Posted: Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:09
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on the lessons for us today in the Gospel for 25th Sunday of the year, Matthew 20: 1-16.
Today's Gospel was often a source of much discussion with the idealistic students that I've had the pleasure of working with over the years: how was it just that the workers, who were dragged in at the last minute, be paid exactly the same as those hard working working labourers... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:33
The second online fundraising concert organised by Christ the Prince of Peace parish in Weybridge, Surrey, has raised over £4000 for the children of Don Bosco Ashalayam in Kolkata.
The parish has adopted the Ashalayam as a charity, and had planned fundraising events which were thwarted by COVID-19, but when such a valuable cause is at stake, 'the show must go on', and they found an inventive way... Read More »
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 »
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 »
Posted: Thu, 10 Sep 2020 10:00
Every year, our Province welcomes Salesians in formation from other Provinces, who will spend a year of their practical training working in schools and parishes in the GBR Province, and others who will study here as part of their training as Salesians of Don Bosco.
Each week, we'll share a video to introduce you to one of the young Salesians.
This week, we'd like you to say 'Hello' to Br Ante, from Croatia,... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:12
In this week's article, Mike explores unconditional love, and how he applies Gospel teachings on love to his career as a teacher.
I have been married eighteen years. Eighteen happy years. Yet, I can guarantee, that upon meeting my her, my female colleagues will say to my wife "How do you put up with him?" I seem to have this effect on my female colleagues: I 'wind' them up! I don't mean to, I'm not... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 09 Sep 2020 10:01
"As we now move forward, after weeks of lockdown, we need to have an honest and open conversation about where we are going as a Church. How are we going to find a new 'wine skin' to meet this new challenge?" Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB calls on all of us to help our Church form a community of faith for changed times, by sharing our own insights, experiences and sacrifices during the pandemic, and our hopes... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:35
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB helps us reflect on the Gospel for 24th Sunday of the Year, Matthew 18: 21-35. (Photo: Wesley Tingey on Unsplash)
Just as we begin the new school year, with all the problems that a global Pandemic brings, today's Gospel seems like a maths problem that Miss Wilson used to set us back in the day when I was in St Elizabeth's primary school.
Jesus never tires of talking about forgiveness;... Read More »
Posted: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 07:03
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB looks at the lessons for us in the Gospel for 23rd Sunday of the Year: Matthew 18: 15-20
We were told last week to "take up your cross" and follow Jesus. It is a challenge that all of us, rightly, find hard; it unsettles us, but as the Jesuit peace-broker, Daniel Berrigan SJ put it, "don't follow Jesus unless you look good on wood!" This week the Gospel seems like an episode... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 02 Sep 2020 18:26
Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB reflects on what he has learnt about pastoral care, community and finding strength and peace, during self-isolation in rural Ireland, and urges us to come together to find new ways of 'being church', inspired by what we have all learned during the pandemic.I write these lines as the rain is lashing down outside making me feel grateful for the security and safety that I'm... Read More »>