Saturday, October 30, 2010

BIS #2114 ACPI MEET ON TRADTION AND INNOVATION

Robert Pen sdb
DIYVADAAN, OCTOBER 30, 2010: The Thirty fifth annual meeting of ACPI (Association of Christian Philsophers of India) was held at Carmel Vidya Niketan, Pakhal village, Faridabad Dt., Hariyana from October 23 to October 27, 2010 to reflect on the theme “Tradition and Innovation: Philosophical Rootedness and Openness. On behalf of Divyadaan Institute, Frs. Ivo Coelho, Aloysius Hemrom and Robert Pen participated in it. It was a gathering of intellectuals that reflected on tradition and innovativeness as the complementary and interrelatedness dimension of life.

The meeting began with a well organized function for the release of the two volumes ACPI Encyclopedia of Philosophy that took place on October 23 in the Auditorium of Father Agnel School, Gautam Nagar, New Delhi. In the presence of various dignitaries and officials His Eminence Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo, Archbishop of Ranchi released it by giving the first copy to the chief guest His Lordship Justice Sree Markandey Katju, Supreme Court of India. During the function the ACPI book on Violence and Its Victims: A Challenge to Philosophizing in the Indian Context which contained ACPI papers presented at Anugraha, Dindigul,Tamilnadu, India in October 2009 and edited by Fr. Ivo Coelho, was also released at the hand of Dr. Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, an Islamic Scholar and a Padma Bhusan Awardee.

The second phase of the ACPI meet began on October 23 in the evening at Carmal Vidya Niketan during which seventeen papers were presented by eminent scholars in the presence of sixty three philosophers across India. The papers were divided into three categories such as Philosophical Foundations, Religious Application and Social Critique. Fr. Ivo Coelho presented a paper entitled “Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Christianity” while Fr. Robert Pen gave an exposition on “Tradition-Innovation-Dynamics in Habermas’ Theory of Communicative Action”.

In the light of the theme the gathering also reflected on the Indian Christian Philosophizing. Accordingly they expressed that the term ‘Indian’ constitutes a geographically bound political grouping, whereas ‘Christian’ stands for a religious grouping. ‘Indian Christian’ however did not constitute two groups but ‘one’ group with a twofold ‘rootedness’. The members felt that innovation in Indian Christian Philosophizing has to be well rooted in the givenness of Indian Christian tradition. If not it can give rise to mere novelty in thinking without any stability and depth. They concluded that Indian Christian philosophizing has to be a philosophizing with a difference. This difference of innovative philosophizing with solidity and width can come about only in so far as it is carried out from the depth of Indian Christian tradition.

Friday, October 29, 2010

BIS #2113 ENCOURAGING THE YOUTH

BIS Correspondent
BORIVLI, OCTOBER 29, 2010: True to the ideals of our parish patron St. John Bosco the Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS) Unit, focused on encouragement and proper upbringing of the youth in their area regardless of caste or creed. They presented awards to SSC toppers of seventeen schools. Awards were given to HSC toppers and students up to PHD of the parish They were given certificates of merit and a back pack bag as a token of appreciation for their hard work. The students and parents all appreciated the recognition given and expressed their gratitude, saying that no other organization felicitates outsiders during their functions.

During their last AGM, they had presented a special award of ‘Model Youth’ to an upcoming and promising youngster who had excelled not only in studies but also in the socio and economic fields. They also gave a ‘Promising Business Woman’ an award to encourage entrepreneurship among women. Two prominent priests Fr. Warner D’Souza and Fr. Alwyn Misquitta were also felicitated for their contribution to society and parishes. The MHB Police Chief of our area was also recognized for his support to us Catholics during communal disturbances. It is no wonder that this Unit received the Best Unit Award in the category of Units between seven and fourteen years old. The Unit Chairman is Felix Aranha and Secretary is Angela D’Souza. Adv. Raphael D’Souza is the newly elected Vice President of the BCS at the Centre

BIS #2112 WITH A GRATEFUL HEART

Geeta Menezes
BORIVLI, OCTOBER 29, 2010: The Salesian Cooperators, this year, undertook a project of teaching English to the boys of Bosco Boys Home for one hour in the morning and one hour in the evening from Monday to Friday. In the evening classes, the Cooperators also taught the boys Catechism besides English. The Cooperators undertook this task with firm commitment and dedication right from the time of commencement in mid July to the end of September. The unfortunate passing away of Mrs Valentine Pinto, one of the Cooperators who taught the boys in the morning, saddened us terribly but we soldiered on.

On September 25, Fr Santarita, Rector of Bosco Boys Home, with the help of Brother Richard and all the boys at Bosco Boys Home, organized a farewell function for all the teachers who taught the boys. All the boys and teachers assembled in the hall and the function commenced at 9.30 a.m. with Brother Richard giving a brief talk that the boys wanted to express their gratitude to the teachers.

A group of five boys set the ball rolling with their melodious rendition of the popular, soulful, ABBA number, ‘I have a dream’. It reflected the dreams and aspirations of each and every boy there that they would overcome and triumph one day. As the dying notes of the song sounded, it was our fervent hope that these boys would push through the darkness, cross every stream and achieve their dreams. Next, another group of boys performed a song and dance item. After this short but sweet entertainment programme, the boys presented each teacher with a floral bouquet. Father Santarita then addressed the gathering and thanked the teachers. All the boys then stood facing us in three rows and sang a song, “Thank you”, and the words of which were simple, beautiful and very touching. The teachers along with Fr Santarita and all the boys posed for photographs. The boys met the teachers individually and thanked us profusely for our efforts of coming and teaching them.

We teachers were grateful because teaching the boys brought to us a sense of fulfillment and reward. Life is all about advent. As the season of advent approaches, with joyful hearts, we pray to God for guidance that we may be His voice or His face in every moment.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

BIS #2111 DEVOTION TO MARY

Bento D’Souza sdb 
AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 27, 2010: The Feast of Mary was celebrated in front of St. Anne’s Parish with more than four thousand devotees gathering for the celebration. The Eucharist was presided over by Rev.Fr Francis Kharjia, Rector & Parish Priest, Sacred Heart Parish, Yerawada, Pune. The conducive weather and the threat of the last passing monsoon rain showers did not dampen the spirits of the parishioners who came here to thank Mary for the wonders that she works in our lives. The Mass began at 6.30 p.m. with an entrance procession. First came in twenty one flower girls and boys from Pumpkin House all tastefully dressed up who led the procession. Next came sixteen Altar boys and girls who were followed by eight concelebrants & the President of the Eucharist.
Fr Francis preached a relevant and touching homily stressing on relationships between parents and children. This was appreciated by all. After the Eucharist, there was a short satkar and dance performance by the catechism children. The religious and clergy were then given a festive supper and the rest of the crowd attended a colorful Yatra late into the night as is the tradition of the area. The faithful went home consoled by the presence and benevolence of Mary at work in the life of society. With this feast celebrated in style, the devotion to Mary in St Anne’s reached new heights unprecedented in the past feasts, in terms of superb organization by the Animator, Fr. Thomas D’Costa and peaceful prayerfulness of the community who attended the proceedings. 
Truly, the festival is a celebration of freedom. Old enmities were forgotten and forgiven, new friendships forged and formed & all united in a common cause of promoting devotion to Mary and seeing what miracles she works. 

