Monday, August 31, 2015

BIS #4543 MINISTERING TO NOVICES IN NASHIK

by Ashley Noronha

 

NASHIK, AUGUST 29, 2015: Father Ajoy Fernandes and Father Glenford Lowe conducted the Salesian Youth Ministry (SYM) for the SDB and FMA novices at Salesian Training Institute, Nashik from August 26-28

The Holy Eucharistic celebrations on all the three days emphasised on the theme of the Salesian Youth Ministry.

 

At the onset, Father Lowe asked the novices to fill a questionnaire on the Youth Ministry and had a discussion on the questionnaire and the profile of a Youth Minister.

 

Father Fernandes then touched upon the evaluation of the Apostolate that the novices are engaged in. The first day came to a close with the screening of the movie 'The Good Lie.'

 

There was a discussion on the film the following day. The novices were then divided into three groups and were given themes to discuss for a presentation they had to make the same evening.

 

The themes they touched upon were 'Joy and Optimism' for street children, 'Doing daily duties in an extraordinary way' for students of standard ten and 'Ecology' for Standard12.

 

The novices were then divided into two groups and had to plan for Teacher' Day and Children's Day. After supper, each of the three gRoups were given twenty minutes for their presentation.

 

On August 28, there was an evaluation of the presentations and later the novices were asked to make a three-month plan for Youth Ministry for their respective oratories. 

BIS #4542 THE WORLD AT THEIR DOORSTEP

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 29, 2015: Representatives from a range of internationally renowned universities from Australia, USA, United Kingdom, France, Singapore and Canada visited Don Bosco College, Kurla for 'International Shiksha Abhiyan' on August 20.

 

The programme was initiated by Study Networks to help students from standard nine and ten – from Don Bosco High School, Matunga make informed decisions about their future.

 

A delegation representing popular and emerging study destinations, ranging from Monash University (Melbourne), Essec Business School (France), S.I.M. (Singapore), I.E. (Spain), University of Victoria (Canada) to The University of South Carolina (U.S.A.) were present to counsel the students about possible future careers. Other delegates represented universities in New Zealand, The Netherlands, Ireland and UK.

 

Students were mentored with the necessary information and a one-on-one delegate-student interaction followed. Further information through brochures and details about essentials such as passport and visa requirements, qualifications necessary for each course and available scholarships were also given.

 

"Time and again, Don Bosco, Matunga, has proved to be one of the best schools in Mumbai," said a parent, Mrs Manghi, "This time the school has gone one step further and brought the world of international education to our doorstep."

 

With inputs from Rishit Parekh and Ganesh Adepu.

Friday, August 28, 2015

BIS #4541 VALUES THROUGH ELOCUTION

by Clarissa Leitao

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 28, 2015: An English elocution competition held at Don Bosco Junior College, Borivali on August 27 helped students focus on manners, good health and the importance of protecting the environment.

 

The students spoke well and with lots of confidence on topics such as Don Bosco – a Saint of our times, Health is Wealth, India Shining and Manners, which are an important attribute of life.

 

Students brought out Don Bosco for today's youth beautifully. They stressed on the importance of simple things like manners in everyday life.

 

Topics on the importance of health, exercise and a balanced diet made the audience aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  

 

India shining, another issue brought out the positive qualities and the achievements of our Mother India.

 

The messages in the competition helped the audience reflect on the importance of virtues.

 

Lynette and Hemanti, both experienced teachers, were the judges.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIS #4540 HELPING SCHOOLS FIGHT SUBSTANCE ABUSE

by Doctor Susan Mathew

 

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 26, 2015: The Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) was able to accomplish one more national level teacher training programme on substance abuse on August 19 - 20 in Chandigarh. 


The training programme, which spanned two days, was organised in co-ordination with the NGO, The Society for Promotion of Youth and Masses (SPYM), the State Legal Services Authority and the State National Service Scheme (NSS). It was held at the State Judicial Academy, Chandigarh.

 

Sixty teachers - from various schools and colleges across the city - participated in the programme. During the inaugural session, Lal Chand, the member secretary, State Legal Services; Bikram Rana, state liaison Officer, NSS and Manish Kumar, programme in- charge, SPYM urged the participants to consider the training programme as an important tool to address the social menace of substance abuse among children.

