Wednesday, March 30, 2011

BIS #2344 WAY OF THE CROSS AT BOSCO WADI

Patrick Corda
BOSCO WADI, MARCH 30, 2011: On March 29, 2011 a group of fifty people from Arnahala experienced the road to Calvary at Bosco Wadi, a spiritual Lenten program organized by Fr. Anthony Santarita, Rector of Bosco Boys Home. The service began at 2.00pm in the scorching heat where Fr. Bastin Thomas welcomed the group. After lunch followed; the station of the cross in Marathi. The station of the cross was an experience where every individual went through the pain, passion, and suffering of Jesus walking down the hill in that heat. The people participated in the way of the cross with complete devotion.

In the second part fourteen clippings from the Passion of Christ movie were explained by the Fr. Bastin through a power point presentation. After forty five minutes of the presentation the Blessed Sacrament was exposed by Fr. Ashwin Macwan, the group was then led into a time of repentance and preparation for confession by Br. Christopher and his music ministry. After confession the people were asked to write their sins on a piece of paper and walked in a procession towards the old wooden rugged Cross which was kept in a corner of the campus they were then asked to nail the paper to the cross by themselves. The wooden cross was then carried by the people to the sea shore where Fr. Ashwin removed all the papers and burnt it and then put them into the sea.

As a part of their participation in the walk to Calvary every individual got a Veil with the face of Jesus printed on it. Those present expressed their gratitude by a vote of thanks where, they thanked Fr. Anthony, Fr. Bastin, Fr. Ashwin and Br. Richard for the marvelous work they were doing for the youth of their village in Bosco Boys Home. The evening ended with a cup of tea and biscuits.

A similar session in Gujarati was also conducted for twenty one ladies who came from Bandra on March 26, which started in the evening at 8.00 pm and ended in the morning at 6.00 am with the Eucharist Service. The entire program was conducted by Fr. Ashwin and Fr. Bastin, thanks to Fr. Anthony Santarita who has given a new look to Bosco Wadi and also opening the doors to have spiritual activities, the next will be the hundred and fifty people who will be coming from Uttan to participate in the Station of the Cross.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

BIS #2343 NSS WEBSITE FOR MAHARASHTRA LAUNCHED

Royal D’Souza
CHURCHGATE, MARCH 24, 2011: The National Service Scheme (NSS) state level Awards Ceremony for the year 2009-2010 was held on March 21, 2011 at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Auditorium, Sydenham College, Churchgate, Mumbai.

The high-profile guests included Mr. Rajesh Tope, Minister of Higher and Technical Education, Government of Maharashtra, Mr. Madhav S. Jambhule, Assistant Programme Advisor, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, GOI, Mr. Mahesh Pathak, IAS Secretary, Higher & Technical Education, GOM and Dr. Pramod N. Pabrekar, State Liaison Officer & Officer on Special Duty, NSS Cell.

The dignitaries participated in the traditional lighting of the lamp. The welcome and inaugural speech was given by Prof. Atul Salunke, NSS Programme Coordinator, University of Mumbai) and Dr. Pramod Pabrekar respectively.
The highlight of the event was the launch of the NSS Website (www.mahanss.org) designed and developed by the NSS volunteers of Don Bosco Institute of Technology (DBIT), Kurla. The website was launched by Mr. Rajesh Tope and Mr. Madhav S. Jambhule. The ceremony was attended by Mr. Conrad Saldanha, Principal Advisor, Don Bosco Centre for Learning and Prof. Imran Mirza, HOD - Comp. Sc. Dept. As happens with any new development, the Guests and NSS Program Coordinators from different universities were eager to know the features as well as the user-friendliness of the site.
The DBIT NSS student volunteers Ms. Pinki Kumari, Mr. Allan Pinto and Mr. Raj Saxena under the overall guidance of Mr. Royal D'Souza, NSS Programme Officer, DBIT were instrumental in ensuring that the website had content as well as ease of operation. Students from various universities were honored with a memento for their dedicated service towards the NSS cause.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

BIS #2342 CONNECT ALL INDIA NETWORK: SnF INCLUSION AWARENESS FOR VILLAGE SARPANCHES

Mayuri R.Rajbaruah
KALYAN, MARCH 23, 2011: The Don Bosco Research Centre and the Karunya Trust, Kalyan organized an orientation program on social and financial inclusion for village headmen from different districts of Maharashtra. Presidents and Vice Presidents of Gram Panchayats from the villages of Ambernath, Kalyan, Varapgaon and Bhiwandi appreciated the efforts made by the Connect All India Network of Don Bosco Research Centre to ensure that the marginalized gain access to maximum capital through Identity Instruments, Door to door Banking/Savings, Investment, Income Generation methods & Capital Building Measures. The Sarpanches were of the opinion that accessing government schemes, pension & insurance plans and no frill bank accounts could solve many developmental issues in their villages. A majority of the villagers were unaware of government schemes and services available for them and about fifty percent of the rural population lacked bank accounts. Most housewives still relied on their husbands’ bank accounts for financial purposes.


Mr. Rajiv Ranjan Toppo’s presentation of UTI’s micro pension scheme garnered maximum attention. Sister Edith, the coordinator of Karunya Trust, mentioned that the database created by the Don Bosco Research Centre about various Government schemes and measures could lead to positive and long term changes in marginalized people’s lives.

The presidents of the Gram Panchayats invited the Don Bosco Research Centre to their villages to explain to the villagers the finer details of the various schemes and policies. The meeting concluded with some of the Gram Panchayats expressing their interest in joining the Connect All India Network and submitting their profiles and details to the Karunya Trust, Kalyan.

BIS #2341 SENIOR CITIZENS' PILGRIMAGE

Milton D’Souza
BORIVLI, MARCH 23, 2011: Our parish organized a “Lenten Pilgrimage” for the Senior Citizens. The pilgrimage was flagged off with a prayer and a blessing by Fr. Ronnie, our Parish Priest. The pilgrims were accompanied by Fr. Allwyn Misquitta and Mr. Harry Menezes. The churches visited were as follows: The Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Matunga; Salvation Church, Dadar; Gloria Church, Byculla; St. Anne’s Church, Mazgaon; Rosary Church, Dockyard and finally Holy Name Cathedral, Colaba.


At each of these churches we reflected on some of the Stations of the Cross, sang hymns to the accompaniment of pre-recorded music and we were also presented with a brief history of the church by Mr. Harry Menezes.

The Eucharist was celebrated at Holy Name Cathedral. For most of the pilgrims this was the first visit to some of the churches, for others this visit brought back nostalgic memories of the times they spent in some church or the other as children. After a sumptuous lunch we began our journey back to Borivli via the Bandra sea-link. The pilgrimage was a truly prayerful and enriching experience for all te participants

BIS #2340 SYMOPSIUM ON PROPERTY SUCCESSION

Alex D’Mello and Angela D’Souza

BORIVLI, MARCH 23, 2011: A symposium on “Property, Succession and Will”, was conducted by Don Bosco, Borivli Parish unit of The Bombay Catholic Sabha on March 20, 2011.