BIS #2110 PARENTS AS PROVIDERS

Jennifer D’Souza
BORIVALI, OCTOBER 27, 2010: The Family cell of Don Bosco’s, Borivali organized a seminar for parents on the topic, “Dealing with children in their teenage years”. The seminar was animated by Mrs. Geeta Menezes and Mrs. Isabelle Martin. They are our parishioners and also parents of teenagers.  Moreover they have successfully completed their course on Training in Family Animation (TFA).

Our animators used different means of communication to highlight the importance of parents in the holistic development of their children.  The session began with a role play; there was an input session with the help of a power point presentation and then a few case studies from real life.   The case studies helped to make the session more interactive with participants identifying with the case presented and giving their views and suggestions. A handout with practical tips was given to the parents.

Fr. Ronnie concluded the session expressing his thanks to Mrs. Geeta and Isabelle who shared not only what they had learnt at the TFA but also from their own experience as parents. The session concluded with the hymn, “Living waters flow on”.

BIS #2109 WELCOMING DON BOSCO IN OUR MIDST

BIS Correspondent 
 WADALA, OCTOBER 27, 2010: The entire school assembled in the school hall to welcome the Salesian Regional Councillor for South Asia, Rev.Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga. The Morning Prayer and the prayer dance by the students of the primary section set the tone for the Regional’s visit.   Thereafter, the Head boy and the Asst. Head boy expressed their heartfelt sentiments to Fr. Arokiam in the form of words and floral tributes.  Fr. Rector then introduced the esteemed guest to the entire assembly. Though a highly qualified person, Fr. Arokiam is known for his humility and a loving heart.
 
Fr. Arokiam interacted with the students and enthralled them with his humorous yet value based speech. He emphasized on the importance of a good character besides one’s intelligence. After the assembly, Fr. Arokiam proceeded to interact with the tiny tots of the school that is the KG students, who, along with their teachers, welcomed him with their characteristic cheer. Later, the NCC cadets escorted Fr. Maria Arokiam to the school garden for the planting of a sapling – a symbolic reminder to each one of us to nurture and protect our environment.
 
In the afternoon, the entire staff gathered in the A.V. Room for a meeting with the Regional Councillor. In sharing his experience with them he urged the staff to be teachers who are loved and remembered by their students.
 
Fr. Maria Arokiam’s visit is fondly cherished and remembered by each one of us over here.  Long live Don Bosco!  His dream lives on…..

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

BIS #2108 ANNIVERSARY OF "MAMMA MARGARET"

Pearl Slayden
MATUNGA, OCTOBER 26, 2010: On Sunday, October 24, 2010 at 10.30 am, the Parents of the Salesians met for their Second Anniversary at Don Bosco, Matunga. The day began with Holy Mass being celebrated by Fr. Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes joined by celebrants, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza, Rector and main organizer of 'Mama Margaret Association', Fr. Elias Diaz, Provincial Delegate for Salesian family as well as Fr. Cletus D'Souza, Fr. Lloyd Rodrigues, Fr. Brian Moras, Fr. Roy Noronha, and Fr. Ivan Rodrigues. There were over fifty parents. Fr. Michael spoke on Don Rua, the immediate successor of Don Bosco. This year we celebrate the centenary of his death.

A power point presentation on the life of Don Bosco and of the activities of our novices in Nashik was presented after mass. The group then got into a big family circle and introduced themselves. Fr. Provincial shared some interesting information with us.

We were graced by the visit of the Regional Councillor, Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga sdb who expressed his joy to see that this association had taken a head start in Mumbai. He asked us to pray for Mamma Margaret to be canonized soon, while we pray to her for more vocations. He brought us wishes of the Rector Major and would carry our wishes to him in Rome. There followed a game of housie and a party game that gave a chance for the parents to mingle with each other; finally we all enjoyed a sumptuous meal.
Leaflets for Vocation Promotion and a copy of the Salesian Directory were given to the parents. All in all, the parents, both very senior and those much younger, made this day dedicated to Mama Margaret, so meaningful.

BIS #2107 FOR A BENEVOLENT CAUSE

IVOR VAZ

BORIVALI, OCTOBER 26, 2010: ‘At your service with love’, the catch-line of all Don Bosco institutions clearly avers. This simple yet profound proclamation summates what you can expect when this elite band of Salesian priests and their vibrant parishes embark on a mission. Vision, toil, persistence and a passion that is hard to match – these are the hallmarks of the projects they undertake. Take for instance the recently concluded Mission Fete at Don Bosco’s Borivali, the proceeds of which went to the Kapadvanj Mission in Gujarat, where Fr Isaac and his team of Salesian priests tirelessly graft it out day after day, so that the residents of this tribal settlement can also enjoy the privilege of schools, roads, employment, and not to forget – a better meaning to their existence.
Sunday October 17, 2010 was chalked as a red letter day in Don Bosco’s Parish, Borivali. It was a time for the entire community to come together and dig deep into their pockets and their hearts. The venue for the Mission Fete was our very own ‘Flushing Meadows’, the tennis courts located between the Secondary School and the Primary School. Tall stalls flanked on either side of the grounds, totally transforming the ambience to carnival.
Each of the thirteen zones of the Parish had a food stall each, selling a wide assortment of food items such as hot dogs, sandwiches, croquets, cutlets, potato chops, dosas, vindaloo, sorpotel, xacuti, pickles, curries, sweet items, pulao and biryani.

The highlight of the day, however, had to be the eleven game stalls, set up and excellently run by the children from the Confirmation Batch. As one of the organisers so aptly put it, “The games are lucid and easy to follow, and infectious to keep you coming back for another go. They are especially designed to tickle your curiosity, challenge your skills, and give you an experience on the edge. And the best part is that anyone from nine to ninety can participate.”
 
All things considered, Sunday October 17, 2010, witnessed the harvest of love’s labour for the parishioners of Don Bosco’s, Borivali – and that’s just one way of looking at it. True, it’s only a drop in the ocean in the context of the requirement of the Missions. But, as we all know, every drop counts in the longer run. The bigger picture, of course, will be the smiles on the faces of hundreds of men, women and children in Kapadvanj, Gujarat, when their living standards eventually improve. And they will, make no mistake about it. As Fr Isaac says, “To actually witness that, we must make a physical journey.”

Monday, October 25, 2010

BIS #2106 THE INVESTITURE OF THE NEW SCOUTS AND GUIDES AT DON BOSCO SCHOOL

ANTHONY DIAS sdb

DAKOR, OCTOBER 25, 2010: It was a memorable experience for the students of Don Bosco especially for the new students who joined the movement in the month of July. The students had prepared themselves and came regularly for the classes on Saturdays that were allotted to them. They studied the motto and the prayers and the flag song well. This made apt for the occasion and the ceremony made them feel good because it took place in front of the whole school in the morning during the assembly. The students were invested by the principal and the other staff members. In the second half of the programme to make the day special for the new scouts and the guide’s a special session was prepared by Brother Anthony on the topic of wood craft sign and the knots. To prepare the students well for the coming up major event Boscoree they were asked to take up the responsibility. The students went home happily with so many new things to be learnt and making life more enjoyable. They went home promising to prepare well for the Boscoree and do the best to fulfill their responsibility that they had taken up for the Boscoree.

