Friday, August 30, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVALI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 30, 2013: Science… Oh how vividly it paints human life! Oh how wonderfully it slakes curiosity's thirst!

Science is thus an integral part of our existence. It explains everything from how we are born to why our Universe is what it is today. A scientific temperament is therefore a must to survive in today's world. A Science Club in a school is an ideal platform to inculcate this virtue and foster a spirit of enquiry. Don Bosco High School – Borivali, inaugurated its Science Club on the 30th of August 2013.

It was a beginning on a truly positive note. The traditional lamp was lit to invoke God's blessings. The dignitaries' present- Fr. Rector, Fr. Administrator and Miss Chausheela Pujare were given saplings as a token of life and beauty. Fr. Rector delivered an insightful address about Man's relation with Science. A skit showed how a sound scientific temperament can eradicate blind beliefs. The members of the Science Club were introduced to all present.

The establishment of the science club was possible only because of the untiring efforts of Miss Diana and Miss Venessa, who are the guiding lights of the Club.

After the program, the first activity of the Science Club commenced. It was a game of scientific dumb charades, wherein an unlabelled diagram was drawn and the students had to try and guess the terms. There was tremendous competition between the Isaac Newton's, the Thomson's, the Robert Hooke's and the Edwin Aldrins. The Aldrins emerged winners. Finally Fr. Baptist – our Administrator along with the students planted a sapling.



by Bis Correspondent 

WADALA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 30, 2013: The Parish Pastoral Council of Our Lady of Dolours Church took time off to do some serious assessment and planning for the year 2013-2014, amidst the beauty and freshness of Lonavla. 29 Council members together with the Parish Team camped at Don Bosco, Lonavla from the morning of the 24th till after lunch the next day.

The camp began with an input session on the need and value of "Self Help Groups" in building up stable and economically viable groups in the communities (SCC). The three sessions were ably animated by Mr. Royal D'Souza from Don Bosco Institute - Kurla. The group unanimously took a decision to begin at least 30 self-help groups in the various areas of the parish. They also came to a conclusion that a core team will study and execute the project.

The next task in hand was to plan to mobilize as many parishioners as possible in 'Community Service", through the "Ten is Mine Project", a brainchild of Fr. Godfrey, the Parish Priest and the inspiration of Bishop Bosco Penha. An impassioned plea was made to encourage each family in the parish to devote at least ten hours a month to help build up the Community (SCC) and the Parish community through this Community Service Project. A brainstorming brought forth many valued suggestions and endeavours that could be worked out for the betterment of the parish. A committee was to be formed to take this project forward which would be inaugurated on September 15, 2013 the parish feast. Other issues like the Sunday collections, Church support, data collection with regards to details of the members of families in the Parish was also taken up.

The Bombay Catholic Sabha enlightened the group on the various Government schemes available for the Minorities, Senior Citizens, Widows and the Rajiv Gandhi health scheme for those holding the yellow and orange ration cards. The PPC then held their monthly meeting to review the programs of the previous month and plan for the coming months.

The cultural wing of the Council prepared a few party games that got the group on their feet for the get-together after dinner. The evening adoration and a festive mass took care of the spiritual part of the program.


by BIS correspondent 

LONAVLA- MAHARASHTRA, AUGUST 30, 2013:  What was meant to be a regular exhibition of the traditional 'Pot-breaking practice' on the eve of Gokulashtami turned out to be a day of glory for eighteen students of Std. VIII of Don Bosco Lonavla. The Kaivalyadham Vidyaniketan School - Lonavla organised an Inter school Dahi-handi Competition on their grounds on 29th August 2013. The two participating teams were from the hosting school and Don Bosco Lonavla respectively. The event began with the felicitation of the Chief Guest Mr. Kadu, BJP leader and social worker and Ms. Bhosale, the Principal of Kaivalyadham Vidyaniketan.

A short presentation on the origins of the feast of Janmashtami and the life of Lord Krishna followed the felicitation. The team from Don Bosco Lonavla was supposed to break the pot first after lots were drawn in their favour. The rules of the competition were explained to the participating teams. According to the rules each team would get 3 chances to break the pot. Each team had to make the pyramid formation and every attempt had a maximum time limit of 6 minutes. Before breaking the pot, both the teams had to do the customary salute in the pyramid formation. This practice of making the salute itself boosted the confidence of the participating teams.

