Wednesday, July 31, 2013

BIS # 3601 BISHOP EDWIN COLACO VISITS BGVK

by BIS correspondent 

 

WALUJ- AURANGABAD, JULY 31, 2013: Rt. Rev. Bishop Edwin Colaco visited BGVK – Waluj (Aurangabad) on 29th June 2013. He was very keen in knowing about the activities that would be undertaken in BGVK – Waluj and was interested in using the facilities provided here for the diocese as well.  He was particularly thrilled to know that a seminar towards organic farming was organized for the farmers recently and that 40 farmers had profited from this program.  During lunch he inquired about other programs, facilities and activities organized by BGVK, Waluj and encouraged them to continue the good work. He asked us them to keep him informed about their activities so that he could also ask his parish priests to avail of the wonderful programs undertaken in this institute towards empowerment of farmers and the youth of the marathwada region. 

His maiden visit to the center has given BGVK the necessary boost to continue to work towards fulfilling the objectives in the marathwada region.

BIS # 3600 POWER 2013

by Meryl Tixeira 

 

DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE ( POTTA ), JULY 31, 2013: POWER 2013: the most exciting, anointed and joyous 'DIVINE  International Youth Conference' was held at the Divine Retreat Centre ( Potta) Chalakuddy from 14th to 19th July 2013. Thousands of Youth from India and all over the world experienced the love and mercy of God Almighty. Internationally renowned Church leaders, bishops, priests, preachers, music bands came to proclaim the word of God.The preaching was vibrant and challenging. The music led them from lively praise to deep worship. Groups of youth from different countries offered inspiring testimonies and colorful worship dances to reveal that the heart of the Church is really throbbing with a consuming love for the Lord. Music teams like the Empowered Ministry from Malaysia, Corner Stone from Philippines, Faith Band from Goa, Risen Lord Community from Sri Lanka, Glen and Theresa from Kerala and many more,  inspired the youth to grow in faith & believe in the Lord Almighty and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Fr. Allwyn Misquitta organised a group of 158 enthusiasts with 53 youngsters including 26 from Our Lady of Dolours Wadala ; 20 adults and othe committed youth from the various parishes in the archdiocese, who attended this retreat experience. The youth were led in prayer by Fr. Allwyn Misquita and Br. Michael during the pilgrimage. The youth visited the place where St. Francis Xavier ministered, Blessed Mariam Theresa lived, and the place where the relic of St Thomas is preserved and how he conducted the baptism of the Brahmins. They were also a shown a short film on St. Thomas.

BIS # 3599 SANSKRIT - A DIVINE LANGUAGE

by BIS correspondent 

 

NASIK, JULY 31, 2013: On the 12th of July 2013 the students of Don Bosco School celebrated Nashik Mahakavi Kalidas Din a day in honor of the great saint, Kalidas whose poetical works in Sanskrit are well known.  Don Bosco School celebrated this day as Sanskrit day.

The senior most students proposed that Sanskrit is a divine language, received in gifts from our ancestors. Kalidas is not cleverer than kalidas was the topic of the play performed by some students.

As the chief guest Mrs. Vaishali Vaidya enlightened the occasion by encouraging the students not only to learn Sanskrit for the exams but also as a means to gain wisdom and enjoy the beautiful literature written by great writers. 

BIS # 3598 ENGLISH - A GLOBAL LANGUAGE

by BIS correspondent 

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2013: Don Bosco High School Borivli celebrated English Day with an elocution competition on 26th July; 2013. English is truly a Global Language. If we recognize the names of famous authors, poets and playwrights like William Shakespeare, Ruskin Bond etc., it's primarily because we have learnt how to read and understand the English language over the years. Together with our parents at home and teachers in school who have helped us to journey from ABC to more complex words and phrases. Today our vocabulary has surpassed BAT- Bat and CAT- Cat.  As we have grown, our word bank has grown too and we definitely need to thank our language teachers for accompanying us on our journey of discovering new words.

The judges were Mr. Andrew Salazar, Mr, Saurabh Mistry and Mrs. Aloma Rego. The topics given to each class were:

Std 5 - Fairy – tale characters in a modern situation

Std 6 - Narration of a fantasy dream sequence

Std 7 - A conversation between a student and an author/ poet/ playwright

Std 8 - A Dialogue on a current issue

Std 9 - Humorous news report with a twist

Std 10 - Family discord and their situation

The students were judged on their clarity, diction, voice modulation, originality, creativity of their piece, audience response etc. It was an ideal platform for the students to showcase their oratory skills.

BIS # 3597 PARENTS DAY CELEBRATED AT MATUNGA

by Cl. Clarence Martis 

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 31 2013: Don Bosco Boarding, Matunga celebrated Parents Day on Sunday, 28th July 2013. It was 'visiting Sunday' that brought parents to witness a short but well prepared concert to honour them. The boys from each of the classes put up a stunning performance with their skit, dance, song and poem. The Rector, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza in his address to the parents thanked Fr. Richard D'Souza who was graciously present. Parents were told how the boys could celebrate the Sacrament of Confession every week, thanks to him. He also thanked the Assistants, Bros. Clarence and Justus for their hard work with the boarders.

He mentioned to the parents the various activities that the boarders take part in, and how the boarding gives an all-round development. He urged the parents to be an integral part of this development of their sons. After this there was an open session and parents were invited to share opinions. The program helped them to know how much their sons are loved; and they appreciated all that their children receive at the boarding. The compere concluded thanking the parents on behalf of all the boarders for their role in their life and added:  "We love you and you are precious to us".

BIS # 3596 CORPORATE ACCENTURE VISITS KARJAT

by Cl. Mavron Fernandes 

 

KARJAT, JULY 30, 2013: In this busy-busy world where everyone is rushing around to meet the deadlines and setting new targets, it was wonderful to see 21 young volunteers of a corporate entity – 'Accenture' who deliberately took time off to come to Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha, Karjat on 27th July 2013.

