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Salesian Youth Ministry has been changing its plans for the Youth Easter retreat to offer its Easter Triduum retreat online, and together with the Salesian community at Thornleigh, would like to invite all of the Salesian Family to take part.

Masses and liturgies will be live-streamed on Facebook, so if you are a Facebooker, like our pages @salesianlink for the Province and @symonlineoratory where Youth Ministry's activities are being shared.

Other events will take place over Zoom. If you would like to take part and don't yet have a Zoom acccount, you can sign up for a free one here:

If you are taking part, please email or message our @symonlineoratory Facebook page as soon as you can to get meeting invites, more information and resources for each event.

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We are approaching Holy Week, the most important time of year in our Church, and this year, we are not able to carry out our 'Easter Duties' in the way we usually do. Cardinal Vincent Nichols speaks to us in a video to give guidance on how we can faithfully live the Passion and Resurrection at home. He explains how we can make an 'act of perfect contrition' when we can't get to confession, and speaks about God's forgiveness and our need to seek it.


Watch the video:

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:01

More new initiatives to bring comfort

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In difficult times, finding the sparks of light in our lives and things to be grateful for is more important than ever. With churches and religious communities now offering Masses and prayer online, especially as video, our communities and our Salesian Family is being strengthened and finding joy in seeing Salesians they may not have seen for a long time, or those they regularly see but no longer can.

The latest initiative is from the Battersea Parish team and Salesian community, who began 21 days 'Lockdown with Jesus' which we are sharing on our Salesianlink Facebook page. You can visit our page here, even if you are not 'on' Facebook. 

Wednesday, 01 April 2020 18:24

Prayer & a Pint and our plans

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We had 10 people sign in for prayer and a pint on our first session last Friday, and so far, seven more have asked to be involved this week - even Australia is going to join for 'prayer and breakfast' at the same time.

We are planning more online ministry activities for Holy Week and for after Easter, so if you're on FB, make sure you 'like' our page to keep up to date, or keep watching here for new announcements.

To take part this week or in future, get a free Zoom acccount here: and email or message our @symonlineoratory Facebook page for a meeting invite.

Sue McDonald

Salesian Youth Ministry Animator GBR


Wednesday, 01 April 2020 11:48

Salesians in India act to help the poorest

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The Salesians in India have many friends in our Province, and this week, Fr Payyamthadathil George SDB, Economer of Bangalore Province, shared news of what they are doing to help the poorest who are so badly affected in the COVID 19 crisis. India is in 3 weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of the virus, and Fr George says Kerala State, where the Salesians are fully present, is one of the most affected regions. Though the spread was initially progressing relatively slowly, recent news is that it is escalating. The Salesians are doing all they can to prevent the spread into crowded communities. (Above: providing food and aupport at a migrant workers' camp)

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The Salesian Rector Major, Fr Ángel Artime SDB, has spoken from Rome to Confreres, the Salesian Family, catechists and young people, in a video message released on Wednesday 1 April 2020.

"I greet you in this moment of great pain due to the Coronavirus pandemic," he said. He spoke of the 14 Salesians who have already died from the virus, and the pain so many share because of those they know and love who have died.

"I hold in my heart the memory of Friday, the prayer where we accompanied the Holy Father ... Surely the Holy Father has never prayed so alone, in St Peter's Square, so large yet so empty. But surely he has never prayed so accompanied by the whole Christian world, and certainly also by the believers of other religions. And the Pope has left us this message, the only one possible, with an outlook of faith and hope, that passage of the Gospel of the storm, where the Lord tells us, 'Don't be afraid'.

Don Ángel says we too must live this moment in that outlook of faith and hope, with prayer which intensifies and strengthens, and with a deep feeling that in God we have our trust and our safety.

The Rector Major thanked the entire Salesian Family for how it is responding to the emergency caused by Covid-19. He praised the many Salesian initiatives to enable prayer and the celebration of Masses to be shared, and for continuing formation activities, which he described as "truly a cascading of creativity all over the world". He also commended everyone for accepting "as honest citizens", the restrictions and regulations our authorites and govenments have imposed for our safety.

He left us with a plea to contnue to think how we can bring helpto  the neediest as soon as possible, "to families who find it difficult to live; to the poorest, those who, if they cannot work, they cannot eat."

"There is no doubt that Don Bosco continues to accompany us, and our Mother, Help of Christians, holds us all in her arms," he concluded, "Let us all pray for each other."


Watch the video in English on the ANS YouTube channel.

Friday, 27 March 2020 11:02

SYM Online Fridays: Prayers & a Pint

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Salesian Youth Ministry is hosting 'Prayers and a Pint' over Zoom on Friday evenings at 6pm, to strengthen our community in difficult times.


To join us for an after-work drink and a moment of prayer over Zoom at 6pm this Friday evening, sign up to Zoom for a free account if you've not already got one, and email or message our @symonlineoratory Facebook page for the meeting ID. 


Oh. and pour yourself the beverage of your own choice. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 14:06

Our Province-wide work during COVID 19



The Salesians of Don Bosco UK have been strictly observing all of the measures to support our NHS and protect vulnerable people, and that has meant a lot of changes. However, much of our work is continuing, just in different ways. Staff who are able to do so are working safely from home to keep our Province-wide services, including Communications, Youth Ministry and Don Bosco Publications, going.

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Salesian Youth Ministry is still operating during the current crisis (from home), and they are taking their work online to keep everyone working with the young connected in Salesian friendship. 


If you are on Facebook, you can 'like' their @symonlineoratory page and join in. Here's the page link: We will be sharing as much as we can on our website here too, for non-Facebookers.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020 12:20

The Annunciation of the Lord

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As we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, we remember that Mary's "Yes" brought Jesus into human form; that he lived as one of us and understands all our suffering and anxiety; and that he remains with us always.

At 17:15 this evening, the Thornleigh Salesian Community will live-stream their Mass for the feast on our Province Facebook page.

Please join us then or visit the page later where you will still be able to see the Mass. Follow this link to our public page or search for @salesianlink on Facebook. 

You can find and read our page even if you are not 'on' Facebook: you will be asked if you want to log in or join Facebook, but you do not have to in order to see the contents of our page, although I don't think you can comment on it unless you are logged in. If you'd like to respond to anything you see there, please drop Clare an email

We are also sharing morning prayer at each weekday with Fr John Dickson SDB from the Chertsey community's chapel. The videos are still available to watch after the live broadcast has ended. 

The Salesian Family is praying for everyone affected by the COVID 19 crisis, especially the sick and vulnerable and those who care for them, our teachers and educators and all those who are continuing to provide the essential sevices we rely on. Thank you, and God bless you.

Mary Help of Christians and Don Bosco, pray for us. 

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