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Family & Friends at Christmas

Family & Friends at Christmas

Posted: Tue, 15 Dec 2020 11:26

As we approach a very different Christmas, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB thinks about those who are closest to us, although we may not be able to be with them.


The family - that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

Dodie Smith, 'Dear Octopus', 1943


It is said that Dodie Smith was moved to write her popular children's novel 'One Hundred and... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Key Workers, COVID and faith - interviews by SJBC 6th Formers

Key Workers, COVID and faith - interviews by SJBC 6th Formers

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 »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Serving a wounded world in inter-religious solidarity

Serving a wounded world in inter-religious solidarity

Posted: Tue, 01 Dec 2020 17:15

Our Province Delegate for Justice and Peace, Fr Marco Villani SDB, attended a virtual meeting last weekend hosted by the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, to explore the issues raised in 'Serving A Wounded World In Interreligous Solidarity: a Christian call to reflection and action during COVID 19 and beyond', a document issued by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and the World Council... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Justice and Peace, Salesians of Don Bosco

'Giraffe-ter': COVID and us ...

'Giraffe-ter': COVID and us ...

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 16:15

Hazel Fort, from the Chaplaincy team at Savio Salesian College, Bootle, finds the sparks of joy and humour in the 'COVID months' of school, and rediscovers a legendary Liverpool animal. (Image: Gerd Altmann on Pixabay)

What a strange world we live in!

Since March, we have had to adapt all aspects of our lives to the intransigencies of the new world we live in. At first, our only contact with our pupils... Read More »

Tags: Bootle, COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesians of Don Bosco

Learning from pain

Learning from pain

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 »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Reflection, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

Helping neighbours get back on their feet in a time of crisis

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 »

Tags: Battersea, Battersea Angels, COVID-19, Homepage, Justice and Peace, Salesian Parishes, Salesians of Don Bosco

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Table fellowship - the 'Eucharist of the ordinary'

Posted: Thu, 01 Oct 2020 17:41

Some of the most important Gospel stories centre on sharing meals and breaking bread together. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the importance of 'table fellowship' in our lives today. Photo: A seder meal at the Triduum Retreat, Savio House

But the Son of Man goes around eating and drinking, and you say, "That man eats and drinks too much! He is even a friend of tax collectors and sinners." Yet Wisdom... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Confreres help new Brothers find opportunities in Lockdown

Confreres help new Brothers find opportunities in Lockdown

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 17:56

Br Steven Teye Mensah SDB and Br Augustine Alfred Unuakhe SDB (first photo above) arrived in the UK as the pandemic hit, and carefully-laid plans went up in the air, but their new confreres in Battersea helped them find opportunities in difficult times, to learn new skills, explore their new city, and welcome them to the community. As the start of the new academic year begins, Br Steven has moved to... Read More »

Tags: COVID-19, Homepage, Salesian Vocations, Salesians of Don Bosco

Salesian Cooperators help Sisters feed families in Kenya

Salesian Cooperators help Sisters feed families in Kenya

Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:00

Last month, we reported on the work the Salesian Sisters are doing to help people in a poor area near Nairobi to survive the hunger which is one consequence of the restrictions imposed to control COVID-19, and the Salesian Cooperators in Cowley responded with a generous donation. Last week, Fr Francis Preston SDB (a member of our Province working in Nairobi) was invited to join the Sisters and meet... Read More »

Tags: Covid-19, Homepage, Kenya, Salesian Sisters, SalesianMissions

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