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New Novena to prepare for the Feast of Don Bosco

New Novena to prepare for the Feast of Don Bosco

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:30

Please join us in praying a new novena in the nine days leading up to the feast of our founder, St John Bosco.

'Camino with Don Bosco' is a new series of daily reflections, prayers and activities for the period from Friday 22 - Saturday 30 January, created for 2021 by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. The novena can be downloaded from the resources area of our website (link below).

Please pray with us!

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Sisters, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

'The Hill We Climb'

'The Hill We Climb'

Posted: Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:57

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the message of hope and unity for all of us in the poem for the inauguration of the new President of the USA, composed and performed by Amanda Gorman, the USA's first Youth Poet Laureate. The image is from Club Experience Blog (Boys and Girls Clubs of America); this site has a wealth of valuable resources for youth development.

Whatever your politics, I hope you... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

Icons of the heart

Icons of the heart

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:11

Don Bosco's approach of 'loving kindness' is the key to delivering the best for our students, as Catholic teacher and deacon, Mike Bennett explains.

I have habits and routines. In these difficult times, when what was 'normal' is no longer the reality, I cling to those routines and habits that I can still enjoy; they are vital to my well-being. One such habit is listening to BBC Radio 4. The Today Programme... Read More »

Tags: Homepage, Salesian Schools, Salesian Spirituality, Salesians of Don Bosco

Where do we stand as God calls us?

Where do we stand as God calls us?

Posted: Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:33

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the Gospel for Sunday of the Word of God, 3rd Sunday of Year B: Mark 1: 14-20. Image: bernadette Lopez via Qumran2.net.

Last week, we saw how the evangelist John dealt with the call of Andrew and Peter. On this Sunday of the Word we are introduced to Mark's Gospel and his version of the call of these early followers. I like to see the evangelist Mark as a person... Read More »

Tags: Gospel, Homepage, Prayer, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

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 »

Tags: Gospel. Prayer, Homepage, Salesian Spirituality, Salesian Youth Ministry, Salesians of Don Bosco

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 »

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

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 »

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

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 »

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

'An open heart and a deep level of forgiveness'

'An open heart and a deep level of forgiveness'

Posted: Sat, 02 Jan 2021 08:06

In his reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Christmas, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the part the incarnation plays in our everyday lives and our relationships. Gospel: John 1: 1-18

Today, once again, we are reminded of those exciting words in the deep poetry of the evangelist, John. The Prologue, that we last heard on Christmas Day morning, reflects the opening chapter of the book of Genesis.... Read More »

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

Feast of Mary Mother of God: a new year resolution

Feast of Mary Mother of God: a new year resolution

Posted: Thu, 31 Dec 2020 08:02

On 1 January, we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB offers a reflection on how she can help us towards a closer encounter with her son in a new year. Image: Icon of Mary, Mother of God, Carmel Baltimore

May I take this opportunity to wish you all every blessing and peace for this new year of 2021. This past year has brought us so many difficulties and problems, and... Read More »

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