Thursday, September 30, 2010

BIS #2065 REGIONAL SUPERIOR AT SHELTER DON BOSCO

William Falcao sdb
WADALA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010: Extra ordinary visitation by Fr. Maria Arokiam at Shelter Don Bosco began with Lauds and Holy Eucharist at 7am on September 28, 2010. As soon as the Salesians came out of the Chapel the Shelter boys warmly welcomed Fr Maria with a welcome song.

As per the daily schedule Fr. Regional participated in the management and Staff meetings. The message was very clear to the staff that, “loving the boys is not enough but making them know that they are loved”.

Fr. Maria took keen interest to ask each staff “modus operandi “at Shelter Don Bosco. He met the conferees individually and supported with them positively. Even the staff did not hesitate and took the opportunity to meet the regional personally.

Tree plantation program began in Shelter by the Regional letting us know the significance of tree plantation. This conveys us a message to all of us that “the mighty oak was once a little nut that, held its ground “Then all of us management, staff and boys went to the circle in front of the Parish Church and there along with a member of management, staff and a boy Fr, Maria each planted a sapling, in the midst of heavy traffic with the public wondering and gazing at us.

During the concluding conference after the evening prayer Community was encouraged and enriched with positive strokes and also with some suggestions to improve the standard of the work. He was immensely happy with the community setup. The extraordinary visitation concluded with the family circle. Fr. Regional in his good night taught the boys “how to pray “

The extraordinary visitation went according to schedule planned by the community. Thank you so much Fr. Maria for making it convenient & encouraging everyone in the Shelter.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BIS #2064 LEADERSHIP TRAINING AT DB, KARJAT

Royal D’Souza
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010: The NSS Unit of Don Bosco Institute of Technology, Kurla and NSS Central Suburb Zone, University of Mumbai jointly organized a five day residential ‘Leadership Training Camp’ at Don Bosco, Karjat for seventy-two NSS volunteers from twenty-nine colleges affiliated to the University of Mumbai.

The objective of this programme was to help participants develop as leaders of the future.

The inaugural programme was graced by the Chief Guest Dr. Pramod Pabrekar, State Liaison Officer - NSS; Prof. Atul Salunke, NSS Programme Coordinator - University of Mumbai; Prof. Anis Chawdhury, NSS District Coordinator - Thane Central Zone and Fr. Xavier, Director - Don Bosco, Karjat. The youthful participants were encouraged to build an effective community of leaders from their target audience of four thousand seven hundred NSS volunteers belonging to the zone.
The programme focused on skills development including the art of communications, report writing, editing and time management. Disaster and safety management, environment consciousness and empowerment of women were topics that received decent coverage. Dr. N. G. Joag, Principal - DBIT animated the group with a session on Motivation.

Fr. Xavier at the concluding function displayed confidence that each of the seventy-two participants were on the threshold of developing into prospective leaders of the community.

The Leadership Training Camp’s success was largely due to the overwhelming support received from Fr. Xavier and his dedicated team at Don Bosco, Karjat.

BIS #2063 SOCIAL FINANCIAL INCLUSION MEETING - VASAI & BOSCO BOYS HOME

Mayuri Rajbonshi
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010: The concept of Financial and Social Inclusion for underprivileged has been spreading through various NGO meets in Maharashtra by Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai. On September 17, a meeting was held at the Good Shepherd Convent, Virar, for NGOs engaged in social action for the Diocese of Vasai, one of the points of the agenda was the explaining about the importance of financial and social inclusion of the poor for a better India. Most NGOs faced a common problem that many schemes and services though meant for the poor, remains inaccessible due to lack of identity or other forms of documentation. Making a PAN card as proof of identity and opening an SBI tiny saving account helps solve many of these issues.

Sanmitra an NGO has been appointed as a nodal agency for Unit Trust of India to issue PAN cards as well as a Business Correspondent (BC) for the State Bank of India has been appointed to help NOGs become CSPs (Customer Service Provider) to issue SBI tiny savings accounts for the poor in the slums and villages. This service was made open to the attending NGOs. Many took this up and decided to follow up on the lead given through Sanmitra.

Following up on this meeting the Don Bosco Research Centre organized a further workshop on September 27, at Bosco Boys Home, Borivali, NGOs were given practical instructions on how to make and submit Pan Cards for poor through the nodal agency via this network,. Many organizations form Mumbai, Vasai, Pune and Karjat participated. Mrs Kirti Joshi Manager, UTITSL explained the process, verified the documents of proof and took a practical session on how to fill up the form correctly she also how to avoid rejection/ cancellation of the application later. Mr. Pandit took a session explaining the details of a micro pension plan for those who could save Rs.200/- pm up to the age of fifty – eight years. And enjoy a pension upon retirement.The meeting ended up with a discussion on how to make this Social and Financial Inclusion sustainable in village set ups. It was stressed that choosing income generation activities which poor people have done traditionally is crucial for self sustainable of a village savings programme. NGOs should strengthen the local SHGs with trainings for these activities. Getting a loan for individual entrepreneurship is sometimes difficult from banks. The SHGs can take a loan in the name of the group and divide the money among the members according to their requirements. It has worked in many villages. It was pointed out that the NGOs should develop animators in each village to see to the sustainability of this programme in rural areas

BIS #2062 TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATIONS BOSCO SAMJIK VIKAS KENDRA

Fr. Anaclete D’Mello sdb
VALVANDA, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010: BSVS has organized teachers day celebrations in forty villages in the first and second week of September 2010. The objective of the celebration was to promote the importance of education among the children, parents and teachers. A brief description is given below about the celebrations held in some villages.
Bosco Samajik Vikas Kendra (BSVS) operates in Jawhar and Mokhada Taluka of Thane district. Majority of the population in this area are tribal’s. In Jawhar and Mokhada, most of the schools are functioning in multi-grade situations, where one or two teachers have to teach a number of classes simultaneously. Due to lack of motivation from parents and unawareness of importance of education children are not sufficiently motivated in their studies. They lack supervision and encouragement from parents as well as teachers, which makes children discontinue their studies. On the other hand the infrastructure is inadequate, teachers are irregular, inadequate teaching staff and uninteresting teaching techniques also lead to children dropping out from school. BSVS conducts support classes in forty villages for children enrolled in government schools in classes I to IX. On an average fifty children from each village is availing of this study support. Hence approximately two thousand children are benefiting from this programme.

The SSC exam is a crucial academic benchmark for school children; their performance in this exam will determine whether or not they get admission into colleges of their choice. However, children appearing for their SSC exams from state-run schools are often not adequately prepared for them. In particular, they face difficulties in maths, science and English. BSVS has set up study support classes for SSC students from residential schools in fifteen villages. They are tutored in maths, science and English for two hours every day.
Teachers’ day was celebrated in all the villages where BSVS is running support study classes and special classes for class X students. School children along with their teachers participated in the programme. Various competitions such as Langadi, Lemon and Spoon race, essay writing, drawing, and elocution etc. were organized for the students. The winners were given prizes by the village Sarpanch or Head master of the school. Many villagers have gathered for the programme. Village Sarpanch had honored the teachers during the celebration. Village Education Committee played an important role to organize the people.

Head master of the school in Khodala said that, “This is the first time that the teachers’ day is celebrated in our school. We are very happy to receive a warm welcome from the people and children”.

Teachers’ day celebrations were a great success in all the villages. Teachers, students, Gram Panchayat members and parents of the children participated actively in the programme. For many of them it was their first teachers’ day celebration. The programme has helped to create awareness about the importance of education in the area.

Special thanks to Fr. Carlos George, principal Don Bosco High School Borivali and his students for contributing the gift articles. Gift articles distributed during the celebrations were contributed by the students from Don Bosco High School Borivali.

