Monday, July 30, 2012

BIS #3032 RETREATS CONDUCTED IN KUWAIT


Fr.Baptist  and  Fr. Vivian sdb

KUWAIT JULY 30, 2012
Frs. Vivian De Souza and Baptist Monteiro conducted Retreats for the four Parishes of Kuwait viz. Salmiya , the Cathedral, Ahemadi  and Abassya. There were about one thousand one hundred children that we catered to during the month of July when children were in their holidays for three months.  There are many  children but  some of them have gone out of Kuwait for holidays.

This was our first experience, conducting such a program outside India.  Fr Vivian worked with the Senior Group and Fr Baptist with the Juniors.  Fr. Francisco Pereira and Fr Blanny Pinto coordinated with us and helped us a a lot. The number of volunteers and the teachers varied from place to place.  The most numbers of volunteers were from Salmiya  and there  were  comparatively less volunteers in the  other three parishes.  The teachers and volunteers were very important as they helped the children form into groups.  We also got a lot of support from our Salesian priests in Kuwait who constantly went before time to handle the logistics, the volunteers and the other arrangements.    
   
The Senior children were made to think for themselves and discover elements for a fully alive experience, during the retreat.  The Junior children were exposed to a lot of activities and biblical movies due to their short attention span.

Most of the children had a fully live experience and wished the retreat lasted longer.  They were very happy and looked forward to many more retreats. We too learnt a lot from the varied experiences and the responses from the children.  The volunteers and children worked a lot through their group activities, skits, preparation of charts and did their very best to meet our satisfaction.

BIS #3034 AGM OF BCS ST. DOMINIC SAVIO CHURCH.


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BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3032
AGM OF BCS ST. DOMINIC SAVIO CHURCH.
Mrs. Loretta Xavier

WADALA (E) JULY 30, 2012:  The Annual General Body Meeting of Bombay Catholic  Sabha unit of our parish was held on July 29, 2012 in the Parish Hall.  The meeting commenced with an opening prayer.  The Chairman of the unit Mr. James Pereira welcomed the parish priest    Fr. Vincent Rasquinha.   Present at the meeting were the Administrator Fr. Ronald Menezes, the Vice President Mr. Anand Castelino at the Central Office,  and the other members of the unit  were present. The annual report read by the Chairman and the statement of accounts presented by the Hon. Treasurer Mr. Julius Durai for the year April 2011 to March 2012 were  unanimously passed.
Mr. Anand Castelino explained about the minority schemes and encouraged the unit to focus on any one of the following thrust areas for the coming year. 
1.      Civic & Political Forum
2.      Social action Forum
3.      Youth Forum
4.      Inter Religious Dialogue
5.      Preserving the Environment.
6.      The house decided to focus on schemes for minorities and to increase the  membership.
Fr. Vincent Rasquinha emphasized that the unit should focus on the welfare of the marginalized in the parish by coordinating with the appropriate authorities regarding the various welfare schemes.  Both Fr. Vincent Rasquinha and Fr. Ronald Menezes urged the unit to undertake the membership drive and contact more parishioners to actively participate in the working of the Sabha.  We look forward to working with greater enthusiasm in the coming year. Vice chairman Mr. Cedric D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks.  The meeting  ended with a prayer.  

BIS #3033 YOU RAISED ME UP, TO MORE THAN I CAN BE

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BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3032
YOU RAISED ME UP, TO MORE THAN I CAN BE
Ms.Lynette Sequeira

