Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
VIRAR, MARCH 27, 2009: On March 21, the Std. X students of Resurrection Parish, Virar (W), who had just completed the board examinations, came together for a short session conducted by Fr. Edwin Colaco. Fr. Edwin began the session with a discussion on the recently held exams. Next, he went on to ask how we could utilize our holidays well by serving the parish in a fun filled manner. He stressed that we should play an active role in the different programmes of the parish. He pointed out that we can serve God by being fully involved in the activities of the parish. He explained that no matter what career path we choose in life, we always need to dedicate some time for service in the parish.
Fr. Edwin then went on to inform us about the various Cells in our Parish, for instance, the Resurrection Youth Movement and the Small Christian Communities. He invited us to join the Resurrection Youth Movement, an invitation that we accepted readily. He also requested our help to organize the Summer Camp that is held in the Parish every year. Finally, he asked some of the youngsters to assist in the Lenten Renewal Programme to be held during the Holy Week.
Next, Fr. Blany Pinto, our Parish Priest, briefed us about the other forthcoming activities in the parish. He too invited us to participate wholeheartedly in all the parish programmes. The session came to a close with a short prayer after which we dispersed feeling highly enthusiastic.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
The community of Divyadaan celebrated their community day on the 19th of March i.e. on the feast day of St. Joseph. It was preceded by a tridum which helped reflect on the communitarian aspect of the Salesian vocation. All the events during these days were centered on the motto ‘Many Hands One Heart’ which is so much a part of the daily living of the community of Divyadaan. Each day of the tridum had a special theme beginning with ‘Following Christ and being His collaborators’, ‘Christ humbled Himself’ and ‘Loving with the heart of Don Bosco’.
There was a good balance of activities during these days in the sense that along with the animated games, entertainment in the form of a picnic and a movie there was also time for reflection and study in the form of a whole day of recollection wherein we had the scrutinium popertatis and the house assembly, everyday animated meditation, morning prayer, midday prayer and evening prayer. Even the Fathers brought out very lucidly the aspect of community through their sermons and good night talks.
What was peculiar about these days was the enthusiasm, cheerfulness, hard work and spirit of service of the fathers and brothers. They indeed went out of their way to make these days special and increase their love for God and love for one another.
Being the feast of the Rector who represents Christ the center of the community, all the fathers and brothers wished Fr. Savio with various songs and beautiful cards. His office was also well decorated. He was very grateful to the whole community for all that they were to him.
The peak of all the celebrations was the community Eucharist wherein there was seen a whole hearted participation of all in the community. The penitential Rite was animated by Fr. Savio wherein everyone went around to each Father and Brother wishing them peace and asking pardon. In his homily Fr. Savio highlighted the aspect of ‘Many Hands’ which play different roles; from hands that join in prayer to hands that touch the lives of other and ‘One Heart’ which is the heart of Christ Himself who is the center of our community from where we draw our inspiration and strength.
The celebration of the community day concluded with the community get-together where in there was a lot of singsong and games with the wonderful meal that was shared. It was a marvelous sight to see the whole community dance on the floor enjoying ever bit of their togetherness.
Finally as all good things come to an end, even the community day was over but surely the memories of this day will ever remain imprinted in the hearts of all the fathers and Brothers of Divyadaan. Indeed it was for all an experience of Gods love shared in these days of grace.
Kapadvanj 19th of March, Solemnity of St. Joseph Husband of Mary, the aspirants of Don Bosco Vocation Centre staged a Musical Opera in English entitled SELFLESS LOVE: THE SONG OF JOSEPH. It was scripted, choreographed and directed by our dynamic practical trainee Bro. McEnroe Lopes who craftily knit together the Biblical story with contemporary music, electrifying dance sequences and romantic chemistry. The personality of Joseph towered so powerfully that one could not but notice the genius, the selflessness, and the importance of the man otherwise eclipsed by other biblical heroes.
It was an amazing performance by our boys who put up the show in barely 17 days. What stands as credit to their achievement is that these are boys from the vernacular (Hindi-Gujarati) mediums who have completed barely nine months of the English Course conducted at our vocation centre. Also appreciable is the fact that in spite of being a meager 12 boys, they stage-managed the show with astounding precision having had to be involved in all the dances, the drama, the backdrops, props, transitions et al.
The show was graced by the presence of the Coadjutor Brothers of the Mumbai Province together with the Vice Provincial, Fr. Godfrey D’souza who was the Chief Guest. Also present were the Salesians, the Salesian Sisters, Fathers and Sisters of the Deanery, parishioners and friends. Every single person who witnessed the show expressed their appreciation and awe at what they described as a “miracle” and “better than professional” performance.
It was edifying and encouraging experiencing the sense of solidarity among the communities in the Gujarat region who generously shared their stage, light, sound, and costume equipment for the show. Congrats to Bro. McEnroe, the boys, and the confreres of the community who were single minded in their efforts at communicating the beautiful message of ‘Selfless Love’ so originally, creatively, and effectively.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Mathew Katara sdb JHABUA, MARCH 19, 2009: The Balak Yesu Sangh Convention was held at Bishop’s House, Meghnagar, from March 15 to 17, 2009. 225 children from the various parishes of the Jhabua Diocese participated in this three days Convention which had as its theme: “To be like Jesus”. The resource persons for the Convention were Fr. Mahipal Bhuria, Fr. Raju Mathew, Fr. Mathew Katara, Sr. Sunita, all the animators of Balak Yesus Sangh and the members of Jesus Youth, Shushil, Benjamin and Rajani. The programme on the first day began with the inauguration followed by icebreakers. The children were divided into 11 groups and all the activities were conducted in their respective groups. The main topics that were dealt with on the first day were, introduction to the local culture, the bible, the sacraments, discovery of talents, motivation and the altar servers training. On the second day our Bishop celebrated the mass and enlightened the children on the topic of “A prophet is not accepted in his own home town”. The day was filled with a variety of activities in which all the children participated enthusiastically. On the last day Fr. Mathew Katara celebrated the concluding mass and in his homily gave the children tips on how they could put all the different ideas learnt during the Convention into practice. The children returned to their parishes after the Convention filled with much fervor and plenty of good cheer.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Mayank Parmar sdb NARUKOT, MARCH 15, 2009: Don Bosco Narukot has seriously plunged into the ‘Rights Based Approach to Development’ that is being promoted in the Mumbai Province. With the General Elections just a few weeks away, our Development Team is busy ensuring that people can exercise their Right to Vote. In 12 tribal villages of the Jambughoda Block where we are working, awareness programmes on the need to vote were organized. Following this, our staff helped the people fill up and submit their forms, and obtain voter cards. Understanding the importance of having a voter card, people even called back their family members who had migrated to work in Baroda, Ahmedabad and Rajot, so that they too could obtain the card. On March 13, when the Jambughoda Magisterial Office organized the last phase of distribution of Voter Cards, a large number from these villagers received this important document. Voicing the sentiments of the people, Mr. Natvar Nayak, youth sangathan president of Hirapur Group Grampachayat, said: “thanks to Don Bosco Narukot, this is the first time that most of the people in my village have election cards.”