 

Susan Mathew, DBRC, briefed the audience about the objectives and the expected outcome of the programme. Pre-workshop forms were distributed to teachers to assess their understanding about substance abuse.

 

On day one, sessions by Doctor Yatan Pal Singh, assistant professor of psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi covered all the important aspects concerning substance abuse i.e., definition, types of drugs, harms of drugs, stages, approaches and legal implications.

 

He drew a clear distinction between drugs and consequences, medicines and non- medicines, legal and illegal drugs, use, abuse and total drug dependence. He stressed that children were at a `high risk' as they started with experimentation of drugs stealthily moving to occasional use and then eventually to regular use.

 

Prevention is always better than controlling the damage done, de-addiction and rehabilitation. Therefore it was important for teachers to identify and prevent the children from resorting to substance use at an earlier stage. Veena Sahrma, DBRC, conducted an activity to understand participants' level of knowledge on advantage and disadvantage of drugs.

 

The second day's sessions were devoted to practical learning through creative and innovative activities designed by Kalyani, consultant, SPYM, Delhi.

Teachers were made to understand strengthening as well as weakening factors in a child's network of relationships, the role of parents, siblings, friends and others that included teachers, counselors, social workers in prevention of substance abuse.

It was important that the risk factors like fear, stress, abuse, peer pressure driving children to substance abuse were surpassed by protective factors such as love, care, patience, understanding, family values and good friends.

 

She also demonstrated how the grassroots comics would enable a child to speak up about the pressing issues in a creative manner. Some of the important measures in addressing the problem amongst school children included keen observation, understanding one's role, being resourceful, maintaining records and referring to professional help.

 

Some of the teachers shared their experiences about the training programme. Besides knowledge building, the training had provided a direction and insights into duties. It also upgraded their skills to identify the problem and measures to deal with it.

 

During the concluding session, Lal Chand shared the road map he had chalked out to take forward the anti-drug movement in Chandigarh.

 

To promote awareness on substance abuse across schools, a team consisting of trained teachers and two students would be constituted, who in turn would reach out to their peers. State NSS would be playing an active role in the campaign by roping in all NSS volunteers from various colleges and training them. State Legal Services Authority would take up the campaign with slum communities and other pockets of the city.

 

The take home message for all the participants was to 'help every child in Chandigarh say no to drugs and to make Chandigarh a drug-free city.'

 

Before the closing of the training programme, post-training forms were filled by participants and certificates of participation were distributed.

BIS #4539 INCULCATING VALUES THROUGH DANCES AND SKITS

by Sweta Supriti and Mahek Khan

 

NAVI MUMBAI, AUGUST 26, 2015: The staff of Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul used skits and dances during their Value Education programme to help inculcate the correct values  in children from the pre-preparatory and preparatory classes on August 25.

 

Value Education aims at promoting broader capabilities, attitudes and skills that matter not just in schools but also beyond its confines, to make the world a better place not just for themselves but also for their family, friends and society.

 

The theme of the value education programme was 'Respect God's Creation'. The programme was organised by teachers, Sweta Supriti and Mahek Khan for classes Preparatory B and C.

 

The objective of the programme was to develop the value of respect towards God's creation. God always has a good purpose for everything he does! So we all should respect and have faith in God's creation.  

 

The staff, students and parents continued to shower praises long after the event was over. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

BIS #4538 GO GREEN INITIATIVE A HIT IN PUNE

by Michael D'souza

 

PUNE , AUGUST 26, 2015: Around hundred parishioners of Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada participated in a 10-kilometre long Cyclothon on August 23, as part of their Go Green initiative.


Father Anton, the Parish Priest, flagged off the rally, which is the first of its kind in the parish.

 

The event saw participants across different age groups, come together to promote cycling and healthy living.

 

Cycling is the best and the most economical way to not only stay fit but also fight diseases like diabetes, asthma, bronchitis and other heart diseases.

 

Vishal Lobo then addressed the congregation about the impact of pollution. He emphasised the importance of taking drastic measures to tackle the menace of air pollution, given that Pune is among the top five most polluted cities in India, when it comes to air pollution.

 

The parish also undertaking various other eco-friendly initiatives focused on the 3 R's of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to ensure the parish is eco-friendly.

