Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BIS # 3927 A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF FORGIVENESS

by Bertha D’Sa

KUWAIT, FEBRUARY 26, 2014: On Saturday, 22nd February 2014, Fr. Franco Pereira, the Catechetical Director of the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia, assisted by Mr. Francis Sam, Catechetical Board Coordinator, organized a Retreat for the Catechists (and their spouses) of St. Therese Parish.  At the very outset, the Parish Priest, Fr. Blany Pinto greeted all the participants and thanked Fr. Franco, Francis Sam and all those who helped in making the necessary arrangements at the Indian English Academy School (IEAS).
The retreat began with a powerful and enlightening film Amish Grace – a moving testament to the power of forgiveness as shown by the Amish community towards a killer of their children. Through the movie, Fr. Franco helped all present identify strong feelings of rage and revenge and discussed ways of overcoming the difficulty and complexity of the spiritual practice of forgiveness.
This was followed by reflections and a group discussion recalling 2 Cor. 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness”. Agnes Dsouza remarked, “I learned a lot about forgiveness and my attitude has changed a lot…I am able to face the person I could not face earlier…Though it is not easy to forgive but with the Lord's grace and help I am able to forgive".
A session on “Expression of Love” depicting God’s unconditional love for us, by sending His only Son so that we might be saved, and Jesus’ forgiving love from the Cross (Lk 23:34) “Father forgive them for they know not what they do”. Fr. Franco explained the need to enrich our lives spiritually and by example, just as the Centurion was transformed by Jesus exclaiming “truly this was the Son of God”. 
A short exercise made the group aware of their attachment and dependence on material things which brought to light the importance and benefits of “letting go”. “What I took away from the retreat was that it is not only possible to forgive myself but that it is liberating to do so” commented Myra Dsouza.
The retreat concluded with Confessions, followed by a beautiful Eucharistic celebration by Fr. Franco. Just before leaving, Hilda Alfonsa, the coordinator of the catechist, thanked all the animators, organizers and the choir for their support and encouragement. Premila Lewis commented, “The retreat was very well planned and organized by Fr. Franco. It has opened our hearts and minds to a deeper understanding of forgiveness. It was like recharging the batteries of our lives”.

BIS # 3926 YES THEY ARE AN INSPIRATION...

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Don Bosco High School Borivali celebrated heroes on its Annual Day on the 14th of February 2014. The programme was a wonderful tribute to the heroes that have influence mankind for the better. The title is a line from the theme song that struck a chord in the hearts of all in the audience. How well it summarises the role heroes play in our lives!
The programme commenced with the welcome of the Chief Guest, Mr. Albert D’souza who runs an educational institute of repute at Palghar and the dignitaries to the beats of the lezim. A Prayer Dance provided an auspicious beginning to the show by invoking the blessings of the Almighty. A warm welcome song followed. The Rector, Rev. Fr. William Falcao, then shared a few words of wisdom.
Mrs. Monica Gonsalves, who completed 25 years of fruitful service to the institution, was felicitated along with the Chief Guest and the dignitaries. Students from Std V to IX celebrated heroes from various fields, ranging from fiction, history, sports, academics, Science and entertainment through foot tapping dances. Intermittent thought provoking skits enhanced the experience.
Students who excelled in academics, sports and other co curricular activities were awarded prizes and scholarships for their excellence. The Annual Report summarised the highlights of the eventful academic year.
The exciting and inspirational celebration of heroes culminated in the Finale dance. The Principal, Rev. Fr. George Carlos then proposed the vote of thanks. It was indeed an evening to remember. 

BIS # 3925 JAI JAI SHIVAJI MAHARAJ

by BIS correspondent

BORIVALI–MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Shivaji Maharaj was a hero who commanded respect from all his contemporaries. His inspirational life was filled with daring exploits which we admire to this day. It is indeed a wonderful experience to pay tribute to this wonderful person on Shiva jayanti. Don Bosco High School, Borivali did just that on the 19th of February 2014.
The programme commenced with escorting the guests of honour to the beats of the lezim. The Rector, Rev. Fr. William Falcao then paid a tribute to Shivaji Maharaj. Power Point Presentations and videos that showed Shivaji Maharaj’s numerous daring exploits were shown. A video depicting the attributes of the wonderful state of Maharashtra was also shown.
Fr. Rector then inspired the audience with his words of wisdom. The Principal, Rev. Fr. George Carlos presented the vote of thanks. The programme was indeed very motivating.
Jai Maharashtra! Jai Shivaji Maharaj!

BIS # 3924 FAITH CELEBRATION DAY


by Br. Clarence Martis sdb

WADALA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 26, 2014: Don Bosco Youth Services organised Faith Celebration Day for the east zone of the North Mumbai Deanery at Auxilium Convent on 20th February 2014 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. The schools that participated were St. Paul’s Boys’ School - Parel, St. Paul’s Convent - Parel, Auxilium High School - Wadala, St. Joseph’s High School - Wadala, and Don Bosco High School - Matunga.
The day began with a prayer moment conducted by Don Bosco High School. There was a ten-minute break to give the students time to prepare for their project. Each school then presented their project according to the topics that assigned, they were: Boy-Girl relationship, Environment, Small Christian Communities, Street Children, Careers. All the children performed well and brought out their respective messages wonderfully.
The presentations were followed by the Quiz. Mr. Angelo D’Cunha of St. Joseph’s High School conducted the quiz, which was based on the portion that is taught in school for the 9th standard students. The students were divided into seven groups and each group did their best to answer all the questions.
Following the quiz, Fr. Cleophas Braganza explained the importance of the Year of the Eucharist that the Archdiocese of Bombay is celebrating this year. Ms. Sheryl then presented the vote of thanks. She thanked all the people responsible for the success of the programme. The day ended with a prayer.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

BIS # 3923 FIFTH WORLD MARRIAGE DAY

by Bento D’Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 9th) is an opportunities “to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged couples.” The celebration of National Marriage Week in the U.S. began in 2002, originating from Marriage Week International.
World Marriage Day, celebrated on the second Sunday of February every year, was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter (ME). It wishes couples to place Valentine feelings within the context of married love and commitment, where they rightfully belong. The second Sunday of February is World Marriage Day worldwide. They believe in not letting the week pass without celebrating the sacrament of marriage. It can be something as simple as talking about memories of your wedding day.
To celebrate the 5th World Marriage Day, St John the Baptist church, Bhingar focused on the image of marriage is the bible is that of a tent that protect two loneliness people in the midst of the pressures and tensions of life on 16th February. Thirty couples in the morning (Marathi Mass) and fifteen couples the evening (English Mass) gathered together to celebrate the sacrament of Marriage in the Church at the Eucharist.
The celebrations began with a procession of couples into the church, welcomed by the priests at the entrance of the church. The homily reflected on the gift of marriage to society and the church. An offering of gifts followed. After the communion, the couples gathered said a prayer for their marriage, and prayed for themselves and their marriage friendship.  Vianney and Fiona Carvalho who celebrated their wedding anniversary on the 12th February led the music and songs for the celebration. The dual vocations of priesthood and marriage lie firmly founded on the marriage of our parent’s sacrament of marriage. 
The Eucharistic breaking of bread is par excellence a reflection of the life of couple who break themselves to give life to their nuptial friendship and their family. WMD makes us reflect that the sacrament of Marriage is an image, icon and prototype of Christ’s love for the Church. 

