By: JC MontenegroDelegate for Mission Animation Salesian Staff Adopt a Family for Christmas As we eagerly begin a new year and say good-bye to 2020, a year fraught with challenges that tried us individually and as a country, I want to share a story of caring, sharing and joy. At the Salesian Family Youth Center, we strive to help youth build a healthy, whole, character … Continue reading Good news to start the year! December recap from Salesian Boys and Girls East LA
By: Myriam HernandezCoordinator for Youth Ministry Boyle Heights Youth continue to share in their faith through Youth Mass and Youth Nights. Once a month we celebrate a special night filled with prayer and fellowship giving youth a safe place to socialize. Sundays start off with Virtual faith formation followed by Youth Mass and a group activity. Recently we discussed the importance of community and … Continue reading Boyle Heights updates!
By: Luis ChaconVolunteer Do you want to be a virtuous person? Give thanks… Marco Tulio Ciceron stated that “gratitude may not be the most important virtue, but it is the mother of all others.” In the Salesian houses, we are no strangers to gratitude – our founder Don Bosco was always an example of what it means to live with a grateful heart, as … Continue reading A Thanksgiving Reflection
By: JC Montenegro, Ph.DDelegate for Mission Animation For the last two years, one of our most significant commitments is to be transparent with our donors and collaborators. Every year we create our “End of the Year Report” where you can find all the crucial achievements that we have accomplished this last 2019-2020 academic year. I want to invite you to read this End of the … Continue reading End of the Year and Camp Salesian Reports
By: Stephanie Alvarez California State University, Fullerton, ’19, BS ; Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN As families stay home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, there has been an increase in the amount of time spent in front of a screen. Screen time is a term that is used for any activity done in front of a screen such as watching TV, working … Continue reading The effects of Screen Time!
By: Marisol Becerra Province Youth Ministry Assistant – Office Support Manager This past Saturday Salesian Educators, Cooperators, Religious, and lay people gathered from around the United States for the Salesian 101: Online Salesian Youth Spirituality Formation session. It was a session filled with prayer, presentations, and meaningful discussions. Fr. John Roche led the presentations on the origins of the Salesian family, Don Bosco and St. … Continue reading Salesian 101 – Introduction
By: Diana Serrano University of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN All we hear on the news is “wash your hands”, “wash your hands”, and “wash your hands”, but why is it so important? Hand washing is important to prevent the transmission of diseases, such as COVID-19. According to the CDC, germs can spread from both people or surfaces such as … Continue reading Why Should I Wash My Hands?
By: Diana Serrano University of California, San Diego, ’17, BA Mount Saint Mary’s University, ’20, BSN COVID-19 has greatly affected all of our lives and has created a new “normal”. This new normal has led to an increase in the amount of screen time that kids are utilizing at home. The problem with this increased screen time is that it can lead to decreased time spent … Continue reading Why physical activity matters during quarantine!
By Miriam Hernandez Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Salesian Boys and Girls Club Los Angeles I know youth ministers and teachers alike are all trying to find the best practices to stay connected to the teens in our ministries during this time of quarantine. Many times we might feel so restricted by all the changes happening, I know that I have. The current pandemic has … Continue reading Leading a virtual youth group
By: Myriam Hernandez Coordinator for Youth Ministry – Boys and Girls Club A huge thank you goes out to our parishioners who bought raffle tickets so that members of our Youth Ministry could attend a youth conference. Youth Day is a one day event where teens from this and other surrounded dioceses come together for workshops, mass, and praise and worship. Christina Lopez age 17 … Continue reading Youth Ministry Thanks All Who Supported Us to Attend Youth Day 2020
By: Miriam Hernandez Coordinator of Youth Ministry The children of Boyle Heights celebrated Don Bosco’s feast with a day filled of joy, fun and laughter. The community came together to make this event a possible. The celebration began with a warm Salesian welcome by Fr. Rafael Saiz, SDB who gave the good morning and lead the opening prayer. After that, Sr. Elizabeth Villanueva, FMA awarded … Continue reading Children in Boyle Heights Celebrate Don Bosco’s Feast Day
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
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
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
By: Miriam Hernandez Coordinator for Youth Ministry “Mis I don’t wanna do that.” “Mis can we stay on the couch?” “But mis that wasn’t me!” The last two months has been tough working with Middle school students in the after-school program (We Care). Not to mention the amount of drama happening amongst the group. There are 25 registered middle school members and about 15 who … Continue reading Teamwork pays off!
By: J.C Montenegro Delegate for Mission Animation Margie Cottrill is the new Salesian Volunteer who is coming from Massachusetts to spend one year of her life serving the youth of Boyle Heights. An 18 year-old teen, Margie has decided to discern her vocation with the Salesians. She is living in community with the Salesians Sisters at St. Mary’s. Her community experience has opened her eyes … Continue reading New Salesian Volunteer for the province
By: Miriam Hernandez Youth Development Coordinator Teenage years are both wonderful and challenging. As Salesians we believe that by providing the right guidance, understanding and a place to belong teens are more likely to flourish. Saint Mary’s parish and the Salesian Family Youth Center have come together to form, Salesian Youth Movement of Boyle Heights (SYM-BH). Its main purpose is to help young people in … Continue reading Youth Movement in Boyle Heights