Fr. Ronald Menezes, Spiritual Director and Parish Priest commenced the programme with an opening prayer. Fifty eight people including individuals of other parishes attended the programme. The programme was chaired by Advocate Raphael D’Souza, and his son, Advocate Glenn D’Souza.
Adv. Raphael explained about the different kinds of properties: movable, immovable and intellectual properties and Adv. Glenn D’Souza touched upon the documentation part of the WILL. Adv. Raphael mainly dwelt on movable and immovable properties which is the concern of an ordinary citizen. The intellectual properties like trade marks, patents belong to Corporate and other entities. While explaining about movable properties, he said the properties which are mobile in nature fall under the movable category like cash, gold, vehicles, shares etc. whereas land and buildings fall under the immovable property. He also spoke about ancestral properties and how family disintegration can be avoided if the head of the family can draw up a “Family Settlement Document” during his lifetime, signed by all the heirs to the property.

MAKING OF THE “WILL”

Adv. Glenn D’Souza, explained about the making of “WILL’ which plays a greater role to keep the families intact after the death of the “Testator” (maker of the WILL). He provided the participants with all the details involved in the making and execution of the will. A topic of this nature elicited a lot of questions which were answered by the two resource persons to the satisfaction of all present.

BIS #2339 COMPUTER LITERACY FOR BASTI WOMEN

Royal D’Souza
KURLA, MARCH 23, 2011: Don Bosco Centre for Learning at Kurla, Mumbai initiated a computer literacy drive as Fr. Joe Braganza inaugurated a batch on March 21, 2011. Women from SHGs numbering eighteen who have been on campus for the past two months training in Culinary/Sewing skills are a part of this DBCL initiative. The highlight of the MS Office program is that our young NSS student volunteers studying in Engineering will act as facilitators.

The computer course has been designed in a manner that permits youth and women unfamiliar with technology to have a feel of the e-age. With the women hailing from economically deprived sections of society, the program allows them to explore an additional avenue; perhaps never might it have occurred to them that one day they could be handling a mouse or tapping around at the keyboard of the computer. To date, DBCL has been in a position to bring in computer literacy to hundred and six women within a two-month span.

At the inauguration, Mr. Lavy A. D’Costa spoke on the relevance of the computer in today’s tech-savvy age. No more can ignorance be bliss. While offering the institute’s best wishes to the women, he particularly congratulated the engineering students who of their own volition had decided to spare their time for the academic upliftment of underprivileged sections of society.

BIS #2338 SIXTH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SOUTHERN ZONAL CONFERENCE

Freda D’Souza
HYDERABAD, MARCH 23, 2011: The Sixth Annual Assembly of the Southern Zone of the Salesian Cooperators was held on March 20, 2011 at Provincial House, Hyderabad. Twenty three participants of the Southern Provinces of India- Chennai, Bangalore, Trichy, Konkan, Hyderabad and Mumbai along with Fr. K.J Louis, Sr. Phyllis Fernandes, National Delegates and Mr. K.V Francis the world coordinator of the cooperators were present.

The inaugural ceremony began with a prayer service by Sr. Phyllis Fernandes followed by lighting the lamp. Mrs. Freda D’Souza, coordinator of the Southern zonal conference formally welcomed the participants and introduced the theme “With Don Bosco”. Fr. Showrulli the Provincial Delegate of Hyderabad also gave a warm welcome on behalf of the Provincial. The minutes of the fifth southern zonal conference were read by Mrs. Philomena Mendes followed by the reading of the reports by the Provinces. Fr. K.J Louis in the first session explained the Common Identity Card of the Salesian family. This document is rich in content but very difficult to understand by the lay people. He said that the Salesian family is a charismatic community called, lead and guided by the Holy Spirit and belonging to the church. Sr. Phyllis Fernandes in the second session with the help of the power point presentation exposed the Common Mission Statement. With her liveliness she explained all the articles of the document. She stressed on the three formulas of Don Bosco: a) upright citizen and good Christians, b) educating by evangelization, and evangelization by educating, c) give me souls and take away the rest.

Mr. A.B. Bosco the formation incharge of the cooperators spoke on the formation of the Salesian cooperators following the statutes of PAL. He brought out the meaning and importance of formation. It is very important to have personal and common formation with the help of a spiritual director.

In the discussion the participants insisted that we should follow our uniform method of election. This would encourage more leadership within the church. Mr. Wilfred Rebello, the Administrator of the Southern Zonal Conference read the accounts of the year 2010- 2011. Mr. Jerome D’Souza of the Konkan Province gave the vote of thanks.

Monday, March 21, 2011

BIS #2337 GREENLINE MUMBAI ANNOUNCES GREEN SCHOOL AWARDS

Savio Silveira
MATUNGA, MARCH 21, 2011: March 18, 2011 marked the conclusion of the first year of the GreenLine Project, as the winners of the Green Schools Campaign were announced. Twelve schools from across Mumbai participated in this campaign, which was launched in October 2010.

The programme began with an overview of the Green Schools campaign, followed by a session on waste management by Dr. Amiya Kumar Sahu, President, National Solid Waste Association of India. The winning schools were then announced by Fr. Edwin, Chairman, Maschio Foundation. They are:

Greenest School Award: Sacred Heart High School, Vashi


Greenest School—Runner up: St. Dominic Savio High School, Andheri


Best New Initiative: St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala

Each of the winners then made a presentation on the green projects they are implementing in their schools. Prof. Jürgen Kleinwächter, a renowned international solar energy expert, was also present for the programme. He explained that creative thinking is the basis for developing new technology, and encouraged the students to work towards sustainable development with both ‘heart’ and ‘intellect’. Another important event of the day was the release of the short film ‘Beautiful Earth ‘, produced by GreenLine.

GreenLine congratulates the winners and all the schools who participated in the campaign. The team is also grateful for the support and encouragement of Fr. Edwin D’souza, and all those who helped make the first year of GreenLine a success.

BIS #2336 MINISTRY OF THE WORD

Flona Tauro
BORIVLI, MARCH 21, 2011: On March 6, 2011, the commissioning of twenty five successful students of the Ministry of the Word (MoW) programme was held at St. Pius X College, Goregaon. Out of these students two of them namely, Mr. Albert D’souza and Mrs. Flona Tauro were from St. John Bosco Parish, Borivali (W). The need for God’s Word is great, and God will surely supply that need (Phil 4:19).

