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At 12.00 noon the Eucharist was celebrated by Rt. Rev. Edwin Colaco, Bishop of Aurangabad, with the other priests concelebrating. The Don Bosco Savedi choir, under the able guidance of their Parish Priest Fr. Augustine Pereira, added to the solemnity of the occasion. The people paid rapt attention as the Bishop spoke eloquently on the qualities of Don Bosco during the homily. In the afternoon, Fr. Allwyn Misquitta, who is accompanying the Relic all through its pilgrimage in the Mumbai Province, animated a Charismatic prayer session which climaxed with a ‘healing service’.
The Eucharistic celebration at 6.30 p.m. had Rt. Rev. Lourdes Daniel, Bishop of Nashik, as the principal celebrant. The St. Anne’s parish choir was in attendance, while the offertory procession was animated by the mahila mandals. Being ‘Vianney Sunday’, the Bishop focused on the theme of priesthood, during the celebration. After the Eucharist, a felicitation programme was held for the Bishop and the other priests who were present.
The Youth Group of St. John’s Bhingar, under the guidance of their Parish Priest Fr. Michael Bansode, serenaded the Relic, and paid homage to Don Bosco through song and music. The devotees spent much time just sitting around, enjoying the presence of Don Bosco and placing all their petitions before him. After the public veneration closed at 9.30 p.m., an all-night prayer vigil was held at Auxilium Convent, Savedi. The Salesians and people of Ahmednagar will always cherish the memories of this day – a day when Don Bosco was truly among us!