Tuesday, January 28, 2014

BIS # 3880 PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR JESUS

by Myra D’souza

KUWAIT, JANUARY 28, 2014: The second session in the ongoing preparation of the children who will be receiving their First Holy Communion this April was held on 20th and 21st January 2014. While it was mandated for at least one parent to accompany their child for this special Eucharistic celebration, it was most edifying to see both parents present even though it was a working day.
Fr. Franco Pereira Sdb gave a brief and enlightening catechises on the meaning of the different parts of the Holy Mass as well as the importance of the Holy Eucharist. It was imperative he said for the parents to walk with their children in the faith as their primary teachers and guide.
Fr. Franco reminded the parents of the important role they play in the faith formation of their children, as primary witnesses of the faith in the home. Children emulate their parents – if spiritual matters are given priority at home, the children will learn to do the same, as they grow older. Family prayer, bible reading, as well as reading the lives of the saints ought to be part of daily family life.
At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, the parents who attended this event said that they found it enriching and meaningful. One of the parents said that as father explained the meaning and importance of the Holy Mass and the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist she found herself recalling everything she herself had learnt in her catechism class. 
Fr. Franco concluded the service by reiterating that blessings are abundant with this Sacrament – the child receiving the Sacrament is blessed as an individual as also is the entire family and the faith community at large. Everyone who attended this Eucharistic celebration found it illuminating and enriching as they were reminded anew of the beauty of this Sacrament.

BIS # 3878 LEARNING ABOUT COLOURS

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 25, 2014: The Value Education Program at Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul is presented through a stage program where children present a value through a skit, song and dance.
The topic of this value education program was "colors" which reflects the value of "prayer- the greatest power on earth". 
The assembly program was presented by the students of Pre-Preparatory C, on Thursday 23rd January 2014. It was organized by Tr. Mahek Khan for Pre-Primary students of Dominic Savio Kindergarten.
The main objective of the program was to make the children aware of different colors and the colors of the rainbow. Colors play an important role in human life and without colors everything will look dull.
Children understood the concept of colors. Parents were happy to see their wards performing on the stage. Teachers felt that it was a wonderful way of showcasing their creativity. The students gained stage confidence.

BIS # 3877 RIGHT TO EDUCATION

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 25, 2014: The Value Education Program for Class I-D was held on 23rdJanuary 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The topic for the program was 'Right to Education'. The teacher in charge was Tr.Pushplata Vind.The an objective of this program was to make the students aware about the importance of education.
The program began with a prayer followed by the School Anthem. Later, a skit was enacted to depict, that even children from the poor families have the right to be educated and to become responsible citizens of the country.
The skit was followed with coral recitation and dance. The program concluded with the Vote of Thanks, by Tr.Pushplata Vind followed by the Noon talk by Tr.Mamta , who emphasized on the importance of education and the right given by the constitution.
The program was successful in creating awareness about the importance and value of education.

Monday, January 27, 2014

BIS # 3879 EK HO! CHRISTIAN UNITY GATHERING

by BIS correspondent

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 27, 2014: Christian Unity octave is traditionally celebrated between 18th & 25th January every year. It was because of the Bishop of Nashik, Daniel Lourdes that this event is held at Ahmednagar.
Fr. Nelson Falcao took the initiative to host a service in honour of the unity of all christian denominations in Ahmednagar. The event was held on 25th January 2014 at the Sisal Handicraft Board and fifty pastors and people from all the churches in Ahmednagar participated. "That all be one", "Unity as the soul of  diversity" was the common thread that ran through the celebration as Pastors read a Bible passage that focused on peace and then prayed for peace in the world among those of various churches.
Rev. C.V. Ujjagare and Pastor Chakranarayan set the ball rolling with their introductions and call for prayer for unity among all.  The other Pastors and Ministers, who chipped in with messages and prayers, were C.V Ujjagare, Sunil Gangavane, C.H. Bhambal, S.D. Naik, Prakash Balal, M.S. Padgale, Paul Dethe, Sanjay Pardhe, Baiju Salve, Kiran Pawar, Raju Dhette, Jayant Tribhuvan. They participated and found it particularly relevant especially when the Church's prime Property of the American Mission, the Clara Bruce ground is sold to Builder Mutha who is claiming possession of the same property.
The whole group went away convinced that no matter what our real life circumstance are, prayers always win battles.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

BIS # 3876 9TH ALL INDIA SAVIO CUP

by BIS correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2014: Don Bosco Matunga in collaboration with the Savio Club conducted the 9th All-India Savio Cup from the 11th to the 18th of January 2014 on the school basketball court. Seven teams participated in the men's category and four teams in the women's category. The sponsors for this event were United Phosphorus Limited, Tridaatu, Indian Oil and Elevate Sports.
The matches were held from 4.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. As days went by, the spectators grew in number. Many youngsters came to witness the matches. On Thursday, 16th January 2014, the players, officials and organizers were invited for an evening of relaxation and fun with music and performances. It ended with a grand dinner. Friday, 17th January was a day dedicated to the SLAM DUNK COMPETITION. Four players participated. This competition saw a grand turnaround on the stands.
The finals were held on Saturday, 18th January 2014. At 6.00 p.m. In the women's category Maharashtra played Southern Railways. It was a closely-fought match which went in the favour of Southern Railways. The men's final began at 8.00 p.m. between ONGC and IOB (Tamil Nadu). This game too was evenly balanced but ONGC went home winners. During the interval of the men's finals, the Principal, Fr. Bosco D'Mello, thanked the many people who helped in making the Savio Cup a success.

BIS # 3875 NEW PRIESTS CELEBRATE MASS AT DON BOSCO MATUNGA

by BIS correspondent

Matunga-Mumbai, January 23, 2013:    Don Bosco High School, Matunga was honoured with the presence of the newly ordained priests' Fr. Charlin Chandran and Fr. Shekar Mariadas on the 15th of January 2014.
They celebrated the Eucharist for the Catholic students and teachers of the school. Fr. Charlin was the main celebrant while Fr. Shekar preached the homily. They offered the Eucharist for the intentions of all those present.
Fr. Shekar preached about the call of Samuel and he urged the students to be open to God's call. He said that the call may come to be a doctor, or an engineer, or even a priest. But the important thing is how good a doctor you will be, or how good a priest will you be.
After Communion, they thanked the community of Don Bosco Matunga for inviting them to spend time with the students. The Rector, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza, congratulated them on becoming priests and presented them with a token of love. He invited them to share their vocation stories that touched many of the students. After the final hymn, the students and all those present were invited to kiss the anointed hands of the newly ordained priests.