Friday, October 22, 2010

BIS #2105 REV FR MARIA AROKIAM KANAGA CONCLUDES INSPIRING VISIT TO ST. ANNE'S COMMUNITY

AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 22, 2010: Rev. Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga was welcomed with a bouquet of roses by Fr Briston Britto on October 19 at 9.00 am & by the confreres of St Anne’s Ahmednagar after his trip form Pune. A south Indian breakfast with idlis, vadas, chutney and sambar was followed by an introductory conference. Next, Fr Maria visited the neighboring Carmelite Sisters of Trivandrum for brunch. A tour of the projects on site, e.g. the St Anne’s church, DB community college was followed by meeting the confreres personally. After lunch, he proceeded to St John’s Bhingar and spent the evening there meeting the confreres, celebrating Mass and addressing the various groups of the parish.

After supper, he proceeded for the night rest to BGVK. There, he met the confreres, staff, visited a Mahaldara village & inaugurated the Gobar Gas Unit at BGVK.
In the evening after tea, he returned to St Anne’s and celebrated the Eucharist for the parishioners. Tree plantation was done at his hands in presence of large gathering. He met the various groups, listened to them and addressed the gathering. Then, he addressed all the confreres in a concluding conference that was followed by supper.

In his final exhortation, he communicated in the words of Leslie C. Aguilar that “Just one person taking action can inspire others to do the same.” BGVK’s water harvesting technology is the need of the hour in neighboring Africa. Rural Community Radio’s ‘Airwaves for the poor & voiceless’ is the need of the hour in India. Both of which are present in the orbit of St Anne’s Community were mentioned. This visit marks the end of a long preparation and raised expectations that the Charism and the work of the Salesians in development & evangelization may flourish and reach new heights in the three satellite projects spread in the twenty four year old Ahmednagar Mission. With his farewell blessing given, Fr Maria Kanaga was escorted to Don Bosco Savedi for his next visit. Come again, Visitor Counsellor. You’re welcome.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

BIS #2104 SPORTS FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY CUM CORDIAL WELCOME TO FR. AROKIAM SDB

PUNE, OCTOBER 21, 2010: The Sports Festival 2010 kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony on October 18, 2010 before the exams could begin as part of a cordial welcome to an extraordinary visitation of Rev.Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaka SDB, the Regional superior. He was welcomed along with Fr. Rector Francis Kharjia, Fr. Principal Donald Fernandez and Fr. Administrator George Miranda with the guard of honour.


The theme for the year “Peace and Harmony brings prosperity to the nation and the world for the year 2010-11 coincided with the Common Wealth Games message sent by her Majesty the Queen of England stating “It helps all nation to search together for peace throughout the world.”

The program began with a spectacular March Past by the school, Jr. College and DBA led by the School Captain Madhan Nair followed by the school Vice-Captain Janet Mani. The sports flag was brought in solemnly by the various head boys and head girls of the institution. The torch was enthusiastically carried by the winners of the last year’s individual championship of the various sections. Madhan Nair, the School Captain took the sports person’s oath and the sports person’s prayer was recited by the sports secretary, Steffi Manikam.

Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaka declared the sports meet open and released the white and blue balloons, the symbol of Peace and Harmony. The students of STD V and VI presented an exquisite performance in Yoga, Aerobics and Mass drill, a sign of fitness, peace and tranquility. Std VII and VIII presented artful floats with apt messages.

Fr. Rector introduced Fr. Arokiam and said that he is not new to Pune or Yerwada but a part of the beginning of Don Bosco, Pune. The chief guest in his address said that he was highly impressed with the captivating performance. He applauded the Principal and the staff for their efficiency and the perfect organization. He asked the students to love God and one’s country. He said, “There is tremendous energy and talent, much more than one can think one has. Talents are hidden within and you should bring out your best”. Don Bosco always insisted on having a playground before building a school. Don Bosco won the hearts of the young through play. In fact when the world football games were to begin, there was a suggestion that Don Bosco should be made the brand ambassador for the games as it was he who brought the young together through football. The chief guest said, “Exams are like sports and success in the coming exams must be as successful as the sports day.”
The Principal wound up the ceremony thanking the children and said, “You were fantastic, God’s creation, well done!” He also thanked the staff for their efforts. Finally he thanked Fr. Arokiam for his presence and said he was very delighted to have him and for enlightening us with his words of wisdom. Fr. Donald Fernandez appreciated the staff, parents, the PTA and the class four workers who work behind the scenes. It was indeed a memorable event.

Later on in the afternoon Fr. Arokiam met the entire staff of Don Bosco Institution.He laid stress on the life of Don Bosco and the institution all over Asia and world. He said, “Hundred and sixty million youngsters are proud to belong to Don Bosco institution”. Don Bosco institutions are meant for the poor and the teachers should have unconditional love and a heart for the poor children. It is important that you love students but more important is to get the children to love you.

The supervisors of various sections gave a briefing about the working in their section.

Fr. Arokiam thanked the staff for their dedicated service.

The construction work of the Junior college has finally begun. The foundation stone blessed by Fr. Provincial on August 27, 2010 was finally laid by Fr. Arokiam for the work of the new building to be completed.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BIS #2103 NINE WITH ONE BLOW


Ranald Lopes sdb
CHHOTAUDEPUR, OCTOBER 20, 2010: The Soccer World Cup fever is still not off the air. This time the U-17 team took part in the state level matches on October 14 at ST. Xavier's Bhiloda about 231 kms from here. Unfortunately they were told that the new had changed and that no XI and XII std boys could take part, this was because total neglect and lethargy on the part of the district officials in informing about the change in rules. Anyway our boys did not lie low but decided to play with nine players that qualified for the age instead the usual eleven, in spite of discouragement and boos of the remaining twenty four teams that took part.

 In spite of playing with only nine to a eleven challenge, for all the matches Don Bosco Chhota beat their opponents for five matches till they reached the finals, it was only due to injury of the right forwards who could not be replaced that they turned to be runners up. Although they stood second among all the twenty four teams we are proud that this achievement shows their valour and never say die attitude. Beating five teams consecutively in one day only shows how determined they were. This is football with a difference can we say Chak de Chhota too.

BIS #2102 INTERFACE MEETING AT BHARUCH


GUJARAT, OCTOBER 20, 2010: On October 12, 2010 at 12’O’clock, approximately twenty five railway  personnel assembled to attend a meeting at Bharuch (Gujarat) railway station in the ladies waiting room o platform no.one. This meeting was organized by Don Bosco Snehalaya. To begin, all were invited to join in the prayer bhajan – Tumi Ho Mata Pita Tumi Ho. The aim of this meeting was the same as for the previous two meetings held at Baroda and Anand stations, namely: to sensitize railway personnel about the grim conditions and sad realities of street life and to get in touch with one of our caring communities – the railway personnel (TCs, railway staff, railway workers, railway caterers, etc.) to make them aware of these children’s difficulties, to treat the children with respect and dignity, to understand them better and also to enter into a good working relationship with the railway personnel, who are an important contact group for our marginalized boys.

The Director warm heartedly welcomed the participants for the meeting and he introduced the institution and staff to those who were present. Mr. Francis Dodia our outreach coordinator requested the participants to introduce themselves to each other and afterwards he asked them to share their experiences with street children whenever they came across them on the railway stations or in the trains. At the start the thirty odd railway personnel who had gathered for this meeting seemed not to know what to expect but once the Director of Snehalaya explained the purpose of this meeting, all the participants warmed up with genuine interest in this topic of Child Care and Protection, such that when they were asked to share, quite a few of them spontaneously came forward to share their experience regarding these platform boys.

