Saturday, July 30, 2011

BIS #2474 "BE WITH US MARY ALONG THE WAY" A WALKING PILGRIMAGE

Patrick Corda
BORIVLI, JULY 30, 2011: On July 27, 2011 twenty seven boys of Bosco Boys Home, Borivli participated with great devotion in the walking pilgrimage arranged by the Rector Fr. Anthony Santarita. 
 
Our journey began at 3pm with the boys singing hymns to our Lady. We had to visit three churches and two convents in the vicinity, the winds that poured with showers of rain drops was indeed a blessing for all of us. On this journey of ours Fr. Bastin Thomas and Br. Richard Burkhao led us in prayer. On reaching our destination we were welcomed with a smile by the Priest and Nuns who shared a lot of informationabout their community and the work they do. Our journey ended at 7.30 in the evening.
   
This pilgrimage walk was a memorable experience for all of us. We thank you Mama Mary for being with us along the way.

Friday, July 29, 2011

BIS #2473 HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES-BORIVLI

Neelam Rodrigues
BORIVLI, JULY 29, 2011:  An Annual Singing Competition was held at Don Bosco High School, Borivli for the Senior Secondary students. The students got a chance to sing their hearts out  on July 27, 2011. The competition was conducted separately for the Middle Section that is standards V-VII and the Higher Secondary section from standards VIII-X. In all fifty students participated in this competition.

A unique feature of this event was that students were given an opportunity to sing along with a Karaoke machine, which trained them to sing along with a music track. Some of the students were accompanied by the school band, led by our Principal Fr. George Carlos. Along with the normal judging criteria for singing the song on the right pitch, maintaining the timing and choosing an appropriate song, the participants were also marked on their level of Showmanship. The boys were allowed to dress like the singer if they wished to and perform like they do. Some of the students did a fantastic job and received an overwhelming applause from the audience.

It was a pleasant sight to see many students developing a keen interest in music over the past few years, a number of boys are now confident enough to perform fearlessly on stage.  Thanks to the encouragement they have received from their elders.

Music fills our hearts with joy. So, we look forward to many days in future when the school campus can be filled with the Sound of Music.

BIS #2472 BASKETBALL CHAMPS MAKE ST. JOSEPH'S PROUD

Vardhaman Shah and Monil Bheda
WADALA, JULY 29, 2011: Our prolific basketball team caught the eye of a number of sports enthusiasts with their astounding performances in the recently concluded u/14 Dominic Savio (Savio Hoops) basketball tournament held at Dominic Savio, Andheri. They emerged winners among a group of teams from all over Mumbai in the B division.
 
In their first match, the opponents – Swadhyay Bhavan – were overwhelmed by the talented young Joesphites by a huge margin 58-1. The second match against IES too was a one sided affair with our team cruising to a 38-3 victory. Campion, the opponents in the third match were left stunned and lost 42-12.
 
Anchoring all these victories was our point guard – Sandesh Ramraje – who thrilled the crowds with his amazing talent and went on to bag the Most Valuable Player award of the tournament. It was indeed a proud moment for Joseph’s when our captain – Smith Shinde – went on the podium to receive the prestigious trophy on behalf of the school.
 
Kudos to the team and their coach for their outstanding performance.

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

BIS #2470 DON BOSCO CHESS FESTIVAL 2011

Praful Zaveri

BORIVLI, JULY 28, 2011: The Don Bosco Inter-School Chess Challenge and the Mumbai Open Blitz Chess Tournament were held at Don Bosco High School, Borivli. The event was conducted by the Indian Chess School under the aegis of Bombay Chess Association. The commencement of the event was blessed by Rev. Father Ronald Menezes, the Rector.

The Don Bosco Inter-School Chess Challenge attracted a record of two hundred and seventy eight entries, comprising the cream of Chess talent (including more than fifteen FIDE rated players) from schools across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane District to decide the champions.

The tournament was conducted on a Seven-Round Swiss League basis with a time-control of Sixty Minutes+ ten Seconds. The players were divided into four categories; namely Boys and Girls Under-7, Under-9, Under-11 and Under-15.

In a keenly contested event, a total of sixty-trophies were awarded in prizes to the players while cash prizes were awarded for the Blitz event. The Prize Distribution ceremony was presided over by Rev. Father George Carlos.

With a spate of Chess activities around the year, Don Bosco High School, Borivali has become a preferred destination for the Chess players.

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

BIS #2469 LEARNING TO ENJOY AND ENJOYING TO LEARN

BIS Reporter
WADALA, JULY 27, 2011: Development needs change, and change is development.  To better integrate learning experiences with real world places and activities, the management continued to focus on its task of improving the infrastructure of the school.  As the new scholastic year commenced, a brightly renovated library awaited the students of the school, while the kindergarten children were given a treat to artistically decorated classrooms.

The old benches and tables of the library made way for new ones – this time around much more comfortable as well as compact. A well planned arrangement of these benches meant extra space for easy movement in the library. For their reading and reference, the students can choose from a wide range of books – from educational to sports, encyclopedias to novels, reference books to illustrated periodicals. There’s no dearth of one’s favorite books and magazines. The changes made in the library have certainly motivated the students to read more and this is noticeable in the frequent visits by the students to the library during the recess and lunch breaks.

For our Kindergarten children their classrooms have given them a reason to cheer and rejoice. They are now the proud occupants of ‘fairy-tale’ and innovative classrooms.  Breathtaking scenes have replaced the boring colors on the walls of these rooms. The beautiful and eye catching pictures and paintings of various life -sized fairytale figures and informative data provide much infotainment to our toddlers. With such impressive classrooms and kind teachers, it is no wonder that they miss their school on the weekends.