When the Don Bosco team, under the guidance of their coach, Saurabh Khillare, began their first attempt, the pot, hanging 12 feet high seemed out of reach and the continuous splashing of water also took a toll on the human pyramid. The team from Kaivalyadham was the next to make an attempt but also failed in reaching the pot. In their second attempt, Don Bosco School changed strategy and replaced their 'Govinda' to Ashish Jadhav. Ashish reached the pot but found the pot too tough to be broken with bare hands. This was followed by another unsuccessful attempt by Kaivalyadham. In their third attempt, the Don Bosco team was provided with a baton to break the pot, the Govinda of the Don Bosco team courageously leapt to reach the pot when he realised the pyramid was crumbling. Although he did not break the pot, his courage and the spirit of the team had already won the hearts of the judges and they were declared the winners of the Dahi-Handi competition. Since the pot had to be broken, it was lowered for the runners-up team, who was also exhausted but completed the pyramid and broke the pot ceremoniously.

At the end of the event, the Principal of Kaivalyadham Vidyaniketan was all praise for the courage and showmanship of the participating teams. The students of Don Bosco team were elated with the exultation and praise they received and were eager to show a better performance next year.


By BIS correspondent 

BORIVALI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 30, 2013: Bosco Quiz Competition based on General Knowledge was held on 27th August, 2013 at Don Bosco School Borivali. The quiz was for the students of STD V – VIII. A colourful and multifaceted display of knowledge and great enthusiasm was shown by the participants. The audience was supportive and made this competition a great success.

The winners of this competition were Amey Kirtikar and Kenn D'souza. They were felicitated by Fr. William the Rector. They received a certificate and a Hercules bicycle sponsored by Hanuman Cycles.


by BIS correspondent 

WADALA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 30, 2013:  Three major events were held at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala during the month of August. The first event was the 'All-Faith Prayer Meet' held on Sunday 11th August, 2013 organized by Fr. Allwyn along with the Bombay Catholic Sabha.

The meet began with a prayer service followed by Fr. Godfrey D'Sa, the Parish Priest along with religious leaders from among the various communities (Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Parsi) sharing their views and efforts to bring about peace and unity in the society. The program concluded with a pledge to work for peace and prosperity of India.

On the 14th of August 2013, Fr. Allwyn together with the Parish Prayer Group organised a Vigil Service in preparation for the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. The Vigil began at 10.00pm with Praise and Worship and lasted through the night. It included action songs, testimonies and teachings. The Vigil concluding with a well animated celebration of the Eucharist at 4.00am

On the 15th of August 2013, St. Joseph School organised a Flag hoisting ceremony at 8.00am in the school hall and the chief guest was the top ranker at the recently concluded SSC exams. Independence messages were conveyed with each of the four Houses making their unique presentations detailing India's struggle for Independence and the dream for a free India interspersed with patriotic songs.

In the evening The Cultural Cell along with the Legion of Mary planned and executed the "Marian Quiz" for the Sunday school children. The boarders from Don Bosco, Matunga also participated in the program. Kudos to the Sunday School Teachers who took a lot of pains to train the children for the event!

Looking forward to more events like these, to foster bonding among the parishioners of Our Lady of Dolours Church, Wadala along with spiritual renewal. 


Fr. Colbert da Silva 

KURLA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 30, 2013: Don Bosco College – Hospitality Studies, Kurla was privileged to host a series of comprehensive bakery workshops on German breads, cakes and pastries. This was skillfully conducted by German Master Baker, Mr. Andre Houben from the Akademie Deutsches Bäckerhandwerk, Weinheim , Germany.

Master baker Andre was brilliant. Utilizing the locally available raw material he was able to replicate the amazing German breads and pastries. In the elaborate workshops he conducted, he taught various breads like the humble breakfast loaf, Zoff German Bread, spicy wheat sticks, the Swabian mixed wheat bread as well as an array of cakes and pastries like apple strudel, butter cake, quiche and the sinfully delicious Sacher torte.

The two hundred odd participants ranged from Hospitality management students to entrepreneurs, industry professionals and experts in the field of bakery and confectionery. During the brief two weeks that Mr. Houben was on campus he patiently and meticulously guided all participants through the intricacies of pretzels, German Stollen and a whole range of nearly ten different products with his time-tested recipes and detailed techniques in the art of baking. Students were enamored with the range of products taught and were motivated and encouraged to experiment and challenge themselves at every stage. "We learned about the Bakers Percentage and the science of preparatory methods, precise quantities, right ingredients and correct timing. We were delighted that everything we prepared came out so well." said Neville Mascarenhas one of the students.

