Sunday, January 31, 2010


Rohini Patrao
WADALA, JANUARY 31, 2010: The grandest and most festive event of the year, the Ninety Third Annual Thanksgiving Day 2009-10 of St. Joseph's High School, Wadala was celebrated with enthusiasm on January 22, 2010.In what was to be a unique creative display the entire Josephite family bonded together for this magnificent event.

The Chief Guest for this occasion was Rev. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice Provincial. The school felicitated the Principal Rev Fr. Bernard Fernandes who celebrated 25 years of religious profession in the Lord’s vineyard. Mrs. Marie Almeida and Mrs. Premlata Kalra teachers of the Primary section who retired in this academic year rendering fruitful and tireless service to the institution were also felicitated.

The tiny tots of the Pre-primary Section welcomed the gathering giving them a message which came straight from their innocent hearts through their song ‘we love you.’ The PTA members praised the magnificent work of the hands of god in the form of a prayer dance

The little starry eyed stars of standards I and II enamoured by the moon their friend danced to the song Chandamama.This was taken from the album “Playing for change”. It is a collective statement from over 100 musicians spanning 5 continents seeking to understand differences so as to create a better world.

The year 2009-2010 has been a positive and fruitful year. The achievements in academics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities were presented in the school report by the vice Principal Ms. Nicole Britto complemented by a Power Point Presentation.

The action packed suspense thriller "The Seven Sided Dice" followed. Games too can teach us lessons for life being the underlying theme of this musical reinforced our belief that victory of good triumphs over evil. The backdrop, sets, props, costumes and make-up created an atmosphere that left the audience spellbound.

The choir made up of students from std. II to IX rendered each song with passion and dancers tapped to the lively, rock-n-roll music.

The Ninety- third Annual Thanksgiving Day was a tremendous success thanks to the combined efforts of the entire staff and trainers and a pool of talented youngsters blessed at St. Joseph’s, Wadala.


Anand Raj
Don Bosco Action India, the national network of the Don Bosco Development Offices, held a two day meeting cum training workshop, on January 28-29, 2010 at the Provincial House, Hyderabad to discuss strategies for strengthening the network and plan for a national level project. Two staff members from each of the 10 Development Offices attended this meet.

During the inaugural session, Fr. Sudhakar, Executive Director of Bosco Seva Kendra, Hyderabad, welcomed the gathering and pointed out that this was the first time ever that staff members from all the partner organizations that constitute the network had come together for such a programme. Fr. Noel Maddichetty, the Provincial of Hyderabad, addressing the participants, said that our development work should empower marginalized communities to change unjust social structures. He further stressed that the focus should not only be economic development but rather all issues faced by underprivileged communities.

Getting down to work, the pre-lunch sessions were conducted by Fr. Savio Silveira, National Convener of DB Action India. In his presentation, he enlightened the gathering on the vision, mission, objectives and structure of the network. He also outlined the national priority area for the next three years, i.e., empowering Self Help Groups to access government and other programmes to enhance their livelihoods. Finally, he discussed with the team the Action Plan for 2010, and the roles and responsibilities of all the members in realizing this plan. In the afternoon session, all the Development Offices were given the opportunity to make a short presentation on the programmes being implemented by them. The final session of the day was dedicated to planning the national level project to be taken up in 2011.

The second day was facilitated by Ms. P Madhavi from ACCESS Development Services. The theme for this training workshop was: State of Microfinance Sector in India - Present Status, Future Challenges and Critical Gaps. The sessions focused on several important areas such as Microfinance Models, Microfinance Institutions, Ideological Issues, Financial Products etc. The workshop gave the participants a realistic idea of the present state of the microfinance sector in India, the hype that envelopes it and the fact that barely five percent of poor people in India actually benefit from microfinance services. The meeting concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Cecil from Kolkata


Eileen Buthello
: Visitors, benefactors and friends all came in good numbers to Maria Ashiana, Lonavla to celebrate its Annual Thanksgiving Day on January 26, 2010. The chief Guest was Mr. Loris Joppini, President of Asha Foundation, Switzerland. He came along with 9 other members of the foundation from Switzerland.

