Wednesday, June 30, 2010

BIS #1893 ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST FEAST CELEBRATED

Briston britto sdb
BHINGAR, JUNE 30, 2010: On June 18 St. John’s Parish started its novena in honour of St. John the Baptist. There was Triduum celebrated inviting Fr. Thomas D’costa, Fr. Ajit Munis and Fr. Blaise fernandes from the neighbouring Salesian communities.
On June 27, 2010, St. John’s Church, Bhingar celebrated the feast with a great pomp. The celebration began with the procession followed by the Eucharistic celebration. So goes the tradition of the church that every year newly ordained are called here for the feast. Therefore, the principal celebrant was newly ordained Fr. Royal D’abreo, the homilist was newly ordained Jesuit Fr. Peter Khandagale.
There was a lot of solemnity and colour in the celebration as the church sanctuary was renovated under the inspiration and artistic expertise of the newly appointed Parish Priest Fr. Michael Bansode; his painstaking efforts were seen in the whole church. After the Eucharist there was felicitation of the newly arrived of all the fathers and sisters in Ahmednagar. There was also a short entertainment program. Even the rain god was still and did not pour down on the occasion. Thus the whole celebration ended on a happy and sweet note as the Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) and the Parish Councilors contributed generously towards the snacks. May the fervor and the zeal of St. John the Baptist increase in our lives.

BIS #1892 LEARNING IS FUN AND MAGIC

William Siddapur
LONAVLA, JUNE 30, 2010: June 28, 2010 a programme was conducted by “Champions meet at the Outdoors” Magic Bus Center for Learning and Development. The participants from Don Bosco Lonavla were Mr. William Siddapur (Teacher Incharge) Arif Shaikh (X), Suraj Janere (X), Pratik Palekar (X), Neeladri Kanjilal (IX)

Excitement began as soon as we were informed about the Magic Bus. We reached at the place of competition on June 26 at 11a.m. We knew that it was going to be a different experience. The place, the activities, the safety measures provided by the staff, the accommodation and food were beyond our imagination.
We were taken aback seeing thirty-five acres of vast land and felt as if we were in a new world altogether. We had to perform various adventurous and tough activities which included Jacob’s ladder, Low Rope Course, Raft Making and Pipe Dream. These activities were challenging, but as it is said, hard times are like a washing machine, they turn, twist and knock us around, but in the end we come out cleaner, brighter and better than before.

As we were up for a competition, there were five other teams who were part of this programme. Since all the teams had no idea about the activities, it was a good surprise for all of us. The activities made us learn simple but great lessons for life. We realized the importance of Time Management, Planning, Co-operation and teamwork. Just like food, clothing and shelter are important for life. Time Management, Planning, Co-operation, communication and teamwork are important for a successful life. We also learnt that “learning is more important than winning”.

Then came the most important part of the programme, the prize distribution ceremony. We were awarded the second prize. We received runners up trophy, certificates and Magic Bus T-Shirts and Caps.

All in all, a great learning experience!

BIS #1891 EDUCATION TO HUMAN RIGHTS

Ranald Lopes sdb
GUJARAT, JUNE 30, 2010: On the June 28, 2010, Don Bosco High School Chhotaudepur organized a one day seminar on Education to Human Rights for sixty-five teachers of the schools of Kawant, Narukot and Chhota. A special group called Udhaan from Ahmedabad which promotes Human Rights through the use of Audio Visual media conducted the seminar.

We all know the need of Human Rights and promoting our various Constitutional Rights is the need of the hour especially among the victims of poverty and injustice and that in order to promote these rights we need to have a thorough awareness of these rights, right from our childhood. This means that promoting of these rights is spreading them in the schools where our students learn their basic rights.

Ms. Nupur, heading the team of Udhann and the main speaker of the day spoke of the need to have a Rights based education right from school days, so that we know our rights and demanding them justly is a part and parcel of life. We have many no. of cases of rights being violated against children right from the womb, to the underprivileged classes and the lower castes, to women and the girl-child, the minorities and working classes and also the old and the aged are not spared.

The Govt. of India has constitutionally on paper and by law gifted each and every citizen of India a chain of Rights viz. Freedom to Religion, Right to Life, Child rights, Freedom of Speech, Right to work ,Right to Education being the most recent and in the near future even Right to Food.

At the end of the day the teachers who are the agents of Education in our society have also to become agents of promoting these rights. With a lot of questionnaire and group discussion the teachers of our three schools had a fulfilling day of learning so much more than their everyday syllabi. We are grateful to Fr. James for organizing this event which will surely bear fruit as far as Human Rights are concerned.

BIS #1890 SEED SOWN NOW AWAITING THE HARVEST

Br. Savio D’Mello
LONAVLA, JUNE 30, 2010: The rains have arrived and our brothers from agricultural sector have done some sowing. They have placed all their faith, trust and confidence in God, hoping their efforts will reap a good harvest. Don Bosco Lonavla also witnessed a sowing of a different kind.

Our vocations from the vernacular medium schools of Maharashtra arrived on June 27, 2010 and commenced their academic year with an inaugural prayer service on the following day at 9.00am. As part of the prayer service activity each candidate sowed few grains in a tray of mud and sprinkled a little water over it. This was a symbolic gesture to make them reflect on the venture they have taken upon themselves, just like the farmers. The boys have sown the seeds of goodwill and determination to learn the English language skills. Then we expect to have approximately twenty boys in this year’s batch.