BORIVLI JULY 30, 2012:  Don Bosco celebrated ‘Parents Day’ in a very unique way this year on July 25.  The students of Std. X A along with their Class teacher, Mrs. Ursella Machado went out of their way to express their gratitude to their parents, for all that they do for them every single day.  The students had invited their parents for the morning assembly but the reason for their presence there was a surprise.
 Our young boys enacted a wonderful skit, which aptly depicted how today’s generation is sometimes ashamed to be seen with or associated with their parents; and is completely oblivious of the sacrifices that their parents have made, to ensure that they have a wonderful life.  A beautiful set of videos depicted the point of view of the parents as well and spoke about how every parent will eventually grow old.  It voiced the apprehensions of a parent, at being discarded or treated badly by their child in the future; and urged the children not to forget all the love they have constantly bestowed on them through their growing years.  This was a beautiful way to communicate to our young students of Classes 8-10, as they are growing up into adults, and they need to be there for their parents at all times, no matter what. The song ‘You raised me up’ aptly pointed out the role of a parent in the growth, development and success of every individual.  A couple of students also expressed their gratitude to their parents for all that they do.
The entire presentation during the assembly came straight from the heart of our boys and left most of the parents, teachers and even a few of our boys teary-eyed.  Everyone who was present in the school hall was completely overwhelmed with emotions.  The icing on the cake, was that every child went up to his parent and escorted them to the stage.  They presented them with a surprise gift which they had picked up especially for them. Almost all the parents were completely touched by the entire experience because it was so completely unexpected and their children hadn’t dropped a hint about what they had been planning especially for them.  The children also felicitated the Management, their teachers and the support staff who play the role of Parents to our boys, when they are in school.
All the parents who were present were very appreciative and will remember this moment for a long time to come.  We thank the Class Teacher and the Students of Class X A for putting together such a memorable and innovative Parents Day celebration this year.  We’re sure that every parent went home with a smile on their faces and every child left the School Hall with a deeper sense of appreciation and gratitude for all that their parents do for them.  

BIS #3031 LEARNING THROUGH DESIGN

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LEARNING THROUGH DESIGN
SHAHNAAZ ABBAS
                                                                                                       

MATUNGA , JULY 28, 2012 :  The little sculptors of Std. II went to work creating beautiful models during the ‘Clay Modelling Competition’ held on 27th July 2012 at Don Bosco Matunga.  It was a sight to behold watching the children mould plasticine with their tiny fingers to create beautiful shapes to depict the Uses of Water.  This topic was chosen for the Competition in order to co-relate academics with activities.  Value Education is given importance in our school and through this Competition the teachers were able to instil in the students a better understanding of the importance of water.  The beautiful models made by the students were a treat to the eyes.  Neatness, creativity and presentation were used as criteria to judge this Competition.

BIS #3030 HUM BHI KISISE KUM NAHIN

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HUM BHI KISISE KUM NAHIN
Cl. Rohan Pinto
                                                                                                       
BORIVLI, JULY 28, 2012:   ENGAGE, is an organization formed by the volunteers from different engineering colleges.  Their purpose is to ‘engage’ marginalized and differently abled youngsters in activities that will enhance their skills and give them motivation and encouragement to do even better in life.
Recently they organized a cultural programme entitled ‘Junoon - Jazba Hunar Ka’ where these special students from various institutions got an opportunity to exhibit their talent through dance, drama and music.
10 students from Bosco Boys Home also participated in this programme and emerged with second position.  Our students performed a latest dance form called Bboying which was greatly appreciated by the esteemed guests from the corporate and the film industry.  

BIS #3029 GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT BOSCO BOYS HOME

 

 

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GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS VISIT BOSCO BOYS HOME

Cl. Rohan Pinto

                                                                                                       

BORIVLI, JULY 28, 2012:  Government of India keen on upgrading the technical skills of people which will eventually lead them to gainful employment.  With this in mind the government has planned to skill two million people in India within the next few years.  National Skills Development Council (NSDC) has already started establishing centers in various states to implement this programme.  Besides giving soft loans they will also standardize curriculum, visit technical training centers, invite industry partners and liaison with other agencies who are already in this field of technical trade.