In his report Mr. Andre Houben wrote, "During my stay in India I only met very nice, helpful and open minded people. I enjoyed the workshops with the kids a lot. To see, how easy it is to get a nice smile 'just' from making bread together." He further added, "With a few tricks and the local raw materials we were able to make very nice bread and pastry products. For example we replaced rye flour in the recipes by using the atta flour." 

The brief exposure to International baking and confectionery introduced the students to not just German products but also the art used by international practitioners and spurred them to strive for greater challenges in the hospitality industry.


by BIS correspondent 

WALUJ-AURANGABAD, AUGUST 30, 2013: Sixty two women from various SHGs associated with BGVK participated in a seminar on "Income Generating Activities for Self Help Groups" organized by BGVK – Waluj (Aurangabad) in collaboration with Suyog Business & Services  and Florida Business Group, Aurangabad at BGVK-Waluj (Aurangabad).

Mr. Kamlesh the CEO of Suyog Business & Services along with his staff educated the assembled women on the finer details of 'Paper Plate Making' and also provided a hands-on demonstration to each of the participants.  "Besides being an activity which involves minimum infrastructure and investment, the NGO promises to make available the raw materials and buy the finished products at a reasonable price from the SHGs" said Mr Kamlesh. 

The afternoon session was conducted by Ms Seema & Ms Pushpa of Florida Business Group, Aurangabad. They spoke in detail about the procedure and the lucrative benefits of making florida or mushrooms which is a much sought after business activity among the SHGs in Aurangabad. 

Fr. George D'Abreo sdb encouraged the participants to avail of this golden opportunity so as to make the SHGs vibrant and encourage other groups to do the same and improve the quality of life of women in rural Marathwada.

The SHG leaders jotted down the necessary details and expressed genuine desire to get started right away.  While the participants were grateful that BGVK continues to stand by and with the poor and marginalized, the resource persons marveled at the enthusiasm of the participants and the facilities provided at Waluj and commitment shown by BGVK to make a difference in the lives of the people of Marathwada.


by BIS correspondent 

YERWADA-PUNE, AUGUST 30, 2013: On 29th September 2013, the faithful of Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada, inaugurated the novena in honour of Our Lady of Velankanni by hoisting the traditional flag in a solemn manner. Fr. John, the main celebrant hoisted the flag and inaugurated the novena.

This year's novena concentrates on a variety of themes related to Mary, Christ, Suffering, Faith and Prison Spirituality. The first day of inauguration witnessed a huge crowd of Marian devotees. The days of the Novena are enriched by daily Eucharistic Adoration and confessions.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


by BIS correspondent   

NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 28, 2013: Dominic Savio Kindergarten conducts a value education program for pre-preparatory and preparatory classes, in which children learn different values through skits and dances on various topics taught in class. Along with awareness this program also ensures that children develop stage confidence and better their communication skills.

The topic of the month of August was - 'Eating Healthy Food'. The program was organized by the class preparatory B along with their class teacher Ms. Sweta S. on Thursday, 22nd August, 2013.

The objective of this assembly program was to increase awareness about healthy eating. It promoted more in-take of fruits, vegetables and cereals and less of junk food, as these foods hinder growth and development.

The teacher's and the parent's felt the topic was appropriate for children and it was a good effort by Ms. Sweta S and her class.


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 28, 2013: The Value Education Program for Class III A was held on 22nd August, 2013 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School Nerul. The topic for this programme was 'Internet Safety' .The teacher in charge of the program was Ms. Poonam Jain. The objective of this Value Education Program was to create awareness about the perils of irresponsible Internet use.

The program began with a prayer followed by the School Anthem. A skit - 'Wake up Sid' was enacted to create awareness about the use of social networking sites at an appropriate age followed by a dance. Guidelines regarding safe and responsible internet use were also given to the students followed by a video on the dangers of internet.

The Vote of Thanks was given by Ms. Poonam Jain followed by the noon talk and a few words of encouragement and praise by Fr. Principal. The program was successful in creating awareness about the dangers of irresponsible internet use. It was a rewarding attempt to make the students responsible online citizens.