MoW began to help enthusiastic men and women in the Catholic Church to study the Word of God in order to animate others. Albert and Flona testify that the insightful lectures by experienced and gifted professors, discussions and clarifications on contemporary Christian and inter-religious issues enlightened them and helped them go beyond the text. The fellowship with like-minded people of all ages and professions certainly helped them grow. The atmosphere at MoW is fun, friendly and interactive. Studying scripture has brought healing and peace in different areas of their life. They have experienced an increase in faith, hope and confidence. They personally feel that one needs a calling, a very beautiful experience where ultimately the word minister realizes that there is so much more to Sacred Scripture than one can think of.

We also need to strengthen our knowledge of the Word of God to counteract different sects and to help others do the same. Studying the Bible and committing a Sunday is not difficult, with God’s grace and a willing heart .You must be willing to serve the Church on a stable basis as a Minister of the Word on the completion of the programme. Every year the Word Ministers are re-commissioned in their respective Parishes. They are also expected to send a descriptive annual report to the seminary about the work they undertake as Word ministers. Fr Ronald Menezes, Parish Priest of St. John Bosco, Borivali has been very supportive and motivating throughout the course.

BIS #2335 COLOURS IN CHILDREN'S HOME

BIS Correspondent

WADALA, MARCH 21, 2011: On March 20, for the first time in the annals of Shelter Don Bosco the Holi celebrations took place outside Shelter. When Shelter boys along with four staff members marched towards the Dongari Children Home, armed with colors and snacks.

The staff there gave us a warm welcome. The highlight of the day was a narrated history about the myth and meaning of the celebration. Then the riot of colors of various hues and shades took over. The boys enjoyed themselves by coloring the faces of the staff members and their friends. Along with colors, the boys also tuned themselves to the music in spontaneous dancing. After hours of playing and dancing, the boys and the staff were provided with snacks and soft drinks.

The boys thoroughly enjoyed this celebration. One of the juvenile staff commented, “A celebration like this is taking place after seventeen years in this home.” It was a well planned event with prior permissions taken from the competent authorities.
This is one of the strategic moves to network with the NGOs working for the children/ youth at risk to arrive at our common goal, the holistic welfare of the youth/ children the street.

BIS #2334 YOUTH RETREAT

Briston Britto sdb
AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 21, 2011: A Lenten Mission was held for the youth of three parishes of Ahmednagar at St. John’s, Bhingar, on March 20, 2011. In all eighty five youths attended the mission programme from Savedi, Bhingar, St. Anne’s and Ghodegaon. Fr Allwyn attended the mission as well. Fr Sanjay Brahame, Aurangabad, Youth Charismatic Director and Fr Michael Anthony, Diocesan Youth Director, Aurangabad, with their music ministry team preached the retreat on the theme of, “Parents and Growing Teenagers”. The retreat began at 10.00 am and ended at 7 pm. after the Eucharist.
The main highlight of the retreat was an inaugural talk on relationships between parents and the youth.
Praise and worship were interspersed right during the day and especially during the afternoon session. The prayer healing service was very powerful and had an impact on the participants. The Rite of reconciliation was peaceful and very therapeutic and was received by almost all. The Eucharist was well prepared and was held in the lawns.
 
“I’ve never got such a help especially in making a good cand apt and connecteonfession,” was the feedback of one of the participants. The participants shared how the examples narrated by the preacher were very relevant d deeply with their own experience in their homes.

All in all, the youth learnt about life, home and elders & were spiritually energized for the season for Lent and the approaching feast of Easter.

BIS #2333 F.Y.BPH BROTHERS BECOME SCOUT MASTERS

Cl. Sandeep Parmar
DIYVADAAN, MARCH 21, 2011: The Scout masters’ basic training camp for the brothers of the first year was held at Divyadaan: Salesian Institute of Philosophy from the March 11 - March 17, 2011. The Scout camp commenced with the arrival of Mr. K.R. Patil, the chief trainer for the course. He introduced the brothers to the importance of the scout movement in these prevalent times.

On the first day itself the brothers were divided into the patrol system with each patrol consisting of seven members each. There were different sessions on scouting and these were conducted by different trainers. The sessions helped the brothers to come to a know-how of the scout movement. Important things like the prayer song, flag song, scout law, scout promise, knotting and lashing etc. were introduced during these sessions. One activity that was very helpful for the brothers was the daily morning yoga exercises which added energy and liveliness to the camp.

The brothers were invested as official scout masters on the evening of March 16. On the last day the brothers were introduced to an All Faith Prayer Meet which led each scout master into a meditative mood. The camp ended with a small felicitation programme in which the trainers were thanked by Rev. Fr. Felix in a very special way for having made this scout camp a possibility. Mr. K.R Patil along with the other scout masters brought the camp to a conclusion by lowering the scout flag and congratulating the brothers for their hard work and cooperation.

These days of the scout camp were days of fun, frolic and enjoyment. The newly invested scout masters felt that the scout camp was really enriching, adventurous and inspiring which left an indelible mark in the hearts of one and all

Friday, March 18, 2011

BIS #2332 RECTORS' MEETING

ALIRAJPUR, MARCH 18, 2011: The Rectors' meeting, held on March 16, 2011, featured both the old and newly appointed heads of communities as well as the new Provincial Council Members. The Holy Eucharist in the crypt, during which Fr. Provincial spoke of the role of the rector to both animate and govern the community, set the tone for the day's proceedings.


The morning sessions began with the communications of the Provincial. This was followed by an update on the programme in connection with Don Bosco's casket. Fr. Edwin in charge of logistics briefed the gathering about the tentative plan while Fr. Wilfed spoke of the animation at Community and Province levels as we prepare for this once in a lifetime event.

Fr. Roger then acquainted us with the legal status of our boardings and a discussion was initiated on the need to get our boardings registered under the provisions of the J.J. Act. There were certain queries that needed further investigation and hopefully these will be clarified in the coming months.

The final session of the morning was a beautiful summary by Fr. Ashley of the four papers presented by the Salesians at the Team Visit. The contents of these are available in the current issue of the S.D.B. West.

The afternoon session began with the communications of the Vice Provincial. The Province Calendar was discussed. A sample of what is expected from the communities when they prepare their EPPs for the New Year was given to appealed to all who had not yet contributed to the Province Solidarity Fund to do so.

BIS #2331 FIRST ECOLOGY TRAINING CAMP HELD AT DBYS

Charles Anthony
KARJAT, MARCH 18, 2011: A group of seventeen tribal Catholics, twelve women and five men from Dayasadan, Zankhvav, Surat, Gujarat attended a training program from March 9, 2011 to March 12, 2011 at DBYS Karjat. Accompanied by the Daughters of the Cross, they were introduced and trained in the various environment friendly projects developed here.
The aim of the camp was to create an awareness of our common vocation as humans to protect and care for nature, especially for the tribals - whose life is so connected with the environment. With this awareness, the camp also meant to train the participants to make use of the environment in an eco-friendly way for social and financial empowerment.
The basic mantra to achieve this would be Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle; with the punch line "Kachre Mein Paisa Hai"

In keeping with these fundamentals, the participants were introduced to the various eco-friendly projects such as the bio gas plant, bio compost, bio fertilizers, grey water recycling, kitchen waste recycling, paper recycling, plastic recycling, charcoal making, tapping solar energy, use of innovative 'chulas' to reduce pollution and eliminate cutting of large trees for cooking. All these projects were developed at the centre.
 