Defying the pouring rains and pot-holed roads they travelled the distance and reached DBYS around 11:30 am. Without showing any signs of fatigue right away they got into the business for which they had come i.e. to know and learn about the life of the disadvantaged youth and also to get a first-hand account of eco-promotion. Seeing their enthusiasm Fr. Xavier passionately unfolded the situation of these youth and the positive empowerment process that takes place at the centre.

They were absolutely wonderstruck by the transformation brought about in the trainees within a short period of three months. Like eager students they had many queries and were happy to get a meaningful response. Being a part of the consultancy corporate, they came up with many meaningful suggestions. Switching gears Fr. Xavier continued to lead them into the subject of care and protection of mother earth. Each example depicting recycling, reusing and converting the wealth in garbage impressed them very much. Like little children eager to see the eco-projects they followed the walking tour of the eco-park. They were thrilled to visit the bottle garden, the lateral watering and the eco-garden. Since the time was short they were taken to the workshop to see the trainees in action. They appreciated the simple but effective methodology of the training imparted. They interacted with the trainees with genuine empathy and interest. This was followed by a short play staged by the trainees in English. This was the fruit of Br. Savio and Mavron's intense effort to train them in spoken English. The visitors could not believe that all this they could have learnt in these few days of their stay. With thunderous claps and good cheer they appreciated the trainees' efforts.

Before concluding the visit the volunteers sat together to pool in the possibilities of greater net-working, to bridge the immense resources in the community, to reach the needy. The members made personal commitment to offer their best to enhance this effective model of youth empowerment. Though the time was short the experience was intense.

Another interesting note is that this venture was planned and made possible by none other than a Past Pupil of Don Bosco Kurla, Mr. Harmit Singh. With hearts filled with joy and gratitude the group left the DBYS with a promise that this is only a beginning and we will meet again with concrete project for the youth.

Monday, July 29, 2013

BIS # 3595 MY LIFE IS IN, FOR, WITH YOU

by BIS correspondent 

WADALA-MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2013: Parents are an image of God, they remind us of God. On 27th July, 2013,the youth of St. Dominic Savio Church Antop Hill came together to thank and honour the parents and grandparents of the parish. The celebration began with the Holy Eucharistic. The lively Youth Choir and well animated mass by the youth created moments to thank and praise God for the gift of parents.
The felicitation programme began after the mass. In his opening speech the parish priest Fr. Vincent Rasquinha thanked the parents for being a gift to their children and encouraged all to be united to make it an empowered and vibrant parish. The programme consisted of Action songs, games, a dance by the Altar servers, song and skit by the youth. Some interesting spot prizes and games kept the parents on their toes. The winners were given attractive prizes. All this brought a lot of laughter and smiles on everyone's face. Singing of Mandos compelled the parents to leave their seats and dance along. It was great to see youth and parents young and not so young enjoying dancing together. All those present for the event were given mementos of Sts. Joaquim and Anne. 
The function concluded with a sumptuous dinner prepared by the youth themselves. But this was not the real end of the program. The celebration continued even on Sunday 28th July, 2013 when the youth of the parish went around the community wishing all the parents and grandparents who were were unable to attend the program due to ill health.
Parent's day preparations began almost a month ago and the youth had put in a lot of hard work to make this day a memorable one for parents. All present for the program thanked the youth for this memorable evening.
May God bless the parish and always keep it united in love.

BIS # 3594 CREATING THE RIPPLE EFFECT

by BIS correspondent 

 

KAPADVANJ, JULY 29, 2013: The idea of Self Help for the poor has been pushed by DRISTI Don Bosco for several years by teaching the women of the villages to save and run their own Self Help Groups. DRISTI has been running 90 Self Help Groups.

The concept, they felt should be spread to more villages so they started a new SHPI project with NABARD to start Self Help Group in 15 new villages. They selected an untouched area along the Kapadvanj Dehgam road and have completed the target.

On the 23rd of July 2013, the audio visual hall was packed to capacity. Two hundred and thirty women were crammed into the hall. It was surprising to see the response of the women since this is a busy season in the fields and besides these women represented only 19 Self Help Groups from 14 villages. The other groups were given this training in October 2012 and February 2013.

During this training session the women were shown a film of 45 minutes duration explaining the concept of Self Help Groups. The resource person, Fr. Mayank Parmar then led them into a reflection cum discussion session. The women who are usually reticent participated enthusiastically and were very vocal in voicing their opinions and their reservation regarding SHGs because of their experience with other NGOs who had cheated them.

At the training session, the bank managers of Central bank of India, Bank of India and Bank of Baroda were also present they helped the women open accounts on the spot for the SHG groups as well as individual accounts. With these individual accounts, banks also offered them a life insurance scheme. For a premium of Rs 100/- a year they will get 4,00,000/- in case of accidental death.

Kudos to DRISTI for the work they are doing among the women of Kapadvanj taluka.

BIS #3593 ANNUAL GENERAL BODY MEETING

by Mrs. Claudina Pinto 

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2013: The Annual General Body Meeting of Salesian co-operators was held on the 14th of July 2013 at the Provincial House Matunga. Sixty Co-operators and Eight Delegates were present.

The meeting started with half an hour Adoration in the Crypt of the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna animated by the Wadala (West) unit. After tea and snacks Mrs. Claudina Pinto welcomed the delegates and all the Co-operators and thanked them for coming in good numbers. Representatives from Narukot, Andheri, Borivali, Kurla, Bandra, Matunga, Wadala East & West, Yerwada and Koregaon Park were present.