BIS #4537 EXCITING CLOSE TO THE BICENTENARY

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 25, 2015: The Alumni of Don Bosco High School, Matunga commemorated the closing of the Bicentenary  birth of Saint John Bosco through fun and games on August 22 and 23, bringing back memories of their good old school days. 

 

On day 1, the Young Past Pupils (GEX) met on the turf Football field at the Matunga campus for a tournament. The event started with an exhibition game played by the boarders vs the night study class boys. Eight teams vied for top honours.

 

Only alumni under the age of 35 could participate. Each team put up a tough fight and EspaƱa emerged as winners. Father Elias Dias inaugurated the games and Father Glen Lowe awarded the trophies.

 

On day 2, the senior past pupils aged 35 and above, came together for a Carrom tournament. Although the participation was not as expected, those present had a good time and admitted that they were playing the games after many years. They hoped that such initiatives would provide more opportunities for the 'old boys' to come back to their alma mater.

BIS #4536 SACHIN TENDULKAR BATS FOR SHELTER DON BOSCO

by Father Joaquim Fernandes

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 25, 2015: Mumbai, August 25, 2015:  Sachin Tendulkar's batting and sheer hunger for runs has left an indelible mark on cricket lovers worldwide. His Test and ODI numbers as so staggering, that it's conceivable some of those records may never be broken.

 

Now, with his glittering cricketing career behind him, India's favourite icon – Tendulkar – has made it a point to give back to a nation, what the nation gave to him - love.

 

Tendulkar visited Shelter Don Bosco, Matunga on August 25 and met the scores of disadvantaged children, who are cared for and loved by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

 

The batting maestro, who is Aviva India's brand ambassador since 2007,  visited the Shelter to promote 'Aviva Early Starters Initiative' launched just last month and is aimed at inspiring lesser fortunate children to start planning their dreams early in life.
 

"I could start playing for India at 16 because I started preparing for it at 8. An early start led to early success and helped me reach far.  Now with the Aviva Early Starters Initiative, I am looking to give an early start to children's careers and turn their big dreams to reality," Tendulkar said.

 

The Early Starters initiative will take forward Aviva India's award-winning 'What's Your Big Plan' campaign. Aviva India will provide 20 children an opportunity to live their dream profession and mentor them to become stars.

 

Some of the street children present got the opportunity to ask Tendulkar some questions.

 

One of the Shelter boys asked, 'How do you become a dreamer and a star?' 

 

Tendulkar answered, "You need to have a passion in life and coached by the right people to achieve success.  You need to be dedicated and with endurance, discipline and sheer hard work you will be what you want to be."

 

He then presented five children with an autographed bat. The memento, is hoped, will encourage and inspire those present to play the game of life and fulfil their dreams to be good and honest citizens.

 

The past pupils of Shelter Don Bosco too came to witness this mega event and each one of them had a story to tell.

 

Pupils like Arjun Singh - a native of Odisha - left his family and home at a very young age and reached Mumbai by train. He was picked up by the staff of Shelter Don Bosco and nurtured by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

 

At Shelter Don Bosco, he was sent to school, college and presently he is completing his fourth year of Engineering studies at Don Bosco Engineering College, Kurla and resides at Don Bosco, Borivli. 

 

"Everything I have achieved is due to the Salesian fathers and the staff of Shelter Don Bosco who have been hand-holding me and mentoring me all these years. I plan to work in the IT sector and become and asset to the Indian nation" Arjun said.

 

Don Bosco's system of Education - through reason, religion and loving kindness - has given the spark to disadvantaged children to achieve the impossible dream; despite the odds they still find the light to seek truth, justice, peace and forgiveness.      

 

While Sachin will be the chief mentor for these children, other renowned personalities - like Doctor Naresh Trehan, chef Kunal Kapur, fashion designers Shantanu & Nikhil, RJ Naved and artist Alka Raghuvanshi - will also be a part of the Early Starters mentorship initiative.

 

Father Gregory Almeida, Rector of Shelter Don Bosco, was thanked immensely for co-ordinating this event with Aviva and making dreams turn into reality for the disadvantaged children in the city of Mumbai.

