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Campobosco 2014, días para conocer la espiritualidad juvenil salesiana

31 luglio 2014

Campobosco 2014, días para conocer la espiritualidad juvenil salesiana

30/07/2014 | Redacción

Se celebra en Turín, del 31 de julio al 9 de agosto, y participan 470 jóvenes, que recorrerán los lugares donde nació Don Bosco y el carisma salesiano.

Organizado por la Pastoral Juvenil Salesiana de España y Portugal, comienza mañana el Campobosco 2014, que reunirá, hasta el 9 de agosto, a 470 jóvenes, animadores, salesianos y salesianas.
El Campobosco es una experiencia, que se organiza cada tres años, destinada a jóvenes mayores de 19 años, que en esos días recorren los lugares de los orígenes de Don Bosco, fundador de la Familia Salesiana, y de las raíces del carisma salesiano. En esta ocasión, además, se celebra días antes de que comience oficialmente, el 16 de agosto, los actos del Bicentenario del nacimiento de San Juan Bosco.
A lo largo de estos días, los jóvenes visitarán Barcelona, que recibió la visita de Don Bosco en 1886; Mornese, donde nació María Mazzarello y está el origen de las Salesianas. Ya en Turín, el grupo visitará el Colle Don Bosco, donde nació el santo de los jóvenes, y los pueblos cercanos donde pasó su infancia y se formó como seminarista. En Turín, recorrerán los lugares del origen del carisma salesiano, especialmente en Valdocco donde nació la obra salesiana.
Con este viaje, en el que se omiten expresamente otras visitas turísticas, se quiere ofrecer a los jóvenes la posibilidad de conocer un poco más a San Juan Bosco y a Santa María Mazzarello, conocer su personalidad y los orígenes de su propuesta educativa y su espiritualidad. “Acercarse a la experiencia espiritual de Don Bosco, explican los organizadores, para caminar en la santidad según la vocación específica de cada uno”.
Durante estas jornadas, se suceden los momentos de convivencia, de reflexión sobre los lugares que se visitan, los momentos de oración, de celebración de la eucaristía y reconciliación. En alguno de estos actos participarán el Rector Mayor de los salesianos y la Madre General de las salesianas, así como provinciales de ambas congregaciones.

Puede seguirse este encuentro en :

https://www.facebook.com/camposbosco2014

Twitter: @Campobosco2014

Don Bosco’s Bicentenary Celebrations

30 luglio 2014

For the Students : Prayer Service I

Prayer service and hoisting of the flag for the opening of Don Bosco’s Bicentenary Celebrations (August 16, 2014- August 16, 2015)

Prayer Dance/ Choreography (theme- Thanksgiving)

Introduction: Dear friends, as we open the Bi-centenary year of Don Bosco’s birth, we the family members are privileged to rejoice and thank God for the gift of Don Bosco to the Church and to the Congregation in particular.
Don Bosco was a man of God, mystic, blessed abundantly with gifts of nature and of grace, deeply human, alert and opens to the signs of the times. He was known as the living saint of the nineteenth century whom the Lord had chosen and sent to announce the good news, that the young might become friends of God. With the heart of a father and teacher, Don Bosco worked untiringly for the salvation of the young through the direct intervention of Mary our Mother. He became all things to all people in order to lead the young especially the poor and the abandoned to God.

Today, the work and the life of Don Bosco are being carried out all over the world by his sons and daughters. The Charism of Don Bosco is still very relevant, active, alive and very much seen in our own time. So dear friends, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco’s birth, let us renew our faithfulness to his spirit and to take a fresh account of our responsibility, to live ever more intensely the Gospel values as Don Bosco, our Father and Founder once lived.

Hymn to DB

Commentator : Light represents God. Where there is light everything is illumined and the path is made visible to reach one’s destination. In the light of God everything is made clear and therefore we need the light of God to guide us, to enlighten us that all of us may be a light to one another.
Lighting of the Lamp (By different representatives)

Spontaneous prayers of thanks and praise: Our God is worthy of all praise and thanksgiving. We recall all his graces and blessings he has bestowed on us. He continues to work wonders in our lives through persons, events and situations. Today we specially want to thank God for the gift of St. Don Bosco and his followers who continues to carry out his mission in the fields of education. Let us now spontaneously express our prayer of praise and thanks.

