By: Alejandro Martinez and Martin NeiraSalesian Volunteers. I am Alejandro Martínez Casanova. I was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1989. I made the decision to become a Salesian Volunteer with the purpose of enriching my personal project of life. Since I was 9 years old, I grew up surrounded by music in a Salesian High School in Bogota. Today, I am a professional choral and … Continue reading Meet our two newest Salesian Volunteers!
Dear Brothers and Sisters, In the Encyclical Fratelli Tutti, I expressed a concern and a hope that remain uppermost in my thoughts: “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation. God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’” … Continue reading MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS for the 2021 World Day of Migrants and Refugees Towards an ever wider “we”
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Over their lifetime, US adults overall have a 40% chance of developing type 2 diabetes. But if you’re a Hispanic/Latino American adult, your chance is more than 50%, and you’re likely to develop it at a younger age. Diabetes complications also hit harder: Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of kidney failure caused by diabetes as well as … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part VI) -Diabetes Affects Hispanics/Latinos More – From CDC
By: David LawSalesian Cooperator – St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church On May 8, 2021 at 10AM, it was a sunny morning at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church. Around 100 people gathered together to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for Mary Help of Christians Center. We were honored to have invited our strong supporter and long-time friend, Bishop Edward Clark; the Provincial of Salesians of Don Bosco, … Continue reading The Groundbreaking of Mary Help of Christians Center at Los Angeles, California
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Risk factors Factors that may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes include: Being overweight or obese is a main risk. Fat distribution. Storing fat mainly in your abdomen — rather than your hips and thighs — indicates a greater risk. Your risk of type 2 diabetes rises if you’re a man with a waist circumference … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part V): Abstracted from the Mayo Clinic
By: Miriam HernandezCoordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian Family Youth Center As a Youth Minister, I believe young people can be capable of serving the church now. Saint Dominic Savio is a great example of a teen who served and led others to Jesus through his vast love of the Eucharist and his selfless love and kindness for others. St. John Bosco recognized that Dominic … Continue reading Called to be Oratory
By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant Parish Commission Meeting On April 9th, there was a Parish Commission meeting to go over current projects and proposals that are happening in each respective parish. CYM Meeting On April 13th, there was a Coordinators of Youth Ministry Meeting. The topic of discussion was to go over SYLC registration, cost, schedule, and spirit team. Meeting with the Provincial Councils … Continue reading Province Youth Ministry Office April Recap!
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator What happens in diabetes when your insulin stops working? One could stop making insulin, slowdown in its production or fail to use its own insulin. For example, glucose cannot enter the cells where it’s needed, so the amount of glucose in the bloodstream continues to rise. This is called hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). When blood sugar … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part IV): When Insulin Stops Working
By: Reegan Ledet Novice – Richmond, CA (Novice Christopher Green leading an activity at the Sophomore retreat Credit: Fr. John Puntino, SDB) Thursday April 15th, Salesian College Preparatory had their first Sophomore Retreat in the past 5 years, and the Sophomore Class of 2023 had the ability to be the first to participate. In years past, the Sophomore Retreat experience was a Service Day that … Continue reading Salesian High School Richmond Sophomore Retreat!
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Last week we discussed how insulin open the receptors in the cells to allow glucose to be used or stored in the cells. This week let us examine the balancing act of the rise and fall in insulin and blood sugar. Our blood sugar rises and falls many times during the day and night. It depends … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part III): Understand the Balancing Act of Glucose
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator The prevalence of Diabetes type II in our country prompted me to invest our coming weeks to the understanding of what diabetes type II is about, why it happens, and how to manage this condition. Last week we briefly reviewed what the condition is and what are some of the presenting symptoms. I am always curious … Continue reading Diabetes Type II (Part II): Digestion of Food and Production of Insulin
By: Anita and Vince Manfreda Teachers at the parish school, Associates at the Club, and Cooperators in Formation The COVID-19 pandemic stopped many activities in their tracks and separated us from many people we love. During tough times, we are always called to mind that nothing can stop or separate us from God’s Love. There is no greater example of this love than Christ’s passion … Continue reading Virtual Stations of the Cross, Ss. Peter and Paul Church, San Francisco
By: Miriam HernandezCoordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian Family Youth Center Wow! I can’t believe how fast April is going by. We now have less than two months before SYLC and with all the end of the year activities and events we must prepare for it’s going to go by even faster. One of the priorities I had set for the Youth Ministry this year … Continue reading Fundraising for the Salesian Youth Leadership Conference 2021
By: Mari Evelin Moreno VelascoMaster’s in Education – UC Santa Cruz Short mission trips changed my life by giving me an opportunity to serve others and find a purpose in life. This life we have on earth is short and fleeting, and through the mission trips, I realized that I could help others and use my talents to be a light in the lives of … Continue reading How short mission trips impacted my life
By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator More than 34 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and approximately 90-95% of them have type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes most often develops in people over age 45, but more and more children, teens, and young adults are also developing it. On a personal base, I never had to worry about blood sugar 10 years ago. … Continue reading Diabetes Type II
By: Karen Krynen Communications Officer – Don Bosco Tech ROSEMEAD, CA—April 15, 2021—Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) senior Aidan Chavez has been named a 2021 Edison Scholar. Chavez is one of 30 local high school seniors granted the honor and a $40,000 scholarship by Edison International to pursue science, technology, engineering or math studies. All thirty Edison scholars will be celebrated in a virtual reception … Continue reading Bosco Tech Senior Aidan Chavez named 2021 Edison Scholar
By: J.C MontenegroDelegate for Mission Animation Once the Governor of California gave schools in Los Angeles County the green light to return to in-person instruction, the city of Downey found itself without any after-school program for their 12 elementary schools. There were only seven business days before the schools opened again, and they needed to hire 26 people to staff the district’s after-school programs. Veronica … Continue reading City of Downey seeks support from Salesians
By: Miriam HernandezCoordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian Family Youth Center For a long time, it had been a tradition at St. Mary’s church that the Youth Ministry was involved in all Easter celebrations of the parish. This year our youth participated in a Palm Sunday procession, gathered for a three-day Lenten Retreat, and celebrated the Easter Triduum as parish community. “I am happy to … Continue reading Holy Week of Live Events at St. Mary’s Church