Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Brian Moras sdb
‘Don Bosco is the Father and Teacher of Youth in the Church’; on the feast of the Assumption, youngsters came forward to celebrate their Father and Teacher at the Shrine of Don Bosco Matunga at 3.30 pm on August 15, 2011.  This gathering was organized by the Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga.
The Gospel Band ‘Open Secret’ set the tone for this encounter, with their inspiring music.  Welcoming the youngsters Fr. Brian Moras sdb asked the youngsters to make this event a spiritual encounter with the great lover of youngsters who had come to meet them, and further to grow in Faith in the living Lord.  This was followed with a beautiful clipping of ‘Don Bosco the Dreamer’ and the ‘World Youth Day’.
Fr. Glenford Lowe who had recently donated his kidney to Fr. Lloyd, shared his testimony on this experience.  He exhorted the youngsters to go beyond asking themselves, “What is the right thing to do, to what is the loving thing to do?” “The best way of living is loving” he said.  Bro. Lyton Quadros sdb who is a missionary to Hungary shared about his calling to be a Missionary as also the mission and the challenges the Salesians faced there.  He asked the youngsters to reflect on what God would want them to do with their lives and how they could reach out to others in need.
With prayerful action songs and a commitment to reach out to their neighbor in a meaningful way, the youngsters prayed at the Relic of Don Bosco. 
Frs. Brian and Glenn also arranged a Youth and Vocation Stall at the venue to give information on Youth and Vocation Programs organized by the Youth Services.  Many youngsters came forward to give their names to participate in the upcoming youth events.  The Salesian Sisters too joined in the stall to make girls aware of the calling to be a Salesian Sister.  The over whelming experience at the stall was that people love Don Bosco and many youngsters want to be a part of the initiatives taken by the Don Bosco Youth Services.

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