BIS # 3922 BOSCO FEST

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organised ‘Don Bosco Sports Festival’ on 11th February 2014. The Sports Festival was held on the School Ground. It was organized to instil the values of sportsmanship, tolerance, friendship and team work in the students.
Rev Fr. Bonnie Borges (Manager) and the Supervisors were the Guests of Honour for the Opening Ceremony. The festival commenced with the felicitation of the dignitaries.
Rev. Fr. Bonnie Borges then declared the meet open. Teams from 15 schools, situated in Navi Mumbai, participated in the event. Basketball and Football matches were organized for participants under fourteen and under sixteen years of age. Cheers and supportive shouts could be heard throughout the day as the participants encouraged each other.
The DGM & Zonal Manager of Bank of India, Mr. Mohanty, the President of Football School of India & a national Football player, Mr. Abhishek Yadav and Rev Fr. Bonnie Borges (Manager), were the Guests of Honour for the Closing Ceremony. The results at the end of the day brought joy to teams belonging to Fr. Agnel, DAV, Ryan International and Green Fingers, as they were declared winners.
The players enjoyed thoroughly as well as learnt a lot from their team mates. The Sports Festival was organised by the Physical Education teacher, Mr. Shailesh Jadhav under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca (Principal).

BIS # 3920 DIALOGUE THROUGH THEATRE WORKSHOP

by BIS correspondent

WADALA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: On 15th of February 2014, St. Dominic Savio (Wadala- E) and Our Lady of Dolours (Wadala – W) together organized a theatre workshop for the Altar Servers at Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala (W).
The aim of the workshop was to help children understand the importance of dialogue through theatre and build their self confidence. The workshop was conducted by Ms. Marina D’Costa-Altar Server Co-ordinator of St. Dominic Savio , Wadala (E). 
The session brought out the essence of human beings as actors and spectators. Children were taught few theatre exercises, role plays, building characters for theatre, expressions of their imagination and the value of working together. The determination children worked with was, “Theatre is all about making things happen”.
Children shared their inputs on what components make theatre, how theatre can be effective and what they feel about being actors and spectators. Through role play they were guided towards acting in difficult circumstances. The clay act highlighted the role of the oppressor and the oppressed, where one acted as clay and other as the sculptor.
The most loved part of the session was dialogue through the medium of puppets, a conflicting situation was given and the context was explained. Children had to choose the puppets and dialogue to resolve conflicts. The session ended with a message that we all are actors in our own unique way and we alone have the ability to take action to make this world a better place. 

BIS # 3921 ABHISHEK BACHCHAN VISITS ST DOMINIC SAVIO ANDHERI

by BIS correspondent

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: The management of St Dominic Savio Boys’ Home, Andheri organized the “Savion Inter Corporate Football Tournament – Sports for Education”, on their multi-purpose synthetic turf court on the 15th and 16th of Feb, 2014. This event was for the education, welfare and general upliftment of the 75 boarders of the institute, and the 250 children of the surrounding basti, who are tutored at the institute every evening.
There were many generous corporates as well as individuals who came forward donating funds, putting up banners and corporate stalls
Sports for Education was flagged off on the 15th of Feb at 11:00am, by Godfrey Pereira, the ex-vice-captain of the Indian Football team. The boarders and evenings study children performed a dance during the inauguration ceremony. There were 24 corporate teams that participated in the tournament.
On the first day the qualifying rounds of the league were played to reach the quarter finals. The icing on the cake was the visit by the charismatic, affable and much loved Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, who came to grace the occasion.
Abhishek Bachchan is the captain of the “All Stars Football Club”, which is a GS Entertainment initiative. GS Entertainment is owned by an eminent businessman Guneet Singh Walia, who, to the delight of all, was also present for the occasion. Abhishek who played an exhibition match with the boarders of the institute, commented that the winners of the tournament will play a football match against the All Stars Football Club in the near future. He motivated the children when he spoke to them encouraged them to work hard and do well in their studies too. Day one of Sports For Education ended with the declaration of the results of the quarter finals to be held the next day.
Day two of Sports For Education began with the audience witnessing a great game of football on the synthetic turf court. The day was also interspersed with dance performances of St. Dominic Savio’s very own Jabbawockeez dance troupe. The final match was played between Direct I and Indigo Airlines. Indigo Airlines won the tournament by scoring 8 goals against Direct I, who managed to score a respectable 2 goals against Indigo Airlines’ impenetrable defenders, and lethal strikers. Mr Jacinto D’silva, the former Indian football player, along with players of Indigo Airlines, took pride in lifting the glittering golden trophy. During the presentation ceremony 4 special prizes were awarded - Reece Santos from Indigo Air Lines for best player, Sukesh Bangera from HDFC BANK 'B' for best goalkeeper, Mikhail D'SA from Indigo Airlines for highest goal scorer. The Air India team was awarded the fair play trophy. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

BIS # 3919 CAREER GUIDANCE PROGRAMME

by Dayanand Patil

WALVANDA-MAHARASHTRA, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) has organized several career guidance programmes for the High School, Higher Secondary School and Ashram School children in Jawhar and Mokhada Talukas of Thane district. In every programme about 100 to 200 children were present along with their teachers and headmaster. In some of the villages the Sarpanch as well as the members of the Gram Panchayat were present for the programme.
The programme was planned and implemented under the guidance of Fr. Anaclete D’Mello, Director BSVS. Mr. Dayanand Patil conducted two to three hours session in each school on career guidance. Special emphasis was given to the careers which required average eligibility criteria. Details about various reservation opportunities were also provided to the children.
The outcome of these seesions was very encouraging. Several school headmasters told to BSVS that they would have this programme again in their schools. The members of the Gram Panchayat were also very enthusiastic about these sessions. The children were very positive about the sessions. They listened attentively and asked several questions.
The entire programme was very useful for the target group.

