News - August, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

August, 2020

From hero to zero: Sunday reflection

From hero to zero: Sunday reflection

Posted: Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:00

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for 22nd Sunday of the Year (Matthew 16: 21-27)


I suspect a lot of us can identify with Peter today: we want the very best for our families and friends. When he hears of Jesus speaking of the pain and suffering that going to Jerusalem will bring, Peter, as a friend, urges him not to go forward - he wanted the best for his friend. Only last week, we... Read More »

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

'But you - who do YOU say that I am?'

'But you - who do YOU say that I am?'

Posted: Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:15

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for 21st Sunday of the year, (Mt 16: 13-20), considering our human weaknesses, and the beauty of our strength as we reach out together to others, in a spirit of building up the family of our Church. Image: Gabriel Ippoliti, published in La Nación, 2013


Solid and good drama needs its heroes and villains: from the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham or... Read More »

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

It's our founder's birthday!

It's our founder's birthday!

Posted: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 07:54

Our founder, St John Bosco, was born on 16th August, 1815, in a tiny hamlet called Becchi, in the hills of the Piedmont area of Italy. His family were agricultural labourers, and John was only a toddler when his father died, leaving his young widow Margherita to bring up three boys alone. She was a resilient and resourceful woman, who instilled compassion and charity into her family despite their own... Read More »

Tags: Don Bosco, Homepage, Salesian Saints, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Feast of the Assumption: asking Mary to be with us

Feast of the Assumption: asking Mary to be with us

Posted: Sat, 15 Aug 2020 08:00

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Assumption and the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, in the traditions of the Western and Eastern churches,. and the assurance that she is with is in the most difficult of times. Image: Dormition by Simon Ushakov (1671), Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The pilgrim in Jerusalem will want to visit the Upper Room; it is a very special place. The home of the original... Read More »

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

A hand of friendship

A hand of friendship

Posted: Sat, 08 Aug 2020 08:06

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for the 19th Sunday of the year.

Today our Gospel takes us onto Lake Galilee; a huge expanse of water that was a source of both a thriving fishing industry and a trading highway. I think it is very interesting that Jesus choose the busy port town of Capernaum as his base when he began his public ministry: the Sea of Galilee was his front door to the world.

While... Read More »

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

Looking back at 40 years of Salesian youth summer camps

Looking back at 40 years of Salesian youth summer camps

Posted: Fri, 07 Aug 2020 10:11

With Salesian summer projects and camps cancelled due to COVID-19, Sue McDonald, GBR Youth Ministry Animator, realised this is the first time she has not had a 'Salesian summer' for the last 40 years! Sue looks back fondly at the variety of summer camps run by Salesians that she has been part of, as a participant and as a volunteer or leader, over four decades, and shares her hopes for a new way to... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Sunday reflection: 'Give them food yourselves!'

Sunday reflection: 'Give them food yourselves!'

Posted: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 08:00

A reflection on the Gospel for 18th Sunday of the year, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. 'They fed 5000 men, not counting the women and children'. (Image: Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net

The miracle of feeding in Matthew recalls the compassion of Jesus: he had originally planned to take a break with his disciples but the crowd found him. He reaches out to help them because they were lost and needed a... Read More »

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