Br. Clarence Martis 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 28, 2013: Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrated Bosco Kala Utsav on Saturday, 24th August 2013 which was also the birthday of the Rector, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza. The entire day was devoted to students displaying their myriad talents by competing in a number of events to win points for their respective Houses.

The day began with the art and craft competition. The younger boys were busy decorating bags, while the older boys were making picture frames, using the 'paper quilling' technique. The senior classes, in the light of the recent spate of violent crime, debated the topic "Juvenile age should be brought down to 16 years". It was a hotly contested challenge, the winning team being ahead by only a point. This interesting beginning was followed by a host of events lined up throughout the day - Choral Recitation, Elocution, Mono Acting, Group Singing, Vocals, Folk Dance, Bollywood Dance, Ad Jingles and the Lezim competitions. The most-anticipated competition - The Bosco Prince, brought the events to a close. The judges appreciated the talent and poise they witnessed among the Std. IX boys.

Bosco Kala Utsav 2013-2014 was a booming success as the boys enthusiastically cheered for their teams. Teachers could be seen scouting out impressive talent to enrich further school events like the House Assemblies, the One-Act Plays and also the Annual Day.


MATUNGA-MUMBAI,AUGUST 28,2013: The Parents Teachers Association of Don Bosco School, Matunga held a meeting on 24.08.2013 at 2.30 p.m. in the School Premises in the presence of  the Manager, Principal and other staff members in light of the incident which happened on 19.08.2013 wherein a mob from a political party barged in the school premises during the lunch recess and into the Principal's office. They raised protest with regard to the false allegation of some Parents of the school children being forced to teach the students and also to the false allegation of compulsory contribution being sought from the parents of the school children.

The P.T.A members expressed their admiration and support for the Education and other facilities being provided by the school for decades. The P.T.A members also took strong objection to the fact that a political party trespassed into the school premises and sought to interfere into the working of the school. It was opined that if there was any complaint or grievance the same should have been placed before the P.T.A as also the School Management to have the same resolved and if the parent was still dissatisfied he could complain to the Education Board for resolving the same and there is no scope for any outside political interference in the working of the Educational Institution.

It is clarified by P.T.A that no parent was ever forced to teach in the school but only during the absence of the teacher sent for mandatory training provided by the B.M.C/State Government that some parents volunteered to mind the class for a few sessions and on few occasions and no teaching session was held by any such parent.

With regard to the allegation of compulsory contribution all members clarified that there was no compulsion with regard to contributions for the various activities like Sports, Cultural Festivals, Annual Day, Upgradation of education facilities, to name a few. All contribution have always been voluntary. Various facilities being provided at Don Bosco Matunga is a prime reason for enrolling their children in this Institution. All contributions are for co-curricular activities which have always benefited the students of Don Bosco.

Strong protest was registered with regard to disgruntled parents approaching a political party for redressal of grievance inspite of grievance redressal mechanism being available in the institution itself.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013


by Mrs. Valerie  DeSouza 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 26, 2013: The Primary Section of Don Bosco Borivli bid farewell to their loving teacher Mrs. Roopali Walwaikar, who dedicated her services to the institution for thirty-five long years on 23rd August, 2013. She was escorted to the School Hall by Rev. Fr. William, Fr. George and Fr. Baptist with the Primary Office Bearers. All the primary boys welcomed her by singing her favorite song.

The Head Mistress Mrs. Marina compered the event. The Primary children expressed their gratitude through the medium of prayer, song and dances. A farewell song was sung by the teachers. Mrs. Roopali was praised and appreciated by Father Rector in his speech.

A token of appreciation was presented by P.T.A. members from every class. It was an occasion to remember. Mrs. Roopali delivered a speech with a message for the boys, "Be good, be happy! Work towards success, respect your parents, elders, teachers, care for nature, be God fearing and be good citizens." She thanked the staff and students for their love and support for thirty five long years and prayed that Don Bosco would shower his abundant blessings on them. The program concluded with a vote of thanks from the Principal Fr. George Carlos.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


by Janet D'Souza 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 24, 2013: Pope Benedict XVI declared the Year of Faith from October 2012 to November 2013, to use this time to help understand what it means to be the good soil and what it means to be a true Catholic and a follower of Jesus. The Faith Celebration Day of the North Mumbai Deanery was held on Sunday 18th August, 2013 at Don Bosco, Matunga. Two hundred Sunday school children along with their Catechists attended this Celebration.