Rev. Fr. Cletus, the newly appointed Rector, in his message very lucidly explained to the boys the meaning of the prayer service. He used the technique of acronym of word ‘SEEDS’. S is for the sower that is each one of us. E for enthusiasm the fuel that will help us to carry on in life [Jo bhi karna hai tan man se]. E for efforts which has to be put in to achieve our goals. D for determination in spite of all the difficulties we will be facing, and finally the S for success in life to become what God wants us to be in life, which is guaranteed.
We learn to grow and we grow to learn. May this season of harvest bear abundant fruit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BIS #1889 SACRED HEART PARISH FEAST

Donald Fernandez sdb
YERWADA, JUNE 29, 2010: The Titular feast of the Sacred Heart Parish was celebrated on June 27, 2010. The main celebrant was our Lordship Rev. Lourdes Daniel, the Bishop of Amravati, with eight concelebrants. The solemn entry of twenty four altar boys leading the concelebrants and the Bishop to the altar with the choir rendering their voices in praise made the service more devotional.
The sisters of The Holy Spirit Novitiate gave a traditional welcome to the Bishop, with the aarti. In his homily the Bishop highlighted on the theme ‘Having a Heart’ and the practical need of the present times to make the place a better world. The Liturgy empowered and enlightened the hearts of all.
The Bishop felicitated the Parish children of STD X and XII who secured Distinction and First Class with a trophy with the picture of Sacred Heart in remembrance of the Feast. Fr. Rector Francis Kharjia thanked Bishop Lourdes Daniel for his presence and the touchingsermon he gave. He was given a floral tribute by a parishioner.

The Bishop thanked Fr. Kharjia, and appreciated the good work he has been doing in the Parish. After the Feast Mass cake was distributed to all those who were present for the service both in the morning and the evening.

BIS #1888 D.B.I.M, KURLA SCORES A FIRST

Neelam Maheshwari & Chris Valentino sdb
MUMBAI, JUNE 29, 2010: A first-of-its-kind hundred hours-Certificates Programme in Human Resource Development conducted by the Don Bosco Institute of Management (D.B.I.M) at the Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla was rounded up on June 20, 2010.

Conceptualised by Mr. Conrad Saldanha, Director of D.B.I.M and conducted by renowned management trainer Prof. Leslie Rebello of L.R.Associates, the pioneer programme commenced on April 10, 2010 and stretched over the weekends. Prof. Rebello whose motto was “Transforming people to Transform Organisations” has vast experience as a management consultant having earlier worked as H.R. Manager with the Tata Group of Companies and is presently associated as a faculty member with leading management colleges in Mumbai.

Alongwith his associates, Prof. Rebello engaged the participants through live strategic planning and analytical demonstrations. The case studies were culled from routine occurrences at workplaces and different firms. The programme primarily emphasized the need to assess and approach situations based on competency and performance. The key topics covered were: Performance Management Systems, Appraisal Techniques and Process, 360Degrees Feedback System, Manpower Planning, Essential Ingredients of Management Development Process and Techniques, Labour Law Compliances, Organisation Diagnostic Studies, and Mergers.

Fr. Adolph Furtado, Director of the Don Bosco Centre for Learning delivered the concluding address and underlined the primary aim of starting a Management College. He said: “We need to imbibe future managers with values.” He concurred with Peter Drucker-the management guru, saying “we need to look at people as assets and resources to be developed, exposing them to the best ideas, since any successful business venture is centered on the customer and not only on profits.” Fr Adolph also gave away the Certificates of Participation.
The participants were visibly impressed with the programme and suggested that a few minor changes would make it more feasible to the Indian scenario. In retrospect they suggested: “the course is beneficial for anyone in a position of responsibility and it has motivated us to positively transform our own careers.” It was definitely learning for life!

BIS #1887 SMALL CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY PLANNING

Loreen Fernandes
VIRAR, JUNE 28, 2010: The Small Christian Community coordinators of Resurrection Church, Virar (E), met on Sunday June 27, to draw up plans for the pastoral year June 2010 – 2011.

After reciting the prayer, the coordinators and the animators grouped together community wise to share and discuss the strengths and challenges of each community. The strengths of the community ranged from good attendance at SCC meetings, to active participation of children in the gospel sharing. Community members also presented the challenges. The major challenge facing nearly every community was the regular absenteeism by a handful of families from monthly meetings and parish activities. The parish team will shortly be visiting these homes to ensure better participation of the laity.

Each community was given time to discuss and draw up a plan for their respective communities. The activities which were planned were of spiritual, out-reach, formational and cultural in nature.A power point presentation on attitudes provided food for thought in terms of motivational sayings that could help in effective leadership and teamwork.

Keeping in mind the enthusiasm of the animators and the whole-hearted cooperation and commitment of the parish team, the vibrancy of the parish is sure to make waves in the coming year too. Thanks to Fr. Edwin, who laid the foundation

BIS #1886 MODEL OF CHEERFULNESS IN HOLINESS

Bro Crescens Lemos
LONAVLA, JUNE 28, 2010: The community and boys of Don Bosco Lonavla began the novena to St. Dominic Savio on June 27, 2010. The sodality of St. Dominic Savio consisting of boys of standard eighth, ninth under the leadership of the tenth standard boys will animate the community for the remaining days of the novena to St. Dominic Savio.
The inauguration began with a hymn to Dominic Savio with a short summary of his life. The theme chosen for the week is “Model of Cheerfulness in Holiness’. Fr Cletus the Rector of Don Bosco Lonavla spoke about the sanctity of St. Dominic Savio which was filled with happiness and joy. His holiness lied in being happy and cheerful thus spreading easily his holiness on to others. With this message the novena to Dominic Savio was inaugurated. Incidentally today also happened to be the day of arrival of the students of standard eleventh and the English course; a fitting day to start on.
St. Dominic Savio is indeed for all of us a model of cheerfulness in holiness, a boy who at such a young age achieved so much. May we too by his example and prayers come closer to God.

