Downloadable Resources

A Camino through Advent 2020 - First Week

A Camino through Advent 2020 - First Week

Sat, 28 Nov 2020

Join us as we begin our virtual Advent pilgrimage in this very challenging year. Material for prayer and reflection for each day of the First Week of Advent, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB, with support from SR Susan Richert PVBM

Reflections on scripture, prayers, thoughts, video links, actions - and some activities for children.

Justice and Peace Newsletter, November 2020

Justice and Peace Newsletter, November 2020

Thu, 26 Nov 2020

The edition of our Justice and Peace newsletter for November looks at the issue of hunger in our difficult times.

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

Returning to school: a Salesian Perspective

Thu, 11 Jun 2020

As schools move towards bringing back more pupils with the easing of lockdown, our Province Salesian Education and Schools delegate, Fr David O'Malley, offers a Salesian perspective and guidance for school leaders and teachers.

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

A Novena to the Sacred Heart for our special times

Wed, 10 Jun 2020

A novena to the Sacred Heart is usually prayed in the nine days preceding the Feast, but can be prayed at any time for your special intentions. This new novena created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB helps us reflect on our difficult times during th COVID-19 pandemic, and to pray for all those serving our society, and for our families. It is a valuable prayer resource for the coming months.

Pentecost Novena

Pentecost Novena

Wed, 20 May 2020

Nine days of reflection and prayer between the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost, with links to a varied range of music videos to set a thoughtful scene, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.

A Rosary: Mary in May

A Rosary: Mary in May

Tue, 05 May 2020

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Sr Susan Richert PBVM offer a new way to use your rosary to honour Our Lady in her month of May:

Using your rosary beads – in a different way: Take an event in Mary's life and reflect on it. You might use one event each day and either over 1 decade or 5 decades – say the short refrain on the small beads.

Alternatively, you might wish to say the rosary in the usual way but reflect on these events of Mary's life.

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

A school Chaplaincy's lockdown tips for students

Mon, 13 Apr 2020

Pray, be kind, be imaginative, be positive! Down-to-earth lockdown tips for students from a Chaplaincy Assistant.

How to Discover Your Vocation

How to Discover Your Vocation

Mon, 13 Apr 2020

Marriage, Priesthood, Consecrated Life, Permanent Diaconate, Single Life? This booklet by Fr Stephen Wang is written for Catholics who are trying to discover what direction their life is going in and what plans God has for them. It will help you to think and pray
about your vocation and become clearer about where God is leading you in your life.

Stations of the Cross for Good Friday 2020

Stations of the Cross for Good Friday 2020

Thu, 09 Apr 2020

The Stations of the Cross with reflections from Salesian Youth Ministry GBR animators and SDBs from across the Province. This booklet was created for the extraordinary situation in 2020, when the Easter Triduum was celebrated online during the COVOD-19 lockdown, and is a valuable prayer resource at any time.

Prevention or repression

Prevention or repression

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

Don Bosco identified the prevailing educational approach of his times as 'represssive', in contrast to his successful model which used encouragement to 'prevent' young people falling into difficulty. This article considers the early preventive approach alongside modern theories of empowerment, and its continuing evolution. Part of the Saesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Don Bosco - Vocation

Don Bosco - Vocation

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

An account of Don Bosco's early life and his path to fulfilling the vocation he felt from an early age. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirrituality.

Praying as Salesians

Praying as Salesians

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

The Salesian style of prayer was inspired by the simplicity of St Francis de Sales. Part of the Salesian Foortprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Bontà - a spirit of 'goodness'

Bontà - a spirit of 'goodness'

Mon, 06 Apr 2020

Don Bosco's approach was revolutionary in the harshness of the nineteenth century - he used a spirit of kindness and encouragement at his Oratory, the Salesian concept of Bontà or goodness. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

We will meet in the heart of Jesus

We will meet in the heart of Jesus

Sun, 05 Apr 2020

A reflection on the life and letters of St Mary Mazzarello, to guide us through the strange times we face i n Holy Week, 2020, with scripture reading and prayer,

Salesian skills in working with the young

Salesian skills in working with the young

Fri, 03 Apr 2020

Working with the young in Don Bosco's way means drawing on skills related to the approach we take to the work, and how we relate to young people. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

St Francis de Sales

St Francis de Sales

Fri, 03 Apr 2020

The gentleness and humanity of St Francis de Sales inspired Don Bosco, who placed his congregations under his patronage. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

The Salesian approach to young people

The Salesian approach to young people

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Don Bosco instilled in us the importance of letting the young know they are loved. How can the Salesian Family support and engage with young people in today's society? Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

Don Bosco: Builder

Don Bosco: Builder

Thu, 02 Apr 2020

Don Bosco began with a tumbledown rented building for his oratory, and left us with magnificent monuments to the Glory of God and Mary Help of Christians. Part of the Salesian Footprints series of resources introducing Salesian history and spirituality.

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