Monday, September 27, 2010

BIS #2061 UMRETH DEANARY CELEBRATES BOARDING DAY

UMRETH, SEPTEMBER 27,2010: September 26, 2010 was marked as the day for the children to enjoy themselves and learn something on creation. The theme for the boarding day was care for creation. The children came in at about 9:30am they were divide into groups for the ice breakers and some games organized for them by the brothers and the sisters which they thoroughly enjoyed. After the games snacks was served.
The inauguration programme began at 11:00am led by bro Anthony showing them the importance of creation and how much god loves humanity that he gave his best to it. The students of Don Bosco Dakor enacted a skit showing the importance of not cutting trees. The first session was taken by Fr. Cyril Dias from Naidaid and Narendra bhai explaining the importance of creation and the different types of pollution. He also went to explain that we can do little things to make this world a better place to stay in. The children present were then sent for lunch which they all enjoyed.

The second session began at 2:15pm in which Fr. Cyril Dias animated the different boarding by giving them a group activity and they had to come up and put up a skit or a song on creation and the ways and the means by which they as children can take care of their surroundings. Each of the boarding was asked to present a theme song on care for creation and each boarding did its best with the best of animation. The programme ended with the final words of the dean Fr. Alexander Fernandes and with snacks being provided. The day ended on a fantastic note when the boys and the girls wished and thanked all of the fathers', brothers and sisters for the wonderful day organized for them. They said that “Ame lok mate pachi amach divas rako.""Tamaro kup kup abar".

BIS #2060 FOOTBALL FIESTA IN DIVYADAAN

Aristo Andrat sdb
DIVYADAAN, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010: The Fathers and brothers from Divyadaan, Salesian Training Institute (STI) and Don Bosco Bhavan conducted a dawn to dusk football tournament on Divyadaan and STI grounds on September 26, 2010. Sixteen teams from in and around Nashik city participated in this tournament. The teams comprised of youngsters hailing from different backgrounds.

The tournament began with a prayer service which invoked the presence of God. The inaugural speech for the tournament was given by Rev. Fr. Solomon Rapol sdb. Here, he explained the work done by the Salesians for the poor and needy youth of today. He also invited the kids to enjoy each other’s company and promote peach and harmony. The first game kicked off at 9 a.m. Music and live entertaining commentary added to the splendor of the event.

The final was played between the teams Kamgar Nagar and Godavari one on the Divyadaan ground. The boys from Kamgar Nagar had the upper edge and finally clinched the title with a score line of 3-2 through a penalty shootout. Special prizes were given for the best player which was awarded to Arun Chelappan from Kamgar Nagar. The best defender was bagged by Robin Addav from Satpur and the best goalkeeper was awarded to Bobby Sharma from Kasturba Nagar. The participated teams received gifts and these were sponsored by Komo Studios, Mumbai.
The final was graced by Mr. Vishwas Deokar, the editor of the Sakal newspaper who was the chief guest for this annual dawn to dusk tournament. He commended the efforts of all the players. The chief guest, in his speech, quoted a poem written by the late Narayan Surve. He quoted Surve saying, “Kamgar ahay me, talapti talwar ahay me” which commended the worker of today. He encourgaged the youngsters to be zealous like workers, always the seeking the betterment of oneself in academics and sport. He further asked the boys to grow in brotherhood and thus journey through life, holding each others hands, striving for perfection.
This event provided youngsters with a stage not only to portray their talents but also allowed them an experience of joy, of being together and thus inculcate in them a spirit of sportsmanship. Various boys when interviewed expressed a sense of appreciation for the work done by the young Salesians in organizing a wonderful experience for them. Speaking about the tournament, Master Robin Addav, a member of the Satpur team said, “I like so many boys coming together and playing with full enthusiasm”. Another sportsman Krishna Singh Yadav commented that the grounds were well prepared and a lot of effort was put in by the organizers. Mohsin Sheikh from the Siddharth Hotel team said, “Brothers come to our oratory and teach us good values. This makes our Sundays enjoyable.”

Finally every boy left the ground with a renewed zest for the game of football and with a longing to play again the next year.

Friday, September 24, 2010

AVEC - Values For The Yatra - October 2010

BIS #2059 PRIYADARSHNI ACADEMY HONORS EIGHT GLOBAL AWARDEES

Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 24, 2010 : Mr. Nanik Rupani, Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy, and Dr. R. A. Mashelkar, Chairman of Priyadarshni Academy’s Global Awards Advisory Committee and former Scientific Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, honored eight Global Awardees at the Academy’s Twenty-Sixth Anniversary Global Awards function held at the Trident Hotel in Mumbai on September 19, 2010.
The award function was graced by Hon. Chief Minister Shri Ashok Chavan as the Chief Guest. Mr. Deepak Parekh, Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Mr. Niraj Bajaj and Mr. Nana Chudasama were the Guests of Honor.
Established in 1984, Priyadarshni Academy is a non-profit, socio-cultural and educational organization which functions with the motto of rendering service to humanity. The Academy’s flagship program is it’s Global Awards which acknowledges the outstanding contributions of dignitaries around the world to varied spheres of human activity. This year, the Global Awards Advisory Committee focused on inclusiveness & growth which impact the lives of people aroundthe world. The disciplines encompassed innovation, energy, technology, human rights, corporate leadership, education, Indian culture, and cinema.
 
The award function acknowledged the following dignitaries:
 
The Academy’s First Ramakrishna Bajaj Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Human Rights to Mr. Martin Luther King, III, President & CEO, King Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for his continued quest for equality and justice for all people around the world through measures which are rooted in the tenets of nonviolent conflict resolution, and for bringing together through his Second Generation Global Peace Initiative, heirs of twentieth century peace makers to address some of the world’s most compelling crises, including Darfur, the Middle East and Burma.
 
The Harish Mahindra Memorial Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to Corporate Leadership to Mr. A. M. Naik, Chairman & Managing Director Larsen & Toubro, Mumbai, India for his global vision, missionary zeal, and unique leadership which enabled L&T, expand its horizons beyond domestic frontiers and blossom into a truly international conglomerate in the manufacturing domain; and for bringing recognition to L&T’s Heavy Engineering Division as one of the top five manufacturing units in the world.
  
The Smita Patil Memorial Award for Best Actor to Ms. Vidya Balan Film Actor, Mumbai, India for her outstanding contribution to cinema within a very short span of time, from her performance in her debut film to essaying a wide variety of roles in successive films, for obtaining critical and commercial success; and for achieving selection of one of her films as India’s official entry to the Oscar awards.
   
The Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Grass Roots Innovation to Prof. Anil Gupta, Executive Vice-Chair, National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad, India, for pioneering and championing the grass roots innovation movement in India, and for establishing and leading the game changing Honey Bee Network and National Innovation Foundation, which created a new paradigm by building on the rich knowledge of poor people.

The Academy’s Twenty-Sixth Anniversary Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Sustainable Energy Infrastructure to Mr. Ole Johansson, President & CEO, Wartsila NSD Corporation, Helsinki, Finland, for developing energy infrastructure in a sustainable and energy efficient manner.

The Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Nuclear Technology to Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Member, Atomic Energy Commission, Mumbai, India, for his leadership in the field of nuclear technology including safety related research, development of new state-of the-art technologies leading to the assertion of India’s nuclear sovereignty, masterminding the Indo-US Nuclear Deal and for his ongoing efforts to make India fully self-reliant in energy through the use of indigenous thorium resources.

The Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Indian Business and Culture Abroad to Mr. Yoshihiro Nishida Vice Chairman,Yokohama India Centre, Japan, for helping establish an organization in Japan, which, through mutual cooperation, has been promoting the expansion of business, cultural, and educational relations between India and Japan.
The Academy’s Twenty–Sixth Anniversary Global Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Promotion of Education to Mr. Raul Diez Canseco Terry, Director, Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru & former Vice President of Peru, for spending more than forty years of his life in building a comprehensive educational system and organization in Peru for school, college and university students, as well as many other institutions in the country; for bringing about eighty-five agreements with international universities and institutions; and for his path-breaking contributions to fighting poverty through education.