Hats off to the Management Team of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

BIS #2468 SANKLAP- A LIVELIHOOD PROJECT FOR THE YOUTH

Patrick Corda
BORIVLI, JULY 26, 2011: Don Bosco Technical Training Institute inaugurated the sixth batch of Sanklap under the leadership and guidance of Fr. Anthony Santarita at Bosco Boys Home, Borivili. Sankalp is a three months basic training program in Hotel Management for the Marginalised, Underprivileged, and the Drop out Youth of Mumbai City. The earlier five batches of Sanklap were very successful.
Fifty youngster’s boys and girls were all excited for the first day of their training program. The day began with an opening ceremony at 11.00 am where Fr. Santarita the Director of the Institute with the BBH community members and the faculties of the institute lit the lamp. Fr. Santarita then welcomed the students and briefed them about the training program and its importance and that such training program could be given only in Don Bosco Technical Training Institute. He asked the students to stay focused during the training and assured them of the finest experienced Trainers and Training Materials available in the Institute. Fr. Santarita wished the students success and assured them support of the entire faculty. He promised to mould them into great personal in Hospitality Sector in three months. He thanked Mr. Dayanand Patil for mobilizing so many students.
 
The Day came to an end with an orientation program prepared by the project coordinator Mr. Dayanand Patil and his team.

Monday, July 25, 2011

BIS #2467 GOLDEN GOALS WITH GOLDEN BOOTS

Crescens
LONAVALA, JULY 25, 2011: An Interschool indoor football tournament was organised by the Past Pupils Unit of Don Bosco Lonavala for all the schools of Lonavala on July 24, 2011 in the indoor Don Bosco Lonavala.
 
Don Bosco High School, D.C High School, Bhonde High School, All Saints High School and Urdu Medium High School were the participants of the tournament. The event began at 9am with a short prayer service, followed by words of welcome by Fr. Cletus D’Souza, Rector of Don Bosco Lonavala. He urged the participants to strive for excellence in whatever they do, be it academics, music, sports etc. This year being the Golden Jubilee year of Don Bosco Lonavala, a series of events have been chalked out to ensure the holistic development of the children not only of Don Bosco Lonavala but of the entire Maval Taluka. The league began with Don Bosco Team A winning the first match against D.C Team B.
 
The league continued and reached its climax where Don Bosco Lonavala Team A and Don Bosco Lonavala Team B fought their way to the finals. However it was a sweet victory for the members of Don Bosco Lonavala Team B in the penalty shootout leaving Don Bosco Lonavala Team A with runners -up position. “Team B played exceptionally well today although we had high hopes from the Team A” says the Coach of Don Bosco Lonavala, Sir Dinesh. The Chief Guest for the event was Mr. Prakask Purohit the owner of ‘Ashray Resort’ and a collaborator of Don Bosco Lonavala.
  
The Principal of Don Bosco Lonavala was thrilled that the winners and runners were his own students. “This is just the first Gold we have many more to come and we will fight for nothing less than Gold”, says Fr. Lorenzo D’Souza the Principal of Don Bosco High School and Junior College Lonavala.

BIS #2466 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF SALESIAN COOPERATORS

Philomena Mendes
MATUNGA, JULY 25, 2011: The Salesian Cooperators as well as the SDB and FMA Delegates met together at the Provincial House on Sunday July 17, 2011, form 5pm- 8pm for their Annual General Meeting. In all thirty six Salesian Cooperators and seven sdb/fma delegates were present.
 
The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Wilfred D’Souza, new Provincial Salesian Family Delegate. He stressed that in our units too, we all have to journey together and we should not encourage negative attitudes towards others. We have to use our meetings to build and not to destroy.
The minutes of the last AGM were read and passed. Mrs. Claudina Pinto, Provincial Coordinator read a note of gratitude and farewell to Fr. Elias Dias, the outgoing Provincial Delegate and a standing ovation of appreciation was given to him in absentia. The Annual General Report, a summary of Activity Reports and the Statement of Accounts for the year 2010-2011 were read and passed. Lists of the programmes that are lined up for the coming year were then presented. Fr. D’Souza concluded the meeting, exhorting our units to grow in numbers, stressing the importance for initial and ongoing Formation to be guided by a local Councilor in charge of Formation, who should be prepared for this.


The members expressed a strong desire to gather round the relic of Don Bosco when it visits the Shrine at Matunga.

BIS #2465 ALTAR SERVERS GO WAKA-WAKA- AHMEDNAGAR

Cl. Leon Cruz Ratinam
AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 25, 2011: On July 24, 2011 the altar servers of Ahmednagar region plunged into an inter-parish football tournament organized by St. John’s Church, Bhingar.
 
It was pleasant sight to see the different teams in their colourful uniforms warming up and planning their strategies. The mini tournament witnessed participants from the three Salesian Parishes of Ahmednagar – St. Anne’s, St. John’s and Don Bosco, Savedi. It was good to see the players play with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. The final match was played between St. John’s and Don Bosco, Savedi. Don Bosco lifted up the trophy after a tough competition from the hosts St. John’s Church, Bhingar.

The winning teams celebrated the occasion with a great deal of fanfare. Despite the results all sports lovers of the Parish enjoyed the day, meeting others, exchanging pleasantries and creating a bond of friendship amongst each other

Friday, July 22, 2011

BIS #2464 CHOSEN TO LEAD

Sandhya Jain
BORIVLI, JULY 22, 2011: The investiture ceremony for the students of Don Bosco, Borivli - Primary Section, took place on July 22, 2011. The ceremony started by invoking God’s blessings.
The office bearers walked to the stage with their flags fluttering proudly. The lighting of the lamp was done by our Rector Rev. Fr. Ronald Menezes and our Principal Rev. Fr. George Carlos. The leaders were initiated into the oath by Fr. Menezes. A solemn oath was taken with conviction and dedication. Our School Captain Master Ninad Chaphekar gave an inspiring speech impressive enough to rope in all team mates for one mission. A token of appreciation was handed to the office bearers by our Principal and a heart felt gratitude was shown to our dutiful parents. Most importantly they were made to understand, that ‘Light is to know, show and go on the path of service’. As rightly put "Leaders are not born, they are made." was showcased on this occasion.
 