Monday, June 28, 2010

BIS #1885 THE PAST PUPILS ALUMNI DOES IT AGAIN

BORIVILI, JUNE 26, 2010: As a yearly feature, the Past Pupils Unit of Don Bosco- Borivili, once again made their valuable presence felt at the time when they were needed the most.
After the STD X received their results, the students with their parents were relieved to see the wonderful arrangements for attestation of related documents made by the Past Pupils in the school premises.

The special executive officers (around six of them, including two doctors) willingly gave their precious time to attest innumerable copies. The management, together with the staff, parents and students, are grateful to the past pupils for this kind gesture

BIS #1884 "FEARLESS EDU-CARE"

Neelam Rodrigues
MUMBAI, JUNE 26, 2010: The students of Stds. VIII, IX, X and had a wonderful experience with Fr. Allwyn and his team as they had a one day orientation on “Fearless Edu-care”. Similar sessions will also be held for other classes of the secondary section (V, VI and VII).The students were made aware of ways and means to "Care for Creation". The themes of the orientation focused on making learning an enjoyable experience and develop love towards their school. It was interesting to see the boys coming up with various methods in which they would want to save their environment. Fr. Allwyn assured them that he intended to implement these ideas in the campus itself. This in turn would make the boys more responsible towards their own actions.

Besides this, the Rector, Rev. Fr. Ronald Menezes took a session that emphasized on the basic values and attitudes for life. Students took a lot of interest in the topics concerned with them. In a particular manner the boys of class X were seen clarifying their doubts and apprehensions. The day's orientation program consisted of talks, AV presentations and video clippings. The youth of the parish livened up the sessions with their music and action songs. Thanks to the team for having come up with this.

BIS #1883 VALEDICTORY FUNCTION OF SANKALP

Patrick Corda
BORIVILI, MUMBAI, JUNE 26, 2010: Sankalp a project for the Youth, a program designed for the Marginalized, Underprivileged, and the Dropout Youth of our city by Don Bosco Technical Training Institute Borivili. June 19, 2010 was a day to remember for all the seventy trainees who spent three months in Hotel Management training in Cookery, Bakery, Restaurant Service, and Housekeeping.
The Valedictory Function began by welcoming the dignitary’s. Fr. Anthony Santarita Director (Bosco Boys Home) who escorted the Chief Guests Mr. Sanjay Bose Director of Human Resources Hotel Taj (Corporate office) Mr. Marshall Dias Manger of Human Resources (Hotel Taj President) and Ms. Foram Nagori CSR (Corporate office). They were greeted by the aspirants and acknowledged their valuable presence by presenting a bouquet of flowers.

The welcome speech was given by Fr. Anthony Santarita who thanked the dignitary’s for their valuable time and support that they provided for three months during the training program in Hotel Management. He also expressed his gratitude towards the trainers Ms. Appolina (Housekeeping), Mr. Shakti Prasad (Bakery), Mr. Bhatt (Cookery), Mr.Prabhat (Restaurant Service) who shared all their knowledge to the aspirants. He expressed his gratitude to Mr. Melvin Pangya and Mr. Dayanand Patil who worked hard in the community motivating and convincing the youth to join the course. A vote of thanks was also given to Fr. Anaclete Dmello who was then the Director for the project, not forgetting Fr. Bastin Thomas Administrator BBH was also welcomed.
Each of the dignitary’s then came ahead to express their gratitude and motivated the trainees assuring them that there is always a chance to grow in the Hospitality industry; they also answered all the questions that were put by the aspirants, Mr. Sanjay Bose specially addressed that “no job is a small job or a dirty job everything that a person does is a part of the hospitality world where all of us do it at our homes when ever we have some guest”.

Last but not the least the final moment arrived where all the trainees were anxiously waiting for the distribution of certificates, the dignitary’s distributed the certificates. Among the seventy aspirants five came forward and shared their experience thanking the management and staff of Don Bosco Technical Training Institute for giving them the opportunity to be a part of the Hotel Management Training.

A vote of thanks was given by Fr. Anthony Santarita the valedictory function ended with a cultural program and a high tea party.

Friday, June 25, 2010

BIS #1882 DEVELOPING AGRICULTURE IN ALIRAJPUR

Kamlesh Dodia
ALIRAJPUR, JUNE 25, 2010: The monsoon season may have arrived, but that does not bring much cheer to the farmers in Alirajpur (Madhya Pradesh). Although agriculture is the primary occupation of the people here, it is not a source of much income. The undulating terrain, scanty top soil and insufficient rain, lead to poor agricultural outputs. Besides this, the crops that are grown are largely for home consumption. Hence, this subsistence agriculture practiced by the tribal villagers, has done very little to improve their economic condition.
In order to make a dent in this gloomy scenario, Don Bosco Alirajpur Shaishanik Samajik Kendra has recently launched an Agricultural Project on a pilot basis. The idea is to experiment with some new crops and also use innovative methods of agriculture that would help the farmers get better returns from their fields. Based on the learning’s of the pilot phase, the project will then be scaled up in the following years.
The first crop that we are presently experimenting with is ginger. A group of twenty farmers from ten different villages was selected to pilot the ginger experiment. Mr. Chandarsinh Bhagat, a local expert, gave this group systematic training in ginger cultivation. He conducted practical sessions at his wadi and also provided the ginger shoots to the farmers. Over the past ten days, under the personal supervision of the development staff, the selected farmers have grown the ginger in the plots prepared for this cultivation. All the necessary care is now being taken to ensure that it grows well.
The other plans in this project include horticulture development, vegetable plantation, and eventually also the System of Rice Intensification (SRI). All these possibilities are being explored keeping in mind the soil and climatic conditions of the region. The initial response of the farmers has been enthusiastic. We are hoping to have some good results so that many more farmers can then benefit from this project.

