Marian Shrine Christmas Schedule & Announced Masses 2021

December Dawns…And so we begin the last month of 2021. There is plenty to celebrate: Advent continues, St. Nicholas Day, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception & Christmas. MARIAN SHRINE Christmas Mass Schedule:December 24 – Friday – Christmas Vigil Mass – 7:00 pmWe will have our regular 11:00 am Confessions & 12 noon Mass during the day.December 25 – Saturday – Christmas Day – 11:00 am & 12:30 pmDecember 26 – Sunday – Regular Sunday Masses – 11:00 am & 12:30 pmThe December Announced...

The DiBOSCo Coffee (and Chocolate) Project Gathering: MHCA 12/11/2021

RSVP TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY OR IN-PERSON: contact@donboscosalesianportal.org Mary Help of Christians Academy 659 Belmont Avenue North Haledon, NJ 07508 In brief, Di BOSCo began as a job-training project created by Mr. Phaisan, a Salesian Past Pupil in Thailand, as a way to give back for all he had received from the Salesians. When Mr. Peter Kovac, Slovakian Salesian Past Pupil and secretary of the SDB Past Pupil World Council, came to know of this project, he organized an alliance with Mr. Phaisan to grow Di BOSCo into a world-wide network of Past Pupil fair trade coffee and cocoa growers, processors, exporters, and café owners in Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Now Di BOSCo is ready to come to Canada and the US with the help of our Salesian Family members and friends. Peter will explain how this network came to be and how we can make it a reality for North America at this gathering. For whom is the gathering? Salesian Past Pupils of the SDB and FMAAll Salesian Family members and friendsIndividuals, Communities, Centers, ChaptersFamiliesThose who are curiousThose who love great-tasting coffee and chocolate and want to try it and maybe buy itThose who wish to support...

Towards the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition: Daniel Glass

(ANS – Rome) – Daniel Glass is a young American, 33-years-old, who grew up in the Province of the United States East and Canada (SUE) but destined for the Province of Africa Congo Congo (ACC). He is the second missionary to be featured in ANS in view of the 152nd Salesian Missionary Expedition (Turin-Valdocco, 21 November 2021). Speaking of what prompted him to become a missionary, he states: “Two things, above all: to be completely available to the Rector Major to fill in and go where the Congregation might need me the most; and the desire to serve God above all else. Because being sent away from your home province and comfort zone is that step into the unknown that can bring out a great leap of faith and a deeper dependence on God. Did you choose the destination or was it assigned to you? Are you happy with it? In some ways, the Congo was certainly my choice, but directly -No! It was not! When I was accepted, I said I had an openness to being sent to Africa and learning French as well, among other preferences… In any case, I have always been happy with my assignments and ministries as...

Ethiopian authorities release some Salesian missionaries

People displaced by conflict in Ethiopia receive basic humanitarian aid  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY MISSIONARIES RELIGIOUS POLITICAL VIOLENCE A group of religious and lay members of a Salesian missionary organization who were arrested and detained 10 days ago by government forces has been released. Many others remain held in custody. By Vatican News staff writer There are 14 people still held in custody by the Ethiopian police, including Salesian religious, brothers, laity, employees. According to Fides news agency, seven other Salesians, plus an employed woman, were released by the police on Saturday morning. On Monday they reportedly appeared before a court and should be released on bail. State of Emergency and crackdown Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers.   READ ALSO 11/11/2021 Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa The raid on 5 November was carried out on a centre in Gottera in Addis Ababa, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination....

Ethiopia: Salesian missionaries arrested in Addis Ababa

Ethiopian soldiers  CHURCH ETHIOPIA WAR UN RELIGIOUS Amid a recently declared state of emergency, Ethiopian authorities have begun a crackdown on people that the government says are “supporters” of the rebellious Tigrayan forces. The arrests have included Salesian missionaries, as well as 72 humanitarian aid truck drivers and 16 other UN humanitarian staffers. By Vatican News staff writer Government forces in Ethiopia raided a centre run by the Salesians of Don Bosco in Addis Ababa and arrested 17 people, including priests, religious brothers, and employees, amid a general climate of uncertainty and tension in the country brought about by the year-long war between the government and Tigrayan forces. Reports say that the raid was carried out on 5 November on a centre in Gottera, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, and the 17 people who were arrested were taken to an unknown destination. The motive for their arrest remains unclear. Meanwhile, the Salesians, who have worked in Ethiopia since 1975, are continuing to pray for peace and unity in the country, and for the safe return of their arrested brothers. Tense situation The war in Ethiopia has not spared civilians, as thousands have died and millions have been displaced, forced...

Simon Srugi at the University of Bethlehem

11 November 2021 (ANS – Bethlehem) – For decades the Salesian brother Sim’ān (Simon) Srugi was in charge of the medical-nursing clinic attached to the Salesian house in Betgamāl. From 1930 to 1942 he accurately recorded names of patients, types of diseases, treatment administered and their villages of origin. Eight registers of his work have been preserved, the last of which is now exhibited at the “Don Bosco House Museum” in Turin-Valdocco, in the section dedicated to the figures of holiness of the Salesian Family. They document the health service that was provided every day to dozens of sick people (40-45 on average, for a total of over 30,000), originating from more than 70 villages, some even 60 km away from the Salesian Center. For some time, these registers and the accompanying notebooks (handbooks, notebooks, prescriptions …) have attracted the attention of researchers. On November 4th, the University of Bethlehem launched a project of an interdisciplinary study of this unexplored archival heritage, from a sociological, medical-nursing, cultural point of view. Among the participants, some descendants of those patients, some are now inhabitants of the refugee camps in the Bethlehem area, among whom the memory of Sim’ān Srugi, “the holy doctor...