Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Christovan Cardozo PINGULI, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008: September has been a busy month for us at Pinguli. We were all busy preparing notice-boards, entertainment items, backdrops and arranging places for various celebrations. Two major occasions - Teachers’ Day and the Jesus-and-Mary Evening - are already over, but there are other big occasions yet to come. Teachers’ Day Celebration: Our celebration was delayed by five days on account of the Ganesh festival. Yet, there was plenty of eagerness and enthusiasm on the part of the students. The programme began with a short prayer service. Then there were two skits presented by the PNC and ITI students, a puppet show, speeches and the presentation of gifts to the Salesians and ITI teachers… all on the initiative of the students. The items were a fine testimonial of the esteem, love and gratitude of all the students towards their teachers. The teachers too sprang up a surprise when Fr. Kenneth (violin) and Bro. Jason (keyboard) played for us two Hindi songs with an apt message for the occasion. In his vote of thanks, Mr. Rixon (one of the ITI staff) remarked with obvious satisfaction, that this was the first time in Pinguli that the ITI and PNC students had worked in tandem for such a family-style celebration of Teachers’ Day. We too cherish the memory of this occasion in our hearts and minds. Jesus-and-Mary Evening. The organizers (under the leadership of Bro. Jason) must have spent sleepless nights preparing for this event. It was truly a memorable occasion. We (the boarders and pre-novices of Pinguli) were joined for the occasion by a group of 24 lively youngsters from Panjim belonging to the Friends of Dominic Savio. They trooped into Pinguli on Saturday, September 13, at 4:45 pm, accompanied by Fr. Edwin Baracho, and stayed with us overnight. The programme began at 5:30 pm sharp with a procession from the house entrance to the hall, followed by a short prayer service. Then came a volley of ‘holy’ games that we played in six teams. These games challenged us to put on our thinking caps as well as our sprinting shoes. There were also items to harness our creativity: put-your-own-tune and create-your-own-ad. At 8:30 pm we were treated to a solemn supper… a good occasion for us to interact with our guests in a more relaxed mood. Then followed a game of Scriptural Housie, and finally prize distribution… in which every team received something to munch (with the biggest share for the winners, of course). All in all, this was a lovely occasion that has left sweet memories in our minds. It was a nice opportunity to make new friends and exchange ideas with them. Our guests from Panjim also carried away sweet memories of their overnight outing to Pinguli.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Judy Winslow ALIRAJPUR, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008: The District Collector of Alirajpur has asked Don Bosco Academy (DBA) to come forward and help the district in the field of education. As the first Collector of the new District of Alirajpur, Mr. Chandra Shekhar Borkar brings a fresh outlook and zeal to help the people he serves. He has asked several NGOs working in the district to assist him. He is especially interested in education and has traveled the district visiting each government school. He found that education in these schools is not up to the expected standards and has formed a committee including other government officials, i.e., hostel wardens, education officers and the DBA Principal to implement his new programmes. He has entrusted six government hostels to the DBA teachers and students – the goal being to teach basic English in 12 two-hour sessions to these hostel students. This challenge has been taken up by some of the DBA teachers and Std XI students. They are contributing their time every Saturday and so far have completed 3 sessions. Although this is a huge goal, the DBA teachers and students are happy with the progress and they feel they are heading in the right direction. We are truly proud of the giving nature of our school staff and students who continually reach out to help others in the community. Besides this programme, DBA is also reaching out to serve other neighbours through basic English lessons given to help Hindi speaking teachers in our area. Several of these teachers came to the Principal requesting classes which are now being held 5 nights a week. They are apt students, learn quickly and are as happy with their progress as DBA is in helping them. The youth in our rural areas have clearly understood the value of learning English and especially of having the skills to communicate in this language. The slogan going around is Angreji Sikhe Aur Aage Badhe!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Franklin Coutinho AHMEDNAGAR, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008: The atrocities against Christians in Orissa have shocked all persons of good will. The merciless killings and destruction of Christian churches and institutions are totally unacceptable and cannot be justified in our democratic country. To protest against these attacks, the Christians of Ahmednagar organized a District level Peace Rally on Monday, September 1, 2008.
The Peace Rally began at 10.00 am in the St. Anne’s Church compound. Rt. Rev. Kamble, CNI Bishop of Nashik said the opening prayer. Fr. William Falcao sdb and Fr. Anton D’Souza sdb, the Rally Coordinators, addressed the gathering and condemned the attacks on the innocent Christians in Orissa. Then, Prof. Franklin Coutinho briefed the participants about the route to be taken, etc.
