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Eternal Rest of Fr. Leo Baysinger, SDB

Eternal Rest Fr. Leo Baysinger, SDB passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019 Funeral Arrangements  Wednesday, December  4, 2019, Bellflower St. John Bosco High School Chapel 2:00- 4:00 pm     Viewing 4:30 pm     Funeral Liturgy 6:00 pm     Reception at MPR Friday, December 6, 2019, Richmond Salesian Preparatory 10:00 am     Viewing 11:00 am     Requiem Mass and Interment 12:15 pm     Lunch Salesians will express love … Continue reading Eternal Rest of Fr. Leo Baysinger, SDB

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Statement from the Provincial – September 2019

Fr. Ted Montemayor, provincial for the Western Province of the Salesian Order issued a statement following recent news reports on clergy sexual abuse of minors and in advance of a further anticipated cable news network report mentioning clergy and religious including some Salesian priests and brothers.  The statement can be found at http://www.donboscowest.org/province/press-release/2019-09-provincial-statement . Continue reading Statement from the Provincial – September 2019

Provincial Letter: December 19th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, In five days we will be celebrating Christmas Eve.   Many of you will be traveling and will be busy with different types of preparations for that beautiful day when we celebrate Christ’s birth and God’s incarnation, God becoming one with us through Jesus.   I wish to extend to all of you a very blessed and beautiful Christmas.   May you be … Continue reading Provincial Letter: December 19th, 2019

St. John Bosco Football National Champions!

Congratulations to Coach Negro and our 2019 Bosco Football Team. On December 19th, the Braves finished the 2019 season ranked #1 in the five top polls in the United States. The Braves are consensus National Champions! St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) won the California Interscholastic Federation Open Division title on Saturday with a 49-28 win over De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) with a superstar performance from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. … Continue reading St. John Bosco Football National Champions!

Understanding Sleep – The Hypothalamus

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP I have a confession to make; last week, we detailed the anatomy of the brain center that governs sleep. I have a feeling that each structure is pretty novel to you. I, therefore, take the liberty of dissecting each important part of the brain that regulates sleep and try to present the information slowly. To begin with, … Continue reading Understanding Sleep – The Hypothalamus

Salesian Wins Football State Championship!

By Zachary Boyett Salesian H.S – Social Media and Alumni Relations Coordinator Congratulations to Coach Chad Nightingale and the Salesian Pride on winning the 2019 California 6A Football State Championship! The Pride defeated Bishop Union High School of the Central Section 37-18 in front of their home crowd. The game was a historic moment for both Salesian and the community, being Salesian’s first State Championship … Continue reading Salesian Wins Football State Championship!

Salesian Cooperators Christmas Dinner at Richmond

By Fr. John Puntino, SDB Salesian Richmond Community Keeping to a wonderful Local Center tradition Salesian Cooperators of Richmond hosted a Christmas Dinner for the community on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Cooperators brought their spouses and enjoyed some relaxing moments in the community living room both before and after the meal. The meal featured dishes, such as ham, corn bread, bean casserole and yams, prepared … Continue reading Salesian Cooperators Christmas Dinner at Richmond

Understanding Sleep – Anatomy of Sleep

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP The following is the subsequent of Understanding Sleep from the Mayo Clinic. This piece might be a little more technical. But it is worthwhile to understand the anatomy in the brain that indicts how the brain functions during sleep. This is important because most of us spend one third of our daily life is under this vital … Continue reading Understanding Sleep – Anatomy of Sleep

Provincial Letter: December 11th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, We have entered the beautiful season of Advent.   It is one of my favorite seasons of the Liturgical year.  This season of Advent always invites me to a spirit of reflection, prayer, slowing down and connections with friends and loved ones.  It is a time that focuses on preparation for the feast of Christmas but which sometimes includes more celebrations … Continue reading Provincial Letter: December 11th, 2019

