by BIS correspondent
BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, NOVEMBER 27, 2013: On Sunday, 17th November 2013, hundred participants, those below the Xth standard, Altar servers, from Savedi, Collector's Office, Bhingar, Agadgaon and Jeur gathered to have the Annual Ahmednagar Altar Servers Rally 2013 at St John's Church, Bhingar from 9.00 am to 5 p.m.
The day began with a talk by Bro. Ramesh D. who welcomed the enthusiastic altar servers. A prayer service was conducted by Fr. Rolvin and his team. Motivational sessions were by given by Frs. Nelson Falcao, Manuel Murzello, Thomas D'Costa and on their inspiring vocation stories. Fr. Nelson's family felt that he was born to be priest. He narrated the twists and turns in his history that makes him, not a wannabe MBBS Doctor, but a Doctor in Philosophy as well as a Salesian Priest, and caretaker of the legacy of the Kristapurana treasure.
The theme of the Day was "I am God's Field." Fr. Manuel explained the parable of the sower to bring out the message of 'we are God's field'. Then Fr. George D'abreo conducted 'Jesus Day'. A series of rapid fire questions on life, faith, Bible and other topics were asked and spot prizes given to the excited respondents.
After lunch, fete games were conducted by Fr. Rolvin and his youth. The theme of the day was introduced: "I am God's field," again during Mass. At 4.00 pm, Fr. Solomon Rapol, Rector of Don Bosco, Lonavla, concelebrated with Frs. Gohil, Francis, George and Nelson in the concluding Eucharist for the altar servers gathered and exhorted all to live a joy-filled life as altar servers.
Fr. George D'abreo was the MC and compere for the events of the day. The hosting community was St John's, Bhingar. Bro Ramesh Durairaj was the Chief Organizer. Every one present understood that learning to serve both at the Mass and in life is the specific way of discipleship for young altar servers. Every one left energized feeling open like God's garden to invite the seeds of a divine vocation within, perhaps!