Monday, August 24, 2015

BIS #4535 DON BOSCO TEAMS DOMINATE IN SOCCER TOURNEY

by BIS Correspondent

 

NAVI MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2015: Don Bosco institutions are traditionally known for their sporting prowess and Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul lived up to its top billing on the sports field, by winning titles at the Champions Trophy organised by the School 7-a-side Football Association of Raigad on August 15.

 

Team belonging to the under-12, under-14 and under-16 category lifted top honours in the Raigad District and Navi Mumbai Level Interschool Football Tournament.

 

The under-12 team beat Ryan International, Kharghar in the final, while the under -14 team beat New Horizon Public School, Panvel to win the Champions Trophy.

 

In the under-16 category, two teams from Don Bosco were put forth. The A-team beat Bharati Vidyapeeth, while the B-team piped Ryan International. to clash against each other in the final. 

Finally the under-16 A team emerged victorious to bag the Champions title.

 

The matches helped the students to develop teamwork, resilience and a spirit of good sportsmanship.

 

16 students, who participated in this tournament, have qualified for the Maharashtra State Football Tournament. We wish them all the very best.

BIS #4534 YOUTH POWER COMES TO THE FORE AT KALA UTSAV

by Ashwini Gupte

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2015: The Student Council of Don Bosco High School, Matunga proved its leadership credentials by successfully organising Kala Utsav – an annual festival – aimed at bringing creativity to the fore amongst students on August 21 and 22.

 

The Council, along with the working committee, took charge of the entire programme, right from the planning stage to the implementation, with minimal intervention on the part of the teachers.

 

The Utsav included elocution, debates, choral recitations, essay writing events, mono acting, talent events, quiz,  handwriting event, word search, sudoku puzzles, art events and the much-loved vocals event.

 

As part of the sustained efforts to inculcate the reading habit in our students, a 'Readathon' event was organised, wherein each student was encouraged to read a book of his choice in class.

 

A spelling bee was held, aimed at improving not just spelling but also at building vocabulary. Students also made colourful and creative displays for their classrooms.

 

Finally, the boys viewed two short films on Don Bosco. Kudos to the Student Council and the members of the working committee for a job well done and congratulations to the winners of the various competitions!

BIS #4533 CREATIVITY TAKES CENTRE STAGE AT DON BOSCO, BORIVLI

by Clarissa Leitao

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2015: A wealth of creativity was on display at the Bicentenary event to mark the birth of Don Bosco held at the Don Bosco Educational Complex, Borivli on August 14.   


The fun-filled extravaganza included an inter-class, inter-house dance competition, a live student band and youth honouring the great Saint by composing and singing songs in his memory.

 

The campus was filled with visitors of various age groups, from toddlers to teenagers, parents and even senior citizens.

 

The programme began with students parading to tunes dedicated to Don Bosco. They were followed by the Chief Guest, Father Lionel Braganza - the Principal of Indian Education Society - Kuwait, the school management and representatives of the Parent Teacher Association. 

 

Father Braganza gave an inspiring message to all present which was very relevant for our times.    


The hall at the campus was transformed into a Museum on the life of Don Bosco. Videos on his life gave visitors a deeper insight into Don Bosco's vision.

 

Tele-games were also organised for all the students and keeping with the spirit of the occassion, the Proforce team organized football matches as well.

 

All the students and staff came dressed in their colourful T-shirts and don Bosco wrist bands, which were launched for the Bicentenary celebration. 

BIS #4532 FATHER ELIAS DIAS INSPIRES WITH TWO NEW BOOKS

by  Rohan D'souza

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2015: Father Elias Dias, known in literary circles for his quality writing, released two new books, entitled 'Story of the Holy Shroud of Turin' and 'Viva Don Bosco'.


The publication on the Holy Shroud was released on August 20, for practical trainees of the Mumbai Province at a ceremony in the Mumbai Provincial house in Matunga.

 

Father Savio Silvera, Vice Provincial of the province introduced the author to the gathering and lauded him for his efforts in inspiring people through his books, despite his age.   

 

'We are called to be contributors,' Father Savio said, 'And we are called to be contributors to the world, to the church and to Society.'

 

Father Ajoy Fernandes, Director Prafulta and Research Centre then handed a copy of the book to Father Dias.

