Thursday, October 29, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
A total of 23 participants attended the training programme. The sessions were extremely lively and the talks were interspersed with games, songs and other practical exercises. At the close of the programme the participants resolved that they would immediately go about forming SHGs in Karave village. A training workshop will be held for these newly formed groups on November 25, 2009 at Don Bosco, Nerul.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
This year, the club is laying stress on acquiring the skill of learning to read the word of God during the Eucharist. All the children have been divided into 3 groups. 4 teachers have been assigned to each group to follow up with the students.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23, 2009: The annual retreat of the Salesian cooperators of Don Bosco Mumbai was held at Vinalaya, Andheri on October 19-20, 2009.
Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil sdb, Director of Amrut Dhara, Gujarat animated the retreat. The retreat began with a welcome address by Fr. Elias Dias, Salesian family delegate of Mumbai province. He welcomed all the cooperators and Fr. Isaac. He especially thanked Fr. Isaac for his availability in spite of the sad demise of his dad last week.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
In the New Testament, Jesus has made his followers the light of the world. It is in him, in the strength of his word and love, that we have to enlighten the world, through direct and indirect preaching, through catechesis and education services, through art, architecture, literature, through the media, through health and pro-life services, through development works, through ministries to the poor, the marginalized, and the prisoners, the bishop stressed.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16, 2009: The Don Bosco Past Pupil Association - Matunga Unit (DBPPA -MU) organized a grand and splendid ‘Bosco Raas Garba 2009’ on Sunday, September 27, 2009.
The event was in celebration of the Navratri festival ending with Dusshera. Sunday being the penultimate day of this festival, there was a huge turnout of revelers (nearly 4000) to make the event a magnificent one. The participants were dressed in traditional finery and the theme was to enjoy in a smoke free, alcohol free and drug free atmosphere.
This was the second year in succession that the DBPPA-MU committee organized an event like this. Destitute children from ‘Anmol’ at Auxilum School, Wadala were invited to participate in this joyous occasion. Members from all communities viz. Hindus, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and others joined this celebration with equal vigor and enthusiasm bringing forward the cause of unity for peace, love and harmony in the world.
The ready participation from all the communities gave quite a fascinating and colorful dimension to the event. Different communities had different variations of Garba and the heady mix of jubilation and enthusiasm was all-pervasive. “We are happy that our motto ‘Know, love, help one another and keep united - St. John Bosco’ was rightly lived”, said Dilip Bhatt the President of the Association. The crowd was in fervor of the event and played Garba amidst surprise celebrity guests and noted personalities. Prizes were distributed for the best in various categories including the best traditionally dressed emphasizing the point that enjoyment need not be associated with western outfits.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
NASHIK, OCTOBER 15, 2009: The Marian devotion at Don Bosco Parish, Nashik was interspersed with BCCs and recitation of the Rosary and other prayers in honour of Our Lady. The Marian Month began on August 15 and ended on September 20, 2009.
The Parish Priest, Fr. Nelson Falcao, had a bright idea of starting the Marian Month together and ending it together. Four statues which were supposed to move through the families of the various zones and areas of the Parish were blessed and handed over to the zonal and area leaders on the Sunday following August 15. Each zone had prepared a list of the visits of the statues of Our Lady to the families zone-wise and area-wise. Family members began gathering zone-wise and area-wise in the houses whose turn it was to have the Marian Devotion. In general the attendance was very good. The Marian Month organized in this way created opportunities not only for Marian Devotion and prayers but also for the BCCs which implied area-wise and zone-wise meeting of family members, interaction, reflection and discussion on areas of interest.
Thanks to Frs. Ivo and Diego who helped out. The conclusion of the Marian Month took place on September 20 with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at the grotto of Our Lady, procession to the Church with the statues of Our Lady and the Holy Eucharist. What is interesting is that even after the Marian Month was concluded, the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary carried on both in the Church and in the families. On September 28 a Konkani Mass was celebrated for all the faithful followed by Dinner for all. This Konkani Mass and the Dinner together brought all the people together and reminded them of the words of Don Bosco: “Have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and you will see what miracles are”.
Coaches Noor Mohammed and Somnath were instrumental in their team's good show. The coaches gave full credit to the team for their win, saying the players were highly motivated throughout the tournament and came out with flying colours.
NASHIK, OCTOBER 15, 2009: The Marian month is special occasion for the Salesians to focus on the motherly intervention of Mary in our lives and the community of Divyadaan celebrated its Marian month from September 8 to October 7, 2009.
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary initiated the community of Divyadaan into the Marian month. The theme chosen was “Journeying with Mary to Build One Family.” The confreres focused on journeying along the path already trodden by Mary in order to build genuine brotherly relationships with each other and an intimacy with Jesus Christ.
During the inaugural Eucharist, Fr. Savio D’Souza the Rector highlighted Mary’s relationship with Jesus and invited the confreres to build up a relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, work and cordial dealings with each other. The Marian month was a blend of different prayer moments and activities. The confreres vied with each other in expressing their love for Mary by participating in competitions, pilgrimages, delivering sermonettes, preparing creative notice boards and so on. The community also celebrated with Mary the joy of meeting her son at the Eucharist, adorations, animated prayer services and multi-lingual rosary services. The Marian Evening on September 24, was a sublime expression of thanking God for the gift of Mary as a Mother and Model to the community. The confreres as one family, prayed to Mary, deepened their understanding of Mary in the scriptures through puzzles, creative games, the Marian Quiz and supped together as a sign of fellowship. The words of the Marian anthem “We Journey with Mary to Build One Family” were a constant reminder of Mary’s presence in the day to day living.
The success of the Marian Month was a combined effort of the staff and the activity group leaders. Hard work, unyielding planning and sharing of responsibilities led to the fruition of the various activities. The confreres joined their hands together in creating a prayerful ambience so that Mary’s presence could be felt in their lives. The community reached its goal of building brotherly bonds with each other, thanks to our Blessed Mother.
The Marian Month concluded on The Feast of the Holy Rosary. Each confrere made a resolution as a consequence and culmination of the Marian Month. The close of this activity and prayer filled month led to the beginning of an intimate relationship with Mary, Jesus and one another.
LONAVLA, OCTOBER 15, 2009: 17 young boys from Lonavla along with Fr. Thomas D’ Costa and Bro. Kiran Salve visited St. John’s Church, Bhingar on the morning of October 11, 2009. The boys were put up at Ahmednagar for a three – day “Mission Exposure” programme conducted by Don Bosco Lonavla to enhance vocations to the Salesian congregation.
Fr. Michael Bansode the local coordinator for vocations shared his ‘vocation story’ and enlightened the boys about the various stages that he underwent to reach his goal and the different works that he does in the parish.
The boys had an opportunity to visit Agadgoan and Tokewadi where Fr. Thomas briefed them about the mission works that had been carried out by the earlier missionaries and how the Salesians have taken keen interest in the formation of their faith. The boys were able to see the watershed works that is undertaken in that area. Before returning the boys enjoyed themselves at the Salabad Khan tomb which is popularly known as Chand Bibi Mahal and the Tank museum.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 15, 2009: The Secondary, Primary and Pre-Primary Section at Don Bosco, Borivli celebrated the birthday of Fr. Ronald Menezes fondly called Fr. Ronnie. Fr. Ronnie was welcomed in the School Hall amidst great cheer by the students, staff, past pupils and parents. Owing to the closure of school for Diwali holidays post First term Exams, Fr. Ronnies birthday which falls on October 15(also Dhanteras-Diwali) was celebrated on October 9, 2009.
The Hall was decorated with Rangolis, flowers and traditional diyas bringing to us the message of diwali. Students were also made aware of the need to celebrate environment friendly Diwali and to use noise free methods to express their joy. A powerful presentation on the different days of Diwali, their significance and to have an accident free Diwali by using less crackers was highlighted.
The school captain, Mst Roystan D’costa in a well worded address, highlighted how Fr. Ronnie was special to each and every student, staff and parents here at Don Bosco. His inspiring morning talks, his efforts to take time out to talk to each and every student of Std. X ,helping them to deal with academic and developmental stress and reaching out to staff and parents with warmth and kindness ,welcoming them every morning at the school gates has made him all the more SPECIAL.
The staff then wished him a very happy birthday in the Refectory and presented him with saplings and a handmade card with lovely hearts and messages reminding him that this birthday will be the beginning of new dreams and hopes…and lots of good health all year round.
Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 15, 2009: PRABHU YESU MAHOTSAV will be held from October 14 to 18, 2009 at St. Pius Seminary, Goregaon. This historic meeting, the first Mission Congress of its kind is expected to have 1,500 participants from all over the country, including 120 Bishops.
The Congress will be inaugurated on October 14 evening by the Papal Representative, Most Rev. Pedro Lopez Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to India.
The idea of having such Congresses was first suggested by the late Pope John Paul II who asked every continent to have such a meeting. Thus in October 2006, an Asian Mission Congress was held in Chang Mai, Thailand. 50 delegates attended the Congress from India. On that occasion the delegates from India decided to have an Indian Mission Congress as a follow up.
Preparations for this meeting have been going on for over a year, with a Local Organizing Committee under the Chairmanship of Bishop Agnelo Gracias. The National Organizing Committee, with Fr. Vijay Shantiraj as its Secretary, has been giving the overall policy and direction for the Congress.
The purpose of the Congress is to joyfully share our faith in Jesus Christ, to express the joy of believing in Him, to exchange our experiences, and to inspire others to continue to work in the spirit of the Gospel. It is hoped that as a result of this Congress, the participants and the whole Church in India will have a deeper awareness of what it means to be a Christian, a greater consciousness of our calling, and a more sincere commitment to live as Christians.
“Some 18 million Catholics and tens of thousands of priests as well as men and women religious live across the country,” the cardinal said. “The congress is meant to encourage them to enlighten the population with the radiance of the values and teachings of the Gospel, one that spreads through service, the development of greater personal awareness, and nation-building,” he added.
“One of the most significant fields in which Indian Christians are present is education,” cardinal Gracias said. The Indian Church is in fact the greatest provider of education after the Indian government. Catholic schools, universities and institutes provide “an all-round education to students, not only Catholic, so that they can make an effective contribute to society and the country.”
The Key-message of the Gospel of Jesus is Love and Service; love of neighbour as of oneself and this love is to be shown in service. Inspired by this teaching of Jesus, we were privileged to have a MOTHER TERESA, and have tens of thousands of religious sisters and thousands of priests working all over the country.
Besides taking care of the spiritual needs of our own people, a big area of operation of the Church is in the field of education. The Catholic Church, through its priests, brothers and sisters, runs a huge network of schools all over the country. After the Government of India, the Catholic Church is the largest provider of education in the country. The purpose of our educational insitutions is to give an all-round formation to the students, so that students coming out would make an effective contribution to society and to the country.
Another big area of work is in the field of Health. The Church has a large network of Health Care Institutions all over the country. Many of these are situated in the unserved rural areas. We also have 5 Medical Colleges which produce doctors to serve our people in the field of health. There are also many Nurses Training Institutes.
During the Prabhu Yesu Mahotsav - the Indian Mission Congress - there will be an exchange of experiences in these fields and in many other areas of work. The Theme of the Congress is “LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE”. The light of God which is in us should shine brightly by our lives of love and service. The Congress will be inaugurated on October 14th evening by the Papal Representative, Most Rev. Pedro Lopez Quintana, Apostolic Nuncio to India.
Besides the talks and the exchange of experiences, each Region of our country will present cultural items, displaying their experiences of the faith. While the participation in the Congress will be restricted to delegates, the closing Ceremony on Sunday, October 18, 2009 will be open to all. There will be a Solemn con-celebrated Eucharist with over 100 Bishops participating.
For more information kindly log on to http://www.indianmissioncongress.com/
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The vehicles headed straight for Karjat, the first halt being at the Saturday bazaar and Roseline’s- a Co-operators farm house. Next stop was the FMA sister’s convent (Shanti Niwas), some kilometers away from the farm house. A warm welcome from the sisters was much appreciated by the Co-operators.
The sisters were handed over some edible stuff, clothes and cash which were taken for them. After prayers at the chapel the Co-operators reluctantly bid goodbye to the sisters. Late in the evening, back at the farmhouse a good prayer session, with Praise and Worship and the Rosary was held.
The next day saw the Co-operators visit Shelter Don Bosco, Karjat where they were greeted by Fr. Xavier, Fr. Damien, Francis and the boys. After exchanging greetings and introductions, Fr. Xavier celebrated the Eucharist.
After lunch, the boys at Shelter were handed over all the bags and baggage’s which were taken for them. They were all very happy and grateful. The boys then spoke about themselves, the background from which they came and how Shelter Don Bosco is benefiting them. And yes, all of these boys are very positive about their future, they want to improve their conditions and move on ahead in life.
Fr. Xavier then showed the Co-operators the eco-friendly manner in which he and the boys at Shelter manage themselves, mainly the solar cooking gadgets, techniques of preparing charcoal from waste, water harvesting, bio-gas. As such nothing here is wasted, almost everything here is re-used. The boys live in groups of 4-5 boys and each group is like a family. And every family have to manage all their routine tasks like cooking their breakfast, lunch and dinner, washing, etc. all before they begin their training at the workshop.
Fr. Xavier also made known to them plans of a new building which should be ready by December, this year. This building will house a few study rooms for the boys on the ground floor and also two dormitories’, one for gents and the other for ladies which will be self-contained. The Workshop at Shelter, where the boys get trained for various skills like welding, fabrication, electrician’s trade, etc were also shown to the Co-operators.
This attempt to reach out has surely made a difference to the Salesian Co-operators of Wadala. If you feel the inner voice in you telling you to extend your support and time, please feel invited to answer the call to fulfill the mission of Don Bosco and come and see for yourselves, every 3rd Saturday of the month at 6.30 p.m. in the SVP room at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 7, 2009: “St. Therese of the Child Jesus or the Little Flower as she was affectionately called always did the Will of God in her life. Better known for her simplicity and utter humility, she is a model to be imitated in all our homes.” This was the message Fr. Vishwas Pereira sdb, the principal celebrant shared with the people of Tokewadi on the feast of the St. Therese, the patroness of the mission and of the village. He also drew other examples from the saint’s life and asked the faithful to bring up their children in a spiritual environment.
The liturgy was well animated and lively. As the Eucharist commenced there was heavy rain, but that did not dampen the spirit of the villagers. Rain on the feast day considered auspicious and blessings from God even as the region experienced deficient rains this year.
Tokewadi is situated on the outskirts of the Agadgoan village - a hilly terrain, about 25 km away from Ahmednagar, is looked after by St. John’s Church parish community. Some families moved out of Agadgon and made their habitation near their fields. The Salesians helped few families to build their homes. The people were given religious instructions and prepared well for the reception of the sacraments. The chapel was built in 1998 under the direction of Frs. Lloyd Rodrigues and Manuel Murzello, and inaugurated by Fr. Stephen Rodrigues the then vice – provincial of the Mumbai province.
The 13 catholic families are economically backward and rely very much on the good monsoon for their crops. Realizing the importance of education the parents send their children to school; and some have even completed their higher secondary education. Two boys had expressed their desire to join priesthood but the poor family situation has forced them to give priorities to work in the fields. Till today there is no electricity in their locality. There are huge windmills around the village that produces electricity but not for the villagers. The people hope that the situation will improve and they will see better days ahead.
During the last visitation, the Provincial Fr. Michael Fernandes blessed the people with his visit encouraging them to grow in their faith. The parish community is grateful to Cl. Ashwin Macwan from Don Bosco Youth Centre, Pune, has given a helping hand in catechizing the children during the last two years. Of late Dn. Briston Britto followed up the group. The Salesian priests celebrate the Eucharist in the village every fortnight while the catechist visits them every week.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 6, 2009: The Shelter Don Bosco R&D team once again organized an animated workshop on October 5, 2009 on; “Outreach Strategies for working with Marginalized Populations”. 16 NGOs of Mumbai with 34 participants took part in this interactive workshop.
The workshop was conducted in Marathi to suit the comfort of the grass root workers coming from various backgrounds of working with marginalized populations of the streets, abused persons, pavement dwellers, construction workers and other types of marginalized communities, children and women.
Fr. Barnabe D’Souza opened the workshop with a prayer and welcomed the participants. He introduced Dr. Sunita Shanbahg the main resource person of the evening, who was not just a medical doctor, but one who has had 30 yrs of experience in the field with communities and working on extensively on a mother and child programme for the Government of Maharashtra.
Dr. Shanbagh got the participants to share their practical situations/experiences in the field and drew out the principle strategies and skills required in doing outreach and reaching out to these populations. Skills and principles such as Observations, Body language, Rapport, Understanding of the situation/s, being non-politically affiliated, being convinced of the organizations’ values, and meeting the right stake holders and persons in the community were some of the important tenets that Dr. Shanbagh pointed out.
These workshops have been a good platform to spread the Salesian system of education in social work; this has been well done through the Manuals published by the R&D ( Matunga). Volume 4 in the series of ‘Handbook for Children in Difficult Situations’ on ‘Outreach Strategies’ was well explained by co-author Ms. Rupal Vador. Ms. Vador gleamed through the Manual and showed how it could be used as an easy tool, with researched exercises and field examples to guide them in their own outreach work. Dr. Shanbahg reiterated that this manual should be the‘Bible’ of every outreach worker. The participants asked for it to be translated in Marathi as it seemed to be a very useful tool for all outreach social workers from across all marginalized groups.
One of the benefits of these workshops has been that the R&D has been able to put forward the Salesian method of working with the marginalized children to many more NGOs, who have been appreciative and coming to absorb more nuances of the Preventive system.
The workshop has been another opportunity to promote the ‘FINO’ photo identity savings identity card. The UDAAN 2009 Mela invitation was once again put forward to the participants. The latest Manual on, ‘Eliciting People Participation in Community Development’ was portrayed to the participants.
Monday, October 5, 2009
LONAVLA, OCTOBER 5, 2009: Maria Ashiana conducted a Workshop on “Social Workers as Counselors” on October 3, 2009 for NGOs based in Lonavla and Pune.
The workshop was initiated by Fr. Barnabe D’Souza. The Manual “Social Workers as Counselors” was efficiently explained by Fr. Barnabe. He also took the opportunity to explain the work of the Salesians with vulnerable children in India, at Shelter Don Bosco and in Lonavla. The sessions were conducted by Prof. Tarana Pitawala of SNDT University and Director of Sinara Education and Career Counseling Institute.
Prof. Pitawala got the group involved in practical nuances of counseling in their situations in the field. There were several sessions in getting the participants taking roles of the ‘Counseled and Counselor,’ Counseling skills in listening, rapport building, assessing the problem, goal setting, understanding the situation and responding accordingly were touched upon.
Fr. Barnabe invited the participants and their organizations to the Udaan 2009 mela in Mumbai. He introduced the FINO Savings cum Identity Card to the participants and gave them an opportunity to discuss it with their Directors to take it further for implementation in their organizations.
The Workshop ended with an announcement of another workshop on ‘Outreach Strategies’ on October 5, 2009 at Matunga, R&D, Mumbai and on October 29, 2009 in Maria Ashiana, Lonavla for the NGOs of Pune district.
NASHIK, OCTOBER 5, 2009: The community of Divyadaan made sure its guardian angel - Br. Leon Cruz Ratinam, really had a splendid Guardian Angel’s Day on October 2, 2009.
He was welcomed home from the first session of the Provincial Chapter with a decorated room, notice board and loads of prayers and greetings from his beloved community. However, the real celebration began with the Holy Eucharist in the evening, which was presided over by Fr. Valerian Pereira. In his homily, Fr. Valerian shed light on the origins of how Don Bosco came to conceive the idea of an animating presence among the boys which would go on to be a characteristic of his preventive system. He compared the Salesian assistant to the ‘eye’ of the community, under whose watchful observance one is rest assured of the well being and good functioning of the community. His homily concluded with the prayer that every Salesian may find joy in being present among those entrusted to his care and thus, be strengthened in his vocation.
Apart from an extremely well animated and meaningful celebration of the Eucharist, the brothers also ensured that the entertainment was not left out. After supper, a family circle was organized in the honour of the assistant. The family circle began with the Vice Rector Fr. Robert Pen, recalling past memories of Br. Leon when he was just a simple yet, helpful young Parishner of Don Bosco Parish, Nashik. On behalf of the community, Fr. Robert thanked him for not only sharing his expertise, especially in the field of computer technology, but more importantly for being a silent, yet efficient worker in the community. The brothers expressed their gratitude and love for Br. Leon in song, enactment and words. In the address, Br. Leon’s qualities of being a good teacher, assistant, formator and Salesian were compared to the guardian angels’ qualities of enlightening, guarding, ruling and guiding. The family circle ended with the ‘good night’ by Br. Leon who with a help of a simple allegory, exhorted all to overcome unnecessary fears and trust in the Lord, who will help us surmount all obstacles.
