DON BOSCO MATUNGA GEARS UP FOR YAR ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEEBRUARY 28, 2013: The Annual National YaR (Young at Risk) Convention centred on the theme, 'Advocacy on Behalf of the Young at Risk' is scheduled to begin at 7.00pm on February 28, 2013 at Don Bosco Matunga.
The four-day convention organized by Don Bosco National YaR Forum, New Delhi and YaR Commission, Salesian Province of Mumbai includes Governing Body and Annual General Body meetings, a two-day Seminar and the Silver Jubilee Celebrations of Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala.
The YaR Seminar is to be facilitated by Mr. Josantony Joseph, Advisor to the Commissioner on Food Security (Maharashtra) and Fr. Thomas Pallithanam SDB, Director, PARA, East Godawari.
Over one hundred delegates from seventy six Don Bosco YaR centres and various networking organizations is to participate in the seminar focusing on understanding advocacy, sharing of advocacy experiences and training in advocacy.
The current Annual National YaR Convention is set to stand out in the annals as an event to remember as it proudly marks the Silver Jubilee celebrations of Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala. The centre that has been a shelter and solace for the marginalized children and youth of the streets of Mumbai is committed to be with the young in step with the signs of the times.
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 28, 2013: The Primary section of Don Bosco High school, Matunga <![if !vml]><![endif]>observed Marathi Divas on February 27, 2013. The main objective of celebrating this day was to create an awareness among our students of the richness of Marathi culture, to popularise Marathi, our regional language and to instil in our students pride for our state, "Maharashtra."
The corridors and classrooms of the building bore a festive look. A variety of `Torans` created a rainbow of colours in the building. The `Rangolis` were breath-taking. Common Marathi phrases and greetings adorned the walls of the building.
At a Marathi Elocution Competition organised for the students of Std. III and IV the students were exposed to Marathi literature in its simplest form. Our students recited Marathi poems with confidence.
Our esteemed judges were given a taste of the Don Bosco hospitality in a traditional Maharashtrian style when <![if !vml]><![endif]>they were greeted with an "Aarti" and "Tilak."
Some staff and students came dressed in the traditional Maharashtrian attire to add to the festivities. Thanks to the initiative taken by some staff members and co-operation from the school management the staff enjoyed a lavish Maharashtrian spread for lunch.
`Jai Maharashtra` became the favourite phrase for the day.
NERUL-NAVIMUMBAI, FEBRUARY 28, 2013: A picnic rejuvenates your body, mind and soul. Truly said <![if !vml]><![endif]>so, Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul had taken their staff to Kumar Resort, Lonavla on February 23, 2013.
The staff left the school premises at 8.00am and headed straight to Don Bosco School, Lonavla for a short visit. The staff then proceeded to Kumar Resort where the resort staff welcomed the teachers with an amazing breakfast.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>After breakfast, the staff proceeded to the pool area where the cool water gave a sense of total relaxation. After the rejuvenation, an amazing delectable lunch was served with all sort of tasty food items.
Post lunch, the staff played the game of housie and shopped for chikkis and fudges.
The staff reached school at 7.00 pm. Thus an amazing day came to an end but with memories that will last forever.
CHHOTAUDEPUR-GUJARAT, FEBRUARY 28, 2013: The month of January and February were observed as <![if !vml]><![endif]>months of Sport's activities for the Tribal villages of Chhotaudepur. Fr. Dominic Martis (Director of LSK), Mr.Magan (VEP coordinator), Mr. Prakash, Mr. Nagin, Mr. Karsan, Mr. Reman (VEP staff) along with (VEP) teachers were the main organizing team for this event held in different villages of Chhotaudepur.
The sports Day started with a March Past, marched by the (VEP) students along with Past Pupil of Don <![if !vml]><![endif]>Bosco school followed by inauguration of the event by Fr. Dominic Martis, The Sarpanch of the village and the other leaders of the village.
Various Games were conducted for the children by the (VEP) staff teacher and the boarders of Don Bosco school, Chhotaudepur. After the Games, the children were given snacks followed by prize distribution ceremony, where the winners and students scoring highest marks in their exams would be awarded.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>The event concluded with the vote of Thanks to all who contributed in making the day successful.
This event was organized in fifteen villages of Chhotaudepur namely– Baroj, Ghilvant, Khajuria, Nani-Amrol, Badawav, Sihada, Ambali, Ambala, Padlia, Vanar, Gabadia, Mahudi Phalia, Kumbhani, Navagam and Fathepur.
The Don Bosco (VEP) is being run by (LSK) for twenty five years having fifteen (VEP) centers with a class strength of about twenty to thirty students in each class from Standard First to the Fifth.
Due to such activities there has been a decent progress in the (VEP) program functioning in the villages.