 

'My books have been released amidst dignitaries but you are more important to me and that's why this release amidst you is more important," Father Dias said, while explaining why he choose to release the book to trainees, as opposed to a larger audience.

 

Father Elias encouraged and urged the young Salesians to continue their work for the congregation and urged them to put their best efforts in everything that they did. He handed to each of the 19 practical trainees a copy of the two books.

 

Viva Don Bosco, Father Dias' second publication, was released on August 16. 500 copies of the books have been printed.

 

Father Ajoy appreciated Father Elias' remarkable enthusiasm, "Let us hope and pray that we all have the same zealous energy till the end," he said.

BIS #4531 CELEBRATING INDEPENDENCE

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2015: Students and staff of Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli marked Independence Day by enacting skits to highlight the greatness of our motherland.


The Student Council escorted the dignitaries, including the Chief Guest - Father William Falcao at the onset of the programme. 

 

Father Falcao unfurled the national flag, before the gathering sung the national anthem. 

 

Students then enacted a short skit and danced to popular tunes to add to the celebratory tone of the event. 

 

Candida Lobo from Junior College, then addressed the gathering on the significance of the occasion.   

The students were indeed proud to be Indian!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BIS #4530 PLAYING FOR DON BOSCO

by Viviana John

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 22, 2015: The youth of Don Bosco parish, Nashik marked the conclusion of the Bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Don Bosco by competing in inter-zonal football and throw ball tournaments on August 16.

 

Father Jude D'Mello flagged off the tournament after a short prayer and the adrenalin began pumping thereafter, as the men competed on the football field and the women on the throw ball court.  

 

All the zones participated with great enthusiasm. A number of parishioners came to cheer and support their zonal teams. 

 

Zone A emerged the winners in both the football and throw ball tournaments.

 

A team from Saint Dominic Savio Church, Satpur came second in the football tourney and Zone B finished second in throwball. Father D'Mello gave away the prizes at the end of the tournament.

BIS #4529 ADMA CELEBRATES DON BOSCO¹S LEGACY

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 22, 2015: The Association of Mary Help of Christians (ADMA) celebrated the Bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco on August 16 at Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga by reflecting on the teachings of the great Saint and the importance of interceding to Mother Mary.

 

The members shared their personal testimonies on how the great saint John Bosco and our Blessed Mother have touched their lives.

 

The day began with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. ADMA members attended the 9 am Holy Mass at the Don Bosco Shrine, Matunga.

 

ADMA was founded by Don Bosco himself in 1868, after he built the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin. A unit of this Association was started in Mumbai in September 2010.  

 

In Mumbai, ADMA members meet every first Saturday of the month and seeks to grow in their Christian life through reflection on four dimensions: Doctrinal, Ecclesial, Marian and Salesian.

BIS #4528 CELEBRATING THE QUEENSHIP OF OUR LADY

by Viviana John

 

SATPUR, AUGUST 22, 2015: "Mary did it all," was Saint Don Bosco's firm conviction in all his apostolates towards the youth.

 

With the same conviction the faithful of Saint Dominic Savio Church, Satpur gathered to celebrate the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

Father Dominic Lisboa, the principal celebrant at the Holy Eucharistic celebration, led a procession with the statute of Our Blessed Mother.

 

Father Lisboa – in his homily - recalled the great honour bestowed on Mary for her role in the redemption of mankind. Hence 'all generations will call her blessed', he said.

 

Father Lisboa added that, 'God favours each one of us, however we must respond to him like Mary.'

 

The Holy Eucharist was animated by the youth.

 

A short cultural programme and party games followed the Eucharistic celebration.


Students who obtained 70% marks and above during the last academic year were also felicitated. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

BIS 2527 KHANDALA HELPS STAFF UNWIND

by BIS Correspondent

 

NAVI MUMBAI, AUGUST 12, 2015:  Cometh the monsoon and city dwellers take to the hills. Khandala and Lonavala – less than two hours away from Navi Mumbai – are favourite weekend getaways.

 

The staff of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul did just that. They headed to Khandala for their annual school picnic on August 17.

 

Father Anthony Fonseca, the Principal and 35 staff members reached House of Prayer- Jesus and Mary Convent on August 17. A day later they were joined by the rest of the staff.

