News - June, 2021

June, 2021

Sunday reflection: The power of faith

Sunday reflection: The power of faith

Posted: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:59

A reflection on the Gospel for the 13th Sunday of the Year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Julian Garcia Mejia via Qumran2.net

In our Gospel today, Jesus offers two amazing miracles: the cures of a woman and of a child. Jesus meets Jairus, a synagogue official; he faces the desperation of a parent with a dying child. On his bended knees, he begs Jesus to cure her; this loving father sees, in... Read More »

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Helping students prepare their class Mass is a moving experience

Helping students prepare their class Mass is a moving experience

Posted: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:56

Ms Shemaraiah Bloomfield-Johnson, (pictured above with Chaplain, Fr Saju SDB) an RE Trainee at SJBC Battersea, writes about her first experience of helping her Year 7 students plan and prepare their class Mass.

I had the honour of planning and facilitating my first Holy Mass with my Year 7 class at St John Bosco College. Admittedly, I was anxious when I knew I would be teaching Holy Mass; there is some... Read More »

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

Brs Joe and Greg SDB to be ordained priests

Brs Joe and Greg SDB to be ordained priests

Posted: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 14:02

Our Salesian Family has an occasion of great joy to look forward to on Saturday 26 June 2021, in the priestly ordination of Rev Joseph Tran SDB and Rev Gregory Echegwo SDB (pictured above at their ordination to the diaconate).

The two ordinands introduce themselves and outline a little of their journey below:

Joe

My name is Joseph Tran, Salesian of Don Bosco. I'm originally from Vietnam.

In 2008, I took... Read More »

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The Euros: symbol of hope for a better future

The Euros: symbol of hope for a better future

Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:50

So, here is a possible future pub quiz question: what do Nelly Furtado, 'Simply Red', Enrique Iglesias and Bono all have in common? As you are well aware, they all sang a theme song for the UEFA European Football Championships. Across various European nations, soccer fans of all persuasions are taking part in the '2020 European Championship'—due to a global Pandemic, we have experienced a twelve... Read More »

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SJBC artists to show London the bigger picture

SJBC artists to show London the bigger picture

Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:43

Students from St John Bosco College Battersea will have their artwork displayed on hoardings surrounding a major redevelopment site in London, as winners of a competition run by international construction and engineering company, John Sisk & Son.

The images will surround construction work at the Peabody Estate, Clapham, which the company is regenerating to produce affordable homes and a community... Read More »

Tags: Homepage; Salesians of Don Bosco; Salesian Schools' Battersea

12th Sunday of the Year — The voice of calm

12th Sunday of the Year — The voice of calm

Posted: Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:19

Storms are part of the lived human experience. It is very rare to go through life without encountering some sort of a storm—and this storm can take various dimensions to stare us in the face. Without a doubt, 2020 and 2021 will go down in history as the years of storms for so many of us. Work, education, social life and our family dynamic have been 'infected' by a tiny virus that we now have... Read More »

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

Brothers in formation hear about Pope Francis' approach to worldwide discernment

Brothers in formation hear about Pope Francis' approach to worldwide discernment

Posted: Wed, 16 Jun 2021 16:28

Christopher Lamb is a well known Catholic journalist and the Tablet's correspondent in Rome. He is a member of Sacred Heart Parish and agreed to come and speak to the Salesian students in Battersea at one of their weekly formation events in June.

He spoke about the concern of Pope Francis for synodality, and introduced the background to a worldwide exploration of a more collaborative way of working... Read More »

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The sacredness of the ‘ordinary’

The sacredness of the ‘ordinary’

Posted: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:03

We have just experienced four months of liturgical highlights as we have celebrated the Lent and Easter seasons: we have journeyed from Ash Wednesday to Trinity Sunday via Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Resurrection Day and Pentecost. Our liturgical colours have gone from purple, pink, red and gold to white.

We are now back to so-called 'ordinary time' with our next season change some months... Read More »

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

Eucharistic hospitality: are ALL really welcome?

Eucharistic hospitality: are ALL really welcome?

Posted: Thu, 10 Jun 2021 00:27

In a longer read, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the radical hospitality of Jesus, and challenges us to consider how far we are truly extending this to all of our brothers and sisters in the Eucharist today. (Photo: Thays Orrico on Unsplash)

You may know the Marty Haugen song where he talks of building an inclusive Church 'where love can dwell'—a safe place where we can listen to prophets... Read More »

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Corpus Christi - 'taste and see how gracious the Lord is'

Corpus Christi - 'taste and see how gracious the Lord is'

Posted: Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:12

I remember Fr McGovern SDB, an amazing music teacher, helping our choir to sing the Vaughan Williams classic, 'O taste and see how gracious the Lord is'. His huge choir stilled the sacred space of Bolton's Victoria Hall: 'blessed is the one that trusteth in HIM!' We need this feast of Corpus Christi to remind us just how blessed we are.

In his last meal with is disciples in the Upper Room, Jesus shares... Read More »

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