Mr. Avinash Jodhpuri representing NSDC,  accompanied by Mr. Mohit Agarwal representing Grant Thornton evaluated our technical institute and its curriculum and interviewed our students as well as our staff.  They praised our institute for doing a marvelous job of training the underprivileged inspite of limited  resources  

                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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BIS #3028 HARVESTING DROPS OF WATER

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BOSCO INFORMATION SERVICE #3028


Harvesting Drops of Water
Cl. Rudolf D’Souza SDB
                                                                                                       
LONAVLA, JULY 26, 2012: In keeping with the theme for the Month, on July 16, the School and the Junior College Management of Don Bosco Lonavla, organized an hour long seminar on the topic, ‘Water’.   Among the Resource persons were Mr. Makar Bhagwan Babaso, an English teacher in D. P. Mehta Junior College, Lonavla.  He was instrumental in forming a group of 50 farmers and carried out the NHB scheme successfully.  He also created employment at local level.  Besides Mr. Makar, there was Mr. Bhatane Vyankatrao Manajerao, Secretary and Principal of Gramprabhodhini Vidyalaya, Salumbre Talegaon.  He is also the President of the Principals association, Maval Taluka.
Mr. Makar enlightened the gathering with his insight on  the preciousness of water.  It was obvious that his comments on water management stemmed from a vast experience in the field of farming and horticulture.   He stressed on how young people ought to take responsibility for the natural resources available today.  Mr. Makar on his part, got the students to learn interesting quotes on water and through a play of words brought into focus the issue that the world is facing today.  He also emphasized on the need to act as very soon we would stand face to face with a situation where water would soon be valued the same  as gold.
 This initiative on saving water did not end with the input session alone.  But after the seminar, each student of the School and Junior College was given a sapling to be plant in his or her home.  The students were glad that they could participate in this global movement to save water not only by being informed about the issue but also by replenishing the earth through action by planting a tree. 
                                                                                                                



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BIS #3027 TWO LITTLE CHAMPS

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TWO LITTLE CHAMPS

                                                                                                         Mr. Somnath Kamble

 

WADALA, JULY 25, 2012:  On July 23, St. Joseph’s High School two little champions, Varun Tirthani and Aniket Vishwarkarma joined 48 others on their flight to Delhi for the National finals of the NBA skills challenge competition scheduled for 7 and  8 of July.  The venue  Thyagaraj Indoor  Stadium at the Indian National Academy.  Facing a tough drill comprising basketball skills such as lay up, cross over dribble, chest pass, shooting and bounce pass.  Our two contenders were up to the task.  They were competing with the very best of India.  Varun Thirtani came within an ace of capturing the crown as he stood a close third, while our other competitor, Aniket, came fifth.

It was an opportunity of a life-time for our budding hoopsters.  Besides competing at the national level, they were also privileged to rub shoulders with some big names of the lofty NBA league:  Troy Justice, the former coach of Miami Heats, and Roger Bell of the Utah Jazz.  And share a few tips on the intricacies and the finer aspects of the game, they did! Every participant was rewarded with a trophy, a pair of shoes and a NBA T-shirts for their hard work and commitment to the game A return flight brought our basketball players back to Mumbai, not before teaching them a lesson or two in basketball and the great game of life.  As Varun puts it succinctly, “This was indeed a wonderful experience for each of us, and we will use what has been taught to us in our game, and assist our team mates and co-players to utilize these skills to raise the bar.” That’s the spirit boy

 

 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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BIS #3026 SVP - REACH OUT TO THE POOR & NEEDY

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SVP – REACH OUT TO THE POOR & NEEDY

Prof. Kiran Shelke & Fr. Rolvin D’mello sdb

 

AHMEDNAGAR JULY 25, 2012:  On July 22, 2012, the members of the Saint Vincent De Paul association (SVP) of St. Anne’s Church decided to cater to the needy students of the parish. Their motto was, “You have received freely; now give freely.” (Mt 10:8).  As one of their early projects of this year, under the guidance of Fr. Rolvin D’mello; they decided to help the needy students of the parish by giving them notebooks and pens.  The beauty of this venture was that the entire money required for this project was collected only from the members of this association itself.  This programme took place in the AV Hall at around 10.30 am; Frs. Rolvin & Michael were present for the same.  The students were delighted with what they received and  went back home grateful.  As it is rightly said charity begins at home; so the SVP decided to first start helping the needy of the parish and then venture outside to help others. May God a went back home grateful.  As it is rightly said charity begins at home; so the SVP decided to first start helping the needy of the parish and then venture outside to help others. May God almighty bless all the members of  SVP for their generosity and dedication to the less fortunate of the  church.           