Fr. Wilfred in his welcome speech sincerely thanked all for coming especially those travelling from outside Mumbai; he applauded the outgoing Provincial Council members – particularly Mrs. Claudina, Mrs. Philomena Mendes and Mrs. Jacinta D'Souza and Mr. Christopher Gomes - for their regular attendance at each monthly meeting, as well as the dedication in carrying out their responsibilities as Coordinator, Secretary and Treasurer. He said many aspirants made their Promise this year. What was admirable was that the Formation was seriously done, the relevant documents were sent in time to the Council and the Rite well conducted for the Promise.

Elections for the provincial council were also held, only the Local Unit Councillors were eligible to vote and they proceeded to do the same. The new Provincial Advisory Body will now comprise Mrs. Sharon, Mr. Richard, Ms Dolly and Mr. Anthony, and some representatives of the Local Units.

Fr. Wilfred made a surprising announcement that he was stepping down from the position of SDB Provincial Delegate of the Salesian Family. His decision had been accepted and his replacement would be Fr. Vivian D'Souza. The latter was requested to release the issue of the SALFAM Bulletin for the year 2012-2013. A copy was then handed over to each of the Local Coordinators present. 

The minutes of the last AGM were read and passed; similarly the Statement of Income and Expenditure was passed. Mrs. Geeta Menezes next presented a Power point programme listing the activities of all the Units instead of each Unit reading its Report.

The meeting ended at 8.30 pm with a vote of thanks by Mrs. Annette Alvares.

BIS # 3592 ORIENTATION PROGRAM

by BIS correspondent 

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2013: Don Bosco Junior College, conducted an orientation program for parents on Saturday 27th July, 2013. The program was hosted by one of the students Cecilia. The program started at with a prayer song followed by the welcome song which was performed by the students. The principal Fr. George Carlos introduced the management and staff to the parents. The Rector Fr.William Falcao addresses the gathering speaking about youth centric education, cooperative system and also about planning to have Degree College in future. Later the Administrator Fr.Baptist Monterio introduced Don Boscov to the parents and gave an insight about his life and mission. The co-ordinator Mrs. Santha Thomas introduced the teaching staff followed by a power point presentation. Fr. George Carlos gave all present an insight of the day-to-day functioning of the college. There was also a selection of parent teacher association members held on the same day. An entertainment program was organised for all by the students, they performed melodious songs and beautiful dances. Miss Carmin Frenandes presented the vote of thanks. The program ended with the national anthem.

BIS # 3591 DON RICALDONE - A MAN OF ACTION

by BIS correspondent 

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2013: The Yellow House of Don Bosco High School, Matunga offered a presentation on Don Peter Ricaldone, the 4th successor of Don Bosco and their house patron at the school assembly on 23rd July2013. A street play, snippets from the life of Fr. Peter Ricaldone, and a flash mob together with a lively dance were the highlights of the morning.

The assembly began with a yoga exercise, as is now the feature of every assembly. This was followed by a street play that emphasized the negative influence of stress, indiscipline and bad language on the youth and how Don Bosco and his Salesians are working with the youth to give them a serene and healthy environment to grow. The apt enactment of the life of Fr. Peter Ricaldone brought out some of his interesting qualities, namely, his love for boys, his love for practical education, his serene and calm nature and his authorship of books.

The enactment was followed by a flash mob dance by the Yellow House students. They danced to convey the message of youthful vigour which Fr. Peter Ricaldone spoke of. Fr Wilfred D'Souza, the Rector praised the Yellow House teachers and students for their wonderful performance and the hard work they put in. He told the students that God has a plan for each one of them. He said, "God has a plan for each and every one of us. We never know what we may become one day." The Principal, Fr Bosco D'Mello, congratulated the Yellow House for their fine performance and the wonderful decoration of the hall and the school.

The assembly reached a high standard that left all waiting to see what the other three houses have to offer in their respective presentations.

BIS # 3590 YOU MADE ME WHAT I AM

by Kenn D'souza & Aditya Achrekar 

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2013: The class assembly on 26th July, 2013 was beautifully based on Parents Day. It made all present realize how they sometimes mistreat their parents badly and are often ungrateful and disobedient to them. There was a touching power point presentation with family photos and it brought back memories of all happy moments spent with parents. It was accompanied by a song sung by Celine Dion which was a heart-warming tribute to all parents called "I'm everything I am because you love me"

The students had been preparing cards for their parents for nearly a week. After the power point presentation the students whose parents were present rushed to present them with the cards they had prepared with a hug and a kiss.

BIS # 3589 MATUNGA BOARDING INAUGURATES THE MARIAN MONTH

by Cl. Clarence Martis

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 27, 2013: The boarders of Don Bosco Matunga with Fr. Rector and Fr. Richard inaugurated the Marian Month on 16 July 2013, the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. The Assistants, Clarence and Justus led the boys very ably.

The Emcee invited everyone to participate actively in this inaugural function. He requested Fr. Rector to garland the statue of Our Lady while everyone joined in singing 'We bring you flowers, Mary'. The gospel of John was read, narrating how Mary went out of her way to help the couple at the wedding feast at Cana and saved them from shame. This narration aptly brought out the theme of the Marian Month 'Mary, teach us to live in love'. The Rector, then, addressed the gathering placing emphasis on 'love' - how we must love God, others and oneself and thus imitate Mary in her love as shown in the gospel passage. Fr Rector explained the importance of the scapular as Mary's uniform worn over both shoulders; he then put a scapular over each one's shoulder. The captains of the six Marian teams were then invested with a medal as a sign of their leadership. Fr Richard, the confessor, declared the Marian Month open by unveiling the calendar of activities for the Month. The programme concluded with the singing of the Marian Anthem.

