Posted: Thu, 27 May 2021 22:27
The Salesian Sisters are proud to be supporting a new charity with a deeply Salesian heart, that is beginning its work in the Kendal area to accompany and support young people, especially the most vulnerable. Youth Presence grew out of a time of retreat Mary and Ian Biddle spent in Mornese, the birthplace of the Sisters.
The charity aims to work in partnership with local schools and other organisations... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 19 May 2021 17:28
Last week, Yr 8 at St John Bosco College were on a mission to find evidence to support the claim that St Augustine's mission to bring Christianity to England in 597AD was successful.
The RE Dept were very grateful to Rev Ruth and Zebida from St Saviour's Church, Battersea, who came to talk about their work in the local community. Sr Breda also took time out to come and chat to our students about the... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 12 May 2021 10:38
On Thursday 13 May, we come together today to celebrate Ascension Day—the day of homecoming for Jesus. This year it falls on the feast of St Mary Mazzarello, who founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, the Salesian Sisters, with Don Bosco. She is very much in the school of hands-on saints who heeded the words of the angels in our first reading, 'why ... are you looking up into the sky?'... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 11 May 2021 19:43
Pope Francis announced great news for parochial ministry last Wednesday morning in Rome: on his own authority ('Motu proprio'), he would be establishing an official ministry of Catechist. The Holy Father wants to officially sanction the role of so many hardworking parishioners who help us to pass on the faith. He is giving the Ritas, Johns and Sandras of our parishes an official responsibility and... Read More »
Posted: Tue, 11 May 2021 11:11
On Saturday 8th May, the SDB Province held a Study Day with Fr Rossano Sala SDB, who was one of the two Secretaries during the Papal Synod on Young People, and was involved in preparing the original discussion document which culminated in 'Christus Vivit'.
Joining by Zoom from Rome, Fr Rossano presented two sessions on his paper, 'Youth Ministry after the Youth Synod - Ten points of no return in pandemic... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 16:06
A reflection for the Feast of St Mary Mazzarello (13 May), co-founder of the Salesian Sisters, from Fr Gerry O'Shaughnessy SDB. Photo (SDB UK): Mural of the meeting between Mary Mazzarello and Don Bosco, Mornese.
To be cheerful we must go ahead in simplicity, not looking for satisfaction,
either from people or from the things of this world. Think only of doing your duty well for the love of Jesus and... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 06 May 2021 10:14
I love this modern painting of two great Salesian saints, Laura Vicuña and Dominic Savio—both were teenagers who can still teach adults so much, especially in these difficult times. I had a copy of this painting in the chaplaincy in Savio Salesian College, Bootle; I remember well when a student pointed up to it and asked me, "is she Dominic's girlfriend?"It made me stop and think; when... Read More »
Posted: Wed, 05 May 2021 15:54
Youth Presence is a new charity, based in Kendal, Cumbria, that is dedicated to working with and supporting children and young people. Founded on Salesian values and supported by the Salesian Sisters, Youth Presence is inviting the Salesian Family to learn more about them.
The charity is holding an Online Information Event on Thursday 13th May at 2.30pm, to share its journey and vision with the Salesian... Read More »
Posted: Thu, 29 Apr 2021 10:28
As we enter this beautiful month of May, our thoughts naturally turn to Mary of Nazareth, Mother of God and Don Bosco's constant 'help'. I was delighted to receive a beautiful statue from a beloved family member called 'Maternal Bond' and it now stands on my desk—a constant reminder to me of that love of Mary so simply expressed in the gospels and our rich Christian tradition. It was designed... Read More »