News - April, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

April, 2020

Don't miss our Online Youth Ministry Symposium!

Don't miss our Online Youth Ministry Symposium!

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:50

On Saturday 2 May, Salesian Youth Ministry is hosting an online Symposium for all of the Salesian Family.

This will be a fruitful day of youth ministry formation for everyone, with prayer, input from the Synod Fruits team and opportunities to discuss mental health and well-being, to find out more about the Salesian Cooperators, and talk about moving ministry online. The event will take place via Zoom... Read More »

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Supporting grieving young people during lockdown

Supporting grieving young people during lockdown

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:17

As our Education delegate, Fr David O'Malley SDB is aware of school communities that are dealing with deaths of family members, parents and associates. "The usual pattern of support is not possible at this time, especially since the experience of dying and also funerals is far more stark than normal," he writes, "It is not easy and the limitations of technology appear starkly here"

Fr David hopes everyone... Read More »

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Pray the 'Via Lucis' with Battersea Parishes

Pray the 'Via Lucis' with Battersea Parishes

Posted: Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:19

Each weekend in Eastertide, the Battersea community is producing three short meditations on the Via Lucis, the way of light, published on their 'Parish Priest' Facebook profile.

The Via Lucis takes 14 stages in the story of the risen Jesus, ending at the feast of Pentecost, and traces how we deal with good news and recognise the presence of the risen Jesus in our own lives.

The 'More information' link... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian parish supports neighbours through Battersea's  Coronavirus Angels

Salesian parish supports neighbours through Battersea's Coronavirus Angels

Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 13:01

Fr David O'Malley SDB has sent an update on the community project he and Sacred Heart parish are involved in to help local residents in these difficult times. Photos: Battersea Angels and AFC Wimbledon

Sacred Heart Parish, St Mary's Anglican Church and the Katherine Low Settlement have established a network of "Battersea Angels" who volunteer to help people during this lockdown period. Battersea is... Read More »

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The Good Shepherd calls us to care and be cared for

The Good Shepherd calls us to care and be cared for

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:57

A reflection on the Gospel for 4th Sunday of Easter, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.

Image by Bernardette Lopez via Qumran2

John 10: 1-10 I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.

On this Good Shepherd Sunday we are reminded of the strength of Jesus as a teacher and his use of parables to make his point. He is talking to an audience who will naturally understand his thinking and make... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

St James' Bootle begins weekly 'Life of Don Bosco'  audiobook

St James' Bootle begins weekly 'Life of Don Bosco' audiobook

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:06

The Salesians in the Bootle community, who serve the Parish of St James, have decided to create a serialised 'audiobook', with Fr Michael Duggan SDB reading Lancelot C Sheppard's book, The Life of Don Bosco. Photo: Don Bosco's childhood home

A new chapter is being posted each week on the parish Facebook page and their YouTube channel, which you can also access from their website. Chapter One (below)... Read More »

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Discovering the sacramental nature of school

Discovering the sacramental nature of school

Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:57

The fourth in our series of articles by a Catholic teacher explores the 'sacramental nature of reality' and how we can find it in our schools. Photo: a school group visiting Savio House with teachers and volunteers at White Nancy.

Like many RE teachers, I have dutifully taught my pupils about the Seven Sacraments, generally starting in Year 7, developing an understanding of the rites, signs and symbols... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Religious education, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Online Retreat attended by young people across the world

Online Retreat attended by young people across the world

Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:32

A year on from its retreat at Colle Don Bosco, the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Europe and Middle East decided that the team could adapt the retreat and take it online this year. Very soon, 230 young people from all over the world, including the UK, Australia and America, had registered for the event, which took place from 14 - 17 April 2020. Time differences meant many had to get up very early, or... Read More »

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Encounter the Risen Lord

Encounter the Risen Lord

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:25

A reflection on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, from Fr O'Shaughnessy SDB

Luke 24:13-35 Two disciples travelling to a village called Emmaus come to recognise our risen Lord in the breaking of the bread, as he opened the Scriptures to them

Our Gospel this Sunday is all about the need for ENCOUNTER: we need to to have a real encounter with the Risen Lord if we are going to have meaning in our... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Virtual assemblies celebrate RUAH spirit of Salesian schools

Virtual assemblies celebrate RUAH spirit of Salesian schools

Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:42

Everyone is adapting fast to our new situation, and for the start of the new term this week, schools have produced their first 'virtual assemblies', keeping students connected and bringing the familiarity of school into the homes of students.St John Bosco College Battersea and Thornleigh Salesian College are among the first to go virtual, and in both schools, there is a focus on the RUAH spirit (Respect,... Read More »

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