Mr. D.T. Barot, the station superintendent, set the ball rolling with his experiences and this was followed by Mr. Rushi Upadhyay, the CMI of Bharuch station, Mr. Malik Ismail Bapu, the Head of the Caterers Association, some caterers and RPF personnel. All of them showed deep concern for platform kids and were very keen to be of help and do whatever they could for these kids. This was something really encouraging.

After the sharing was over the Director took over with a power point presentation on Snehalaya and Child Care and Protection. In the power point Presentation the work of the institution was well explained. The staff also shared their experience with platform boys. At the end our Outreach Coordinator thanked the entire group of participants for making special time for this meeting. The participants were happy to have this meeting and to give whatever help was required to Don Bosco Snehalaya in its work with railway platform and street children. The participants were very enthusiastic, supportive and cooperative. All in all, this interface meeting seemed to be a good positive step forward in our relations with railway personnel.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BIS #2101 MEDICINE FOR LIFE

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, OCTOBER 19, 2010: Shelter Don Bosco Inaugurated Don Bosco Medical Counseling centre at Dadar Gala No 7. A Centre which will be open to any street youth or child in case of emergency for medical needs. The centre will function for two hours a day facilitated with first aid facilities and further medical referrals and treatments by a professional nurse, shelter medical incharge and outreach workers.

The medial centre was inaugurated by Mr.Sampat, Mrs. Shubhangi (nurse) along with the children of shelter don Bosco. The Centre is under construction and will soon start in a month’s time. The Street Boys will be made aware of the new centre by our outreach workers. Shelter initiates to bring in medical camps, awareness programs, followup treatments, doctors, counselors and volunteers to bring more facilities to the underprivileged. The medicines provided will in turn help us save lives of these vulnerable youth and help them take precautions before their illnesses turn dreadful.

BIS #2100 BOSCO'S RAAS GARBA 2010

Kailash Parekh
MATUNGA, OCTOBER 19, 2010: Don Bosco Alumni Matunga Unit organized a grand and splendid ‘Bosco’s Raas Garba 2010’ on Saturday, October 16, 2010 from 7.30 pm onwards till midnight. The event was to celebrate the Navratri festival ending with Dusshera on Sunday.
Being the penultimate day of this glorious festival, there was a huge turnout of revelers (nearly 4500) which made the event a grand success. The participants were dressed in traditional finery and the theme was to enjoy in a smoke free and alcohol free atmosphere. This was the fourth year in succession; the Alumni committee had organized such a successful Dandiya Raas Garba.

Mr. Kailash Parekh (Secretary of DBAMU) says, “We invited eighty children from Don Bosco Shelter - Wadala to participate in this Dandiya Raas Garba thus helping create cheerful memories to cherish.
Revelers from all communities joined the celebrations with equal vigor and enthusiasm bringing forward the cause of unity for peace, love and harmony in the world.”
The ready participation from all the communities gave quite a fascinating and colourful dimension to the event. Different communities had different variations of Garba and the heady mix of jubilation and enthusiasm was all-pervasive. “We are happy that our motto ‘Know, love, help one another and keep united - St. John Bosco’ was rightly lived”, states Mr. Jayesh T. Chandan (President of DBAMU).
 
The crowd was in fervor of the event and played Garba amidst surprise celebrity guests and noted personalities viz Mr. Piyush Goyal (MP – Rajya Sabha), who is also a past pupil of this school, Mr. Kirit Somaiya, leading models chorographers, Singers, Designers, etc…
 
Prizes were distributed for the best in various categories including the best traditionally dressed emphasizing the point that enjoyment need not be associated with western outfits.
  
Leading corporate houses & retails chains including various private & public sector banks supported the event by sponsoring.
 
Thanking all the other Office bearers and the Bosco Raas Garba Committee Members who have helped to make this celebration a great success.

Monday, October 18, 2010

BIS #2099 ONGOING FORMATION FOR SALESIAN BROTHERS AT DBYC

Cl. Leon Cruz Ratinam sdb



PUNE, OCTOBER 18, 2010: The ongoing formation course for Salesian Brothers is being organized at DBYC from October 16 to October 20. There are total fourteen brothers from the provinces of Hyderabad, Goa and Mumbai (The West Zonal) participating in this course. For the first two days Fr. Edison Fernandes took sessions on Emotional Growth. The sessions were very beneficial and the brothers liked it very much. The third day Fr. Savio Silveria animated the brothers with ‘Right Based Approach’. The brothers find the talks very enriching and useful for their apostolate. With two more days to go the brothers are hoping to have two more days of valuable inputs

BIS #2098 GARBA COMPETITION FOR THE YOUTH

Cl. Justus Mendis sdb

NARUKOT, OCTOBER 18, 2010: On October 14 at 5.30pm the Don Bosco Narukot School organized a grand tournament for its Taluka brethren. More than five hundred young people had occupied the grounds. This was a moment of knowing each other, meeting our past pupils, meeting the parents of the school and technical students, village people and largely our oratory boys and girls which came in the ten to twenty years of age group .

Cl. Placidus the main organizer of this gathering had this gathering mainly for the contribution of the scout’s fund. Gradually, even technical too helped in this project. The making of the grand stage for the live singers, having bright light systems and melodious music system made this event better than any Garba’s of the taluka. The youth enjoyed to the fullest. The programme started with the Aarti service of the goddess Durga and then the Garba competition. The eminent judges were appointed from our staff who themselves are dancers. Their impartial judging to our boys was seen at the declaration of the results. The live singing group was called by Fr. Brian with a great effort. After the competition, the dance floor was opened for any groups to dance. And then came a swarm of people occupying the dance floor with their pure, distilled Gujrati effects. The whole Don Bosco family counting from the Rector himself, the brothers, the students and the staff of the various departments were seen getting totally intoxicated at the Garba and Timli beats with their own taluka people. This went on till 9.30pm with even more crowd adding to the programme. The prize distribution ceremony awarded the best singers and dancers as per their performance.

All participants were thanked and a special thanks was given to Bro. Damodar for their beautiful stage and powerful lights; Fr. Brian for the excellent sound system, Fr. Jerome for his co-ordination and Fr. Stanny Ferriera for his affirmative support and fatherly presence. The moment was memorable and there is a high demand to have it once again. The youth themselves together with their parents have promised to come in a much larger numbers for such a grand fest. Coming together of the Salesian family in such a cultural way was appreciated by all the community members. The Salesians seen the large effect of their daily village work in such a speck of an event.

BIS #2097 UNDER-14 BOYS HOCKEY TEAM DECLARED AS CHAMPIONS IN THE RURAL STATE LEVEL TOURNAMENT

Cl. Justus Mendis sdb

NARUKOT, OCTOBER 18, 2010: The hockey team of Don Bosco Narukot under-14 had an excellent winning performance in the finals of the Gujarat state level rural tournament organized at Deeesa, Banaskanda from October 12 to October 14. Five boys and one girl have been selected to play for the Nationals.

