this Sunday there are two readings from Luke's Gospel. The first is part of the introductory liturgy which commemorates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem. The second is the passion narrative. I shall limit these reflections to the first, which reads as follows:

After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, "Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' just say this, 'The Lord needs it.'" So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 00:00

Salesian School Chertsey raises 27,000+

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In the Section 48 Report of November 2008 it was stated that "there are very many opportunities for pupils to raise money for good causes". In 2009 Salesian School Chertsey has demonstrated that this statement is undoubtedly true with the raising of over 27,000 which is almost three times the school's previous record.

The money has been raised in a variety of ways, the highlight being the 10,000+ raised for CAFOD (Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) by Mr Whitfield through his "tough guy challenge", culminating in his participation in the London Marathon in April last. This effort has already been reported in the Arundel and Brighton News and in a previous newsletter. CAFOD also benefited from other initiatives such as the sale of French cakes organized by the Modern Languages Department which raised over 200.

Monday, 22 February 2010 00:00

Chertsey India Exchange

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In February 2010 Fr Andrew Ebrahim took a group of 6th Formers from Salesian School Chertsey to India. The purpose of the trip was twofold: to visit their partner school, Don Bosco Park Circus in Kolkata (Calcutta), and to visit the Don Bosco Ashalayam (Street Children Project) that the school raises money for. This was the second such expedition, the first being in February last year.

The group made a video of the trip which is available below via YouTube. It shows how powerfully the students were impressed by the contact with young people living in conditions so different from their own.

If you would like to know more about the trip and the Salesian work in Calcutta, please contact Fr Andrew Ebrahim.

The Gospel reading chosen for the Fifth Sunday of Lent is an extract from John rather than from Luke. It is a passage which the scholars, based on early manuscript evidence and issues to do with vocabulary and style, maintain was not part of the original Fourth Gospel, but a later insertion. However, it is believed to have its origins in authentic early tradition, possibly in Johannine circles, though it does have a rather Lukan flavour. It is easy to understand why the Christian scribes did not wish it to be lost, for it is a valuable witness to the person and style of Jesus. It is the story of the sinful woman.

Today's Gospel reading contains what is probably the best known and loved of the parables of Jesus. The setting in which Luke places this parable is important.

Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to him. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them." (15: 1-2)

The marginalised and religious outcasts in large numbers are drawing close to Jesus; their purpose is to listen to him, which for Luke is an indication of an openness to conversion. In the background are the religious elite, the Pharisees and scribes, who keep their distance to avoid contamination, and who shun table fellowship with sinners.

Last week, after the transfiguration, we left Jesus as he was about to commence his journey to Jerusalem for his exodus. That journey becomes the structural framework for the rest of Luke's presentation of his ministry. Several times Luke reminds his readers that Jesus is steadfastly journeying towards Jerusalem. The Gospel reading for this the third Sunday of Lent is a passage with which we are probably not very familiar, and is part of a wider section which some scholars call prophetic warnings. Jesus comments that although people are good at reading the patterns of the weather, they are failing to discern the signs of the times. Just as they know how wise it is to settle contentious issues out of court prior to a trial rather than being consigned to jail, they should settle with God before it is too late. These sayings of Jesus lead into the text proposed for today.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010 00:00

Gospel Reflections for Lent: Year C Sunday 1

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Each year the Gospel reading for the First Sunday of Lent presents us with the temptations or testing of Jesus. This year, year C, we are invited to reflect on Luke's version.

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread." Jesus answered him, "It is written, 'One does not live by bread alone.'" Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.

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