BIS #1881 SBI TINY - A SAVING CUM PHOTO IDENTITY SCHEME FOR THE MARGINALIZED

Cheryl Karzai
MUMBAI, JUNE 25, 2010: The RBI has mandated all nationalized banks to help rope into its ‘Financial Inclusion Programme’ the four hundred plus million population that is still unbanked. The State Bank of India with over sixteen thousand four hundred plus branches have taken up this challenge pioneering an ‘SBI Tiny no frills account’ for the urban slum communities & Rural India. This account needs no ‘KYC’ documents, and can be opened with a zero balance, one can deposit or withdraw from Rs.10/- to Rs.10,000/- the upper limit for this account is Rs.50,000/-. They have loan schemes for various items for the rural farmers and urban slum based persons.
The SBI Tiny facilitates the local poor NGOs to become Customer Service Providers (CSPs) that works like a local branch at each slum dweller/villagers’ doorstep in the community. The NGO get some percentage benefits as well as it helps their socio-economic empowerment objectives. One of the future benefits of this scheme is the RBI is making this data base for the (Unique Identity Number) UID scheme of the Government of India.

“I rob some money from my husband at night and come and save it in our SBI Tiny account in the morning, this way I can manage our house’s essentials through the entire month and do not need to get loans at the end of each month” said Laxmibhai at one of the SBI Tiny Centres.

Don Bosco Rehabilitation and Research, Matunga (R&D) has been vigoursly promoting this scheme to various poor NGOs in Rural areas, Out of our institutions ex-street boys and urban slum communities. The R&D has promoted its outreach for such savings to over one million marginalized in various communities of Maharashtra.
The R&D has conducted various training workshops in rural Maharashtra; viz. Yewla, Nagar, Amravati, Beed, Lonavla, Pune and has now opened networking with social action NGOs in Jharkhand and Uttaranchal. This unique scheme envisions covering as many of the poor unbanked population in the country

Thursday, June 24, 2010

BIS #1880 DBYASA ANIMATES MUMBAI PROVINCE


Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil sdb
MUMBAI, JUNE 24, 2010: With a view to giving a renewed thrust to Youth Ministry in the Province of Mumbai, the DBYA South Asia Regional Team comprising Frs. Maria Charles, Joe Arimpoor, Raphael Jayapalan, Jude Anand and Brian Moras, animated the Youth Animators, Vocation Promoters and Principals of the Mumbai Province from June 23-24, 2010, at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, Mumbai.

Fr. Maria Charles who is the Youth Pastoral Delegate and Coordinator for Education and Culture for South Asia presented a summary of the Letter of the Rector Major on Salesian Youth Ministry. He voiced the Rector Major’s call for a ‘cultural revolution’ in the Congregation, which at the same time would be a real ‘conversion’ to the young. A Cultural Revolution means adopting a mindset and style that caters to a holistic formation of the young by inducing them to the vicissitudes of Education and Culture, Education and Evangelization, Groups and Movements and Vocational Discernment. Fr. Maria enlightened the participants on the latest trends in Education in India, the ground breaking initiatives of the UPA government in regard to the same, the Right to Education Act (RTE), and warned against the challenging implications of these trends to our own style of running our schools in the country today. He emphasized that we have to reinvent ourselves as educational institutions and stand up to the violations of fundamental human rights in regard to the autonomy of Minority Institutions in running these institutions, unleashed by certain articles in RTE.

Fr. Joe Arimpoor who recently completed his term as Coordinator for Groups and Movements for South Asia dealt with aspects of the Rector Major’s letter which stated that it is important to adopt a unified and organic vision of a ministry, centered on the individual young person and not so much on works and services. He echoed that it is also essential to strengthen the community dimension of pastoral activity by returning to the concept of Educational Pastoral Community (EPC) with a planning mentality that would establish the Salesian Education Pastoral Plan (SEPP). He emphasized that we have to respond by being relevant to the times and issues of youngsters. Fr. Arimpoor then introduced the participants to the meaning and purpose of Bosco Youth Groups (BYG). A BYG is a Salesian Youth Group open to all youth of all ages, gender, and religion. Inspired by Don Bosco, it follows the Salesian Youth Spirituality, and the Pedagogical Principles of the Preventive System, and it is animated by a Salesian or an animator trained in BYG approach.

Fr. Jude Anand who is the new Coordinator for Groups and Movements for South Asia shared his testimony of successfully establishing over two hundred and fifty plus BYGs in the Province of Bangalore. He invited the participants to make the BYGs a full-fledged reality in our province.