The festivities began since early morn with the flag hoisting and a special mass. There was a well balanced entertainment programme with the Salesian Sisters and postulants from Lonavla performing a couple of Indian dances. The Don Bosco High School band played some foot tapping pieces. The Pangoli Village Community children performed some beautiful folk dances and some scintillating performances by the Maria Ashiana boys brought the audience to a thunderous applause. A special violin and tabla duet performance by Ms. Sunita and Mr. Bhushan was the highlight of the morning, but who stole the hearts of the audience was the special dance performance by the Asha Foundation group to the song Y.M.C.A it brought all to their feet and applauding their participative gesture. Ms. Eileen Buthello read the annual report of the activities and achievements that took place in the year 2009-2010.

Pangoli Day as has been the tradition started by Maria Ashiana in 2001 was celebrated in the village. It was a red letter day for the villagers. Special games were organized and the villagers contributed to have their stage, sound and lights set up in the village. Special performances were staged by the villagers. The Maria Ashiana boys put up two dances to the loud applause of the villagers. The high point of the celebration was the reading of the achievements of the village by the village headman Mr. Dama Hole. It was an emotional moment as he stated how the village was united in getting water taps, a gymnasium, an angawadi and a library for the aging from the government schemes. The village has realized the resources they have through the schemes and have been taking their rights to get these schemes for tribals to their village. The evening ended with a Special vote of thanks from the Villagers to the staff and Director of Maria Ashiana for helping facilitate change in their village.


Damien Sladen sdb

On the January 24, 2010 Shelter Don Bosco, Karjat received a new lease of life. A new beginning and the dream of our Father & Founder Don Bosco reached a new realization. The beneficiaries, the marginalized of society could now look up to a brighter future.

Mr. Loris Joppini –President ASHA FOUNDATION in a grand opening ceremony handed over the keys of ASHA KIRAN – (Ray of Hope) to the Salesians. In gratitude to ASHA FOUNDATION the residence block has been named as ASHA KIRAN. After the handing over of the building a solemn Eucharistic celebration followed with Fr. Provincial, presiding over the Eucharist in the new chapel. The cultural programme began with a prayer dance by the children of Good Shepherd school, Karjat and the highlight was the words of hope and encouragement given by Mr. Loris Joppini in his speech. A small skit in English bringing out the life of the trainees at Karjat was well appreciated given the fact that the trainees are dropouts and had no prior exposure to English.

On behalf of the Salesians Fr. Provincial thanked Asha Foundation for their support to the different houses in the province. The programme ended with lunch and with the satisfaction of a new chapter that unfolded on the January 24, 2010. The institution is now working on Eco-spirituality to utilize the given structure and educate schools, youth groups, SHG’s etc. who can avail of the premises to change our world into a better world to live in.


Rohini Patrao
MUMBAI, JANUARY 29, 2010: The U/13 Basket ball team of St. Joseph’s High School, Wadala were the runners up of the Jyoti Arun Chopra Trophy for the Inter School Mini Basket ball Tournament which was organised by MSSA. Fifty two schools from all over Mumbai participated in this tournament which was held from January 6-19, 2010. St. Joseph’s lost to Don Bosco Matunga in the finals. Sandesh Ramraje and Rahul Zaveri were the top scorers for St. Joseph’s. kudos to the team along with their coaches Mr. Raju and Mr. Somnath for their outstanding Performance.


NERUL, JANUARY 29, 2010: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul celebrated the sixtieth Republic Day in the school premises. Mr. Nicholas Correa , Director NYSS , and former Principal of New Horizon Public School, Airoli was the Chief Guest for the occasion. He hoisted the national flag, followed by the Jhanda Vandan and the National Anthem.
The children of Class V and VI prepared a small cultural programme for the Day. The programme included a variety of dances and speeches in Hindi and Marathi by Hindi by Neil Pinto and Atharva Saney respectively. The students from HINDOL dance academy put up a patriotic dance as well.