The entire ceremony was well planned and organised by our Head Mistress Mrs. Marina D’souza. We congratulate our leaders and wish them success in their journey ahead.

BIS #2463 THERESIAN SUMMER CLUB 2011

Verushka Rebello
JULY 22, 2011: The Theresian Summer Club is in its third week. The creative minds have been put to the test and the results definitely showed. We began our fun filled day with foot tapping action songs. Over three hundred and twenty five children moved to the beats following their energetic coordinators. This was followed by a skit put up by each class based on the stories from the bible. The story for this week was, ‘Unfaithful Servant’, the children showed their talents and made sure that a moral was passed on to the other children.
 
The class coordinators taught the children of the age group four to six years some art and craft work followed by “The art of making fruit salad’ we had tiny little chefs all excited to make the dish.
 
The coordinators taught the children of the age group seven to nine years, what it was to work as a team and gave them an activity where they worked as a team.
 
The ten to thirteen age group children were taught how to make different shapes and things out of clay. They later played Treasure Hunt, which was well organized by the coordinators.
 
The older children from age group fourteen to eighteen had a serious debate on the pros and cons of the popular social network ‘Facebook’. The class activities this week were definitely an eye opener.

The day with a series of action songs.

BIS #2462 MINISTERIAL PRIESTHOOD

Divyadaan Correspondent
Nashik, July 22, 2011: On July 20-21, 2011 a two-day recollection was held for the priests of the Diocese of Nashik. At 7:30 pm nineteen priests made their way to Divyadaan to attend the recollection animated by the Salesian communities. They were led by Bishop Lourdes Daniel.
 
The focus of the recollection was, "Ministerial Priesthood" and was animated by Fr. Tony D'Souza. In addition to contributing to the spiritual growth of the clergy - a task close to the heart of Don Bosco, our founder - was a concrete way chosen to prepare for the visit of the Relic of Don Bosco. An enthusiastic clergy can enthuse the people and in some way make this visit of the Relic a moment of renewal and of deepening the faith of the many Christians in the far-flung mission parishes of the diocese.
 
Fr. Solomon, the novice master welcomed the Priests to the Salesian campus. The recollection began with a very interesting reflection made by Fr. D’Souza on the topic. Drawing from the various Church documents, he drew attention of the gathered assembly to the need for a clergy focussed on ministry and especially on identity. He drew from his vast experience and on the feedback that lay people give on priests, to highlight this need today especially in the face of the various scandals that abound. There was a time for personal prayer and reflection on each one's perception of the priesthood and ministry. After dinner the film ‘John Paul II’ was screened.
 
The next day began with a Lectio Divina on the "Washing of the Feet". Fr. D’Souza gave a short introduction on the method of the Lectio. The priests were then divided into smaller groups.
 
A movie on the visit of the Relic was screened. Fr. D’Souza shared with the group the Life and Spirituality of Don Bosco. Moving quickly through Don Bosco's life and his method of the preventive system, Fr. Tony dealt at some length on the sacramental, ecclesial and spiritual dimensions of the Salesian way of life.
 
The Eucharist was the crowning moment of the day, celebrated by Bishop Lourdes Daniel and concelebrated by thirty other priests. The focus returned once more to the Ministerial Priesthood. In his homily, Fr. D’Souza reiterated the need for priests to put on Christ and never to take their priesthood for granted. He exhorted one and all to live the compassion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to avoid the typical temptations to power, wealth and glory. After the homily, Bishop Lourdes, in imitation of Christ washed the feet of twelve priests. This was one of the most memorable moments of the day. Bishop Lourdes insisted that this was meant to be more than a mere ritual. He wanted to convey to his Priests his desire to understand and love them and to be of service to them always. Coming as it did from a pastor - who in the last six months he has come to the Diocese of Nashik - has sincerely been practicing this intention. The priests were moved by this significant gesture.
 
At 12.30pm the two day programme came to an end, and the groups sincerely thanked all those who made this programme a success: Fr. Tony D’Souza, the animator; Fr Savio D'Souza and the community of Divyadaan for their warm hospitality, Fr. Solomon the coordinator of the program; and, all the Salesians of Nashik. The Salesian communities in turn felt a great sense of satisfaction at having helped the clergy of the diocese to live their ministerial priesthood with greater commitment to service and living compassion; and, to also build enthusiasm for the forthcoming visit of the relic of Don Bosco.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

BIS #2461 TRAINING YOUNG SALESIANS AND BIS CORRESPONDENTS

Evangelo D’ Souza
 
MATUNGA, JULY 20, 2011: The Mumbai Salesian Province Practical Trainees’ Meet was held at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on July 18-19, 2011.

Fr Michael Fernandes, Provincial of the Mumbai Province celebrated the Eucharist on the first day. In his homily, Fr. Fernandes mentioned the importance of signs, saying “signs at various intervals of life should boost us. They help us to go on in life.”
 
Later during the day in the introductory session, Fr. Fernandes communicated important province facts to the young clerics. Referring to the document on protection of minors, he guided the brothers on various measures that could be taken to avoid abuse of minors. The practical trainees appreciated Fr. Provincial mentioning “the province is very grateful for the work you do that may often go unnoticed.”

Fr. Ashley Miranda, Provincial Councillor for Formation reflected with the brothers on their experiences, anxieties and hopes. He focused on the concerns of the province regards the practical trainees and suggested ways to mature in their personal formative growth.
 
Fr. Edwin Colaco, In-charge of Groups and Movements took an interactive session on how to form, lead, guide and animate youth groups. He was ably assisted by resource persons Neville and Alex, President of the Virar Parish Youth Group. Fr. Colaco also demonstrated how to conduct a youth survey.
  
On July 19, 2011 Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice-Provincial of the Mumbai Province shared his experience as a Salesian of Don Bosco. With the coming of the pilgrim Relic of Don Bosco, he invited the brothers to reflect on its deeper meaning.
  