BIS # 3918 PREPARING TO BE SOLDIERS OF CHRIST

by Premila Lewis

KUWAIT, February 21, 2014: The clock is ticking and the children of St Therese Church Kuwait are well on the road to being Confirmed. Two special masses were planned for the confirmation candidates along with the parents for the year 2013 – 2014. One special mass was held in November and the theme was – Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The second special mass was held on Tuesday, 11 February 2014.
It was well attended by over 63 enthusiastic children along with their parents. Fr. Franco Pereira was the main celebrant and encouraged the children throughout the service to pursue their relationship with Jesus even after they receive the sacrament of Confirmation.
In his homily, Fr. Franco took the children through the elements of the Sacrament, its significance and its importance. He reiterated that these children are now actually young adults receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation where they individually profess their faith and are anointed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. By receiving this sacrament they accept responsibility to be “soldiers of Christ” tasked with serving the church and the community. Amber Correia, a candidate preparing for the sacrament of confirmation, was inspired by the homily. When asked about the mass, she replied, “The sermon was very informative. I got a deeper understanding of the works of the Holy spirit and the role we can play in the local church.” The catechists too found the sermon very inspiring. “The homily was very enlightening,” remarked Philomena Fernandes, a catechism teacher. “It opened our hearts and minds to the words of the father and the gifts of the Holy spirit.”
All in all, it was a beautiful service and the children left feeling charged and ready to prepare themselves just a little more before they receive this special sacrament.

BIS # 3917 SPIRITUALLY ARMING OUR CHILDREN FOR AN ACADEMIC FEAT

by Yvonne Gomes

KUWAIT, FEBRUARY 21, 2014: On 13th of February 2014, a special Eucharist was celebrated for all the Students appering for Std X and XII Board exams along with their parents. This mass was organized by the Salesian Cooperators of Kuwait along with God’s Love Community (GLC) at St Thérèse Church and was celebrated by the parish priest Fr. Blany Pinto.
It was well attended by over 150 children and their parents. The melodious choir brought a lively touch to this special celebration. The student lectors read the Scriptures so clearly and meaningfully touching all our hearts.
Fr. Blany in his homily reminded the children about the sacrifices that parents make to educate their children. He challenged them to do their best by quoting Fr. Cajetan Lobo, who used to say, “If you can get 100 marks, scoring 99 is a shame.”  “The homily was very helpful and it has really motivated me to make right decisions in the future” remarked Allissa D’souza, a standard X student from Don Bosco school.
After the mass concluded, the Charismatic prayer group members laid hands on each and every student present praying for them personally by name. They invited the Holy Spirit to guide them, protect them and help them to remember what they have studied. “I had tears in my eyes,” shared Angel Pereira, “as the charismatic prayer group members laid their hands and prayed for me”. All the students and their parents left with grateful hearts.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

BIS # 3916 CALLED TO SERVE LIKE JESUS

by Cl. Richard Burkhao, sdb

PUNE–MAHARASHTRA, FEBRUARY 18, 2014: On Saturday, 9th February, 2014, 9 seminarians (5 Salesians, 2 Capuchins and 2 Diocesans) were ordained deacons by Rt. Rev Bishop Thomas Dabre, Bishop of Poona Diocese, at The Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada, Pune.
The Salesian deacons were Ajay Shelke, Johnson Kshirsagar, Kiran Salve (Mumbai province), Renvick Pereira and Patrick Dias (Konkan province). Present at the altar were Fr. Godfrey D’ Souza, sdb provincial of Salesian province of Mumbai; Fr. Amrut Fonseca, OFM Cap, provincial of Capuchin province of Maharashtra, and 40 other priests. The solemn Eucharist began at 5: 30 pm with melodious singing by the brothers of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Koregaon Park, Pune.
During the homily His Grace, Bishop Dabre admired the courage and dedication of these young men for coming forward to offer their service and life to the people of God, in the midst of a world full of pleasure and worldly things. He also spoke of how the vocation to holy orders entails a life of service to Christ in the world. His Grace reminded them that they are men of God and not mere social workers. Since the majority of the people were from Marathi speaking background, His Grace also preached in Marathi. Keeping in line with the motto of the deacons i.e. ‘Called to serve like Jesus”, His Grace exhorted the faithful to imitate Jesus Christ, the true and perfect of model of service.
On behalf of all the newly ordained deacons, deacon Johnson Kshirsagar thanked Bishop Dabre, the provincials and superiors, parents and relatives and friends for their constant care and support and asked them to continue to keep them in their prayers as they journey towards priesthood.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

BIS # 3915 SYM-DBYS ELECTIONS 2014

by Carissa Gudino

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 15, 2014: The SYM-DBYS elections for the year 2014-2015 were held on the 9th of February 2014 at Don Bosco Youth Services Matunga. The meeting commenced with the screening of a video on the bicentenary of Don Bosco, followed by briefing by Fr. Cleophas Braganza sdb on how to choose right leaders as well as how to lead effectively.
The new SYM – DBYS leaders are as follows:
President: Lloyd Nunes
Vice President: Bibiana Estibeiro
Secretary:  Judeline Rodrigues
Joint Secretary: Sanchez Carvalho
Spiritual Group: Angel Abraham, Savio Dsouza
Communication Group: Jacob Pullanthara, Alma Odil
Sports and Culture Group: Scott Monteiro, Rebecca Pereira
Social and Political Group: Marina D'Costa, Israel Fernando.
The former SYM leaders were felicitated with a token of appreciation, followed by a vote of thanks by Fr. Glenn Lowe sdb, Director DBYS Matunga.
May the new leaders be beacons of light and a source of inspiration to all at DBYS Matunga

Fwd: BIS # 3914 AROGYADANACHA PRATHANA

by Bento D’Souza

RATHADGAON-BHINAGAR, FEBRUARY 14, 2014: On 13th February, the people of Rathadgaon assembled at St. Sebastian’s Chapel to take part in the healing prayer service conducted by the Tabor Fathers, the Vincentian priest Fr. Jameson Thomas and his team of Sisters and helpers.
People for the neighbouring villages as well took part in the Arogyadanacha prathana with all enthusiasm. Considering that this village had been closed down and the people neglected, the rise of fervour and devotion due to the baptisms in the village was a healthy sign that the people here treasure Prayer and the Word of God.
Songs led by Ida Ephrem, preaching by Fr. Jameson Thomas, testimony of Sr. Little Rose on faith as tiny as a mustard seed, healing prayer and anointing of all those present brought about renewal & peace. The light of Christ has spread in this little hamlet, what began in the pilgrimage to Goa has fructified in their baptisms and now through healing prayer service. May God work in the lives of these people.

Friday, February 14, 2014

BIS # 3913 SPIRITUAL VALUES

by BIS correspondent

BORIVALI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 14, 2014: The students of Don Bosco High School – Borivali participated in the competition on Spiritual Values conducted by the Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (Avec) – Mumbai, in the month of Nov- Dec.
They focused on reverence for God and sacred prayer, examination of conscience and religious harmony. The children of std 5, put up a play based on the season of advent. Through a Power Point Presentation they suggested what they could do during the season of advent to make it meaningful. Finally they ended with a song God please forgive me.
Their participation brought laurels to the school. They were awarded with a certificate of merit from AVEC.