They were introduced to innovative farming, like bottle garden, growing vegetables in sacs etc. The group performed the practicals and theory, which gave them a first hand experience to replicate it in their villages.
 
After the day's work the group would participate in the evening Eucharist with great devotion and lovely singing. After supper they would break out into spontaneous singing and dancing.
 
The group, a third generation catholic community, showed remarkable responsibility and maturity in the group discussions and evaluations. On the final day of evaluation they thanked Fr. Xavier for giving them the confidence, that they can protect the environment and create various opportunities for their own social and economic growth. They thanked the Salesian community for the wonderful hospitality they enjoyed.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

LOGO COMPETITION

DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL AND JUNIOR COLLEGE LONAVLA

17th March 2011.

Respected Rector/Incharge,

The Don Bosco Institution is celebrating 50 years of its presence in Lonavla. We want you to be a part of this Golden Moment. So join in the logo competition and send in your entries to the Principal’s Office at Don Bosco Lonavla or email us at dblonavla@gmail.com latest by March 25th 2011. This competition is open to all.

Specifications:-

1. The logo should include art and word; the word limit: 6 words.
2. The theme of the logo should bring out the ‘Golden Jubilee’.

The winners will be felicitated at the inaugural function on the 12th of July’11.

Thanking you in anticipation,


Yours faithfully,
(Fr. Lorenzo D’Souza)
Principal



Wednesday, March 16, 2011

BIS #2330 SCC TRAINING PROGRAMME

Loreen Fernandes
VIRAR, MARCH 16, 2011: The newly-elected community leaders and the cluster leaders of the thirteen communities of Resurrection Church, Virar (E), attended a training programme on March 13, 2011 from 9 am - 11 am in the church hall.
The first session was conducted by the Parish SCC coordinator and the representative to the Diocese, Mr. Reynold Serrao. The session consisted of a briefing on how the seven-step gospel sharing method had to be made more meaningful and participative, with the facilitator ensuring a reverential atmosphere, wherein language barriers are transcended by unity of faith. The task undertaken by the community members should be related to the specific needs of the community. Guidelines were provided regarding filling up of the monthly reports.

Fr. Augustine Pereira stressed the pivotal role of the word of God in the seven-step method. He went on to explain how the gospel passage should be used for the spiritual growth of each individual and the community at large. Fr. Blany then had a brief inter-active session on the role and responsibilities of the community leaders' vis-à-vis the cluster leaders.

At the conclusion of the session, the leaders left feeling better equipped to animate their communities and clusters.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

BIS #2329 WE KNOW.WE CAN.WE WILL.WE MUST


Hilda Braganza FMA
WADALA, MARCH 15, 2011: The Annual Thanksgiving Day of the Sunday School of Our Lady, of Dolours Parish, Wadala was held on March 13. It was indeed a wonderful day for the children and Catechists, as we gathered with grateful hearts to praise and thank God for all his blessings bestowed on us during the year. During the Eucharistic celebration we acknowledged God’s goodness towards us. We expressed our thanks to God for all our children, our Catechist and especially for our Parish Priest, Fr. Aloysius Furtado and his team.

The Sunday school children put up a beautiful musical- Recreating Today’s World, which gave us a powerful message. The Chief Guest for the day was Ms. Nicole Britto, Vice-Principal of St. Joseph High School, Wadala. Our catechetical coordinator Mr. Roy Pinto read the Annual Report of our Sunday school highlighting the great events that took place during the year.
The children were honoured with certificates for general proficiency and for the highest attendance. Our ever vibrant assistant coordinator, Mr. Lloyd Nunes proposed the vote of thanks. To bring the programme to a conclusion an oath was taken by all to, Cherish the Life That We Have.

In His hand is life of every creature and the breath of all humankind.” (Job 12:10)
The Lord has gifted His creation to take care of it.

Friday, March 11, 2011

BIS #2328 CTC GRADUATION

Idalina Samuel
BORIVLI, MARCH 11, 2011: Our Graduation ceremony was held at the Apostolic Convent, Bandra. With days and days of submission, assignments, projects, scrap book, log book, weekend courses, CTC Sundays, one week intensive training, we finally walked on stage to receive our certificates from Cardinal Oswald Gracias. The thought that struck me was that there was no other respect one could earn other than being qualified to witness to the faith to little children during the Sunday school. I experienced Christ’s Blessings in more ways than one during this entire period.

This course has not only made us humble human beings but has polished us in every aspect that we lacked, it made us strong to go on even if we are let down by friends. It taught us to be caring when others would not, it made us ignore things which are not within our means and it made us love God’s creation, our nature and our children simultaneously. It taught us to be committed in our love and action towards these children. It touched the core of our hearts, to refuse to respond to criticism and to care less of the obstacles in our way. It taught us, to place God first, rightly in all we do. The pro and cons are God’s alone, for the good of ourselves. It made us emerge as more powerful and reformed Catechists.

The three of us, Mrs. Delsie D’Silva, Ms. Geraldine Rodrigues and myself are grateful and ever thankful to God for all His blessing showered on us and our families. We are thankful to our family members who have supported us in a big way and encouraged us to give of our best in everything. To our Animators who stood as pillars of support when we thought we were not going to go on with our hectic schedule, we are deeply grateful.. Our Parish Priest Fr. Ronald Menezes, whose whole hearted support was extended in motivating us, and his valuable assistance with providing us the required books so as to save us from travelling all the way to our Diocesan Library. Thank you foremost for having the faith that we could do it, even when people thought it otherwise and finally for giving us the opportunity to experience CTC which is like a double feather to the formal education we have received and the experience of a life time, with Christ in our lives

BIS #2327 TRUST REGISTERS DON BOSCO TITLE, PRIESTS FUME

Published: Friday, Mar 11, 2011, 0:55 IST



By Manoj R Nair
Place: Mumbai
Agency: DNA

The Salesian priests who run the Don Bosco educational institutions, including a school in Mumbai, have lost the ownership of the title ‘Don Bosco’ to a trust in Madhya Pradesh that has registered the name as its own.

After the trust published a legal notice in newspapers claiming they own the title, the Salesians have consulted their lawyers to start a legal fight to get it back.

Father Louis Kumpiluvelil, Delhi-based secretary of Don Bosco Institutions in India said, “We were in the process of getting the trade mark. Our lawyers even told us that we could use the initials ‘TM’ to show that we own the trademark. But now, others have obtained it. We will use legal means to get the trade mark back.”

The Salesian order was founded in the 19th century by an Italian priest named John (Don) Bosco. The group, which has nearly 20,000 priests and workers, works largely with underprivileged children and youth.

