Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 09:53
Rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4)
My dear young people, joy is a central element in the life of a Christian.
My heartfelt greetings to each one of you, on the five continents: to you, young people of the "Salesian world" and to all the young people who will receive this message through you.
In article 17 of the Constitutions of the Salesians of Don Bosco - with the heading "Optimism and joy" - we... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 29 Jan 2021 07:30
It's the feast of St John Bosco on 31 January, and as always, all the members of our Salesian Schools Network hold a Don Bosco Day celebration as close to the feast as possible. This year. that's today, and as things are just a little different in 2021, students and staff from the schools have gone on video from far and wide, to bring us all together in joy on this great day.
The video also includes... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 15:11
In this week's Catholic Teacher Article, Mike reflects on the gospel reading John 1:35-42.
My study at home has three icons on display.
First, The Trinity created by Russian painter Andrei Rublev in the 15th century.
Second, a painting of St John Bosco.
And finally, a painting of St Jean-Baptise de la Salle.
These sacred images ground me in the reality that the divine flow of the Trinity is the constant... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 28 Jan 2021 10:37
The 4th Sunday of the Year is also the feast of our founder, St John Bosco. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB brings out the parallels between Jesus the teacher in the Gospel of the day, and Don Bosco's approach to teaching the young. Image: Jesus the Teacher by Br Micky McGrath OSFS
In our Gospel today, we celebrate Jesus the teacher and, on this last day of January, we celebrate the gift to the Church of... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:25
Salesian School Chertsey has been preparing for the Feast of Don Bosco this year with a series of short videos exploring the Salesian qualities of Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour. The word 'ruah' is Hebrew for 'spirit' and was understood as the 'breath of God': it spells out the values that form the spirit of our Salesian schools, and demonstrate God's presence within them.
The videos were... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:14
The Vatican recently announced that the Venerable Elizabeth Prout has been officially declared a 'woman of heroic virtue', as her cause towards official sanctity makes progress. She born in Shrewsbury in 1820, making her a contemporary of Don Bosco; like our Salesian saint, she had a profound and deep passion to ensure that poor children received a solid education. In reading her biography 'A job in... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:18
A reflection for Holocaust Memorial Day, and an invitation to join the UK ceremony, which is being live streamed at 7pm on the evening of Wednesday 27 January by the Holocaust Memorial Trust in the UK. The link for this is at the end of the article. The theme for HMD 2021 is 'Be the light in the darkness'. Photo: Tina Witherspoon on Unsplash.
On 27 January, the world marks Holocaust Memorial Day, and... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:30
Please join us in praying a new novena in the nine days leading up to the feast of our founder, St John Bosco.
'Camino with Don Bosco' is a new series of daily reflections, prayers and activities for the period from Friday 22 - Saturday 30 January, created for 2021 by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. The novena can be downloaded from the resources area of our website (link below).
Please pray with us!
Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:57
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the message of hope and unity for all of us in the poem for the inauguration of the new President of the USA, composed and performed by Amanda Gorman, the USA's first Youth Poet Laureate. The image is from Club Experience Blog (Boys and Girls Clubs of America); this site has a wealth of valuable resources for youth development.
Whatever your politics, I hope you... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:11
Don Bosco's approach of 'loving kindness' is the key to delivering the best for our students, as Catholic teacher and deacon, Mike Bennett explains.
I have habits and routines. In these difficult times, when what was 'normal' is no longer the reality, I cling to those routines and habits that I can still enjoy; they are vital to my well-being. One such habit is listening to BBC Radio 4. The Today Programme... Read More »