BIS # 3912 ROSHNI OUTREACH-RECOGNISED BY SOCIAL BODY


by BIS correspondent

BARODA-GUJARAT, FEBRUARY 14, 2014:  It was a moment of pride for Ms. Jagruti Khaire, coordinator of the ‘Roshni Project’ at Don Bosco Baroda to receive the ‘best social worker award’ for services rendered towards running basti classes and self help groups for children and women, in and around Vadodara.
She was presented with the award on 8th February 2014 at Gandhi Gruha where over 1200 women had gathered to participate in a social recognition ceremony.  Out of 120 women social workers present, 40 were honoured by the ruling government in Gujarat. The staff of ‘Roshni’ were present with Ms. Khaire in the hall as a source of further encouragement.  The ‘Light’ lit by the founders of the Roshni Project is definitely illumining lives of many.

BIS # 3911 SHARING IS CARING

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 14, 2014: Toys are necessary tools that facilitate foster the mental, physical, emotional and social development of children. Toys are basic instruments for development of children’s fantasy thoughts and creativity.
A Value education program on TOYS was organized by Ms. Archana, class teacher of Pre- Preparatory”A” on 11th February 2014. Total of 40 students from class Pre- preparatory “A” participated in the dance, skit, pledge and message procession. The value portrayed through this program was: Sharing Is Caring.
The primary objective of the program was to imbibe the value of sharing. It also reflected the value of tolerance, obedience, sympathy. Knowledge about selecting an electronic toy was also reflected through robot dance. Students willingly collected their old toys and presented them to the Principal to be distributed among underprivileged children.
Parents and teachers along with the students enjoyed the program and witnessed the values being practically drilled into the minds of students. Message procession was the novel idea brought in for the first time in the value education program. The Principal along with the supervisor admired and appreciated the program.

BIS # 3910 PARENTING THE SALESIAN WAY

by BIS correspondent

KUWAIT, FEBRUARY 14, 2014: Taking a page from Don Bosco’s life to continuously feed the souls of all with spiritual food, the Salesian Cooperators of Kuwait organised a half-day recollection with Fr Valerian Pereira on Thursday, 6 February 2014.
Fr. Valerian thoughtfully designed the recollection focussing on three elements – revisiting the roles of a Salesian Cooperator as envisioned by Don Bosco, understanding the power of positive spiritual influences in our lives as did Don Bosco and finally applying the Salesian way in education and parenting/teaching.
“The recollection was an enriching experience as it brought to light the first-hand knowledge of our patron saint Don Bosco's principles and ideals and their perspectives” commented Susan D’costa a senior Salesian Cooperator and the secretary of the Kuwait unit.
Through powerful audio-visual presentations and meaningful discussions Fr. Valerian brought to life Don Bosco’s teachings for the 35 enthusiastic Salesian Cooperators. He discussed the strong spiritual influences in Don Bosco’s life and the role they played in shaping his life and his vision. In the concluding session, he elucidated the Salesian Educative Pedagogy and Parenting/Teaching today, discussing potential challenges and the practical guidelines that the Cooperators can emulate in their mission.
Evelyn Dsouza another Salesian was deeply touched by Fr. Valerian’s session, “His session gave me a clearer deeper vision of the goals / life/ vocation / struggles / endurance / faith & love of Don Bosco...helped me now understand the mind of Don Bosco when he thought of Salesian Cooperators”.

Fwd: BIS # 3909 ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO BAL JESU SHRINE


by Bento D’Souza

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, FEBRUARY 14, 2014:On 9th, February 2014, the feast of Infant Jesus, Nashik, the parishioners of St John the Baptist Church, Bhingar made their annual pilgrimage to Nashik Shrine.

Around fifty five pilgrims from Bhinagar attended the Festive Eucharist and also joined other pilgrims at Mass on arrival at midday. There were masses being held every hour in English & Marathi. The people then took part in the yatra and mela around the shrine.
After that, they left for a visit to Don Bosco, Divyadaan. The group left Nashik at five in the evening to stop at Sinnar and paid a visit to Swami Shilanand, the Indian Jesuit Baba at his Ashram.
A pilgrim said, “A day spent in union with the Infant Jesus was a day of peace, passion and prayers sent above and prayers received below. It was pilgrimage of Thanksgiving which expressed the attitude of gratitude”. 

BIS # 3908 ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DAY

by BIS Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 14, 2014:    Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrated their Annual Thanksgiving Day on 8th and 9th February 2014 in the school quadrangle. Around 1600 students participated in the Annual Day program. They staged the musical ‘Long Live the King’, a Rajasthani adaptation of the musical ‘The King and I’.
Fr. Salvador D’Souza sdb, an Alumnus himself, was the Guest of Honour on 8th February 2014. He was felicitated for celebrating his Diamond and Golden Jubilees of Profession and Ordination. Fr. D’Souza recounted his days as a boarder and student. He mentioned the Salesians who were instrumental in the progress of his vocation. Along with him, the prize winners of the school were felicitated for their excellent performance in various fields.
On 9 February 2014 Fr. Godfrey D’Souza, the newly appointed Provincial was the chief guest while Fr. Augustine Pereira, in charge of Shelti mission, was the Guest of Honour. Along with them the School also honoured the retired staff – Ms. Lynette D’Lima, Ms. Sheela Asrani, Mr. Davis Dias, Mr. Austin D’Souza, and the Silver Jubilarian Mrs. Shoba D’Souza.
The collection made at the Care-n-share Christmas Panorama effort was presented as a cheque to assist the children of the Salesian missionary work in Shelti. Fr. Pereira presented the work carrying out by the Salesians there.
On both the days the school staged the musical ‘Long Live the King’. It was a grand display of drama, music, song and dance. The musical sent forth a powerful message that love changes all and that every man is a king and every woman is a queen. The Principal, Fr. Bosco D’Mello thanked all those responsible for making the event a success. He singled out several persons and thanked each for their contribution. The highest credit went to Mr. Avit Dias, the man who wrote the script, put it to music and directed the production. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BIS # 3907 SIGNIS WESTERN REGION - MEDIA SEMINAR