The program was set in motion with an action song, followed by the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Cleophas Braganza sdb. Fr. Cleophas in his homily explained to the children what Faith is and emphasized more on the readings in this connection. He was happy to see active participation from the children.

An ice breaker in the form of an action song was conducted by Clint. The first session was presented by Miss Mallika.  She explained the parable of the Sower and the parable of the Lost Sheep to the children in a simple way and connected it with the Word of God. The next session by Miss Molly was on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. She explained the four main pillars of Faith: 1. Creed. 2. Ten Commandments. 3. Sacraments. 4. Christian Prayer.

The children's participation for both the sessions was lively and enthusiastic. The celebration ended with a prayer by Lloyd. The children went home with the message that Faith is a very crucial element in their day to day life. The half day spent at Don Bosco was really meaningful because the children learnt a lot about Faith.

Friday, August 23, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 23, 2013: Callyarts organized an inter school art competition on Sunday, 11th August, 2013 at Agri Koli Sanskriti Bhavan, Sector-24, Nerul (W).

The objective of this competition was to develop the creative and artistic sense in the students. This competition compelled the students to put on their thinking caps and ponder upon the growing problems of the world. The hard work of the students of St Xavier's High School, Airoli, finally paid off when they won the following awards:

·         First Prize   Esha Nakshatra  (II  B)

·         First Prize   Yajna Rai  (V C)

·         First Prize   Madhurika Vanire  (IX)

Each of the winners received a scholarship of Rs 36,000/- and a trophy.


by Fr. Rolvin D'mello 

AHMEDNAGAR, AUGUST 23, 2013: After successfully completing 3 batches of SLS (Skills for Livelihood & Sustenance) program in which 498 students were trained last academic year. This year on 1st July 2013 the 4th batch of SLS was launched in DBCC (Don Bosco Community College) and for this batch there are 172 students. The students are being trained in typing, tailoring, computers, spoken English, electrical and advance English training. Having completed half way through their training a special prayer service was organised to seek the Lord's blessings.

The prayer service began with a prayer song followed by reading of various religious scriptures and a video presentation on Don Bosco. The Rector, Fr. Thomas gave a brief description about the works of Don Bosco Institutes around the globe and specially in Ahmednagar. Fr. Rolvin, Director - DBCC urged the students to make the best of the facilities available at the institute. All the students were spiritually nourished by the end of the prayer service.


by BIS correspondent 

AIROLI, AUGUST 23, 2013: Junior Red Cross Maharashtra organized an inter school Rakhi and Collage Competition on Saturday, 20th July, 2013. It was held at St Xavier's High School, Airoli.

The objective of this competition was to develop the creative and artistic sense among the students. This competition enabled the students to come up with new ideas and appreciate their own creativity as well as that of their fellow participants.

The hard work of the students of St Xavier's High School, Airoli, finally paid off when they won the following awards:




First Prize - Prapti Madhavi  (IV C)

First Prize-  Satyajit Mohan (III B)


First Prize- Vedashree Vaity  (V C)


Third Prize- Roshal Gonsalves  (X)





Third Prize- Ameya R  Morudkar  (V B)


First Prize - Madhurika Vanire   (IX)

Thursday, August 22, 2013


by BIS correspondent

NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 22, 2013: Don Bosco's Birthday was celebrated with devotion from 6th to 16th August, 2013. The program was organized by Cass VII A, XI & XII commerce.

Ms. Annie Gomez and Ms. Davinder Kaur Saini were in-charge of the programme and they trained the students to narrate the stories of Don Bosco under the guidance of Supervisor Pankaj Rai. The stories were based on Don Bosco's encounter with few youngsters like John Cagliero, Michael Magone, Michael Rua and Charles Gastini.

The students listened to the stories after the prayer in their respective class rooms. Throughout the week students were enlightened by sweet effectiveness of Don Bosco's method through Power Point presentations.

The students were able to understand that the life of these youngsters had changed because of the privilege they had of living close to Don Bosco and tasting the effectiveness of his teachings.The students gained moral values like honesty, caring, obedience through the stories narrated.


by BIS correspondent 

LONAVLA-MAHARASHTRA, AUGUST 21, 2013: Accompanied by the school flag, national flag and placards displaying peace and unity, and shouting slogans like 'Bharat Mata ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram', the standard VI students of Don Bosco High School, Lonavla, marched towards the Lonavla Police Station on Tuesday 20 August, 2013, to celebrate the festival of 'Raksha Bandhan' with the local police officers. The idea was to felicitate the police officials by the symbolic 'Rakhi' for their tireless efforts at maintaining peace and stability as well as ensuring security of all people.