During this year Fr. Maschio’s Scholarship for B.Ed. was given to Ms. Karki Tara, Bombay Teachers Training College, Ms. Akhani Shweta Prashant, Bombay Teachers Training College, Mr. Bhand Sharad Pandurang, Govt. of Maharashtra Secondary Training College, Ms. Andrea J. S. Lobo, Guru Nanak College of Edu. and Research and Ms. Annie Frankey Dias, St. Xavier’s Institute of Education.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BIS #2058 JUST MOODLE IT

Extract: MID-DAY Sunday, September 19, 2010
KURLA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010: Education must keep abreast with technology. Soon chalk and blackboard will be irrelevant and so too the whole art of handwriting may disappear. In a Midday review last Sunday, Mr. M. Srinivasan from Gifted Education And Research (GEAR) is unequivocal in his support of technology of learning. “The question in not how intelligent you are, but how are you intelligent? The use of technology can bring out a genius in any child as he/she gets a chance to be more creative.”

Like GEAR, Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT) in Kurla, allows its students to access information that the teacher didn’t have time to share in restricted time. Course Management Software (CMS) called MOODLE comes handy. Gunashekar Nandi, Systems IT Manager at DBIT calls it “a stable, robust and effective tool for taking teaching and the learning process beyond the four walls of a classroom.”

MOODLE was chosen because lecturers often fight against time. What if they want to find something more that’s relevant to the subject? What is a student had not been able to clear his doubts in half hour or it absent that day? That’s where MOODLE steps in. Lecturers can upload extra notes on the online forum, which students can then access, download and discuss among themselves and later on with the teacher. Tests and quizzes are also conducted using MOODLE,” says Nandi.

Add the fact that it virtually eliminates the need for a tutor, and it’s easy to see why the response has been “tremendous”, Nandi puts it. Today, at an initial cost of three lacs per server, MOODLE at DBIT effectively caters to a total of 1,500 users and 200 simultaneous users

BIS #2057 EXPRESSIONS OF HEARTFELT GRATITUDE

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010: September 21 was a special day for the Josephites. It was set aside for the Management Team of the school comprising Fr. Aloysius Furtado (Rector), Fr. Bernard Fernandes (Principal), Fr. Sanjay Lopes (Administrator) and Ms. Nicole Britto (Vice Principal). This was our day to say THANKS to each one of them for their selfless and dedicated approach in the smooth and efficient running of our school.

The specially planned assemblies of the Secondary and the KG/Primary sections said it all. The prayer and the programme reflected the theme of the day – ‘You Brighten our Life with Your Light’. The entertainment program was a blend of skit, song and dance that spoke volumes of the feelings and sentiments of the staff and students towards the team.
The teaching and the non-teaching staff of St. Joseph’s partook of a sumptuous lunch in the afternoon that added to the spirit of camaraderie and fellowship that reigned right through the day.

BIS #2056 BONDED IN LOVE

Jacinta Chettiar
VIRAR, SEPTEMBER 23, 2010: On Sunday, September 19 the couples of Resurrection Parish at Virar organized a programme for the couples whose wedding anniversaries occur in the month of September, October, November and December. Around eighty couples along with their family members came for the Eucharist which was followed by a get-together. The programme began with a Solemn Eucharistic celebration at 6:00pm. In the homily, the celebrant emphasized the importance of prayer as a binding force cementing relationships within a family.

After the Eucharist, the families proceeded to the hall for a get-together. The programme started at 7:15pm with the march past. This was followed by couples Dance, Games and spot prizes.

Our DJ Mr. Joy kept the floor alive with his lively music. Also Mr. Norbert Fernandes and Mrs. Panzy Rodrigues kept the couples and the children entertained with their novel and innovative games. Mr. & Mrs. Savio Braganza shared their beautiful years of togetherness of their married life.

Under the guidance of Fr. Augustine, the family cell provided a memorable and an enjoyable evening to the couples and their children.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BIS #2055 PUTTING THEIR THINKING CAPS ON

BIS Correspondent
WADALA, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: On September 5, 2010, an Interschool Quiz Competition was held by the Rotary Club of Bombay Mulund Valley. Three of our students - Mater Dhruv Patel and Master Soham Shah of Std X and Master Moneel Bheda of Std IX represented the school.

The school stood third among the top eighteen schools in Mumbai and scored an amazing ninety points. Our team was slow out of the blocks, but gained speed gradually to give a tough competition to the other participating teams. They almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the scores of the teams of three schools, namely St Joseph's, Apeejay Nerul and Chimayananda International, were tied at ninety points. Our team secured the third place in the tie breaker that followed.

In the DSO Chess Tournament held on September 13, 2010, Nimish Doshi of Std. VIII A, stood sixth overall from over two hundred participants and qualified for the district level competition in the U/14 category. This is indeed a proud achievement for the school and the school chess coach, Mr. Ketan Bharucha
Way to go, boys!

BIS #2054 JAWHAR SUICIDES

Savio Silveira sdb
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: Since the past two years, the Development Office has been advocating that we should use the Rights Based Approach in our developmental programmes. In this context, a question that I am often asked is: What exactly is the Rights Based Approach to development?
Today’s Hindustan Times (Mumbai edition) has carried three articles, including one on the front page, of Sitaram Pandu Gavanda, who committed suicide on September 15, in Chondipada village of Jawhar taluka. Desperate poverty drove Sitaram to this step. According to one of the reports, twenty-four tribals, mostly farmers, have committed suicide in Jawhar taluka since January 2010.

The most common reason for poverty in this, and most rural areas, is lack of employment. To address this problem, the government passed the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) in 2005. Unfortunately, even five years later, most rural people are unable to draw benefit from this Act. Kailash Jadhav, Additional Collector in charge of the Employment Guarantee Scheme (EGS) in Jawhar, admitted that the EGS has been non-functional in the taluka for the past eighteen months. “If the EGS had worked, Sitaram Gavanda could have been saved,” said Ramchandra Navsu Barph, the local police patil.
Inability to access food grains is another huge issue in rural areas. The above mentioned news reports point out that the Public Distribution System (PDS) is in tatters in Jawhar. In Sitaram’s village Chondipada, for instance, only twenty of the two hundred and seventy families have ration cards, which means the others cannot access food grains through the PDS. Again, hundred and sixty nine families in this village fall under the Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. Hence, these families are entitled to more grain at less price; but since they do not have a ration card they cannot avail of this benefit.

The immediate reason that pushed Sitaram to commit suicide was sickness in the family. He was suffering from TB and his ten year old son Nilesh was down with fever. The day before he committed suicide, Sitaram asked his wife Kamal to take Nilesh to the hospital for which he gave her Rs 100. “That was all he had. He told me he had to choose between Nilesh and himself,” Kamal said.

Sitaram was entitled to employment, but was unable to access work that would have brought him an income because the EGS has not been functioning in the taluka since the past eighteen months. He was entitled to low cost food grains, but could not feed his family since the PDS system there had collapsed. He was entitled to free medical services, but could not avail of the same since this service has also collapsed. Sitaram was entitled to live, but he was forced to kill himself since he could not access any of those entitlements that would have enabled to stay alive.
The Rights Based Approach is about enabling people like Sitaram access their entitlements. It is about helping people like Sitaram live.

BIS #2053 FR AROKIAM AT NASA

Vinod Mascarenhas sdb

NASHIK, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010: Fr Maria Arokiam, the Regional Councillor for South Asia, is on a week-long extraordinary visitation to Nashik. During the visit, he met the staff members of the three Salesian communities (NaSA, Nashik Salesians’ Association) – Don Bosco, Divyadaan and Salesian Training Institute – at 1700 hrs on September 20, 2010 at Don Bosco Nashik. The meeting had a one-point agenda. Fr Arokiam wanted the members to share their dreams and vision for the South Asia region. He asked them to respond to the question: “If I were the regional councillor.”
The members looked forward to greater collaboration among the provinces in areas like formation (inter-provincial theologates, for instance) and social communication (the various media houses in the provinces could team up and market their products under a common “brand name”).