Fr. Savio Silveira and Fr. Glenford Lowe then organised an informative and practical session on the method of writing a BIS article. Fr. Christopher then added his insights on the same. BIS correspondents from various communities also participated in this session. Sephra D’Souza commented “today’s programme was pleasant, fun and memorable.”
The two days training cum animation programme was more than just a break.

BIS #2460 BOSCOITE WINS THE 'INSPIRE AWARD' - BORIVLI

Neelam Rodrigues
BORIVLI, JULY 17, 2011: The ‘Inspire Awards Programme’, is conducted by the state Government of Maharashtra every year. The main aim of conducting this programme is to inculcate in students the interest for scientific experimentation.
Mst. Devansh Shukla of Don Bosco High School, Borivli (w) was selected to compete for the second round.

Out of the total three hundred and fifty projects that were submitted by the different schools, twenty six made it to the second round. We are proud to have Mst. Devansh of Std. VIII to be one amongst those. He will be representing the school at Nashik for the second round. Besides a certificate and a trophy, he was also awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000/-

We wish Devansh success as he works up towards the next level. May this young life continue to ‘inspire’ many more!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

BIS #2459 VALUES IN EDUCATION- WADALA


Cl. Patole Anthony
WADALA, JULY 16, 2011:  On July 15 a Value Education workshop was organized for the staff of Shelter at 12.30pm. The resource persons for the workshop were Ms. Carina and Mr. Mark Hanson.
  
The Workshop began with the introduction of the staff and the Resource persons. Ms. Carina made the staff aware of the Resources available in the forms of Books and DVD’S on various subjects like, protecting animals and environment, helping the needy, teamwork, togetherness and getting along with each other were touched through video- songs. Towards the end of the session the floor was open for the staff for queries which were answered by the resource persons prudently. Emotional Bonding was the major topic of the queries. 
  
The staff thanked the Resource person wholeheartedly for all that they learnt from the workshop.

Friday, July 15, 2011

BIS #2458 SCHOOL TEACHER CONTESTS MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS- BORIVLI

BIS Correspondent
BORIVLI, JULY 15, 2011:
Mr. Rossi D’Souza, a school teacher at Don Bosco High School, will contest the forthcoming Municipal Elections in the Gorai Region as an Independent candidate.  At present, “Rossi”, as he is popularly known is the Sarpanch of Gorai. The Mobai Gaothan Panchayat has promised to support his candidature.
 
Rossi has the record of great service in the Dharavi/Beth region.  He is an RTI activist with a number of RTI’s filed by him on various issues faced by the locals. He is actively involved in the anti-SEZ and other protests held in the region. He is also actively involved in the parish. After becoming the Sarpanch of Gorai he started free education for the under privileged children of the region.
The Management, staff and students of Don Bosco wish him all the best.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

BIS #2457 LIVING BY OBJECTIVES - BORIVILI

Neelam Rodrigues
BORIVILI, JULY 14, 2011: Rev. Fr. Allwyn Misquitta conducted a session on “Living by Objectives” for the students of Don Bosco High School, Borivili. The session was conducted for the students of Std. VIII, IX and X from July 11- July 13, 2011 respectively. The main objective and aim was to bring about an all round development in them.
 
It was indeed a beautifully planned day, well interspersed with videos, power points and some mind tickling games. It was evident that the students took active participation in the whole seminar. Never once did they complain of monotony or dullness.
 
As the day progressed, the boys learnt about various aspects of their persona which needs to be emphasized as well some characteristics that need to be eliminated. The five important lessons of life that they learnt will surely remain with them for a long time to come.

Though the session ended at 1.30 pm, our boys left the campus asking for more

BIS #2456 FELICITATION OF THE SSC AND HSC BOYS - WADALA

Cl. Patole Anthony
WADALA, JULY 14, 2011: On July 12, 2011, the Shelter boys who performed well in their 2010-11 board examinations, were felicitated by Mr. and Mrs. Negi at their residence. Mr. Negi congratulated the boys for all the hard work put in by them. He asked them to have a vision for life and to overcome hurdles with determination.
 
Mr. Negi is the key person to encourage the boys in sports especially in hockey. He is a regular visitor and volunteer. He also animates and conducts sessions in life skills for the boys. A delicious meal was served for the boys, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The boys thanked Mr. and Mrs. Negi for their felicitation and meal and presented them with a handmade thank you card and a box of sweets.
  
The boys felicitated were as follows: SSC
Deepak Singh- 77.25%
Ejaz Khan- 69%
Rahul Kumar- 64%
Pankaj Das- 62%
Kamlesh Pal- 50%
Rasul Khan- 65%
Pankaj Saroj- 46%
HSC
Shaul Hamid- 55% currently studying in Nirmala Niketan- BSW
Arjun Singh- 62% currently studying in Don Bosco – Kurla (Software Engineering)
We congratulate our students and wish them the very best in their future endeavors.

BIS #2455 SKILLS ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM- KURLA

Fr. Mario Vaz
KURLA, JULY 14, 2011:
  “The Skills Enhancement Programme for Deck and Engine Ratings of FOSMA” was inaugurated on Monday July 4, 2011 at Don Bosco Maritime Academy, Kurla.
 FOSMA a group of thirty two Foreign Shipping companies who operate throughout India is constantly in need of skill enhancement for its seafarers. The training program was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Dr. Shanti Patel President of NUSI – National Union of Seafarers of India.  The Guest of Honour was Mr. Abdul Gani Serang, Secretary and Treasurer (NUSI).  DBMA was privileged to have several luminaries from Shipping Companies, representatives of DG Shipping, Representative of MASSA (another organization of Foreign Ship Owners in India), Members of Maritime Press and higher echelons of Management Staff of the Shipping companies at this function.
  
While the Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour, and the present President of FOSMA  spoke at length about the financial contribution of the companies as well as an active intervention in the training programme, the need for continuous skills improvement that is the  survival of the Indian Seafarer on the Global scenario was emphasized. The quality and diversity of training offered at DBMA is outstanding in several areas and this partnership would be a lasting one.
  