The chief guest then distributed the Certificates for Subject Proficiency for the academic year 2008-09. Principal Fr. Anthony Fonseca ended the programme with a Vote of Thanks.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


MUMBAI, JANUARY 28, 2010: Four hundred children from the bastis of the K-East Ward of Mumbai gathered in the hall at Dominic Savio, Andheri, on Republic Day to culminate a fortnight of activities that were initiated in seventeen schools in the neighborhood.

Children need opportunities to express themselves in a variety of ways. Balprafulta initiated a program in various municipal and private schools in the K-East Ward through which thousands of children got the opportunity to give went to their feelings in creative ways. Some wrote essays, others gave speeches, some others expressed their ideas through skits and a few others used their artistic talents in preparing meaningful posters. The best of these were presented on the stage at Dominic Savio’s at the Republic Day celebrations organized for the children.

A study report on Child Rights was also released on the occasion. The study report was compiled from the data collated from 13,556 children who took part in a campaign entitled “Hamari Suraksha, Hamara Adhikar”. The study revealed that children hardly had a say in decisions made on their behalf, opportunities for quality education and healthy recreation was badly lacking and some children were put to work in order to augment the income of their family.
Republic Day celebrates the freedom we enjoy because our constitutions guarantee us our fundamental rights. Unfortunately, for many, these rights are still a distant dream!


SUKET, JANUARY 28, 2010: The wait is over and it is time to rejoice! The results of the Class X Rajasthan Board Examinations are out and the students have given the school reasons to smile. This is the first batch of Class X students and naturally the management, staff, students, parents and people in the neighbourhood were waiting expectantly. Of the 34 students who appeared for the Class X Rajasthan Board Examinations, 32 students have passed in the first attempt. Of the remaining two students, one student received a supplementary result and one has failed the examination. The entire neighbourhood is all praise for the commitment and methodology applied by the Don Bosco Institution because the performance of the school is the best ever in Suket. Parents and teachers are proud to be associated with the Don Bosco Institution and students from the local neighbouring government and primary schools are making a bee-line for admissions. This has naturally upset the concerned managements but they have to painfully give in to the pressures of the parents and elders of the localities. The new extension block is receiving its finishing touches and perhaps is another reason to make people realize that we are serious about children’s education in Suket!


Glenford Lowe sdb

MUMBAI, JANUARY 28, 2010: A two-day Youth Animators’ Meet was organized by the Groups and Movements Commission on January 23-24, 2010 at Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga. Twenty Eight Youth Animators from various communities of Gujarat, MP and Maharashtra took part in the meet.

Fr. Provincial welcomed the participants to the meet and challenged the animators to take up the clarion call in ‘returning to Don Bosco’ and to make the Salesian Youth Movement into a vibrant and sustaining force in the Province of Mumbai. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice-Provincial and in-charge of the youth Pastoral in the Province invited the Youth Animators to look at Youth Ministry as a ‘whole Process’ rather than in ‘isolated events and activities’. “Salesian Youth Spirituality” should be the life line that flows into all our animation with the young.

The Groups and Movements team lead by Fr. Edwin Colaco took the participants through various practical sessions on how to form and build Youth Groups. The second day focused more on the Salesian Youth Spirituality and the formation of the Bosco Youth Groups within the existing groups. The highlight of the meet was the structural plan that evolved and the enthusiasm with which the youth animators responded to make our Groups and Movements in the province more vibrant and purposeful with our Charismatic Salesian Youth Spirituality.

