Wednesday, March 20, 2013

KHANDKE ST JOSEPH'S CHAPEL FEAST CELEBRATED

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KHANDKE ST JOSEPH'S CHAPEL FEAST CELEBRATED

By Fr. Bento D'Souza sdb

BHINGAR–AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 20, 2013: The village of Khandke celebrated the feast of their patron <![if !vml]><![endif]>saint St. Joseph on March 19 in the evening with mass and the main celebrant was Fr. McEnroe.

Prior Preparation and a festive atmosphere enveloped the community as they celebrated the Eucharist in the singing, reading of the scripture and listened in rapt attention to the narration of the life and graphic story of Joseph, the foster father of Jesus and caretaker of Mary of Nazareth  in the Kristapurana narrated by Fr. Nelson and Ms Alphonsa, the sacristan.

Supper was served to the visitors and then, later, the people sat and sang bhajans with the Catechist Jagtap late into the might.





BIS # 3466 SALESIAN COOPERATORS ANIMATION MEET

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SALESIAN COOPERATORS ANIMATION MEET

 

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MATUNGA-MUMBAI, MARCH 20, 2013:  Five Salesian Delegates, one FMA Delegate and twenty five Co-operators who are members of Local Councils, met at the Provincial House for an afternoon programme. It started with lunch at 12.30 pm and carried on till 4.00 pm and was a fruitful time of listening and sharing.

 

 Fr. Wilfred welcomed the gathering and then the Local Coordinators introduced their respective groups. Those present came from Pune, Nerul, Virar, Borivli, Kurla, Bandra, Matunga, Wadala West, and Wadala East.  We were encouraged to know that Sr. Cherian fma, of Anmol was planning to start a unit of Salesian Co-operators at Koparkhairne.

 

A power point Hymn to Don Bosco started off the afternoon. We then watched two video presentations prepared by the Central Office in Rome. The ideas were further elaborated by the Provincial delegate, Fr. Wilfred.

 

Several points were discussed. The Provincial and Local Advisory Councils work towards building up in members, a sense of belonging to the Salesian Family. The activities should contribute to the formation of members.  The yearly Strenna needs to be studied as animation of the members, during the meetings.

 

Gradually, the Local Council should prepare a Council Member for Formation, who has the aptitude for it.  Other points concerned Election of office bearers, the Promise, and attendance at meetings.

 

An outline of the six annual programmes for the whole Salesian Family was then presented.

 

There was some time allotted to clarifications and suggestions and then the meeting concluded with a prayer and blessing.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

BIS # 3465 FREE YOGA WORK SHOP

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FREE YOGA WORK SHOP

 

By Rossi D'souza

 

BORIVLI –MUMBAI, MARCH 19, 2013: "A two day free yoga work shop was held for the Students of Don Bosco High School, Borivli and their Parents on March 9-10, 2013.

 

Aptly titled "Yoga for a Healthy Body and Mind," the workshop detailed out various asanas and pranayams in the quest towards a healthy self. 

 

The workshop really proved to be beneficial in conveying the concept of Yoga to the parents and children, moreover since Yoga is to be introduced as a part of the Sports Curriculum during the next academic year.

 

The Principal, Father George Carlos also attended these sessions, and was quite thrilled by the experience. He also expressed his happiness and appreciated the efforts of all involved in making this workshop a success.

 

The workshop conducted by Dr. Jyoti Sagar of Pawan Yoga Center, Borivli, was attended by a sizeable number of parents and students.

 

 

 

 

 

BROTHERS DAY – DON BOSCO BORIVLI

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BROTHERS DAY – DON BOSCO BORIVLI

By BIS Correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, MARCH 19, 2013: The Salesian Brothers day was celebrated at Don Bosco, Borivli, on March <![if !vml]><![endif]>16-17, 2013.

The day was filled with meetings and a talk on Salesian Brotherhood Spirituality by Fr. Savio D'souza the rector of Divyadaan.

