News - March, 2021

Catch up on the news from around our Province

March, 2021

Salesian students' Duke of Edinburgh Award achievements

Salesian students' Duke of Edinburgh Award achievements

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:28

Our schools are very proud of the achievements of students taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Several students at St John Bosco College Battersea received their Bronze awards this week, and Salesian School Chertsey is delighted that during the lockdown period, their students have clocked up more than 1500 hours of community service volunteering towards their awards.

The Duke of Edinburgh... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Savio Salesian College thanks generous donors for laptops

Savio Salesian College thanks generous donors for laptops

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:30

Savio Salesian College, Bootle, was delighted this week to receive a further donation of laptops for their students from Everton in the Community, the official charity of Everton Football Club.

The pandemic has exacerbated and drawn greater attention to the inequalities in our society, one of which is the 'digital poverty' of many households, where there is little or no access to computers and internet... Read More »

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

Eastering COVID

Eastering COVID

Posted: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:07

We have been through deaths

We have felt the loss of life and of meaning.

We have remembered the senseless suffering

Of the cross on Calvary.

All this is grist to God's mill

That makes the bread of our resurrection.

All our struggles with suffering,

All our searching for meaning,

Is caught up into a deeper wisdom,

Written into a longer story

Deepening trust in a loving God.

Nothing is wasted.


And so, we struggle... Read More »

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

Holy Week 2021- Salesian resources and online services

Holy Week 2021- Salesian resources and online services

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:45

As we approach Holy Week, the most sacred part of our year, we invite you to use some new resources prepared for your reflections and devotions, and to join the Salesians in our online services over the Sacred Triduum, if you are unable to attend church in person.

In our resources area, you can download the reflections and prayers for Holy Week which are part of the 'Camino Through Lent' written by... Read More »

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

Palm Sunday: Holy Week reveals God’s lavish and limitless love

Palm Sunday: Holy Week reveals God’s lavish and limitless love

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 16:52

On the threshold of Holy Week, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a humble donkey, and his example of sharing God's unconditional love. Photo: Millie and Milo, at home in Mayo (Fr Gerry)

On Palm Sunday—Passion Sunday, we begin that most sacred week of Christian history; as we enter Holy Week, we enter, not with a sense of triumphalism, but in a true spirit of... Read More »

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

Meeting Christ outside the Walls

Meeting Christ outside the Walls

Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 11:18

On the threshold of Holy Week, with our thoughts turning to the Crucifixion of Jesus outside the walls of Jerusalem, Catholic teacher and Deacon, Michael Bennett, looks at the symbolism of the city walls in the gospels, and what this means for Catholic education ...

Tantur Ecumenical Institute sits on the very edge of the state of Israel, on the green line that separates Israel from Palestine. It is... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Salesian Education, Salesians of Don Bosco

Battersea community joins prayer vigil for those lost to COVID

Battersea community joins prayer vigil for those lost to COVID

Posted: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 19:04

On the evening of the 23rd of March, the Battersea Salesian Community gathered, in common with people across the nation, to remember the 126,000 deaths from Covid over the last year and the 2.73 million deaths worldwide in the same year. Even yesterday, London lost another 96 people through COVID.

The community gathered to pause and sing a hymn of trust in God before returning to their studies in the... Read More »

Tags: Battersea, COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Communities, Salesians of Don Bosco

Online retreat explored how we face pain and suffering

Online retreat explored how we face pain and suffering

Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:49

Last Saturday, we hosted the second of our two online Lent retreats, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM.

Twenty five participants joined us on Zoom to explore the challenging topic 'Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional' and to share their own thoughts and experiences, along with some times of prayer and reflection. The aim was to look at how we face and acknowledge... Read More »

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

New Bootle Cooperators' Centre is now official

New Bootle Cooperators' Centre is now official

Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 11:02

The necessary restrictions on gathering in person have not held back the growth of the Salesian Cooperators in the GBR Province, and last week, the new centre based at St James, Bootle, near Liverpool, received its official decree of establishment.

Events and meetings for Cooperators have been taking place online when in-person meetings have not been possible, but Cooperators across the Province are... Read More »

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