BIS # 3874 VALUE EDUCATION ASSEMBLY

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2014: The Value Education Program at Don Bosco Senior Secondary school, Nerul is presented through a stage program, where children present a value through a skit and choral recitation .The topic of this value education program was 'Duty Not To Bully Others' reflecting the value of respecting others.
The program was organized by the class "V C" with their class teacher Rajni Vaddan, onTuesday, 21stJanuary'2014 in the assembly hall.
The objective of this assembly programme was to inculcate the value of appreciating others and respecting everyone. Children also developed stage confidence and communication skills.
Parents enjoyed the programme which was very educative. All students and teachers like the Rap song. It was learning experience for the children.

BIS # 3873 KIRTANKARS MELA AT DIVYAVANI

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 23, 2014:  A training program for Jesuits Catechist of Ahmednagar and Beed Districts was held as part of the renewal program to commemorate 160 years of German Mission in Western part of India from 17th to 20th, January 2014
The Bhingar team also helped in its successful outcome. Thirty five kirtankars from six Jesuit parishes participated in the three day workshop on Kirtans from the new Kristapurana organised by Fr Joe D'Souza,S.J. the Jesuit Mission Superior,  and Fr. Nelson Falcao, the trainer of the unique workshop in Divyavani, Shrirampur from 17th evening to 20th Janurary 2014. The introductory kirtan performance on was given by Kirtankar Kshirsagar and Guruji Banshi Salve who learnt the art of kirtan from the old Kristapurana brought out by the German and Swiss missionaries. The group was taught how to prepare Kirtans using the new version of the Thomas Stephen's Kristapurana published by Dr. Fr. Nelson Falcao, Ph.D.
The group was divided into four sub groups and worked on the following themes in the time given,which were  Creation, Public Life of Jesus, Passion and Resurrection. Fr. Nelson Falcao is invited to introduce and explain Bhajan kirtan tradition originally began by German and Swiss missionaries based on Kristapurana. This transmission of the faith through the Kirtan from the Kristapurana was the fond death wish of the German and Swiss missionary when they worked here. Fr. Prakash Bhalerao, Fr. Joe Gaikwad, Fr. James Shelke, Fr. Joe Menezes and Fr Nelson Falcao were the core team that executed the skills of the creation of kirtans and the performance of the art form of the kirtan-bhajan tradition. The Marathi Kristapurana and Marathi Audio were launched as well.
On the final day, each group gave a performance of their designed kirtan. According to Pope Francis, "A catechist is a Christian who puts this remembrance at the service of proclamation, not to seem important, not to talk about himself or herself, but to talk about God, about his love and his fidelity. To talk about and to pass down all that God has revealed, his teaching in its totality, neither trimming it down nor adding on to it. These expressive words of Pope Francis revitalizes in shepherding the flock for which our Lord has called us.

BIS # 3872 WELCOMING NEW ALTAR SERVERS INTO THE FOLD

by Oswald Aranha

KUWAIT, JANUARY 23, 2014: The 16th of January was a special day in the history of the Altar Servers Ministry at the St. Therese Church of the North Arabian Vicariate – fifty-six young boys took the Altar Servers pledge that initiated them into this prestigious Ministry. At this Induction ceremony forty-nine altar servers also renewed their promise. The service was well attended by over 100 altar servers all dressed in their red and white robes, along with their parents.
After a brief introduction, Fr. Blany Pinto, Parish Priest and shepherd of this Ministry welcomed them all to the special Eucharistic celebration. In his homily, he thanked the parents for encouraging their children to serve at the altar. He invited the children to continue serving the Lord for the rest of their lives. He exhorted them to discern God's call and follow His will.
After the homily, the altar servers read their commitment prayers and renewal promise and received a special blessing from Fr. Blany.
The Offertory was presented by an ex Altar server Louie Pereira and his two brothers Moses and Oscar. Louie Pereira has complied a book on the altar servers which has been very useful in training the freshers.
After a vote of thanks, certificates were awarded to all the boys who took their pledge and renewed their promise.
The mass was followed by a cake cutting ceremony for the newly inducted boys and a photo session with Fr. Blany and their parents. "This is a special day for me. I have been waiting for a long time to join my friends and wear these special robes for mass" exclaimed Tony Joseph. "I am so excited. I can't wait to serve my first mass!" added Sunil Mendonca. It was a wonderful and a memorable day indeed, not only for the new altar servers but also for the ministry of altar servers.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

BIS# 3859 VISITATION OF THE NEW MINISTERS


by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 16, 2014: Don Bosco High School, Borivli, was pleased to have two of the three newly ordained priests, celebrate the Eucharist for the boys. On the occasion of the feast ofBlessed Joseph Vaz, Rev. Fr. Shekhar Das and Rev. Fr. Charlin Chandran along with the vocational promoter, Rev. Fr Osbourne Furtado joined in for the holy celebration. 
Vocation is a call from God. It is a call that is unlike of any other vocation that is common and open to men.  According to the rite of ordination the priest is specially ordained to "stand in innocence before God's holy alter, to proclaim the gospel of his truth, to offer unto him spiritual gifts and sacrifices and to renew his people through the laver of generation."
Fr. Charlin, through his homily, emphasized the true meaning of a faithful Christian and urged the young minds to follow the same devoutly. Both the priests shared with the boys their personal experience of answering the call of the Lord and working in his vineyard. 
All at Don Bosco Borivli, wish to congratulate the priests and also pray for their sacred mission ahead. May they experience the constant hand of the Almighty through all their endeavours.