Fr Arokiam sought the members’ opinions about the studentate of theology in Pune. The members said that the experience of studying in a non-Salesian centre had its pros and cons, but perhaps the real issue was not empirical as whether this experience fits into the current mind of the congregation vis-à-vis the theological formation of Salesians.

Next, Fr Arokiam briefed the members about collaborative efforts at the regional level in the fields of social development, work for the marginalised, psychological expertise, social communication, higher education, technical education and financial administration.

He ended the meeting by urging the members to be research-minded and to “dare and hope.”

Fr Arokiam concludes the visitation here on September 23, and travels to New Delhi for the meeting of the principals of Salesian schools in India

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BIS #2052 PAST PUPIL MEET FOR THE YEAR 2010-2011

Bro. Anthony Dias sdb
DAKOR, SEPT EMBER 21, 2010: The past pupils meeting took place on September 19, 2010. The meeting began with the prayer moments led by bro. Anthony. Around twenty youth had gathered for the meeting and it was nice to see some of the older students present there for the meeting.

In the second half of the meeting Mr. Hasmukh one of the resource person was called upon to give the talk to the youth. The resource person spoke on the topic of dealing with different situation in life and especially when it is easy to live life for oneself but difficult to live for another. He also spoke to them on the topic that it is important that we help each other in the different situations in life. Then the youth went for lunch after the session and came back for the second session which was taken by Fr. Mayank Parmar sdb on how to become the member of the past pupil unit and he invited the youngsters that nothing is impossible in life. He also spoke to them about the joining of the past pupils association. In the evening the past pupils were provided tea and snacks they enjoyed the day. They had a little jam session in the hall. The students were interested in having a basketball match with the boarders and they played a good game recalling the days when they used to play in their boarding days.the meeting ended on a good note and they went away saying good bye to come back for the good memories that they had cherished for their lives.

Monday, September 20, 2010

BIS #2051 MISTAB 2010 REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

Crescens Lemos sdb
LONAVLA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: The Maval Inter-School Table- Tennis and Badminton Tournament was organized by the Past Pupils of Don Bosco Lonavla in collaboration with Lonavla Municipal Cooperation on September 18 and September 19, 2010.

Around fifteen schools of the Maval Taluka participated in the tournament with a total of seven hundred entries. The Tournament began on September 18, 2010 in the morning. Fr. Cletus D’souza the Rector of Don Bosco Lonavla and Mr. Varthak the Vice-President of Lonavla Municipal Corporation were the important dignitaries for the inauguration ceremony. Fr. Cletus D’souza the Rector of the Institute declared Mistab 2010 open. In all the three games Table-Tennis, Chess and Badminton the categories were Under-13, Under-16, Under-19; Except Table-Tennis had the open category. All the games were open for both boys and girls.

The knock-out rounds for seven hundred entries were completed on the first day itself. The second day witnessed the quarters, semis and the finals of the three games in all the categories. It was interesting to see people of different age-groups coming together for the tournament. Some came to cheer their grand children, children, and friends. Among the participants were young people and people young at heart. The Rector of the Institute Fr. Cletus D’souza and Cl. Ranson were participants for the tournament in the open category.

The tournament was a great success. Kudos to the Past Pupils of Don Bosco Lonavla along with their coordinator Fr. Lorenzo D’souza and the community of Don Bosco Lonavla. Run, Jump, play but don’t sin…

BIS #2050 ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER PEAK SCALED

BIS Correspondent
MATUNGA, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: ‘Don Bosco - Matunga excels!’ is a phrase often heard in our campus, and it was proved once again when the Hindustan Times - dated September 20, 2010(in an independently conducted survey), ranked the school amongst the Top 10 Schools of Mumbai. Moving up several notches from last year’s rankings brought much joy to the entire institute. What made it even more special was the fact that the Institute received the highest ratings for its Social Engagement, Selection Process, Sports and Value for Money. While acknowledging everyone – management, staff, parents and students, for the tremendous effort in reaching this new milestone, we cannot forget the fact that such heights would not have been achieved without the vision, commitment and dedication of generations of Salesians, staff, parents and students who have over the years consistently been raising the bar of education in this institute.
For details of the article please click on the link below. The Mumbai Edition, Mumbai main pages – Four Metro Special.

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/Publications/HT/HM/2010/09/20/INDEX.SHTML

BIS #2049 RAMPUR SEEKS GUIDANCE FROM DRISTI

Parmar Mayank sdb
KAPADVANJ, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: The people of Rampura want the Government Systems to work. From the last three years the people of Rampura were deprived of many facilities. The villagers felt that the Panchayat body was not interested in solving the problems.
During the rainy season, the main road is clogged with water resulting in the spread of diseases throughout the village. DRISTI has been working in this village for the past six months and was instrumental in getting their pay in the NREGS. After this success the people of the village approached DRISTI to help them with this matter. With the guidance of DRISTI the people submitted a written application to the Talati on August 15, 2010 in public. Till the end of the month, no action was taken in order to improve the situation. Once again the people came knocking to DRISTI. Fr. Mayank, together with Sailesh Parmar and Suresh Parmar our field workers had a meeting with the villagers and helped to draw up the official written application with the following problems.

1. Water clogging on the main road.
2. Health and sanitation issue
3. Distribution of village sanitation equipments which is lying with the village panchayat for the last three months
4. Re checking of the BPL List
5. To put street lights
6. Hand pump repairing and to start the village water pump
7. Inquiry about the work done at ‘udharakh talav’
8. Why the information like shelf of work and b.p.l. list was not displayed on the panchayat wall?

This application was submitted by the people to the TDO and requested to have a Gram sabha. The TDO rejected the request for a gramsabha but agreed for a special meeting where he would send the Assistant TDO.

This special meeting was held on September 15, 2010. The Talatin and the sarpanch remained absent but all the same issues were taken up one by one and another issue was also raised regarding the building of an Anganwadi. He promised to solve all the issues as soon as possible giving preference to the Road. The very next day the villagers informed DRISTI that some action already began. Steps were taken to prevent water prone diseases.

BIS #2048 AMRUT DHARA ORGANIZES MARIAN QUIZ

Royston Colaco
KAPADVANJ, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: On September 19, 2010 Amrut Dhara, Don Bosco Kapadvanj organized the Ninth Annual Marian Quiz. This quiz was organized for all Don Bosco schools in Gujarat and all the parishes in Umreth Deanery. Don Bosco Kawant, Chottaudepur, Dakor, and Snehalaya participated in the quiz. There was also a team from Thasra and Kathlal.

The quiz began at 10.30 with a short and meaningful prayer service. During which Fr. Gregoray D’almeida, the Rector of Kawant the chief guest for the day garlanded the statue of Our Lady and lit the lamp. Mr. Robinson Vaghela was the quiz master. There were eleven rounds in all comprising of questions and puzzles. All the participants were well prepared. Krupesh, one of the aspirants entertained the participants during the intervals’ with his humorous sayries and jokes.

Don Bosco Dakor emerged as winners of the quiz. They were followed by Snehalaya in the second place and Kawant in the third. Fr. Gregory addressed the gathering saying the important aspect of the quiz to increase devotion and knowledge of Mary. All the participants were then treated to sumptuous meal.

BIS #2047 KAWANT WELCOMES SOUTH ASIA REGIONAL FR MARIA AROKIAM

Shawn DaeLima sdb
KAWANT, SEPTEMBER 20, 2010: September 12, 2010 was a say of blessing for the house of Don Bosco Kawant as Fr Maria Arokiam, the regional of the South Asia of our Congregation, came to our community in the name of the Rector Major.