 

                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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BIS #3025 GRAND PARENTS DAY CELEBRATION

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GRAND PARENTS DAY CELEBRATION

 

MATUNGA JULY 25, 2012 :   At Don Bosco Matunga, we are constantly striving to bring more and more people into our fold.   On July 24, 2012, Grandparents Day celebrated in the Primary Section of our school is one such step in this direction.  We have tried to make the grandparents of our students a part of our extended family.  Thanks to the efforts of our School management, staff, P.T.A. members, parent volunteers and students we could reach out to our Grandparents on this day and thank them for their nurturing presence in our lives

After a warm and hearty welcome in the traditional Indian style, through a lovely Power Point Presentation specially prepared by Mrs. Winifred Fernandes, the Head Teacher of the Primary Section for this day and a short Prayer service, the grandparents witnessed an energetic performance in the form of dances and songs performed by our students.  The Head Teacher in her speech reminisced fondly about her grandmother.   What really made this day a memorable one was the performance given by some of our grandparents who willingly came up on stage to dance for their grand children.  The grandparents all left with fond memories of this day.

                                                                                                                                          

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                


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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

BIS #3024 LAUNCH OF THE BOOK “LETTING GO - THE HEALING POWER OF GRIEVING”


Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb

MATUNGA JULY 24, 2012:   Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications launched the new book entitled “Letting Go - The Healing Power of Grieving” by Martin D’Souza.  Fr. Edwin D’Souza, sdb, Rector of the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, released the book during the Eucharistic celebration and presented the first copy of the book to the author    Mr. Martin D’Souza.   A copy of the book was also given to Mr. Simplicio D’Souza who is currently working with Carnival Cruise Lines as Chief Security Officer.   His mother had succumbed to ovarian cancer a few years ago.


Mr. Martin D’Souza is a journalist and an author.  He has worked with the Free Press Journal, the Indian Post, the Independent and the Times of India.  The book has been written in the first person account of people who have lost those close to them and their world has come crashing down.  It is about those who have struggled with their grief and have finally “Let Go’.    ‘Letting Go’ dwells on the pain of the loss, the time taken to reconcile, the process of questioning God, the period of mourning and finally coming to the realization that life must go on and that death is not the end.  Martin D’Souza the author of this book has worked for the past 3 years interviewing people from different walks of life who were struck with grief and how they accepted the reality and let go and make meaning in life.  Death is a reality and we do not know the hour or time when it will strike us.  We need to prepare ourselves to face the truth.

Once Life asked Death, “ Why do People Love Me?  But Hate You?
Death responded, “Because   you are a beautiful lie.  And I am a Painful truth’
Death is the beginning of a spiritual relationship.  Remember that those who have departed from us are with us as a loving presence to strengthen us (Wisdom 38:1-2)

Mr. Martin D’Souza thanked the publisher Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, sdb and the staff of Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications for the professional approach in publishing and the excellent quality of printing of the book.  He thanked Fr. Edwin D’Souza for releasing the book and all the people who had contributed their experiences towards making the book a success.   A special thanks to Verona Vaz for editing his book. 

The book “Letting Go” is available at Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications Bookstore.  The cost of the book is Rupees one hundred and fifty. Those who wish to purchase the copy may log on to www.tejonline.com or write to Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, Matunga, Mumbai, 400019 or call 65723226/24150680.

