Provincial Letter: May 20th, 2022

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People: Greetings from the Provincial Office, where I have been self-quarantined for over a week now. I had COVID symptoms and tested positive on Friday, May 13. Feeling better after at least five days of self-quarantine I again got tested on Wednesday, May 18. Lo and behold, I am still positive. For those who heard and have reached out, … Continue reading Provincial Letter: May 20th, 2022

Helping Seniors Cope with Losing Friends and Family

By: Sheila Kun RN, BA, BSN, MS My father migrated from Macau and joined me in Los Angeles when he was 70 years old. He was very active in his volunteer work in Chinatown at the Senior center. He promoted exchange of cultural events by sponsoring Cantonese Opera to perform here. He also taught the younger folks in the community how to organize the cultural … Continue reading Helping Seniors Cope with Losing Friends and Family

Salesian Family Youth Center at the Kindness Carnival

On April 30th (Kindness Day), West San Gabriel Valley Boys & Girls Clubs and East Side Clubs, led by JR Dzubak, invited the Salesian Family Youth Center to their first annual Kindness Carnival. The event took place from 11:00AM to 5:00PM near Boyle Heights City Hall. This Kindness Carnival came about as a response to many children and young people feeling alone and lost due … Continue reading Salesian Family Youth Center at the Kindness Carnival

Annual Salesian Easter Retreat 2022

Three Rivers, California – The annual Salesian Easter Retreat took place from April 18th – 22nd at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Three Rivers, California. The retreat was led by Dr. Wendy Wright, professor of Theology at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Thank you for all your prayers during this time of reflection and meditation for our Salesian brothers and priests! Photo(s) credit: Fr. Tho Bui, SDB Continue reading Annual Salesian Easter Retreat 2022

Updates from the Salesian Family Youth Center!

Channel 62 visited our youth center and created this video shown on local TV. They compared our Clubhouse with an oasis! The news is only two minutes long and expresses who we are and what we do for the children of our community. I hope you enjoy this small video. Taking young people to visit the Universities in Northern California. The Salesian Family Youth Center … Continue reading Updates from the Salesian Family Youth Center!

Easter at Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center are a combined Youth Ministry operating under the leadership of CYM Miriam Hernandez.  For the second year during Holy Week St. Mary’s hosted Pascua Juvenil ( Youth Lenten Retreat). The theme was “I Choose to be Holy” and was led by a young adult ministry Heaven Bound and other lay … Continue reading Easter at Saint Mary’s Parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center

Emotions and elders

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Understanding that grief over lost independence is one of the contributory factors for seniors to be grumpy would be the first step to cope with such tantrums. In 2002 the National Institutes of Health held a “Successful Aging” seminar. In synthesizing the information presented at the seminar Dr. Judy Salerno, who directs the NIH’s National Institute on … Continue reading Emotions and elders

English Youth Night: Catholic Social Teachings

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Thursday, March 24th, the Boyle Heights Youth Ministry organized the already traditional “Youth Night” for the Confirmation Program. The month’s theme was Catholic Social Teachings and was hosted at the Salesian Family Youth Center. We began at 6:30 pm with the Core Team preparing all the material for prayers and learning about Catholic Social Teachings. I have been … Continue reading English Youth Night: Catholic Social Teachings

Being “living waters of hope”

By: Andres NeriaSocial Communication and Media Coordinator This year’s RE (Religious Education) Congress certainly felt different with the limited number of attendees and exhibitors. Despite that, for those who were in attendance (physically and virtually) there was a sense of hope that it’s still possible to gather, be formed, and share in community our living faith with others.  Participants and organizers support one another while keeping … Continue reading Being “living waters of hope”

Coordinators for Youth Ministry Retreat

By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant The Coordinators for Youth Ministry retreat began with a dinner on Friday night to welcome all the CYMs as everyone arrived. Fr. Fabian began the first session where he stated the impacts that the COVID pandemic has had on us and our Salesian sites, but also the impact of the war in Ukraine and the need to pray and … Continue reading Coordinators for Youth Ministry Retreat

A 10-Week Plan for Reversing Insulin Resistance Summary

Kobe Bryant was once asked what was his secret to be such a successful basketball player. He replied: “Practice, practice, practice!” I, therefore, take on his strategy to help us recall the 10 plans to reverse insulin resistance by repeating these 10 points this week. I promise I will not dwell on them again for the coming year. Here are the 10 plans discussed: have … Continue reading A 10-Week Plan for Reversing Insulin Resistance Summary

Monthly Homeless Outreach at Skid Row

By: Luis ChaconProvince Coordinator for Volunteers On Sunday, March 6, we have carried out our monthly Homeless Outreach, but this time it was a little different, since we have had the presence of almost 30 volunteers to give food, toiletries, some clothes and time to our brothers and sisters less fortunate ones on skid row. This experience was impressive because we have had the representation … Continue reading Monthly Homeless Outreach at Skid Row