The Rector, Fr. Adolph Furtado thanked FOSMA for partnering in this program. He stated that investing well in the aspiring Indian Seafarer would enable the shipping companies greater output. He also reminded the audience that the Community of Kurla prays daily for all who sail the seven seas. Mr. G.A. Soman the Principal thanked the dignitaries and the hundred and twenty guests present. A Brochure on this joint initiative was released by Dr. Shanti Patel.
 
As permission to restart the Alternate Training Scheme for Marine Engineers has recently been granted by DG Shipping, DBMA has its hands full with these two courses running simultaneously. It’s 'Smooth Sailing' at DBMA.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

BIS #2454 PARENTS DAY MEETING AT DB - SAVEDI

Fr. Cedrick Sankul
SAVEDI, JULY 13, 2011: On July 9, 2011 Don Bosco, Savedi held its first PTA meeting. There were more than eighty percent of the Parents present for the meeting. The meeting started with a short prayer followed by words of welcome.
Fr. Manuel Murzello addressed the gathering. In his speech, Fr. Manuel said that the school management was working as team and that they were there for their children. However, he insisted that the Parents too have to do their part in the overall development of their children. During the meeting, the management, staff and the manager of the institute were introduced.
The meeting proceeded with the Principal Fr. Cedrick Sankul giving some instructions and reminders concerning the smooth running of the school. The meeting ended with the selection of PTA members from each class and a photo session.

BIS #2453 FORESTS FOR PEOPLE: PEOPLE FOR FORESTS - WADALA

BIS Reporter
WADALA, JULY 13, 2011:The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests. “Forests for People” is the main theme of the Year. It highlights the dynamic relationship between forests and the people who depend on them.

In keeping with this theme and the GO GREEN CAMPAIGN, the Management, staff and students of St. Joseph’s have decided to take up the cause of using forest resources wisely. This theme will be reflected at the school assemblies, the Sports Festival, the annual day and all the other major activities of the school during this scholastic year. 

The ball has been set rolling by XA, XB and IV A through their breathtaking and instructive assemblies - their themes being ‘The Impact of Forests’ and ‘Forest Resources’.  These classes, with the help of their class teachers, highlighted the key role of forests in our lives by showcasing stories and solutions through skits, power point presentations, poems, song and dance. They also urged the audience to contribute their bit in making this place a better place to live in.

A great way to spread awareness! Well done XA, XB and IV A!

To waste, to destroy our natural resources,
to skin and exhaust the land…….
Let us therefore
Honour the Earth, Our Mother,
Honour all with whom we share the Earth: Four – legged, two legged, winged ones, Swimmers, crawlers, plants and rock people.
Let us walk in harmony with them.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

BIS #2452 INVESTITURE CEREMONY


BIS Correspondent

WADALA, JULY 12, 2011: The Investiture Ceremony for the Secondary section and the Primary section was held on the feast day of St. Dominic Savio.  It commenced with a meaningful Prayer Service conducted by Tr. Joanna. Fr. Rector was invited to light the lamp.

There after, the members of the Management, the Rector – Fr. Godfrey D’Sa, the Principal – Fr. Bernard, the Administrator – Fr. Sanjay Lopes, Fr. Vivian D’Souza , the Headmistress – Tr. Nicole, the Supervisor of the Secondary Section – Tr. Sangeeta and the Head teacher of the Primary Section- Tr. Matilda  were escorted to their seats on the stage.

The Head Captain, Assistant Head Captain, House Head Captains, Assistant House Captains, Monitors and Assistant Monitors were sworn in by the dignitaries. The leaders took an oath to be disciplined, dedicated towards study, to participate in games in the right spirit of sportsmanship and thus attain greater heights of success. The NCC and RSP cadets were also handed over their responsibilities.

Fr. Godfrey in his message invited the leaders to imitate St. Dominic Savio in being role models to the younger students and also a source of inspiration to others. He said that a leader is someone who makes a difference and who possesses the following eight qualities:
He   takes initiative
He   has a vision
He   is unselfish
He   develops team spirit
He   is faithful to the task entrusted to him even when things are   tough
He   is enthusiastic and in a way makes others feel good.
He   is disciplined and does not succumb to peer pressure.
He   is confident and provides security to his team   mates.

Fr. Rector concluded his speech on a hopeful note that one day the leaders invested would make the school proud and take it to greater heights.

The vote of thanks was proposed by the Principal, Fr. Bernard who thanked the members of the management for gracing the occasion and also thanked all those responsible for making it a day to remember. He ended by saying that each one is a leader in his/her own way and asked the students to be responsible leaders working for the progress of the school. We look up to St. Dominic Savio - a model of Sanctity and Prayer.

BIS #2451 RENEWAL PROGRAMMES AT DON BOSCO- NASHIK

Rickson Fernandes 
NASHIK, JULY 12, 2011:In the context of the Triple-Celebration of this year, that is the Visit of the Relic of Don Bosco on August 6 to Nashik, the completion of twenty years of Don Bosco Parish and the International Year of the Youth, Don Bosco Parish Nashik under the able guidance of the parish priest Fr. Nelson Falcao has launched some renewal programmes.
 
On July 3, 2011 Rt. Rev. Edwin Colaco, Bishop of Aurangabad spoke on the theme of “Pastoral involvement and responsibility in the Parish”. In a very lively and jovial way he spoke of the active participation of the laity in the activities of the church. The event concluded with Holy Eucharist celebrated by Bishop Edwin himself.
 
On July 9, 2011 Rev. Fr. Michael Gonsalves, from Vasai diocese the director of Jeevan Dharshan Kendra, Vasai gave a three hour session on the topic “Catechetical Teaching and Animation of the Youth”. Parishioners from Don Bosco parish and Dominic Savio Satpur were present for this occasion. In a very interactive and novel way Fr. Michael Gonsalves enlightened the participants to make catechism a joyful experience for the young. His main focus was “Moving from Life to God”.
To give examples of life experiences and through that make the child aware of God who is present in these experiences.
   