Fr Maria was welcomed solemnly at the entrance gate of our Institution. There was then a Rathwa dance from the gate to the boarding hall expressing the culture of this place. Fr Maria and Fr Vinod were escorted by the Salesian confreres residing in the place.
After a short break there was the holy Eucharist with the Salesian family. Just after the mass there was a small program expressing love and gratitude to Fr Maria for his presence among us. Fr Maria then encouraged our people with his inspiring talk. He was touched by the work that was done in Kawant. He was also very happy as he distributed the prizes that were received by our institution in the field of sports as this year the school had won five major tournaments.
After the short program Fr Maria planted a Neem tree in front of our boarding hall that showed his love for nature and so also leaving behind a mark of love and gratitude for his behalf.

He visited villages where we were working and was touched by the effort that was made by us to reach out to these children in the VEP. The children of the Nakal village in turn expressed the love they had for Father Maria through a short program that was organized by them for him. Fr Maria then met the confreres of Kawant personally. Then he met the Salesian family and thanked them for the lovely work they were doing in this mission land. The Salesian family also out of love and gratitude towards Father Maria expressed it through the gifts they had brought for him.

In the final conference where he met the whole community together, he read the report of the community. He then motivated the confreres and asked them to evaluate the work they were doing. He made us aware that we were religious and so also men of God and that we were different from Social workers.

Fr Maria’s visit to Kawant was a memorable one and our community was blessed truly blessed by his coming.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

BIS #2046 FILM, 'MOTHER TERESA' TO BE SCREENED AT RANG SHARDA, BANDRA

Joaquim Fernandes sdb
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 18, 2010: As part of Mother Teresa’s Birth Centenary celebrations, the documentary film, ‘Mother Teresa’ to be screened at Rang Sharda, Bandra Reclamation on September 25, 2010 at 6pm. The event is organized by SIGNIS, Western Region. Bishop Ferdinand J. Fonseca would be the chief guest at the screening.
Renowned English actress Olivia Hussey plays Mother Teresa in this documentary directed by Fabrizio Costa. According to Sr. Phyllis Fernandes fma, President of SIGNIS, Western Region, “This film, ‘Mother Teresa’ is a part of Mother Teresa International Film Festival- 2010. It is our endeavor, like Mother’s work, to exhibit these movies in all parts of India and the World. Mother has a large following in Mumbai and hence we thought it was prudent to have a film on her shown in the city. There are over fourteen films as part of the festival and are available for screening till December 31, 2010 for schools and colleges. Those interested can get in touch with us.”

The movie, ‘Mother Teresa’ is set in the India of late 1940s. British rule has just come to an end but peace shuns the country. Riots rip the nation. The murderous confrontations between Hindus and Muslims take magnanimous proportion, particularly in Calcutta. Wrecked by poverty and the riots, Calcutta buckles under despair. But in the midst of all this misery one nun stands steadfast, following her calling to help love and bring hope to the poorest of the poor: Mother Teresa. This calling brings endless struggles, but Mother Teresa is unwilling to accept what others deem impossible. With support of some visionary friends and passionate young nuns, Mother Teresa fights fearlessly for the unloved and forgotten and finally succeeds in founding her own missionary order.
Since there are limited seats available at the auditorium, viewing of this film is by invitation only. The passes are free and are available on first come first basis. Those interested are requested to contact Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, on 24150680/65007840 from 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.

MTIFF- 2010 is the third film Festival. Setting a new trend in International Film Festivals, MTIFF 2010- a SIGNIS Bengal initiative started way back in 2003. The first ever MTIFF was held in Kolkata to mark Mother’s beatification and a second MTIFF was held in Berhampore to mark her tenth death anniversary. MTIFF is absolutely a non-commercial in nature with free entry pass/cards and depends entirely on generous benefactors for unavoidable expenses like venue, screenings, publicity, printing and stationery, etc.

ABOUT SIGNIS:

SIGNIS is a non-governmental organization that includes members from hundred and forty countries. As the "World Catholic Association for Communication", it brings together radio, television, cinema, video, media education, Internet, and new technology professionals. SIGNIS was created in November 2001 from the merger between two organizations (Unda, for radio and television; and OCIC, for cinema and audiovisual) that were both created in 1928. Its very diversified programmes cover fields such as the promotion of films or television programmes (juries at important festivals: Cannes, Berlin, Monte Carlo, Venice, Ouagadougou...), the creation of radio, video, and television studios, production and distribution of programmes, supplying specialized equipment, training professionals...

For Further Information please contact:

Mr. Felix Dias
Secretary, SIGNIS (Western Region)
Contact: 9821413944

Friday, September 17, 2010

BIS #2045 THE RANCH EXPERIENCE

Bibiana Estebeiro and Fr. Brian Moras sdb
MATUNGA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2010: The dawn of September 10, 2010 saw a group of forty-five people from tiny tots and their parents to youngsters and working youth, venture out together on the road to the Lord’s RANCH which is around an hour and half from the upcoming township of Lavasa in Pune.
The theme chosen by our group was RANCH- REACHING A NEW CONFIDENT HORIZON. The sole aim was to experience a retreat where one focused on Oneself, God’s awesome creation, an experience of ‘lively faith’.
The journey commenced by bus from Don Bosco, Borivli, with the major part of the group being picked up at Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga. The latter part of the journey was by a boat and then a jeep.
The long journey was made interesting and memorable with Bible quizzes, games and songs of praises to the Lord in which everyone sportingly participated. The beauty of nature was overwhelming, as we travelled at a quick pace. The Ranch itself is surrounded by awesome mountains overlooking the lake; with God’s presence and peace looming all over.
Up at the Ranch, the Retreat was brightened with songs of praise to the Lord which involved many interesting action songs. In addition we had meaningful sessions, moments of reflection, celebration of the Eucharist and formation and growth sessions which showed a path for transformation.
The speakers Fr. Glenn, Fr. Brian, Mr. Hillary and Mrs. Adeline, accentuated that we need to build a stronger relation with God, love and appreciate the beautiful persons that we are, follow the WWJD (What Would Jesus Do) approach in our day to day life and live daringly for God and Self.
What enriched the Retreat experience were the Sessions, personal time given, Counselling and Confessions. The icing on the cake was the one of its kind camp fire experience wherein four groups were formed, named after the four Evangelists. Each group had to prepare a short advertisement showing how they would advertise Jesus in today’s world. This turned out to be learning, humorous and a mind-blowingingly relevant experience.
As we travelled back to Mumbai on September 12, we were filled with gratitude to our amazing God, who has been so good to us, who loves and cares for us. The RANCH indeed helped us ‘Reach A New Confident Horizon’.
As Bro. Hillary, the owner of the Ranch whose trust in the God of the Impossible shaped the Ranch, will humbly say, “Take a break at the Lord’s Ranch young and young at heart, individuals and companies and enjoy the unique peace and serene beauty you encounter here – a paradise on earth”

BIS #2044 MAGNIFICAT - A SONG OF PRAISE

Anthony Fonseca l sdb

NERUL, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010:

My soul glorifies the wonders of our Lady
My community experiences the Motherhood of Mary
My school children celebrate the birthday gift from our Lady
My Province has its own first Indian CBSE school
Finally we have got the Affiliation.

After a long process, inspection and completion of all documents,
The painful agony of insecurity, anxiety, apprehension
The Long waiting period and deficiency and rejection
The aggression, allegation and lack of confidence of parents
The suspicion of children of Class IX
Inspite of all this Our Lady has done it.