 

On the first day, the group walked to Sunset Point and took in the breathtaking views on offer. Misty hills, mini waterfalls helped staff unwind from the hustle and bustle of regular city life. Post-dinner games kept the group entertained.

 

The entire group of revellers then headed to the popular Bushy Dam on the second day. After lunch, they met again in the convent hall where they danced and had a game of housie.

 

It was truly a picnic to remember!

BIS #4526 CREATIVITY ON DISPLAY AS PARISHES CELEBRATE DON BOSCO

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 21, 2015: Bicentenary celebrations marking the birth of Don Bosco drew to a close at multiple locations around the country over the last week.

 

Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul marked the occasion on August 17 by celebrating the Holy Eucharist and then turning to dances and enacting skits on the great Saint.

 

Twelve students participated in a prayer dance to depict the importance of God in the lives of the youth.

 

A skit, entitled 'Early stage of Don Bosco' focused on the values of Don Bosco, which were inculcated in him by his mother Mamma Margret.

 

The students also sang 'Don Bosco a friend of the young and the poor' to add to the celebratory atmosphere.

 

Don Bosco's virtue of obedience to the Holy Father was the point of focus at Jyoti Mata Church, Vasai on August 16.

 

Father Rolvin D'mello, the Executive Director of Development Office was the main celebrant at the Holy Eucharist.

 

He explained how Don Bosco trusted in divine providence and obeyed the Holy Father by erecting the Basilica to Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome and thus spread his mission in around 132 countries.

 

After mass, a cake was cut and a host of games were played to add to the celebrations. 

BIS #2525 A CELEBRATION TO REMEMBER IN GUJARAT

by BIS Correspondent

 

GUJARAT, AUGUST 20, 2015: A huge crowd of 850 people attended a special event that marked the closing of Bicentenary celebrations - of the birth of Don Bosco - held at Don Bosco ChhotaUdepur in Gujarat on August 16.

 

Among those present were a host of priests, nuns, collaborators, youth, children and a host of special invitees.

 

Archbishop Thomas Macwan celebrated the solemn Eucharist and touched upon the life of the Great Saint in his homily. He urged those present to strive to become saints through their acts of love, charity and peace.

 

Songs, dances and skits that were performed in the course of the day kept the audience entertained.

 

Father Cleophas Braganza made a presentation of the Rector Major, Father Angel Fernandez Artime's 'Strenna' (or gift), in chaste Hindi.

 

The Strenna has been a tradition in the Salesian Family since Don Bosco first offered his boys a few words of advice and encouragement as an end-of-the-year gift during the first days of the Oratory.

 

Archbishop  Thomas Macwan, Father Byron D'Silva, Father Lorenzo D'Souza, Father Blaise Fernandes, Father Brian Boothelo, Father Cleophas Braganza, Father John Manuel Fernandes, Father Oscar Barretto and Noel D'Lima were felicitated at the event.

 

"Don Bosco ne hum sabko dhamakedaar hila diya... itna joshila programme tha... next programme kab ?"(Don Bosco has shaken us all up..…this was such a enthusiastic programme..when is the next programme?) quipped a youth who attended the event.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

BIS #4524 BOSCO QUEST TESTS YOUNG GENIUSES

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 20, 2015: Over a hundred Sunday school children from Our Lady of Dolours Church in Wadala pitted their wits against each other in Bosco Quest 2015, an annual quiz programme, held on August 16.

 

The competition this year was held to mark the Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth and took place in the school hall.

 

Before the start of the competition, the children were divided into eight teams, namely Savio, Besuco, Magone, Cagliero, Rua, Rinaldi, Comollo and Cafasso.

 

The judges for the programme were Leena D'Silva, the Director of Mona Remedial School, Dadar and Sister Hilda Braganza, the Director of AMAR Media Centre at the Mazzarello Welfare Centre, Wadala.

 

The children were given questions and answers based on Don Bosco, three weeks before the competition to prepare.

 

There was a healthy spirit of competition among the teams and the catechists animating each team were as much a part of it. The eagerness with which they tackled each puzzle sheet was evidence of this.

 

In the rapid fire round, Kastle Farro stood out. Team Savio came first in a tie-breaker with Team Rua and Team Rinaldi came in third.