A song of praise and thanksgiving/ Dance
Response: We Praise and thank you Lord.
• For the gift of St. John Bosco
• For the gift of Salesian Family
• For the gift of Salesian institutions
• For the gift of our Superiors
• For our Fathers, sisters, Teachers …
• For the gift of the Rector Major—
• For the gift of Mother General—
• Hymn:

Symbolical prayers:

Response: Lord hear our prayer
Books: Lord as we offer this book, we pray for increase of knowledge and wisdom that we may know your design for each one of us. We also pray for the institute of the Salesian Fathers and Sisters that they continue to be the instruments of knowledge and wisdom to many people especially the young. Res
Ball: Don Bosco educated the young through games and sports. Lord as we offer this ball, we pray for the educators especially the Salesian family that his system of education may continue to be qualitative and effective among the young. Res

Flowers: Lord as we offer this vase of flowers, we pray for all the young people that they may continue to strive for betterment each day and bloom their lives to be channels of peace, joy and hope. Res

National Flag: Don Bosco said, “Education is the matter of the heart” through this he aimed to inculcate in the heart of his pupils to be a good and honest citizen. Lord as we offer our National flag we pray for all of us present here and others that we may respect one another and honor our country. Res

Chain: Lord we pray for unity as we offer this chain which is the symbol of unity that we may experience unity in the family, community, society and the world at large. Res

Dove: Lord as we offer this symbolic dove we pray for peace in our trouble world. After your resurrection your first parting gift to your apostles was ‘peace’ May your peace reign in the heart of all. Res
Globe: Lord as we offer this globe we pray for our world that it may know you and accept you as their Lord and Saviour. Res

Hoisting of the Flag by the chief guest & the speech
Commentator: We shall now hoist the Bi-Centenary Flag and open this mega event.
Sharing of experiences: Two or three Past Pupils/ Present pupils etc. share briefly their Salesian educational experiences.

Hymn: We thank you O Lord for Don Bosco.

Slogans:
 Long Live-Don Bosco
 Don Bosco-Long live
 Don Bosco-We love you

Pledge: We, the students of Salesian School, promise that we will try our best to exemplify the principles that we have learned from our school (institution/centre) and commit ourselves to uphold, respect and follow the standards set out by our school.

Following the example of Don Bosco, We pledge ourselves to live as one family, regardless of our race, language and religion to build a nation that respects each and every individual.
We further promise that we will give our best and strive constantly for excellence, preserving our academic integrity by maintaining the highest ethical standard in our studies, and valuing the relationships with the management, teachers and among ourselves. In every instance we will prove ourselves as Salesian pupils following the footsteps of Don Bosco.

Hymn to Don Bosco

Releasing of 200 balloons
With great joy and gratitude in our hearts we recall to our mind the great St. John Bosco whose 200th Birth day we celebrate today. Each of these balloons represent an year he lived and the years his followers continue to live, giving hope to the millions of young people around the world. These 200 balloons with messages inside will be released to symbolize the Salesian presence around the world. Let us with joy and gratitude release them and spread the message of love, peace and joy in our society and in the world.

Hymn to Don Bosco

For the Community : Prayer Service II

Bicentenary Celebrations (August 16, 2014- August 16, 2015)
Evening Prayer Service for the Community / Adoration Service

Hymn: I will bless your name or any other appropriate hymn

Introduction: Dear friends, as we open the Bi-centenary year of Don Bosco’s birth, we the family members are privileged to rejoice and thank God for the gift of Don Bosco to the Church and to the Congregation in particular.
Don Bosco was a man of God, mystic, blessed abundantly with gifts of nature and of grace, deeply human, alert and opens to the signs of the times. He was known as the living saint of the nineteenth century whom the Lord had chosen and sent to announce the good news, that the young might become friends of God. With the heart of a father and teacher, Don Bosco worked untiringly for the salvation of the young through the direct intervention of Mary our Mother. He became all things to all people in order to lead the young especially the poor and the abandoned to God.