by Jennifer D’ Cruz

BANDRA- MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 12, 2014: Western Region organized a Media Seminar for Catholic Youth on the Sunday, 9 February 2014   at St. Paul’s Provincial House, Bandra, Mumbai. The theme of the Seminar was “Social Media for Mission Outreach”. 
Social Media is surely one of the most powerful tools in today’s 21st fast running century. It is so essential and has become indispensable in the life of every young person. It is rightly said that young people are the WTF generation, don’t get me wrong, it is ‘Wikepidia’ ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ generation.
The Media Seminar was attended by young people who came from all the way from Gujarat, Goa,  Pune, Nashik, Vasai and Mumbai. Present were distinguished persons, Fr. Ashok Vaghela SJ, President of the Signis Western Region and Director of Gujarvani Communication Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.  Fr. Edwin Vas SVD, Vice-President of the Signis Western Region and Director of Ishvani Kendra, Pune, Sr. Hilda Braganza FMA, Treasurer and Secretary of the Signis Western Region and Directress of AMAR Media Centre, Wadala, Mumbai, Members of  Signis Western Region and friends. The visitors from South Africa were very special guests.
The Seminar began by invoking Gods presence as Sr. Silviya Antonymuthu FSP led all present in prayer with a prayer dance. The Inaugural addressed was given by Fr. Ashok Vaghela who gave a briefsignificance of the day and welcomed the gathering.  The Keynote Address was delivered by Fr. Cleophas Braganza SDB, Director of Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga. He emphasized on the need of using Social Media to reach out to others, making God’s Word and love known to all.
What followed next was a very exciting Media Symposium with the theme:  Social Media for Social change. The Moderator of the Symposium was Sr. Joeyanna D’ Souza FSP. Eminent speakers – a Youth (Mr. Brinston Carvalho), Social Worker (Mr. Richard D’ Souza), Parent (Mrs. Myola Gomes) and Media person (Mr. Kevin Jairaj) gave all present very valuable insights as to how Social Media can go a long way to bring about social change in the locality and the nation. Smart questions from the youth to the panellists helped to enrich the entire group and to clarify many of their qualms.
 The climax of the seminar was the well animated Holy Eucharist, con-celebrated by five priests. This was accompanied by the divine singing, a choir which comprised of the youth who were present. The homily was preached by Fr. Olavo  Caiado from Goa giving a very powerful message to the young to be the ‘message‘ by being effective like light and salt in the world.
The vote of thanks was proposed by Sr. Hilda Braganza. Special thanks were expressed to Fr.Alex and the community of St.Paul Provincial House, Bandra for allotting their premises for the seminar and the well decorated hall. She also thanked Miss Dahlia Ribeiro for compering the program.
A participant commented ‘We thank the core team and all the Signis members for organizing such a wonderful seminar and we look forward to having some more of this kind in the future.’

Fwd: BIS # 3906 I AM GOD'S FIELD -ALTAR SERVERS RALLY 2014

by Oswald Aranha


KUWAIT, FEBRUARY 12, 2014: The New Year in Kuwait begun with a bang! The young altar servers were all excited and couldn’t wait until Saturday for their All Kuwait Altar Servers Rally and to meet the altar servers from other parishes.
The courtyard of St Therese Church in Kuwait was bustling with activity as 105 altar servers excitedly gathered to depart for the All Kuwait Rally. After a roll call and briefing, the exuberant team departed for the City Cathedral where they were met by the teams from the other parishes. The energy in the city church was electrifying as 368 young boys gathered together as God’s field, waiting to absorb his seed.
A lively Praise and Worship session led by Fr. Noel Almeida spiritually set the stage for this momentous event. The Vicar General Fr. Mathews lit the ceremonial lamp and officially declared the rally open. After a short briefing of the day’s events by Fr. Francis Kharjias db, the altar servers moved into their junior or senior altar server groups.
Fr. Lionel Braganza sdb and Fr. Valerian Pereira sdb were the speakers for the morning and they alternated between the groups. Fr. Valerian Pereira was invited from India specially to animate the altar servers rally. Their sessions shed light on the theme of the day – receiving the seed that God has sown in our lives and being the fertile soil he created us to be.“I really liked the inspiring talk given by Fr. Lionel” said Ashmen Braganza, to which Rhys Rodrigues added “Yes! Me too! It also made me understand the wrong I was doing”.
Fr. Franco Pereira sdb then celebrated an inspiring and enlightening Holy Mass. Throughout the Eucharist, he carefully explained each part of the liturgy, its significance and its purpose. “I learned things I never knew even though I have been going to mass for so long” said Ashwin Correia.
The boys then gathered together for a quiz on the Gospel of St. Mathew animated by Ursula Lobo and Siovin Landers.  After much screaming and shouting the St. Daniel Comboni Parish boys walked away as the clear winners. After all this excitement, it was time for some more drama.
The St. Daniel Comboni Parish boys put up a short yet informative audio-visual presentation and drama explaining the Syro-Malabar Rite. For those who attend the Latin rite, it was a real eye-opener. This was followed by a skit on the parable of the sower, by St. Therese’s parish, as it applies to our modern times.
It was evening already and time to call it a day. Certificates were distributed to all the participants. A special thanks was extended to all the priests for their participation and support and to the team of volunteers for their dedicated service. The young boys left for their homes bidding farewell to their new friends from other parishes. Benson Daniel Cosman commented before leaving “I liked the altar servers rally because I could meet all the altar servers from different parishes and I was able to take part in the quiz”. 
Let us continue to pray for these young boys that they may continue to be God’s field, receiving and discerning God’s seed and one day heeding to His call.

BIS # 3905 RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF RELIGION

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 12, 2014: The Value Education Program for Class I-C was held on 6th February 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The topic for the program was ‘Right to freedom of Religion’. The teacher in charge was Ms. Anita Wagh .The objective was to make the students aware about the importance of freedom of Religion in our live as well as the equality, brotherhood and unity among religions.
The program began with a prayer followed by the School Anthem.  A skit, song and dance showed that, though there are different religions that follow different cultures, traditions, rituals and customs yet we are one and our god is one. The program concluded with the Vote of Thanks, by Ms. Anita Wagh followed by the Noon talk by Fr.Bonnie Borges, who emphasized Faith in god and respect for all religions.
Overall, the program was successful in creating awareness about religious equality. The message the class wanted to spread was ‘we all are one and we should not judge anyone on the basis of their caste, colour and way of worship’.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fwd: BIS # 3904 DON BOSCO - LEAD THE WAY

by Ms. Sunita D’Souza

WADALA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY  11, 2014: It was indeed a day to remember! The Josephites paid tribute to Don Bosco in a special way on their 97th Annual Thanksgiving Day on 31st of January 2014 – the feast day of Don Bosco.
They were honored with the presence of Rt. Rev. Dominic Savio Fernandes, the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bombay, who was the Chief Guest, and Mr. Ramesh Dound, their retired teacher, the Guest of Honour. At the fabulous guard of honour by the NCC troupe and leaders, the guests were accompanied by the members of the Management, the Supervisors and the P.T.A. Vice-Presidents of the Primary and the Secondary sections. The comperes dressed as 'Yin' and "Yang' representing the evil and goodness of human nature warmly welcomed everyone and pepped up the evening through their amazing dialogue on negativity and positivity. Don Bosco, they emphasized, was a man who transformed the world with his positive thinking and we in turn have the power to bring about a positive change in the world. In the presentation ceremony, the dignitaries were gifted bonsai and tulsi plants which exude positivity.
The welcome song by the teenie minnie music lovers from the K.G. section kept all enthralled and brought a smile on everyone's face. The song 'Aye Khudavand Bata' based on Psalm 15 provided the profound melody and beats for a graceful prayer dance by the parents and Kg students. Fr. Vivian D'Souza then addressed the gathering and extended a warm welcome to everyone. The musical 'The Wide-Mouthed Frog' by the Primary students was a lesson on ‘Mummy care’ providing insights into a mother’s love for her young ones with much focus and self-belief.
Following this mini-musical was the annual school report presented by Ms. Nicole Britto, Headmistress and Vice-Principal. The slides in the power-point presentation zoomed in on all the fantastic activities conducted in the school and on the many students who brought laurels to the school over the past year.  The Chief Guest and the Guest of Honour were then felicitated through specially prepared addresses and treasurable mementos. They in turn addressed the gathering and gave an insight into their world.  The Prize Distribution Ceremony that followed brought the chart-busters into the limelight. These were presented with certificates and scholarships, and the special achievers were awarded shields to mark their victory.
After a short interval, the musical 'Don Bosco - A cantata' was then staged by the young Josephites together with their supportive teachers. It provided a glimpse into the life of Don Bosco, and the influence of people -especially Mamma Margaret -and Mary, Help of Christians, on his life journey. The musical, originally in Italian, was translated into English by Fr. Ian Doulton, sdb.  The invigorating music, and the fantastic sequence of dance and songs, interspersed with snapshots of Don Bosco’s life and the Salesian works projected on the big screen, kept the appreciative crowd spellbound and engrossed.
In his vote of thanks, the Principal, Fr. Bernard Fernandes, thanked the staff and the numerous volunteers (students, past pupils and parishioners) who stepped forward generously in staging the day’s razzmatazz. He attributed the day’s success to the blessings of the Almighty and Don Bosco, and the hard work of committed individuals.
It was indeed a fitting tribute to the man behind all the action - Don Bosco! May the dream of Don Bosco live on and may we cherish always the three Rs he stood for - reason, religion and righteousness with loving kindness!  Viva Don Bosco! Long Live Don Bosco!

BIS # 3903 ANNUAL SCOUT CAMP


by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 11, 2014: The annual scout guide camp was held on 1st February, 2014 at the Don Bosco Senior Secondary School ground. Camping out the entire day in tents, 342 students of classes V to X witnessed an activity filled day.
Organising a camp on their, own school ground was an excellent and innovative initiative taken by the Principal, Rev. Fr. Anthony. Students and teachers witnessed a series of events and activities like the flag break, tent pitching, pioneering project, making gadgets, class wise cooking competition, investiture ceremony, etc.
The camp finally ended with a camp-fire where the students staged a variety of performances. Teachers from the secondary and primary section were a part of this camp in some way or the other.
This scout camp was a complete learning experience for one and all. Students left with a lifetime of memories to be cherished.

BIS # 3902 FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND EXPRESSION

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 11, 2014: The value ‘Freedom Of Speech And Expression’ was showcased in the School Assembly on 4th February , 2014 by the students of Class VI B under guidance of Class teacher Mrs. Neeru Nigam and supervised by Mr. Pankaj Rai, the supervisor.
The objective of the Assembly was to show that it is very essential for us to express our thoughts and ideas to others. 
The value education program began with a prayer followed by a skit. A video clipping was shown on Life of Nelson Mandela and his social work in South Africa.   Singers sang the song “khud jiye sabko jeena sikhayee” melodiously synchronized with the music played by their fellow student Annie Keerthana. Few inspirational drawings were displayed by students followed by a strong message “Umeed wali dhoop” at the end.
The power point slides were very beautifully presented. Costumes were appropriate for all modes of communication.
Students learnt that, ‘Even if a hundred people think in a particular way, you have the freedom to think differently and express your views accordingly.’

BIS # 3901 SALESIAN COOPERATORS VISIT THE MISSIONS

by Mrs. Irene Shah

AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 11, 2014: The Salesian Cooperators of the Wadala(W) unit, undertook a mission trip to Ahmednagar on the 31st January till the 2nd February 2014. It was a wonderful trip with very enriching and fulfilling experiences. Br. Ramesh, who organised the stay and visits to the villages, left no stone unturned to see that the cooperators had a comfortable stay, good food and kept them on the move to accomplish their mission.
Br. Ramesh received them warmly at the Ahmednagar railway station and took them to BGVK, from where they proceeded for the celebration of the Eucharist with Fr. Issu as the celebrant. They were then briefed about the mission. In the evening the group joined the Don Bosco Savedi Community for the feast mass at which Bishop Lourdes Daniel  from Nasik was the main celebrant. The little girls praised and Glorified the Lord with a dance as the Bishop entered with the co-celebrants. The ‘Grace’ Choir was very good. They met the Salesian Sisters as well. They then visited St. Anne’s Church and met Fr. Thomas as he celebrated his Birthday, and also Frs. Nelson and Bento.
On the 1st and 2nd of February Br. Ramesh took the group on their mission. They visited 8 villages in all (5 on 1st  Feb and 3 on 2nd Feb ) on the 1st of february they covered Mahaldhara , Sonewadi  (saw in both the (VEP) village education programs), Pimpalgaon Ghat (SHG Women- self-help groups), Pimpal gaon,  Malvi, Adhavadi villages. In the last two villages they were fascinated with the “Children Parliament” that functioned there.
On the 2nd of February they covered Himampur, Jeur, Nandgoan villages. Since Saturday was a half day, they did not visit many villages, but were happy to meet the members of the Childrens’ Parliament and interacted with them. The Parliament consist of the Prime minister, Health, Education, Sports, Culture, Environment ministers etc. It was very nice to see and hear the basics being inculcated in the children. Ms. Dolly also gave a little speech about cleanliness, attendance in the school and respecting teachers and elders and the necessity of going to school.
They sang, danced and played with them and also presented them with gifts like writing materials and sweets.  It was nice to see them clean and disciplined. They also saw the watershed work done by the Salesian.
Br. Ramesh explained to them the Vision and the Motto of the Institution and the works. In conclusion one of the members said, “We enjoyed our mission experience and felt really proud to be part of the Salesian Family”.