The third renewal program was conducted by Fr. Michael G on the theme “Pastoral Leadership and Animation in the Parish”. He dealt with the need of the church for lay leaders who can help their fellow Christians as leaders who are humble and who care for others. The occasion was graced by the presence of Rt. Rev. Lourdes Daniel, Bishop of Nashik.

BIS #2450 THE PERFECT MONSOON SUNDAY

Arlene Mathiah 
BORIVLI, JULY 12, 2011: Monsoons are the best time for some masti and a lot of outdoor activities. The wet ground and the beautiful breezy weather add a lot of excitement and fun. This is exactly what the Parish Pastoral Council and the Youth Group of St. John Bosco Parish thought of when it came to organizing a Parish Zonal Tournament.
  
The parish throw ball and football tournament began early in the morning at 7.45am. The Parish Priest Fr. Ronnie welcomed all the participants. The most promising player of the match last year was asked to take the Sportsmanship oath followed by a short prayer. The referees for the football and the throwball matches for this year were introduced to the players. With the singing of the national anthem, the Assistant Parish priest Fr. Allwyn Misquitta officially declared the tournament open.
  
The rains added to the masti and hungama. With the DJ playing the best music, the rain drops wetting us all, and the cheers from the spectators,  seemed to make it just the perfect monsoon Sunday.
  
This tournament encouraged a healthy competition amongst the zones. It brought the parish community together, created a feeling of bonding and togetherness. It all began with the initial process of forming a team to being the player on the filed and giving in your best. And yes, if you weren’t on the field with the rest, you were out there cheering for your team players to help them pass this test. Thus this tournament was much more than just a tournament about you and me. It was certainly about “US”
  
The parish hopes to see many more faces in the next tournament adding much more vitality and exuberance to what already exists.

Monday, July 11, 2011

BIS #2449 ORIENTATION PROGRAM - WALVANDA

Nelson Mudaliar sdb 
WALVANDA, JULY 11, 2011: To mark the genesis of their apostolic mission of teaching ‘ in the ashram schools of the Jawahar-Mokhada regions, a band of ten brothers from Divyadaan attended an ‘Orientation Program’ at Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha of Walvanda on July 10, 2011. The objective of this elementary orientation was to acquaint the brothers with a brief background of the situation in those districts.

The confreres of the house, Fr. Anaclete D’mello and Br. Alex Gonsalves welcomed the brothers for this conference and served warm refreshments. Mr. Melvyn Pangya presided over the assembly. The sessions delivered by the speaker were aimed at presenting a panoramic highlight of the progress and existing problems of the village tribals in the surrounding areas. The ‘Orientation Program’, besides being revealing and instructive, tunneled deeper into the daily life of each villager. A well prepared and informative Power Point presentation projected the entry of the staff of Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha and the numerous services they render in those remote locales till date. Through educative modes, awareness drives and establishing of self help groups, the Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha workforce empower the villagers to live dignified lives in accordance with their rights. Mr. Melvyn informed the brothers of the exigency to focus on career guidance that would help the youth in their future. He also distributed a few pamphlets regarding the same.
   
As a conclusion, the presider nailed the point that Change is possible and urged the brothers to become the Agents of change in their own simple ways. A total of five ashram schools were allotted to the brothers together with the contact numbers of the respective resource persons. A typical spicy and delicious meal added to the flavor of the occasion. The brothers thanked Fr. Anaclete D’mello, Br. Alex Gonsalves, Mr. Melvyn Pangya, Mr. Matthew as well as the other staff members for this enlightening Orientation Program and left Walvanda ready to venture into opportune endeavors, filled with a commitment to serve the poor.

BIS #2448 LEADERS INSTALLED ON THE FEAST OF DOMINIC SAVIO- YERWADA

YERWADA, JULY 11, 2011: St. Dominic Savio’s feast was celebrated with a two-fold as a magnificent Investiture Ceremony was held in the school hall to install hundred and thirty six leaders for the academic year 2011-12. There was Holy Eucharist for the catholic students and prayer service held for the non- catholic students. A film on the life of Dominic Savio was shown to them in their classes on the LCD. That acquainted the students with the extraordinary deeds of an ordinary school boy.
  
She introduced St. Dominic Savio as a leader who worked diligently and followed the school rules He was obedient to his teachers and chose his companions carefully. Hence, the day of St. Dominic Savio’s Feast was found apt for installing the school leaders so that they imbibe his values in themselves.
  
The school leaders pledged and took the oath in the presence of Fr. Anton D’souza the Rector and received their house flags and ties as a mark of their allegiance. In the same manner, the class monitors were installed by the Principal Fr. Donald Fernandez. Finally the prefects of various houses of each class were installed by Rev. Fr. George Miranda the Administrator and Fr. Anthony Goyal. This new set of leaders will take charge of the discipline, and activities for the year and will lead more than eight hundred and fifty students to perform well under the careful supervision of the teachers.
  
Fr. Rector, Fr. Principal and Fr. Kharjia’s speech made the leaders aware of their duties and responsibilities. Fr. Principal congratulated the leaders and wished them in their endeavors.

BIS #2447 AMSTERDAM VOLUNTEERS IN SHELTER


Cl. Patole Anthony
 

WADALA, JULY 11, 2011: Fifteen volunteers from Amsterdam, Netherlands led by Fr. Adaikalam from Chennai Province arrived on the Indian soil on July 9, 2011 at noon time. The purpose of their tour is to know the phenomenon of street children of Mumbai and to help them grow in their life. Part of their tour is also to visit Dharavi and the Outreach works of Shelter at various railway stations in Mumbai.
 
On Sunday, July 10, the fifteen volunteers along with Fr. Adaikalam, took charge of the boys for six hours. They began with ice-breakers and continued with party relay games, action songs, dance and volley ball in their respective groups. The present and past shelter boys took active part with lots of enthusiasm. The volunteers and the Shelter boys interacted very well.
   
