Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Values For The Yatra - DEC 2011


Nv. Avil Correa
NASHIK, NOVEMBER 30, 2011: The long awaited Salesian Youth Ministry seminar finally commenced from November 25, 2011 to November 28, 2011 conducted by Fr. Ajoy and Fr. Glenn Lowe.
The seminar began with a session which cleared the various prejudices about present day youth scenario. Thereafter the resource personnel explained the difference between youth work and youth ministry. The resource personnel stated that Youth ministry was different from youth work because it consisted of youth at the centre of the mission with an aim of gearing towards people, relationships and Jesus Christ.
Throughout the four days of the seminar we novices progressed slowly towards a better understanding of Youth Ministry. The topics that were covered during the seminar were varied and helped us know the subject well. The novices drew a lot of inspiration from the seminar. Towards the end the novices also had an opportunity to apply practically what they had theoretically worked upon.
The novices looked forward to this seminar with great enthusiasm and what they received was nothing less than the spirituality of Don Bosco. There wasn't a single moment of boredom as the seminar helped the novices change their perspectives about youth ministry.  


Patrick Corda

BORIVLI, NOVEMBER 30, 2011: The batch-4 students of MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development) from Bosco Boys Home, Borivli were all delighted as they received their trade certificate on November 29, 2011. Ninety one students coming from different areas of Nashik, Jawhar, Whada, Talasari, Amravati and Shahapur, walked into the institute of Bosco Boys Home on August 29, 2011 to learn a trade in Welding, Hotel Management or Automobile.
Twenty four of these students discontinued the course with a valid reason, leaving behind sixty seven of them who spent ninety days in their respective domain. On completing their practical, theory, and on the job training eighty percent of these students were also placed in different organisation as per the requirement. The students were really happy on receiving the certificates and thanked the Director of BBH, Fr. Anthony Santarita and the trainers of different domains for giving them this beautiful opportunity to be recognised with the certificate of DB Tech.  


Oscar Lobo
PUNE, NOVEMBER 30, 2011: A very colourful and vibrant Altar Server's Rally was held in our parish, Sacred Heart, Yerwada (Pune), the main theme being BE ROOTED IN JESUS CHRIST.

We were blessed with the presence of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice Provincial of Mumbai Province, who was the main celebrant and guest of honour.
Altogether there were more than two hundred and forty three participants, from every home, all those who received communion, right up to Class IX were considered God's servers. The Youth of the parish in collaboration with Fr. Anthony Goyal organised various types of games and conducted sessions, for the participants.
It was heartening to note that there was active participation of Salesian Co-operators who sponsored the breakfast and evening tea, and the Legion of Mary group who volunteered to take charge of the registration desk. Benefactors sponsored the afternoon meal. There were many who also contributed their mite but wished to remain anonymous.

The feast of Christ the King was solemnized with a grand procession with participation of hundreds of people. The main celebrant Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice Provincial of Mumbai Province, carried the Blessed Sacrament in an open jeep in the middle of the girls dressed up in white like angels. The solemn blessing was given on the school ground amid the bursting of crackers and releasing of gas balloons.
The SHY group animated all the way from the church to the ground, with their melodious singing and praising God. Small children of the orphanage did the singing for the concluding Mass.
This is the third very successful event, in a very short span of time, after Fr. Anton D'Souza took charge as Parish Priest in August 2011. We are very privileged to have this dynamic, well organised and energetic young priest to lead us, and we cant thank God enough for Fr. Anton's presence in the parish.
Thanks to Fr. Anton's motivation, all the parish council members guided the children and made their presence felt all through the day. All the children who participated in the rally were gifted a T SHIRT with the word ROOTED printed on it. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


NERUL, NOVEMBER 29, 2011: The Sixth Annual Sports Meet of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School along with the Pre-Primary Section, Nerul was held on November 26, 2011. The Chief Guest for the day was Rev.Fr. Jude D'Mello, the Rector of Don Bosco School, Matunga, and of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. Mrs. Sylvia Countinho was the Chief Guest for the Pre- Primary section.
The event began with a fabulous march past by students of Classes VI - X, led by our own school band – another feather in the cap for Don Bosco Senior Secondary School Nerul. 

There were different competitive events for the kids of the pre-primary section. Each and every child actively participated in the drill display.  The theme of the drills was 'Save Environment'. The youngest class Playgroup emphasized on 'Save Animals'.  The Pre-Preparatory Class gave the message to 'Save Water', and the Preparatory class concentrated on 'Save Trees'.
The Students from Classes I – V also presented a drill display which gave every child an opportunity to be on the grounds, matching exercises to the beat of the drum or music. Each one learnt not only the different exercises in sequence but more importantly the beauty of performing in unison, and the strength of team work. Each drill had a message to give.
Class I – Save the Earth
Class II - Deforestation
Class III – Live and Let Live
Class IV – Anti Corruption
Class V - Pyramids

There was also a Taekwondo Display.

Following the drills were the track events which kept the spectators edged to their seats with the athletes displaying split second close finishes.

A special thanks to all the teachers, parents and students who put in their cent percent to make this event a great success.