Participating in the Peace Rally were several Bishops, Priests, Nuns, Pastors and over 4000 citizens of Ahmednagar District. The Rally began at St. Anne’s Church and passed through the Collectors Office, Nagar–Pune highway, main city, M.G. Road and the wholesale market. There was a halt in front of the Collector’s Office and speeches were delivered by Fr. William Falcao, Fr Sojwal, Adv. John Kusmode, Fr. Anton D’Souza, Mr. Johnson Shakespeare and Mr. Bhalerao. A delegation also met the District Collector and submitted a memorandum to him. The Rally concluded with a thanksgiving prayer by Pastor Padale.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Rose De Mello
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008: On September 7, 2008, 76 Salesian Cooperators from the Mumbai Province met at Auxilium Convent, Pali Hill, Bandra, to begin the day with God and the pilgrimage to Mount Mary’s Basilica. The day began with an hour of contemplative adoration to the Blessed Sacrament, praying especially for the persecuted Christians in Orissa. The adoration was followed by a well prepared talk by Sr. Teresa Joseph, FMA. This being the Pauline Year, the talk was based on the famous saying of St. Paul: “For me to live is Christ”. The Cooperators were invited to live this message in their daily lives. At 11.30, Fr. Elias Diaz, the delegate of the Salesian family of Mumbai Province celebrated the Holy Eucharist. In his homily, he dwelt on Don Bosco’s devotion to Mary Help of Christians. After lunch, all the Cooperators, young and old, walked to Mount Mary’s Basilica. On their way, they sang hymns, prayed the Rosary and recited the office of Divine Mercy. After reaching the top, a prayer service was held. The day came to a close with the vote of thanks proposed by Philomena Mendes.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
SEPTEMBER 8, 2008: The specialty of the Don Bosco System of Education is that it goes well beyond mere academics and caters to the total development of the student. An important aspect of this holistic development is the physical health of the child, which very often is linked to personal hygiene and other habits of the individual. With this in mind, sessions on caring for one’s health were held for the students of the primary section of Don Bosco, Baroda. While the session for the students of Std. III and IV was conducted by Dr. Hitesh Patel on September 4, the session on September 6 for the students of Std. V to VII was conducted by Dr. Sangeeta Patel. The doctors spoke on a variety of issues that support good health, including hygiene, a balanced diet, exercise and outdoor games. They also stressed the need to care for our surroundings and the environment, since the environment in which we live plays an important role in enhancing the quality of our life. The sessions were highly interactive with the students asking several questions and clarifying the doubts they had. The students were very happy with the sessions and realized that growing up healthy would help them do well in every sphere of life.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
MUMBAI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008: Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications, has produced a new music compact disc in Marathi in honour of our Blessed Virgin Mary entitled Vandan Tuziya Charani. The church of Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada, Pune was packed for the 7.15 am Mass on August 31, 2008. “Kumari Maria” is one of the most lilting songs in this album. The girls of Epiphany English High School who were well-trained, joyfully danced to the music of this song before the mass could commence. With this song and dance, a proper mood was set for the participation in the Eucharist. So excited was the Parish Priest, Fr. Francis Kharjia that one could see the joy on his face as he released the album during the mass. After the mass, the parishioners made a beeline for a copy of the album. The album was specially priced at Rs. 75 to suit the budget of the local parishioners. The dedicated singers of the album are just simple people but they have done a tremendous job in pouring out their hearts with their resonant voices to honour our Blessed Virgin Mary. The inspiring lyrics of this album were penned by Mr. Anil Wakde and the music was arranged by Mr. Amon Daniels. The Assistant Producer, Mr. Shashi Kumar Jadhav contributed with his talents to give this album a professional touch. The entire project was successfully coordinated by Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, Director of Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
PUNE, SEPTEMBER 1, 2008: Don Bosco Youth Centre, Koregaon Park was blessed with the visit of the new Regional Councillor for South Asia, Fr. Maria Arokiam on Saturday, August 30. DBYC is proud to recall that Fr. Maria Arokiam was once a member of this Salesian community!
The confreres greeted Fr. Maria Arokiam with a welcome song, after which, Fr. Godfrey D’Souza, Vice Provincial, in his inimitable and humorous style, extended a warm welcome to him on behalf of the community. Br P. M. Thomas and Cl. Santaramand Lopes then presented bouquets to the visiting Councillor.
Addressing the community, Fr. Maria Arokiam recalled old memories of his days at DBYC Pune and also the good relationship he has enjoyed with the Mumbai Province all through these years. He then spoke about the Six Year Plan of the congregation, focusing especially on the South Asian Region. He also highlighted the three fold thrust of GC26. Before he closed the session, he answered a few questions raised by those present.
Speaking again during the ‘Good Night’ talk, he shared his reflections on the parable of the labourers hired at the different moments of the day. He pointed out that work itself is its own reward. Those who have been working longer and harder in the Lord's vineyard should be grateful for having been given the opportunity to do so, instead of comparing themselves with others. He concluded by saying that the same reward is promised to all, but the Lord has given a few the privilege of working more.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Ivo Coelho sdb
NASHIK, SEPTEMBER 1, 2008: I am just back from a very useful retreat at Atmadarshan, Patna, the Jesuit centre for spirituality and renewal. The retreat was an unusual one, entitled 'Journey Towards Wholeness', and made use both of Erikson's eight stages of development and the Awareness Meditation Relaxation therapy developed by Joe Kunnumpuram, SJ, at Atmadarshan. The peculiarity of AMR is that it is a non-verbal therapy: there is no need of deep and extensive sharing as is the case in Group Therapy and most individual counselling therapies. This will ring a bell for those who have done Vipassana, and in fact, AMR has roots in Vipassana meditation. It also makes use of a variety of other therapies and tools such as Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy. In combination with the traditional retreat model and Erikson's eight stages, AMR makes for a fine retreat, with opportunities to go over unfinished growth tasks in infancy, toddlerhood, pre-school age, school age, young adulthood, etc. Journey Towards Wholeness, especially when led by Abe Puthumana, SJ, would also make a wonderful basic program for our formation personnel. It could then be followed up by a training course in AMR itself. The four month long Atmadarshan program (January to May) would complete the training. But the offerings of Atmadarshan are for all, not only for formation personnel. A great opportunity for growth, and for all-round (spiritual!) well-being!