‘Cheerfulness’ the hallmark of our Salesian spirituality was seen on the faces of the boys and the volunteers. The volunteers sponsored the snacks. Shelter boys Pankaj Das and Shahul thanked all the volunteers for their generosity in spending their valuable time with them.  The volunteers enjoyed the Sunday with full ‘Dhamaal’.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

BIS #2446 PTA ELECTION OF OFFICE BEARERS

Fr. Godfrey D'Souza sdb 
ANDHERI, JULY 9, 2011:On July 9, 2011 the elected representatives of the Secondary and the Primary Section of the PTA met in the AV hall at 08.45 am and 09.30 am respectively. The main purpose of this PTA meeting was the election of the office bearers. There were three posts that had to be filled in: The President, Secretary and the Treasurer.
 
Before the proceedings began for each section, Fr. Crispino asked the Rector, Fr. Godfrey D’Souza to speak to the representatives. Fr. Godfrey spelt out the duties of the PTA representatives and that they would need to liaison between the parents, teachers and management and bring suggestions and complaints to the respective bodies.
 
Fr. Godfrey highlighted the need that whatever we do, we need to keep the good of the child in mind so that changes benefit the child in his growth and maturity.
 
After briefly explaining what was expected of the PTA members, he then had a clipping on Parents as role models followed by a power point presentation on Parenting by Example. Parenting by Example was taken from the book by Dr. Phil McGraw ‘Family First’. He ended with another clipping that was meaningful and apt to the occasion and the topic. Those chosen from the Secondary Section are:
 
Mr. A. Srinivas - President;
Mr. Mario Pereira - Secretary and
Mrs. Pricilla Viegas - Treasurer.
Those chosen from the Primary Section are:
Mr. Titus Menezes - President; 
Mrs. Liza Menezes – Secretary; and
Mrs. Pricilla Viegas – Treasurer.
A group photograph of the various sections was taken before we parted.

BIS #2445 AWARENESS PROGRAMME CONDUCTED BY FR. GODFREY D'SA


BIS Correspondent
 

WADALA, JULY 9, 2011: An awareness programme on the Protection of Minors was conducted for the entire staff of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala on July 4, 2011.  This session was conducted by the experienced counselor and Prafulta director, Fr. Godfrey D’Sa.

Fr. Godfrey began by citing an apt example of a four year old student of our school who was found unattended at Five Gardens, and thereafter the efforts of the school authorities to get in touch with the parents and caution them of the repercussions of such carelessness.

He said that the purpose of this session was to bring about an awareness of the happenings in our society.  He stressed on the fact that presently “Children are most vulnerable”.  Hence no adult task is more important than protecting children from harm and this awareness is the need of the hour.

The Salesians the world over have taken up this cause - to protect the rights of children- seriously, and have come up with a Policy Statement on the Protection of Minors and Guidelines for use in all Salesian institutions. 

The Power Point Presentation on Child Sexual Abuse highlighted the following: 1) Definition 2) Prevalence 3) Effects of Child Sexual Abuse   4) Prevention and 5) Treatment.   While concluding this session Fr. Godfrey reminded the gathering that as members of a Don Bosco institute we ought to be concerned about the well – being of everyone, especially children. We need to safeguard the rights of children and protect them from abuse as also to make a conscious effort to speak out and contribute actively against child abuse.

The staff members left with the belief that fidelity to the Salesian spirit and the Preventive system would enhance the rights of the children, protect and enable them to grow and mature healthily in a secure environment with caring elders to accompany them.

BIS #2444 INDUCTION OF NEW PARISH PRIEST- WADALA

Vivian DeSouza sdb
 
WADALA, JULY 9, 2011: On July 2, 2011 in a solemn and meaningful ceremony, during the Eucharistic Celebration at the Parish of Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (E), Bishop Bosco inducted the new Parish Priest, Fr. Godfrey D’Sa. The Parish Team and several Salesians and Diocesan priests concelebrated at the Eucharist. Fr. Bernard Fernandes read out the letter of appointment from Cardinal Oswald Gracias, and then Bishop Bosco instructed Fr. Godfrey on the duties of the Parish Priest and asked him to lead the congregation in the Profession of Faith. Fr. Godfrey was then asked to incense the altar, lectern, tabernacle, baptistery and confessional that would be sacred places for him to exercise his ministry. Finally, Fr. Godfrey was introduced to his Parish Council and Heads of Associations and the parishioners present, as their Pastor and Guide. Bp. Bosco then led the singing of Congratulations to Fr. Godfrey as he acknowledged the wishes of the congregation and shared his vision for the parish.
 
Bp. Bosco Penha, the Priests and Salesian Sisters joined the Parish Team for a fellowship dinner later in the evening.

BIS #2443 PROVINCIAL'S VISIT TO BOSCO BOYS HOME- BORIVILI

Patrick Corda

BORIVILI, JULY 9, 2011: The entrance of Bosco Boys Home had a welcome note which read, “Glad to have you Dear Fathers".  On July 7, 2011 the Provincial and his team visited Bosco Boys Home at 10.00 am. Fr. Michael Fernande’s, Provincial, Fr. Ajoy Fernande's, Vice Provincial and Fr. Elson Baretto, Economer were welcomed by Fr. Anthony Santarita, Rector/Director, Fr. Bastin Thomas, Administrator, Fr. Egidius Falcao, Catechist, Br. Michael and Br. Richard Burkhaow.
  
The day started with the morning tea and then followed by the visit of the entire campus. Fr. Anthony Santarita along with Fr. Michael Fernande's visited the work shops and the class rooms. Fr. Anthony also introduced the Development, MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development) and the Sankalp (Accenturte/ITC) team. Fr. Provincial and his team spent some time with the Hotel Management Students as it was also a Day of certification. Fr .Anthony then showed the site of the new Automobile work shop which is under construction and put forward his plans of improvement. After visiting the work shops the Provincial and his team met the Confreres. They then gathered for lunch in the refrectory.
  
Fr. Anthony Santarita on behalf of all the Fathers and Brothers thanked Fr. Provincial, Fr. Ajoy, and Fr. Elson for their visit to Bosco Boys Home.