The Brothers also visited Walvande and had an input session from Fr. Anaclete and a visit to the villages.

The Brothers expressed their gratitude to the Rector and the community for the arrangements made to make their day a success.




BIS # 3463 BRINGING GLOBAL WARMING TO YOUR DOORSTEP

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BRINGING GLOBAL WARMING TO YOUR DOORSTEP

 

By Cl. Rudolf D'souza sdb

 

LONAVLA-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 19, 2013: The students of Std. eleventh Science of Don Bosco School and Junior College, Lonavla organised a street play and a house to house visit to increase awareness on the Global Warming Phenomenon as part of their outreach programme on Saturday, March 16.

 

The street play was held at the Lonavala Bus Depot followed by house visits to make each family aware of what Global Warming is all about and how they would be affected by it. The street play was in Hindi and caught the attention of all the passengers awaiting their respective buses.

 

The appreciation of the crowd was more evident when many began to ask questions to the students after the play expressing their concern for this global issue and eager to know how they were unconsciously contributing to it.

 

Even the house visits saw many people actually giving time to listen to what the students had to say and some even committing to reduce household greenhouse gases which contribute to the depletion of the ozone layer.

 

The issue of Global Warming is the theme for the entire month as part of the environment year in Don Bosco Lonavla. The outreach programme was a great learning experience for both the general public and the students themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

BIS # 3462 MSSA UNDER 12 KNOCK OUT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

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MSSA UNDER 12 KNOCK OUT HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

 

By Ramdas P. Prabhu

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, MARCH 19, 2013: "Don Bosco High School, Borivli emerged as Runner's Up against St. Stanislaus, Bandra in a thrilling final of the MSSA Under 12 Knock Out Hockey Tournament.

 

The U -12 players were praised for their diligent efforts by the Principal, Father George Carlos, since this victory in Hockey has come after a very long hiatus. He also wished them better success in all their future games.

 

Master Ralph Moraes, Master Prasad Prabhu and Master Royden D'Souza were adjudged best players of the tournament.

 

Master Pawan Sawlani, the goal keeper, was also presented with a special gift by the Chief Guest and National Hockey Player, Ms. Pauline for his spectacular performance.

 

It was a very happy occasion while the U-12 team was congratulated by their classmates, teachers and parents.

 

 

 

 

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YOUTH GATHERING ON "YOUTH, FAITH AND MEDIA"

 

By Cl. Jaojian Daniel, sdb

 

 

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, MARCH 18, 2013: On March 17, 2013 the Don Bosco Parish, Nashik conducted the youth gathering on the topic 'Youth participation in Faith and Media'. About fifty youngsters from the surrounding parishes of St. Patrick Devlali, St. Anne's Cathedral and St. Dominic Church Satpur too participated in it.

 

The programme began at 11: 00 am with a prayer song. Fr. Robert Pen Sdb, the Principal of Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy was the main speaker of the day. He interacted with the youth on 'Personality Development through Faith' and 'Creative Participation in the Media Culture' in the morning sessions. Luncheon followed after these two sessions.

 

In the afternoon there were 'Gospel action songs' and moments of 'Praise and Worship' organized by cl. Jaojian Daniel and cl. Nazarius Kharkongor. This was followed by a panel discussion on the questions raised by the youth. The discussed questions were related to the day's topic and on the problems faced by youth in the fast growing media culture. Fr. Bastian Thomas Sdb, the Parish Priest of Don Bosco, two FMA sisters and two Divyadaan brothers were there to help out the youth in their queries. The gathering ended at 4:00 pm with a group photo session.

 

In the vote of thanks the youth expressed their great satisfaction of having participated in this youth gathering. They added that it was one of great value interacting and discussing on the issues concerning youth, faith and media which they thought were relevant and need of the hour. Fr. Bastian Thomas Sdb and Fr. Robert Pen informed the youth present that such gathering would continue to happen once in every three months.

