Year of celebration:
Don Bosco’s mission with the young and for the young
16 August 2014 - 16 August 2015
Prayer to Don Bosco
The preparation and the celebration of the Bicentenary are an opportunity to take up again with the young, the lay people, the Salesian Family and the Salesian Movement prayer to Don Bosco
Saint John Bosco,
Father and Teacher of youth,
docile to the gifts of the Spirit and open to the reality of your times
you were for the young, especially the little ones and the poor,
a sign of the love and the special care of God.
Be our guide as we walk the path of friendship with the Lord Jesus,
so that we may discover in Him and in his Gospel
the meaning of our lives
and the source of true happiness.
Help us to respond with generosity
to the vocation we have received from God,
so that in daily life we may be
builders of communion,
and may collaborate with enthusiasm,
and in communion with the whole Church,
in creating a civilisation of love.
Obtain for us the grace of perseverance
in living a high standard of Christian life,
according to the spirit of the beatitudes;
and grant that, guided by Mary Help of Christians,
we may one day be with you
in the great family of heaven. Amen.
2015 ~ Celebrating the Bi-Centenary of
Don Bosco’s Birth - Schedule of Events as at July 2014
The plans for the Bi-Centenary are being developed currently and the latest information will be updated ongoing - so please do check frequently, so you don't miss anything!!
2015 marks 200 years since the birth of Don Bosco, the Patron Saint of Young People. It is a time:
• to give thanks for Don Bosco’s life and mission
• to celebrate the worldwide Salesian movement serving young people
• to be inspired in creating the future with joy and hope
The Bi-Centenary programme will do this through a range of activities for the Salesian Family and the wider Church.
THE MASSES OF THANKSGIVING
for Don Bosco’s life and mission
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The Metropolitan Cathedral of St George, Southwark, London Saturday 20th September 2014, 2.00 pm
The Metropolitan Cathedral of St Andrew, Glasgow Saturday 25th October 2014, 1.00pm Masses will be open to all but reservations will be available to secure a seat (will be available soon).
THE BIG BIRTHDAY DAY OUT
Savio House, Macclesfield
Saturday 4th July 2015, 12.00 to 6.00 pm
A major celebratory event of the Bi-Centenary with a showcase stage show featuring the talent of young people, Mass in a big top and a spectacular finale. Booking details will be available from January 2015.
THE BIG BIRTHDAY FESTIVAL
Savio House, Macclesfield
Thursday 13th – Sunday 16th August 2015
A unique Festival for the Bi-Centenary with camping for organised groups of Young People aged 11-18 with a range of activities and a Firework finale. Booking details will be available to group leaders from September 2014.
THE BI-CENTENARY EXPO
The Expo will tour Great Britain in 2015 featuring:
• An exhibition of photographs on the theme of Vision of Life
• A professional theatrical performance on the vision of Don Bosco
• A contemporary prayer service
Bi-Centenary Pilgrimage 2014:
More details and booking contacts are available in the latest Cooperators' Magazine