BIS # 3871 TO KNOW AND LOVE DON BOSCO

by BIS correspondent


KAPADVANJ-GUJARAT, JANUARY 21, 2014: On 19th Januaury 2014 Fr. Alex Fernandes, the director of Amrut Dhara, the cathetical centre, along with his collaborators organized the 10th Don Bosco quiz competition for the children studying at the Salesian institutions and the institutions run by the Salesian Family of the Gujarat region at Don Bosco Kapadvanj.
The competition commenced with a prayer and lightning of the lamp. Sr. Jane, superior of the S.M.I. Community, Nadiad, the chief guest of the event, Fr. Ivan D'souza, the Rector of Don Bosco Kapadvanj, Fr. Fernandes and a boy and a girl representative were invited to light the lamp which reminded everyone of the presence of God in their midst. Thereafter Fr. D'souza was invited to garland the statue of Don Bosco. The chief guest for the programme Sr. Jane was felicited with a bouquet of flowers. Finally, keeping in mind the way Don Bosco began his work, the quiz too started with a Hail Mary.
Mr. Pravin Parmar, the secretary and the Quiz Master invited all the participants to take their places. He then explained the general rules for the quiz competition. There were all together 8 rounds which consisted of a questionnaire on the life of Don Bosco and some paper games. The children participated very enthusiastically. One could see their love for Don Bosco from the way they were answering the questions.  The audience too appreciated the efforts of the children.
The quiz was organized for the Salesian institutions belonging to the Salesian family. All together 9 institutions participated in this quiz competition. They were: Don Bosco Dakor, Don Bosco Chhotaudaipur, Don Bosco Kawant, Don Bosco Snehalaya, Puspanjali Dakor, Auxilium Convent Baroda, S.M.I sister Nadiad, Jag Prakash Kanya Chatralay Pansora, S.M.I sisters Katlal.
After the quiz was over, Sr. Jane addressed the gathering and in her message, thanked all the fathers and appreciated the efforts of the participants. She spoke about the work of Don Bosco for the poor and marginalized youth. Fr. D'souza then declared the result of the competition. Don Bosco Kawant bagged the first prize followed by the runners up Auxilium Convent and Don Bosco Chottaudipur came third in this 10th quiz competition. Sr. Jane gave away the prizes to the winners. All the participants were given momento and were congratulated for their efforts.
Fr. D'souza, thanked all the children who participated in this quiz competition and appreciated the knowledge of the children about Don Bosco. He also gave a special thanks to Fr. Fernandes for his initiative in conducting this quiz on Don Bosco. It was indeed a pleasure to see the children studying about Don Bosco and getting to know him personally. It was their love for Don Bosco that made these children study about him.
Viva Don Bosco!!!

BIS # 3870 SYMPOSIUM IN HONOUR OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

by BIS correspondent

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 21, 2014: Divyadaan, Salesian institute of Philosophy, Nashik commemorated the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda with the philosophical symposium on Vivekananda on 18th January 2014. The closing of the curtain of the birth anniversary of the Indian philosopher around the world unveiled his concepts and ideas to the budding philosophers of the institute. The first year students of the master degree course in philosophy (M.PH) hosted the symposium on Swami Vivekananda under the title "Arise, Awake and Stop not Till the Goal is Achieved", taking his own words.
Present were the students and staff of Divyadaan and other religious in and around Nashik city. There were also members from Sri Rama Chandra Mission of Nashik who participated and voiced out their opinion about the philosophical symposium.
The event began with the prayer service followed by the elaboration of the theme of the Symposium and a brief sketch about the life of Vivekananda. Among his various philosophical contributions three main themes were delivered by the M.Ph brothers namely The Practical Vedanta of Vivekananda, His Philosophy of Education and His Concept of East meeting the West. The first talk was primarily about the monistic idea of the reality and yet it also explained the idea of unity of religions according to Vivekananda which could be an eye-opening for many as he is perceived only as a propagator Hinduism. The second talk enumerated his outlook on the different aspects of Indian educational system with its pros and cons and the suggestions for the progress in education incorporating some aspects of the western world. The third talk depicts the meeting point of the occident and orient world with reference to the various aspects.
After the talks the active participation of the audience enriched the message of the symposium. The philosophical ideas of Vivekananda were analyzed in different contexts like in the 21st century and in Christian and Salesian educative method. A member from Sri Rama Chandra mission appreciated this venture "It is amazing to see young people taking interest in learning about Vivekananda who has message for the youth of India." 

BIS # 3869 SHELTER DON BOSCO BOYS IN SPEED STAR 2

by BIS correspondent

KANDIVALI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 21, 2014: Kooh sports had organized speed star 2 on 9th of January at Sai complex, kandivali for the youngsters of Mumbai city. The theme for speed star 2 was: Hunt for the young flying Indian … is back. There were four categories under 10 (60 meters), under 12, 14 and 16 (100 meters). The winners of speed star would receive an opportunity to train under PT Usha and Sharon Hannan as their mentor in Australia.
There were 41 children from shelter Don Bosco belonging to the age group 10 to 16 who participated in the speed star 2. The event started at 8:30 for the group under 10 and 12years. There was a big crowd of children who had participated in the event.  The 100 meter race started for the categories of under 14 and 16 at 11:00 am.
The results of speed star 2 were as following:
Mahesh Bhagat under 12 got into semi finals
Arjun Panjge and Mofiudul got into semi finals and
Akram Sheikh obtained third prize in the final
It was indeed an enriching and exhilarating experience for all the boys who participated in speed star 2.

BIS # 3868 YOUTH FEST AT AHMEDNAGAR

by Fr. Rolvin D'Mello

Ahmednagar, January 21, 2014: The campus of St. Anne's Parish bustled with cheers as it witnessed the gathering of 85 spirit filled youngsters. The Youth Fest which was organized particularly for the youth of the parish was a thrilling rendezvous that began at 5:30 pm and ended at 10:30 pm.
The program began with a prayer service invoking the presence of the Lord and thanking Him for the opportunity to come together as God's children. The prayer service was conducted by Fr. Thomas D'Costa followed by few words of welcome in which he emphasized the purpose of the Youth Fest. Thereafter as a response to the influence of the media on the youth culture today, a session based on "The Prudent Use of Media" was conducted by Mr. Ian Lemos.
In order to bring some life to the evening Fr. Rolvin D'Mello conducted a few whacky ice-breakers and some crazy action songs. To pump up the cheer this was followed by some exciting games and thrillers. Next came in the Jam Session where in all hell broke loose as they youth grooved themselves to the music. The youth enjoyed it the most as they were at their best. The highlight of the fest was the soul-stirring charismatic prayer around the campfire that was conducted by Fr. Rolvin together with the choir group. Here everyone experienced a sense of unity with oneself, with one's neighbour and with God. The program ended with prize distribution and a sumptuous dinner. The Youth Fest catered to the three F's of Youth Ministry viz. Food, Fun and Fellowship.

BIS # 3867 WADALA HONOURS THE NEWLY ORDAINED PRIESTS

by Ms. Dolly Aphonso

WADALA-MUMBAI, JANUARY 21, 2014: The combined communities of Our Lady of Dolours and Shelter Don Bosco were privileged to have the presence of two of the newly ordained priests, Fr. Shekar Mariadas and Fr. Charlin Chandran. Fr. Charlin, being the past pupil of St. Joseph High School it was a day of pride for all present.
Together with Frs. Bernard, Allwyn and Jesu they celebrated a thanksgiving mass for the Parish Community on Tuesday the 14th January at 7.00pm. The main celebrant Fr. Shekar in his introduction said that he would be praying for the intentions of all present as he asked for their  prayers as they begin their ministry in the Lord's vineyard.
In his homily Fr. Charlin spoke about the bareness in our spiritual life and the graciousness of the Lord who blesses us as Yahweh bestowed the gift of a child, Samuel, to Hannah, in response to her fervent prayer. There seems to be no synchronization with our personal life and what we do, because we have lost connectivity with God. We need to hang on in faith and especially when we are in difficulties … then we will be refreshed in our spiritual life. Instead of asking the Lord for a sign that he loves us, we should instead ask Him for the grace to see the miracles that are happening in our lives.
Fr. Bernard then thanked the new priests for their presence and for celebrating the Eucharist. They then Blessed the community as they whispered a prayer for their perseverance.
The next morning the two priests celebrated the Eucharist for the School community. The Staff and Students joined in the celebration with their whole hearted participation. After the Eucharist the two priests shared their Vocation story with the students of Std. VII to IX and answered the many queries they put to them.

BIS # 3866 SALESIAN FAMILY DAY

by BIS correspondent

WADALA-MUMBAI, JANUARY 21, 2014:  The Salesian Family gathering was held on Sunday the 12th January 2014 at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala (W). The Provincials of the Salesians and the Salesian Sisters honored the gathering with their presence. They also had Frs. Wilfred, Mathew, Godfrey D'Sa, Allwyn, William Falcao, Solomon, Donald, Cleophas and Srs. Phyllis, Mary Cherian and quite a few Sisters present for the gathering.
Sr. Phyllis conducted a reflective Prayer Service. Fr. Vivian D'Souza the Provincial Delegate then welcomed the gathering. Fr. Mathew Coutinho, with the help of a Power Point presentation, spoke on the Strenna for 2014 given to us by the Rector Major.
The Past Pupils efforts paid off as Fr. Provincial launched the Website (www.dbmumbaialumni.in) of the Don Bosco Past Pupils. He also released the Salfam Directory for the Province. In his talk that followed he spoke on the Spirituality of Don Bosco, and exhorted all present to follow in the footsteps of our Father. Sr. Wilma, the FMA Provincial then addressed the gathering.
This was followed the cultural part of the program! The Kurla Unit of Past Pupils put up a breathtaking and intricate Rap dance that enthralled the gathering. A reflective skit on the vocation of the Salesian Cooperator, by the Borivli unit of Salesian Cooperators was appreciated by all. The Pune Past Pupils put up a solo song recital and got the audience to join in. The Wadala unit of the Cooperators enacted one of the dreams of Don Bosco, steering the Boat (Church) through the stormy seas, between two strong pillars: The Eucharist and Our Lady.
The Coordinator of the Cooperators, Mrs. Sharon D'Souza proposed a vote of thanks. A game of Housie got the group excited, before Sr. Phyllis said the Grace before meals and all partook of the delicious meal.

BIS # 3864 PREPARATORY AND PRE – PREPARATORY PICNIC

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2014: The annual fun filled picnic of Dominic Savio Kindergarten for classes Preparatory and Pre- Preparatory was organized on Friday, 10th January 2014. The children visited the Wonders Park at Nerul.
The teachers took them around the park for a sight- seeing tour to see the miniature models of the 'Wonders of the World'. They were taken on a mini toy train ride; they also went on new international swings. Later the children were organized in groups and were seated in the 'Baithak' gazebos after which they returned to the school at 11.30 am.
Picnic provides an opportunity of informal communication between teachers and students. This helps in building a bond between them. It gives them out of class experience, and helps in social development and informal way of learning.
Teachers and students were thrilled to be at the park, the children enjoyed playing on the fantastic new international swings and mini toy train ride. Teachers felt it gave them opportunity to know the students better in an informal atmosphere.

BIS # 3865 FAREWELL FOR CLASS X AND XII

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2014: Farewell for the students of class X and XII was organized by students of class IX & XI on 15th January 2014 in Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul at 11 a.m in the assembly hall ground floor.
The students were trained by their teacher Mrs. Vivena & Mrs. Nazneen under the guidance of their Supervisor Mrs. Daphne Fernandes.  The Program began with the lighting of the lamp by Fr. Bonnie, Fr. Anthony and the Supervisors, followed by a prayer service. Fr. Bonnie enlightened the students with his words of wisdom.
The singers sang melodiously with rhythm to the music played by their fellow students. The song was followed by a   skit "The Colors of the rainbow" which highlighted the importance of appreciation of one another which allows a beautiful blending of personalities, strengths and weaknesses followed by a group dance.
Tr. Vivena, the teacher in-charge gave the farewell message with emphasis on walking the roads of life with thoughtfulness. Students of class X & XII expressed their gratitude in words and presented the school with a memento.
Fr. Anthony proposed the vote of thanks & also appreciated the students for their performance in sports.
Students enjoyed the program and took back memories on their little electronic gadgets.

BIS # 3863 SEMINAR ON MODEL VILLAGE (ADARSH GAAM)

by BIS correspondent

GUJARAT, JANUARY 20, 2014: DEEP Don Bosco Salesian society organized one day seminar on 16th January'2014 for Sarpanchs (village leaders) in collaboration with the Thasra Taluka Panchayat. The purpose of this programme is to carry out a systematic development plan for all the villages of Thasra Taluka through PRA (Participatory Rural Appraisal). This Seminar was attended by all the Sarpanchs of Thasra Taluka Panchachayat, Talatis including the staff of Mission Mangalam and leaders of the Self Help groups.

The program was honoured by Mr. Bipin Sadhu, TDO(Taluka Development Officer) and other dignitaries like Fr. Mayank, Director of DRASTI, Sr. Rita, Director of Pushpanjali, Sr. Vandana, Sr. Ann Rose, superior of St. Ann of Luzern and Mr. Melvin Pangya, Development Coordinator, Bosco Gramin Vikas Mandal, Valvanda. The program was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by guest of the honour and the dignitaries. Fr. Issac Arackaparambil, Rector and Director of Don Bosco Dakor heartly welcomed the guest and the participants.  He also thanked everyone for their precious time and encouraged the participants to take forward the initiatives of DEEP Don Bosco.
Fr. Mayank spoke about the Model village (Adarsh Gaam) and concluded his speech by motivating the participants to contribute to the development of their own village. After that Sarpanch of Vajewal and Shimlaj shared their experiences of the exposure visit organized by the DEEP Don Bosco in the villages of Ahmedanagar, Maharashtra especially the visit to the Model villages Hirve Bazar and Ralegaon Siddi. The chief guest Mr. Bipin Sadhu addressed the participants and appreciated the initiative taken by the DEEP Don Bosco to conduct PRA and help the Sarpanchs to do the best for the development of their own village.  He said that he and his staff will always be there to support such initiative which is mainly for the development.
To lead towards the model village, Mr. Melvin Pangya gave an introduction about PRA as an important method, tool and technique which helps to assess condition, various aspects of the village. He also shared his experience of the PRA undertaken in the Valvanda village and how it has helped the villagers to know about various resources available and problems prevailed in the village.
The program concluded with the vote of thanks by DEEP Coordinator, Vijay Parmar and the National Anthem.

BIS # 3862 RESULTS OF NATIONAL TALENT SEARCH CONTEST

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2014: Central Institute Of General Knowledge Learning successfully conducted its 34th - All India Schools National Talent Search Contest: 2013-14, on 29th November 2013 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School Nerul, Navi Mumbai.
22 Students from the Primary Section i.e I - IV and 43 students from the Secondary  i.e  V - XII of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School participated in this Quiz, under the guidance of Tr.Keya Basu and Tr. Muriel Fernandes. The performance of the Students was exemplary as all the candidates successfully cleared the Examination.
Two students Mst. Amogh Santosh Erande of class I and Mst. Clifton Fernandes of Class V secured 90%  in the contest and won Gold Medals.
Don Bosco School congratulates the meritorious and all the participants for their achievement in this contest.

BIS # 3861THE ART OF WRITING


by Bis correspondent

BORIVALI – MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2014: Handwriting Olympiad Competition was conducted at Don Bosco High School – Borivali in the month of October 2013 for the students of std 5 – 9. Their handwriting was judged and analysed based on 56 parameters by the experts.
The school is proud to announce that Master Drushtant Bhosle from std 9, Master Gautam Balgi from std 7 and Master Yash D'souza from std 9 bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The winners were awarded with trophies, medals and certificates.
Suggestions and advice related to the legibility, neatness, uniformity and connectivity were given to the boys to help improve the quality of handwriting.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BIS # 3858 BACK TO THE MISSIONS

by BIS correspondent

DADRA AND NAGAR HAVELI, JANUARY 15, 2014: The youth of St. Dominic Savio, Wadala (E) made their way into the missions at Dadra and Nagar Haveli on 12th January 2014. It is the recent mission centre adopted by the Salesians of Mumbai Province where the Don Bosco Shelti Mission Centre runs a primary school, a parish and a boys hostel for the Warli Tribals.
 After reflecting on how to reach out to the needy this Christmas, the youth decided to help the missions. The youth group raised funds and also asked the parishoners for other articles that would be of use to the villagers. At Don Bosco Shelti it was a blessing to meet the parish youth, interact with villagers, celebrate the Eucharist in a lovely church which has the essence of a tribal culture, to know the life of Warli tribals, to interact with a professional warli artist who does warli paintings that depict the life of Warli's and most of all to know a new way of life in one day.
It was also interesting to know how the church structure, the altar set-up and the faith of the community in the catholic church was so beautifully adapted in the Warli culture. For many of the youth this was the first kind of exposure to a tribal village. They realized that there was so much to learn and contribute in the missions. It was an eye opener. The youth have decided to venture more into the missions and make contributions in their own unique ways.
A special thanks to Fr. Augustine and Fr. Rickson for welcoming and helping the youth reflect on the life in the missions, the Warli Community for being generous and kind to them and making them feel at home. It was indeed a Mission Sunday for the youth of St. Dominic Savio, one of them rightly stated 'we would encourage many youth to make their each Sunday a mission Sunday, the way we experienced at Don Bosco Shelti. A day spent at Shelti changed our attitude towards life and we look forward for many more…as we keeping shouting our slogan  – "Back to the Missions- each Sunday is a Mission Sunday".' 

BIS # 3857 THE NIOS STUDENTS ROCK AT WATER KINGDOM

by Mr. Rossi D'Souza

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 15, 2014: The students of the NIOS Section of Don Bosco Borivli, went for a picnic to Water Kingdom. The trip was wonderfully organized by Adventure Education Tours Pvt. Ltd.  
The students created quite a splash and enjoyed the wave pool & the rides to their hearts content.
All in all, it was a fabulous outing, thoroughly enjoyed by all the students.

BIS # 3856 MID-LIFE TRANSFORMATION TOGETHER IN COVENANT

by Chrisma Pereira

KUWAIT, JANUARY 15, 2014: On Thursday, 9 January 2014, the Cherubs Team of the Family Ministry of St Thérèse Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate organized its monthly program for couples married from 1980 to 1986. Despite the chilly temperatures outside, thirty 'young at heart' couples braved the weather to celebrate their commitment together with others.
The Program began with Mass celebrated by Fr. Francis Kharjia. The liturgy was well prepared keeping the marriage theme in mind. The liturgical singing was animated by the melodious voices of the school children, ably led by Faust and Reema. In his usual witty style, Fr. Francis touched upon various marriage issues, emphasizing the importance of keeping Christ, love and mutual respect at the center of their marriages.
The homily was followed by renewal of marriage vows. At the end of the mass, each couple came forward to be specially blessed by Fr. Francis and receive a momento – a Diary of Daily devotionals, a book by Pope Paul II, a Family Prayer Card and an inspirational fridge magnet.
Mass was followed by a brief presentation by Cherub Susan D'costa on the various parish activities to increase awareness and offer these empty nesting couples an opportunity to participate more actively in the parish community.
Over light snacks, an enrichment session was conducted by Amira Peter on "Defeating the Parasite in our Marriage" with a focus on the challenges of midlife. The session illustrated how lifestyle patterns that bring pleasure, joy and comfort if not kept in check / eliminated could gradually invade our lives and marriages, ultimately destroying us. Spiritual and practical measures for fireproofing our marriages against these parasites were also discussed. Three couples Diana & Wilfred, Milania & Jacob and Latha & Kuruvilla shared how they are fireproofing their marriages with infusions of love and spirituality.
This enriching session was followed by a lively fellowship of innovative games, spot prizes and plenty of dancing. The lively music provided by Cherub Shaun Rebello kept the couples on their feet while MC Charlie did a stellar job of keeping them all engaged and excited with active games.
Vote of Thanks delivered by Bertha, Francis Dsouza and Libby Sequeira summed it up all so well. While expressing strong appreciation for the Cherubs and the Parish, Bertha added "It was an enjoyable evening…we met with old friends and made some new friends too". Trinidade DeSouza sent in an email saying, "I enjoyed the program to the fullest and will carry this memorable event with me always". 
Nourished and enriched, the couples returned back to their homes after volunteering for the various parish activities. Feedback forms completed by the couples will help the Cherubs continuously improve the program over time.
"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". Jer 29: 11

Monday, January 13, 2014

BIS # 3855 NEW PRIESTS CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST AT SAVEDI

by Cl. Ranson D'Souza SDB

SAVEDI, JANUARY 13, 2014: The New Salesian priests of the Mumbai Salesian province; Fr. Charlin Chandran, Fr. Leon Cruz and Fr. Shaker Mariadas celebrated the Eucharist at St. John Bosco Church, Savedi on January 11, 2014.
The community of Savedi was blessed to have the newly ordained priests celebrating the Eucharist with them. Fr. Leon was the main celebrant for the Eucharist. Along with preaching about the Baptism of Jesus, Fr. Leon shared with the people a part of his vocation story. Fr. Leon said,"All of us priests and brothers have heard the voice of God and are following Him. God is speaking to each one of us. It is up to us to listen and do what He says."
After the Eucharist all the faithful kissed the hands of the new priests. There was little celebration outside the church with the cutting of the cake and everyone congratulating to the newly ordained priests.
Indeed it was a moment of grace for the parish of St. John Bosco, Savedi. Everyone wished the priests all the best for their future ministry.