Fr. Raphael Jayapalan who is the Coordinator for Evangelisation and Catechesis South Asia, stressed the importance of ensuring that this dimension found a primary place in all our Youth Ministry settings. This means the quality of our youth ministry should be such that we are not satisfied with keeping the young amused, but should rather develop human maturity. It should ensure a systematic process of evangelization (the proclamation of Jesus Christ) and of education to faith, capable of leading young people to a personal encounter with Jesus and with the Church.

Fr. Brian Moras who is the Coordinator for Vocation Animation and Guidance South Asia enlightened the participants on the need to deepen and strengthen the vocation dimension of every pastoral project. He stressed that vocation animation should not be narrowly understood as encouraging vocations to priesthood and religious life only but in the broader sense of helping every youngster find the will of God so that they make life choices even apart from a religious call in a responsible manner.

Following these inputs, Fr. Ajoy (Vice Provincial), in his capacity as the Youth Pastoral Delegate of our Province gave a report on the youth pastoral activities undertaken in the province. Then the DBYA Regional Team along with the participants reviewed the Youth Ministry of the Province through a reflective questionnaire on each of the dimensions they coordinate to which the assembly shared their frank feedback.

Fr. Maria Charles concluded the proceedings by presenting the report of Don Bosco Youth Animation in the region of South Asia and by stressing that we ensure the effective functioning of the Youth Commissions at the Provincial Level.

In general it was felt that a lot of good work is being done in the province and the expectation running high in the hearts of the DBYA Regional Team is that the Province of Mumbai takes the lead in giving direction and leadership to Youth Ministry ventures by contributing at the National and Regional Levels of the Congregation.

BIS #1879 CONFESSOR'S DAY THE BOSCO WAY

Crescens Lemos sdb
LONAVALA, JUNE 24, 2010: June 23, 2010 marked a very important day in Don Bosco Lonavla as the aspirants and apostolic boys felicitated their confessor who they lovingly call Fr. Salu.
June 23 is the feast of Saint Joseph Cafasso, the confessor of Don Bosco. It was under the guidance of Don Cafasso that Don Bosco undertook the challenge of working with poor youngsters and thus led to the foundation of the society of St. Francis D’sales. As Salesians we owe a word of gratitude to Don Cafasso. To make this event more meaningful the aspirants gathered around their ‘surf excel of their souls’ by animating the Holy Eucharist and decorating the notice-boards.
Fr. Salu in his homily encouraged the aspirants and apostolic boys to be shining examples of Christ and have great devotion towards Mother Mary. He wished the aspirants and apostolic boy’s peace and joy, during their stay here in Lonavala.
As Don Cafasso would say, “We are born to love, we live to love, and we will die to love still more”.

BIS #1878 ANOTHER YEAR ANOTHER STELLAR PERFORMANCE

BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, JUNE 23, 2010: Don Bosco Matunga produced another magnificent result at the SSC Board Exams this year. Having adopted a policy that shepherds the weaker students over the years, and insistence that no child be left behind (much before it became a fashionable idea), the Bosco boys did their Alma Mater proud for one last time as students. Below is a summary of the results.

Appeared – 308
Passed – 307
School percentage – 99.6%
90% and above- 50
85 – 89.9% - 53
75 – 84.9% - 86
Total Distinctions – 189
1st. Class - 91
2nd. Class - 25
Pass Class - 2

During the school assembly principal, Fr. Bosco D’Mello reminded the boys that such results would not have been possible without the foresight, dedication, hard work and sacrifice of the faculty; which of course led to a long round of applause for all the staff members. The students were reminded of the virtue of systematic preparation for success in any endeavor in life.

The student with the highest percentage in the school was Nagar Kaustubh with 98.5%
Among the boarders, the highest percentage was Dias Hansel with 85.9%, a truly commendable effort.
The Night Study boys’ result was equally impressive. After residing in the institute for the whole month preceding the exams, all the twenty two boys passed with Salman Khan leading the way with 85%
The alumni unit of Don Bosco Matunga too was present that evening and the next day helping the students get their papers certified by Mr. Jeeghar L. Karani an S.E.O and a past pupil himself.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

BIS #1877 TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO

Fr. William Falcao sdb
MUMBAI, JUNE 22, 2010: It was exactly twenty five years ago on June 22, (it is 12.20pm now as I write) that Fr. Cyril DeSouza and I arrived in Bhingar, Ahmednagar.
Fr. Cyril, Fr.Francis Kharjia, and Aurelio Dias and I began our historic journey on June 21, at about 9am. Fr. Cyril, the then Rector of DBYC Pune, offered to take us by his car. At about 10am the car broke down at Kondhapuri along the Nagar Road. With great difficulty the car was towed to Shirur, but could not be repaired till evening. Fr. Francis and Aurelio decided to return immediately as the SSC results were expected the following day. Fr. Cyril and I had to stay in an old dirty lodge and left the next day with a car duly repaired, for Nagar to reach Bhingar at about noon. The parishioners along with the Parish Priest Fr. Felix Jacob (A Swiss Jesuit) and Asst. Fr.Jesu Anthony (a diocesan priest) were busy preparing for the Parish Feast on the following day (Sunday).
Earlier during the week ( on June 15 or 16 )Fr. Chrysanthus Saldanha , the Provincial had visited me and requested me to wrap up my responsibilities as the administrator, farm manager and the school, just beginning , and meet Bishop Valerian in Pune to move on to Bhingar.