Sixteen teams participated at the state level tournament in which Don Bosco Narukot emerged as champions of the Gujarat. None of the teams managed to score a goal against Don Bosco Narukot except Vadodara rural that too at their luck. The boys were determined to win this tournament. The finals were played against the Vadodara city with a 2-0 win. Master Harpal Solanki and Bhuvan Rathwa scored each for the finals. The girl’s hockey team of Don Bosco Narukot was defeated at the second round against the Rajkot city with a 1-0 loss in the penalty. The coach Sir Naveen was discouraged by this but the performance of boy’s made him to participate in a greater joy. The sticks and shoes were sponsored to the team by a generous benefactor. The boys and the community were very grateful to these generous benefactors. It was commented that in spite of the old style Hockey sticks the boys had an excellent control over the game.
The boys were extremely delighted and so were the coach Sir Sanya, the school staff, the Principal Fr. Jerome and the Rector Fr. Stanny Ferriera. The Salesians of Don Bosco Narukot are giving our backward boys of Rathwas an identity which is superior to all others in Gujarat calling them champions of Gujarat. The regular practice and commitment played a vital role in our excellent performance. The hard practices both in the mornings and evenings bore fruit which truly tasted as sweet as honey

BIS #2096 FOSTER CARE AWARENESS PROGRAM

BIS Correspondent
WADALA, OCTOBER 18, 2010: Let them know that they are Loved is the message given by Don Bosco and also by Mr. Gaikwad (Superintendent) our resource person for the day from CWC Mankhurd. Shelter Don Bosco organized a Foster Care Awareness Program for the boys, staff of Shelter and some interested parents on October 16, 2010.


Foster Care is a scheme made available in 1975 by the Women and Child Welfare Committee for children from zero to eighteen years. Any child who is an orphan, displaced, and abandoned or in need of care and protection can access this scheme through CWC procedures. The Government will support the organization and the family with finances for this project. If both the child and the family are willing to stay together, further follow up is done by the Organization. Trust is the basic root for foster care. The child should be prepared and should trust the family before he is placed therein for foster care. An entire detailed history of the family is required & the family should be declared fit by CWC procedures. The absence of Family Love in a child’s Life can be fulfilled by this project.

Shelter Boys enthusiastically came forward with queries. And Mr. Gaikwad gave impressive replies with a lot of prudence.

Lets ‘foster’ these children by implementing this scheme by creating awareness among our supporters who would give them love, care and protection.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

BIS #2095 NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON RURAL MARKETING

Anand Raj
MATUNGA, OCTOBER 16, 2010: Don Bosco Action India, the network of the Development Offices, organized a two-day Capacity Building Workshop on October 13 and October 14, at Don Bosco Provincial House, Mumbai. The theme for the workshop was Rural Marketing, and twenty participants from the various development offices attended this workshop. Setting the premise of the workshop, Fr. Savio Silveira, National Convener of DB Action India, welcomed all the participants and spoke about the importance of right attitudes in the field of development work.
The aim of the workshop was to equip the participants with the necessary ideas and tools to introduce the concept of structured marketing and innovative strategies in their respective programmes. Dr. Mala Shrivastava, professor and marketing consultant, (NMIMS University), facilitated the first session; she presented an overview of the concept of Marketing and then explained the existing rural market environment in the country. In the pre-lunch session, she enlightened the participants on the concept of consumer behaviour and the factors affecting it. The session focussed on several important areas such as Targeting, Segmentation, Positioning, and Approaches to Rural Segmentation.

Mr. Niranjan Amte, marketing mead and consultant with Future Group, facilitated the post-lunch session on Rural Market Research and Distribution Strategy. This session involved many discussions and exchanges of ideas. During his presentation, Mr. Amte shared several examples and experiences from the industry. The second day focussed on market linkages, communication strategies, and innovation in rural markets. In this session, Dr. Mala also discussed the major findings of recent researches on rural marketing. The last session looked at the Scope, Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Marketing.

Closing the programme, Fr. Savio Silveira thanked all the participants for their active participation and the DB Action Team for coordinating the workshop successfully. The workshop concluded on an enthusiastic note with the participants expressing their desire to apply these concepts in their programmes.

BIS #2094 LITERARY AWARD FOR KRISTAPURANA TRANSLATION

Robert Pen sdb
NASHIK, OCTOBER 16, 2010: On Sunday October 10, 2010, at the Forty third Nashik Jilha Sahityik Mela (Nashik District Literary Meet) organized by Sarvajanik Vachanalaya (General Library), Fr. Nelson Falcao, sdb, received yet another Sahityik Puraskar (literature award) for his monumental work on the modern and contemporary translation and critical edition of the Kristapurana. About Five hundred eminent thinkers, authors, writers and poets were present at the one full-day Literary Meet.
The Chief Guest Mr. Uttamrao Kamble, the Editor of Sakal daily newspaper praised highly the scholarly work of Fr. Nelson and gave the award to him. At the Library Hall where all the new books were exposed for information and publicity, the volume of the Kristapurana was placed at the centre.
The theme of the Literary Meet was “Are the Means of Communication totally Responsible for the Deterioration of the Marathi Language?” What emerged in the various talks by experts and the panel discussion is that there are other factors which are responsible for the deterioration of Marathi language, namely, globalisation, business and marketing culture, consumerism, fast age, electronic speed and inventions, and others.

BIS #2093 FILM APPRECIATION COURSE HELD IN DIVYADAAN

DIVYADAAN, OCTOBER 16, 2010: The Mass media has enveloped all walks of life. The human person, in his search for meaning, has intertwined himself/herself into this web of inter-subjective communication through the mass media. Yet the media is not self-revelatory. It has to be understood and grasped. It has to be deciphered and solved. In this process of understanding and deciphering the media and its effects, the brothers from Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy participated in a two day course on Film Appreciation conducted by Rev. Fr. Robert Pen, sdb.The course dealt with feature films and its effects. The brothers during the course viewed various blockbuster films and critically evaluated them. The first session saw the students discuss ‘The Rules of How to Discuss a Film’. The students systematically understood that in a critical evaluation of a movie one must understand 1.) The production particulars 2.) The Plot 3.) The techniques involved 4.) The Sociological theme and 5.) The Educational relevance. The students further, through a video presentation, understood that a feature film takes over a year or a year and half to complete and that the feature film is not single continuous stream of movements but is made up of different ‘edited shots’. The brothers then through the next two days viewed different films and evaluated them. The evaluation of the feature films was done at two levels: the individual and the group level. During the evaluation the students had to first critically evaluate a film. The evaluation would then continue as the students were divided into groups of six and discussed their findings.


During the concluding evaluation the students expressed their gratitude for getting an opportunity to attend a course of such magnitude. They found this course useful as it would help them evaluate and understand feature films in new light especially during their practical training in the coming years. This would in turn help their boys to understand the ramifications of the media and thus counter its effects on their lives.

Friday, October 15, 2010

BIS #2092 MISSION FETE - A NAVARATRI DHAMAKA

Mabel D’Souza
NASHIK, OCTOBER 15, 2010: Don Bosco Church, Nashik anticipated the Mission Fete this year because around the Mission Sunday (October 17) and the week following the students of most of the neighbouring schools would be in exams. The Parish Council members and the organizers of the Fete wanted the students of the neighbouring schools to participate and be part of the Mission Fete. And so the anticipation turned out to be a “Mission Fete” which took place on October 10, that is during the Navaratri Days and so the Parishioners called it “Mission Fete – A Navaratri Dhamaka”. Surprisingly, there were a great number of students that visited the Fete, participating in all the games, sports, garage sale, and guess-the-weight. There was the coupon-system. Those who won were given prize coupons and proportionate prizes. Of course, to top it all, there were many food-stalls, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian which were most visited and the tasty dishes and preparations were enjoyed by one and all.