Though the order came to India over a century ago and now runs hundreds of educational institutions and shelters for street children, they thought of registering their name only in 2010 after some organisations inquired if they could start a school with the title ‘Don Bosco’.

“We said no. But it seem that they have quietly done it,” said Father Michael Fernandes, head of the Mumbai Salesian province.

The owner of the title ‘Don Bosco’ is now Don Bosco Educational Trust in Chindwara run by a man named Don Bosco. The trust said it has registered the title with rights under the Trade Marks Act 1999.

“I registered the title many years ago. If I did not, somebody else would. I have respect for the Salesians and I have studied in institutions run by them. But other people not connected to the church or the Christian community are running schools using the name,” said Bosco, who added that he has sent a legal notice to a Bangalore-based trust that was running educational institutions by that name.

Father Fernandes said, “(In such cases), it depends on who applies first for the title. We have been running educational institutions for nearly 100 years in India and never thought of patenting our name.”

Community groups said they were shocked to see that such a respected organisation has to fight for the ownership of its title. Joseph Dias of the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) said, “This is like cyber squatting where a group steals the name of a famous organisation and claims it as its own. Whatever his (the title owner’s) intentions are, this is nothing short of misrepresentation and it is effectively committing fraud on gullible parents, who are bound to be misled.”

The trust said that they will allow the Salesians to use the title ‘concurrently “on the condition that they will not put it to commercial use.”

But the Salesians have no plans to request the trust to use their own name. “We will fight to get the title back,” said Father Fernandes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

BIS #2326 INDUCTION OF THE PPC

Loreen Fernandes

VIRAR, MARCH 10, 2011: The newly-elected members of the Parish Pastoral Council of Resurrection Church, Virar (E), were formally inducted at the 8.00 am Eucharist, on Sunday, March 6 by Fr. Lawrence D’souza, the newly appointed Rector and Parish Priest, assisted by Fr. Blany Pinto.

Over the past three years, the parish team has rightly emphasized the pivotal role played by small Christian communities in creating leaders and sustaining a vibrant parish. We have thirteen communities and each community is further divided into clusters consisting of ten to fifteen families headed by a cluster leader. There are thirteen community leaders and thirty eight cluster leaders. There are a number of cells/associations actively functioning in the parish. Each cell has three leaders which form the executive committee. All this has given an opportunity to the parishioners to blossom as leaders and they are extremely grateful to the parish team.

During the month of January and February, elections were conducted for the posts of community leaders and cluster leaders. The result of the process mentioned above is a ready willingness on the part of many individuals to volunteer for leadership posts in the parish, a phenomenon not witnessed earlier.

As the newly-inducted Parish Pastoral Council members pledged to be servant-leaders, modeled on the example of Christ, we wish them tenure of fruitful service.

BIS #2325 RECEIVING JESUS FOR THE FIRST TIME

AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 10, 2011: On March 6, 2011 at the 8.30 a.m. celebration, forty five children received their First Holy Communion. The main celebrant for the Eucharist was Fr. Thomas D’Costa, the Parish Priest, assisted by Fr. Bento and Fr. Blaise. Rectification of marriages preceded on the previous day. All the children also had a chance to make their first confessions. The Festive Mass was prepared by the Catechism Animators along with the children who received Jesus for the first time. The children were grateful as they received Jesus into their hearts and the parents were very proud about this historic event in their homes and families. The children received religious gifts and snacks.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

BIS #2324 VEP - ORATORY DAY

Cl. Justus Mendis sdb
NARUKOT, MARCH 9, 2011: On March 6, 2011 Narukot Education Society organized a fun-filled and value based get-together for the Village Education Programme (VEP) and Sunday oratory staff and students. Around seven hundred students participated in the programme. The theme for the event was ‘Run, Play, Jump but do not Sin’. The chief guest was Mr. Noel Dilemma, the forest officer.
The students came in by 8.30am and were there till 5.00pm. The morning hours were spent in earning gift coupons from the games stall organized voluntarily by the boarding boys. The attractive prizes started from the coupon no.1 to coupon no.10, which were sold with great vigour. The whole campus came alive with the sound of music and the visualizations of the attractive prizes.

After lunch, the institution conducted a felicitation programme for the gathering. The VEP centers also contributed their part, through beautiful dances and skits, in the cultural programme. Those students who were most regular and showed academic progress from the centres were awarded.

Snacks were then distributed to all. The programme ended with a tribal dance. The staff and the students went away with a feeling of gratitude. They promised to give their best in the next scholastic year for Don Bosco.

BIS #2324 NUTURE, EMPOWER, CELEBRATE

KAWANT, MARCH 9, 2011: Disha Don Bosco Kawant celebrated Women’s Day on March 7, 2011 at Don Bosco, Kawant. More than five hundred women were present for the event. Practically all from the Disha Self Help Groups. The day began with the registration, followed by fete games organized by the Scouts and Guides of Don Bosco School. The women thoroughly enjoyed the games. The most interesting part of the fete games was that the women who were not ambitious in winning the game got the maximum prize coupons.


Simultaneously, Disha Don Bosco organized Sickle Cell Awareness Programme for all the women. Three hundred and eighty women volunteered to do the blood testing for the Sickle Cell. At 12.15 p.m an Awareness Programme was held in the school hall for all women on Sickle Cell by Mrs. Sunita P, head of the Sickle Cell Awareness Programme for Kawant Taluka. The cultural programme was held after the awareness programme with the distribution of the prizes for the Best Self Help Group and the Best Adivasi Group Dress. The winners for the Best Self Group were Gayatri Self Help Group from Jamli and Ramdevpir Self Help Group from Limdi. Best Adivasi Group Dress went to Geeta Self Help Group from Nanichickli.

The chief guest for the occasion was Mr. Milind Gupte (NABARD: Regional Director from Vadodara district), who gave away the prizes and gifts for each of the self help groups. He encouraged women to come forward to learn different types of courses that NABARD has introduced in these last few years with the help of Disha Don Bosco and be empowered in all possible ways. He gave examples of great women in India who are holding high position today in this competitive world. Women should not feel shy but come forward to be leaders and take advantage of all the schemes and projects that the govt. and other NGO’s have introduced on a regular basis. Disha Don Bosco is the first NGO to register all the fifty SHG’s in the Mangalam Project introduced by the N. Modi in his vibrant Gujarat 2011. Women can make a difference in everybody’s life. Let’s help them to be the change we want to see in this beautiful world.