Truly, the inaugural programme has boosted the boys to do something for Our Blessed Mother. There will be many interesting and inspiring activities lined up all through the month.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

BIS # 3588 HONOURING ORATORIAL SKILLS

by BIS correspondent 

 

LONAVLA, JULY 27, 2013: Keeping with the tradition of enhancing the use of the English language both written and oral, the School and Junior College of Don Bosco Lonavla organized an elocution competition for the students on 26th July, 2013. The judges for the competition were Ms.Trupti Gawale, BA, Bed, LLb; Ms Zainab Jasdanwala BA, LLB and Br. Rudolf D'souza. The competition began with choral recitation by juniors comprising students of Stds. V to VII. The poems chosen were more of the ironic and bizarre types but the surprise elements were well appreciated especially with the students actually enacting out the scenes. Then followed the inters group comprising of students from Stds. VIII to X who gave speeches which included topics on Terrorism, Fashion trends, Science and even the floods of Uttarkhand. Finally the seniors, comprising of students from the Junior College, had an ex-tempore round where they had to deliver speeches on mostly popular English phrases. Even these students gave a commendable performance. At the end of the program, a judge remarked, that though the choice of vocabulary and the follow-up of the student by the concerned teacher could have been better, the overall effort put in by all participants was commendable.

BIS #3587 A G M OF DON BOSCO ALUMNI MUMBAI

by:  Rashmin Desai 

 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 27, 2013: The Annual General Body Meeting of the Don Bosco Alumni Mumbai province was held on 22nd July, 2013 at Don Bosco High School Borivli in the School Hall. The meeting was attended by 65 members from participating units of Borivli, Matunga, Andheri, Kurla, Nasik and Pune. A young GEX member from Ahmednagar unit was also present in the meeting.

All the Units presented their reports of the activities conducted in 2012-2013. Rev Fr William Falcao, Rector of Don Bosco High school Borivli was the Chief Guest. Also present was Rev Fr Wilfred D'souza Provincial delegate, Rev Fr Vivian D'souza.  The Dignitaries appreciated the efforts put in by all the respective units in their capacities and urged the stronger units to reach out the upcoming units. They also emphasized the need for broader and collective efforts of all the Units by coming together and reaching out to the vast number of Alumni members of Don Bosco.

The Minutes of the Last AGM were read out along with the statement of Accounts for the year 2012-13 and were subsequently approved. The resolution passed in the Bangkok Congress were also discussed and read out.

The meeting ended with a sumptuous Lunch arranged by the Don Bosco Alumni, Borivli Unit which was appreciated by one and all.

Friday, July 26, 2013

BIS # 3586 SKILLED FOR LIFE

Mr. Amarr Prabhu 

 

KURLA-MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2013: The most recent occasion at St. Joseph's Industrial Training Institute was on the 6th of July, 2013 when two hundred and thirty students, including four young ladies, surrounded by their mentors and companions gathered in the Santino Mondini Hall to bid farewell to the Salesian Fathers, teachers and their companions.

The 'Thanksgiving Day' was ably organized by the junior students with a good mix of entertainment by way of songs, dance and on an occasion like this expressions of gratitude and praise. Fr. Colbert da Silva the executive director encouraged the students to gain their independence through a high level of performance in their work place. He reminded them to keep the values they had learned of being good citizens. He expressed the hope that with the training received at St. Joseph's the students would do well for themselves in the industry and thus provide for their families.

Several students expressed themselves and dwelt on the impact this institution has made on their lives. Right from the good infrastructure, the facilities, a curriculum that provided a holistic development to the pedagogy used by the instructors all through their training, the students felt there was a transformation for the better in their lives and it made them truly grateful. While they referred to SJITI as "The Temple of Knowledge" they were nostalgic when they said that the Institute would always have a special place in their hearts.

The Principal, Mr. Amarr Prabhu expressed his happiness that the batch had begun with two hundred and thirty five and that 98.72% had completed the course. He wished the students well and hoped they would make the institution proud with 100% results.

The day came to close with loud cheers for the management and staff and of course the tapping of feet to lively music as students and instructors bid a fond goodbye to each other.

BIS # 3585 CATECHIST'S RECOLLECTION

by Sheryl Dalgado 


MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2013: The Sunday School teacher's Recollection on 7th July 2013 at DBYS Matunga saw 85 Catechists in attendance.  It began with praise and worship which set the mood for the evening.  Fr. Cleophas Braganza sdb who has taken charge as the North East Deanery co-ordinator, was introduced to the group.  Fr. Cleophas introduced the topic for the evening "The CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church)" a book just right to give an answer to all our doubts.  Fr. Wilfred D'Souza's knowledge and input on the topic impressed all.  It enlightened all present about the Church, its teachings and the Catholic Faith.  

 A prayer service conducted by Fr. Cleophas and Lloyd Nunes ended the session.  Everyone was left wanting for more.  The evening could not have ended without a delicious meal and a desire to meet again.

BIS # 3584 PROVINCIAL VISITATION AT SUKET

by BIS correspondent 

 

SUKET- RAJASTHAN, JULY 26, 2013:  The Provincial Visitation to the community, Parish and School at Suket on 15th July, 2013 was indeed set on a different mode of operation. It was a trio venture of the Provincial, Vice Provincial and the Economer. At 9:30 a.m. Fr. Provincial had the opening conference followed by meeting Fr. Stanny and Fr. James on a personal level.

Fr. Provincial, Fr. Ajoy and Fr. Elson were warmly welcomed and thanked, by the students of Don Bosco School, for all the support and concern shown to the Suket community. Both Fr. Provincial and Fr. Ajoy addressed the students of the school in the morning, followed by the staff meeting. 

Fr. Provincial addressed the staff and told them the importance of a teacher and urged them to be faithful to their task. In the afternoon, Fr. Elson had a chat with the workers while Fr. Ajoy guided the youth of the Parish. Fr. Provincial met the Parish council, as Fr. Ajoy and Fr. Elson inspected the files of the School, Church and the House. The Alcoholic Anonymous group was given a word of encouragement by the Provincial team. Many parishioners came for the felicitation and bid farewell to the Provincial team as they left for Mumbai in the evening.

