News - October, 2020

Catch up on the news from around our Province

October, 2020

Advent 2020 - Join our 'Camino'

Advent 2020 - Join our 'Camino'

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:01

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invites you to join the Salesians and the Presentation Sisters in a series of reflections this Advent

Most of us are well acquainted with the concept of a 'pilgrimage'; many of us will have been to Rome, Lourdes, or the Holy Land on pilgrimage. We go for more than just a holiday: we journey with others to a Holy Place. In the Middle Ages, the tomb of St James in the Spanish... Read More »

Tags: Advent, Homepage, Prayer, Reflection, Salesians of Don Bosco

Prepare for the Lord with the SDBs and Presentation Sisters

Prepare for the Lord with the SDBs and Presentation Sisters

Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:00

Come, Lord Jesus, and stay with us (we are in, and not doing the shopping!!!). This Advent, we have more than the usual distractions as we await the coming of Jesus, and the Presentation Sisters and the Salesians of Don Bosco have come together to offer opportunities to reflect during the season.

Sr Susan Richert PBVM and Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invite you to an Advent Camino, with daily reflections,... Read More »

Tags: Advent, Homepage, Prayer, Reflection, Salesians of Don Bosco

Take a tour round Savio Salesian College

Take a tour round Savio Salesian College

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:21

Not all of us get the opportunity to visit our Salesian schools, so taking a virtual look around is one of the surprising benefits of the restrictions we're living under at the moment. Last week, Savio Salesian College Bootle released its Virtual Tour for prospective students and their families.

Digital visitors are welcomed at the main entrance by Headteacher, Mr Tony Costello, before being taken round... Read More »

Tags: Bootle, Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Learning from pain

Learning from pain

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:15

As we approach the month of remembrance, in a time when we are all experiencing pain to a greater or lesser degree, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB shows us a way of making sense of our pain, learning from it, and looking on it as a way of honouring our loss. (Photo by Çağlar Oskay on Unsplash)

I had an amazing conversation with a friend this week on the topic of grief. As we move towards the month... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Reflection, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Mama Margaret's - helping women in Kenya earn a living

Mama Margaret's - helping women in Kenya earn a living

Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:39

Recently, we've shared news of how the Salesian Sisters in Dagoretti Market, Nairobi, have been supporting local families during the COVID-19 crisis, helped by kind donors from our Province, but now, we'd like to tell you more about 'Mama Margaret's' one of the regular projects run by the Sisters, and its UK origins.

Mama Margaret's provides work and skills development to local women, who make handcrafted... Read More »

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

No easy walk to freedom

No easy walk to freedom

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:58

As we reach the mid-point of an extremely challenging term, Mike Bennett looks at the ethos and faith that gets a Catholic teacher through, in a career that's never easy at the best of times.

I looked at myself this morning on the screen of yet another Zoom meeting; it was not pretty! The bags under my eyes, for one, let me know that I had not slept well. And I as looked at colleagues, each face seemed... Read More »

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

Salesian Resources for Parents and for Form Tutors

Salesian Resources for Parents and for Form Tutors

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:07

Fr David O'Malley SDB, Salesian Schools Coordinator for our Province, has recently produced two sets of resources, one to give parents further insights into Don Bosco's approach to young people, and the other to guide form tutors in leading prayer.

'Growing Together' is a downloadable pdf aimed primarily at families who are new to a Salesian school. It outlines the integration of Home, School, Playground... Read More »

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

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

'We are called to be a Church of love today ...'

Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:26

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for 30th Sunday of the year looks at the commandment Jesus told us was the most important, and how we need to live by it today. Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40.

"All you need is love", so the Beatles told us 1960s, while in the fourth century, St Augustine was able to preach with confidence "love and do what you will!" The Gospel message of love lies at the heart... Read More »

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

Former fashion editor helps students explore animal rights

Former fashion editor helps students explore animal rights

Posted: Tue, 20 Oct 2020 12:11

Bel Jacobs, former fashion editor for London's Metro newspaper, visited St John Bosco College, Battersea, last week to speak to A-Level Philosophy and Ethics students about the rights of animals.

Head of RE, Fr Andrew Ebrahim SDB, said, "Looking at whether animals have any rights at all is covered in the syllabus, but the textbook approach is rather dry and so we thought we would ask Ms Jacobs to come... Read More »

Tags: Battersea, Homepage, Religious Education, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Theological Virtues in Real Time

Theological Virtues in Real Time

Posted: Thu, 15 Oct 2020 19:17

A look back at his first teaching job interview prompts Michael Bennett to consider how Catholic teachers are called to live the values of the Gospel.

On a rainy Thursday evening in 1998, I was appointed to my first teaching job. The interview started at 7:00 pm. There were no children in the school. The three candidates were given the ubiquitous tour of the school. Dressed in our graduation suits,... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Religious Education, Salesian Schools, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco