Monday, November 30, 2009

BIS #1660 SALESIAN COOPERATORS MEET


Rickson Fernandes sdb
LONAVLA, NOVEMBER 30, 2009: The Cooperators of the Don Bosco, Lonavla Unit had a unique gathering on the evening of November 28, 2009 to commemorate the 150th year of the congregation.

The programme began with the Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Fr. Thomas D’Costa, the Delegate of the Cooperators. In his homily he spoke of the origin of the Cooperators started by Don Bosco and their needs. Later the aspirants along with the Fathers and Brothers organized Fete Games for the Cooperators and their families. The day ended with a fellowship meal. The programme was fruitful as many members of the families expressed their intention to join the Cooperators unit.

BIS #1659 SCOUTS DA DHABA


Rickson Fernandes sdb

LONAVLA, NOVEMBER 30, 2009: Exotic aroma, tantalizing tastes and no menu card. This is how one could describe the cooking competition conducted for the scouts of Don Bosco, Lonavla.

November 26, 2009, saw thirty or so young budding scouts in four different Patrols, trying their stunts and making yummy dishes. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Principal and some of the students of the School and College who offered their whole hearted co-operation and encouragement to the scouts. The Scouts prepared dishes, from Maharashtrian bhaji to Goan fish curry, from chicken tikka to panner tikka and not forgetting the biryani with raita. The event would be incomplete if the fruit salad, kheer and Punjabi Lassi are not spoken of.

The Cooking Competition was a venture to help Scouts to become independent and to work as a team. The Scouts have learned a lot and utilized their talent of cooking. This time around one can surely say ‘No one can eat just one’!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

BIS #1658 DON BOSCO BORIVLI GOES ECO FRIENDLY


Sheron Menezes

BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 28, 2009: The school in its own way has been trying to promote eco- conscious students through its lessons , audio/visuals and various projects throughout the year..... these activities are a part of the school curriculum which are helping the students to bring about an awareness as well as helping them to keep doing what they are doing in their own little way...to contribute in being eco- friendly......one such project was a paper bag competition held in the school to promote the awareness of using less plastics. Each child of the primary section ie. from the 1st to the 4th participated in the competition and there was a beautiful display of various paper bags made by the little children

Paper used were mostly recycled and reusable paper considering the value of paper in our fast deteriorating age. Some classes like the Standard 2 B took this project to another level by preparing newspaper bags with the idea of presenting these bags to their local grocer's store in their vicinity. This particular class has prepared about 510 bags themselves and will shortly present them to their grocers.....
A small drop in the ocean but certainly a valuable one .....

BIS #1657 KUDOS LYNDON D'SOUZA!!!

Sheron Menezes

BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 28, 2009: Seven year old Lyndon D’souza has made Don Bosco High School, Borivli proud indeed by winning the gold medal at The Annual Sports Meet - Poinsur Gymkhana Mumbai. Lyndon a quiet and responsible child in class also plays in the U/ 8 football team of the school . Lyndon will also represent the school for the YMCA athletic meet to be held shortly. Lyndon was awarded the gold medal he stood first throughout and also won the 80mts track event.

BIS #1656 PROVINCIALS VISITATION


NERUL, NOVEMBER 28, 2009: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul welcomed the Provincial Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes on November 23, 2009. Students from Class I to VIII gathered in the assembly hall for the Morning Prayer. They welcomed Fr. Provincial and presented him with a bouquet of flowers. Students of Class II B organized a special Value Education programme based on the value Honesty. The Choir sang a melodious song ‘Spirit of God, Spirit of Peace’ followed by a Skit and Thoughts. Two consecutive dance performances by the students of Class VII and VIII gave a zest to the event. Fr. Provincial gave away certificates to students for co-curricular activities for the year 2008-2009. He spoke to the students encouraging them to take part in as many co-curricular activities as possible besides becoming proficient in their studies. Fr. Principal ended the programme with a vote of thanks.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

BIS #1655 THE WEEK THAT WAS

Lynette Sequeira
BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 26, 2009: The week that has just gone by has been a very eventful one at Don Bosco High School, Borivli. It began with an Inter-school competition conducted by a school called 'Learning Panoroma'. Students participated in almost every category and came away winning prizes in a number of them. The boys who did us proud are as follows:

Mst. Abhijit Singh (Std 9) - 1st Prize - Quiz
Mst. Glenn Fernandes (Std 9) - 1st Prize - Quiz
Mst. Tejas Sawant (Std 8) - 1st Prize - English Elocution
Mst. Glenn Mascarenhas (Std 9) - 1st Prize - English Essay Writing
Mst. Harsh Samel (Std. 9) - 1st Prize - Instrumental (Tabla)
Mst. Mayank Kesarkar (Std 7) - 2nd Prize - Instrumental (Flute)
Mst. Calvin Pereira (Std 10) - 2nd Prize - Singing
Mst. Dashank Gohil (Std 8) - 2nd Prize - Drawing


The week of November 16- 20, 2009 was also celebrated as the 'Nehru House' week and the students and teachers of the Green house put in a lot of efforts to make it a memorable one. In order to create awareness about the life and personality of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, a large number of charts on his life were prepared by the boys and displayed all around the school campus. The students were also given messages from the life of Nehru, through interesting 'Morning talks' by the teachers of the Green House. A short presentation was also prepared for the boys which included a Movie Clip from the movie 'Gandhi' depicting the personality of Nehru, and also an actual video clip of Nehru's historic speech, 'Tryst with Destiny'. It was both an honour and a privilege for the boys to be able to hear the voice of India's first Prime Minister for the very first time. The boys of the Nehru house then enacted some scenes from different stages in the life of Pandit Nehru and also a skit which showed the tiny tots celebrating Children's day with Chacha Nehru himself. The entire presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students and they were able to learn a lot in the process as well.

In addition to this, on November 19, 2009, the students of Std.VI and VIII went on a Field trip to the 'Prince of Wales Museum' and the 'Reserve Bank of India Monetary Museum'. Both these places gave the students an insight into the past.

The week gone by was quite an exciting and fun-filled one. It was also one which was filled with numerous learning experiences. We look forward to many more experiences like these in the months ahead.

BIS #1654 UJWAL LAUNCHED IN COLLABORATION WITH BALPRAFULTA


Natasha Almeida
MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 26, 2009: On November 20, 2009, the world community celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. This unique document outlines universal standards for the care, treatment and protection of all individuals below the age of 18. It is the most widely endorsed human rights treaty in history, currently ratified by 193 States parties.

On the very same day ‘Ujwal’ was uploaded on the website of the government of Maharashtra. Ujwal, an e-newsletter is an initiative of the government of Maharashtra being sponsored by UNICEF and prepared by Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Balprafulta. On November 25, 2009, in the presence of Mr. Subhash Jhanak, State Minister of Women and Child Development; Justice A. S. Aguiar, Meenakshi Jaiswal, chairperson of the State Commission for Rights of Children; Mr. Sanjay Chahande, Secretary, Women and Child Welfare Department and Mr. Bajirao Jadhav, Commissioner of Women and Child Development, Ujwal was officially launched at the Mantralaya. Fr. Godfrey D’Sa, Director of Balprafulta: a child rights organization initiated by the Salesians in the Province of Mumbai and Mr. Santosh Shinde of Balprafulta who is also on the Editorial Board of Ujwal were also present for the occasion.

Ujwal is a letter of information and direction for government and non- government organizations. Around 3000 copies of this letter will reach people involved with working with children on the twentieth day of every month. Over the next year it will cover a vast array of topics dealing with child rights and protection.

India is a signatory of the Convention of the Rights of the Child since December 1992, since then, rapid economic growth averaging 4-5% annually has been recorded. Despite this marked progress, many challenges for realizing child rights in India remains partly because of its immensity, India experiences child rights deprivation in greater absolute numbers than any other country. Each year 1 million new borns die between 29 days and 5 years. Almost 55 million under 5 are underweight for their age. In excess of 20 million children of primary school age are not attending school. More than 40 % of the population currently lives on less than $1.25 per day and a staggering 665 million defecate in the open. Through Ujwal, the Child Welfare Committee, Juvenile Justice Boards, Labour department, Police department and other bodies involved with children aim to reach the grass root levels of society.

Mr. Bajirao Jadhav in his vote of thanks stressed that the civil society and government departments should jointly work to assess the issues affecting children at the state level as this would help to implement services meant for children. “This letter will have a broader reach and will act as a voice and beacon of hope for those working for children in distress.”

BIS #1653 WORKSHOP ON LEARNING DISABILITY


Natasha Almeida
MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 26, 2009: Headmasters of 32 schools participated in a workshop on “Learning Disability” organized by Don Bosco High School, Matunga on November 24, 2009. The workshop was initiated by Fr. Bosco D’Mello, Principal of Don Bosco and Mr. Rai, facilitator in the school. The resource people for the day were the team from Prafulta Psychological Services consisting of Fr. Godfrey D’Sa, Director of Prafulta and Ms. Mimansa Popat, Special educator and Counsellor. The workshop was also graced by Mr. V. K. Wankhade, Deputy Director of Education and Mr. R. R Bhise, Education Inspector of North Zone.


The Chief Guest, Mr. R. R. Bhise lit the lamp together with Fr. Bosco. In his inaugural address, Fr. Bosco D’Mello highlighted the achievements of Don Bosco High School as an institution. He stated an established fact that 10% of students have Learning Disability which could be in the mild, moderate or severe form. Fr. Godfrey D’Sa delivering the key note address spoke about ‘The importance of dealing with Learning Disabilities’. He focused on how and why we should make our education system broader and inclusive for those children with Learning Disability. “We need to make our education more inclusive and not for class distinction and no way for a child to end up hating school and learning”, he added. He observed that the current system stresses mainly on Verbal/ Linguistic Intelligence and Mathematical Intelligence and therefore a child or person with Learning Disability is destined for failure.

Ms. Mimansa Popat, who has 20 years of experience in this field and is a Special Educator, Consultant and Counselor at Prafulta explained the types of learning difficulty children experience, the effects of such difficulties on their esteem, emotions and behavior; and available interventions. An interactive session followed soon after in which Mr. V. K. Wankhade suggested to have training programmes for teachers and parents at the ward level.


Participants appreciated the workshop for creating awareness of the relevant issue of Learning Disability among children. The workshop ended on a genuine realization that unless there is a concerted effort from parents, educators, and counselors we will not see a change.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

BIS #1652 DBDS CONTINUES TO EMPOWER THE LESS FORTUNATE



Natasha Almeida
MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 24, 2009: November 15, 2009 proved to be a day of empowerment for those students from Dharavi who had enrolled themselves for the tailoring, computer literacy and English speaking courses conducted by Don Bosco Development Society in collaboration with Ekvira Mitra Mandal as they received their certificates with much pride on completion of the three month long endeavor.

220 students received certificates from Mr. Mahadeo Shinde President of Ekvira Mitra Mandal and Mr. Baban Sonawane, Secretary of Ekvira Mitra Mandal. Also present for the event was Ms. Surekha Pednekar from Don Bosco Development Society. The programme began by invoking Gods presence and presenting floral tributes to the guests and teachers.


The highlight of the programme was two students who were housewives from the slums of Dharavi delivered a thank you speech in English expressing their gratitude for the skills learnt at the course. Proposing the vote of thanks Ms. Surekha mentioned that the success of the course was only possible because of the co operation and participation of the students.

At the same time 21 boys between 15- 19 years are being trained to repair mobile phones at the Jeri Meri centre, Kurla in collaboration with Janshikshan Sanstha. This training will last for a period of 50 days empowering them to accomplish added skills and have an edge in society.

BIS #1651 NASHIK DIOCESAN ALTAR SERVERS RALLY 2009



Difa Pereira
AHMEDNAGAR, NOVEMBER 24, 2009:
The Nashik Diocesan and Salesian Altar Servers Rally was celebrated on November 22, 2009, at St. Anne’s Church, Ahmednagar. The rally was organized under the leadership of Fr. Anton and the cooperation of the Salesian Co-operators of the parish. It was first event on the list of activities of the Salesian Cooperators, which is just formed in the parish. The rally was a success with around 250 altar servers from around 14 parishes.

The rally began at 08.00am with a warm welcome at the registration table and then a sumptuous breakfast. It started at 10.00 am with a grand procession followed by mass. The main celebrant was Fr. Ivo Coelho, together with Fr. Ajoy Vice-Provincial of the Mumbai Province and Fr. Ravi Tribhuvan the Vicar General of Nashik Diocese. Fr. Ivo in his homily said, “You are servers of Christ”. After being nourished with the heavenly bread and words of wisdom, we headed for the inaugural ceremony. The inauguration began with lighting the lamp by Fr. Ajoy, Fr. Ivo Coelho and Mr. Gulab Kharat (Deputy Collector of Ahmednagar) who inaugurated the rally by lofting pigeons amidst the altar server’s colourful gas balloons into the air. After which there was a prize distribution of cake raffle which was organized to raise funds for the rally. The Deputy Collector, then spoke a few encouraging words and congratulated Fr. Anton and the team for organizing the rally.

The altar servers were then divided into 15 Biblical teams and were seated in the Church. Fr. Michael Bansode(Vocation Promoter of Madhya Maharashtra region) addressed the altar servers stressing the need to listen to the inner call and follow one’s vocation in life. After which there was an informative and lively session of Bro. Rixon on the different mass articles using a power point presentation. Post lunch an interesting pilgrimage game was played. It was followed by more creative games organized by Bro. Rixon. the long awaited Gospel Quiz then followed. There was a healthy competition between the parishes– St. Anne’s Cathedral, Nashik and St. Xavier’s Church, Rahata shared the first place.

After which Bro. Briston had a quick input on the planning and execution of the Altar servers’ groups. The winners of the day were given the prizes. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes gave an inspiring talk stressing that the Altar servers should go and serve the Lord and thus be collaborators of the parish either by being priests or nuns or by being good parishioners.

It was a blissful day spent with children and memorable success for all the Salesian co-operators on their first mega event.

BIS #1650 VILLAGE CHILDRENS DAY OUT


Ranald Lopes sdb
CHHOTA UDEPUR, NOVEMBER 25, 2009:
On November 22, 2009 Don Bosco Lok Seva Kendra organised a day of fun and frolic for the village children of 23 villages tuition class centers. 490 children came in from various villages and had fete games, won prizes, put up dance and song for the cultural programme and also received special prizes for their achievements. These children are given formal classes according to the syllabus for the whole year and great achievements have been seen in the children's ability to read and write. The whole programme was coordinated by Fr. Ajit Munis and the village coordinator Kamlaben along with the VEP teachers. Meticulous efforts were put in by them to plan and execute the whole programme.

BIS #1649 MAHA BHAJAN IN CHHOTA


Ranald Lopes sdb
CHHOTA UDEPUR, NOVEMBER 24, 2009:
On the evening of November 21, 2009 the Catholics and faithful of Chhota gathered in the parish hall for an evening of Praise and Worship- the Indian Way. To inculturate with the surrounding traditions and culture, the best way to pray is through song. The locals of Gujarat and also the tribal community have bhajans sung to have a spiritual experience.

The well known Kathakar of Gujarat, Fr. Ignas Macwan sj who has been the parish priest of Dhandhuka, 120 kms north of Ahmedabad for the last 18 years, came with his team of worshippers for an evening of singing of bhajans coupled with preaching of the year of the priests and our response as Faithful.

Fr. Ignas sang and spoke with much enthusiasm on our ways of relating with God and also our way of relating with priests. Fr. Ignas who himself has given more than 25,000 bhajan services also celebrates 25 years of priesthood. The faithful of the parish along with the boys and girls and also many from the parishes of Narukot and Kawant took part wholeheartedly in this prayerful worship.

Monday, November 23, 2009

BIS #1648 KRISTAPURANA - PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND DIALOGUE



NASHIK, NOVEMBER 23, 2009: Kristapurana, the Biblical Epic of 11,000 verses which was composed by Thomas Stephens, S.J. (1549-1619) is becoming known gradually. The Marathi translation and its release in Nashik and in other places has given it publicity. It would be interesting to see how Kristapurana was born. It was born in the Pastoral context of Goa. The new Hindu converts who were forbidden to read their earlier Hindu texts asked for some Christian text in Marathi language for their pass-time. Thomas Stephens took up the challenge and along with his Pastoral work (he was Pastor-in-charge in various Parishes in Goa) made time to study Sanskrit, Marathi, Konkani and read the various Puranas and finally to compose the Great Biblical Epic. And so the Kristapurana was born in a Pastoral context, i.e., the people asking for a text to read and the Priest involved pastorally with the people and for the people, making time along with his many Pastoral involvements to compose it.

This text is like the Bhagavad-Gita which is Smruti and not Shruti (infallible Word) or like Jnaneshvari which is a Marathi commentary on the Bhagavad-Gita. It is not the Bible itself but a type of a commentary on the Bible or the narration of the life of Christ. Fr. Francis D’Britto, Marathi writer and poet, suggested during the release of the Marathi translation of the Kristapurana at Nashik, that Kristapurana should be translated into French, German and other languages. In fact, the English translation of the same is almost ready (85%) and one more volume should be out within a few months. Like Bhagavad-Gita or Jnaneshvari it should reach to all the corners of the world. But in all this, the Pastoral context should be kept in mind. One involved in doing this should himself be involved in Pastoral work and should be in touch with the flock. Setting-aside oneself totally, not being pastorally involved, not being in touch with the people may not be the proper context for any translation of the Kristapurana.


BIS #1647 SALESIAN YOUTH SPIRITUALITY IN NASHIK


Nelson Mudaliar sdb
NASHIK, NOVEMBER 23, 2009: A three-day session on Salesian Youth Spirituality was held from November 17- 19, 2009 at the Salesian Training Institute, Nashik. Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb and Fr. Ajoy Fernandes sdb animated the participants: the SDB novices and the FMA novices; the Novice Mistress and Assistant of the FMA novices and the Assistant of the Salesian novices also participated.

The first day focused on ‘Leadership.’ The main points highlighted through the input and the exercises were planning, foresight, communication, teamwork and proper delegation.


The second day focused on Salesian Youth Spirituality. The novices were made aware of the difference between a youth worker and a youth minister. Fr. Glen presented different models of Youth Ministry. On the third day, the novices, in their groups, presented 30-minute sessions; the target group was X standard students. The sessions were well planned and executed; the participants gave valuable feedback during the evaluation. The course culminated with the “commissioning” of the participants.

The novices got a clear idea of the elements of Salesian Youth Spirituality. Fr. Glen’s Nairobi experience, with the youth, made the programme very practical. The novices got a firsthand experience of taking a session; this will stand them in good stead in their future ministry.

BIS #1646 WILL TRIUMPHS OVER WEATHER



MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 23, 2009: No Sports Day in Don Bosco, Matunga; what a nightmare for both the staff and students of Don Bosco Matunga. The Annual Sports day was scheduled for October 23- 24, 2009 was washed away by unprecedented showers. However it was decided that the sports day would be held after the children return from the Diwali vacation. November 12- 13, were the chosen dates for the annual sports festival however the deadly ‘Phyan’ swooshed over and dampened the grounds and the spirit of the staff and students. It was decided to cancel the sports festival since the rain gods were deadly against our sports festival.


In spite of the repeated efforts by the rain gods to stall the sports day the staff of Don Bosco, Matunga was more passionate to organize the sports day, thus the staff in collaboration with Fr. Roy worked in a clandestine manner and organized the sports day on November 18, 2009. The day began with a prayer and the oath of sportsmanship. Followed by a series of games like volley ball, football, rink football, and box- cricket etc. Each class had to compete with each other to emerge victorious in their own standard. The request programme was another highlight of the sports day. During the closing ceremony the winners of each division were handed a rolling trophy. This was also an occasion to felicitate our sportsmen who did us good in various fields of sports. Wayne Vaz was awarded the best sportsman of the year; he is also the captain of the under 16 football team which won the MSSA cup.

Run, jump, play and as the boys would shout and say Bosco Bosco Bosco DON BOSCO!!!

BIS #1645 EXPERIENCING MUMBAI



Denver Dsilva sdb

NASHIK, NOVEMBER 23, 2009: The bi- annual Educational tour of the Divyadaan community was directed in having an experience of the city of Mumbai. It was a 2- day tour of some parts of Mumbai and a visit to a few Salesian houses.

On the first day i.e November 18, the brothers had a darshan of some of the famous spots in South Mumbai and Bandra, namely; The Gateway of India & Taj Hotel at Colaba, The Marine Lines, The Hanging Gardens, The Bandra - Worli Sea-Link, Celebrity Bungalows along Band Stand and The Juhu Beach. The sight of the sea was an exhilarating experience to many a brothers from the North east.

On November 19, after joining the people for 7.00 mass in the shrine they headed for Don Bosco Center for Learning in Kurla. The priests took them for a tour of the campus and gave them precise details of the place. They explained to them the motive behind the many initiatives. “It is to provide top quality education at a low price for the minority of Catholics and the poor,” were the words of the Rector.


Moving on to Don Bosco, Borivli they saw the functioning of the parish and school and there on proceeded to Don Bosco Boy’s home. There the technical boys were very pleased to see so many brothers. Both the communities received them with warm hearts.

Lunch awaited them at Dominic Savio, Andheri. After which the boarding boys held a family circle in their honor consisting of a song, address and a band piece. We reciprocated them with our own words of gratitude and a gratitude song, which we sang for all the communities at their respective places.

The educational tour was truly enriching. The community got to see the varied heights of life, from the skyscrapers in south Mumbai to the tarpaulin huts in the suburbs. They gazed at people from different walks of life blending together to form the crowd that is the life of Mumbai. The final message of Fr. Adolf was, “We need to be prepared not only for the present situations but also for the situation 10 years hence. For in the future the setup of the present society of the rich and illiterate poor will have changed to that of the struggle between the rich and the educated poor.”

Saturday, November 21, 2009

BIS #1644 DBCL LOSES A FAMILY MEMBER


Chris Valentino sdb

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 21, 2009: The Salesian Family at Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla lost one of its senior family members in the passing away of Mrs. Phyllis Lariv. She was an active Salesian Cooperator for 24 years and hence a senior member of our family. The sunrise of November 20, 2009 also brought along with it a sad sunset, and as the news trickled into the homes of the family members, there was a great feeling of loss and grief.

Phyllis Lariv was 79 years strong, ailing for quite sometime, battling thyroid and other related complications. She succumbed to advanced thyroid problems and eventually to myocardial infarction. She is survived by her son Leonard Lariv (permanent deacon- Mumbai Diocese), daughter-in-law and three granddaughters.

At a concelebrated Holy Eucharist before she was laid to rest, friends and collaborators reminisced the good that Phyllis wrought by being an exemplary follower of Christ. Mrs. Phyllis was often referred to as the “iron lady” for her disciplinary perfection, but she was more admired for her ability to work with the children of the Sunday school at the Holy Cross Parish where she engaged tirelessly in reaching out to the little ones with love and kindness. She was foremost in her life of dedicated and committed service, showing others that life is our greatest gift and love is its greatest affirmation. She was actively engaged in varied activities both within the Parish community and outside in the neighbourhood. Among the many things that she was involved in were being a member of the Parish Council for three terms, member of the Parish Steering Committee, member of the Parish Prayer Group, Sunday School Teacher, and a member of the Salesian Family as a professed Salesian Cooperator.

Mrs. Phyllis is no more with us… she can’t speak but she can listen, she cannot be seen, but she can see, she can’t be heard but she can hear and most importantly she will be remembered and missed by both young and senior alike… for her love, care, sharing, and moments of cheerful optimism. May her soul rest in peace, in the garden of eternal rest.

BIS #1643 TO STUDENTS WITH LOVE


Rohini Patrao

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 21, 2009: The children of St.Joseph’s High School, Wadala were given a fantastic treat on November 13, 2009. They were excited for the wonderful surprises planned especially for them.

The Tiny Tots of St.Joseph’s were mesmerised by the magician’s tricks which triggered their curiosity and they were in awe as they watched the skillfull movements of her hands in the Parish Hall. The Primary Section were taken to Pinewood Resort, Karjat were they enjoyed spending time in the garden on the slides, swings sea-saw and the pool.

The students of the secondary section from Std V-IX set off for “Water Kingdom”, Gorai where they splashed about the pool enjoyed the various rides and grooved to the music as they danced in the rain. The tenth standard students had the luxury of making an overnight trip to Mahableshwar for their class Picnic. They would cherish these lovely moments spent with each other for the rest of their life. Every staff member of the teaching and the non teaching faculty got a chance to interact with the students at a personal level.

This was a small gesture arranged by the management and the Staff to Celebrate Childrens Day.

BIS #1642 HUMBLE BEGINNINGS


SALAWAD (SUKET), NOVEMBER 21, 2009: He came…saw…and conquered the hearts and imaginations of the YOUTH of Don Bosco, Salawad (Suket)! The practical and informative inputs carefully prepared on PowerPoint by Fr. Edwin Colaco sdb along with the trademark claps/yells/action songs has sown the seeds for a promising DON BOCO PAST PUPILS UNIT and FUTURE YOUTH ANIMATORS for the Don Bosco Mission in Salawad (Suket). The youngsters were all ears and have promised to put their vision and lines of action on paper before the next follow up visit of Fr. Edwin Colaco in February 2010. Many thanks to Fr. Edwin from the entire parish community.

Friday, November 20, 2009

BIS #1641 ST. JOSEPH'S PLAYS HOST


Rohini Patrao
MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 20, 2009: The Basketball Court of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala was the venue for the ward level interschool lezim competition which was the part of co-curricular activity of education. The pulsating beat of lezim had 13 schools from the “F-North Ward” showcasing their skills with the drill .These children were expected to make formations while playing lezim that conveyed a social message. Many contestants made a successful attempt in doing so. As the programme kicked off, every school came up with sterling performances amidst cheers in the air. Creating imaginative formation that was pleasing to eye.

BIS #1640 THE WINNING TRADITION PASSES ON

Rohini Patrao

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 20, 2009: The enthusiasm of the Josephites did not droop down with vagaries of the weather as the continued with overwhelming result in the following competitions.

In the Marico cup organised by Maharashtra Triathlon and Jalgaon Triathlon association Master Nishok Jaiswal of Std. VII represented Mumbai at the state level Triathlon Aquactic Championship held in Jalgoan on November 1, 2009. He secured 3rd place at the time of 26 minutes 20 seconds in the U-12 (Triathlon group)

Master Yash Naik of Std. VIII got the second place in the mono-acting competition at Inter school Golden Jubilee Meet held on November 12, 2009 at People's Welfare Society's High School, Sion.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BIS #1639 GUJARAT STATE U- 14 FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT 2009


Bro. Ruban MSFS
NARUKOT, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: Gujarat State Football Tournament for boys under 14 was organized by the commissioner of youth and cultural affairs, Gandhinagar and Piloo Modi (Don Bosco) High School at Narukot from November 13- 15, 2009.

The Tournament began with a bang in presence of Chief Guest Mr. Ramesh Rathwa (President of District Panchayat), Representative of Mr. Ramsinh Rathwa (MP of Chottaudepur Constituency) and Jasodha Baria (President of Jambhugoda Panchayat), Kishore Kaka (Journalist), Mayang Desai (Sarpanch of Jambhugoda Panchayat), Nawalsingh Nayak(Sarpanch of Narukot Panchayat), Vishnu Baria (Depty. Sarpanch of Narukot Panchayat) and other local leaders. The Chief Guests were welcomed with a colorful tribal dance.

“Don Bosco School is a pride for not only Jambhugoda Taluka but also for entire Panchmahal district and entire State of Gujarat” said the Chief Guest in his prominent speech admiring the efforts Don Bosco School has made in the field of Sports. Mr. Ramsinh, the MP in his message praised the work Don Bosco has done in various institutions in Gujarat especially among the tribals. Mr. Kishore Kaka declared openly that Don Bosco was one of the best schools in all the activities in the whole District also protecting the ecology and natural habitat.

On the first day, the cutthroat competition among the twenty-seven district teams from all over Gujarat began in proving their supremacy. There were 560 participants together with the managers, coaches, referees and the staff of Sports Authority of Gujarat. Mr. Ramesh Vasava, the convener in charge of the tournament expressed his complete satisfaction in the arrangements provided and thanked the management for the excellent organization. Many parents and various leaders got to exchange their views.

The management is grateful for the arrangement of boarding, lodging and organization, which were taken care of by the dedicated staff of the school, the Technical School and the Village Staff. It was a day of enjoyment and excitement.

BIS #1638 CHILDREN: A GIFT FROM GOD


Sheron Menezes
BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: The week long Jawaharlal Nehru (green) House festival ended with the much awaited Children’s Day celebrations at the primary section of Don Bosco High School, Borivli. The excitement was tremendous among Teachers and Children . Throughout the week the children were briefed with the sketches on the life history of their patron leader the walls of the primary section were decorated with pictures charts and sayings of their green house leader. Green being the colour of progress and growth, little potted plants dotted the corridors of the section. The green house mistresses Mrs. Rupali Walwaikar, Mrs. Sheron Menezes and Mrs. Mary Rumao put in efforts to make children think green , to be eco friendly , conserving energy and keep contributing in every little way towards our environment. There were various drawing competitions held during the week.

On the November 13, 2009 the finale of the festival each teacher decorated her classroom to make the children feel happy and welcomed. they were greeted with lively music, entertained with games and surprise prizes. The biggest event of the day was the Magic Show conducted by Fr. Roger. He did keep the boys excited with all of his magical tricks.

The visit of the Provincial Rev. Fr. Michael Fernandes was an added excitement for the school. on the whole the programme ended well with each boy receiving a chocolate from the super visor Mrs. Marina D’Souza.

It is rightly said, ” Children bring joy to the old, a smile to the young and sensitiveness to the mother’s heart.”

BIS #1637 'SET ASIDE FR. NELSON FOR MARATHI LITERATURE AND DIALOGUE'

Ivo Coelho sdb

NASHIK, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: "Set aside Fr. Nelson for Marathi literature and dialogue" -this was the challenge that the famous Marathi writer and poet, Fr. Francis D' Britto, extended to the Salesian Society on Saturday, November 14, 2009, during the book release function of Fr. Nelson Falcao's edition and translation of the Khristapurana at Parshuram Natyagruha, Nashik.

Heaping fulsome praise on the massive and painstaking achievement of Fr. Nelson, Fr D'Britto called for a translation not only into English, but also into French, German and all the major languages of the world.

Sr. Zoe Williams, RMI, was also called to the stage representing Fr. Thomas Stephens' country of origin. Sr. Zoe is of course well-known to anyone who has passed through Divyadaan; she was introduced, however, as having come especially from England to grace the occasion.

The spoken word passes, but the written word reaches out into the future - the pen reaches out beyond the grave. And so the words and work of Fr. Stephens reached out that Saturday evening to the people of Nashik, and will continue reaching out in a variety of ways, thanks to the work of Fr. Nelson.

BIS #1636 A NEW BEGINNING


Melvin Pangya

BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: Bosco Boys Home, Borivli under Bosco Yuva Sanghatana organized a three days residential training programme at Jungle Camp, Walvanda, Jawhar on November 13- 15, 2009 for Tribal youth and Village Animators on Perspective Building and Participatory Rural Appraisal. Forty- Six village Animators attended the training.

The Resource person Mr. Sebastian Francis and Ms. Gazala Shaikh from SPREAD (Society for Participatory Research, Education and Development) came to train the tribal youth on different tools of PRA. Practical and theory inputs were given. The trainees were divided into small groups and sent for practical work in three villages. Fifteen people were sent in three different villages to implement the PRA tools and collect information on participatory basis.

The first day began with an ice breaker and introduction of training with its expectations. The resource person introduced the trainees to many tools while conducting the PRA at the village level. The second day focused on practical training. The trainees efficiently collected information about villages and different resources that are available in the villages. The participation of villagers was very encouraging and provided necessary information about village resources.

In the valediction programme Fr. Anaclete said, “Every one is carrying a dream, a dream of village transformation. The organization will help you organize different training programmes every two months for village Animators. The Animator has to work as a catalyst to make people more aware. When you create leadership among the youth a better society is reflected.

BIS #1635 DBCL RECEIVES "GOD'S GIFT"


Chris Valentino sdb

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: The Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla was blessed to receive “God’s Gift” today as 75 Salesians from Divyadaan-Salesian College of Philosophy, Nashik paid a visit to the Campus. The scholastics – young Salesians in the immediate post-novitiate formation, along with a few members of the faculty and staff brought with them an abundant shower of blessings divine as two huge buses entered the Campus gates at precisely 8:30 a.m.

The first point on the agenda was the ‘peth-puja’ as the travel weary young Turks relished with delight the delicious goodies laid out especially for them. After this the youthful contingent arranged themselves into three battalions and embarked on a guided tour of the campus, coordinated by Cl. Clayton, Frs. Richard and Chris. Visiting the various spaces of the campus, the future rectors, principals, campus ministers and provincials eagerly gobbled up the information input, as also making a studied reflection of the newer emerging possibilities in youth ministry.


The final session on the itinerary was a presentation cum discussion animated by none other than the dynamic Fr. Adolph Furtado, Director of DBCL, Kurla. Fr. Adolph made an epigrammatic presentation regards the various goings-on at the campus. Dwelling briefly on each of the Institutions that make up the Campus, he made a plea: “the time has now come for us to look at our works for the youth a bit differently. What significant contribution could we make toward the grooming and training of our youngsters, keeping in mind that we need to be innovators and thinkers of a brighter future?” Few questions were then raised by the young minds regards the target group, the scope of the courses offered and the assistance from the Government, if any. These were answered with great passion and enthusiasm by Fr. Adolph, which seemed to allay any lingering doubts.

The visit concluded with a ‘thank you’ address and a melodious song of gratitude, following which the contingent embarked to the next halt on their exposure trip. Indeed, DBCL was blessed to receive “God’s Gift” and wished these young confreres “fare-well” as they continue to make of themselves something beautiful for God…!!

BIS #1634 DON BOSCO NERUL 'ESCAPES'

NERUL, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: Ever since the principal Fr. Anthony Fonseca made the announcement that the Children's Day would be celebrated with a picnic for the whole school, the corridors of Don Bosco School, Nerul were agog with excitement and anticipated glee! It was a first in the annals of the school for the entire school to go for an outing. The principal, the teaching staff, the non-teaching staff and the children - all were there.

Dressed in their Sports T-shirts the children were seated in buses, eagerly waiting for the go-ahead command of the principal. The picnic spot selected for this year was "The Great Escape" Water Park, some distance away from Vasai. The picnic spot is suitably named since it provides for much relished escape from the city's turmoil. The setting and scenic beauty of the spot were charming indeed.

The picnickers reached the spot by about 9.30am. Throughout the day they enjoyed an array of delicacies and spent time at the water sports area. The place was alive with loud music for the benefit of the rain dancers. The slides were an attraction for the daring. At the end of the day reluctantly all made their way back to the buses. As if to sweeten the departure, a cup of ice ream was served. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day for the whole school and a much deserved break indeed!

BIS #1633 SALFAM FOCUS ON COMMON IDENTITY CARD & COMMON MISSION STATEMENT


Claudina Pinto
PUNE, NOVEMBER 19, 2009: The second seminar on the Common Identity Card and Common Mission Statement of the Salesian family was held at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Koregaon Park, Pune on November 15, 2009 for the benefit of the members of Salesian Family of Madhya Maharashtra. 65 members of the Salesian Family attended the meeting.

Mrs. Rosy Fernandes welcomed the gathering. Fr. Elias Dias lit the lamp and conducted the prayer service. He then explained the concept of Salesian family. He said that if you really want to know the meaning of Salesian family you have to study the two documents: Common Identity Card and Common Mission of the Salesian family.


Fr. Valerian Pereira spoke in Hindi on Common Identity Card. He highlighted that the grace of communion in the Salesian family is founded on the belief that through the initiative of God and the maternal assistance of the Blessed Mother Don Bosco gave rise to an original, evangelical experience. He spelt out the characteristics traits of the Salesian spirit and what was necessary for the formation of an active fraternity. He urged all to be proud and enthused by the charismatic identity of their own family and called for collaborative ventures in order to reach out to the young in the spirit of Don Bosco.

The document Common Mission Statement of the Salesian family was dealt upon by Fr. Wilfred D’souza. He explained all the articles of the document and focused on the various aspects of the Common Mission. Fr. Bento D’souza displayed a 10 minutes movie on Community Radio. He explained to the members the meaning of it and have its venture in their neighbourhood. The provincial coordinator Mrs. Claudina Pinto put forward the resolution of Chennai Congress of the Co-operators. She told them in order to return to Don Bosco we must know more about Don Bosco. Fr. Elias Dias presided over the con celebrated mass. Mr. Isudas Parmar, from Gujarat proposed the vote of thanks. He thanked the organizers, speakers and the host unit of the Co-operators for their fine hospitality.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

BIS #1632 DON BOSCO PAST PUPILS: PROJECT OF LIFE


Ketan Gala

SHILLONG, NOVEMBER 17, 2009: The National Federation Council meeting of the Don Bosco Alumni, India was held at Bakdil Training Centre, Tura, Meghalaya- Assam from November 9-11, 2009. Mr. Edward Pinto, Mr. Kailash Parekh, Mr. Ketan Gala and Fr. Elias Dias from Mumbai province attended the meeting.

This year the Archdiocese of Shillong is celebrating its platinum jubilee. On this occasion Rector Major Pascoal Chavez visited Guwahati province. Addressing the National Federation Council of the Alumni he said that there are four types of Past Pupils. He explained that it was not on the social, religious, cultural, educational basis. In fact not all the past pupils are on the same level. The first group is those who consider being a past pupil just be default. It happened by chance. For them it is just a memory, nothing more. The second group is those who consider their passing through a Salesian institution a blessing. They consider the Salesian education they received as a moment in which they learnt to be grateful and feel affection towards Don Bosco. The third group is those who consider it not only a blessing but consider being a past pupil a commitment. Hence they feel the need to re- associate themselves with the Salesians. They are willing to commit themselves to this way of life in their social life and they are ready to be present in politics and ready to work for the welfare of all. The fourth group of the past pupils is those who consider a life lived in Don Bosco’s way is a project of life in their family, society, politics and media. Rector major encouraged the past pupils to give the best to those who receive the least.


The inaugural ceremony was held in Don Bosco school complex in Tura. The Provincial delegate of Guwahati Fr. Januarius Sangma welcomed the guests and wished them a pleasant stay in Tura. Fr. K.J. Louis, the national delegate of the past pupil, in his speech said, “The past pupil should fill the whole world with Don Bosco. The chief guest P. A. Sangma, MLA of Tura and an ex- student of Don Bosco welcomed the gathering and said that Don Bosco like Mahatma Gandhi is not a past reality but a reality of the future and the past pupils must work on this.

The first session, the minutes and accounts of the last years meeting were read and passed. Fr. K. J. Louis dealt with world statutes and found some discrepancies’ in its formulation. So the assembly asked him to write a letter and clarify the points. 2011 is the centenary of the Past Pupil Association. In this connection they discussed the world congress in Rome in October and the National Congress in the month of December 2011.

The Council visited Nokrek Biospehere Reserve, Horti Hub Rongram and Fr. George Stadler memorial school, Darenggiri and financed by the past pupil of Tura. The closing ceremony was held at Don Bosco School, Tura. The local beat group entertained the guests. Mr. Edward Pinto proposed the vote of thanks

BIS #1631 GERMAN TEAM VISITS CHHOTA UDEPUR



Ranald Lopes sdb

CHHOTA UDEPUR, NOVEMBER 17, 2009: For the people of Baroj and the staff of Lok Seva Kendra (LSK) Chhota Udepur, November 6, 2009 was an exciting and memorable day, with the visit of special guests.

Mr. Hans-Jürgen Dörrich, Director of Jugend Dritte Welt, Germany; Mr. Reinhard Heiserer, Director of Jugend Eine Welt, Austria; and Mr. Michael Mager and Mr. Jörg Einsiedel from the Grohe Company, Germany, visited LSK to understand the progress of the projects underway there. After a warm welcome by the staff of LSK, the guests made a few quick stops at the bakery, technical centre and other programmes running in the campus. The highlight of the day, however, was the visit to the village of Baroj, where LSK is implementing a watershed project supported by Jugend Dritte Welt.


At Baroj, the guests were greeted enthusiastically by the villagers, who had prepared a grand programme in their honour. After the programme, they visited the various sites in the village where watershed work is underway, and interacted with the people to understand the impact of the watershed on their lives. The LSK staff explained the methods used to execute the project, and took note of suggestions made by the visiting team.

Through their visit, the team was able to see the difference that their support has made to the lives of the people. After spending several hours in the village, the guests left with a sense of satisfaction and the intention of returning as soon as they can!

BIS #1630 SOCIAL AUDITS IN CHHOTA UDEPUR

Ranald Lopes sdb
CHOTTAUDEPUR, NOVEMBER 17, 2009: With the release of the Gujarat Government’s order calling for social audits of the NREGA across the state, Lok Seva Kendra (LSK) Chhota Udepur began facilitating the process by organising a training programme on 5th November for members of the Village Vigilance and Monitoring Committees (VVMC) from villages in Chhota Udepur Taluka.


The session was conducted by the staff of LSK, who had themselves attended a similar programme as members of the Taluka Resource Group. More than 120 committee members from 19 Panchayats, as well as the TDO and other local officials, attended the session. The objective of the programme was to enable the committee members to understand the concept of a social audit and prepare them to conduct the audits in their own villages.

Since then, LSK has also been involved in facilitating the actual audit process in 22 Panchayats in the taluka. This experience has revealed that much more preparation is necessary to strengthen the committees, improve the audit process and ensure transparency in the implementation of the NREGA. At present, LSK is involved in ensuring that true and verifiable audit reports are presented during the ongoing Gram Sabhas in Chhota Udepur Taluka.

BIS #1629 FR. NELSON'S BOOK RELEASE OF THE 'KRISTAPURANA'

Justus Mendis sdb

NASHIK, NOVEMBER 17, 2009: The book release of ‘Khristapurana’, the Marathi translated works of Fr. Thomas Stephens by Fr. Nelson Falcao was held on November 14, 2009 at 5.00pm in the premises of Parsuram Natyagruha, Nashik. The release was held amongst the well-known personalities such as Mr. Vinayakdayak Patil, President of Yashwantrao Chavan Pratisthan and Marathi Sahitya Parishad, Nashik, who was the chief guest of the function; Bishop Thomas Bhalerao, SJ, former Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Nashik; Fr. Francis D’ Britto, ex-editor of Suvarta, Vasai; Dr. A.H. Salunke, an eminent lecturer from Nashik; Dr. Dilip Dhaondge, specialist in ‘saint literature’ of Maharashtra and Fr. Ivo Coelho SDB, the former provincial of Mumbai province.

Fr. Ivo in his speech congratulated Fr. Nelson for his magnificent work which is accomplished because of his dedication and zealous work. Mrs. Mebal, the younger sister of Fr. Nelson, narrated their family background and his early liking towards translations of the texts as his hobby. She shared how from his childhood days as an alter boy he used to translate the Konkani sermons of his parish priest in Marathi, his mother tongue.

Fr. Nelson in his speech marvelously narrated his great journey to this present glorious moment. He began by saying that during his six years of study in Rome he could not do his doctorate due to his interest in philosophy rather than theology. After becoming a priest, he once expressed his desire to do his study in Khristapurana to Fr. Staffner in Sangamner who immediately handed to him the old copy of the same. Further when he met Bishop Thomas Dabre he found out that he too was already writing his commentary on ‘Khristapurana’. Later on, after his preliminary application for doctorate in J.D.V. (Jnana Deepa Vidyapeeth), Pune, he ‘felt inspired’ to choose this topic for his doctorate and then wisdom started opening its doors to him. He remarked: “Khristapurana has given me all types of knowledge; Om Namah Vishvabharita i.e. God in this world”. He thanked Bishop Bhalerao for reading the whole Kristapurana with his guiding comments and also giving his Imprimatur.


The book was then inaugurated officially by the chief guest Mr. Vinayakdayak Patil and the crowd went into giving a big applause as all the eminent personalities on the stage stood holding each copy for that memorable moment. In his reflective comment Bishop Thomas Bhalerao brought to the notice of everyone that in Kristapurana the external decoration of the Hindu literature penetrates the internal body of the text which is Christ Himself. The great act of this book was that it includes everything from the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. He added that, Jesus Christ teaches us everything about the kingdom of God and Fr. Thomas Stephens had written that Jesus himself is the true God which today Fr. Nelson has translated for us. Fr. Nelson had to go England, Spain, Portugal and Italy to get the old original ’Marden manuscripts’ for his translation. The bishop commended for this proficiency of his.

Fr. Francis D’Britto in his speech said that all types of religions live in this country in a very cordial way, enormously sharing the various dimensions of culture within themselves but the caste system yet reminds us that we still have a long way to go in this aspect of life. Fr. Thomas Stephens was aware of this at an early age being convinced that we all belong to one God and this contribution of his in those times was indeed a vital one. Being an outsider he studied Marathi and saw Marathi language as the best way of expressing the theology of Christ.

Sir Dilip Dhandke and Dr. A.H. Salanke in their words of appreciation for the work of Kristapurana commended the initiative and scholarly research of Fr. Nelson. Vinayak Dada Patil in his speech expressed that Jesus Christ was, Jesus Christ is, and Jesus Christ will be, as 500 years ago in Khristapurana, and it is for this reason that Fr. Nelson has translated this work which would have been otherwise difficult to understand today.

The function ended by giving a big applause to Fr. Nelson Falcao, the man who out of his own curiosity and will for truth took up a task which today has benefited the vast rich Marathi literature of our country. The people in the crowd, while congratulating him, also wished him for his next publication of the English translation of the same book which he has already begun.

BIS #1628 BACK TO BACK HAPPENINGS AT YERWADA


YERWADA, NOVEMBER 17, 2009: On November 8, 2009 a big group of youngsters set their feet at Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada to witness a Dawn to Dusk OPEN BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT for Boys and Girls, organized by the youth group of the Parish.


This tournament was organized in honor of 150th Anniversary of the Salesian Congregation. The tournament began with a prayer service cum Inauguration. Rev. Fr. Donald Fernandes the Chief Guest for the morning addressed the youngsters giving them a message on Don Bosco and declared the tournament open by shooting a basket.

Since it was a knock out, game by mid- afternoon the semi- finals began which left the eyes focused on trying to guess the finalist. It was amazing to watch the finals between ‘Our Lady of Perpetual Help’ and ‘Don Bosco Gex’. Both the teams gave in their very best which made them score an equal point of 48 each that was just thirty seconds before the match. The last thirty seconds being a crucial time for both the teams it was a nail-wrecking moment. During the last 10 second, it was ‘Don Bosco Gex’ that shot the basket and stood triumphant with the final score of 51 points.


The closing ceremony began with the cutting of the cake by the Salesian Priest to celebrate the 150TH Anniversary of our Congregation which was then followed by the prize distribution ceremony.

On November 15, 2009 after the children’s Mass, the youth group in collaboration with the Catechism teachers organized fete games for the catechism children to celebrate the children’s day. This gesticulation of making the children feel special sent them with smile on their faces as they bid the teachers good bye before they left the premises.

Monday, November 16, 2009

BIS #1627 CHILDREN'S DAY CELEBRATED AT ALIRAJPUR

Leon Rodrigues sdb

ALIRAJPUR, NOVEMBER 16, 2009: Traditionally celebrated as Children’s day, November 14, the Birthday of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was celebrated with great pomp and entertainment.

This red letter day in the school’s calendar arrived amidst much fanfare. After the usual festivities, the later half of the day saw the XIth and XIIth standard students of the DBA organise a fete in honour of the boys and girls that attend the Village Education Programme organised by the Salesians of Don Bosco. A total of 12 different villages and 360 children participated in the event. The children were introduced to an array of games and the VEP children enjoyed themselves. This was followed by a festive lunch in which all took part.

As the day drew to a close it was well understood that it is the duty of each privileged child to help build a nation of peace and prosperity by caring for the under-privileged.

BIS #1626 CHILDREN'S DAY DHAMAKA!!!!!


Sarita Rego
BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 16, 2009: The much awaited day of the year for both Children and Teachers arrived on Friday, November 13, 2009....when the boys had their Children’s Day Celebrations at Don Bosco, Borivli. The icing on the cake was the Provincial coming to celebrate the Day with the students and teachers.

The day started with a warm welcome to the Provincial Fr. Michael Fernandes. And his welcome was just like the day - totally Dhamakedaar! The credit goes to the School Band! Like every other Provincial visit, this visit started with a brief introduction about the Provincial by the School Captain Royston D'Costa. He mentioned many interesting details about Fr. Michael’s achievements, his childhood, his works and his role in guiding the Salesians.


The entertainment programme for the day was inaugurated by the Backstage Boyz. All were thoroughly entertained by some electrifying performances by the Electric Band who regaled the students with lilting tunes and kept the audience tapping to their brand of music.

The Provincial gave us some words of wisdom laced with humour and promised that he would visit the school again. Then came the fun and games which were organised by Superkidz, an Event Management Company associated with Children’s Education and Entertainment. Students right from STD 5- 10 were invited on stage for some fun games, talent show, tug of war, munching biscuits blindfolded, extempore speaking and other such games wherein lots of prizes were awarded to the winners in respective category. It was great to see the students who performed on the stage extempore with very little preparation and they were cheered on by a lively and enthusiastic audience comprising of students who also got a chance to decide some winners based on audience reaction.. This was also a great confidence building exercise and taught the student participants to be alert and make use of the available resources on hand especially as they learnt to wrap themselves in News papers innovatively in just one and half minute.


Everyone had fun in the right spirit and the much awaited day for all was a huge, dhamakedaar Success. A big thank you to Superkidz, Fr. George Carlos, Ms. Charu, Ms. Sarita and all the teachers for this wonderful children’s day programme.

BIS #1625 BLUE BRIGADE AT WORK



BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 15, 2009: Blue House Preparations were in full swing as they geared together to celebrate Blue House week and celebrate Gandhi’s life and works at Don Bosco High School, Borivli , Gandhi being the Hero and Role Model of Blue House.

The House teachers and students decided to adopt Gandhijis philosophies and spread his thoughts throughout the week beginning November 9, 2009 till November 13, 2009. Accordingly the entire school campus had charts on preserving the Environment and included messages on save our Animals, Save Plants, and Save Trees. The House Teachers wore badges and also distributed the same to all the staff members who sported these badges highlighting these messages as they continued teaching in the class. This was a very effective way of sensitizing the young students towards the cause of Saving the Environment and making this Earth a better place to live in.


Various Charts ...Quotations...Skits...Question-Answer session, PowerPoint presentations were prepared and showcased highlighting Gandhijis values of Love for all Religion, Dignity of Labour, Peace and Non Violence. These values are relevant more so in this day when corruption is rampant and farmers are committing suicide in various parts of the country and it is at these moments when Gandhijis values remind us that we need to achieve freedom from the shackles of poverty and corruption. The road to freedom is a continuous process and the simple values and philosophies of Gandhiji are our strength in these difficult moments.

The Blue House Brigade comprising of the House teachers and the students thus paid a rich tribute to their Leader fondly called as Mahatma Gandhi.

Friday, November 13, 2009

BIS #1624 FEAST OF LIGHT CELEBRATED AT JYOTI


Joylina Pereira
VIRAR, NOVEMBER 13, 2009: November 8, 2009 saw the culmination of the spiritual preparation of the faithful at Jyoti, who congregated in the Church at 08.00 am to care, share and pray for the wonderful events that have taken place in the past year. The main celebrant for the festal mass was Mons. Francis Correia.

The celebration began with the parish council members, leaders of different groups in the parish, the altar servers assembling at the main entrance door of the Church. After the traditional aarati the procession towards the altar synergized the atmosphere of the various groups in the parish along with the celebrant and concelebrants (Fr. Gregory D’Cunha and Fr. Reginald Gracias.) Mons. Correia touched the hearts of the faithful with an inspiring homily based on peace, togetherness leading towards the Light, with the mediation of Our Blessed Virgin Mary. He also touched on relevant points about the history of Jyoti and the start of Missionary activity.

The Eucharistic celebration was well animated by the Parish Council. After mass Jeevan Jyot – the souvenir was released officially by Mons. Correia followed by the distribution of certificates to the altar servers who had participated in the Altar Servers Rally at Matunga. The youth group then organised a day filled with activity for the parishioners, which included a canteen, lucky draw, fun fete stalls, ending with traditional folkdances.

In the entertainment programme each community from the parish presented the richness of Vadval culture and the traditions attached to it. The day ended with the parish priest Fr. Gregory thanking all for the wonderful participation not only during the Novena but also in making the feast day an event to remember. He thanked the youth in a very special way for taking leadership and responsibilities for which otherwise they would find it difficult to handle by themselves. Thanks also to Fr. Edwin Colaco who animates the youth group.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

BIS #1623 TWINKLING BRIGHT STARS

Rohini Patrao

MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 11, 2009: As the jewels of St. Joseph's, Wadala sparkled during the month of November a few more added glitter to the feathered cap of Joseph’s.

The following students are to represent Mumbai for the State Selection in Gymnastics and Football.

Master Ajay Pardesi from Std. VIII is chosen to represent Mumbai Gymnastic Team at the State Selection Championship in Pune on November 28- 29, 2009.

Master Ashraf Rangari from Std. X of the U-17 Football Team would be heading for the State Selection.

Master Athrav Raut from Std. III was awarded the Yudansha Kobujitsu Karate Doh Federation (Y.K.K.F) India National Gasshuku Prize on October 8, 2009.