 

 

 

 

 

BIS # 3459 GREEN SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

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GREEN SCHOOL CAMPAIGN

 

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BORIVLI-MUMBAI, MARCH 18, 2013: Boys from Don Bosco High School, Borivli participated in the third edition of green school campaign organized by the green lines organization.

 

We have entered into the top Ten schools in Mumbai among the fifty one  schools that participated in the campaign.

 

Master Devansh Shukla was awarded as the green student.

 

Certificates, T-shirts and books were awarded to our boys for this great achievement.

 

 

 

 

BIS # 3460 DISSEMINATION SEMINAR AT BHINGAR

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DISSEMINATION SEMINAR AT BHINGAR

 

By Bento D'Souza

 

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 18, 2013:  A small handful of Salesians met in St John the Baptist  Church and residence, Bhingar for the Dissemination seminar of the Provincial Chapter given by Fr Barnabe D'Souza , the Chapter Co-ordinator. 

 

The Chapter is just recently concluded and the wealth that will enrich the lives of Salesians is little known to those outside it. It was held from 10.30 am onwards.

 

The themes covered were Mystics of the spirit, Prophets of Fraternity, Servant leadership and other like Province Matters.  

 

The morning of meeting ended with Missionary Meeting and lunch.

 

 

 

 

BIS # 3458 THE GREENEST SCHOOL OF NAVI MUMBAI

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THE GREENEST SCHOOL OF NAVI MUMBAI

 

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NERUL-NAVIMUMBAI, MARCH 18, 2013: The green crusaders of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, Navi-Mumbai have something to cheer about as the academic year comes to an end.

 

Yes! Finally we have achieved the second runner up award in the Green School Campaign 2012-2013. Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul is the only school from Navi-Mumbai to be nominated among the top ten schools in the Green School Campaign Award.

 

The Boscoites have toiled throughout the year and finally reaped the fruit of their hard work. We owe everything to God almighty's grace and mercy that has given us the strength and stamina to follow our dreams.

 

The award is in recognition for the various activities the school has taken up by the active participation of the students. A special mention has to be made on the GFP- "Gift flowering plant" project that was greatly appreciated by the organizers of green Line team.

 

The school was given a cash prize of Rupees twenty five thousand to be used for various environmental programs and projects.

 

The greenest student award of the school went to Melton Suares.  Our sincere gratitude to Fr. Principal Anthony for his initiatives and support, the Eco club faculty teachers Mrs Annie Gomez, Mrs Kiran Mhatre, Mrs Mamta Sharma and Mrs Samruddhi Chaudhari for their hard work and co-operation and finally the enthusiastic and vibrant eco warriors for their ceaseless efforts.

 

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

BIS # 3457 BONDED IN LOVE

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BONDED IN LOVE

 

By Amira Peter

 

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE-KUWAIT, MARCH 18, 2013:  On Thursday March 14, 2013, the Cherubs Team of the Family Ministry of St Therese Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate organized its monthly program for couples married in 1994 and 1995. Fifty couples and around eighty children attended the programme.

 

The Program began with Mass at 6.30 pm celebrated by Fr. Joy Marangattikala. The liturgy focused on the marriage theme and the Holy Season of Lent. The liturgical singing was animated by the melodious voices of the school children, ably led by Faust and Reema Nash.

 

Through his homily, Fr. Joy illustrated that marriage is like a journey. Just like we prepare for a journey and need to refuel our tank and nourish ourselves with food and refreshments, so also does a marriage need refueling and refreshment from time to time. The Holy Mass was followed by a brief presentation by Leela Mathias on the various Parish activities. This was done to increase awareness and offer couples an opportunity to participate more actively in the parish community.

 

Next, over light snacks, an enrichment session was conducted by Dr. Milania Jacob on "A Christian Perspective of Work-Life Balance". Through her presentation, Dr. Milania discussed the impact of choices we make in favour of work. Citing scripture, she encouraged participants to incorporate more family-oriented and personal-life choices in their daily routine. Finally, she demonstrated some relaxation exercises and even took the participants through a brief calming meditation.