Salesian priest starts theater groups at Corpus Christi

By: Nicholas Wolfram Smith Catholic San Francisco (CSF) A priest at Corpus Christi Parish has started not one but three new theater groups at his parish to engage parishioners in the dramatic arts. Father Jesse Montes, a parochial vicar at the San Francisco parish, said the key to starting up a successful theater group “is stimulating interest and trying to make it fun. And you … Continue reading Salesian priest starts theater groups at Corpus Christi

Share the Spirit: West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club

By Nate Gartrell Bay Area News Group RICHMOND — In February 2012, Steve Alameda decided it was time to hang up his whistle after more than 37 years coaching and teaching in West Contra Costa County schools. He was looking forward to a long, uneventful retirement. But it wasn’t long before the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of Richmond beckoned. The club, deep in debt … Continue reading Share the Spirit: West Contra Costa Salesian Boys & Girls Club

English Volunteer Program Collaboration

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation On December 2, 2019, Lauren Hichaaba (Cagliero Project – Australia), Adam Rudin (Salesian Lay Missioners – USA East), and Jc Montenegro (Salesian Volunteers – USA West)gathered online to catch-up and discuss ways to accompany each other while leading the volunteer program in their respective provinces. Several important topics were discussed during the hour-long meeting. The first conversation was … Continue reading English Volunteer Program Collaboration

Salesian Youth Movement Young Adults Advent Evening of Prayer

By: Marisol Becerra Youth Ministry Office Assistant Last Thursday, the Salesian Youth Movement with the Youth Ministry Office organized an Advent Prayer Night for the young adults in the area. This prayer night was hosted at De Sales hall by the young men in formation. The night began with joyful Christmas music and delicious food. There were about 20 young adults that came from different … Continue reading Salesian Youth Movement Young Adults Advent Evening of Prayer

Salesian Volunteers Visit Asylum Community Center in Tijuana

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation As part of the Mission Animation Promotion on Thanksgiving weekend a group of young adults from our province visited the Salesian Community in Tijuana. This is an opportunity for young adults to experience and see firsthand social issues and to educate and raise awareness of what is happening in the world. Young people are challenged to become agents … Continue reading Salesian Volunteers Visit Asylum Community Center in Tijuana

Understanding Sleep (Part I)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Before the age of technology, i.e. the time when there were no stethoscope, no EKG, no sleep lab, no ultra sound, no X-Ray, no MRI and no CT scan, doctors used their naked eyes to visualize your health, asked pertinent questions to assess your problems and felt your pulses at your wrist to determine your health status. … Continue reading Understanding Sleep (Part I)

Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive and Fundraiser

By: Edmond Ngo Salesian Cooperator Over the past few weeks, in preparation for Thanksgiving, St. Bridget’s Chinese Catholic Church organized a fundraiser and canned food drive in support of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church community in Los Angeles. The fundraiser, spearheaded by the Salesian Cooperators, collected a total of $3,716 in donations along with many boxes of canned/ non-perishable foods. The gifts were hand-delivered to … Continue reading Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive and Fundraiser

Provincial Letter: November 27th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, The following story comes from an article on Gratitude by Ron Rolheiser: “There’s a Jewish folk-tale which runs something like this: There once was a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his Rabbi. “Rabbi,” he announced, “I think I have achieved sanctity.” ”Why do you think that?” … Continue reading Provincial Letter: November 27th, 2019

What is the Circadian Rhythm? (Final Part)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Impact of Modern Technology The blue light emitted by mobile phones, TVs, and tablets mimics the blue we see in the sky during the daytime. Our bodies have evolved to be awake during the day, so our brains release the hormone cortisol when we see blue-ish light. Cortisol wakes up the brain, making us alert and active. However, if … Continue reading What is the Circadian Rhythm? (Final Part)

“With Hearts on Fire: NCYC 2019”

NC! YC! NC! YC! This would be the chant of over 20,000 Catholic young people from around the country that descended on Indianapolis for the biennial National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC). The young Church in the United States was very much alive despite the damp chill of the Midwest. In the thick of the largest three day youth gathering was the Salesian Family of Don Bosco from all … Continue reading “With Hearts on Fire: NCYC 2019”