Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 19:21
Fr Tony Fernandes SDB has taken on the role of Province Economer from Fr Mervyn Williams, and has moved from Savio House to the Thornleigh community in Bolton. Fr Mervyn is currently in the parish at Farnborough, and will go on sabbatical in the New Year.
Fr Bob Gardner SDB has joined the Chaplaincy at Thornleigh Salesian College, so he is still based in the Bolton community, and he retains his other... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 15:51
The Gospel for 29th Sunday of the year tells us of the challenges Jesus faced from those trying to entrap and destroy him, Fr Gerry O'Shaughessy SDB offers a reflection on how we can be good citizens, practising Jesus' law of love. (Matthew 22: 15 - 21)
This week we see the Pharisees withdrawing from their discussion with Jesus. However, they still want to torment him and send their 'disciples' to challenge... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 14 Oct 2020 14:55
On 5 August 2020, the anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Sr Connie Cameron FMA handed over the role of Provincial to Sr Pauline Clark FMA, in a beautiful service at Blundellsands.
In the moving words of the service, Sr Connie urged Sr Pauline to 'awaken your spirit to this new adventure; hold nothing back." Accepting the mantle of care for the Province, Sr Pauline... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 15:39
Our Salesian schools continue to creatively adapt to the restrictions protecting everyone from COVID-19. This week, Salesian College Farnborough held a virtual 6th Form Open Evening. St John Bosco College Battersea, currently celebrating being named 14th in the list of the country's top-performing secondary schools with high Progress 8 scores for disadvantaged students, took their 6th Form event online... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2020 09:08
In her 'Salesian Sundays' video this week, Sr Ella Flynn FMA offers a guide to praying the Rosary, in this month of October.
Sr Ella's Sunday reflections are posted on the Salesian Sisters GBR YouTube channel every weekend. See the channel on the 'More information' link below.
Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 14:33
Last weekend, the Shrigley Old Boys held their annual reunion online. On Saturday night, they watched a video from their homes which included a welcome from Vice Provincial Fr Bob Gardner SDB, a series of video clips from concerts at past reunions and photos of life at Shrigley and old friends. The evening closed with an inspiring 'Goodnight' from Fr John Dickson SDB, reflecting on Don Bosco's creative... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 12 Oct 2020 09:34
Don Bosco Green Alliance is an international collective of young people from the Salesian Family institutions, who contribute to global environmental action, thought and policy. Read about their Laudato Si' Year Campaign, 'Rethink, Reconnect, Renew', and see if your branch of the Salesian Family could join them.
The Covid-19 Pandemic literally brought the world to a standstill! Locked down in our homes... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 19:18
Revisiting the music of his youth, Catholic teacher Mike found himself looking again at the true value of religious education, to which he's dedicated a significant part of his life. (Photo: Joseph Pearson on Unsplash)
Since 1980, when I was seven years of age, I have had an interest in 60's popular culture. Being born and raised in Liverpool means that The Beatles and the Mersey Beat groups have always... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 18:08
Fr David O'Malley has spend the past months working in a community project, initially inspired by the Salesian parishes of Sacred Heart and the Church of England parish of St Mary's Battersea. Efforts were already being made to reach out to people in the local area and rebuild a sense of community and trust in a rapidly-changing area, but when lockdown hit, more community groups and volunteers soon... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 07 Oct 2020 15:50
The beatification of Carlo Acutis will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at 4:00pm in the Upper Basililca of San Francesco in Assisi.
Carlo was born in London in 1991 to Italian parents who moved back to Milan with him when he was very young. He developed leukemia and died on 12 October 2006, at the age of 15. Despite his own suffering, Carlo did all he could to help the people he saw around... Read More »