BIS # 3583 'NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND BREAKAWAY GROUPS'

by Mrs. R. Pereira 


BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2013: The SCC Steering Committee of St. John Bosco Church, Borivli (West) organized a meeting with a talk on "New Religious Movements and breakaway groups" on Thursday, 4th July 2013. The speaker was Fr. Vincent Barboza, a crusader guiding people against breaking away from the Catholic Church.

Fr. Vincent was asked to share his experience, knowledge and insights that would help people stand firm against challenges from break-away groups, who are trying to get people to move away from the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church has had to face a number of different challenges down the centuries and we need to be prepared and alert against people who motivate us to join their respective evangelization programs. Break-away groups are termed as new religious movements and under this there are numerous denominations which call themselves churches and are usually headed by one leader or pastor who is a cult figure.

The meeting concluded with a hymn and gratitude to Fr. Vincent for making all present, aware of how to handle these challenging situations that come our way.

Fr. Vincent urged the participants to read his book titled 'Why are you still a Catholic?'

BIS # 3582 FAREWELL TO MR. ALEX TILL WE MEET AGAIN

by BIS correspondent


BORIVLI- MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2013: With tears in the eyes and smiles on the lips of all at Don Bosco High School, Borivli, the students and staff bid a fond farewell to Alex Serrao (Grade IV employee) on 24th July 2013. Having served the School for 28 long years, it is finally the time for him to sit back and enjoy the fruits of his hard work and labour.

A short program was held in his honour in the school hall in presence of the management, staff and the students. The camaraderie that he shares with the students was apparent in the way the students welcomed him in the hall.

What followed then was an episode that will remain alive in his memory for a long time. A PowerPoint presentation took all present down the memory lane and invigorated his memory too. Father William Falcao, the Rector, very rightly called him the pillar of the school. A couple of dances added a festive touch to the whole event. All the love that he received brought a tear of gratitude in his eyes. Astoundingly, the program did not end on a sad note as always expected in a farewell. There was a piece of good news too. Alex is now appointed as an employee in the college section.

On behalf of the staff and students, we wish him a pleasant life ahead, and also wishing him the best in his new endeavours.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

BIS # 3581 TAIZE: A PRAYER EXPERIENCE

by BIS correspondent 
    

WADALA – MUMBAI, JULY 25, 2013: Savion Youth Movement, Antop Hill Wadala along with Don Bosco Youth Services animated TAIZE prayer on 21st July 2013 for the youth of North Mumbai Deanery.187 youth came together to worship the Lord and sing praises to him.  This event was held in preparation for the Bicentenary of the birth of St. John Bosco and also as part of the celebration of the year of faith.

The worship began with mass celebrated by Fr. Ajoy Fernandes sdb, Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai at 10.30am. In his homily Fr. Ajoy encouraged the young people to be contemplative in action. His sharing was based on the Gospel of the day and on the life of Don Bosco. TAIZE helped the young people to introspect upon their own lives. The most touching moment was the veneration of the cross. One could see youngsters kneeling at the cross and spending time in prayer. As the hymn goes, "At the cross I bow my knees, where your blood was shed for me. There's no greater love than this." The youngsters indeed proved their love for Jesus.

This was a great initiative taken by the youth of St. Dominic Savio Church Antop Hill and Don Bosco Youth Services. The melodious DBYS choir helped the youngsters sing praises to God. This initiative has indeed helped the youth, during this year of faith in their spiritual journey towards our Lord and Master Jesus.

BIS # 3580 IN SYNC WITH MARY IN FAITH

by BIS correspondent 

 

LONAVLA, JULY 25, 2013: Amidst great excitement and enthusiasm the apostolic boys and Aspirants of Don Bosco Lonavla inaugurated the Marian month on the 16th of July,2013. The theme for the month is, 'In Sync with Mary in Faith,' which is parallel to the theme of the High School and Junior College for the year. There is a special emphasis laid on faith, on account of the 'Year of Faith' celebrations in the Catholic Church. Six teams were formed for the month with their names based on the different apparitions of the Blessed Virgin.

For the inaugural ceremony the captains of the teams took the statue of our lady in procession with the team members following suit. When at the venue of the inauguration the captains were officially installed by the Prefect of Studies in a solemn prayer service which followed the inauguration of the Marian month. The President of the organizing sodality summarized the activities and events for the month which included animated rosaries, various competitions, Marian pilgrimage, Marian Nite, a Quiz and an Academy. All the activities and events are oriented towards increasing devotion to Mary and also increasing faith in her.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BIS # 3578 PANCHAYAT ELECTIONS AT JYOTI BHAVAN

by  Cl. Renold Lemos

 

JHABUA- M.P. JULY 23, 2013: One hundred and five students from various parts of Jhabua Diocese joined Jyoti Bhavan Hostel for the current academic year 2013- 2014. As part of education in social responsibility and self-governance, the students were given an opportunity to set up their own governing system. The students were divided into six groups, known as Villages. Each group sat separately and elected their village leader called the 'Sarpanch.' All the Sarpanches took over the animation of their respective villages, by selecting a suitable name for their own village. The management (Central Government) chose one member from each village and appointed them as Gramseveks. Further on the Sarpanches and Gramseveks held a village meeting to appoint five members, who could be representing five different departments like sports, liturgy, labour, art and culture. These MLA's in turn elected their respective Ministers. Later on the Sarpanches and Ministers who were eligible for the posts of CM (Chief Minister) and Deputy Chief Minister, made a spirited speech to campaign themselves. The Gramseveks distributed the ballet papers for the election. It was a pulsating moment for everyone as the counting progressed. Finally, Sourabh Dodiyar was elected as the Chief Minister and Lucky Mavi took over as Deputy Chief Minister. Gramseveks in their turn elected Mahesh Bhuriya as Chief Secretary of this newly formed Youth Panchayat.

