The Salesians of Don Bosco care for many parishes through England and Scotland. For more information about these either see the list of Parishes with websites (where available) below, or come back soon to find out more.
Macclesfield, Bollington St Gregory’s
Chertsey St Anne’s
Battersea Sacred Heart
Cowley Our Lady Help of Christians
Most Recent Parishes Stories
In preparation of the Bi-Centenary of the birth of Don Bosco, in May 2013, there is a retreat for the Salesian Family and Friends that will be preached by the Rector Major, Fr Pascal Chavez SDB. Below are two files that will give you more information about where it is being held and there is also a booking form, which needs sending to Provincial House before the 31st October.
On a very rainy, Sunday 3rd June, the Salesian Parish of St. James’ Bootle, celebrated 125 years of ministry within the Bootle Community. To mark the beginning of this day, Fr. Martin Coyle SDB provincial celebrated Mass in a full church. We were joined at Mass by pasted parishioners, Staff and Governors of both Savio Salesian College and All Saints Primary, pupils of the same schools and our regular, dedicated parishioners. After the thanksgiving Mass we took the short walk over to the primary school, where since 7am Sunday morning, our Youth Team had been setting up the ‘Fun Festival’. Every single young person and not so young people enjoyed the fun filled day, even though the weather was dreadful. Within the school hall there were; game stalls (e.g. role a penny, key in the door, hook a duck etc.), an arts and crafts section, a bouncy castles, an inflatable obstacle course and an inflatable climbing frame. Outside; a climbing wall, stage, a burger van and an ice cream van. Over in the church; Bingo, a VIDES UK stall, a Salesian Youth Ministry stall, a Mamma Margret’s stall and an exhibition of the history of St. James’ (which will be up until the summer) the day was a complete success, we have to say a massive thank-you to all present and all those who sent prayers our way, all were very appreciated.
Our festivities continue with a 125 Oscars evening on Saturday 16th June, tickets are still on sale NOW at a fantastic price of £10, also until the beginning of the summer the exhibition in church will remain erect.
This year is doubly special for us here in Bootle as it’s our Fifth and final year of VIDES UK’s involvement in our Parish, we would like to take this time to thank all volunteers for their hard work and time given to us these past four years.
As you can see the Salesian Parish of St. James’, Bootle is a living parish with many event happening over the course of a year, this is all down to a dedicated Salesian Community, dedicated Parishioners and dedicated young people who make St. James’ what we are. We truly do follow our motto; ‘Building the future on firm foundations’.
The working motif for the weekend was ‘a journey to, in and from the desert’, as in the desert, our questions may not have answers, but it is a place where we can search and explore our questions. (more…)
How many times has someone mentioned ‘Salesian Family’ to you? Seems like that phrase crops up all over the place, but I don’t think two people have ever given me the same definition for it. And yet I certainly felt I experienced ‘it’ on the night of Sunday 30th January. As it neared 6pm I, along with more and more people, shuffled, squashed and then crammed into the SDB chapel in Battersea to celebrate Don Bosco’s feast day. People originally from all across Europe – Spain, Malta, Slovakia and the UK. Individuals who have volunteered across the world with BOVA and Vides. Past Pupils, students, lay people and religious. Some who have known Don Bosco for many years, others who were meeting him through friends maybe for the first time. And yet despite these vast differences we were all connected by a desire to celebrate his feast day. (more…)
Salesians working in parishes met at Hothorpe Hall from Monday 25th October to Wednesday 27th October 2010.
All the Salesians involved in Parish ministry were joined by the Provincial, Fr Martin Coyle, and Fr Bob Gardner for the three days. The first speaker this year was Mr Martin Foster, who is in the Bishops’ Liturgy Department and is working on the introduction of the new translation of the Missal. As you can imagine, his presentation gave rise to lively debate. He was able to give us examples of the new translation alongside our present version and the Latin text. He also explained the process that will lead to the introduction of the new English version of the Missal. (more…)