Posted: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 11:10
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... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:07
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, (link below) and email email@example.com or message our @symonlineoratory Facebook page... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:57
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.
Don... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:28
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' our @symonlineoratory page to stay up to date and and join in. Follow the page link below. We will be sharing as much as we can on our website here too, for non-Facebookers.... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:24
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... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 17:24
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... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:23
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.
In the midst of personal concern during these unprecedented days, our Year 7 and 8... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 16 Mar 2020 18:41
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... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 12 Mar 2020 13:36
The 28th General Chapter of the Salesian Congregation, meeting at Valdocco, Turin, has renewed the mandate of the Rector Major to Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, for the period 2020-2026.
Don Ángel, 59, is from Asturias, Spain, and was ordained priest in León in 1987. In his former role as Provincial of South Argentina, he worked alongside the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 03 Mar 2020 16:33
Sue McDonald, Youth Ministry Animator, outlines the new formation programme for the 2020s.
At Savio House on the 22nd February, the Salesian Youth Ministry vision team launched the new programme for Salesian animators. It is a formation programme for young people into service for the young especially those in most need. The new programme consists of 5 pathways: First Encounter, Moving on, Animator,... Read More »