Most of the students come from socially and economically disadvantaged situations, so to them a mere exercise of participating in such election was educative and empowering. Through this Youth Panchayat, the unlimited scope for developing leadership is thrown open, not only these youth build self-confidence but also they assist in running the house activities at Jyoti Bhavan Hostel.

Congratulations to all our newly elected leaders and Ministers of Jyoti Bhavan Hostel Jhabua.

BIS # 3579 DON BOSCO IN SHELTI

by Fr. Augustine Pereira sdb

 

SHELTI, JULY 23,2013: June 9, 2013 was a historical day for the Salesian Province of Mumbai as it formally took up the responsibility to shepherd the flock of Shelti in the Dadra and Nagar Haveli Region. Our Lady of Rosary Mission at Shelti was formally looked after by the Missionary Society of St. Francis Xavier (Pillar Fathers) for over 60 years.

In July 2012, hearkening to the request of the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, the Provincial Fr. Michael Fernandes had appointed Fr. Paul Antao to reside with the Pillar Fathers. After one year, the salesians signed an agreement with the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman to accept the mission at Shelti

The mission area comprises of Kilavni, Nana Randa, Mota Randha, Bonta and Umarkui. Inhabited mostly by Varli, Kokha and Shatpati tribes, about 750 people from 12 different padas (wards) in the surrounding villages belong to the Catholic community of Shelti Mission. Sunday Eucharist is well attended. The youth have good potential to become vibrant in church activities. A brother (Disciples of Don Bosco) is in-charge of the boarders. The Pillar Sisters (who have been in this vicinity for many years) are also very much appreciated. In the Mission School (primary), a total number of 190 students are trained who eventually attend high school at Khanvel run by the Pillar Fathers.

The handing over ceremony was held during the celebration of the Eucharist presided by Fr. Navis D' Souza, the outgoing Chaplain of the Church of Our Lady of Rosary.  He was assisted by Fr. Seby Mascarenhas, the Mission Superior of Daman, Fr. Valerian, the Provincial of Pillar Society and Fr. Michael Fernandes Provincial, Fr. Elson Barretto Provincial Economer and other Salesian priests.  After the homily, a letter from his grace Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman was read, thus making Fr. Augustine Pereira as the first Salesian Chaplain of Our Lady of Rosary, Shelti and Fr. Rixson Nigrel his assistant. The chapel is affiliated to the Parish of Christ the Redeemer, Khanvel.  As a sign of his assuming the role of the shepherd, Fr. Augustine accepted the Tabernacle Key from Fr. Navis after making the profession of faith.

With the foundation laid by the Pillar society, the Salesians will now continue to share the gospel with the people of Shelti, work for their welfare, especially by educating the young.

BIS # 3577 FR. BOSCO PEREIRA SDB LAID TO REST

by Glenford Lowe sdb 

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 22, 2013: Salesian Priest, Fr. Bosco Pereira (64) was tearfully bid farewell on 20th July, 2013 at the Shrine of Don Bosco Madonna, Matunga.  At the Requiem Mass, concelebrated by over seventy Salesian priests, and surrounded by close members of his family, youth and friends, the mortal remains of Fr. Pereira – with a smile still on his face – welcomed one and all for one more final glance or touch. Bosco had heeded the voice of the Master: "Well done my good and faithful servant…welcome to the reward I have prepared for you."

Salesian Provincial, Fr. Michael Fernandes acknowledged in his sermon that Fr. Bosco's life could be summed up as a 'Profile in Courage'. Fr. Tony D'Souza, former Provincial wrote: "Unfortunately, as a young cleric, his exuberance was punctured by a major surgery that left him physically handicapped for the rest of his life. Undaunted by the pain and suffering that might have left others depressed and frustrated, Bosco remained determined to follow the call to Salesian life. His legs could not take him far, but his compassionate heart reached out speedily to the young and inspired them to give meaning to their lives despite their own misfortunes and limitations". He accepted his handicaps, his illnesses and made that passage to a more meaningful life – to live for his boys, to better their lot, to give them a brighter future. Fr. Bosco was a 'Rag picker Priest' – on the streets, building capacities of the marginalized, equipping them with skills and propelling their lives for a worthy and dignified life.

Flowing tributes were made by Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial Elect and Rector of St. Dominic Savio's Andheri. On behalf of the family, his own brother Nobert Pereira couldn't but thank the Lord for the gift of Bosco - a wonderful brother, priest and friend to the family. Mr. Condrad Saldanha, Principal Advisor Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla, spoke eloquently of Fr. Bosco as a multifaceted 'out-of-the box' Salesian priest who would be deeply missed by one and all.

If there was one thing that Fr. Bosco would have loved to do, I guess it would be this: Be a Master of Ceremonies at his own funeral. He would have added that special 'Bosconian flavour' – a touch that was his very own! Tears would have changed to smiles, and cries would have been replaced by peels of laughter. He would have picked up the baton and led the choir in his own 'balanced style'. His sermon on 'death' would have been 'so fully alive'!

The incessant rains in Mumbai were not a hindrance to those who came to say goodbye to the one who lived his life 'fully alive'. Adieu Fr. Bosco... Rest in Peace.

BIS # 3576 COMMUNICATION IN 21ST CENTURY

by Cl. Justus Mendis

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI,JULY 22,2013: On 18th July 2013, a two day programme for the Practical Trainees was organized at Don Bosco Provincial House Matunga by the Vice Provincial, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes sdb. Nineteen clerics attended this meeting.

The Formation Councilor of the Mumbai Province, Fr. Ashley Miranda sdb, celebrated the Eucharist. He highlighted the Gospel quote, 'Come to me all who are weary and heavy burden and I will give you rest'; inviting all present to take rest in God. He later emphasized on being signs and bearers of God's love for the young after the example of Don Bosco.

