Listen: where is God leading us this year?

Listen: where is God leading us this year?

Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2021 10:05

A reflection on the Gospel for the Second Sunday of the Year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Preach my Gospel Missionary Guide

Today we read about the call of the first disciples as recorded in the Gospel of John—yes, this is the Year of Mark! In our first reading we see the divine call of young Samuel—the child is ready to listen to God's Word, as he exclaims,"speak, Lord your servant... Read More »

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Jesus accepts our humanity and shares his divinity

Jesus accepts our humanity and shares his divinity

Posted: Thu, 07 Jan 2021 14:57

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the meaning of Jesus' baptism, in this Sunday's Gospel: Mark 1: 7 - 11. Image: John Nava - Baptism of Christ, Tapestry at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, USA.

Today we celebrate the feast of Baptism of Jesus, which might seem strange. I remember an old Bishop getting up to preach on this feast when I was at school: "We don't know why Jesus was... Read More »

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Salesian Students volunteer to support vaccination programme

Salesian Students volunteer to support vaccination programme

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 17:05

Two students from Salesian College Farnborough (both called James) have volunteered to help the COVID vaccination programme run smoothly in their local community.

They have been meeting and greeting people attending for their vaccinations, providing a friendly welcome and guiding people as they arrive.

Well done and thank you, James and James!

Tags: Farnborough, Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian Cooperator honoured for services to young people

Salesian Cooperator honoured for services to young people

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 16:12

Jean Casha, a Salesian Cooperator from Surrey, has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours list, for services to young people, particularly in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in West Molesey, Surrey.

Jean has been a leader and trainer in the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme at all levels—Bronze, Silver and Gold awards—for over 40 years, and was a member of staff at Salesian... Read More »

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Half empty? Half full? Runneth over?

Half empty? Half full? Runneth over?

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 15:47

As the new school term begins with further challenges for schools, Catholic teacher and deacon, Michael Bennett, helps us see the positives amid the uncertainty and strangeness. (Photo: Bruce Hong on Unsplash)

In the hazy morning sunshine of a lie in until after 8.00 am, half-way through the Christmas break, it dawned on me that the 4th of January was nearing and the new term was coming. My initial... Read More »

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A message from our Provincial on the Feast of the Epiphany

A message from our Provincial on the Feast of the Epiphany

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 14:30

Feast of the Epiphany 2021

Arise, shine out Jerusalem, for your light has come,
the glory of the Lord is rising on you,
though night still covers the earth
and darkness the peoples.
Is 60: 1-2

The first reading of the mass of the Epiphany contains this passage from Isaiah. The sentiments it expresses, seem appropriate as we move towards the end of the Christmas season and into a new year.
The dawn seems to... Read More »



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Hope: a gift for 2021

Hope: a gift for 2021

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 12:16

Each year, the Rector Major offers a 'strenna' (Italian for 'gift') to the worldwide Salesian Family, as a theme to guide our thoughts, prayers and actions for the next twelve months. In 2021, Fr Angel's Strenna is 'Moved by hope', inspired by our current global pandemic and the biblical passage 'See, I am making all things new' (Revelation 21:5).

As Christians, we are characterised by hope, and as... Read More »

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Feast of Epiphany: glimpsing the beauty of God

Feast of Epiphany: glimpsing the beauty of God

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 12:14

As we celebrate the great feast of the Epiphany, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at our festive traditions, and what the visit of the three kings tells us about sharing our own gifts, and taking Jesus and his truth with us through the world today. Image: adapted from an image by Alejandra Jimenez on Pixabay

Today, we remember Matthew's reflections on bringing the Gospel message to a broader world through... Read More »

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Salesian Missions e-news takes a fresh approach in 2021

Salesian Missions e-news takes a fresh approach in 2021

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 11:33

Changes are happening everywhere, and the worldwide Salesian Missionary Sector has a new General Councillor, Fr. Alfred Maravilla SDB, and a new strategy for Cagliero 11, the e-newsletter for the sector, which has a new look, and some exciting changes to its international news coverage. (Image: Fr Alfred with two missionaries from this year's 151st expedition - ANS)

A different continent will be explored... Read More »

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Happy 80th Birthday, Fr Tom!

Happy 80th Birthday, Fr Tom!

Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2021 09:24

The Salesian community in Battersea held a special celebration just before Christmas to mark the 80th birthday of their Rector, Fr Tom Williams SDB.

His community finds Fr Tom's faith, love, paternal care and goodness an inspiration to them every day.

Ad multos annos!

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