DIVYADAAN PHILOSOPHERS WIN LAURELS AT STATE AND NATIONAL LEVEL
NASIK-MAHARASHTRA, February 28, 2013: Clerics of the second year of philosophy participated in <![if !vml]><![endif]>an all-India essay competition organized by the Sri Rama Chandra Mission (whose headquarters are in Chennai) in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) for India and Bhutan. The topic was a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters, to what lies within us."
Cl. Nazarius Kharkongor (INS), Cl. Dominic Lalrinluange (INS) and Cl. Vivian Andrews (INP) bagged the honours. Cl. Nazarius was one of the honorary winners at the State level, while Cl. Vivian Andrews was nominated as winner at the all-India level for the senior category.
The state level felicitation was on the February 10 at Panvel, Navi Mumbai.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Cl. Vivian was then invited to go to New Delhi, for the felicitation of the winners at the All-India level. The function was held on February 24, at Gurgaon in another of the major institutions of the Sri Rama Chandra Mission. Mrs. Kiran Mehra Kerpelmann, of the UNIC presided at the valedictory function inspired the audience by her erudite words and bespoke of building a better and more humane world.
Cl. Vivian was one of the winners who on being awarded their prizes, was asked to address the audience which consisted of students, their parents and many youth from in and around New Delhi. The audience listened in awe and hung on every word elucidated. The function ended with a sumptuous lunch for the awardees.
This event is an annual feature of the Sri Rama Chandra Mission in association with the UNIC, which aims at sowing seeds of humanitarian values which they hope under the guise of a competition will not fail to bear fruit in the future and consequently bring the dawn of a new humane world.
BORIVLI –MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 27, 2013: The Mumbai Age-Group Selection Chess Tournament got off to a <![if !vml]><![endif]>rousing start at the Don Bosco High School, Borivli with one hundred thirty two players participating in eight-categories viz; Under-7/11/15/19, separately for Boys and Girls.
The field includes twenty-five FIDE Rated players, making it a very strong event. depending on the number of <![if !vml]><![endif]>entries. A total of 6-7 rounds are scheduled for each of the category over a period of two days. The time-control is sixty minutes + ten Seconds/Player (Fischer) with digital chess clocks on all the tables!!
Earlier the event was inaugurated by the Rector of Don Bosco High School, Rev. Father William Falcao by lighting the traditional lamp. Also present were the Principal, Rev. Father George Carlos and Administrator, Rev. Father Allwyn.
Pune University National Seminar held 23-24February
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BHINGAR –AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 25, 2013: A two day National workshop was held by Pune <![if !vml]><![endif]>University on the theme of probing the contributions of a variety of groups, even Religions like Missionaries, on 23–24 February, to enriching the Indian culture and ethos.
Dr Nelson Falcao Ph. D was invited to present a forty five minutes paper on the four hundred years of Christian influence of post-colonial rule in Indian sub- continent by missionaries to bring about interreligious dialogue, harmony and development of this civilization of love.
A series of three power-points one on Thomas Stephen and his K. P. inputs, a selection of literary contributors to the Christian ethos and another presentation on …. Showed the value Christian morality and ethical life style has in the consciousness of the Marathi People.
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Many other presenters made their contribution in terms of Arya Samaj, Brahma samaj, Theosophical society and other ideologies that shaped and molded the Indian culture of the Indian people.
The seminar showcased a new openness to what pluriform influences can make our culture and civilization one of mutual dialogue and enrichment. This seminar expressed the search of a confused people for a full mature and whole life. While being a probe into the rationale for meaning in life, it was also a search for the roots & wings of humanity.
Congratulations to Pune University for organizing such a radical seminar and workshop where people from various tangents and bi-polarized viewpoints met in the same air conditioned hall to look into each other's eyes, face each other and re-assure ourselves that our common future is bright and we are on our way to a 'hot' communication that is honest, open, transparent and human dialogue in a fair and free manner for building a Better India.
SAVEDI-AHEMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 26, 2013: The students of standard tenth Don Bosco Vidyalaya, Savedi, Ahemednagar were bid farewell on <![if !vml]><![endif]>February 23, 2013 by the Management, staff and students as they get buried in their books and will soon appear for their board exams.
The Chief Guest for the occasion was Fr. Manuel Murzello, the Rector of Don Bosco Savedi, Ahmednagar.
The Farewell programme began at 10.00 a.m. with a short prayer service. Some of the standard tenth students expressed their deepest gratitude to the management and staff of the school for moulding their life from the very beginning.
Fr. Manuel spoke to the students motivating them to give of their best and assuring them that they will be always welcomed anytime in the future. Fr. James Nigrel, the principal also seconded the works of Fr. Manuel.