BIS # 3854 FRS CHARLIN AND SHEKAR CELEBRATE THE EUCHARIST AT BHINGAR

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 13, 2014: Newly Ordained Salesian Priests, Frs. Charlin Chandran and Shekar Mariadass, , ordained on 21 st December, 2014 at the  Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna, Matunga, visited Bhingar on 12th January 2014. They celebrated their first mass in Marathi at the 8.00 am at St John the Baptist Church, Bhingar, Ahmednagar.
They were accompanied by Fr. Osborne Furtado the Vocation Promoter. Fr. Osborne preached the homily on the gift of Baptism and narrated the story of St Thomas Moore, as an example of Fidelity to the Catholic Sacrament, when faced by conflict with the King Henry VIII.
Fr. Charlin was the main celebrant. The Parish Priest, Fr. Nelson Falcao saw to all the logistics of the event. The senior youth sang at the Mass under the guidance of Mr. Kaustuk. The faithful kissed the newly anointed hands of the 'Ordinandi'  after Mass. This event served as an opportunity to promote vocations for the church and society.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

BIS # 3853 BOSCOITES CREATE HISTORY AT FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 11, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School inscribed their name for the first time on the coveted KSA trophy by winning the Football tournament organized by Karnala Sports Academy (KSA) at Panvel. The tournament was held on 29th December, 2013 as part of the 15th Arts, Sports and Cultural Festival.

Sixteen teams from across Raigad contested for the trophy Boscoites edged past Kendriya Vidyalaya ONGC, Panvel 1-0 in a keenly contested final to claim the trophy and certificates.Both teams played exciting football and kept the spectators on tenterhooks till the end of the final match.

The victory helped to boost the confidence level of the players and also gave them an opportunity to learn football's timeless qualities of leadership, responsibility, perseverance and teamwork.

The team was coached by the Physical Education teacher Mr. Shailesh Jadhav.

Friday, January 10, 2014

BIS # 3852 INDIAN ARMY OFFICERS – RECEIVE A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE


by Ian Lemos

AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 10, 2014: Amidst the hustle and bustle in the air on Christmas Eve, there was a gathering of all the military officers (over 70 officers) at Ahmednagar. Brigadier Joydeep Bhatti (In-charge of the military cantonment of Ahmednagar) was also present for the same. Fr. Rolvin D'Mello was called to give a Christmas message for all present; he spoke on the topic of peace.
He elaborated on how the world is fragmented today due to various causes and this fragmentation has reached even to the level of families and individual self. Thus each one of us stands in need of peace and Jesus precisely came to this earth to give us peace – since he is the prince of peace. His talk was well appreciated by all the officers.
Fr. Thomas D'Costa also graced the occasion with his presence along with the choir group from St. Anne's church. Fr. Rolvin narrated the story of the birth of Jesus and the choir sang carols in English, Hindi and Marathi between the narrations. The military officers presented the guests with some Christmas gifts. The programme ended with refreshments, during which the officers interacted with the priests and the group from St. Anne's Church.

BIS # 3851 NEW PRIESTS VISIT CHHOTA UDEPUR

by Cl. Evangelo D'Souza

CHHOTA UDEPUR, JANUARY 10, 2014: The community of Chhotaudepur was privileged to have Fr. Charlin and Fr. Shekhar, the newly ordained priests amidst them. The new priests were warmly welcomed on 6th January, 2014.
On 7th January, 2014 Fr. Charlin presided over the Eucharist and Fr. Shekhar concelebrated the mass along with the confreres of the community. In his homily, Fr. Charlin reminded the gathering that they were God's precious jewels. He stated that one needs to nurture this gift of life that God has bestowed on each one.  The solemn gathering received blessings from the holy hands of the newly ordained.
After the holy Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Charlin and Fr. Shekhar were warmly welcomed through a melodious song sung by the choir. The newly ordained priests were then felicitated with a floral tribute. The students of the ninth standard put up a Rathwi dance that enthralled each one. Rupsing, a class IX student expressed appreciation and thanks to the new priests on behalf of the school and boarding. The girls of class XI put up a filmi dance and they were appreciated by all.
Fr. James Tuscano, the rector and principal of the institution thanked one and all for a splendid performance. May the good Lord bless Fr. Charlin, Shekhar and Fr. Leon as they journey in the Lord's vineyard and guide the flock entrusted to their care. 

BIS # 3850 THE MATHEMATICAL GENIUS

by BIS correspondent 

BORIVALI – MUMBAI, JANUARY 10, 2014: Don Bosco High School, Borivali is proud to see budding Aryabhatta bringing high laurels to the school. Amey Kirtikar participated in Pan Pacific Abacus and Mental Arithmetic at the International Level.
The competition was held at Hong Kong on the 28th December 2013. 400 Students from 36 countries participated in the event.  Amey Kirtikar secured the 3rd Rank at the international level. He received a certificate and trophy.
We congratulate him on his achievement.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

BIS # 3849 INTER RELIGIOUS MEET

by Oscar Lobo

YERWADA- PUNE, JANUARY 9, 2014: It is significant that Christmas Day, 2013, witnessed an inter-religious get-together at the Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada. His Lordship, Thomas Dabre – Bishop of Pune – interacted with a number of leaders of other religions. One of the highlights of this interaction was His Lordship's projection of the message of Christmas, as a festival of all people because in the coming of God in human form, Christmas underscored the human dignity of all peoples – irrespective of their religious affiliations. He exhorted the audience to strive for peace and live as one community.
Speaking on the occasion, Fr Anton D'Souza, the parish priest, touched on the neighborhood Christmas party held during the festive celebrations in the parish. 70 to 80 people –from various localities and religions participated. Once more, this gesture,  initiated by lay members of the parish team,  struck a chord with the Bishop's exhortation of the spirit of Christmas as an outpouring of the human dignity of all people, in an ongoing endeavour to live as one community.
Later, all the religious leaders jointly cut the Christmas cake. The Marathi choir, of the Sacred Heart Parish, delighted those present with Christmas carols.