BIS # 3900 GOODBYE... TILL WE MEET AGAIN...

by BIS correspondent

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 11, 2014: Having spent twelve long years in Don Bosco High School, Borivli, it was indeed very difficult for the management and the teachers, as well as the students, to say a good bye to a hundred and eight boys of the tenth standard. 
A very interesting program was organized for the boys by the ninth standard students and the teachers. The assembly began with a prayer service invoking the blessings of the Almighty on the gathered members and especially on the boys. This was followed by some foot tapping dance performances, a power point presentation that took them through a journey from their kindergarten days to the final years of SSC. It was fun to see these tiny innocent tots transform into mature, understanding and handsome young boys. Father Rector, in his address, emphasized the importance of technology in today’s world and the need to keep up with the advancement in the world around.
Two boys represented their classes and shared their thoughts through their thanksgiving speeches that touched the hearts of all.
The icing on the cake was a surprise quiz for the boys. The questions put up in the quiz had a fun element to it. They were all based on the things that the boys supposedly knew about their school. It was nice to see them struggling to answer simple questions like the number of potted plants outside their own classrooms, and the teacher with maximum years of experience to their credit.

Friday, February 7, 2014

BIS # 3899 LAUNCH OF AUDIO KRISTAPURANA IN MARATHI

by BIS correspondent

BHINAGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 7, 2014: In a private ceremony on 6th February 2014, the Provincial, Fr. Godfrey D’Souza launched the Marathi version of the Kristapurana at St John Parish residence in the presence of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the Vice Provincial and Frs. Nelson and Bento.
The audio recording is a professionally done, 25 hour long audio package of the entire story of the bible interwoven with our life. It is ideal for listening to daily scriptures.
The subsidized cost of the single DVD is Rs 400/- available with the Publisher & Distributor, Fr. Dr Nelson Falcao at <falnel1@gmail.com> or at St. John the Baptist church, Bhingar camp, 414002, Ahmednagar.

BIS # 3898 CELEBRATION OF DON BOSCO'S FEAST


by BIS correspondent 

WADALA-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 7, 2014: The Parish of Our Lady of Dolours, Wadala, prepared for the Feast of St. John Bosco with well prepared and conducted Novenas, preached by the priests from the parish as well as the neighbouring parish.
The faithful attended the services in large numbers to pray for their intentions. The feast day mass was celebrated by Fr. Elson Barretto sdb, the Provincial Economer. There were a large number of parishioners, students and staff of St. Joseph’s High School participating in the well prepared Eucharist.
After the Eucharistic celebration, the congregation went in a procession to the assigned place between the Church and the School building, where Fr. Elson Barretto blessed the new 6 ft. Statue of Don Bosco with youth surrounding him. The location chosen is apt and the statue looks imposing and inviting.
A special thanks to Fr. Allwyn and his team for the hard work put in for erecting this beautiful statue in honour of Don Bosco.

BIS # 3897 SERVING THE LORD WITH HOLY CHEERFULNESS

by Amira Peter

KUWAIT, FEBRUARY 7, 2014: It was a lovely, crisp winter day and there was a festivity in the air in the Indian hamlet of Kuwait. It was 31st of January and the feast of Don Bosco! A special mass was held in the evening concelebrated by all the Salesians priests, with Fr. Valerian Pereira as the main celebrant.
The mass was solemn… the church was beautifully decorated and the choir brought the celebration to life with their lively hymns and music. The church was overflowing with devout parishioners and the fragrance of incense filled the air. Fr. Valerian began his homily by narrating the story of the award-winning novel and movie “Les Miserables”. By weaving the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption with the life of Don Bosco, Fr. Valerian beautifully explained the mission of Don Bosco – loving kindness, youthful optimism and evangelical zeal.
At this festive mass the Family Cell of the Parish also launched two landmark projects: ‘Jesus Connects’ – a matrimonial database that will offer Catholic singles an opportunity to meet Catholic life partners and ‘Positive Pathways’ – a Christian-based professional therapy service to assist parishioners effectively manage life’s challenges. Eight professional counsellors have volunteered to offer their service to parishioners who need therapeutic help.
Fr. Blany Pinto, Parish Priest briefly introduced the two projects to the parish while commending the Family Ministry for their efforts.
Jude Andrade, coordinator of Jesus Connects then came forward to the altar with a file symbolising the Jesus Connects Program. Fr. Valerian blessed him and officially launched the program.
Next, Sonu George coordinator and Lead Counsellor of Positive Pathways, joined by the other Counsellors came forward to take the Counsellors Pledge before the altar. Fr. Lionel Braganza sdb, Spiritual Director for Positive Pathways blessed them and officially launched this program.
After singing the final hymn to Don Bosco – Raise your voices and sing the praises - the spiritual celebration was concluded. The parishioners left inspired by the life of Don Bosco.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

BIS # 3896 FEAST OF ST. JOHN BOSCO AT BORIVLI

by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4, 2014: St. John Bosco Church, Borivali was privileged to have the presence of His Eminence Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who celebrated the Eucharistic in honour of their Patron St. John Bosco whose feast was celebrated on Sunday, 2nd February 2014. The con – celebrants were Rev. Fr. Aloysius Furtado, Parish Priest; Rev. William Falcao, Rector; Rev. Fr. George Carlos, Principal, Rev. Fr. K.T. Emmanuel, Secretary to the Archbishop, Borivli, Rev. Fr. Jeffrey Fernandes, Administrator, Bosco Boys Home and Rev. Fr. Elias Dias.

His Eminence gave the community a heart –warming and inspiring homily on how Don Bosco led a holy life and set an example for youngsters. He further enlightened the gathering on how parishes should unite so as to bring about God’s kingdom here on earth.

His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias released a book penned by Rev Fr. Elias Dias "A Legacy of Love for the Young" History, Pedagogy and Spirituality of Don Bosco in a nutshell as we usher in the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco. The book is dedicated to the Salesians of Mumbai Province. Rev. Fr. Dias, thanked the Parish Team and Salesian Co-operators of St. John Bosco, Borivali for all the support given to him.

After the Holy Eucharist, the parish lay associations were privileged to interact personally with his Eminence and seek his blessings.

The parish community had a parish get-together in the evening fondly known by the parishioners as Bosco Nite in honour of the patron Saint Don Bosco. It was a fun-filled evening in which the young and old participated in the events and the games. All present had a wonderful time.

BIS # 3895 DON BOSCO ZONE CELEBRATES YATRA

by Bento D’Souza

BHINAGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 4, 2014: On the 3rd of February, 2014, the Don Bosco Zone celebrated its annual yatra and feast as it is named after St John Bosco, whose feast is celebrated on 31st January universally.

It being the feast of St. Blaise, the service began with the blessing of the throats of all those present. Fr. Nelson Falcao celebrated the Eucharist in Sujatha’s home and preached on the relevance and efficacy of Don Bosco to parents in educating their children in the ways of Human Growth and God’s ways.

The Don Bosco zone animated the Eucharist. On the altar stood the portraits of Mary and Jesus with the inspiring words: ‘Surely, the Lord is in this place’ a quote from Genesis 28, 12. 