Today, the work and the life of Don Bosco are being carried out all over the world by his sons and daughters. The Charism of Don Bosco is still very relevant, active, alive and very much seen in our own time. So dear friends, as we prepare ourselves to celebrate the Bi-Centenary of Don Bosco’s birth, let us renew our faithfulness to his spirit and to take a fresh account of our responsibility, to live ever more intensely the Gospel values as Don Bosco, our Father and Founder once lived.

Thanksgiving Hymn:

Commentary: “I have promised God that to my last breath I will live for my poor boys”, said Don Bosco. We Salesians are called to dedicate our lives for the young. Let us thank God for the gift of our vocation and pray that the Lord may bless us with strength and courage to follow Him in the footsteps of Don Bosco our Father and Founder.

Sharing of experiences by 2 or 3 Persons.

Spontaneous prayers of thanks and praise: Our God is worthy of all praise and thanksgiving. We recall all his graces and blessings he has bestowed on us. He continues to work wonders in our lives through persons, events and situations. Today we specially want to thank God for the gift of St. Don Bosco and his followers who continues to carry out his mission in the fields of education. Let us now spontaneously express our prayer of praise and thanks.

Response: We Praise and thank you Lord
• For the gift of St. John Bosco
• For the gift of Salesian Family
• For the gift of Salesian institutions
• For the gift of the Rector Major etc.

Hymn: We thank you O Lord for Don Bosco.

Prayer of intercessions:

Commitment by the Community

O Father of youth and teacher of holiness, we follow your footsteps to be an educator among the young people. We commit ourselves to be prophets in today’s world to proclaim the kingdom of God to all the young people, especially the lonely, the defenseless and the poor. We want to re-dedicate our lives once again to serve God and the young more zealously and to accept with joy the sacrifices that ensue. We furthermore promise that we will unselfishly place at the disposal of our community our time, energy and talents for building up the kingdom of God.

Comment: As we pray our Father let us ask God to bless us so that we persevere in our vocation, to carry out generously God’s plan in our lives. May we imbibe the indefatigable zeal of Don Bosco for the salvation of souls.
Our Father:

Concluding Prayer

Hymn to the blessed Sacrament

Prepared by, PCI. Youth Pastoral Sector, 2014

The Glory of the Martyrs (Asian Youth Day Theme song)

23 luglio 2014

Asian Youth Meet South Korea 13-17 August, 2014.

23 luglio 2014

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Theme: “Asian Youth Wake up! The glory of martyrs shines on you.”

Join this great event of the Church and particularly for the Church in Asia. These are days of Grace. Let us Celebrate it meaningfully and joyfully this spiritual experience.
The theme calls each and every one of us, young and old to be a missionary of the gospel, a proclaimer of truth, a witness of love before the world. “Today, as the Church seeks to experience a profound missionary renewal, there is a kind of preaching which falls to each one of us as a daily responsibility. It has to do with bringing the gospel to the people we meet, they can be our neighbours or complete strangers… being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place…” (Evangelii Gaudium,127).
Asian Youth day theme stresses the following:
 To discover the roots of our faith
 Importance of Prayer in our daily life
 Youth to be champions of evangelization
We have also another significant event that coincide with Asian Youth Day is the opening of the Bi-centenary Year of Don Bosco’s Birth which will be held on 16th August. Hence it is befitting to put these two great events together and prepare our youth both Catholic and the Non- catholic students in our schools, colleges, oratories and other centres for a meanigful celebration of our Faith.
Suggestions for the Asian Youth Day:
Workshop on New Evangelization for the catholic Students
Organizing pilgrimages to the near by shrines
Organizing prayer experience/ Lectio Divina or any other way situated to your work places
Discussion and sharing on the life of Martyrs/ saints of the Church and in your place

NB: Visit this wedsite to get more information on Asia Youth Day, celebration:

http://popekorea.catholic.or.kr/en/schedule/sch-sub01.asp

The 6th Asian Youth Day
Rise up in splendor! (Isaiah 60,1)

