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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 Frdiay 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 uo to Zoom for a free account if you've not already got one, https://zoom.us/signup and email sue@salesianyouthministry.org.uk 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

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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: https://www.facebook.com/symonlineoratory/. 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 https://www.facebook.com/salesianlink/ 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 clarelewis@salesianlink.co.uk.

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. 

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 17:55

Lent 2020: Walk the way of love for one another

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In the Fourth Week of Lent, we return to our Patron St Francis de Sales. In a Lent sermon on 26 February 1622, St Francis spoke about the love Jesus told us we ought to have for each other, and the astonishing precedence our Saviour gave to this. In these difficult and worrying times, his words direct us back to the love that sustains us all.

Friday, 20 March 2020 16:45

Important message from Salesian Youth Ministry

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We are living in very challenging times at the moment. In light of recent Government advice we have decided to suspend all National Youth Ministry activity until the 1st June, 2020.

On Monday 23rd March, the Youth Ministry Animator, Sue MacDonald will begin to contact relevant parties. The Youth Ministry Office will remain operational.

Let us support each other in our thoughts and prayers over this difficult time, retaining our deep founded belief in a God who loves us more than we can ever know or understand.

Look out for each other.

Be safe.

Fr Bob Gardner SDB

Delegate for Salesian Youth Ministry, GBR Province.

Thursday, 19 March 2020 18:28

Students 'showing love as God would show love'.

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On the feast of St Joseph (19 March) students at our St John Bosco College, Battersea (SJBC)  spent some time thinking about the elderly and specifically those living in care homes. They decided to make Mother's Day cards which will be delivered to the sisters and residents of the Hospitalier Sisters at Roland Gardens.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 17:17

'When I can't get to church'

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A spiritual communion

Fr David O'Malley SDB has produced a resource for use at home in the coming weeks.

This short prayer pattern follows the shape of the mass and allows you to participate in a homely prayer. It invites Jesus into your home and into your lives for the coming week. It is designed for families and couples, but it can also be used by individuals who have had to self-isolate and anyone who cannot be at Sunday Eucharist.

Saint Mary Mazzarello, co-founder of the Salesian sisters, found it difficult to get to church sometimes through work or illness. Instead, she would sit by the window in her attic, from where she could see the parish church and bring the church into her home. This prayer helps you to do the same.

Please share it with family, friends, students, parishioners and anyone who will find it helpful.

Download the prayer leaflet here. 

Friday, 13 March 2020 17:19

Savio House - operating as usual

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Please note that for until further notice, Savio House Youth Retreat Centre will be operating as usual, in accordance with current public health guidance. 

 

If you have a group booked and have further questions, please contact Savio on 01625 573 256 or email saviooffice@saviohouse.org.uk.

 

We will post an update if the situation changes.

 

Thank you.

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Photo: Vonecia Carswell on Unsplash

A reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent

 

Last week, Fr David O'Malley's reflection referred to dependence as a gift or strength: dependence on those around us and especially, dependence on God. We need this gift during illness, when an awareness that we are in the Lord's hands, and an ability to accept help and rely on others is essential to our own peace and wellbeing, and for the benefit of wider society. In the current circumstances, it is a gift we especially need if we are not ourselves sick, but concerned for loved ones, or affected by measures to protect others from illness. 

In a sermon during Lent, St Francis de Sales spoke of this gift of submission for the sick, by considering the healing of St Peter's mother-in-law:

 

From a Sermon for the Thursday after the Third Sunday of Lent: 3 March 1622

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