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Salesian Feast Days

In celebration with our large Salesian Community we celebrate three main feast says


At the beginning of the school year, students recognize the Triduum, three days of spiritual preparation that introduces the unique theme for the year. Spiritual activities include liturgies, guest lectures, reconciliation and a community Fun Day all of which help illustrate and deepen our understanding of the yearly theme.

Triduum Fun Day is an event designed to build community and celebrate our Salesian Catholic heritage. Held the third day of the Salesian Triduum, Fun Day enables St. Francis to play host to multiple Catholic communities in our area, including elementary and junior high schools, St. Francis alumni, family, parish friends, and special guests. The day begins with a celebration of the liturgy in the Borina Athletic Center and continues with games, food, entertainment, and sports activities for everyone to enjoy.

Don Bosco Feast Day

Saint John Bosco was an Italian Catholic priest, and recognized educator, who put into practice the dogma of his religion, employing teaching methods based on love rather than punishment. He placed his works under the protection of Francis de Sales; thus his followers styled themselves the Salesian Society. He is the only Saint with the title “Father and Teacher of Youth.”  Our feast day of St. John Bosco, January 31st is a day of worship, community sharing, and celebration.

Mary Help of Christians Feast Day

In May we dedicate a day of devotion and celebration to the Virgin Mary. Mary Help of Christians is one of the numerous names by which we have come to know and love Mary. It refers specifically to the aid that Mary gives as intercession, meaning one who prays with and for us to God.

Pope Pius VII was imprisoned by Napoleon in 1808 and was held captive for nearly six years. Following his release he instituted May 24th as the feast day of Mary Help of Christians, in gratitude for her intercession on his behalf.

In the latter half of the 19th Century, St. John Bosco had a particular reverence for this title and made Mary Help of Christians the patroness of his religious order, the Salesians.