Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 14:48
SJBC Sixth Form students interviewed a range of key workers from across the world for their 'Faith Matters' magazine, to ask about their experiences during the pandemic, and the impact their faith had during the crisis. The workers included a nurse in Nigeria, a cleaner in Germany, and a teacher in Jordan. With kind permission from the Faith Matters team, we reproduce the interviews with Salesian priest... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Dec 2020 10:00
Welcome Br Paulin. He has come to us from Togo, and is based in the Thornleigh Community Bolton, where he is doing practical training and English studies.
Each year, our Province welcomes Salesians in formation from other Provinces, who will carry out part of their practical experience, or who come here to study Theology. Salesians from our own Province will become guests in other countries as part... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 10 Dec 2020 08:32
Last week, I got a lovely email from a former parishioner who told me about his experience at his local 'Costa Coffee' drive-through. When he pulled up to pay for his cup of 'morning Joe' he was amazed to be told that the car in front had already paid for it. He caught a glimpse of a red Suzuki pulling out and realised that he did not recognise either the car or its driver who simply gave a friendly... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Dec 2020 16:04
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB explores the words of Isaiah in the first reading of the mass for Gaudete Sunday (Isaiah 61: 1-2, 10-11)
The Prophet Isaiah gives us the theme for reflection today:"In my God is the joy of my soul." When that is true in our lives, we are walking the road and we know the truth of these words from the same Prophet:
He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 14:56
You may remember Joseph and Gregory from an article we featured in RuaLink this summer, where we focused on their upcoming Ordination. We can confirm that they have successfully completed the process of Ordination at Battersea. As part of their Ordination, they were interviewed on their experiences, and have given us some interesting insights on the process. The interviews are featured below.
Joseph... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 08 Dec 2020 11:41
Catholic teacher and Deacon, Mike Bennett, looks at where we can find Christ in our schools this Advent.
As the song 'In My Liverpool home' goes "In this fair city there are two football teams, one we call Everton, the other's a scream!'' Spot the Bluenose I hear you say! The park which divides the two Liverpool stadia, Stanley Park, has a church on its western corner. I often walk past this church... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 08:05
Sixth form students at St John Bosco College Battersea have just issued the third edition of their excellent 'Faith Matters' magazine, produced by students for an adult readership. The magazine, placed under tha patronage of Our Lady, is continuing to grow and develop. The article below, written by Alessia Morra, looks at the presence of the Salesians in Bethlehem, and includes an interview with the... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 07 Dec 2020 07:39
'Faith Matters is a brilliant new magazine produced by 6th Form students at St John Bosco College, Battersea, and aimed at an adult audience. The team has launched a photography competition in the latest issue, with a prize of £25 and publication of the winning pic.
Use a camera, phone or any other device to take a photo that has a connection to the theme 'Church'. You can enter up to 3 photos.... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 23:01
Happy 179th Birthday to all in the Salesian family!
Our tradition has it that our great Salesian family was 'born' on this day, 8th December in 1841. According to the story that most of us are familiar with, Don Bosco was preparing to celebrate the feast-day mass of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in the Church of St Francis of Assisi. He had been ordained to the priesthood only four months previously... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 03 Dec 2020 19:19
Catholic teacher, Mike Bennett, looks at the importance of inclusion in meeting the needs of young people at school - and asks exhausted teachers to remember to include themselves as well. Photo: Shutterstock
My family have been blessed with the loving kindness of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary, an order of good sisters who were founded in Paris at the time of the French Revolution. Their charism... Read More »