Friday, July 8, 2011

BIS #2442 FEAST OF ST. DOMINIC SAVIO - MATUNGA

Br. Daniel D’Souza sdb
MATUNGA, JULY 8, 2011: On July 6, 2011 Don Bosco School - Matunga celebrated the feast of St. Dominic Savio with a mass for all the catholic school children in the Shrine, followed by the Installation of the School captains and monitors. It was a grand occasion for the school to have its new leaders. The NCC, RSP and te Scouts also joined the School captains and monitors in their Oath ceremony.
 
The school captain Shannon Nogueira and vice captain Pratik Mohapatra were then invested by Fr. Rector and Fr. Bosco. The monitors were invested by Fr. Derrick and the teachers. Among the school leaders were three boarders Allan-Activity Captain, Royden – Vice Activity Captain, and Keyur – Yellow house Vice Captain in the student council and one class monitor Akhil Philip.

The boarding boys also had their installation ceremony in the evening, followed by the Savio Nite. The Boarding captain Nigel, vice – captain Royden and the four house leaders, Rinaldo, Ryan, Edward and Allan were then invested by Fr. Jude, with the medals of Our Lady as a sign of leaders in the boarding. The Installation ceremony was then followed by the Savio Nite with its interesting games, Quiz, Skits, Ads and various other competitions. The Feast of St. Dominic Savio ended with the Prize Distribution Ceremony, giving away prizes to the teams which participated in the Dominic Savio Week.

BIS #2441 VALEDICTORY FUNCTION AT BOCO BOYS HOME

Patrick Corda
BORIVILI, JULY 8, 2011:Don Bosco Technical Training Institute felicitated eighty students who completed their three months basic training in Hotel Management, a certificate training program for the Marginalised, Underprivileged, and the Drop out Youth of Mumbai city. This was the fifth batch of project Sankalp funded by Accenture and knowledge partner ITC Wellcomgroup of Hotels.
  
In all ninety one students had registered out of which eighty students very devotionally attended the entire training, these students were trained in Restaurant service, Food Production, Bakery and Housekeeping. The students also went through twenty days On Job training programs in different hotels and Fast food outlets in Mumabi. On July 7, 2011 all the students met once again to collect their certificate for the training they had completed. The chief guest for the event was Fr. Michael Fernande's the Provincial. Fr. Anthony Santarita the Director of the Institute introduced the provincial and said that he was happy to see that another batch of young boys and girls have completed the course. Fr. Provincial then distributed a few certificates and wished success to all the students.
   
This program has helped the youth by providing them placements in five star Hotels, Fast food Restaurant’s, and Catering companies, many of our students have also got the opportunity to work abroad. The entire credit goes to Fr. Anthony Santarita who introduced this training program to cut off the unemployment that’s there amongst the youth of our city, Mr. Dayanand Patil who liaison's with the mobilization of the students, the Faculties and the staff of Don Bosco Technical Training Institute Bosco Boys Home for making Sankalp a great success.

BIS #2440 FEAST OF ST. DOMINIC SAVIO AT DB - SAVEDI

Fr. James Nigrel sdb
SAVEDI, JULY 8, 2011: The Management, Staff and Students of Don Bosco Vidyalaya, Savedi celebrated the feast of St. Dominic Savio with a colourful inauguration of the house system. The old office bearers handed over their post by handing back the flag to the Principal Fr. James Nigrel. The new office bearers took charge as they received the flags from Fr. Manuel, the Manager and Fr. Cedrick, the Administrator. The Boarders of Bosco Bhavan marched in by melodiously singing the song to St. Dominic Savio, “Marching we come to Salute you dear Savio.”
 
The 2010-11 successful students of Std. X were felicitated by the Manager.  Fr. Manuel in his speech asked the students to have good friends as St. Dominic Savio had.
 
In the evening, the Bhavan Boarders gathered for their official inauguration of the house system. Fr. James handed the flags to the captains of the four team leaders. In his speech, he invited the boarders to actively participate in the activities and to build up a healthy and friendly environment which will help them to have an all round development of their personality.Savio by melodiously singing “Marching we come to Salute you dear Savio.”
 
May our captains and leaders who emerge from our boardings and schools learn what it means to be leaders in the Spirit of Dominic Savio.

BIS #2439 EDUCATION OF HEART IS THE HEART OF EDUCATION - SAVEDI

Fr. James Nigrel sdb
SAVEDI, JULY 8, 2011: The core point in education is the education of the heart. The situation around has become more complex than ever before. People’s behavior, work environment, home environment, past experiences and above all the cyber world are the sources of pleasures for many. We come across people and our students with variety of attitudes and aptitudes.  Teachers and students are in search of role models but in vain. In all such circumstances, the teachers play an important role in changing the minds of the students for a better environment.
 
On July 2, 2011 a retreat was organized by Fr. James Nigrel for the teaching and non- teaching staff of St. John’s Church, Bhingar. Fr. Cyril George MSFS shared his views in this aspect with the help of a Power Point Presentation. He spoke to the teachers and the non-teaching staff of Don Bosco Vidyalaya, Savedi, Ahmednagar.
 
Fr. Cyril further said that some teachers are in this field by convention, some by convenience and for a few it is a commitment. It becomes a herculean task for teachers to go beyond all such strain and stresses. In order to give their best, the teachers have to be one with God, with others and with oneself.
  
Fr. Cyril appealed to the teachers, to change themselves to bring the change they want to see. To bring about the expected change the teachers, have to be open minded accepting new trends, new methodologies and pedagogy. A positive approach towards life is the need of the hour.  To meet all such challenges, the teacher should develop high self- esteem.
  
Fr. Michale Bansode highlighted the Preventive Don Bosco which proved to be effective for all these years. He then spoke on the concept of “Specialness”.
 
To conclude, he made the participants identify the core competency and change the playing field to suit that competency. He added by saying that; maximize the strength, minimize the weakness, explore the opportunities and prevent the threats, TEAM means Together Each Achieve More.