Battles with Dragons

By Paul DeValle CYM – St. Luke’s Parish, Stockton St. Luke’s high school age Youth Ministries has once again been called to battle!  Dragonslayer 2020 stretches out over four months serving as an instrument for evangelization and outreach to area youth and calls back those who we haven’t seen in a while.  Each of our four teams:  The Lords, Counts, Barons and Knights are under … Continue reading Battles with Dragons

Salesian Family Youth Center gets support from Latin America

By JC Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation Fr Juan Carlos Quirarte from Mexico Guadalajara and James Areiza from Colombia Medellin spend one week working at the Salesian Family Youth Center. Their main objective was to strengthen the great job being done at Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, where over 1,900 children are served yearly. The project started by analyzing the reality at the Salesian Family … Continue reading Salesian Family Youth Center gets support from Latin America

Provincial Letter: January 30th, 2020

Dear Salesian Sisters and Brothers, Many of us are still basking in the glow and wonderful experience of our PAD (Province Assembly Days) held in January 12-14.   My thanks to all those who made the effort to be present and participate.    I have only heard good and positive things about our two and a half days together in San Juan Bautista.   My thanks also to … Continue reading Provincial Letter: January 30th, 2020

“Enjoying the one-day delusion that I’ll follow through with my resolutions”

By: Janelle Siqueiros Young Adult Leader – Savio Parish What about following through with the resolution? Remember that life can get in the way, but slowly progressing your goals little by little can help and go a long way. For example, maybe just starting off by going exercising one day, and then maybe in a couple months moving to twice a day. Setting reasonable goals … Continue reading “Enjoying the one-day delusion that I’ll follow through with my resolutions”

Fr. Tom Juarez’s 53rd Anniversary!

By: Danya Montiel Administrative Assistant  – San Luis Rey Church On Sunday, January 5th, 2020 our parish celebrated the 53rd Anniversary Ordination of Father Tom Juarez. The celebration consisted of many members of our parish that gather around for this great event. There was over 250 parishioners that joined together for this celebration, with entertainment and food. Our parish, San Luis Rey Church here in … Continue reading Fr. Tom Juarez’s 53rd Anniversary!

SYLC Spirit Team Retreat Begins!

Pray for our SYLC Spirit Team Youth Animators as they begin their first retreat in preparation for SYLC 2020! Isabel Atendid (Salesian College Preparatory) Dylan Chan (Salesian College Preparatory) Aidan Cuellar (Bishop Mora Salesian High School) Joshua Espinoza (Bishop Mora Salesian High School) Victoria Figueroa (St. Dominic Savio Parish) Lorenzo Gaytan (Don Bosco Tech) Sophia Ignacio (Salesian College Preparatory) Jorge Lapizco (Bishop Mora Salesian High … Continue reading SYLC Spirit Team Retreat Begins!

Novices Host St. Anthony’s Youth Group

By Nelly Nguyen & Br. Vien Nguyen, SDB St. Anthony’s Youth Group On November 23, 2018, St. Anthony’s Youth Group were invited to come and enjoy a day packed with fun activities and sessions put together by Novices John and Kevin. We were welcomed into the Salesian facilities and started the day with a short session on God’s love for us through song as well … Continue reading Novices Host St. Anthony’s Youth Group

Salesians helping homeless in East Los Angeles

By: Johnny Martinez & J.C Montenegro For the last year, the Salesian Family Youth Center has been the place where once a month, homeless meet and share God’s love. Johnny Martinez, the group leader, started this group to serve God among the less fortunate. The meetings begin at 7 PM with a welcoming and opening prayer, then they read the Bible with a sharing process … Continue reading Salesians helping homeless in East Los Angeles

Bosco Tech Hosts Annual Math Competition

By: Karen Krynen Communications Officer ROSEMEAD, CA. – January 8, 2020 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its mathematics competition for fifth through eighth grade students on Saturday, February 1. The 48th annual event, the longest running in Southern California, will offer awards to the highest scoring individuals and teams. “The math competition is the perfect opportunity for students seeking to challenge themselves,” … Continue reading Bosco Tech Hosts Annual Math Competition

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!

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

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