 

This enriching session was followed by a lively fellowship of games, spot prizes and dancing. Ice-breaker games gave the couples an opportunity to get to know others married in the same year. A game of musical crabs had the couples dancing in various entangled positions much to their amusement. The lively music provided by Shaun Rebello kept the couples on their feet while the MC Lloyd did a stellar job of keeping them all engaged and excited.

 

All this while, in a separate area, a special program was underway for the children to enable the couples to spend undisturbed, quality time together. The children's program included a variety of activities ranging from an animated movie, action songs, arts and crafts to Bible Bingo.

 

Towards the end of the program, the children joined the party. They brought the handcrafted cards they had made for their parents. After a lively game of passing the parcel, they performed an action song along with their parents. Vote of Thanks delivered by two participants expressed deep appreciation for the Cherubs and the Parish for organizing such an enjoyable and memorable evening.

 

Nourished and enriched, the happy families returned back to their homes. Several couples also volunteered to be active members in the parish by registering for the various parish activities.   Feedback forms completed by the couples will help the Cherubs continuously improve the program over time.

 

Jeremiah 29: 11, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

 

                

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BIS # 3456 THREE POPES REMEMBERED AT THE RESURRECTION CHURCH

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THREE POPES REMEMBERED AT THE RESURRECTION CHURCH

 

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VIRAR-MUMBAI, MARCH 18, 2013:  The Church in Virar, felt the need to express their gratitude, for all that Pope Benedict XVI did and was, as Vicar of Christ.His fatherly understanding and nobility in being so humble.

 

When, incapable of executing his responsibility as the Pope, he stepped down. This made the Church come together in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, on March 13, 2013, from 6.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Great many people, inspite of work, joined in the thanksgiving hour of adoration as a gratitude to our Pope. This was the first Pope we remembered on March 13.

 

Just around midnight of March 13, we were happy to hear of the election of a new Pope for the Church, at the conclave of the cardinals in Rome. The Pope elected is Pope Francis. The second Pope, remembered at the Resurrection Church, Virar.

 

On March 14, Resurrection Church Virar, was privileged to have the visit of the Relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II. And the crowd of the faithful that kept coming, to venerate, was indeed a blessed occasion.  The Third Pope remembered!

 

Long live the Pope.

Long live the Church.

Long live the Catholic-Faith.

 

                

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

BIS # 3455 PARISHIONERS KEEP ABREAST WITH CIVIC AFFAIRS

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PARISHIONERS KEEP ABREAST WITH CIVIC AFFAIRS

 

By Fr. Vivian D'Souza sdb

 

         

WADALA-MUMBAI, MARCH 16, 2013: There is talk around that the Wadala area is a sleeping giant that has great potential for being counted as prime housing and commercial activity.

 

With the Freeway from Town to Chembur, the Monorail and the proposed Trans-harbour link, together with the easy connectivity to any part of Mumbai, the sky is the limit. There is a lot of Slum Development projects in hand as well as redevelopment of old buildings in this part of the city, and many of our catholic families especially in the Wadala Village and Sarkar Nagar/Kidwai/Madhav Nagar areas are involved in this whole process.

 

To help our parishioners in this task, the parish organised an evening session on the SRA, Re-development and new Property Tax matters.  The interactive enriching and very informative session was held in the evening of March 07 in the parish hall.

 

Through a power point presentation the Social activist Mr Godfrey Pimenta from Marol, gave us a wealth of information on the SRA (Slum Redevelopment Authority) program, the documents needed for redevelopment and the process to be followed as well a peek into the history of the new property tax, the computation of the enhanced taxes to be paid and the way we can lodge our protest for the exhorbitant taxes levied arbitrarily by the BMC based on the ready reckoner for the different areas in the city and suburbs.

