by Father Cleophas Braganza
MUMBAI, FEB 6, 2017: Almost 200 students with their parents attended a special Eucharistic celebration at 12 noon on February 5 at the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna-Matunga, to invoke God's blessings on those preparing for their board examinations.
Father Savio Silveira, vice-provincial of the Salesians of the Mumbai province and the manager of Don Bosco International School, celebrated Holy Mass together with Father John Samala, ex-principal of many Don Bosco schools and Father Cleophas Braganza.
Father Silveira invited the participants to give thanks for the many blessings they have received, for their parents and teachers who have educated them and helped them grow, and for the wonderful experiences they shared with their classmates and friends in school and college.
At the homily, he reminded the students that besides aiming for academic success, as Christians they are called to be the salt and light wherever they are; that signifies being persons of integrity, standing up for truth and justice, bringing happiness, peace and harmony in their neighbourhoods, educational institutions and workplaces.
After Holy Communion, while the parents and priests raised their hands in blessing, the students recited a prayer invoking God's grace so that they may prepare well for their exams and for life.
The children's choir of Our Lady of Lourdes parish, Sion animated the singing and youth volunteers together with Don Bosco Youth Services staff, helped organise the event.