Thanks to the Principals of the neighbouring schools and the students who patronised in large numbers. We thank all these schools: Kilbil School, Nirmala Convent School, Silver Oak school, Fravashi Academy, Don Bosco School. We also thank the neighbouring communities who took active part in the Fete by patronising the various stalls. We thank Salesian Training Institute, Sacred Heart Training Centre, Divya Daan, Ursaline Sisters of Kilbil, Tanmaya and Nirmala Home, Nirmala Convent Sisters, Holy Cross Fathers and the Parishioners and Parishioners from Dominic Savio Satpur.

We thank our Parish Priest, Fr. Nelson Falcao, sdb who has been the back-bone, the leader and the inspirer of this successful event. We thank the Parish Councilors and all the members of the various committees, i.e., Games-Sports Committee, Garage Sale Committee, Ticketing and Coupons Committee, Prize Distribution Committee, Food Committee, Auction Committee, Publicity Committee. This Mission Fete was conducted for a charitable cause and the 75,000/- Rs. that were collected from it would be forwarded to some Mission Work which requires economic help. Last year an amount of Rs. 50,000/- was sent to the Salesian Mission of Rajasthan, Suket, Salawad to open scholarships in the name of Don Bosco Church, Nashik. Fr. Provincial suggested to us this Mission. This year too we will ask him to suggest a name of some Mission which needs help. The great profit has been due to the various donors who donated food and helped economically

BIS #2091 SCIENCE EXHIBITION AT DB NERUL

NERUL, OCTOBER 15, 2010: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School organized a Science exhibition cum competition for classes IV to VIII. This event was aimed at providing a common platform to students to give shape to their creative and innovative ideas. With great enthusiasm, the students, under the guidance of the teachers started working for this exhibition.


The choice of topics was varied and remarkable. A total number of two hundred and ninety students participated and fifty nine exhibits were displayed. The students were divided into groups of five. Each group made a project based on their understanding of Science and its application. In the judges seats the exhibition saw distinguished scientists and educationists viz. 1. Dr. A.M. Bhagwat (Head of Radiation Safety systems Division), Dr. Sangurdekar(Joint co-ordinator of National Science Children's Congress), Dr. Shome (Research scholar in Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education) evaluated the exhibits of classes VI, VII and VIII. Mrs. Sane (Former Principal of BARC school), Mrs. Jyotsna and Mrs. Shiny evaluated the exhibits of Classes IV and V. Parents and students were allowed to view the exhibits from 1.15pm to 2.30pm. Working model of heart, Energy efficient society, Rainwater harvesting, solar oven, Pesticide cycle, Hovercraft, Bioluminescence were some of the projects prepared by the students. The oral presentations of every item were also remarkable. Lastly, the co-operation extended by the parents is definitely mentionable which made the whole project a big success.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

BIS #2090 A PEEK-A-BOO AT THE FARMER'S PARADISE

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, OCTOBER 14, 2010: The tiny tots of St. Joseph's trotted across to the nearby Peek-A-Boo Nursery to visit the nursery's annual project. The show this year was called "Farmer's Paradise". The children were treated to a variety of presentations on farm animals. They gleefully walked through beautifully decorated stalls with large cut-outs of farm animals and plants, each depicting a section of a farm.
 
The children were given a beautiful explanation of the farm practices. Moreover, they enjoyed beautiful visuals on farms in the AV room. A special attraction was the interactive and educative puppet show in which farmer Donald through his simple display of concern for nature and people made 'Bob, the Builder' realize that destroying a farm for constructing buildings was not a good idea. The highlight of the visit was the chance to actually see and touch a few livestock - a horse, a calf, a goat and some hens. That the children enjoyed the visit is an understatement. The teachers and parents who accompanied them found it difficult to tear the children away from the 'farm' to return to school

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BIS #2089 OUTING TO SINNAR

Swami Shilananda
SINNAR, OCTOBER 13, 2010: October 10, 2010 was a good outing to Sanjivan Ashram, Sinnar. Five young people, eight MPh brothers from Divyadaan, Bro Rickson and I set out from Don Bosco Parish at around 0715 - by rick and bus to Nashik Road Bus Station. Amol and Gloria joined us there, while the Holy Cross Youth proceeded on bikes. We met up at Sinnar Bus Station, and walked the three kilometers to the ashram, which is hidden in a clump of trees on the right of the Nashik bypass - the road from Sinnar to Gothi. No board and no publicity, so one has to know where to go.
 
We reached the ashram by 09.30. Swami was busy with some friends of his from Kalyan. We had snacks, and then Swamiji joined us, answering questions, telling us about his sixty two years in India (he arrived in 1948, went for a home visit only in 1983, spent some fourteen years in his ashram at Panchavati, behind the Sundarnarayan Temple, and then, in 1987, came to Sinnar to set up Sanjivan Ashram at its present location).
The first house to be built was the two rooms where he now lives and works. Later on the temple and the other house were built (in 1990), and finally the other two rooms were built.
It was amazing to see the photos of the early days: not a tree in sight, not even grass. And now: it's beautiful. Great contribution to the ecology. Swami does not believe in cutting the grass. The villagers keep telling him, but he says it's the hair of the earth: just as our hair is given to keep our brains cool, so is the grass given to keep the earth cool.
Unfortunately there is very little water in the pond. Most of it seeps away, since it is on the upper part of a gentle slope towards the road. And no sign of the ghorpad.
Mass was celebrated at 11.30, followed by games, and lunch, and then it was time to move back to Nashik. Five youths from Devlali turned up during mass.

The gospel lent itself to the day: living in a spirit of thanksgiving, making life Eucharistic. We gave thanks for the great beauty of the earth, the trees, the grass, the water, the fresh air, the amazing silence when there is absence of traffic noise... for Swamiji's extraordinary life of witness and courage and joy and even humor...

BIS #2088 THE CHAMPS BEGIN THEIR CAMPAIGN IN STYLE

Dev Parekh
WADALA, OCTOBER 13, 2010: The Under-17 and Under-14 handball teams of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala, once again did their school proud by winning the Mumbai City Division title at the District level.

They won the finals of the DSO handball tournament held on October 7, 2010 at Panchagani ground, Dadar. Both the teams played their finals against their arch rivals, Don Bosco, Matunga, and won by a convincing margin thus proving their superiority in this field of sport yet again. As the District champions, they now go on to defend their title in the forthcoming divisional matches.
In the DSO basketball tournament, our u-14 and u-17 teams went down fighting in the semi-finals against Don Bosco, Matunga and Cathedral respectively.
We congratulate our teams and commend the hard work and the efforts of our coaches Raj, Raju and Somnath. Awaiting an encore in the tournaments that follow!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BIS #2087 SOCIAL & FINANCIAL INCLUSION - MAHARASTRA NGOS NET

LONAVLA, OCTOBER 12, 2010: To further the process of Social and Financial Inclusion for the rural masses in Maharashtra, a workshop was organized at Maria Ashiana, Lonavla on October 10, 2010 by Don Bosco Research Centre, Matunga. Directors and Coordinators from fifiteen Rural NGOs of an NGO network from Maharashtra assembled to have a clear vision in their involvement in the Financial & Social Inclusion Programme. The Agenda also included with training on ‘filling up PAN (Permanent Account Number) Application’ form correctly.