 

A dance competition - that featured every member of the team – took place and the youth danced to a verse of the song "We Thank You, O Lord, For Don Bosco".

 

A colouring relay was also held, wherein team members took turns to colour a picture of Don Bosco as creatively as they could.

BIS #4523 SENIOR CITIZENS MEET TO DISCUSS A RANGE OF PRESSING ISSUES

by Celine D'silva

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 20, 2015: A group of 74 senior citizens from Our Lady of Dolours parish, Wadala met on Independence Day to discuss several age-related issues, ranging from their medical needs to being more physically and financially independent.

 

Doctor Behram Bunshah was invited to talk to the senior citizens on various health related issues. He gave them simple tips on living a graceful, peaceful life and even demonstrated a few simple exercises to deal with pain in the back, leg and knees. 

 

He stressed on the need for those present to make a Will and to have a secure bank account and have all electricity and other bills in their name.

 

In a group discussion initiated by Father Godfrey, the group singled out a few suggestions to help senior citizens in the community.

 

Suggestions included the involvement of the youth in assisting them in crossing busy streets and training of para-medics in the community for first-aid assistance.

BIS #4522 ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN FOCUS AT INTER-FAITH MEET

by BIS Correspondent

 

 

MUMBAI, AUGUST 20, 2015: The environment was the centre of discussion at the inter-faith discussion held at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala on Independence Day.

 

The Bombay Catholic Sabha helped organise and publicise the event, which was attended by eminent speakers from the Sikh and Jain community and a special invitee from the Inter Religious Forum Foundation Group, who in the past, even addressed the Parliament. 

 

The speakers, along with Father Vivian D'Souza, shared their reflections on the environment, in the light of their scriptures and discussed ways to protect mother earth from irreparable damage.

 

Advocate Raphael then spoke on behalf of the Bombay Catholic Sabha and lauded Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala for being the first unit to organise such inter-religious event at the beginning of the year.

 

As is customary, the National anthem was sung to mark the special occasion and that was followed by the singing of bhajans.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

BIS #4521 LEADING THE WAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

by Brother Lawrence

 

NASHIK, AUGUST 19, 2015: Sixty youth from the different parishes in and around Nashik met at Divyadaan to mark the Feast of Assumption and an end to the Bicentenary celebrations of Don Bosco on August 15.


The programme entitled 'Shaping our tomorrow as Honest Citizens' was organized by Nashik Salesians (NASA) for the Christian youth of Nashik.

 

It focused on the leadership skills necessary to bring about change in society.

 

A short film on Don Bosco was screened at the onset, which portrayed his life, mission, his immense love for the young and his continual recourse to God's Providence.

 

A prayer service and the film set the tone for the event that followed. Father Robert Pen then addressed the gathering on issues such as leadership and the future.

 

He encouraged the youngsters to be motivated, expressive and to show their leadership ability in bringing about change in society.

 

The youth meet ended with a group discussion on social problems that youth encounter regularly. This helped to underline methods to deal with these problems, for a better tomorrow.

BIS #4520 FILM FEVER GRIPS NASHIK

by BIS Correspondent

 

NASHIK, AUGUST 19, 2015: Don Bosco High School & Junior College in Nashik joined forces with 55-other venues – in 18 states - around the country to participate in the Don Bosco International Film Festival on August 8.

 

Twenty films- as part of Don Bosco's bicentenary birth celebrations- were screened at the venue throughout the day from 8:45 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. The selections celebrated the spirit of youth with Polish, Spanish, Uzbek, English and French shorts together with Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and Marathi language Indian entries.

 

The films appealed to higher secondary school students, junior college youth as well as adults and others with their simple yet profoundly moving themes. A few films that struck a chord with the audience were: Rage, Fulwanti & Slim-C, Sonyacha Amba, Kurtha and Love at First Sight!

 

Short interactions interspersed with questions, opinions, discussion and pointers enhanced the proceedings all through the event.

 

Yogesh Khare, the Bureau Chief of Zee News Marathi, was the Chief Guest for the event.

 

He lauded organisers for this 'first-of-its-kind venture' and urged students and others present to be media makers and not just media consumers.

 

Those present suggested that a programme of this nature should be held annually. Local media outlets like C News Nashik, Lokmat, Navbharat Times and Deshdoot covered the event.