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I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!

I have never denied the Eucharist to anyone!

Posted: Fri, 17 Sep 2021 13:18

At his traditional post visit press conference on his recent Alitalia flight back home from Slovakia, Pope Francis was quizzed about the Eucharist by American journalists. The election of the Catholic, Joe Biden re-ignited the debate in American politics: how can a Catholic President possibly support the Democratic party's policy of supporting abortion? It has become a hot issue, especially in the... Read More »

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Final Professions of Brothers Steven Lloyd and Godwill Togbe

Final Professions of Brothers Steven Lloyd and Godwill Togbe

Posted: Tue, 31 Aug 2021 09:42

On Saturday 17th July, Brothers Steven Lloyd and Godwill Togbe, made their final professions at the Church at Thornleigh Salesian House. The service was presided by Fr Gerry Briody SDB, the Provincial of the Salesians in the United Kingdom, in the presence of the Rt Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford.

Photos of the day can be found here: https://flickr.com/photos/87339615@N06/albums/72157719750751899... Read More »

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Professions of Br Augustine and Br Stephen

Professions of Br Augustine and Br Stephen

Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 11:02

On Sunday 4th July 2021, Br Alfred Augustine Unuakhe SDB and Br Stephen Mensah Teye SDB made their Perpetual Professions at St Anne's Parish in Chertsey. The Mass was presided by Fr Gerry Briody SDB, the Provincial of the Salesians in Great Britain.

Here is a collection of photographs that were taken on the day. More can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/193339143@N02/albums/72157719552665115... Read More »

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Moving forward - Sunday Reflection

Moving forward - Sunday Reflection

Posted: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 10:13

In our Gospel today we see the honest fall-out from Jesus' teaching: Jesus said to them, "if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you will not have life in yourselves' (Jn 6:53). John presents an unambiguous teaching on the 'bread of life'; he is pointing to the reality of crucifixion and death that cannot be hidden or brushed under the carpet. As Christians, we often want... Read More »

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Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption - Sunday Reflection

Feast of Our Lady of the Assumption - Sunday Reflection

Posted: Tue, 10 Aug 2021 14:00

It is wonderful that we can come together on this Sunday to celebrate the feast of the Assumption of our Blessed Mother. It always means so much to me, as I learnt a valuable lesson about Church holidays in hospital cafeteria many years ago. I had spent the morning celebrating mass in the hospital chapel and then taking communion to patients across the vast campus; on my travels I met staff who wanted... Read More »

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

Retreat and recreation - Sunday reflection

Retreat and recreation - Sunday reflection

Posted: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 14:02

Reflecting on the Gospel for 16th Sunday of Year B, Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy highlights the value of taking time to step back, rest, refresh ourselves and contemplate.

After the excitement and the 'buzz' of the apostles being on mission, this week we are presented with the aftermath of such activity: there is need for rest and recuperation. As so often happens in the ministry of Jesus, we see his care... Read More »

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Trusted to make a difference: Sunday reflection

Trusted to make a difference: Sunday reflection

Posted: Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:22

We don't often realise the level of trust Jesus placed in his disciples when he sent them out. Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy reflects on the message of trust, love and confidence in the Gospel for 15th Sunday of Year (Mark 6: 7-13). Image: Bernadette Lopez via qumran2.net

In the context of rejection and apparent failure in his home community of Nazareth, our Gospel today shows Jesus sending his disciples out... Read More »

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Accepting the freedom of Jesus

Accepting the freedom of Jesus

Posted: Thu, 01 Jul 2021 15:35

Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB asks us to accept the freedom offered to us by Jesus, the son of God incarnated as the carpenter from Nazareth, as he reflects on the Gospel for 14th Sunday of Year B. Image: Jesus the Carpenter by Marcello Cerrato, via qumran 2.net.

On this day of US Independence, our Gospel brings Jesus back home to Nazareth. Across the pond, I hope that, pandemic protocols allowing, my... Read More »

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Sunday reflection: The power of faith

Sunday reflection: The power of faith

Posted: Thu, 24 Jun 2021 14:59

A reflection on the Gospel for the 13th Sunday of the Year by Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Image: Julian Garcia Mejia via Qumran2.net

In our Gospel today, Jesus offers two amazing miracles: the cures of a woman and of a child. Jesus meets Jairus, a synagogue official; he faces the desperation of a parent with a dying child. On his bended knees, he begs Jesus to cure her; this loving father sees, in... Read More »

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Helping students prepare their class Mass is a moving experience

Helping students prepare their class Mass is a moving experience

Posted: Tue, 22 Jun 2021 16:56

Ms Shemaraiah Bloomfield-Johnson, (pictured above with Chaplain, Fr Saju SDB) an RE Trainee at SJBC Battersea, writes about her first experience of helping her Year 7 students plan and prepare their class Mass.

I had the honour of planning and facilitating my first Holy Mass with my Year 7 class at St John Bosco College. Admittedly, I was anxious when I knew I would be teaching Holy Mass; there is some... Read More »

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