Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2020 13:01
Fr David O'Malley SDB has sent an update on the community project he and Sacred Heart parish are involved in to help local residents in these difficult times. Photos: Battersea Angels and AFC Wimbledon
Sacred Heart Parish, St Mary's Anglican Church and the Katherine Low Settlement have established a network of "Battersea Angels" who volunteer to help people during this lockdown period. Battersea is... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 17:57
A reflection on the Gospel for 4th Sunday of Easter, by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB.
Image by Bernardette Lopez via Qumran2
John 10: 1-10 I have come that you may have life and have it to the full.
On this Good Shepherd Sunday we are reminded of the strength of Jesus as a teacher and his use of parables to make his point. He is talking to an audience who will naturally understand his thinking and make... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 16:06
The Salesians in the Bootle community, who serve the Parish of St James, have decided to create a serialised 'audiobook', with Fr Michael Duggan SDB reading Lancelot C Sheppard's book, The Life of Don Bosco. Photo: Don Bosco's childhood home
A new chapter is being posted each week on the parish Facebook page and their YouTube channel, which you can also access from their website. Chapter One (below)... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 27 Apr 2020 11:57
The fourth in our series of articles by a Catholic teacher explores the 'sacramental nature of reality' and how we can find it in our schools. Photo: a school group visiting Savio House with teachers and volunteers at White Nancy.
Like many RE teachers, I have dutifully taught my pupils about the Seven Sacraments, generally starting in Year 7, developing an understanding of the rites, signs and symbols... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:32
A year on from its retreat at Colle Don Bosco, the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) Europe and Middle East decided that the team could adapt the retreat and take it online this year. Very soon, 230 young people from all over the world, including the UK, Australia and America, had registered for the event, which took place from 14 - 17 April 2020. Time differences meant many had to get up very early, or... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 20:25
A reflection on the Gospel for the 3rd Sunday of Easter, from Fr O'Shaughnessy SDB
Luke 24:13-35 Two disciples travelling to a village called Emmaus come to recognise our risen Lord in the breaking of the bread, as he opened the Scriptures to them
Our Gospel this Sunday is all about the need for ENCOUNTER: we need to to have a real encounter with the Risen Lord if we are going to have meaning in our... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 16:42
Everyone is adapting fast to our new situation, and for the start of the new term this week, schools have produced their first 'virtual assemblies', keeping students connected and bringing the familiarity of school into the homes of students.St John Bosco College Battersea and Thornleigh Salesian College are among the first to go virtual, and in both schools, there is a focus on the RUAH spirit (Respect,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:32
Year 8 students at St John Bosco Arts College, Croxteth were set a challenge this week to take a photograph that showed 'Kindness'. The response was excellent, with many submissions for the staff to choose from. The winning photo was this one by Lizzie Fitzsimmons.
SJBA staff said it was 'a wonderful shot showing us that the simple things really are the best'. Well done, Lizzie!
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:47
We're inviting all of the Salesian Family to a new event this week! Fr Martin Poulsom SDB is leading an online Lectio Divina on Friday 24 April at 4:30 pm. Take a look at the event on our calendar, and message us for the Zoom id you'll need to take part.
And ... come and join us again later that night for Prayer and a Pint, our now-regular Zoom meeting every Friday at 6pm, to end your week prayerfully... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 11:31
In this week's article from a Catholic teacher, Mike explores the Salesian concept of a 'spirituality of presence'. In these times when being physically present to others is restricted, considering the spiritual aspect of presence could help us to be 'present' when we're not present, in our working, family and social relationships.
I was once in a very serious meeting where the question was asked 'what... Read More »