Our research has shown that the UIDAI will take a few more years till its usefulness will percolate down to the villagers, while the PAN Card has been readily useful and playing a very important role in the lives of poor. But to make the PAN card service available to them, the NGO needs to be made aware of its importance for the rural people. Focusing on these issues it was expressed that rural poor, many a times lose their documents or don’t possess any documents to avail of benefits from the services/ schemes rendered by the Government. The poor can achieve an identity proof through the PAN Card to avail government services/ opening bank accounts etc.

NGOs after learning the process showed interest in making PAN cards for the rural groups they work with. Issues on practicality of the project operation with the rural target groups was discussed in the open discussion forum with the NGO Directors such as- ‘how to collect the PAN card application forms’ and ‘submission where about’ etc. Prof Prabha Desai, Director of Sanmitra (Collaborating Partner) being a Nodal Agency for PAN Card clarified that the forms can be couriered to the concerned NGOs and the application fees can be deposited by them in the nearby SBI branch by the NGO.Besides Pan Card, NGOs were keenly interested in the other financial inclusion instruments like SBI Tiny, Government insurance schemes, pension schemes etc. A deal is being negotiated with these financial instruments to obtain a better package for the NGOs to take this programme forward to the masses.

BIS #2086 ADMA GOES ON A MARIAN PILGRIMAGE

MATUNGA, OCTOBER 12, 2010: Saturday October 9 was chosen as a suitable day to go on a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at Karjat. The Marian Devotees left our Shrine at Matunga in a bus at 7.00 am and headed straight for the other Marian Shrine. We were greeted warmly by the Priest in Charge, Fr. Callistus Fernandes. Unexpectedly, we were joined by another group and were able to celebrate a Mass together in the little Church well decorated for the feast on October 13. ADMA members were content to have the opportunity to pray the novena prayer and spend time in personal prayer.

We then headed for Don Bosco’s. It was a first time visit that brought great ‘oohs and aahs’ to everyone’s lips. It seemed unbelievable what the Salesians are capable of.
Fr. Xavier was a most wonderful host spending the rest of the morning with us. His informative inputs left everyone so impressed and he certainly made many new friends as he had an eager, enquiring audience. A good lunch, a little siesta and a round of party games made up the rest of the afternoon, before we got ready for the journey back home. It was a memorable day that also served to offer members a chance to get to know each other better, this being their first outing together.

Monday, October 11, 2010

BIS #2085 INTERFACE MEETING AT ANAND - GUJARAT

GUJARAT, OCTOBER 11, 2010: On October 7, 2010 at 11’o clock, approximately twenty-four railway personnel assembled to attend a meeting at Anand (Gujarat) railway station in the waiting room on platform number five. This meeting was organized by Don Bosco Snehalaya. To begin, all were invited to join in the prayer bhajan -Tumi Ho Mata, Pita Tumi Ho. The aim of this meeting was to sensitize railway personnel about the grim conditions and sad realities of street life and to get in touch with one of our caring communities – the railway personnel (TCs, railway staff and railway workers) to make them aware of these children’s difficulties, to treat the children with respect and dignity, to understand them better and also to enter into a good working relationship with the railway personnel, who are an important contact group for our marginalized boys.

The Director heartily welcomed the participants for the meeting and he introduced the institution and staff to those who were present. Mr. Francis Dodia our outreach coordinator requested the participants to introduce themselves to each other and afterwards he asked them to share their experiences with street children whenever they came across them on the railway stations or in the trains. Mr. Waghela (Station Supritendent) and Mr.Mathur (CMI) shared their experience. They told us that as soon as a vagrant child is found on the railway platforms the immediate action taken by them is to hand over the case to the RPF who will later contact some NGO. After the sharing was over the Director took over with a power point presentation on Snehalya and Child care and protection. In the PowerPoint Presentation the work of the institution was well explained. The staff also shared their experiences with platform boys. At the end our Outreach Coordinator thanked the entire group of participants for dedicating special time for this meeting.
                                          
The participants were happy to have this meeting and to give whatever help was required to Don Bosco Snehalaya in its work with railway platform and street children. By the help of this meeting they came to know many things about child care and protection and became aware of the work carried out by Snehalaya in Vadodara. At the start, the participants seemed a little apprehensive about the programme but they soon got interested and we dare say, it turned out to be a very fruitful interface meeting. Snacks and tea were arranged to conclude the meeting.

BIS #2084 MANN KI SHAKTI, TAN KI SHAKTI

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, OCTOBER 11, 2010: As the world celebrates ‘WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY’, Shelter Don Bosco also organized a small session inaugurated by Rev. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes sdb along with Dr. Rahul Ghadge a Neuro Psychiatrist, a volunteer with Don Bosco Shelter, at 10am.

Fr Ajoy appreciated the initiative taken by the management and the staff for the mental health of the boys, and gave the message that a visit to the counselor or to the psychologist should be as casual as a visit to the physician. Dr. Rahul impressed on the minds of the boys that physical health was very much related to the healthy mind of the person. He highlighted this through his PowerPoint presentation. Positive response was very evident on the faces of the children because there was good interaction between the doctor and shelter boys. He gave the following Mantra to the boys:

“MAN KI SHAKTI, TAN KI SHAKTI”


(Strength of the body lies in a healthy mind)

Friday, October 8, 2010

BIS #2083 WORLD CONGRESS OF CATHOLIC PRESS

ROME, OCTOBER 8, 2010: The Catholic Press Congress organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications was held in Rome from October 4 to October 7, 2010. Some six Bishops and two hundred and twenty media professionals from eighty nine countries participated in this conference.


Five Asian Salesians participated at the World Congress of the Catholic Press (WCCP) organized by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCCS) in Rome. Three are from India and one each from Thailand and the Philippines. While three Salesians are country delegates, two are doctoral students from the Salesian University Rome’s Social Communications faculty. Among the delegates Fr Plathottam is Media Commission Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India New Delhi, while Fr Fidel and Fr Paradon are from the Philippines and Thailand respectively. The doctoral students at the WCCP are Frs. Anthony Lobo from Mumbai and C.M. Paul from Kolkata.

Among the presenters from Asia is Carol Andrade, editor of Mumbai’s Afternoon Dispatch and Courier. She is part of a five-member panel that will speak on The Catholic Press – Expectations and Hopes. “In India the Catholic press is marginal”, stated Carol Andrade, editor in chief of the Afternoon Dispatch and Courier of Mumbai. In the country, Christians run “universities, colleges, fifteen thousand schools for seven million students” and “help mostly the outcasts”. Yet, “when a nun was stabbed to death because she was trying to help the poor redeem themselves, the news was not covered by the press”. Along with her is also Mr. Jomy Thomas of the Malayala Manorama who participated in this conference.

“We have two hundred and thirty participants registered for this congress,” said pontifical council secretary Monsignor Paul Tighe, explaining how his office invited three persons per country.

Delegates explored issues on effective presence in the digital era, how to report on controversy, whether to give voice to dissent and above all how to rediscover the essential mission of the press to be of service to the Church and community.

Participants were divided regionally to speak regarding their Catholic publications, current challenges and future outlook. Issues discussed included lack of professional writers, decline in the number of Catholic newspapers and the importance of print media among Catholic circles, especially in Asia.

Speaking at the inauguration of the congress on October 4, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said, “We feel the need to come together at a global level to reflect on the mission, on the role the Catholic press plays in today’s society and in the Church.”