Youth Ministry is coming back to life in the Province and the Salesians are taking their rightful place once again. Who can deny that the “Salesians belong to the Young” and that the Young too “belong to the Salesians”…

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Vincent Bansode
SATPUR, JANUARY 27, 2010: The Church of St. Dominic Savio, Satpur was completed in 2005. It was built by the Salesians, on a Jesuit land, whose power of attorney rests with the Bishop of Nashik and the Salesians are care-takers for forty years (1991-2030). The Salesians took a lot of trouble and pains to build the Church. But may be due to the three huge shutters right in front, or for whatever reasons the Church had a go-down look. Sometimes a few trucks used to halt enquiring about place to stack their goods. The parishioners of Satpur felt that their Church should look like a place of God and of prayer. The sanctuary too was very bare. Fr. Nelson Falcao, the Parish Priest too shared the same feeling of the people and tried to express it to a few people around. A great donor, Mr. Richard D’Souza came forward and showed initiative about the whole project of the renovation of the façade and the sanctuary of the Church. A rather elaborate renovation plan was drawn by an architect and was approved by Fr. Provincial and his Council.

The work began on December 8, 2009 with a short prayer invoking God’s blessings. And after a month’s work real progress is seen and the Church has put on a new look. The people are happy and showing great cooperation, not by just visiting the site but also through economic contribution. Some people from Don Bosco Church, College Road too are helping economically through donations. Renovation of the façade implies installing a 14 feet statue of Jesus Christ, like the one of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a Cross right on the top and a proper entrance. The hind part of the Church is extended till the old shutters. The old shutters are kept for safety but are not seen from the outside. The sanctuary would have a new look with a new altar, tabernacle, baptismal font, a huge Cross at the centre and an interior decoration. What is taking place is a real miracle, thanks be to God! Thanks to the Parish Priest, Fr. Nelson Falcao sdb. A special thanks to Mr. Richard D’Souza and all the other donors, the Fathers, Brothers, Parish Councillors, Mahila Mandal, Youth Group and all the parishioners who have helped in one way or another in this Church Renovation Project.


Dayanand Patil

BORIVLI, JANUARY 27, 2010: On January 23, 2010 Bosco Boys Home organized a Haldi Kumkum Programme for the poor and marginalized women from Borivali and Dahisar areas. It was a magnificent gathering of the SHG’s and other women from the slums to celebrate their unity and solidarity on the eve of Makarsankranti.

The programme began with welcoming of guests by way of an aarti. The lamp was lit by chief guests Fr. Anaclete D’mello, Fr. Anthony Santarita, Dr. Prasad Gaikwad, Ms. Nanda Kambli and Ms. Nanda Bhoir. Mr. Melvin Pangya from the Development Office gave the introductory speech about organizations and various initiatives in the province. The organization not only works in urban but also to reaching out the poor and marginalized groups in the tribal areas also.
Fr. Anaclete told the women that power and courage rests in their hands too. The women should not limit themselves. The organization is ready to expand the support not only to women but also wants to reach out to youth and children of the area. He also made known to them the various courses that are conducted in the premises for poor and drop out youths.

Dr. Prasad Gaikwad spoke about women’s health issues. He emphasized on homemade remedies and major precautions to be taken during the sickness. Ms. Nanda Kambli, a social worker spoke about the unity and empowerment of women. She conducted various games and a sing song session.

Mr. Dayanand Patil and Br. Maurice have taken eager interest to make the event a success by mobilizing the local Mandals and people.



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William Falcao sdb

MUMBAI, JANUARY 27, 2010: Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala has always been blessed with the support and love of socially responsible citizens. One such personality is Mr. Boman Irani, renowned Bollywood actor. He is also the good will ambassador of Shelter Don Bosco. His recent super hit educative and thought provoking movie '3 Idiots' has been well appreciated all over. Shelter boys had the privilege to see the same movie in the presence of Mr. Boman with his family and friends. He himself sponsored the show in Imax Big cinema, Wadala on January 24, 2010. Girls from Anmol also joined in for the show. His role in the movie was very much appreciated by all. The presence of Mr. Boman among the boys was very casual and friendly. Before and after the show he spent his valuable time interacting with the boys. He also showed his desire to counsel boys who are emotionally disturbed and not sufficiently motivated.


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