The school and college have taken the initiative to pay homage to our country during the month of August. To commemorate this, the students of standard VI took upon themselves the novel idea of visiting the local Police officials and expressing their gratitude to them. They decided to tie 'rakhis' to all the officers. The students, accompanied by Ms. Gauri Chimbalkar, Ms. Ujwala Thombre, Mr. Leeva Buthello and Bro. Bosco Carvalho, left for the police station at 10:00 a.m. At the first station, the group received a warm welcome. Mr. Santosh Patil, A.P.I. and Mr. Vaibhav Kalubarme, Division in-charge, were pleasantly surprised by the thoughtfulness of the school students and expressed their thankfulness to the Principal and teachers for the same.

After performing the ceremonial tying of 'rakhis', Mr. Patil addressed the students and urged them to listen to their teachers, study well and become successful in life. The group of students proceeded to the other police station in the town where they received a warm welcome. Mr. Vishnu Pawar, P.I. was taken aback with the gesture of the students. In his short speech, he requested the students to become good citizens and insisted on the need to be the ears, eyes of the society at all times. Ms. Chimbalkar thanked the entire team of police for giving them short yet sweet moments of interaction and also for all the arrangements done. She also assured hundred percent co-operation from the students in any endeavor. The assembly stood in attention for the singing of 'Vande Mataram', after which they dispersed.

The idea of celebrating 'Raksha Bandhan' with the 'Samaj Rakshaks' was the brainchild of Ms. Chimbalkar. She indeed deserves commendation for her thoughtfulness. Initiatives of such a nature help build bonds of unity among people as well as leaders.


by BIS correspondent  

VIRAR-MUMBAI, AUGUST 21, 2013: This is the story of a seed, the seed which was sown during the year 2007 at Resurrection Church, Virar known as the Salesian Co-operators.

This seed was constantly watered and manured by the Unit Delegates - Fr. Blany Pinto & Fr. Lawrence D'Souza, Provincial Delegate Fr. Elias Dias and Fr. Wilfred D'Souza along with the Provincial Co-ordinator Ms. Claudina Pinto.

The initial immature stages of growth for this seed were difficult and fear filled, but then the spirit of Don Bosco, along with his favourite interceder Mother Mary, obtained special graces from Jesus, helped the Salesian priests to build a strong fence of Love and Faith around the seed.

The seed was carefully nurtured to adapt to various weather changes, while the growth remained constant. Finally there was a moment of great joy to see the seed turn into a beautiful plant.  This plant propped out 10 little buds in the form of Salesian Aspirants and finally on the 18th of August, 2013 the first 3 flowers bloomed, making their promise to spread the fragrance of Christ as Salesian Co-operators. 

Fr. Wilfred was the main celebrant of the solemn mass, along with concelebrants Fr. Lawrence D'Souza, Fr. Reggie Gracias, Fr. Blany Pinto and Fr. Prashant Saldanha. During the introduction, Fr. Lawrence D'Souza highlighted the essence of Salesian Co-operators. Fr. Blany Pinto, the Unit delegate briefed the role of Salesian Co-operators and the charism of Don Bosco in his homily. After the homily Mrs. Marie Rodrigues, Mrs. Genevieve Monterio and Mr. Dian D'souza made their promise in the presence of Mrs. Sharon the newly elected Provincial Co-ordinator, and became the first three, promised Salesian Co-operators of Virar Unit. After signing their commitment they were given candles, signifying the light they should be for the people in the Don Bosco way.

After the mass this joy was extended with a short get-together at the Resurrection Church hall, where the Salesian family members along with the delegates and Provincial Council team were present. Fr. Wilfred D'Souza expressed the joy on behalf of Fr. Elias Dias, who had sent a token of love to the three promised members.

