NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, FEBRUARY 6, 2013: On January 30, 2013, the parish community of St. John Bosco Church Nashik reached a culmination of the Novena to St. John Bosco in the celebration of the Academy in honour of the saint.. A lively participation by all the three zones of the parish, the catechism children, the co-operators unit, the community of the salesian sisters, the girls from the boarding run by the salesian sisters, the novices and the brothers from Divyadaan added grandeur to the programme which was co-ordinated by the community of Divyadaan.
The words 'Don Bosco increase our Faith' was chosen as the theme and all participants were expected to put a programme of a religious nature. The academy began with Fr. Savio D'Souza welcoming the gathering. He presented a small gift to the Mass Server who was present for all the Novena Masses.
This was followed by the Divyadaan band, a prayer dance, skits based on the life of Don Bosco, songs, dances, etc.- all in some way or the other paying homage to the multi-faceted saint. The programme reached its climax in the skit and the energetic dance put up by the clerics of Divyadaan based on the words of the theme 'Monk or no monk with Don Bosco we will stay.'
The academy concluded with Fr. Bastin, the Parish priest thanking the people for their lively participation be it on stage or in the audience and appreciated the quality of all the programmes. He assured everyone Don Bosco's blessings on them and their family. All said and done the Academy ended with deep love that the people of the parish share for this great Saint, the Apostle of the Youth.