※ What’s Asian Youth Day?
Asian Youth Day (AYD) is the coming together of Catholic youths from different Asian countries. This weeklong life experience enables young people to gather and plan their spiritual lives for the future. At the same time, the gathering aims to provide an opportunity for Catholic youths to explore and renew their faith, so that they can share the Gospel with others through the work of justice and peace. AYD also includes the sharing of faith with other religious groups.
※ How did the AYD come about?
In 1991, during the World Youth Day in Czestochowa (Poland), representatives from over 30 Asian countries attended the Third International Youth Forum. At the forum, they expressed their hopes of establishing different channels and networks for various kinds of exchanges, and organizing activities especially designed for Catholic youths in Asia. The Youth sent their hopes to the believers of the Federation of Asian Bishops’Conferences (FABC) and Office of Laity and Family (OLF).
In 1993, a youth consultation conference was held in Bangkok, Thailand, where the youth representatives from Asian countries suggested that a youth working group be formed. The Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference (FABC) agreed with this suggestion and actively cooperated in communicating with the representatives, and helping efforts to establish the organization.
In 1994, the Youth Desk was officially established as an affiliate of OLF in FABC. The Youth Desk has successfully organized a series of activities for Asian youths and youth leaders, including the Asian Youth Gathering during World Youth Day, the Asian Youth Ministers’Meeting and Asian Youth Day. With the efforts of the Youth Desk, the first official Asian Youth Day was held in Hua Hin, Thailand.

The 1st Day: Aug 13(Wed.)
“Come and see” (Jn 1:39)
The opening mass takes place in Solomoe Shrine, the birth place of the first Korean priest and martyr, St. Andrew Kim Dae-gon.

The 2nd Day: Aug 14(Thu.)
“Let’s discover the roots of our faith ”
On the 2nd day, we will observe where our faith is rooted and how it has been handed over to us, especially in Korea but also in the other Asian countries. Also it’ll be a day to realize how many people sacrificed their lives so that we may receive our faith. Finally we’ll be guided to realize that the true roots of our faith are in the Cross of Christ.
– COUNTRY EXHIBITS (Roots of our faith)
– TAIZE PRAYER

The 3rd Day: Aug 15(Fri.)
“Youth, Knock !!!”
In the world of today, there are many anti-Christian values, and many young people living as disciples of Christ are threatened by them. This reality can be seen as a new form of persecution to the young people. How can the youth deal with this new kind of persecution? This is the time to knock in order to wake up the passion for the faith that lays down in the hearts of the young people.
– WORKSHOP
– KNOCKING NIGHT

The 4th Day: Aug 16(Sat.)
“Let’s walk along with Jesus and the martyrs”
the 4th day, we will learn the passion and courage embodied in the life of martyrs, with which the youths can stand strong. Also the youths will celebrate the land of martyrs by holding a festival.
– PILGRIMAGE: Youth pilgrimage takes place following the footsteps of the Korean martyrs.
– FINAL FESTIVAL

The 5th DAY: Aug 17(Sun.)
“Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel” (Mk16,15)
Jesus grants us a mission to live as His Church with Him in the world.
Concluding the 6th Asian Youth Day, with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (MASS)

FMA, Ambito per la Pastorale Giovanile Roma

3 luglio 2014

European SYM Coordination

Small Teal Meet of SYM Europe

June 20- 22, 2014

 

A Youth coordinator and four other young persons chosen from the General Assembly which  formed  the small Team along with with Don Robert Simon, sdb and Sr. Lolia, fma had meeting from June 20-22, 2014, to evaluate the previous GA, at Krako  and to plan for the ensuing GA at Austria.  The meeting began with a prayer moment led by Don Robert Simon, basing the theme on an extract from the document of the 23rd General Chapter of the Salesian of Don Bosco, Fr. Egidio  Vigano – 7th Successor of Don Bosco. Followed by Evaluation of the previous GA  and planning for the next GA .

 

During the course of the days the members were privileged to meet Rector Major who gave inspiring message on  how the SYM should give space for young people to grow and matured into integrated persons of the society. He exhorted that in all our, animations we should guarantee Salesian Identity because it is our specific gift to the Church.

Don Fabio Attard, Councillor for Youth Pastoral, explained the three icons of SDBs and FMAs educative methods, basing on the three dreams of Don Bosco.  1824, 1844 and 1886 respectively.

