Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:45
As we approach Holy Week, the most sacred part of our year, we invite you to use some new resources prepared for your reflections and devotions, and to join the Salesians in our online services over the Sacred Triduum, if you are unable to attend church in person.
In our resources area, you can download the reflections and prayers for Holy Week which are part of the 'Camino Through Lent' written by... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 16:52
On the threshold of Holy Week, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a humble donkey, and his example of sharing God's unconditional love. Photo: Millie and Milo, at home in Mayo (Fr Gerry)
On Palm Sunday—Passion Sunday, we begin that most sacred week of Christian history; as we enter Holy Week, we enter, not with a sense of triumphalism, but in a true spirit of... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 15:49
Last Saturday, we hosted the second of our two online Lent retreats, created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM.
Twenty five participants joined us on Zoom to explore the challenging topic 'Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional' and to share their own thoughts and experiences, along with some times of prayer and reflection. The aim was to look at how we face and acknowledge... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:15
Reflecting on the gospel for 5th Sunday of Lent (John 12: 20-33) Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the difficult concept of the 'glory' of the cross. (Photo: Catalina Fedorova on Unsplash)
I have always found it fascinating that the great Temple of Jerusalem had the 'Courtyard of the Gentiles', where non-Jews were always made welcome and would never be excluded. On one of my visits to pray at the... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:56
Faith Matters is a magazine produced by sixth formers at St John Bosco College Battersea for an adult audience. By kind permission of the editorial team, we feature Benjamin's Nunoo's article setting Passover in its faith context, and including an interview with Ruth Jampel, Director of Judaism for Schools, on what the festival means to her, and how she and her family celebrate Pesach together. (Image:... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:08
Br Martin Pushparaj SDB offers a thought for Lent in the latest of a series of videos produced by St John Bosco College, Battersea, and featuring our Salesian Brothers.
Br Martin reflects on the different relationships we have in our lives, from close family ties to the 'Hi ... Bye' encounters we have with those we hardly know.
He says that Lent is a good time to ask which group Jesus comes into in our... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2021 14:05
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the glimpses of joy we are given on 4th Sunday of Lent: Laetare Sunday and Mothering Sunday. Image: Jesus and Nicodemus by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Today we meet the interesting character, Nicodemus; he is only mentioned in John's gospel, firstly as the one who visits Jesus 'by night'. He seems to have been a member of the Jewish court,... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 09 Mar 2021 13:55
We held the first of our two online Lenten retreats on Saturday 6 March, with 24 participants coming together on Zoom to pray and reflect on the topic 'God's story; our story'.
The content of the retreat was created by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB and Sr Susan Richert PVBM, and included an agape meal and small discusssion groups exploring what our different pandemic stories have taught us, and what we... Read More »
Posted: Mon, 08 Mar 2021 10:24
In the latest Lenten video created by the Salesian Brothers for St John Bosco College Battersea, Deacon Joe SDB begins by reflecting on joy, as he recalls a visit back to Vietnam, where he rediscovered the joys of family and home.
He goes on to show us that Lent is a time of rediscovery, when we can rediscover Jesus, and through him, rediscover our relationship with God.
Deacon Joe offers some tips on... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 04 Mar 2021 15:26
In the gospel for 3rd Sunday of Lent, we see Jesus 'cleansing the Temple' (John 2: 13-25). Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on Lent as an opportunity to cooperate with Jesus to give our lives a spring-clean and find the sacred space within ourselves. Image: The Cleansing of the Temple by Giuseppe Passeri, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Today we turn to John's gospel and share his account of... Read More »