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 »
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:33
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for Sunday of the Word of God, 3rd Sunday of Year B: Mark 1: 14-20. Image: bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net.
Last week, we saw how the evangelist John dealt with the call of Andrew and Peter. On this Sunday of the Word we are introduced to Mark's Gospel and his version of the call of these early followers. I like to see the evangelist Mark as a person... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:21
Would you like to support the valuable work of Don Bosco Ashalayam in helping the street children of Kolkata, and exercise your creativity at the same time? The parishioners of Christ the Prince of Peace in Weybridge, Surrey, have adopted the Ashalayam as their 'away' charity, and following their successful online concerts last year, they've come up with another new way to raise funds: they are running... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 14 Jan 2021 14:01
During the Christmas holiday, Delilah, a Year 8 student at Thornleigh Salesian College Bolton, took part in the 'Brave the Shave' initiative, for Lymphoma Action , raising over £2,700 in memory of her beloved grandad, who died from Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in May 2020, by sacrificing her beautiful 22-inch-long tresses.
Twelve-year-old Delilah has so far exceeded her fundraising target by over £1500.... Read More »