BIS #2323 ANNUAL DAY AND PARENT DAY CELEBRATIONS

Cl. Justus Mendis sdb
NARUKOT, MARCH 9, 2011: On March 7, the students of Don Bosco School, Narukot, organized an Annual day together with Parents day. Parents had come in numbers to witness the talents of their children. Fr. Titus, a Principal of the school and Mrs. Joshna Parmar, the Principal were the chief guest. Originally, the collector was supposed to be the chief guest but was unavailable due to some reasons.
The day was organized in two parts. In the first part from 10.00am to 12.30pm, Fr. Titus gave a talk on right to education. The students and the parents enjoyed the talk which was educative and lively too.
The second part consisted of twenty four cultural programmes. This showed the interest of the students who came up to show gratitude to their parents. The programmes had variety of dances such as Konkani, Tamil, Marathi, Rajasthani, Gujarati, semi Bharat Natyam, Thakri and the most loved Rathwi dance too. Skits and songs had their own flavor in the programme.
The parents left with a great sense of pride that their children are studying in Don Bosco. Such was the departure feeling mixed with prayers for the Salesian staff and the community.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BIS #2322 FINANCIAL & SOCIAL INCLUSION- LIC & UTI PENSION PLAN WORKSHOP

Mayuri R. Rajbaruah
MATUNGA, MARCH 8, 2011: Building capital of the marginalized has been a key component of the Connect All India Network of the Don Bosco Research Centre, Matunga. Insuring lives and planning for retirement are important capital building mechanisms. An awareness workshop on measures such as ‘micro insurance’ and ‘micro pension’ schemes was organized on March 7 by the Don Bosco Research Centre, Matunga.

Mr. Mukesh Chauhan, Dy. Manager Micro Insurance, LIC of India; explained to the participating twenty plus NGOs the importance of life insurance for a more secure future. He put forward two special micro-insurance schemes designed for workers in the unorganized sector. The two policies- Jeevan Madhur and Jeevan Mangal- cater to the insurance needs of the economically weaker and unorganized sections of society, besides financially benefitting the NGOs running these policies. These policies are designed in such a way that the poor cannot be cheated by agents as they are not authorized to sell these special policies. Mr. Chauhan’s speech was followed by an animated discussion with the NGOs regarding the terms and conditions of the policies and how an NGO can get involved in delivering these policies to the poor.

Following micro insurance, Mr. Rajeev Ranjan Toppo, Assistant Vice President of the UTI Mutual Fund explained in detail the benefits, pros and cons of investing in a “Pension Plan” and how it could help the poor. He mentioned that workers in the unorganized sector have no retirement age as they have to earn to live, till death. Having a pension plan would help them become independent in their old age. This UTI micro pension scheme with low premium and good maturity returns, also provides flexibility to the client to either withdraw the full amount on maturity (at the age of 58) as per need or to receive the pension amount on a per month basis. The workshop concluded with NGOs expressing their interest in joining hands with the Connect All India network to work together in making these special policies of LIC and UTI available to their respective slum communities.

Monday, March 7, 2011

BIS #2321 SNF- OBTAINED TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY FOUR SC CASTE CERTIFICATES

Dakshayani Madangopal
PANGOLI, MARCH 7, 2011: Pangloli, a tribal village in Maharashtra, is situated a few kilometers away from Lonavala, and boasts of a total of hundred and forty houses, with seventy five in neighboring Kunegaon. The village residents mostly belong to the Adivasi class of ‘Thakar’ and ‘Katkari’, some to Other Backward Classes category, ‘Dhangar’ etc. They have been living in this place for more than a hundred years now, but no one possessed any proof of residence or identity.

The seriousness of the problem was brought home to the villagers in 2005 when, during a camp, they were told that they would not find mention in any list unless they produced some document dating back to fifty years and more. Thus began the long painstaking process to obtain caste certificates for the residents of this village. An initiative was launched by Maria Ashiana through their social worker Mr. Dama Hole. Maria Ashiana collaborated with an NGO Manshakti to unearth some records that would be a proof of the people’s identity. Visits to the archives at Vadgaon Taluka office revealed a treasure trove of documents, files and records of births and deaths of the ancestors of the residents. Sifting through endless piles of paper and cross-matching it with details from other records of the talaathi to establish authenticity has finally succeeded in obtaining two hundred and fifty four caste certificates for the villages of Kune, Pangloli and Vanati - only eleven more remain to be obtained.

Possession of a caste certificate remains the one document that can guarantee access to housing facilities (government schemes such as Indira Awaas Yojana provide grants-in-aid for poor rural people towards construction of pucca houses and up gradation of existing kachcha structures), educational scholarships (providing a stipend besides free boarding and lodging and fee exemption), employment schemes, cooking gas, electoral processes etc. Possessing a caste certificate means that the villagers are required to pay only ten percent of their water and gas (LPG) bills, youth need to pay only ten percent of the cost of a drum set (Bongos), ten percent for a cycle etc while women have a similar discount on sewing machine, grinding machines etc. A caste certificate also assures a sum of Rs 20,000/ at the time of marriage. Schemes for business enterprises also exist- small businesses (say up to Rs 1 lakh) require only a ten percent investment from the villagers while larger businesses that come under the Adivasi Vikas Prakalp Godegaon Junnar require an investment of fifty percent by the villagers.

The Katkaris of the three villages, who for generations, never had access to their right under the Constitution of India, are grateful to Maria Ashiana for helping them obtain caste certificates that have helped transform not just the lives but also the mindsets of the villagers from just “living their life” to the current organized style of living- houses have been registered, toilets have been constructed, water taps provided, connecting roads built- all of which have brought the hitherto isolated villagers from their narrow confines of their homes to participate in development and in public life, radically changing their self-perception. They have taken their own initiatives to further their progress, source out more government schemes through the eligibility of the caste certificate etc. The village communities’ homogeneity and co-operative behavior has been capitalized upon to build robust community based institutions which can carry forward the development task, and also place organized demands for various development programs and influence local governance.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

BIS #2320 AMRAVATI WELCOMES MISSION EXPEDITION

Bento D’Souza sdb

AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 4, 2011: The Chikaldara Mission was started hundred years ago by Fr Thevanat, a Spanish MSFS Priest and is a flourishing mission station today managed by the fifty five year old Amravati Diocese. The expedition to Chikaldara was the inspiration of Bishop Daniel Lourdes who made all the arrangements for our stay in the Amravati Bishop's House and planned our route to Chikaldara Mission.
 
Chikaldara, three thousand five hundred feet above sea level, has a Catholic community of six hundred families, a boarding of thirty five boys and is site for devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. It is the Diocesan pilgrimage center and every year devotees visit to pay homage to Our Lady in a specially designed grotto. It also houses a coffee plantation of sixty five acres area begun many years ago and is a rare phenomenon in Maharashtra. Earlier missionaries went to South India and learnt how to grow coffee. The coffee farms run at a profit and also provides employment to the people. Tourists, religious and clergy buy coffee from the Mission. Coffee seeds are also sent and sold to a Company in Bangalore. It was noticeably felt that the people are the first priority of the Mission.
 