BIS #3023 FOOTBALL MANIA AT DON BOSCO

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FOOTBALL MANIA AT DON BOSCO
Cl. Rudolf D’souza SDB
LONAVALA, JULY 22, 2012:  Don Bosco Lonavala, in its Green Year, witnessed an exciting Inter school 5-a-side Football Tournament organised by the Past Pupils Association.  Five schools from in and around Lonavala participated in this festival of the football sport.  The tournament ended in a thrilling final between Don Bosco (A) and Kendriya Vidyalaya (A) teams.  Don Bosco (A) emerged champions with a 6-1 score over the Kendriya Vidyalaya Team.  The enthusiasm and energy of both the team players set the pulse of the audience racing till the last minute.  The winning team was seen rising steadily throughout the tournament.  With their skilful passing and sportsmanship they secured a victory in every match.  But the runners up KV team played tough customers to the Don Bosco Team.  Three rises by Don Bosco early in the game earned the KV Team a penalty and the score was 1-0.  But the DB Team gave a quick reply with a goal by Alrick D’souza.  Within another two minutes, Harishankar Boro scored another for the DB Team.  In the second half, Alrick converted a penalty and a minute later scored his third goal but had to quit the game due to an injury.  Another two quick goals by Harishankar and Ganesh Sharma respectively led Don Bosco to a swift victory.
It was the brilliance of Saurabh, a sixth grader from D.C. School that captivated the hearts of the audience.  His skills against opponents much older and taller than him in age and height respectively, rightfully earned him the medal and certificate for the Best Player of the Tournament.  Top scorer Alrick took away a certificate for his twenty goals in the tournament of which three were scored in the finals.  The DB Team comprising of Alrick D’souza, Joel Almeida, Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Harishankar Boro, Shrikant Pillai, Ganesh Sharma and Ronaldo Nair were elated and at the same time satisfied that they had an enjoyable day playing their favourite sport.  Fr. Glenford Lowe of the Mumbai Province, who was the Chief Guest for the event congratulated all the participants and thanked them for their enjoyable game.  Congratulations Don Bosco Lonavala.                                
                                                                                                                                                 


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BIS #3022 OUR YOUNG LEADERS

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OUR YOUNG LEADERS

Shahnaaz Abbas

 

MATUNGA, JULY 24, 2012The Investiture Ceremony of the Captain and Vice-captain of the Primary Section was held in the Primary School Hall in the presence of the School Management and the teachers.  The flag bearers escorted Master Krish Dhanwani the Captain and the Vice Captain Master Boris Fernandes into the hall to a thunderous round of applause. The Chief Guest for the day was our  Rector Fr. Wilfred D’souza.  After a short prayer invoking God’s blessings, Rector Fr. Wilfred D’souza, invested the Captain and Vice-Captain who pledged to uphold the motto of the school and abide by their duties sincerely.  The Rector spoke to the students about leaders being the ones who know the way, show the way and go the way.  After the ceremony the Captain and Vice Captain visited Std. I and II and were introduced to the students of these classes.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

BIS #3021 ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR PROJECT MARATHWADA

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ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR PROJECT MARATHWADA

 

 

AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 21, 2012:  On June 30th, 2012 Saturday, the second Marathwada staff training workshop was held at Ahmednagar in Bosco Gramin Vikas Kendra. The five coordinators and the field staff from the districts of Parbhani, Jalna, Aurangabad, Beed and Ahmednagar participated in it.

The workshop began with a small prayer service and lighting of the lamp.  Br. Ramesh Durairaj, the Director welcomed all the staff of the project Marathwada and explained to them the importance of the workshop.  During the first session Fr. George briefed the staff about the aims and the objectives of the programme and various ways of achieving the target. He also highlighted the role that Self Help Groups play in empowering the downtrodden ones and on how they could be used as a good weapon to achieve aims and objectives of the project i.e. Community organization and capacity building, Skill development, Job placement and livelihood promotion, Improvement of educational facilities and Improvement of health facilities.  He also conducted some group activities to discuss the social problems in the villages and the challenges faced by the staff at the grass root level.

The second session was taken by Mr. Bahule, the manager of ADCC bank who dealt on the topic on how to open an SHG account, how to make the maximum use of the government schemes and subsidies.  After the lunch Fr. Savio Silvera gave them a talk on the Don Bosco and on how one should approach the work assigned to him or her in this project.  After that, there were district wise presentations on the progress of the work in the various districts of Marathwada.  After that Fr. Manuel addressed the staff telling them on the importance of owning the project Marathwada Br. Ramesh gave the vote of thanks and the concluding message. The training workshop was very much appreciated by the staff.

                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                         


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