Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Allan Netto
NORTHERN ARABIAN VICARIATE, FEBRUARY 29, 2012: Sunday, February 26, 2012 was a red letter day in the lives of the freshly inducted altar servers and also in the annals of our parish. This was yet another grand occasion for us, wherein thirty one youngsters were officially inducted as Altar Servers during the Children' mass at 8.30 am.

Those who desired to join the altar servers were invited for the first meeting in the month of September 2011. What followed was intensive fortnightly preparation by a team of animators and senior altar servers teaching our new comers all about altar serving. The preparation included knowledge about the liturgy and other sacred articles which are used for liturgical services. Through the use of props and audio visual means, the animators taught the children the names of the various articles and their use in the liturgical services. Few hours were also spent on training the children on how to assist the priest at the altar.

Although there were many youngsters who were present on the first day of the meeting, only thirty one youngsters were regular for the practices and for the various meetings. These thirty one youngsters were inducted during the children's mass which was packed to capacity.

Since our parish has more than one rite, training in various rites had to be arranged. This was well coordinated by Allan Netto. Christopher Fernandes was responsible to teach the children who belonged to the Latin rite while Alan Roy, Dawn Siji and Savio Reji instructed the children of the Syro-Malabar rite.

We are very grateful to Fr. Blany Pinto, Fr. Joy and Fr. Francis, the Catechism Teachers, the Parents all those who had supported us at every moment. We look forward to the month of April when a few more will join the altar server's ministry.


Rossi D'Souza
BORIVLI, FEBRUARY 29, 2012: A scout camp was held for the students of std VIII and IX on February 24- 25, 2012, on the Don Bosco School Grounds from 7.30am – 6.00pm.
The camp was conducted by Sir G.I. Engineer, District commissioner of Gujarat, assisted by Mr. Mark Pereira and Mr. Rossi D'souza.  Sir G.I. Engineer taught the students many things about scouting and making scouting more fun in every possible way. The students were given their Pravesh and world scout badges. They were trained on how to pitch their tents for their own patrol. Later the students had to make pioneering projects five feet tall. 
The evening came to an end at 6.00pm with the inspection done by Sir G.I. Engineer, Fr. Principal and Sir Mark.


Telston Lobo
LONAVALA, FEBRUARY 29, 2012:  A ray of hope was kindled on February 25, 2012, as it was a special day for the village children here in Lonavala.  The Aspirants of Don Bosco Lonavala under the able guidance of Fr. Dominic Martis organised 'Maria Ashiana'  a day for the children of Maria Ashiana' and the children from villages in and around Lonavala.
The day began with the aspirants going to their respective oratories and gathering the children and accompanying them to Maria Ashiana. The registration desk efficiently collected the names of the children and distributed T-shirts, caps and games coupon to all the children. On arrival the children were served delicious snacks.  A mini fete was the highlight of the day, the children with the games coupon participated in a number of fete games earning prize coupons which was remunerated with attractive prizes.  At noon the festive lunch prepared by the kitchen staff of Don Bosco Lonavala gave rise to countless and unending smiles on the faces of the children.  With the lunch setting the perfect tone, the cultural programme was the perfect icing on the cake.  The children proceeded to the down hall of Don Bosco Lonavala for the cultural programme.  The chief Guest for the occasion was Fr. Wilfred Fernandes the Parish Priest of St. Joseph's Parish Lonavala. The children from various villages came forward to perform for the cultural programme. The cultural programme concluded with an inspiring message from the Chief Guest.  He congratulated the Salesians of Lonavala along with the aspirants and the support staff for making this day possible. The programme concluded with the singing of the National Anthem. 
This day was a great learning experience for the aspirants here in Don Bosco Lonavala, as they enjoyed being with the children and witnessed the Gospel truth that it is in giving that we receive joy and happiness. 


Ramesh D. and Bento D'Souza
AHMEDNAGAR, FEBRUARY 28, 2012: Health is Wealth. Wealth without health is hell. Wisdom on good health and contented wealth is heaven. Work for health is working for life.  Following its mandate, BGVK takes its responsibility to empower people by caring for their health in Takli, twelve kilometres from Ahmednagar on the Jamkhed Road and Ukadgaon, sixteen kilometres from Nagar. The camp was conducted at Takli and Ukadgaon village in which forty women took part.
This is a Central Government Program in which BGVK is a nodal agency. The program took place in two consecutive villages on February 13-14 and 17 -18, 2012. The topic for the programme was MREGA and health awareness.
Shri. Sudhir Godbole, Education officer of Kendriya Shramik Shikshan Mandal, Pune gave awareness on MREGA, the short form for Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.