 

There was such a surfeit of information that the participants that numbered over a hundred asked for another session and for notes on the topics. All in all it was an informative and well documented session that created quite an interest in the parish.

 

 

 

 

 

BIS # 3454 THE STORY OF A CHIMNEY FOR CHILDREN

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THE STORY OF A CHIMNEY FOR CHILDREN

 

By Fr. Bento D'Souza sdb

         

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, MARCH 16, 2013: "Life is like a game of tennis. The player who serves well, seldom loses."

 

Let me tell you a story and like all good stories, it begins with, "Once upon a time' there was a chimney. It was situated in the corner, on top of the most famous chapel by the side of St Peter's Basilica in Rome.

 

Every tourist in the world came to  admire the beauty of the Basilica but no one even noticed this old, ugly and black chimney, so the chimney felt  itself lonely, forgotten, useless and of no value to itself or any other.

 

Come sunshine or rain, in summer and winter, the chimney meditated on its value and worth in the world and gave into depression and loneliness, until one day…. something historic happened…

 

The chimney found the fire brigade men climb the roof and clean it, check it, repair it and paint it then the chimney  knew that there was going to begin an important meeting in the Sistine chapel containing  frescos painted by Michelangelo five hundred years ago, over which it was located. To its astonishment the BBC News crew placed a camera in front of it, as an important vote was to take place. This became known as the Chimney camera.

 

The 1.2 billion Catholics in the planet were to elect their new leader for the second time in history as the aging Pope Benedict XVI had resigned from his position and place due to his failing health, to let a younger Bishop lead in the interest of the common good of the Church. The one hundred and fifteen cardinals of the world would assemble to pray, meditate and chose a worthy successor to St. Peter, the first Pope here below the chimney.

 

On the midnight of March 12, the square in front of the basilica was filled with tourists and devotees praying in the rain for a new Pope and all they did was, look at the chimney. There was excitement in their hearts as all wondered who the new shepherd of the Catholic church would be? Would he be from Europe as had happened many times in the past, from Africa, Asia or Australia? No one could guess and those who would guess would be wrong. They came with umbrellas and raincoats to look, to watch, to keep vigil and look at the smoke that emanated from the chimney that announced the arrival of the new leader of the Church.

 

Would it be black to show that the voting was inclusive or white to show that the Pope was elected and chosen to administer the faith of the church's faithful people?  Early on the night of March 12, a sea gull flew to the chimney walked around the chimney and finally stood on the chimney wondering what was happening beneath its ceiling and that is the time the chimney knew something historical and momentous was happening in the Sistine chapel.

 

Fr. Rosica told BBC that it was the Holy Spirit. The final voting for the Pope was taking place.  Previously only black smoke blew out of the chimney's top and the people were discouraged as they all expected white smoke to blow out. Late in the night, the chimney noticed that it had a purpose and there was meaning in it's life as all eyes and cameras were focused on it.

 

A few minutes later a gust of white smoke emerged and the crowds in St Peter's square were jubilant with wonder and amazement. The results had been decided and a new Pope was voted in.

 

Every TV screen in the world had the image of the colourfully painted chimney bellowing white luscious smoke marking the arrival of the new leader of the Catholic Church Jorge Mario Bergoglio, called Pope Francis, the Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Latin America.

 

The Chimney was no longer a forgotten chimney. It was 'the hand of God' announcing the message and communicating the good news of Hope and Salvation to the world of a new pastor, shepherd and leader. No longer did the chimney feel forgotten, alienated and useless but stood stoically in the corner of the St Peters Square to await the reign of the new Pope as "a compass to the people of the world."

 

And the chimney, dear children, lived in happiness ever after, proud of its own role and certain of its own worth in human life, as a very special chimney. The chimney was evangelized by its new self-esteem and understanding of it-self. It was now an ambassador of Good News, a messenger to the world of the new transformation that was to take place in the world.