It was indeed a Birthday gift to Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. On September 8 around 12.00 noon we got the news of affiliation and our school is recognized as CBSE School.
Thanks to all students, teachers, parents, well wishers, confrers and the Provincial and his council for all your prayers and support.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

BIS #2043 FR AROKIAM'S GUJARAT VISIT

Vinod Mascarenhas sdb
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010: The extraordinary visitation of the “Gujarat Region” – which began in Kapadvanj on September 6, 2010 – concluded in Baroda last evening. Fr Maria Arokiam – the Extraordinary Visitor – will go to Suket (which is also part of the region) in early October.
During the “Tour de Gujarat,” Fr Arokiam met forty-two confreres and several collaborators in ten presences, and travelled over six hundred kilometers – in just nine days! His focus was to meet the confreres and listen to them share their lives and experiences. He also met members of the Salesian Family, the other collaborators, and the children and people with whom the Salesians work in this region; went to villages in Dakor, Narukot and Kawant.
The highlight of the visit was two meetings with the confreres of the region. Fr Arokiam spent an hour and a half with the practical trainees from 1445 hrs on September 13, 2010 at Don Bosco Baroda. He invited the young clerics to share the situation of the practical trainees in the Gujarat region, and to share their perceptions about the Province.
On September 14, 2010, he met the perpetually professed confreres of the region from 1800 to 1945 hrs at Don Bosco Baroda. The meeting was well-attended; confreres from all the communities were present. The confreres discussed the development of Gujarat – the challenges and possibilities; and shared their views about the state of the Mumbai Province and the South-Asia Region.

Fr Arokiam next travels to Nashik on a seven-day visit to the three communities for initial formation.

BIS #2042 JOSEPH'S U-16 SCALE NEW HEIGHTS

BIS Correspondent
WADALA, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010: St. Joseph’s tasted sweet victory yet again, this time in football. The heroic performance of the under-16 football team who defeated Utpal Sanghvi, Juhu 3-1 via the tie-breaker in the finals, helped the school lift the trophy and clinch the u-16 Division II title in the inter-school football tournament organized by the MSSA at Azad Maidan on Thursday September 9, 2010.

It was once again Zenon Sydney Aglem’s goal-keeping prowess that took his team to victory and eventually the title. The final headed into the penalty shoot-out after the scores at the regulation time remained tied at 1-1. The fifteen year old Aglem dedicated the triumph to his team-mates and also to the tireless efforts of his coaches Mr. Jesus D’Sa and Mr. Avinash Gracious.
Joyous victory was evident on the faces of the champs as they received their trophy. The school is indeed proud of their achievement as they now brace themselves for greater challenges in the top flight Division I during the next season.

There would have been an add-on to this victory had the under-14 football team won their match in the finals of the DSO tournament. The Josephites went down fighting to Don Bosco, Matunga in that match at Azad Maidan on September 10, 2010.

Monday, September 13, 2010

BIS #2041 DON BOSCO IN OUR MIDST

BIS Correspondent
NARUKOT, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010: On September 8, the community of Don Bosco Narukot was blessed with the visitation of Fr. Maria Arockiam, the regional superior, Don Bosco in our midst. His visitation added a special colour to the greenery of Narukot which brought a joyous atmosphere into the house. Fr. Maria was welcomed with the Rathwi dance which in the form of procession led him to the place of planting the tree. There he told the students that they are blessed to live in the jungle of trees whereas the city people live in the jungle of concrete, which indeed should not be the case. Later, he met the staff of school, technical, development and domestic staff and most important the two hundred and fifty villages who came to have a glance of their Don Bosco.

Fr. Maria was greatly impressed by this. He later met the past pupils and the co-operators. He also went to a village named Zaleriya and once again was proud of the work of Salesians. His meeting with the each confrere was greatly valued by the confreres themselves. They felt the simplicity of their dear father and founder in him. The nativity mass became extremely solemn with the minus track hymns and by his celebration of the Eucharist. Next day, in the early morning’s he gave the conference on the change of mentality required as per the GC26 to the community. This meditation truly helped the confreres to have a broader vision. He accompanied his visitation with a well directed House Assembly. Father then left for Chotta Udaipur.
The community felt the blessings and asked him to come again. Really, the departure of Don Bosco caused a pain but it was nothing in comparison with the splendid joy felt with him for the past days. Thanking Don Bosco for staying in our midst.

BIS #2040 MOVIN' OUT - STAGED IN DBYC

Cl. Leon Cruz Ratinam,sdb
PUNE, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010: Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) together with the youth groups of various parishes in Pune staged the Musical Movin’ Out on September 11 and September 12. Troupes of dancers from different youth groups displayed their youthful exuberance while the singers enchanted the audience with their singing. Around forty youth, children and the community of DBYC took part in this musical directed by Fr. Edison Fernandes and his team.
Movin’ Out is the story about a group of friends and their debut into the adult world. The musical portrays how a group of friends learn to handle the pressures of life in the big challenging world. Some succumb to the lure of making a quick buck – no matter how devious. Some escape into a hazy world of drugs, greed, anger and violence. But the warmth of friendship eventually helps them overcome their personal shortcomings. They realize that the ultimate goal is not to stay mired in the rut of the past – but to move out…and make the most of their lives.
The audience enjoyed the musical and at the same time took home the message of moving out of the ordinary and leap into the unexpected.

BIS #2039 VAILANKANNI MATA KI JAI

Prakash Nathan & Henry Menezes
NASHIK, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010: The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady was celebrated in Nashik under the title of Vailankanni Mata. Both at Don Bosco Church, Nashik and St. Dominic Savio Church, Satpur the Novena and the Feast were celebrated with much attendance, devotion and fervour.

At Dominic Savio, Satpur the Feast began with the animated Holy Eucharist at 8.30 am. The Church was well decorated. The main Celebrant was Rev. Fr. Ravi Tribhuvan, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Nashik. In his Homily he spoke of the importance and the meaning of the devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. He illustrated how the birth of the Virgin Mary is also the birth of our eternal Salvation. After the Eucharist followed a prayerful procession of all the faithful. The statue of Vailankanni Mata was taken in procession to the grotto where the Marian Flag was hoisted on August 29, the day before the Novena began. After all had gather together at the grotto and the Marian Flag, Our Lady was wished on her Birthday with a “Happy Birthday” song. That was followed by salutations and slogans in the name of Mary – “Maria Mata Ki Jai”. The Church Compound resounded and echoed with the name of Mary, our Mother. After a short prayer, the Marian Flag was gradually lowered and then a Marian Hymn was sung. The people stood in silence for several minutes praying to the Blessed Virgin. What followed was something unusual – a sharing together of Prasad and “Lapsy” made from Bulgar. “Lapsy” is an old preparation much loved by the people. Bulgar is the broken wheat. The people at Satpur spent time together enjoying and celebrating the Birthday of their Mother. The whole Novena and the Feast pointed to their love for their Mother.
What took place in the evening at Don Bosco Parish, Nashik was something similar, i.e., Holy Eucharist, procession, singing of the ‘Happy Birthday’ to Our Lady, the lowering of the Flag and moments shared together. The only difference was that at Don Bosco the Marian procession was a candle-light procession which seemed similar to the ones they have at Lourdes and the moments together were shared over a non-veg Fellowship Meal. The novena and the Feast were held for the first time at Don .Bosco Parish, Nashik Several were surprised at the great response given by the faithful. Thanks to the main Celebrant of the Holy Eucahrist, Rev. Fr. Suresh Sathe, and the Director of the Nashik Social Service Society.

BIS #2038 TOWARDS A NEW ECONOMIC ORDER

Ivo Coelho sdb
DIVYADAAN, SEPTEMBER 13, 2010: Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nashik, hosted a three-day Workshop “Towards a New Economic Order,” September 9 to September 11, 2010. The chief resource person was Philip McShane, professor emeritus from Mt St Vincent’s College, Halifax, Canada, who has degrees in mathematical physics, philosophy and theology, and is a world specialist in Lonergan, with a passion for implementing Lonergan’s economics as well as his ideas for global collaboration in all fields of knowledge. Among the participants were Prof. D.R. Bachhav, HoD Economics, KTHM College, Nashik; Prof. Agnelo Menezes of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai; Ms Dakshayani Madangopal, researcher, Shelter Don Bosco R&D, Mumbai; Mr Hugh Mascarenhas, Mr Roland Lobo, and Mr Anil Kataria, all in business and management.