After the Eucharist Fr. Elias Dias sdb spoke about his publications that could be used by brothers in their ministry with the boys. Fr. Ashley Miranda sdb then started the session saying, one has to be enthusiastic and use his potentials to the fullest to live the Salesian vocation fruitfully. Later, the brothers were guided in group sharing of their experiences in the communities, which served as a learning experience for all. The brothers expressed their happiness in being with the communities and also getting support when required. Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, the Provincial of INB, interacted with the brothers. He reminded them of a few simple but important points regarding the demands made in this particular phase of formation. He ended by thanking them for their work and encouraged them to continue loving the boys and praying daily for their own vocation.

The afternoon and the evening sessions were taken by Fr. Savio Silveira sdb, who enlightened the brothers on the vitality of Communication in the 21st century. Pointing out the wider scale of influence which the social media has, he urged them to write articles of an accepted standard kept by BIS. He helped them by giving them useful tips. He also evaluated a few articles for them which were sent earlier to the BIS and were not up to the mark. The brothers were given practice to write articles and were later evaluated among their given groups. After the supper, the day ended with a movie.

Friday 19th July, began with the Eucharist celebrated by the Provincial. The Holy Mass was offered for the soul of Fr. Bosco Pereira, sdb. The brothers specially prayed for his soul and the community of Andheri. The Provincial in his sermon reminded us that God always does well in our lives.

Dn. Leon Ratinam sdb, conducted a session on New Media. He emphasized the need to be evangelized using the new media, quoting the late Blessed John Paul II. He also made them aware of the views of Fr. Filberto Gonzalez sdb, the Councilor for Social Communications at UPS, on the urgency of Salesians being available on Facebook and Twitter for their ministry. Furthermore, taking the brothers to the computer laboratory and asking them to design a creative methodology for New Evangelization using the New Media encouraged them to come out with variety of creative ways in Social Media.

 The brothers were grateful for the informative input sessions, which were meticulously planned by the Vice Provincial for this two day programme. After a fellowship meal, the brothers departed to their respective communities carrying renewed zeal in working for the young and to meet again for the awaited Grommo 2013.

BIS #3575 The Shaan of Don Bosco


By Shourish Khade & Rohit Oze

 

 

BORIVILI- MUMBAI, JULY 22, 2013: On the 19th of July, 2013, the occasion of Ashad Pournima, a patriotic singing competition was organized. Children from all the four houses of the middle school took part in the competition. The teachers in charge of the various houses trained the boys for the competition. Finally after all the pain and trouble taken by the participants as well as the teachers, the participants performed flawlessly on stage. The audience as well as the judges Mrs. Renita D'souza and Mr. Mandar Apte, were glad to see such an impressive performance.

All the performances were equally good but the judges had to choose one house as the winner. The 'green house' immerged winners while the 'yellow house' had to settle for the runner up position. Winning the patriotic singing competition was like a feather in their cap for the boys of the 'green house' – The SHAAN of Don Bosco.

BIS # 3574 WORKSHOP ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT

by BIS correspondent

 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 22, 2013: Don Bosco Development Society organized a two day workshop on Entrepreneurship Development for the SHG leaders from the slum Communities on 10th and 11th July 2013. 43 women attended the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to introduce the women in SHGs to the concept of micro entrepreneurship.

The workshop was addressed by 5 speakers who spoke on 5 different topics. In her opening speech Ms.Surekha Pednekar, Co-coordinator of DBDS said that Economic empowerment of women is one of the main objectives in development intervention and that DBDS regularly organizes such workshops for women to help them improve their economic status. There are many women who want to start a small business or who are running a small business and want to expand it. This programme is basically designed to help them.

Mr.Pradeep Moon, Dy.Director, Central Board for Workers Education, took up the topic "qualities of entrepreneurs". His session focused on motivating women and in analysing the role played by women. He gave various examples how women look down upon themselves and accept themselves as powerless and useless and that is why they are ill-treated. He gave examples of women and their businesses and explained how they became successful in their lives.

Mr.Royal, Co-ordinator, Don Bosco Kurla, spoke about "knowledge and attitude for business" His session focused on the importance of knowledge, attitude and skill in business. He took the example of the wise woodcutter, who would sharpen his axe before cutting a tree and thereby taking less time and cutting more trees. This is one of the ways of increasing the efficiency. He also emphasized on the importance of positive attitude in running a business.    

Mr.Mahesh Kumar, Programme Manager, DBDS shared "case studies in micro businesses". His session focused on various case studies of micro entrepreneurs from Pune. He started with the availability of huge opportunity at the bottom of pyramid for sustainability of micro businesses. He presented the stories of various SHG micro entrepreneurs who started as a novice and then how they eventually built their businesses.

Ms.Ranjana Jahav Trainer-Project Mainstream took a session on the business of paper bags and envelops. She taught those present, how to make paper bags and envelops. She also taught how this can be developed into a business which can be easily run from home.

Ms.Chetana Rasam, Freelance Trainer, taught the skill in making jewellery items. She also presented various designs which are in great demand in the market. The participants were divided into 6 groups and she practically taught the participants how to make a pearl bangle. Jewellery making is an evergreen industry and well suited for women. A housewife can also take up this as an income generation activity along with their household responsibilities and earn a good income every month. 