On June 1, 2009 a new church was built and inaugurated. Regular masses are held in Hindi. The tribe that lives around is called Korku. They also have a Kordu Bible compiled by the Protestants in the dialect. The mission also has a school, a boarding and a dispensary. Bro Agnel Dongarkar (Regent) was invested with a ‘Salesians of Don Bosco’ T Shirt in recognition of his youthful animatory presence in the area as Youth Expert.
  
The Community of St Anne’s Ahmednagar were welcomed with open arms and warmth by Fr Cyriac, Vicar General-Chancellor of the Amravati Diocese and the community. The travel and arrangement for stay was managed by Fr Cyriac. Rumor has it, that he will be the next successor to Bishop Daniel Lourdes.
  
It was a trip to remember. The twenty two kilometer climb to Chikaldara to a rise of three thousand five hundred feet, the viewpoints along the way, the majestic scenery of mountains and valley, makes Chikaldara a tourist delight. We also paid a visit to the religious of the Amravati and Bhadnera town, accompanied by Fr Cyriac. MSFS Fathers, Indian Missionary Society, Franciscan Clarist Sisters, Poor Sisters of our Lady, Ursulines, Missionaries of charity Sisters, Fatima sisters, Queen of the apostles, Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, Holy Cross Sisters are the few religious who serve in Amravati Diocese. The Diocese values & welcomes the charisms of all religious orders, according to Ex-Bishop, Lourdes Daniel for the Church to happen. It was a renewing trip and we returned to Nagar recharged.
 
Amravati Diocese exists in the four districts, Yavatmal, Akola, Amravati and Washim, where Fr Cyril D’Souza sdb presently resides and pioneers.

Next August, when the time is ripe, while the casket of DB lands in Ahmednagar Mission, may we see a new presence of Salesians in Mission Wasim, in Amravati Diocese. So be it

BIS #2319 SECOND YEAR STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY DEFEND THEIR THESIS

Cl. Romero D’souza

DIVYADAAN, MARCH 4, 2011: Today the students of the SyMph had the defense of the dissertation paper: Cl. Selvakumar Arockiasamy (A Study of the Modern Self in the Writings of Charles Taylor), Cl. William D’Souza (René Girard’s Mimetic Theory of Violence), Cl. Aneesh Chacko (An Existential Phenomenological Study of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning), and Cl. Roshan Kullu (The Human Person According to Karol Josef Wojtyla) which is a fulfillment required for the completion of their Master’s Degree in Philosophy. To reach the summit of this day there had been a lot of hard work and thorough study with a detailed research done by the students regarding their respective papers. The efforts of their intellectual and philosophical pursuit have been from the start of this academic year 2010-2011.

For the defense, the candidates presented a synopsis of their respective papers which was for the first fifteen minutes. After which the readers did a commendable work by exposing the queries regarding the matter of the text and the methodology, as well as highlighted the technical faults and mistakes that could be taken into consideration in the future. There was clarification of terms, concepts and understanding of texts that were not certain and clear. The guides too, commented their views on the paper. Above all, the moderator played an important role in the defense by introducing to the assembly the candidate and also the topic, and facilitating the readers to questioning the candidate.

If only you knew the gift of God (Jn 4, 10) … The brothers of the SyMph have made an attempt to know this gift of God through their philosophical venture. Our prayer and hope is that they truly persevere and come to understanding of this gift of knowledge that God has bestowed on them

Friday, March 4, 2011

BIS #2318 ADIOUS AMIGO: TILL WE MEET AGAIN

Cl. Denver D’Silva

DIVYADAAN, MARCH 4, 2011: The Community of Divyadaan bid farewell to the final year brothers of the BPh and MPh and to Fr. Aloysius Hemrom in an evening filled with fun, frolic and prayer. This was the last major event for the community this year. The evening was marked out to felicitate the outgoing community members and wish them well. The entire programme was coordinated by the FYBPh, SYBPh, and the FYMPh brothers.
 
The evening began with a solemn Thanksgiving Eucharist which was presided by Rev. Fr. Savio D’souza, the Rector of Divyadaan. The focus of the liturgy was on ‘living in the future based on what one has learnt at Divyadaan’. The celebrant preached on the importance of vocation and the aspects in which one follows it. He went on to mention that God knows what one has done and is sure to reward one in the life to come. He, thus, presented to all what the outgoing members had achieved and thanked them for sharing their lives with the community.
  
The Eucharist was followed by a short family circle in the lawns. Staff members from neighboring communities were also invited. The brothers from all the courses put up performances in music and songs. A farewell address was read to the outgoing members, after which Fr. Savio gave them a small memento as a remembrance of Divyadaan. The ening concluded with a fellowship meal. At the end of the evening, Cl. William on behalf of the outgoing members thanked the community for all the love and appreciation shown to them and assured the community that they would carry along with them ‘bags’ of memories of their stay wherever they would go.
  
Bidding farewell and saying goodbye was really a difficult task for many a person. The evening was filled with mixed emotions, of happiness yet sadness.
  
May the years spent at Divyadaan have a deep impression in the lives of its members!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

BIS #2317 SOCIAL & FINANCIAL INCLUSION MEETING AT NASHIK

Mayuri R Rajbaruah

NASHIK, MARCH 3, 2011: The Social & Financial Inclusion program for the marginalized, an initiative of Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai, is always well received by the NGOs. At the Nashik Diocese meeting, on February 28, the centre was invited to make the other diocese partners aware of the different instruments and programmes under the Social & Financial Inclusion initiative. Programmes like no frill bank accounts, helping income generating SHGs and making PAN Cards for marginalized groups at the government fixed rate, were appreciated by the Directors and Coordinators of various organizations under the Nashik diocese. They expressed their keenness to join the Connect All India network and make services available for the marginalized groups. They work with all over Maharashtra. Many Directors highlighted their own experiences of how their groups suffered due to lack of proper identity and how a program such as this could provide solutions.

The meeting concluded with the participants deciding to have a follow up meeting soon, as the next step towards joining the Connect All India network.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

BIS #2316 DEANERY CATECHISTS RECOLLECTION

MATUNGA, MARCH 2, 2011: The Third North Bombay [East] Deanery Recollection for the Sunday School and Regular School Catholic Teachers was held at Don Bosco, Matunga, on Sunday, February 27, 2011 from 5pm to 8pm. Th activity is one of the components of the multifaceted ministry of Don Bosco Youth Services, for the Archdiocese of Mumbai.

The animator was Fr. K. T. Emmanuel, appointed by the Pastoral Centre, Bandra. He conducted an enlightening session on the theme: “Creation: A Home, A Relationship, A Salvation Setting”. An exercise by each group to showcase their creativity initiated a discussion. This was followed by another group sharing on the creation passage of Genesis. Finally, a Power Point presentation led all to make important reflections on how God works through all ages to bring us to salvation. Though the group was small it was an enriching experience.

A meaningful Prayer Service was conducted wherein all the teachers participated prayerfully. Some had the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The evening ended with a delicious dinner.