Now in these twenty five years a lot of water has flown in the Seena River. Let us thank God, our Blessed Mother and Don Bosco for the many Salesians who have done marvelous work there and touched the lives of numerous needy young people and kept the Salesian flag flying high in Ahmednagar.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BIS #1876 DB YERWADA WITH FLYING COLOURS

Pauline Dias
YERWADA, JUNE 21, 2010: Kudos to Fr. Donald Fernandez, the staff of Don Bosco High School, Junior College, and NIOS on excellent results.
Under the dynamic leadership of the Principal Fr. Donald Fernandez, the School and the College have been achieving great success. Fr. has always been motivating the staff by saying "Coming together is only the beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success" and it has proved right.

With a close follow up of the weakest category of students the success is commendable. The ICU classes in the morning, the personally supervised classes, seeing to their needs satisfying their hunger to enable them to concentrate and study till 9 in the evening has paid off.

To the students, his pep talks on daring to do the best with what one has. Never to get discouraged and give up has influenced quite a many.

In his words," it is not enough to do a task 'fairly well' or 'quite well' if you want to succeed in life you must always do your best to excel".
Fr. Donald is indeed a great person, different from an eminent one who is always willing to reach out to the youth of our society. The results were as follows:

Jr. College Science Stream 100%
Commerce Stream 76.47%
NIOS 55.27%
SSC 100%

Saturday, June 19, 2010

BIS #1875 LISTEN UP TO THE JOYS OF SHELTER BOYS WITH JEETURAJ ON RADIO MIRCHI

Gayatree Joshi
MUMBAI, JUNE 19, 2010: With the Success of the SSC results Of Shelter Boys the news hasn’t stopped people from congratulating the kids. Listen to the joys expressed by Shailesh, Salim, Madhu and Chetan on Radio Mirchi with Jeeturaj from 7am to 8.30am on Saturday June 19, 2010 on (98.3FM).

On this auspicious day of Fathers Day, children express their love, care and support they receive from the Fathers at Shelter and Don Bosco. Jeeturaj exclaimed “I am proud of you boys, an achievement in the true sense indeed. God bless all the people who have worked for this cause”.

BIS #1874 SSC RESULTS AT DON BOSCO BORIVLI

Ronald Menezes sdb
BORIVILI, MUMBAI, JUNE 19, 2010: In the recently declared SSC results, our school secured Cent Per Cent results. The details are as follows:
Hundred and fifteen students appeared. Twenty seven boys scored ninety per cent and above, fifty nine boys scored a distinction, twenty six first class and three second class.
First - Deshpande Shardul 95.64%
Second - Sanghvi Bhavya 94.55%
Third - Pai Shreyas 94.36%
Fourth - Salian Shriraj 94.18%
Fifth - Nalge Aditya 94.00%

Among the students, mainly from the slums, who frequent our night study classes’ also secured Cent Per Cent results. It is worth noting that one of the boys M.D. SHERSHAH SIDDIQUI who distributes newspapers in the morning and then attends school and also the study class in the evening, secured 91%.

Kudos to the Principal, teachers and especially all our students.

BIS #1873 PRESENTATION OF THE 2011 STRENNA

Fr Pascual Chávez Villanueva sdb
ROME, JUNE 18, 2010: It is an historic detail, confirmed by each of the four evangelists, that from the outset of his evangelising activities (cf. Mk 1:14-15), Jesus called some to follow him (cf. Mk 1:16-20). These first disciples of his thus became "companions throughout the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out amongst us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day he was taken up from us" (Acts 1:21-22).
Evangelisation and vocation thus become two inseparable elements. Furthermore, a criterion of the authenticity of good evangelisation is its ability to give rise to vocations, to see to the growth of projects of gospel living, to completely involve those who are evangelised to the point where they become disciples and apostles.
Following on from the Strenna for 2010, “Lord, we want to see Jesus”, about the urgent need to evangelise, I am making a heartfelt appeal to the Salesian Family now to feel the urgency of, the need to call others.
Dear brothers and sisters, every member of the Salesian Family, I therefore invite you to be true spiritual guides for the young, like John the Baptist pointing out Jesus to his disciples and telling them: “Look, here is the Lamb of God!” (Jn 1:36), so they can follow him to a point where Jesus, aware that they are following him, turns to them directly with the question: “What are you looking for?” and they, overcome with the desire to profoundly get to know who this Jesus is, ask him: “Rabbi, where do you live?” (Jn 1:38), and he invites them to share the experience of being with him: “Come and see”. They will have experienced something immensely beautiful from the moment they “came and saw where he was staying and they remained with him” (Jn 1:39).
Here then is the pedagogical direction we must take:
1. Return to Don Bosco:
Make the Valdocco experience our own; it creates a family environment of great spiritual worth, one of apostolic involvement and spiritual accompaniment which is sustained by intense love for the Church and the world.

Show the beauty, the appropriateness of our Salesian vocation for today and its variety: a life completely given to God in the service of the young is well worth living.
Live our lives and help the lives of others to be understood as vocation and mission. And all this as a great gift which is experienced with God at the centre, in fellowship with all consecrated men and women dedicated to the poorest and most needy.
2. Become Don Bosco for the young people of today

Be aware of the central, obvious place of consecrated persons in the carrying out of the Salesian mission. This was Don Bosco's belief and experience.
Create a culture of vocation as was the case at Valdocco, one marked by seeking the meaning of existence, with transcendence as its horizon, sustained and supported by profound values, a planning mentality, and aimed at a culture of fellowship and solidarity.
Ensure accompaniment through the quality of our personal lives, our education to love and chastity, our responsibility for history, starting them out in prayer, apostolic involvement.