The 2 day training programme focused not only on imparting income generation skills in paper bag, envelope making and jewellery making but also on imparting business management skills to women. The programme was very much liked by women and many of them got idea of starting a small business and promised to start one.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

BIS #3573 DIOCESAN WORLD YOUTH DAY CELEBRATION


by Evelyn D'Souza

 

BANDRA-MUMBAI, JULY 20, 2013: The Archdiocesan Youth Commission (AYC) organized the "Diocesan World Youth Day Celebration" at St. Andrew's College, Bandra on 14th July, 2013 to commemorate the World Youth Day (WYD). The WYD, which is the largest youth event in the world, is being held this year from 23rd to 28th July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Youth from Catholic parishes, institutions and groups from all over Mumbai were present. The program began with the Mulund Youth choir presenting the WYD theme song "Go and make Disciples of all nations." An opening march with flags of the thirteen Bombay deaneries as well as the national flags of the previous WYD's set the day in motion. The students of Sophia College invoked God's blessings by a beautiful prayer service in Portuguese. Fr. Aniceto Pereira, the rector of St. Andrew's warmly welcomed the youth with his words of encouragement and wisdom, followed by the felicitation of Rev. Bishop John Rodrigues. The members of 'Jesus Youth' presented the history of the WYD. 'Capoeira' the Brazilian martial art form thrilled and entertained the audience. The Focolare enacted the life of Blessed Chiara Luce through a musical. A Koli cultural dance by the Marathi-speaking youth and an action-packed performance was delivered by the Tamil-speaking youth. The AICUF organised a talk show to share experiences of three youth who participated in previous WYD's.

The WYD Cross was brought in procession by the Diocesan Youth Council, with children performing a prayer dance as Archbishop Cardinal Oswald Gracias entered. After the Archbishop was felicitated, he addressed the youth and answered questions raised by them.

The Konkani Charismatic youth group 'Rupantar' danced gracefully to a medley of Konkani songs, while the hosts St. Andrew's College put up a reflective skit called "Amazing Grace". The Gospel band "By Grace" held the crowd spellbound with their music.

The Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS) played a very significant role in organising the WYD. They presented a documentary on the life of Pope Francis, followed by a touching skit entitled "Coming Home". They also provided ushers for the event. The celebration concluded with the Commitment statement read by DBYS representatives as the newly elected Denary leaders brought in the denary and WYD flags. Bishop Agnelo Gracias gave a concluding message to the youth bringing to a close this wonderful event.

Friday, July 19, 2013

BIS # 3572 SAD DEMISE OF FR. BOSCO PEREIRA


by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb 
MATUNGA – MUMBAI, JULY 19, 2013: With profound sorrow, the Salesian Province of Mumbai mourns the death of its dear confrere Fr. Bosco Pereira.  Fr. Bosco passed away early this morning, 19th July 2013. The funeral Mass will be held on Saturday 20th July 2013 at 4:00 pm at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, followed by burial at the Sewri Cemetery.
             
Fr. Bosco Pereira was born on 30th July 1949 at Mazgaon and was a student of Don Bosco, Matunga from June 1960 – 1964. He was an aspirant from June 1964 to 1968 at Don Bosco, Lonavla and was a novice at Yercaud from May 1969. He made his perpetual profession on the 24th of May, 1977 at Don Bosco, Lonavla and was ordained a priest on 19th December, 1981 at Don Bosco, Matunga.
      
He had an in-depth knowledge of philosophy and theology along with a B.Ed. degree. Fr. Bosco was in charge of Bosco Boys' Home, Borivli during the years 1983 – 1987 and 1992 – 1997, and later became the Rector from 1997– 2003. He was also in charge of Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala from 1987 – 1990. He officiated as the Campus Minister at Don Bosco, Kurla from 2006 – 2009. He was an efficient Counsellor at Dominic Savio, Andheri from 2009 – 2013.
    
Fr. Bosco Pereira has left for his eternal reward after many faithful and fruitful years of service as a Salesian priest. He leaves behind fond memories since his charming and humorous nature endeared him to all. He was a patient counsellor to many a young person who came to seek his advice.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

BIS # 3571 LEAD US TO LIGHT

by Patole Anthony 

 

CHINCHWAD-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 17, 2013: The investiture ceremony of the captains and trade monitors of Don Bosco- Tech took place on July 

15th, 2013 in the technical hall. Rohit Gangurde was elected as captain and Ronny John as vice – captain.

The ceremony began with lighting of the lamp by the trade Monitors followed by the hymn 'showers of blessing', invoking God's blessing on the leader to be role models for the others. Mr. Shafi Shaikh, the superintendent of the institute took over the oath ceremony and declared Rohit Gangurde and Ronny John captain and Vice-captain officially. Sandeep Donde, Faiz Khan, Anand D'souza, Kiran Sebastian, Shrikant Jamnik, Arshish Sawner, Bhushan Patil and Sachin Kharatmal were appointed leaders for their respective trade. The Principal Fr. Monty Rodrigues handed over the Institute flag to the captain as a sign of responsibility. The Vice-Principal, Bro. Anthony D'souza presented Ronny John with the vice-captain sash. The trade Instructors presented sashes to their respective leaders.

A singing competition was also organised for the students. Three students from each trade were allowed to participate in the competition. There were eighteen participants (seventeen boys and one girl) who came forward and gave their best with melodious singing. The participants sang songs in Hindi, English and other regional languages. Mrs. Betty Walsh and Mr. Sunil Bulbule were the judges for the competition. The first place was bagged by Gautam Kuli, second place by Rahul Mehra and third place by Sudhir Ekka. Towards the end all the participants were appreciated for their confidence.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

BIS # 3570 JUNIOR COLLEGE ORIENTATION PROGRAMME

by BIS correspondent 

 

BORIVALI-MUMBAI, JULY 16, 2013:Don Bosco Junior College conducted an orientation program for the students in the school hall on the 15th of July 2013. The dynamic and friendly Principal Fr. George Carlos welcomed the students and spoke to them about the institution; he mentioned about sports participation and Yokibu forms. He introduced the Rector Rev. Fr. William Falcao, Administrator Fr. Baptist Monterio and Coordinator Mrs. Santha Thomas to the students. Mrs. Santha Thomas spoke about Don Bosco's vision and mission, its innovative ways of handling different activities and their aim for the students. She introduced the teachers of junior college assuring the students that they can approach them if they require any help, academic as well as personal. The Rector Rev. Fr. William Falcao and Administrator Fr. Baptist Monterio spoke about holistic education.