1824 at the age of 9 Johnny Bosco saw changed wild animals changed into Lambs,  in this dream God gave to Johnny a vision and method, not with blows but with gentleness and kindness.

1844  Don Bosco saw the Lambs are changed into shepherds, here we see the first sign of Don Bosco’s mission and how Don Bosco responded to this special mission, by growing, missionaries from within, facilitating the process.

1886, the third dream shepherds becoming missionaries to the whole world. Become agents and witnesses to the Gospel. He beautifully connected the SYM with the dreams of Don Bosco, and urged the members to have vision and forge ahead with courage with the strength of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of Mary.

Sr. Maria Carmen, councillor for Youth Pastoral, spoke  on how we need to make young people the protagonists of our mission but not without the guidance of an adult. SDBs and FMAs need to accompany and walk along side of the young people.

The small team also  had the privileged  of meeting the two Regional Superiors of Europe, Don Tadeus Rozmus and Don Stefano Martoglio, who gave their full support in facilitating the SYM in Europe through the Provincials and the Delegates and in their own capacities .

 

The small team had a very enriching and beautiful encountered, among themselves and with the Superiors.

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From ‘The Jungle Book’ to… St. Peter’s Square!

17 giugno 2014
More than 200 scouts of all ages filled St. Peter’s Square during the last General Audience. They came all the way from Caserta, south Italy, to see Pope Francis.
“The audience was very beautiful. The Pope said that we must follow the Lord, which is something that we already do, but it’s was good having this reminder.”
This group of little explorers was ready to make any effort possible to get to the Vatican on time. They had a 5-hour ride to arrive to St. Peter’s half an hour before the beginning of the Audience. But, alas, they didn’t count on the whims of Roman traffic.
“We left at 4 AM in the morning and we got to Rome at 9:30. We had reserved seats, but we arrived late because of the traffic… So we could only see the Pope from one side of the Square. Anyhow, it was really nice.”
Still, they didn’t miss the chance of proudly showing off their uniforms, as well as their hats, ribbons and flags. Each one of them has a different meaning.
“The kids wearing hats are ‘wolf cubs’ and range from 8-years-old to 11-years-old. They follow ‘The Jungle Book,’ the book by Kipling. The older ones, whose ages go from 11 to 16, live in tents, in the wild… And then the oldest ones, from 18 to 21-years-old, are devoted to service.”
There was no trace of fatigue or disappointment on their faces, despite the long trip and the Roman heat. They are ready to start their trip back home, happy they saw Pope Francis.

Vatican announces Human Trafficking campaign for Brazil’s World Cup 2014

20 maggio 2014
It’s no secret that Pope Francis is a huge soccer fan. In the past year, he has received everything from personalized jerseys to signed soccer balls. 
On a social level, it’s also true that he has been very vocal about condemned human trafficking.
Now a group of religious are putting these two factors together, by launching a campaign against human trafficking, specifically during the World Cup in Brazil in mid June. It’s called:  Play for Life
SR. CARMEN SAMMUT
Talitha Kum
“Without this awareness, the World Cup Final may turn out to be a terrible shame instead of a feast for humanity.”
The campaign is being launched by Talitha Kum, which includes a worldwide network of women religious who for years now, have helped victims and developed prevention programs. Falling into the trap, they say, isn’t as complicated as it may seem. A false promise of a better job is often the hook. 
SR. GABRIELLA BOTTANI
Talitha Kum
“They trick them by offering them what seems to be like a dream job in another city or foreign country, so they go voluntarily. But then they’re forced into prostitution. The fact that they go voluntarily at first makes the business more lucrative and much more easier for the criminals.” 
The plan of action is already underway in Brazil. It includes marketing in the cities buses and metros, education in schools and a presence at airports and other high risk areas.  
But when it comes to human trafficking, these sisters say, it’s not just about sexual exploitation. The problem also includes the sale of organs, forced labor and vulnerable children also face high risks. 
SR. GABRIELLA BOTTANI
Talitha Kum
“There are a lot of forms of kidnapping. This includes the adoption of kids who eventually disappear without a trace. Then there are those who are kidnapped to be beggars.” 
About 21 million people are affected by this crime worldwide. Some experts the industry is becoming even more lucrative than the sale of illegal drugs. 
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