Indeed, the community of Divyadaan has been blest with a guardian angel in the form of Br. Leon. His good example and hard work will enable many of the brothers to follow in his footsteps and be true guardian angels to those entrusted to their care.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 5, 2009: Amidst all the action at the First Session of the Provincial Chapter at the Provincial House in Mumbai on October 1, 2009, Fr. Nelson Falcao’s Marathi translation of the Biblical epic: Khristapurana was officially released.
The Khristapurana was originally written by Thomas Stephens, a Jesuit missionary who set foot in Goa in 1579. He mastered the local languages and (Konkani and Marathi) and immersed himself in the Hindu Vaishnavite tradition to come out with his 11,000 verse purana, which has been acknowledged as a genuine masterpiece of Marathi poetry.
The Khristapurana is one of the great examples of inculturation as Stephens has expressed the Christian story in Vaishnavite terms. Fr. Nelson translates Stephen’s Sanskritized ancient Marathi into contemporary Marathi. This is the very first critical edition of the Khristapurana, and also the first ever translation.
The Khristapurana is one of the gems of Marathi literature. This is a book that will be appreciated and treasured not only by scholars but by a wide section of the general public.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 5, 2009: At the Interschool Maths Concept exam conducted by Brihan Mumbai Ganit Adhyapak Mandal- Ganit Sambodh held on July 26, 2009 three students from St. Josephs High School, Wadala 90% and above.
The names of the students are as follows:
1. Modi Vatsal 92% VIII
2. Bheda Monil 90% VIII
3. Shah Dharmin 90%VIII
4. Meher Saurabh 90%. V
Modi Vatsal along with Meher Saurabh received a special award for scoring the highest in the school. Out of 49 students 4 scored 90% and above while 17 scored between 60% and 90%. These students have surely kept the school flag flying high.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 3, 2009: The FIRST SESSION OF PROVINCIAL CHAPTER 2010 was held on October 1, 2009 at the Provincial House Don Bosco, Matunga. Fr. Michael Fernandes the Provincial of the Mumbai Province officially inaugurated the Chapter during the 7a.m. Eucharist. It was symbolic and apt that on the Feast of St. Teresa of Child Jesus, patroness of Missionaries he invited all the members to renew their missionary zeal to return to Don Bosco, living a life that is simple yet attracting, and challenging youngsters to follow Jesus the Don Bosco Way.
There were around 62 members participating in the chapter. Fr. Provincial addressed the members and invited them to serious discernment and whole hearted participation. He made the participants aware of the seriousness of the meet; that they are representatives of the province who need to voice concerns collectively and translate into action all the deliberations discussed. Fr. Ashley Miranda- the moderator and Fr. Ajoy Fernandes – Vice Provincial and assistant moderator of the chapter began the chapter with the Senatio & Attendance, reading out the rules and regulations for the Chapter, and outlining the main tasks to be accomplished by the Chapter.
Midway through the chapter two books authored by Frs. (Drs.) Barnabe D’Souza and Nelson Falcao were released. Fr. Barnabe’s book - Eliciting People Participation in Community Development - a manual on lessons from experience provides tried and tested techniques to lead readers towards community participation and decision-making. Fr. Nelson’s Marathi translation of the biblical epic: Khristapurana was the next to be released. The Khristapurana is path-breaking as it presents the story of Christ adopting a Vaishnavite literary style in classical Marathi literature. After the release of the books, a brief evaluation of the Implementation of the Province Lines of Action of PC – 2007 was conducted.
After a quick lunch, the chapter members were assigned to commissions they had opted for, namely: Formation, Youth ministry, Salesian Family, Social communication, Salesian Missions, and Economic Policy. Each of the commissions then drew up their plans for implementing the task of the Chapter – drawing up a Province Structural Plan.
Amidst all the action Fr. Savio Silveira from the development office made the participants aware of the international ‘Stand Up Take Action’ campaign slated for October 16 to 18, directed towards eradicating poverty and accomplishing the millennium goals. Fr provincial brought the proceedings to a close by reminding the members of future province events and inviting them to the second session of the Chapter to be held in Lonavla from February 22- 27, 2010.