BIS # 3848 YOUTH CHARGING TOWARDS TRANSFORMATION

by Br. Jerome Edison

INDORE, JANUARY 9, 2014: From 28th of December to the 1st of January, the Universal Solidarity Movement of Value Education for Peace organised the 46th Knit India 2013. This is a national movement propagating a proactive participation in cultivating enlightened leadership. The programme was held in Indore at St. Arnold's High School. From diverse parts of India there were about 120 youth who participated along with 20 teachers to absorb the values that can change their way of life. The chief motto of the 46th Knit India was "Youth Taking Charge Now to Transform the Nation."
This was not a picnic rather a place of family gathering to live together with a common dream of promoting peace and love. This live together is basically to KNIT people together. It was a fellowship of people belonging to various religions, cultures and languages to foster mutual support and sense of respect to all. There were five panel sessions which were presided by distinguished persons conscious about USM.
The students were given chance to share their testimonies of transformation after imbibing the spirit of USM. This was an opportunity to get motivated, enriched and to create a positive response to the issues faced by our country. In a concrete manner these panel sessions became a personal appeal to all the youth to be a catalyst of change; since all these testimonies sprung from them. It served the purpose of enkindling a new vision to shape the nation with their efforts whether great or small. The sessions helped imbue in them a great sense of value and respect for all and especially women. Truly these youngsters are convinced of practicing values like cleanliness, honesty, being outstanding in  a crowd, being responsible, postponing immediate gratification by being able to sacrifice the use of mobile phones, motorbikes, junk food, etc.
Apart from panel sessions they were motivational session conducted by Fr. Isaac and Fr. Varghese Alengaden to increase and enrich the confidence among the youngsters. The thrust of Fr. Isaac's session was on 'Living The Challenges To Inspire And Lead.' The session was presented in a very creative manner to become a leader for a particular cause.  Fr. Isaac highlighted the minds and hearts of various leaders of our nation who lived the challenge to inspire and lead. Then he presented seven steps that carved the notion of Inspiring Leadership.
On 30th December Fr. Varghese completed 61 years of his life. During his birthday a historical event took place. The Honesty Awards were presented to six students, a teacher and a journalist for their outstanding acts of honesty. Fr. Varghese then gave a speech on 'Power of Possibility Thinking.' This was to change attitudes and perceptions of all present by asking 'WHY NOT' in order to make possible all that seemed impossible. Fr. Varghese gave an invitation to maximize the divine power to extract the real calibre and potential hidden in everyone of us.  Fr. Varghese exhorted to break the yoke of an enemy who impedes everything i.e. the self itself. His powerful session enkindled the courage to light the candle of love and peace with the spark made out of values.
Chintan Baitak was an impressive package of Knit India. It was a forum where the youth shared their thoughts and values that got percolated while reviewing the whole day. They sat in a circle with a lit candle and disclosed their gains and learning's.   
USM with its down-to-earth and attractive spirituality is truly helping the young create vision through personal transformation and appropriation of radical policies that will generate responsible citizenship and enlightened leadership which will in turn lead to the creation of a noble nation. Kudos to the entire USM family !

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

BIS # 3847 GO GREEN

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 7, 2014: The week from 9th to 13th December 2013 was celebrated as the Green house week at Don Bosco, Borivli. The students and teachers of the Green House put in a lot of efforts to make it a memorable one. Keeping the theme Go Green and correlating the Green colour with life.
Every day teachers and students spoke on various topics during the morning talks in order to create awareness about eating Green Vegetables like spinach, broccoli, karela, cabbage, capsicum, as well as green fruits like Green banana, Green apples, watermelon, pear and guavas. They also advised them to spend time in parks stressing on health and fitness.
The walls of the primary section were decorated with pictures, charts and slogans on 'Go Green' the colour of progress and growth. Colouring competitions was held. Tiffin's were with green fruits and vegetables. On the last day the teachers and children dressed in green. The green house week was concluded with a quiz on 'Think Green' and a poem on 'Green'.

BIS # 3846 CHRISTMAS – A TIME FOR CARING AND SHARING


by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 7, 2014: On 16th December 2013 the primary section of Don Bosco, Borivli, the magic of Christmas was recreated in school. Carols rocked the air. Christmas is about caring and sharing for those who need our love in this busy world. The boys brought gifts for the poor.
One could really feel the jingle in the air as the students were filled with enthusiasm. The festive mood was set in by the singing of carols, skits, Christmas tableau, songs and the crib. Every classroom was decorated with Christmas symbols made by the students.
The arrival of Santa Claus was the highlight of the day. There was so much of love, joy and peace all around. The perfect welcome to Jesus Christ and the new year 2014 Christmas is not so much about opening our presents as opening one hearts.

BIS # 3845 IT IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK AT THAT MATTERS, BUT WHAT YOU SEE

by Cl. Avil Correa

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 6 2014: Divyadaan – Salesian Institute of Philosophy bagged several awards at the All India Essay Writing Event organized by the Sri Ram Chandra Mission (SCRM) in collaboration with the UNIC. The topic for the category 2 (UG and PG) was "It is not what you look at that matters, but what you see."  Henry D. Thoreau.
The prize distribution ceremony which was held at Hotel Avinash Inn in Nashik began welcoming the participants, parents and revered guests. Mrs. Anusaya (SCRM) stressed on the fact that it was an event and not a competition wherein the minds of the youth of today were given an opportunity to think on the human level.  She added that in our competitive academic world it is necessary for us to nurture our hearts, which despite all differences is the same for all human beings.
Thereafter the participants whose essays were commendable were awarded certificates of honour. Among these were Cls. Sagar Makasare sdb, Avil Correa sdb and Sunil Kujur from Divyadaan. Cl. Kiran Ruptakke sdb was awarded the 2nd place at National level among 1,78,589 students from 12,193 institutions. Cl.  Amit D'Britto OFM Cap was awarded the first place at the Maharashtra Level. They were awarded certificate and a medal each. Thereafter the award winners were given an opportunity to express their opinions about the event and what went through their minds as the participated in it.
Fr. Savio D'Souza, the Rector of Divyadaan, received the honorary certificate of participation on behalf of Divyadaan after which he too was requested to speak a few words. Mr. Chavan  - head of the SCRM centre, Nashik – gave away the prizes as well as addressed the gathering. He too spoke about the importance of a union of hearts on order to create a new and enduring civilization based on love, justice and peace. Rt. Colonel Thakur gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the SRCM.
The brothers who participated were grateful to Fr. Savio for providing the opportunity to participate in the event as a part of their Metaphysics course. It was an apt opportunity for them to express their views on the topic and to renew their convictions about their lives. It has indeed been an honour for the institution to have received the awards from a respectable and a recognized NGO. It will surely be an impetus for many others to participate in such an event having a philanthropic cause.

