Posted: Wed, 27 May 2020 11:49
A new presentation by Fr David O'Malley SDB, sets out the concept of an inner Salesian spirituality, and is addressed especially to those who do not have a strong faith background:
The Salesians have always said that they have an educational philosophy that spells out how and why we work together in the task of education. What is less appreciated is that there is also an underlying personal spirituality... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 25 May 2020 01:43
As we celebrate the feast of Mary Help of Christians, (transferred from 24 May this year, which falls on a Sunday), Fr Tony Fernandes SDB relects on the devotion to her that Don Bosco urged on us. (See the link below for details of the livestreamed Mass for the feast)
When we celebrate the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, what comes to my mind is simply that Mary, who was the first help to Jesus during... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 23:06
As the first half of summer term draws to a close, with most students unable to attend our schools, the staff of Savio Salesian College Bootle made a video full of hope and care for the students they have been teaching remotely. MFL teacher Mrs Davies reminds us all of our importance to the wholeness of each others' lives: 'In French, you don't say "I miss you"; you say "you are missing from me" '.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 22:05
The recently restored bells of St James' church have been ringing out across Bootle at 8pm on Thursday as our nation gathers to clap for our NHS workers and carers.
Our own thanks go to bell-ringer John for a joyful and hopeful sound!
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 20:33
In addition to their online meetings, some of the members of Sacred Heart Battersea's Young Adults' Group have generously shared their thoughts on life in our strange times. Here, Chee talks about the blessings she is experiencing as the distractions that increased the busyness of life have been taken away.
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 18:58
In his latest article on being a Catholic teacher, Mike reflects on engagement with reality. (Photo: Freephoto on Pixabay)
Being a proud Scouse lad, the lyrics of the Beatles I am sure are as much as part of my DNA as the double helix. Music and football are an instant conversation starter where ever I go. One of the most sublime lyrics of the Fab Four is 'Living is easy with eyes closed.' Can you name... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 May 2020 11:35
As we approach the feast of Mary Help of Christians, Fr Michael Winstanley SDB talks about the importance of Our Lady to Don Bosco, and in all of our lives, in this week's assembly from Thornleigh Salesian College. As staff, students and Salesian Brothers share a decade of the Rosary, with Hail Marys in Vietnamese, French, Italian, Polish and Spanish, they are joined by this week's special guest, Bishop... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 May 2020 18:38
Rector of the Bootle community, Fr Brian McGraw SDB, celebrated his 65th birthday this week. The whole community was delighted with the gift his family sent - a huge hamper of chocolate! In the interests of keeping him fit and healthy, his confreres kindly made sure he didn't eat too much of it ...
Posted: Tue, 19 May 2020 12:20
A reflection for the 7th Sunday of Easter, World Communications Sunday, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Photo: Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference
We find ourselves in this 'waiting time' between the celebration of Ascension and the remembrance of Pentecost. On this day, we recall that the disciples are still in their prayerful lockdown with Mary in the home of Eucharist, the Upper Room. They have to... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2020 15:20
Members of the Young Adults Group at Sacred Heart, Battersea, have begun meeting virtually during lockdown, and Br Martin Pushparaj SDB has sent some videos in which members generously share their thoughts on life during lockdown, and what they are doing to lift their spirits.
In this video, Cristiana talks about how her own life has changed in recent months, and what she is doing to cope with the changes... Read More »