Friday, October 2, 2009
AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 2, 2009: A group of 15 Seminarians for St. Pius X seminary, Goregaon descended on St Anne’s Premises for their annual three day Group Building Exercise. They were accompanied by faculty Biblical Lecturer Fr. Andrew. Three hailed from Vasai diocese and the rest from Mumbai. All Fired up, they arrived by train on September 29. After breakfast, they filed into the conference hall to get a welcome. To begin, name tags with symbols of life were designed in pairs of two. Fr. Bento briefed them on new frontiers of ministry, Grass root Community Radio its contribution and impact. The session helped them to know more about Community Radio. Three key questions asked were: how is this concept going to impact the way people live in a fast moving world? Do you think people are still interested in a medium like radio? How can media lead people to building a united and love-bonded community and vice versa?
Next a projected prediction exercise was given into the group which was divided into four parts according to personal preferences of talent: eg impact of music, economics and finance, development of infrastructure taken e.g. School, and futuristic use of media, How the world would be five years down the line when these young men become priests was creatively visualized and found a positive exercise by all. In the feedback the group found the session smartly conducted. .
After this the group went to BGVK where a briefing and screening of film on the success story of Dongargaon was conducted by Bro Alex and Fr. Rosario. They found this session enlightening together with the visit to the Hatchery and Goattery. The Eucharist held at a village called Aranggaon opened the group’s eye to the happiness of the people when in prayer. The enthusiasm expressed in offering hospitality to them was contagious.
The second day was spent in a visit to Mullah Dam, a day spent on an excursion and food on the banks. In the evening a visit to the FMA and SDB set ups in Savedi followed. The day ended with a visit to the monument of Chand Bibi.
The third day began with a visit to Sacred Heart Convent and then a tour of famous Tank Museum, a must for all visitors to spend time in. Noon was spent indoors and the rest of the evening was spent satiated by the euphoria of their stay in Mission Nagar.
This is an annual feature when all the students across the seminary mingle together and hold an event that bonds all together into one focused commune. This is also an exposure to the activities of religious in the area and immersion in local culture for future evangelizers. Bro. Ronnie, the leader rated the experience as procuring 9/10 marks in ranking of the group’s perception of wholistic success of the event. All in all, the students enjoyed their stay and built up lasting friendship with the 22 hostel boys of the Campus. The Don Bosco Community College venue looks forward to two other groups who will follow making this a much sort after mission, an ideal experience of those around in the region who want to see a mission station with a spectrum & variety of works and activities.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 2, 2009: Some players turn the game instinct; they have what it is to be better than anyone on the pitch. After the remarkable performance of the U-17 football team of St. Joseph's that played in the Subroto Cup, two of its key players Master Zenon Aglem of STD IX-B and his team mate Master Joel Lobo of STD IX-A of the U-17 football team were selected to participate in the selection-cum-coaching Trials, for the selection of the Mumbai District under-17 football team at St. Xavier’s Ground, Parel, Mumbai.
Master Zenon was selected as the goal keeper and Master Joel would play the mid fielder the pillar of the team. As the boys believe in the adage "Train to your limit, Right up to the line, give everything, turn the game", the team will be participating in the Under-17 inter-District Football Championship of Maharashtra for the late Olympian Neville D'souza Trophy, which will be held at Akola, in the last week of October 2009.
These two jewels of St. Joseph's High School Wadala would also be going for trials of Mahindra and Air India teams in the U-15 Category.
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 2, 2009: A follow-up session of the Master your Mind Workshop was held on September 27, 2009 at Don Bosco, Matunga and Don Bosco, Borivli. This follow-up session was the continuation of the eight day workshop organized by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications for students at Don Bosco, Borivli and for students and adults at Don Bosco, Matunga from August 8 to 17, 2009.
Among the Salesian priests, Fr. Lloyd Rodrigues participated in this workshop. During the workshop the participants were introduced to multiple intelligence, ambidexterity, concentration, memory techniques, speed reading, mind maps, neurobics and a number of techniques to help the brain perform to its optimum best. Another important aspect during this workshop was to learn total relaxation techniques where the body is completely relaxed but the mind is fully alert. The follow-up session gives the participants an opportunity to clarify any doubts or queries they have regarding the use of the above techniques.
This workshop was conducted by Mr. D. P. Mahesha, Director of Masterminds International, Bangalore. Mr. Mahesha is a pioneer in the field of Creative Memory and Mind Management. By virtue of trained memory, he gained entry into the Limca Book of Records and was the proud recipient of the “Memory Wizard Award” in the Memory Asiad Competition held in 2001. He has conducted these workshops for a number of companies in different parts of India.