BIS #2315 VALEDICTORY FUNCTION OF SANKALP BATCH-4

Patrick Corda

BORIVLI, MARCH 1, 2011: Don Bosco Technical Training Institute was proud to felicitate sixty four students with certificates on February 28, 2011. The students had completed their three months training program in Hotel Management and Catering in four sections namely Restaurant Service, Housekeeping, Production, and Bakery. Fr. Anaclette Dmello started this program for the marginalized, underprivileged, and the drop-out youth supported by Accenture & Vivanta by Taj President Hotel, and now carried on by Fr. Anthony Santarita. The function began at 3.00 pm with the welcoming of the dignitaries Mr. Malay Sheth (Manager Accenture), Ms. Kristyl Bhesania (Director Human Resources Upper Upscale Division), Mr. Sushil Tandon (Resident Manager Vivanta by Taj President Hotel), Mr. Marshal Dias (HR Vivanta by Taj President) Ms. Sunaina (HR Taj Blue Diamond Hotel, Poona) and Fr. Bastin Thomas (Administrator).

Fr. Bastin, on behalf of Fr. Anthony Santarita, expressed his gratitude to the partners Accenture and Taj President for their continuous support and help. He mentioned how Don Bosco Technical Training Institute was ready to reach out to the youth in providing livelihood. He wished the students success in their journey of life. The chief guests who were present motivated the students by sharing their joy and assured the students their help and support wishing them good luck.
Three students, then, shared their experience of the training program. The concluding part was the distribution of the certificate to the students which the students were anxiously waiting for. Mr. Dayanand Patil gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the Director Fr. Anthony Santarita. He expressed his gratitude to Fr. Anaclette Dmello, Mr. Melvin Pangya and his team from Jawhar Whada for the spontaneous help and support received in mobilizing the youth for the MoRD & Sankalp project, Ms Appolin (Housekeeping Faculty), Mr. Deepak Lala (Restaurant Service Faculty), Mr. Sunil Samant (Production Faculty) and Mr. Rajgopal (Bakery Faculty). A token of appreciation by Fr. Bastin Thomas was also given to Mr. Dayanand Patil for mobilizing and providing placement for the students of Batch-4. It was a wonderful evening and I am sure the students will never forget February 28, 2011.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

BIS #2314 NATIONAL SCIENCE DAY

Neelam Rodrigues
BORIVLI, MARCH 1, 2011: The National Science day was organized in our school on February 28 to commemorate the discovery of the Raman Effect by Sir C.V. Raman on February 28, 1928. This day was celebrated in memory of this great Indian Scientist who won the first Nobel Prize for his contribution to Physics. The focal point of the celebration was to inculcate the spirit of inquiry and rational thinking in the minds of the students, our budding scientists.

The theme for the day was Man vs. Robot. The programme was marked by awarding Mst. Tejas Sawant the Gold Medal for his achievement as a Young Scientist in the Homi Bhabha Exam. Truly it was a feather in the cap for all. Then the students had to use their thinking caps for answering the questions in a round of a quiz organized for them. The quiz had a new introduction which included the Experiment-visual round which tested the application of concepts. The Red House bagged the prize in the quiz. Then, Mst. Karan Mody performed a mind-blowing dance as a robot. Finally, we had a debate on the same theme Man vs. Robot which went in the favor of the ‘For Man’ side.

The Science Day was celebrated with lot of fun and a competitive spirit.

BIS #2313 REUNION AT DB BORIVLI

Neelam Rodrigues

BORIVLI, MARCH 1, 2011: The third Reunion of the Don Bosco Alumni was held on February 26, 2011 from 6.30 pm onwards. In all sixty five past pupils attended the reunion along with their families. It was really nice to see all the retired teachers present for the reunion. Teachers, Mrs. Makhijani, Mrs. Vimla Srivastava, Mrs. Kusum Tiwari, Mrs. Martha Gonsalves, Mrs. Anjana Mehta and Mrs. Celia were all there to lend their support to their loving students. The teachers who could not come sent in their best wishes and blessing through a video clipping. The students were thrilled on seeing their old teachers. Many of these teachers now have their grandchildren studying in Don Bosco, Borivli. Students from far off places attended the reunion.

Our young men were very happy on meeting their colleagues. A student reunited with his class mates after passing out in 1982. All the retired teachers were presented with a bouquet and memento for making their presence felt in spite of distance and ill health. The Alumni Association wishes to thank each and every teacher who made it possible. A token was also presented to each and every student. The subsequent entertainment and dinner was appreciated by all. The Alumni Unit also presented those present with a power point presentation of the activities carried out by the unit and encouraged the GEX members to take up the membership and activities of the Alumni Unit. Hoping to see, a lot more active and energetic minds ahead.

Long live Don Bosco!!!!

BIS #2312 YOUNG SCIENTISTS FROM BORIVLI

Neelam Rodrigues

BORIVLI, MARCH 1, 2011: The Mumbai Science Teachers’ Association (MSTA) organizes an annual competitive exam called the Dr. Homi Bhabha Young Scientist Examination for the students of std VI and IX.

The exam is conducted in the following phases:

1. Written Phase: September 4, 2010
2. Practical Phase: January 16, 2011
3. Action Research and Interview: February 13, 2011

Thus it encompasses all the necessities of learning science that is conceptual learning, practical experimentation and observation, research, analysis, synthesis and putting forth the ideas. The students need to qualify each round and finally they are awarded either gold or silver medal. We are proud to announce that Mst. Tejas Sawant has been awarded the Gold Medal and a cash prize of Rs.600/- in this examination. He has been awarded the title of ‘Young Scientist’ for his achievement. He has secured first rank in the Mumbai region for scoring the highest marks in the theory examination. He is the only one to secure the Gold medal in the area from Dahisar to Malad. Four Gold medals were awarded in the Mumbai Province. His action research project titled ‘Mystical Mulch’ was a novel, eco-friendly gardening technique which helps to reduce the rate of evaporation of water from the soil, supports the growth of plants and gives the garden a harmonious blend of beauty and utility. It is equally beneficial for farmers and the common populace as it is very feasible and cost effective. He has taken the help of his teachers and experts to execute the research.

This examination helps the students to adopt a scientific attitude and also cultivate a deep interest for the same.

We hope and pray that we have many more students to move up and achieve success. May Tejas be a shining example to one and all.

BIS #2311 MAKING THE RIGHT MOVES

Jacinta Cardoz

BORIVLI, MARCH 1, 2011: Master Tapas Chetan Desai studying in std III of Don Bosco High School, Borivli, stood first in the "Fifth Maharashtra State Level Abacus and Mental Arithmetic Competition'. The competition was held on February 6, 2011 at Pune.

At the felicitation ceremony, Tapas was presented a plaque, a medal and a certificate. 'Ideal Abacus India Pvt Ltd is based in Chennai and is closely associated with "Play Abacus Sdu. Bhd. Malaysia.

Way to go Tapas!!!