McShane’s interest in economics began when Bernard Lonergan, who had written two essays on economics from a background of ten years of work, asked him to find him an economist who would read these essays. McShane went on eventually to edit one of these essays for publication, now available under the title Towards a New Political Economy (Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan Twenty- one). He has been giving lectures and workshops on economics in North, South and Central America, Europe and Asia.

Having “failed to make an impression” by means of global presentations of Lonergan’s economics, McShane tried out a different approach in Nashik: going “slowly by slowly” as they say out here. He began by presenting Lonergan’s fundamental idea: the distinction between two circuits in the production process, which he calls basic and surplus. The basic circuit produces consumer goods, while the surplus circuit produces goods that are necessary in the production of consumer goods (so capital goods if you like). McShane showed how standard economic textbooks fail to make this fundamental distinction – they tend to collapse both types of production into a single type, “business firms.” This is not to say that traditional economists are not aware of the distinction. It is just that they fail to make it a fundamental analytical tool, and they do not really make systematic use of it. In Lonergan’s hands, instead, it becomes an absolutely fundamental distinction, leading to different accounts of things like the effects of innovative discoveries, credit and banking, money, inflation and trade.

It is interesting to note that McShane avoided the word ‘profit’. Profit is too vague: it covers without distinguishing both the money set aside for surplus expenditures, as well as possible ‘pure surplus income’ (that is, money that is needed neither for basic nor for surplus expenditures).

The introduction of innovations into the surplus circuit, when backed up by credit, has the effect of leading to a surge in the surplus circuit. If this surge is to have its proper beneficial effects, McShane said, it should be assured an ongoing supply of investment. But this means that, when a surplus surge is going on, it would be (1) not wise to let the money flow immediately into the basic circuit; (2) wise to invest money – through the banking and other systems – into the surplus circuit. Surplus surges, however, are not meant to go on forever (so a car manufacturing company should not have as its goal the endless production of new cars). When the market has reached saturation point, the surge should be allowed to taper off, and then money should be made to flow into the basic circuit, leading to a rise in the standard of living for all. If money flows too early into the basic circuit, prices will rise because the quantity of basic goods available has not yet increased. If money does not flow into the surplus circuit during a surge, the surge will end too early, and the benefits of the surge will not be felt.

It should seem obvious that Lonergan does not envisage too much political and government participation in the economic process. McShane’s way of putting it was: no politicians even think today of pontificating on the laws of hydrodynamics. Eventually, when economics becomes a science, no political will even think of interfering in the economy.

One of the participants asked how this kind of attitude differs from traditional laissez-faire. The difference, I think, is that Lonergan does not believe in total and automatic market equilibrium through supply and demand functions. There is a role for human decisions and choices: thrift during a surplus expansion, benevolence during a basic expansion, is the way he puts it. But this means that Lonergan’s economics demands a massive cultural shift. McShane puts it this way: just as today we all know when someone is driving badly, and should really change gears, so, with adequate education; we will one day know when the economy is being driven badly, and what should be done.

Does all this sound too idealistic? Perhaps. But Lonergan’s – and McShane’s – immediate aim is simple: to understand properly and correctly the workings of the economy. The presupposition is that we do not as yet have a proper understanding of the economy. Economics, according to Lonergan, has not yet become a genuine science – and he is backed up in this opinion by a surprisingly large number of economists, from Joseph Schumpeter to Joan Robinson to Joseph Stiglitz. There is a very fundamental confidence underlying this conviction: the confidence that correct understanding will lead to, and is the only way leading to, correct action. In other words, you really can’t do anything if you don’t know what the problem is. So what can be done right away? Some can begin studying Lonergan’s economics. Others could simply spread the word; make a noise, that contemporary economics is ignoring the distinction between basic and surplus circuits. And perhaps all could join the SGEME – the Society for the Globalization of Effective Methods of Evolving (see www.sgeme.org). So have a go!

BIS #2037 FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR BLESSED MOTHER AND YOUTH YEAR INAURAGURATED

Sr. Premshila
JHABUA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010: September 8, on the feast day of the Nativity of our Blessed Mother an important event took place in The Diocese of JHABUA. On this auspicious day we had the solemn celebration of the Eucharist in which we prayed to our Blessed Mother to help us and guide us in our works, especially to our YOUTHJ who took an oath to be part of the youth movement in Jhabua Diocese. Our Holy Father Benedict XVI who had declared this year as a year of the youth. After the mass we had a short rally where boys shouted the slogan “JEEYO VACHAN, MUKT HOGA SANSAR” Which is the motto of the Diocese for this year.

BIS #2036 ENABLING YOUNGSTERS TO DISCOVER THEIR POTENTIAL

Brian Moras sdb
MATUNGA, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010: As part of our monthly sessions of the Bosco Youth Group, on August 8, The Junior Bosco Youth Group members of DBYS, Matunga had a memorable experience at Shelter Don Bosco. Led by Father Brian and three volunteers, eighteen of our young members trooped to interact with the youngsters at Shelter. We were also treated to a brief magic show by Fr. Roger, who inspired us to be daring in reaching out to poor youngsters, to be sensitive to their needs. We then formed small groups to have a meaningful interaction with the boys.

The day ended with a simple evening tea with the boys.

On September 5, we went for a pilgrimage to Mount Mary, Bandra. Youngsters along with a few parents, numbering fifty in all, boarded the bus which was hired for the occasion. We were thrilled that Fr. Sanjay joined our group with a group of twelve altar servers and three volunteers from our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala. Our first stop was at Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bandra where Fr. Anthony Fernandes, the Arch-Diocesan Youth and Vocation Director interacted with our group. He spoke about the need to grab every opportunity to learn and to get ahead in life. He also briefed us about the centre and the works going on there.

We then visited our Blessed Mother to wish her for her birthday, followed by time for marketing. Following this we visited the Bandra Fort, which overlooks the amazing Sea Link. The group had a thrilling experience here, just drinking in the scenery and enjoying the chanas and the pure sea breeze.At the Don Bosco Youth Services Matunga, we have three groups functioning, namely the Junior and Senior Bosco Youth Groups, and a group comprising of working youngsters. Our next programme is a Retreat at the Lord’s Ranch for Working Youngsters from September 10 to September 12, 2010.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

BIS #2035 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

Anthony Fonseca sdb
NERUL, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010: Fr. Monty celebrated his birthday on September 6, 2010. Teachers and children celebrated his birthday by organizing a programme for him. The programme started with the cutting of the where children of class I came on stage and danced to the tune of Happy Birthday while Fr. Monty cut the cake. Fr. was felicitated with a bouquet and a card on his birthday. Fr. Vivian addressed the children and spoke to them about Fr. Monty. Children from the Pre-Preparatory (Jr.Kg.) section and class II presented dance performances. Fr. Monty addressed the children and thanked them for the wonderful programme. The programmed ended with a vote of thanks by Fr. Principal.

BIS #2034 TEACHERS DAY CELEBRATION AT DB NERUL

Anthony Fonseca sdb
NERUL, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010: The Pre-Primary section celebrated Teachers Day on September 3, 2010. The PTA members of this section along with the children prepared the entire programme for this day. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp and a hymn for teachers. All of the Pre-Preparatory (Jr.Kg) performed an Action Song, children from the Preparatory section a Choral Recitation. The supervisor of this section Mrs. Milan Pinto was felicitated on behalf of the teachers. The children then went to their respective classrooms where the teacher and the children celebrated in the classroom itself with help from parents.
The Primary section celebrated Teachers Day on September 4, 2010. The PTA members of this section along with the children prepared a beautiful programme which the teachers enjoyed a lot. There was a prayer dance by class VI, dance by class II, V and IX, Choral Recitation, Poem by Mahek from class IV. All the teachers were felicitated with a bouquet and a gift. After the programme the teachers went to their individual classrooms to celebrate with the children.

