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.