Friday, January 3, 2014

BIS # 3844 INNOVATIVE MASTERS

by BIS correspondent

BORIVALI–MUMBAI, JANUARY 3, 2014: The students from Std 5 – 7 of Don Bosco High School, Borivali participated in the Free Press Journal Scrapbook Competition.
More than 4500 students from various schools participated in this competition. The competition was introduced with the simple objective of encouraging reading and engaging students in the creative process of scrapbooking. The entries received by the newspaper were judged by a panel of professionals.
It was indeed a difficult task at hand. After hours of pondering, selecting, re-selecting, experts shortlisted the winners, which were categorised as first three winners and top fifty entries. Elroy D'souza was among the Top 50 Winners. Amey Kirtikar, Ashish Shinde, Joshua Miranda, Macvin D'souza, Myron D'souza and Wallace D'souza received consolation prizes.

BIS # 3843 PARDI TRIBAL CULTURE AND TRADITION CONSULTATION


by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 3, 2014: On 2nd January, 2014, a one day consultation and training program was held at Bhingar-Youth Hall from 10 am to 4 pm.
25 participants, including 8 women worked the whole day to present a working draft of their aspirations and expectations in life. The Seminar was jointly sponsored by Babasaheb  Ambedkar Research and Training Institute, (BARTI), Pune and the Tata Institute of social sciences, (TISS) Mumbai. Dr. Fr. Ashok Ohol, Ph.D, S.J. animated the proceedings of the day.
Right from Colonial Times the Pardi tribals have been caught by Police for theft and robbery, whether they stole of not, and till today this prejudice remains in society that they cannot and do not change. Fr Ashok Ohol, SJ, has been entrusted with the task, funds and responsibility to conduct seminars training them to live with dignity and responsibility and bring them to the mainstream of social development.
This is the third seminar he has conducted for the Pardi groups in the area. He was assisted by Ms Supriya D'Souza Ph.D. After the introduction of the theme by Ashok Ohol, a discussion was held and the participants put pen to paper to jot down their real and concrete analysis of their present situation and envisioned at the way forward. After the process of reflection and action, the Pardis left energized and happy that someone was concerned about their well-being and their future.

BIS # 3842 JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

by Oswald Aranha

KUWAIT, JANUARY 3, 2014: With preparations for the Christmas season well underway, the Altar Servers Ministry also planned some activities to reiterate the message that "Jesus is the reason for the season".
Three special events were organised for the altar servers – a crib competition, Thanksgiving Adoration and a year-end meeting themed on the Holy Family.
The Crib Competition was held on Saturday, 21 December 2013 and was attended by over 100 altar servers. This on-the-spot was organised by Elvis D'mello and received an overwhelming response.
The four groups put their creativity and team work to the test, unfolding their beautiful and thoughtfully designed nativity scenes. The St. Dominic Savio group walked away with the first prize for their ingenious and stellar team efforts.
Next, the Altar Servers animated an hour-long session at the parish's year-end Thanksgiving Adoration service on Saturday, 28 December 2013. Over 30 boys presented a meaningful and serene session for the congregation, supported by a melodious choir and eloquent lectors. A special thanks to Oswald Aranha, Clara Aranha, Pascal Fernandes and Elvis D'mello for training the altar boys to lead the adoration.
That same day, they also had their year-end meeting. As is customary, the meeting opened with a collection of points followed by the Opening Prayer led by Ralph Serrao. Fr. Blany Pinto, Parish Priest and Spiritual Leader for the Altar Servers welcomed the boys warmly, greeting them with a spiritual message.
The main coordinator Oswald Aranha then delivered a very enthusiastic speech and briefed the boys on the upcoming events:
-New altar server induction program in Jan 2014
-Altar Servers rally on 1stFeb 2014
-Vocation tour in July 2014.
-Mass serving and discipline measures
-Fortnight roster based on the group
This was followed by a brief yet informative presentation on the Feast of Christmas, Holy Innocents and the Holy Family by Melroy Barboza, Tony Joseph and Mark Namory.  Special thanks to Lakshmi Pereira for guiding this eloquent team of presenters.
The much awaited "high achievers" (based on the points accumulated) for December were announced – Benson Daniel and Abel Cris were felicitated with trophies for securing the highest points for the month of December. The points system has been extremely effective in motivating the altar servers and bringing them closer to Jesus as they strive to serve more masses and adorations, participate in the Saturday oratory program, retreats, monthly meetings and special events and seminars organised by the school or church.
After a closing prayer by Joshua Dsouza, snacks were distributed by the logistics team. Spiritually nourished all the boys returned home to continue the festivities with their families and friends."All these programs helped us keep our focus on Jesus as we celebrated Christmas with our family and friends" remarked Tony Joseph at the end of these celebrations.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

BIS # 3841 BORIVLI STAFF BAGS A VICTORY

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, January 2, 2014:  It was yet another moment of victory for Don Bosco Borivli when one of the staff members, Mrs. Pooja Kadam, bagged the first place at the R-Ward Interschool Science Quiz competition for the teachers group.
This competition was held on the 19th December, 2013 at Nalanda Academy, Borivli West. It was notably a remarkable feat as 91 schools participated in this quiz.
Amazing achievement indeed, Ms. Pooja! You truly deserve an applaud. Wishing her success and many more laurels in the future.

BIS # 3840 SPORTS DAY

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI- MUMBAI, JANUARY 2, 2014: Sports Day for Don Bosco Junior College was held on 19th December 2013, it was a huge success. The atmosphere was very exciting as there were a number of outstanding achievements throughout the day.
The athletes tried their best to run on the lanes as fast as possible in order to achieve the best results for their houses. Participating in sports day is certainly full of fun, no matter what the final result is; as long as you devoted yourselves to participating in the event.
The day ended with a vote of thanks.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

BIS # 3839 PARISH GET TOGETHER & COMMUNITY SNEHABHOJAN

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, DECEMBER 31, 2013: The last Sunday of the year is traditionally celebrated as the Parish Get together at Bhingar. The Eucharist on Sunday, 29th December 2013 began at 10.00 am and was animated by the Vellangani Zone. After the celebration of the vibrant Eucharist, the members of the various zones conducted games for the different sections and groups of the parish.
It was fun time for all. The day ended at 5 p.m. with people feeling renewed and energized by the camaraderie of the days event. Once a year, this serves as a moment of fellowship and gathering to celebrate unity as one family to increase the levels of communication and communion.
The Marriage Encounter Movement has one executable slogan for acronym family,
 F for Fun,
A for Accountability,
M for Mission,
I for Intimacy,
L for Love and
Y for You.
You can bet the parish get-together in Bhingar was all this, and more… a sharing of a meal, a meeting of minds, and a bonding of Hearts in honour of the Little Baby Jesus of Bethlehem.