Even the parents of some of the standard tenth students were present for the programme. Each of them were called up on the stage with their child and were given a candle as a sign that now their children would go out into the world and shine like the candle.
Snacks were given to the students after which they were handed over their Hall tickets.
The students spoke for a long time wishing each other the best for the future.
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26, 2013: The North Mumbai Deanery (East) held its third <![if !vml]><![endif]>'Recollection' for the Catechists from the Sunday Schools and Regular Schools on February 24,2013 at Don Bosco Youth Services, AV Hall, Matunga, from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. In all, twenty were present for the recollection.
The evening began with a prayer that incorporated a reading from Acts 1: 8: "You shall be my witnesses to the ends of the earth." Fr. Wilfred D'Souza welcomed the catechists, and was also the Animator for the input session of the Recollection. He conducted an enriching session by focusing on the recent Synod propositions on "Transmission of the Faith through New Evangelization". His talk highlighted the obligation of every Catholic to be evangelized so as to then go out and evangelize. This was done through highlighting the following reflections:
01) THE PRAYERFUL READING OF SACRED SCRIPTURE Proposition 11
02) CONVERSION Proposition 22
03) HOLINESS AND THE NEW EVANGELIZERS Proposition 23
04) CATECHESIS, CATECHISTS AND THE CATECHISM Proposition 29
05) SUNDAYS AND FEAST DAYS Proposition 34
06) LITURGY Proposition 35
07) SPIRITUAL DIMENSION OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION Proposition 36
08) PARISHES AND OTHER ECCLESIAL REALITIES Proposition 26
09) WITNESSING IN A SECULARIZED WORLD Proposition 8
10) THE ROLE OF THE LAY FAITHFUL Proposition 45
11) FORMATION FOR EVANGELIZERS Proposition 45
12) THE CHRISTIAN FAMILY Proposition 48
13) YOUTH AND THE NEW EVANGELIZATION Proposition 51
14) THE TRANSMISSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH Proposition 57
15) CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME Proposition 13
A meaningful prayer service was then conducted by Lloyd Nunes, a Team coordinator. He focused on the Passion of Our Lord, and Reflections on the Lenten season, using power point presentations.
All the teachers who attended the recollection felt encouraged and supported.
The evening came to an end with delicious snacks being served.
ORIENTATION SEMINAR FOR THE PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL
Patrick John Ashing
NAJAFGARH- DELHI, FEBRUARY 25, 2013: It is said, "Well begun is half done", and what better way of beginning any great work or undertaking <![if !vml]><![endif]>than by placing oneself at the feet of the Lord, listening to His Word and imploring His graces and blessings? Keeping this in mind, the newly-constituted parish council members of Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Najafgarh, about twenty five in number, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Katara Mathew the parish Priest left early in the morning at 8.00 am on Sunday, February 24 from the precincts of the Church to attend a half-day orientation programme at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Goledakhana.
The programme promptly began at 10.00 am with the celebration of the Holy Mass. The chief celebrant was Bishop Franco, assisted by Director of Small Christian Communities in the archdiocese, Fr. Peter Emmanuel, alongwith Fr. Sebastian and Fr. Arokiadas. A devotional and prayerful atmosphere was accorded to the mass by the lively singing of the St. Xavier's Church Choir. About ten parishes attended this programme.
The highlight of the mass was of course the homily delivered by Bishop Franco. He spoke on what the Church is, the roles played by different members in the Church and what it entailed of each member to play his/her role faithfully and effectively. He also touched upon dissident voices within and outside the Church and asked us to regularly examine which agency we belonged to - Christ's or Satan's. In his inimical style, Bishop Franco interspersed his talk with short, amusing anecdotes that kept the congregation attentive, in splits of laughter and begging for more.
After mass, a role play identical to the working of the Municipal Corporation when portfolios are being distributed was enacted. After the role play, Manjula Thomas, resource person of the Diocesan Core Group of SCC asked the congregation to compare and contrast the manner in which the meeting of the MCD was conducted and that of the parish councils in the parishes.
After a short break, Joseph D'Souza, resource person from Pallotine Animation Centre, Nagpur conducted a <![if !vml]><![endif]>session, taking as his text, 1 Peter 5: 1-4. This passage was read out in English and Hindi and reflected upon. He was assisted by Emmanuel Johnson, resource person of the SCC Diocesan Core Group. Leaflets and booklets were distributed enlisting the vision and mission of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) and the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). One aspect on the working of each was taken up for discussion in groups. Sharing of insights was done by each group after the discussions.
At the end of the programme, the Vote of Thanks was proposed by Fr. Peter Emmanuel. Profuse thanks were rendered to Bishop Franco, Joseph D'Souza, the St. Xavier's Choir and all those who had worked hard to make the day's programme fruitful and successful.