Make the Salesian Youth Movement a privileged place for the journey of vocational discernment: where young people experience and show how the current of communion flowing around Don Bosco, his pedagogical values, and Salesian Youth Spirituality results in a volunteer movement and projects of life.

Friday, June 18, 2010

BIS #1872 SSC RESULTS OF DON BOSCO NASHIK

Fr. Diego Nunes sdb
NASHIK, JUNE 18, 2010: The overall pass percentage of the students of Don Bosco Nashik was ninety nine Per Cent. The topper was Atharva who scored 95%.
Twenty students scored ninety and above, twenty eight with eighty five and above. In all there were fourteen distinctions, twenty six first class and eleven second class.

All thanks to the students, teachers, staff and management for all the hard work put in by them during the academic year.

BIS #1871 SHELTER BOYS CRACK THE SSC BOARDS!!!

Gayatree Joshi
MUMBAI, JUNE 18, 2010: Yells, screams and shouts of joy by the children at Shelter, a party with a big bang is inevitable with cent percent results in the SSC boards. This year being the fourth consecutive year with an excellent score board, the five shelter boys who appeared this year for the boards have passed. Given the odds, it is no small victory. Functioning for the past twenty four years Shelter Don Bosco specializes in taking on children at risk with a history of drug abuse.

Rehabilitating vulnerable children from Mumbai, helping them with education, vocational training, savings, learning to live independently, job placements and helping them become honest and productive citizens of our society. With outreach programs ten field officers and many recreational activities, we have created a space for these children, who have a native intelligence that is being brought to good use.
Twelve boys appeared for NIOS exams of standard tenth of which seven boys cleared all the subjects. This year twenty new boys have taken admission in schools, out of which ten have taken admission in English medium schools. These boys were trained on their English speaking during their summer vacations.

Shailesh from St. Dominic Savio Andheri (English Medium) scored 74%. He says “I am happy to be at Shelter and I know I will become what I want to become”. He aspires to join the Navy.

Chetan Prakash scoring 59%, Madhu & Salim scored 57% and Imraan scored 58% respectively. Salim says “I have reached new heights today because of the support I gained from the teachers and family at Shelter.

The efforts have paid off by the teachers, supporters, peer educators and especially the hard work put together by our boys. This year too Shelter is preparing seven boys for the SSC exams 2011. Shelter Don Bosco continues its reach to the unreached to help these children achieve their dreams ”This not as a Service ,but as their Right”

Thursday, June 17, 2010

BIS #1870 CELEBRATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. ANTHONY AT SATPUR

SMITA SALVE
SATPUR, NASHIK, JUNE 17, 2010: St. Anthony, the wonder-worker Saint is remembered annually with great devotion at Satpur. The people of Satpur love and honour him. The devotees gathered in big numbers for ten consecutive days in the Saint’s remembrance and to ask for his miraculous intercession.

The daily devotion consisted of the recitation of the holy rosary and novena prayers in honour of St. Anthony. On the tenth day which was the Feast Day about four hundred people gathered for a solemn Eucharistic Celebration. Four Salesian Priests concelebrated. It was a harmonic mass with the church choir singing liturgical hymns.

The Parish Priest, Fr. Nelson Falcao, in his homily spoke about the life and works of St. Anthony. He explained how St. Anthony as a Teacher and a Preacher effectively communicated the Good News of Jesus Christ and worked many wonders in a short life of just thirty six years. He spoke on his many miraculous powers and wonders he worked. In the place of ‘Bread of St. Anthony’ there followed a fellowship dinner for all. May this miraculous wonder worker intercede for us.

BIS #1869 MORCHA IN FRONT OF THE COLLECTORS OFFICE

Parmar Mayank sdb
KAPADVANJ, JUNE 17, 2010: Taking a Right based Approach; Kapadvanj Don Bosco takes a lead in getting people organized for the Morcha with regard to the delayed payments.

On June 14, 2010 Fr. Mayank, Fr. Isaac, Bro. Royston and the staff of DRISTI along with thirty people from different villages set outside the collector’s office and carried out a symbolic fast from 11 am to 5 pm.

A month long preparation has gone into making this morcha a success. Since the NREGA work has started, people have been complaining of either no payment, delay payments or less payment. In Kapadvanj Taluka there has not been even a single work place where the payment has been done in fifteen days which the scheme itself notifies. In order to tackle these problems the staff of DRISTI along with the people worked hard but the result was only that those who were coming forward to ask for payments, were the only beneficiaries of the movement. Thus, the staff of DRISTI decided to collect data from the whole taluka and make a thorough study of the situation. They managed to collect thirty nine musters of ten villages in which they realized that there were no payments or delayed payments.
At around 12.30 pm Fr. Mayank Parmar sdb, Sailesh Parmar and village representatives personally met the collector and presented a file which contained the data and the memorandum which had four main agendas which are as follows:

To make sure that payment should be done in 15 days.
To give compensation for the delayed payments,

To increase the pay scale.

To involve more local panchayat so that people can benefit more from the scheme.

The Kheda District Collector was very polite in dealing with the situation. He went through the file immediately and asked for clarifications. He assured that he would forward the file to the DRDA and NREGA cell.
The event was covered by a number of media agencies both electronic and print. There was a huge support from the friends and well wishers of Nadiad.
Mr. Kamlesh Dodia the social worker from Alirajpur Don Bosco was very appreciative of this step. He said “This is an example and a new breakthrough in working for people’s right for other institutes.”

