Posted: Mon, 02 Nov 2020 07:00
On the Feast of All Souls, as we begin the month of remembrance, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB shares some of his own experiences of grief—something which is unavoidable, but different for each one of us—and offers guidance in experiencing 'good grief', that helps us to heal and to treasure memories of our loved ones who have been called to the Father. (Image: Karim Manjra on Unsplash)
I remember... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:05
In his reflection for the Feast of All Saints this Sunday, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB turns our thoughts to the everyday saints in our midst, who support and inspire us, and to Don Bosco's reminder that holiness is for each and every one of us. Image: Part of the 'Communion of Saints' tapestry group, created by John Nava for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, USA.
I love the tapestries... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:01
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invites you to join the Salesians and the Presentation Sisters in a series of reflections this Advent
Most of us are well acquainted with the concept of a 'pilgrimage'; many of us will have been to Rome, Lourdes, or the Holy Land on pilgrimage. We go for more than just a holiday: we journey with others to a Holy Place. In the Middle Ages, the tomb of St James in the Spanish... Read More »
Posted: Fri, 23 Oct 2020 17:00
Come, Lord Jesus, and stay with us (we are in, and not doing the shopping!!!). This Advent, we have more than the usual distractions as we await the coming of Jesus, and the Presentation Sisters and the Salesians of Don Bosco have come together to offer opportunities to reflect during the season.
Sr Susan Richert PBVM and Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB invite you to an Advent Camino, with daily reflections,... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 18:21
Not all of us get the opportunity to visit our Salesian schools, so taking a virtual look around is one of the surprising benefits of the restrictions we're living under at the moment. Last week, Savio Salesian College Bootle released its Virtual Tour for prospective students and their families.
Digital visitors are welcomed at the main entrance by Headteacher, Mr Tony Costello, before being taken round... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 14:15
As we approach the month of remembrance, in a time when we are all experiencing pain to a greater or lesser degree, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB shows us a way of making sense of our pain, learning from it, and looking on it as a way of honouring our loss. (Photo by Çağlar Oskay on Unsplash)
I had an amazing conversation with a friend this week on the topic of grief. As we move towards the month... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 10:39
Recently, we've shared news of how the Salesian Sisters in Dagoretti Market, Nairobi, have been supporting local families during the COVID-19 crisis, helped by kind donors from our Province, but now, we'd like to tell you more about 'Mama Margaret's' one of the regular projects run by the Sisters, and its UK origins.
Mama Margaret's provides work and skills development to local women, who make handcrafted... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 18:58
As we reach the mid-point of an extremely challenging term, Mike Bennett looks at the ethos and faith that gets a Catholic teacher through, in a career that's never easy at the best of times.
I looked at myself this morning on the screen of yet another Zoom meeting; it was not pretty! The bags under my eyes, for one, let me know that I had not slept well. And I as looked at colleagues, each face seemed... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 14:07
Fr David O'Malley SDB, Salesian Schools Coordinator for our Province, has recently produced two sets of resources, one to give parents further insights into Don Bosco's approach to young people, and the other to guide form tutors in leading prayer.
'Growing Together' is a downloadable pdf aimed primarily at families who are new to a Salesian school. It outlines the integration of Home, School, Playground... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 13:26
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB's reflection for 30th Sunday of the year looks at the commandment Jesus told us was the most important, and how we need to live by it today. Gospel: Matthew 22:34–40.
"All you need is love", so the Beatles told us 1960s, while in the fourth century, St Augustine was able to preach with confidence "love and do what you will!" The Gospel message of love lies at the heart... Read More »