Fundraising for the Salesian Youth Leadership Conference 2021

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

How short mission trips impacted my life

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

Diabetes Type II

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

Bosco Tech Senior Aidan Chavez named 2021 Edison Scholar

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

City of Downey seeks support from Salesians

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

Holy Week of Live Events at St. Mary’s Church

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

Why Children Have Fewer Cases of COVID Infection? Part II

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator The hypothesis that children have stronger immunity against COVID 19 infection is very interesting and rather convincing. Any parent could tell you that children tend to get sicker with common colds. Some of those common colds are caused by seasonal corona viruses. Another theory is that because children are so frequently infected with theses common respiratory … Continue reading Why Children Have Fewer Cases of COVID Infection? Part II

Palm Sunday at St. Josephs Retreat Center

Reflection by: Jenny HernandezParishioner This past Sunday, Palm Sunday, St. Josephs Retreat center held 2 masses , one in English and one in Vietnamese, to observe Palm Sunday, each mass had a tableau reenactment of the Passion of Christ. It started with Fr. Paul Chuong Nguyen, SDB coming in with a pony just like Jesus did. Members of the community, children and adults alike participated. It … Continue reading Palm Sunday at St. Josephs Retreat Center

Youth Ministry Office March Recap!

By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant CYM Meeting On March 16th, there was a Coordinators of Youth Ministry Meeting. The topic of discussion was to go over SYLC registration, cost, schedule, and spirit team. Province Animation Team Meeting On March 19th, The Province Animation Team (PAT) gathered together. The Provincial, delegates, and the coordinators of the different departments and sectors with the Youth Ministry office, … Continue reading Youth Ministry Office March Recap!

Why Children Have Fewer Cases of COVID Infection?

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Looking at this graph, almost everyone agrees it is time to go back to “normal activities”. Data is from 3/26/2021. For children, going back to school seems like a logical step; kids benefit so much from interacting with other kids as part of their normal growth and development. However, in many parents’ mind, going back to … Continue reading Why Children Have Fewer Cases of COVID Infection?

Sleep and Brain Health Part V

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator This is the last discussion from the excellent article authored by Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer, hope you have come to a better understanding the importance of sleep and benefited from his tips on getting a good night sleep. Mindfulness Meditation and Sleep Mindfulness meditation can be a useful component … Continue reading Sleep and Brain Health Part V

Sleep and Brain Health Part IV

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator We continue abstracting from  Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer’s outstanding article on sleep and brain health. Medications and Sleep Sleep medications, thought helpful in some situations, tend to be overprescribed. Unsurprisingly, people often want a quick fix to a problem that really requires an intentional change in behaviors. Sleep medications … Continue reading Sleep and Brain Health Part IV

Sleep and Brain Health Part III

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator Abstracting from Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer, let us continue to explore the topic of sleep and thought disorders. Sleep and Thought Disorders Some researchers point to a potential correlation between lack of restorative sleep and thought disorders like schizophrenia (a long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in … Continue reading Sleep and Brain Health Part III

Cioppino at Home

By: Randal DeMartiniExecutive Director, SBGC San Francisco On February 6th, the Salesian Boys’ and Girls’ Club at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in San Francisco continued its decades’ long tradition of having a crab cioppino fundraiser each winter. Normally, we are able to hold four separate dinners, each with approximately six hundred people in attendance over the course of several weeks in the months of … Continue reading Cioppino at Home

Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Dear Salesian Family and Salesian Young People, Pope Francis, in his Apostolic Letter Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), has proclaimed the “Year of St. Joseph” from the 8th of December 2020 through the same date in 2021. The Feast of St. Joseph is on the 19th of March and it seemed appropriate that our Province theme for the month is the “fatherliness of St. … Continue reading Message to the Province – February 25th, 202

Youth Ministry Office February Recap!

By: Marisol BecerraYouth Ministry Office Assistant Black History Month For the month of February the Province Youth Ministry Office highlighted the lives of four Black Saints to celebrate Black History Month through our social media handles. These saints are Servant of God Sr. Thea Bowman, St. Josephine Bakhita, Venerable Fr. Augustus Tolton, and Venerable Pierre Toussaint. These holy men and women paved the way for … Continue reading Youth Ministry Office February Recap!

Sleep and Brain Health Part II

By: Sheila Kun RN, BSN, MS, CPN, FCCPSalesian Cooperator I hope you enjoyed the first part of the  publication by Raymond J. Kotwicki, MD, MPH, Charles B. West Chief Medical Officer on Sleep and Brain Health. This week we will examine the stages of sleep, and how sleep affect the mood disorders. Sleep Architecture Deep stage sleep comprises three of five stages of sleep. Each night, … Continue reading Sleep and Brain Health Part II