Fr. Isaac was very much taken up by this whole experience being with the people for the Morcha. He commented “I have been talking in all my sessions about Right Based Approach now I know what it means to be part of Morcha. We, Salesians should also go in for such type of work when people suffer due to the unjust system.

Fr. Ivan D’Souza sdb, the Rector of the House congratulated all the efforts and he was very appreciative and supportive of the new steps taken by DRISTI.

BIS #1868 STATE LEVEL CONSULTATION ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI CHILD LABOUR DAY

Fr. Godfrey D’Sa sdb
MUMBAI, JUNE 17, 2010: Balprafulta, a Don Bosco Child Rights Organization, along with Holistic Child Development of India (HCDI), Campaign against Child Labour (CACL) and CARE (Mahrashtra), on the occasion of the International Anti Child Labour Day, organized a State Level Consultation on June 11 and 12, 2010, with participants from both Government and Non-Government Organizations. For quite some time now, those working in the area of Child Labour felt that an upsurge had to be created in Maharashtra to curb the exploitation of children in the labour market. Hence Balprafulta, celebrating its Tenth Anniversary, took the initiative to bring about a convergence of various stakeholders and move towards preparing a Vision Document for the eradication of Child Labour in Maharashtra.
From Government Organizations those who participated in the Consultation were DCP Sheela Sail (Mumbai Crime Branch) and DYSP Mr. Ghondhe (Maharashtra) of the Home Department, Mr. Illwe (Director of Labour Cell) and Mr. Shailendra Pol (Asst. Labour Commissioner) from the Labour Department, Ms. Jayant Pavnikar from the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Mr. Suryakant Kulkarni and Ms. Farida Lambe from the State Child Rights Commission, Dr. Mane from the Mumbai University Law Department, Ms Neelam Gorhe, MLA and Shiv Sena spokesperson, and Mr. Waidande from YASHADA. Also present were representatives from UNICEF, CRY, Childline India Foundation, Saathi, Pratham, CCVC, YUVA, Td.H, FACSE, Shikshan Haq Abhiyan (Western Maharashtra), Nari Probadhan Manch (Latur), Apulki (Jalgoan), Apeksha (Amravati), ARC (Pune) and others. In all over hundred people enthusiastically participated in the two-day proceedings that centered on finding new ways to make the Government focus on the issue of Child Labour and at the same time create a groundswell to make people more aware of this malaise in our society.
Some highlights of the Consultation were:

- Enforce the implementation of the J.J. Act (2000) along with the Amendments (2006) and entirely scrape off the Child Labour Regulation and Prohibition Act of 1986.
- Using the J.J. Act as central, amalgamate all other child related laws and create a new Child Protection Act.
- Transfer the responsibility for children (everyone below the age of eighteen) from the Labour Department to the Department for Women and Child Welfare and work towards strengthening this Department.
- Presently the entire process of Re-Integration of children after rescue is weak. Work towards building a comprehensive plan which will support the re-integration of children into mainstream society.
- Use the provisions allowed in the Children’s Act and insist on creating Children’s Courts. This will enable fast track prosecution as well as create greater sensitivity towards vulnerable children.

- Right across all Departments of the State, it must be unanimously accepted that a child is anyone who has not completed eighteen years of age.
- Scrape the term “Child Labour” and instead use a more inclusive term “Working Child”.
- To create groundswell and increase awareness, focus on sustained advocacy by regularly raising questions on children in the Assembly, insisting on budgetary provisions for children and writing in the newspapers about the plight of working children.

A spark has been ignited and Balprafulta along with many others wish that this spark turns not only into a flame, but grows into a fire that will purge away the exploitation our children suffer under the hands of unscrupulous employers. A unanimous cry from all the participants was to work towards making Maharashtra a ‘Child Labour Free State.’

BIS #1867 NEW DAY, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Fr. Jude D’Mello sdb
MUMBAI, JUNE 16, 2010: On June 14, 2010 the day began like any other Monday morning in the city of Mumbai, except that, in Matunga there was an obvious buzz that this Monday was different. The campus had seen the boarders arrive the previous evening and by 9:00 am the school was alive once again, filled with boys fresh from their holidays, eager to begin a new year.

“The holidays”, as Don Bosco would say, “is just a change of occupation”. And true to the Salesian charisma, the months of April and May saw hectic repairs and renovation of different parts of the various buildings in the campus – all done for the betterment of the children. And that was certainly noticeable in the wide and bright eyes of the boys when they saw their freshly painted classrooms, corridors, school offices, staff rooms and even their principal’s office!

At the start of the new scholastic year, a new look will certainly help the students to begin school life anew!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BIS #1867 NEW DAY, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

 
 
 

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NEW DAY, NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

 Fr. Jude D'Mello sdb

 

MUMBAI, JUNE 16, 2010: On June 14, 2010 the day began like any other Monday morning in the city of Mumbai, except that, in Matunga there was an obvious buzz that this Monday was different. The campus had seen the boarders arrive the previous evening and by 9:00 am the school was alive once again, filled with boys fresh from their holidays, eager to begin a new year.

"The holidays", as Don Bosco would say, "is just a change of occupation". And true to the Salesian charisma, the months of April and May saw hectic repairs and renovation of different parts of the various buildings in the campus – all done for the betterment of the children. And that was certainly noticeable in the wide and bright eyes of the boys when they saw their freshly painted classrooms, corridors, school offices, staff rooms and even their principal's office!

At the start of the new scholastic year, a new look will certainly help the students to begin school life anew!

 


 

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