Posted: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:19
As Lent begins, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reminds us that even in difficult times, with a generous heart, we can find the seriously good in everyone around us this Lent. Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash
There is a certain manufacturer of cake that tells us, in its advertising campaign, that it makes more than just good cakes—it produces exceedingly good cakes. Likewise, a younger, and very... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:00
In his message for Lent this year, Pope Francis reminds us this is a time for renewing faith, hope and love, and explains what it means 'to experience Lent with love' in our difficult times.
'At the Easter vigil, we will renew our baptismal promises and experience rebirth as new men and women by the working of the Holy Spirit. This Lenten journey, like the entire pilgrimage of the Christian life, is... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 16:04
This Sunday is St Valentine's Day, and it is also the day the Church has dedicated to prayer for the unemployed. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel story of the leper, marginalised and rejected by others but loved and cured by Jesus. (Mark 1: 40-45). Image: Bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net
In our gospel today, we read of Jesus's encounter with the leper: in these pandemic days, with washing... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 15:23
As we prepare our hearts for Lent and Easter, it is helpful to create a space at home where we can feel at peace as we pray and reflect each day. Sr Susan Richert has shared some ideas for creating a simple space, and adding symbolic items to it, especially during Holy Week and for Easter Sunday, which are included in the first set of reflections for our Lent Camino, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:50
Dr Alasdair Richardson spoke about his new book 'The Salesian Martyrs of Auschwitz' at the first of a short series of webinars hosted by Hampshire Inspection & Advisory Service this week. The theme of the series is 'Holocaust & Genocide: Issues for Religious Education', and the attendees included RE teachers and advisors from around the region.
Alasdair spoke about his research and how teachers... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 11:06
In National Apprenticeship Week (February 8–14), Sarah Seddon, Manager of Don Bosco Publications, writes about the benefits of apprenticeship, and this year's theme for the week: #BuildTheFuture. (Photo: Dominic working from home)
This time last year, before any of us had an inkling of how 2020 would unfold, our apprentice, Dominic, was beginning his third month with us. We had assessments planned,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Feb 2021 09:01
Catholic teacher and deacon, Mike Bennett, explores the 'beautiful vision' of Catholic education. (Photo: Taylor Wilcox on Unsplash)
I am a recently ordained permeant deacon, and I am still finding my feet. Thank the Lord for the amazing people I have around me: family, parish, Salesian Community, De La Salle Academy Croxteth and my spiritual director. My ministry is exciting, varied and allows me to... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 17:07
Right now, we're all in need of a smile, and the hope and joy that nature brings us in spring.
The 'Battersea fox' was snapped this week by Bursar, Chee Yan Shek, snoozing happily on the community's garden table in the (admittedly rare) sunshine.
As we move into Lent, even in urban areas, we can look for signs of spring and new life around us, and, like the fox, find opportunities to enjoy the world... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 16:25
Lourdes was a tiny little French town, nestling in the foothills of the Pyrenees, close to the Spanish border. It was not a place you would go to unless you had to. However, it was in this out of the way, insignificant little town that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, chose to visit the sickly, little Bernadette Soubirous. The series of apparitions between 11 February and 16 July 1858 lifted this sleepy... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 12:56
Students from Thornleigh Salesian College's CAFOD Young Leaders group are working with CAFOD to combat the issue of water poverty and poor sanitation across the globe. They have set a fundraising target of £1000, and have created two charity activities so far, to help them meet it.
The group has arranged a charity football tournament and a walk, and with your help, they can achieve their target... Read More »