BIS # 3894 DON BOSCO FEAST

by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4, 2014: The Feast of Don Bosco was celebrated on 31st January, 2014. The preparations for the feast began on 22nd January with Morning Talks on five of the dreams of Don Bosco. The Feast Day Celebrations began at 7:10 am, with Holy Mass for the Catholic students and a Prayer Service for the Non-Catholics.

Teachers, Milan and Cleona were in-charge of the program, which comprised of dances, videos and a skit on Don Bosco. The objective of this Celebration was to remember the patron Saint of the School and rejoice in his legacy.

Students were inspired by the dreams and the devotional program. It was truly a day when the whole Salesian Family of Don Bosco School, Nerul, came together in love and togetherness. 

BIS # 3893 KARATE CHAMPION

by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4, 2014:  On 19th Jan’2014, The “Inter Dojo Karate Championship” was held at the Sister Nivedita International School. 

Around 500 students participated in the competition.  Don Bosco, Borivali, is proud to announce that Mst. Rohit Sonawane won the Gold Medal in Kumite(Fight) and has been selected  for the Maharashtra Karate Championship.

Wishing him all the very best ! 

BIS # 3892 A LEGACY OF LOVE FOR THE YOUNG

by BIS correspondent 

BORIVALI-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4, 2014: Don Bosco Parish and the Salesian Cooperators Unit  of Borivali were happy and privileged to launch the book “A Legacy of Love for the Young” by Fr. Elias Dias sdb on the Feast of St John Bosco, on 2nd February at Don Bosco Parish Borivli,  Mumbai at the festive celebration of the Eucharist by His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, The Archbishop of Mumbai.

‘A Legacy of Love for the Young’ is a compact gist of the three themes on the study of Don Bosco, our Rector Major has offered us in preparation for the birth bicentenary of  Don Bosco in 2015.

The book charts a historical sketch of Don Bosco based on available data on the history and culture of his times. It describes the pedagogical method of the educator-saint in a manner that common people can understand and apply. It outlines his simple yet profound spirituality, a legacy of love left to us by the great saint of the Catholic Church of nineteen century.

Fr. Elias has dedicated this book to all the Salesians of Mumbai Province especially to the former Provincials Fr. Ivo Coelho and Fr. Michael Fernandes for the love, care and support they have rendered to the community.  

He thanked His Eminence for launching this book, Fr. Godfrey D’souza, the Provincial of the Mumbai Salesian Province for writing the foreword, Fr. Savio Silveira, Fr. Joachim Fernandes, Fr. William Falcao for their constant support, Fr. Colbert DaSilva for designing the cover, and Mr. William Fernandes for printing the book. 

Fr Elias Dias  has authored many  publications based on the Salesian, moral  and Gospel values. He has written passionately   on the multifaceted aspects of “Don Bosco’s Marvel” in a simple yet convincing manner and through it has  shared his deep love, appreciation and inspiration of Don Bosco. This book will help us know, love and re-launch this heritage and legacy of love as we celebrate the birth bicentenary of Don Bosco.

The reasons why Fr. Elias chose to launch this book from this Parish? He is the third Rector of this house, as a Provincial delegate for the Salesian Cooperators, he found the Borivali unit to be one of the most vibrant ones and lastly because this book is a fruit of the reflection he had shared with this unit during their annual retreat in August 2013.

BIS # 3891 SALESIAN PARENT'S DAY

by BIS correspondent 

VIRAR-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 4, 2014: The parents of Salesians from Uttan, Vasai and Virar gathered together to celibate Parents Day at Jyoti Mata Church, Virar on 2nd February 2014.

The day began with the holy Eucharist at 10.30 a.m. celebrated by Fr. McEnroe Lopes. Fr. Rixon Nigrel in his homily spoke about the role of parents in the life of Salesians.

After the Mass parents were welcomed by Sunday school children. Fr. Vishwas with the help of a power point presentation familiarised all present with the various institutions of Mumbai province. Fr. Allwyin Misquitta released the phone and address directory of parents.

Fr. Royel D’Abreo gave a beautiful parting message to the parents.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BIS # 3890 TINY TOTS VISIT ROCK GARDEN


by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 3, 2014: “Play is an active form of learning that unites the mind, body and the spirit “. The students of the Playgroup and Pre-Nursery of Don Bosco School, Nerul, went for their Annual picnic to Rock Garden (Nerul) on the 24th of January, 2014.
The Morning Prayer was said to invoke God’s blessing and protection for the trip. On reaching the venue, the children were taken for a walk around the garden to see the greenery, the colorful flowers all around. They saw the statues carved in the garden area and played on the swings and slides.
The chill was in the air… children were full of excitement and enthusiasm. Students enjoyed the slides and the greenery spread around; they were amazed to see the fish and lotus pond.
The picnic served as an ‘out of classroom’ learning opportunity for students.

BIS # 3889 AROGYA PRATHANA TABOR PRAYER

by Bento D’Souza

BHINAGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 3, 2014: On 2nd February, 2014, the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, about twenty faithful gathered together in the Eucharistic Chapel and then participated in the Tabor Healing prayer service from 9.00 am after the Marathi Mass to 12.30 pm.
Fr. Jameson Thomas, Vincentian, and his team helped the group through the day with testimonies, music ministry and Preaching the Word of God.
Every month the people of Bhinagar, experience the Presence of the Lord along with the healing of the Spirit and are enthusiastic about this mode of praise & worship as being beneficial to their Christian lives.

BIS # 3888 MASS AT DON BOSCO NERUL

by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, FEBRUARY 3, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul was privileged to have Fr. Charlin Chandran and Fr. Shekar Mariadas, the newly ordained priests amidst them on the 23rd January, 2014.They celebrated the Eucharist for the Catholic students and teachers of the school.
Fr. Shekhar was the main celebrant while Fr. Charlin preached the homily. Fr. Osbourne Furtado (Vocational Promoter), Fr. Bonnie Borges (Manager) and Fr. Anthony Fonseca
(Principal) were the concelebrants. They offered the Eucharist for the aspirations of all the students. The Choir sang hymns beautifully and enlivened the liturgy.
During his sermon, Fr. Charlin spoke about the importance of prayer in our daily lives. He also narrated an interesting story about two friends, who were hired to carry water from a nearby river to a cistern in the town square. They start filling the cistern by carrying buckets of water. One of them, then thinks of a better way to carry water. He starts building a pipeline from the river to the cistern while the other friend continues to carry buckets of water.
Fr. Shekhar ended the story with a motivational message – ‘We should build pipelines to achieve our goals, be it our studies, work or spiritual life.’
After the final hymn, the new priests were congratulated by the Manager, Fr. Bonnie Borges.
Fr. Charlin and Fr. Shekhar thanked the Management for inviting them to Don Bosco, Nerul. They also shared their vocation stories. Their testimonies helped the students to reflect on their sense of purpose and vocation. The students and all those present were then invited to kiss the anointed hands of the newly ordained priests.