Rector Major calls Salesian Family to pray for peace on Holy Thursday
In a video posted today on the social networks, the Rector Major, Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, appeals to the whole Salesian Family for prayer for peace on Holy Thursday, with a special intention for Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian kidnapped in Yemen.
Holy Thursday is a key moment of the liturgical year. On Holy Thursday Jesus instituted the Eucharist and the priesthood, he began his Passion and was totally abandoned to the will of the Father. This is why the Church has always celebrated special vigils and moments of intense prayer on that day.
For this very reason, looking at the suffering in so many parts of the world, "with so many people of different religions and confessions suffering a real martyrdom", Fr Á.F. Artime invites everyone "to spend a time of very intense prayer on Holy Thursday evening, as we accompany Jesus in the pain and loneliness of Gethsemane".
"I sincerely hope that all our Salesian Family throughout the world and our young people will be united, in different places and at different times, in this one prayer for peace" continues the video message.
Speaking on behalf of the whole Congregation, the Rector Major "also expressed our closeness and our solidarity" with the family of Fr Uzhunnalil. While assuring them that he is monitoring closely the painful affair, he asks the Lord to give Fr Tom "a deep peace that he may live through the experience trusting in the Lord Jesus."
The video is available on YouTube in over 20 languages.
Please pray for the safe return of Fr Tom Uzhunnalil SDB, kidnapped by ISIS in Yemen
March 30, 2016
Government officials in India have reportedly received a ransom note from the Islamic State, demanding millions of dollars for the safe return of Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Salesian priest who was abducted in Yemen earlier this month.
Since Father Uzhunnalil (who is a native of India) was seized in a brutal attack on a nursing home in Aden, there have been no reliable reports about his condition or his whereabouts. For several days, rumors have circulated that he was crucified by his captors on Good Friday. Both his Salesian superiors and the apostolic vicar of Yemen have sought to squelch those rumors, emphasizing that they believe the priest remains alive.
From the Chertsey Cooperators group 2/3/16
Your prayers for the repose of the soul of John Greaney who died
in the early hours of this morning.
John Greaney's funeral confirmed for Tuesday 15th March @ 1:00 pm St. Anne's RC Church (Chertsey) KT16 8BU
Please remember Ken, Maureen and family at this sad time. May John Rest in Peace.
This is a message to Chertsey from our Rector Major with a translation below
Dearest Friends, the youth, educators, Salesian brothers of Chertsey and anybody within the Salesian family that will see this.
I am very happy to be able to respond to this request that has been made to send my warmest regards for the Bicentenary celebrations of Don Bosco's birth.
It is a very big and significant occasion to make the most of this grace that this bicentenary year brings.
We have welcomed Pope Francis' visit to in our Salesian home of Turin, Valdocco these last three days.
Dearest friends, this is an opportunity to remind you of two very simple things, every Salesian house has meaning and can be justified if they are unconditionally at the service of every young person.
If we find the good in them, if we help them to grow in life, if we genuinely help them to find their place in life.
To open themselves up to a solid and profoundly human and Christian life.
Just as Don Bosco would say, "honourable citizens and good Christian's".
I congratulate you on the beautiful work that you do and I ask that you continue to grow within your Salesian identity.
I invite you to make your Salesian Chertsey another Valdocco, just as the Valdocco of Turin and not to neglect bringing the young closer to Jesus, this is our fundamental existence, to help the young to also find God's presence in their lives.
Happy celebrations and I hope you continue to make a beautiful journey.
With my kindest regards, love and prayers with Christ our Lord, Mary Help of
Christians, Don Bosco for all of you and your families and our communities.
Happy Bicentenary celebrations.
Some time ago, John Hunt developed a series of reflections under the title of ‘One Heart’, as part of his work on our Salesian Spirituality Team. These reflections were all based on the life of St. Mary Mazzarello and were sent out to Salesian Family.
John has now put all of these reflections together to form one programme called ‘Discover’.
Within this programme there are seven themes, or seven different sessions. Each theme provides reading material, scripture and questions for reflection or discussion. This is a wonderful resource for groups who meet to share their Salesian Spirituality together and might be useful for your Cooperators' group.