BIS #2033 SOCIAL FINANCIAL INCLUSION PROGRAMME - CARITAS (WEST ZONE)

RnD BIS Correpondent

MATUNGA, SEPTEMBER 8, 2010: The Social and Financial Inclusion programme has been under going much research and adaptation to the ever changing needs and requirements of the marginalized situations and the government and financial institutions mandates. It was first felt the need for a PAN Card as an identity document was essential for the poor. Much research in the rural areas and with urban poor reveled that it was an important identity document before the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) system was implemented by the Central Government. The PAN Card would now be used for those in the taxable income bracket. While it would cost around Rs.100/- to make a PAN Card. Those in the BPL (Below Poverty Line) Category would be paid Rs. 100/- by the UIDAI to register themselves. The Registrar agencies would be given Rs.50/- (as against Rs. 7/- to the Pan Card registering agency) for their services of registering and reaching out to these populations.

The Don Bosco Research Centre, Matunga has hence begun pursuing and begun meeting different authorities of the UIDAI system and facilitating its network towards Registrar status to help the poor get access to its “consequential benefits”. This enrollment process through its network is geared towards helping the rural and marginalized poor to get special status to help identify and register along with the UIDAI number their BPL, SC - ST (Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe) status. This would ultimately help this population to have easier access and translation of the Government schemes meant for their upliftment. (The problem faced at the moment is to prove this BPL or SC-ST status which require retrieving, back dated (upto fifty years ago) supporting documents which have been a problem to obtain so far.)

The Don Bosco Research Centre made a presentation on the need for collaboration and got the (priest-nuns) Diocesan Social work Directors and co-ordinators of 6 diocese of Western India at a programme conducted by Caritas (Wes Zone) at Sarvodaya, Goregaon Seminary on the September 6.The Directors took up a practical approach to the question of financial inclusion and requested Caritas to follow up this programme with the Don Bosco RnD. They set up a strategic plan through their co-ordinators at the state level to follow up and reach this programme to their NGO network and benficaries.

BIS #2032 TO TEACHERS WITH LOVE

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010: September 3, 2010 was a day set aside by the Josephites for their teachers. The students wanted to make this day an extraordinary one for their mentors and guides.The day began by invoking God's blessings through a Thanksgiving Mass for the Catholic students and staff and a prayer-service for the non-Catholic students.

The Prayer Dance by the students of the primary section asking the Lord to ‘Open the Eyes of My Heart’ brought tender smiles to the faces of the teachers. The teachers were indeed touched by the sentiments echoed through the poem ‘A Teacher for All Seasons’. The skit performed by the students of Std. X and the foot-tapping dance of Std. IX enthralled the audience and added cheer to the celebration.
Fr. Bernard thanked the teachers for their dedication and sacrifices as they helped students grow and mature, and on behalf of the staff, thanked the students for the beautiful programme which was a marvelous manifestation of this love, respect and gratitude towards their teachers. After the programme, the teachers set out for the Acres Club, Chembur, for a sumptuous lunch. Fr. Aloysius led everyone in prayer before the meal and expressed his gratitude to the teachers for their whole-hearted service and commitment to the school.
It was indeed a memorable day for all the teachers who were made to feel special on this auspicious day.

BIS #2031 DAHI HANDI AT BOSCO BOYS HOME

Richard Burkhao sdb

BORIVILI, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010: Gokulashtami with its funfilled Dahi Handi was celebrated at Bosco Boys Home, Borivili on September 2, 2010 amidst song and dance and building a human pyramid to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

Students of MORD, HOSPITALITY (SANKLAP) and our own Boarders and Day scholars of BOSCO BOYS HOME participated whole heartedly in this event. The fun filled event started at around 2:00pm, with boys and girls dancing on the DJ music.

It was remarkable to watch Catholics, Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus standup shoulder to shoulder supporting each other to form the human pyramid. Finally a Tribal boy reached the top to break the pot.

At that moment there was no difference of Religion, Caste, Language and Class. They only felt they were as brothers and sisters. If we could only build a prosperous India, a peaceful India standing shoulder to shoulder irrespective of our Religion, Caste, Class and language, it will be Heaven on Earth.

BIS #2030 BOSCO BOYS HOME WAS GRACED BY THE VISIT OF FR. REGIONAL

Richard Burkhao sdb
BORIVILI, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010: Bosco Boys Home Borivili was graced with the visit of Rev Fr. Maria Aarokiam Kanaga, Regional of the South Asia on August 31, 2010. Fr. Regional arrived early morning at 6:15 am. He joined the community for meditation, followed by the Eucharistic celebration along with the Boarders. After the Eucharist Fr. Regional was led to the Dining Room where a sumptuous Breakfast was prepared with some hot tea/coffee. He then attended the Assembly held for the students of the Technical trade and delivered his message that God loves everyone and that Rector Major cares for all the students.

Fr. Regional then met the community as a whole to discuss on the functioning of the house, present were Fr. Anthony Santarita (Director) Fr. Anaclete Dmello (Incharge Valvanda Mokhada) Fr. Bastin Thomas (Administration) Br. Michael Condillac, Br. Alex Gonsalves, Br. Richard Burkhao, the conference with the Community ended with the reading of the house documents.

At 9:30 am Fr. Regional assisted by Fr. Anthony Santarita visited the entire premises and the various workshops viz. Automobile, Electrician, Automobile, AC /Refrigeration, and Sankalp Hotel Management. Fr. Regional interacted with the Trainers as well as the students; he also visited the new project MoRD BASE which is the first batch taken up by the Institute catering to the need of hundred and one underprivileged youth of Valvanda Mokhada.

It was indeed a golden opportunity for all the staff of Bosco Boys Home to interact with Fr. Regional the message was simple but it was delivered in a very beautiful way he said “Rector Major loves you”. At 10:30 pm he met the entire staff. Each staff introduced themselves and gave a brief description of the service that they render in their respective work place.

At 12:30 pm the community along with Fr. Regional had delicious lunch. After lunch meeting the confreres individually was the agenda which went on till late evening. At 7.45 pm the entire community met for evening prayer in community room, followed by the concluding conference and Report by the Regional. At 8:30 pm there was a fellowship meal.

The day came to an end late night at 10.00 pm when Fr. Regional had to say goodbye. Before leaving Fr. Regional personally addressed the Boarders and the community thanking each and every one for the memorable hospitality that he received during his visit, he then assured his prayers and gave God’s blessing to all present.

Indeed the visit of Fr. Regional to Bosco Boys Home was a day to remember for all.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BIS #2029 YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Bro. Anthony Patole
WADALA, SEPTEMBER 7, 2010: Shelter boys celebrated teacher’s day on September 6, 2010 at 10 am with the theme “You Make A Difference”. The boys expressed their heartfelt gratitude towards the teaching, non-teaching staff and the volunteers for their tremendous hard work. Indeed teachers make difference in boys’ life which was felt by the boys.

The boys gave a splendid program for the teachers and performed heart throbbing dances, songs, power point presentation, etc. which was enjoyed and applauded by the entire community. Shelter boys greeted the staff with a rose and words of gratitude written on the cards. Fr Rector inspired the boys with his striking words stating “this is the age of studying and utilize the benefits to the full.” A power point was presented on behalf of the teachers with the theme “You Make A Difference”. The teachers then tied a blue ribbon with words written in gold ink with the above theme to the boys; and also requested the boys to do likewise to others.

We are indeed very grateful to the Provincial of Tiruchy, Fr. Amalraj Susai, Vice-Provincial Fr. Albert Johnson and Fr Lloyd Rodrigues who graced the occasion by their presence. Lots of effort was put in by the shelter boys to make this event a grand success.

Thanks to all who made this event a memorable one for the teaching and non-teaching staff.

“We hope this beautiful moment; will be tomorrow’s golden memory”.