What is the Circadian Rhythm?

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP By the time this article comes out, you have already fallen back, re-set your clock one hour backward. We ended the daylight saving regimen this last Sunday. This annual ritual raises a subject that I am pretty curious about – circadian rhythm. I never really understand the total ramification of the phenomenon. Hence I decided to devote … Continue reading What is the Circadian Rhythm?

Rector Major November Message

The dream to which I refer, dear friends of the Salesian charism, is Don Bosco’s great missionary dream. Even in the very first years of the foundation of the fragile, little Society of St. Francis de Sales (the Salesians), he sent out his first missionaries to Argentina, in 1875, to care for the Italian immigrants who were reaching those shores by the thousands. Intense, also, … Continue reading Rector Major November Message

What’s going on at Savio

By: Janelle Siqueiros Savio Youth Group Leader Have you ever been bored on a Monday night? Nothing that seems to catch your interest? Come to our Monday Youth Group! Our youth group consists of many activities that help youth learn about their themselves and their spirituality. This program challenges the way they think about life situations and gives participants different perspectives on various of things. … Continue reading What’s going on at Savio

Flu Vaccine: Final Words on Influenza Vaccination (Abstracts from CDC)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP This is our last discussion on the subject of influenza vaccination. As noted before, although the U.S. has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world, only 45 percent of adults and 63 percent of children get flu shots each year. For some people, the question of its efficacy remains. We need to be aware that … Continue reading Flu Vaccine: Final Words on Influenza Vaccination (Abstracts from CDC)

Mission Animation Delegates Meeting

By: JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation In the middle of October the delegates for mission animation in the continent gathered in Brazil to discuss how the mission is being spread out in the continent among the essential topics discussed it could be found: The updated DIAM manual that the congregation just published you will find topics like job description, Salesian missionaries short story, and … Continue reading Mission Animation Delegates Meeting

Provincial Letter: October 29th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, On Sunday, October 27th, I flew back from Quito, Ecuador, where I spent the last week with Fr. Tim Ploch, our Regional and most of the 13 provincials from our Inter-American Region.   Two of our provincials could not enter the Ecuador for different reasons. The annual Inter-American provincials gathering took place in Quito this year.   We stayed at a retreat … Continue reading Provincial Letter: October 29th, 2019

Don Bosco Tech Open House

By: Karen Krynen Communication Officer Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its Open House for prospective students and their families on Sunday, November 17, 2019, from 12 noon to 4 pm. Middle school students are invited to tour the school’s extensive engineering and applied science labs and participate in Bosco Tech’s signature Explore and Create workshops. Offered to boys in grades 6–8, these … Continue reading Don Bosco Tech Open House

Flu Vaccine: Guidance for Use in Specific Populations and Situations (from CDC)

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Populations at Higher Risk for Medical Complications Attributable to Severe Influenza All persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications should be vaccinated annually. However, vaccination to prevent influenza is particularly important for persons who are at increased risk for severe illness and complications from influenza and for influenza-related outpatient, emergency department, or hospital visits. When … Continue reading Flu Vaccine: Guidance for Use in Specific Populations and Situations (from CDC)

Western USA collaborating in Mission animation

Sr. Sydney Moss FMA in charge of VIDES and JC Montenegro in charge of the Salesian Volunteer Program for the Salesians of Don Bosco USA West met in mid-October to discuss the possibility of collaborating on forming a Missionary Team serving both provinces. This collaboration will provide many opportunities for promoting a missionary culture in the Western USA. These opportunities include sharing short mission trips, … Continue reading Western USA collaborating in Mission animation

Timing of Vaccination (From CDC )

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Balancing considerations regarding the unpredictability of timing of onset of the influenza season and concerns that vaccine-induced immunity might wane over the course of a season, it is recommended that vaccination should be offered by the end of October. Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require 2 doses should receive their first dose as soon … Continue reading Timing of Vaccination (From CDC )

San Luis Rey Parish host Provincial Council

By: Danya Montiel Assistant at San Luis Rey Parish, Laredo This week, October 10th & 11th, at our parish, San Luis Rey Church, we had the privilege of hosting the Salesian Provincial Council. We were filled with great company; we were accompanied by Fr. Provincial Ted Montemayor, Fr. Thomas Prendiville, Fr. Mel Trinidad and Br. Al Vu. The Provincial Council had their meetings in our … Continue reading San Luis Rey Parish host Provincial Council

Provincial Letter: October 15th, 2019

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Last week, the Provincial Council, minus Fr. Tho Bui and Fr. John Itzaina, flew into San Antonio, Texas, rented a car and drove to Laredo where the provincial council met the staff of San Luis Rey and gathered for two days of provincial council meetings.   Although, we were missing two provincial council members, the four of us present, were able … Continue reading Provincial Letter: October 15th, 2019

Salesian High School retreat at St. Josephs

By: Johnny Martinez St. Josephs Retreat Coordinator Greetings Salesian family! We are so proud to share our experience with our brother Salesian High School in Boyle Heights. Last Wednesday October 2nd, 2019, Salesian High was on St. Joseph’s Campus for their freshman retreat. A total of 93 freshmen came together as one to have a rockin good time in the name of the brotherhood and … Continue reading Salesian High School retreat at St. Josephs

Happy Birthday Bro. Jerry!

For the past five months Bro. Jerry Weirich has been staying at Fely-Mar Elder Care Home in San Pablo. Suffering a severe bruise to the stump of his amputated right leg, Bro. Jerry needed specialized care which the community of Richmond could not give. His recovery has been slow and only recently was he able to begin using his prosthesis. His hope is to regain … Continue reading Happy Birthday Bro. Jerry!

A Matter of the Heart

By: Br. Al Vu, SDB Coordinator for Education After many hours of reflection, discussion, and rewrites, the Province Standards and Benchmarks for Salesian Secondary Schools was finally approved by the Provincial Chapter in June  2019. Now the work of applying these newly adopted standards and benchmarks begin. Over this past weekend, Lay and SDB school administrators gathered at St. Joseph Salesian Youth Renewal Center in … Continue reading A Matter of the Heart

Interesting Facts from the CDC (Center of Disease Control) on Influenza Prevention

By Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCP Most of us have been taking flu shots for years. Others might be resistant to the idea of getting a flu shot because “it doesn’t work”, or “I am pretty healthy, I never get sick”. That is why I feel it is worthwhile to spend some time on this topic so that we know what we are … Continue reading Interesting Facts from the CDC (Center of Disease Control) on Influenza Prevention