He added: “The main question is not so much how to use the new technologies; rather, the great challenge the Church has to face is how to establish a dialogue with the culture emerging from the new technologies.”

“What are the new opportunities offered to the Catholic press in this age of new media?” Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli asked participants.

In proposing solutions for Church media in the Internet age, Archbishop Celli highlighted the digital divide that the Church lives in various parts of the world. He spoke of meeting global demands by showcasing successful new media ventures by Church communicators.

This is the fourth congress that Archbishop Celli has called together during his four years in office.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

BIS #2082 BEYOND BORDERS

Bosco Pereira sdb
MUMBAI, OCTOBER 7, 2010: From the 'womb to the tomb' and the growing up process is endless. From crawling to walking and school begins. KG to Std X and there is the junior college. At each step ahead there is a movement going 'Beyond Borders'.
To go ahead one has to cross the 'old' to move to the 'new'. There is a continuous process of change. Leaving the old is painful because that which is familiar is also comfortable. The comfort of the womb, the home and friends gives one safety and security. The unknown brings in fear and discomfort. The uncertainties are beyond comprehension. But...in order to grow, crossing borders is a must.
While you are focused on your computer screens just take your eyes off. You enter another world, a space that is beyond your boundaries. That emptiness is more real than the 'box'. But once you look inside your self, the soul space, then discoveries begin to happen. Living life 'Outside in' is good but living life 'Inside Out' is REAL.
Keep moving beyond your borders. This is called Self Engineering.
Cutting off cords is the need of the hour. Physical, mental, psychological, social, emotional and spiritual. Any cord that ties you down or grounds you to be attached to the source of birth does have life. Get detached to grow.
There is new life in every Border you cross. Movements beyond Borders create Life.
Leave your base. It's B.E. to BEing. Move out of DBCL to find your own source

BIS #2081 POWER IN SIMPLICITY

Bosco Pereira sdb

MUMBAI, OCTOBER 7, 2010: Everybody wants to be powerful or to be known as the Power Brand. Be it wealth, knowledge, status or spaces. Being a topper in 'class' or 'caste' or on the sports field creates an impression. We are the 'best' or I am the 'only one', is our proud power expression and one makes sure that everyone knows about it... It is in all creatures big and small when we lose sight of the bright and beautiful. From the ant to the elephant, from David to Goliath, from the first world to the third world and no world! From ITI to DBIT and all that DBCL stands for or encompasses or empowers, not excluding our PhDs and men n Blue - BUT....
  
It is another thought patter, the last, the least, the weak, the outcaste, the sinner will be first. The 'child' in the kingdom of God will be the greatest.
 
IS NOT OUR STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE A ROUTE TO HELL!????
 
Hell not as in fire, but 'hell of a life.' which burns the individual not into ashes but restlessness, high blood pressure, sleepless nights, anxious angry days and finally the 'heart' attack which may bring you back to your senses. But then, there may be no life left in this worn out body, mind and spirit. The wake-up call would be a little too late.
 
May advice is "now, before it is too late, is the time for every good news."
 
Take it easy, there is Power in Simplicity. Be with Nature, the birds, the bees, all creatures great and small. There is beauty in creation. It's in every breath you take. Care for your soul space. There is power in the Unknown, the Ordinary and the Simple. "Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart."

BIS #2080 SENIOR SECONDARY'S FIRST CULTURAL DAY PROGRAMME AT DB NERUL

NERUL, OCTOBER 7, 2010: The programme began with an introductory speech by the anchor, the judges were welcomed with a floral tribute and they did the honor of lighting the Lamp.


The first part of the programme was the Group Dance Competition which consisted of four groups i.e. Group A (Class I and II), Group B (Class III and IV), Group C (Class V and VI) and Group D (Class VII and VIII). These groups were further divided into four houses, a total of sixteen performances. The dances were beautifully presented with their colourful attire and graceful performance.

The second part of the programme was the Solo Instrumental music competition. The participants melodiously played various instruments like the casio, tabla and guitar. It was an opportunity for the students to display their talents.

The third part of the programme was Solo singing competition where again the children got a golden opportunity to showcase their performances and the last and final part of the programme was the group singing competition. This competition also comprised of sixteen groups of various houses. It gave an opportunity for maximum students to come on stage and be a part of the group singing competition. For each competition different judges were invited and the judges were asked to address the students with their encouraging words.

There was an atmosphere of music and dance the entire day in our school premises because of our cultural day programme. Thanks to our teachers and students for making this programme a huge success. The school benefitted by getting a chance to discover hidden talents of students.

BIS #2078 LEADERSHIP CAMP 2010-11

Dhruv Patel
WADALA, OCTOBER 7, 2010: The leaders of St. Joseph high school of standards VIII, IX and X attended a leadership camp specially conducted for them at Don Bosco, Lonavla, on October 1 & October 2, 2010. This camp was organized to hone and develop the qualities of leadership in our school leaders.
 
The first session of the camp was conducted by Fr. Edison Fernandes sdb. Fr. Edison began his session by inter-relating the qualities of our leaders to those of various animals. This helped them identify and understand their own characteristics through the animals they chose. He guided the participants in determining their attitude towards leadership by evaluating their write-ups which were based on a given picture. Br. Leon, who conducted the next session, focused on the ability of our leaders to cope in a crisis situation. He stressed the importance of co-operation and co-ordination when leading other people. The final part of the programme was animated by Sr. Caroline D’Souza fma, who made the boys aware of their surroundings. Sr. Caroline drew out from the participants the need to respect and take care of the environment as ‘that is the mark of a good leader’!
  
At the end of the enriching program, the head boy, Harsh Visaria, thanked all who played a part in the smooth organization of the camp. This was indeed a rewarding and enlightening experience for the leaders who learnt some valuable lessons of life.

BIS #2077 STAKEHOLDER'S MEETING AT SHELTER

WADALA, OCTOBER 7, 2010: On September 30, 2010 at 11’o clock, approximately thirty-four stakeholders assembled to attend the meeting at Shelter premise. This meeting was organized by shelter node. The main objective of this meeting was to sensitize them about the grim conditions and sad realities of street life. Also they were made aware how they will help and place better condition emerging from their disastrous and melancholy life.


Meeting started with the brief introduction about Shelter and Homelink by Ms. Sonal, followed with the icebreaker session, along with magic conducted by Fr. Roger showing the different nations how to build up unity amongst each other with solidarity. Fr. Roger who is currently working as a hub director for Mumbai hub left the stakeholders with the impression that even on the street whilst working, how marvelously they can help to alleviate their excruciating situations. Fr. William Falcao, the director of Shelter Don Bosco, boosted the energy through the motivational speech.

The movie on ‘Street Life’ was shown to portray that they did not care, however, with the great audacity chose their last destination was none other, but only the dreadful street life.

Through power point presentation, stakeholders made aware about different types of children like, orphan, semi orphan, street children, who are affected by HIV and other ailments, and street children are deprived of food, education, shelter, medication, clothing, entertainments, and thus lead isolated life.

Stakeholders wholeheartedly assured to see the street children transformed their life and illuminate them, and live a quality life. They promised to help shelter by referring and informing street children.

The meeting ended with the token of appreciation from the management. Heartily thanks to Gracy didi and her co-ordinated team who put sincere efforts to motivate stakeholders to attend the meeting. Br. Anthony is also thanked for his kind support by providing technical support during the meeting.

Somebody has rightly said that ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’