The story of the seed is incomplete without acknowledging thanks to our gracious God, who chose the former Parish Priests, Fr. Dominic Lisboa, Fr. Orville Coutinho, Fr. Franco Pereira and Fr. Blany Pinto to plough the soil so that this seed could be sown. A special thanks to the Salesian congregation without whom the seed would have been lost.  The seed is now awaiting its new form - to witness growth into a blossoming tree, to spread the fragrance of love and nourish with faith, in the Don Bosco way.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 21, 2013: Desh Bhakti Day was celebrated on 14th August 2013 in the Assembly Hall of Don Bosco School Nerul. It was organized by Ms. Blossom-class teacher of preparatory-D, Ms. Reshma-class teacher of preparatory-A and Ms. Archana-class teacher of pre-preparatory-A. 91 Students from both Preparatory and pre-preparatory participated in this program which was conducted for the pre-primary students.

The Primary Objective of this Day was, celebration of the culmination of a long struggle for freedom. It was a day dedicated to celebrate the birth of the world's biggest Democracy.

Parents and Teachers were overwhelmed to see their tiny tots perform a musical - "India's Freedom Struggle ". The program ended with an encouraging talk by the Principal.


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 21, 2013: Don Bosco, Borivli had their crowning glory, when their under 16 team won the 2nd place in the MSSA Football tournament. This victory also marks their foray into the much awaited 1st Division after a long hiatus of nearly 6 years.

St. Mary's, Mazgaon proved to be the better side in a thrilling heart stopping Final with a score of 2:1, thereby ending Don Bosco, Borivli's unbeaten run throughout this MSSA - Under 16 tournament. Captain Melburn Vaz claimed a total of 7 goals along with Wayne Trinidade's 5 goals in the tournament tally of Don Bosco's 27 goals. Coach Melwyl Fernandes commended the young players for their splendid efforts.

Monday, August 19, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

MEGHWADI, AUGUST 19, 2013: On 15th August, 2013, Don Bosco BP organised an awareness program at the GB Panth foundation hall - Meghwadi for the people of the K-east Ward Slum Community. The theme for this program was 'Independence from Addiction'.

This occasion was graced by the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Dr. Mohan Kumar Dahikar, Mr. Lakshman Pujari and Dilip Nalawade, the trustees of G. B. Panth Foundation, and Mr. Satish Kumar. The program began with the lighting of the lamp and felicitation with colorful paper flowers made by the children residing at the Dongri Children's home.

The DCP shared his concern on the issue and his insights on the parent's responsibility in prevention of drug addiction. He concluded his speech with the message 'Say NO to one and all drugs'. This was followed by Sushma Awagade speaking on the scenario of addiction in India post-Independence.

The night class students then performed a graceful dance in honor of our independence. This was followed by two speeches by the 'Bal Sanghatnas' on the importance of education and the negative effects of drug addiction.

The staff of DBBP conducted a demonstration on the reasons for people getting addicted to drugs as well as the harmful social, psychological and physiological effects of drug use and how we can help reduce the problem. Sr. Jacinta then moderated a discussion on prevention of drug addiction. Mr. Lakshman Pujari concluded the program with a short speech on the history of addiction and a few words of advice for the youth.


by BIS correspondent 

LONAVLA-MAHARASHTRA, AUGUST 19, 2013: The School and Junior College of Don Bosco Lonavla conducted a Marathi Elocution competition for its students on the 16th of August, 2013. The co-ordinator for the competition was Ms. Sushma K, the Marathi teacher. The judges were Ms Swati Pawar, a Marathi teacher from Auxilium Convent; Ms. Swati Dattatre Yeole, a teacher in Lonavla Municipal School and Ms. Revathi Kamble, from Gurukul High School.

The students of Stds. V to VIII began the Elocution competition by reciting interesting stories. One of the judges remarked and appreciated the fact that all the stories recited were folk stories of Maharashtra. The second group comprising of students from Stds. IX and X presented speeches on diverse topics like environment, women's rights and political issues. The next group of students also delivered speeches on different topics but the common thread running through most of their speeches was the importance or the use of Marathi in the modern colloquy and how the influence of the Western culture has adulterated the Marathi language. Pure and pristine Marathi is now a rare phenomenon and hence the need to revive the language and literature.

One of the judges was overwhelmed with the speeches delivered  and confessed she felt compelled to talk about her own passion for the language and also shared with the young audience her views about the literary works of Sane Guruji, especially his masterpiece, 'Shyamchi Aaee'.  Though difficult to judge, the winners were chosen based on the choice of topic, clarity of speech and manner of deliverance.

Sunday, August 18, 2013


by Cl. Jerome. Aruldass. Edison 

DAKOR, AUGUST 17, 2013: On the 13th of August, 2013 the Bishop of Ahmedabad Diocese Rev.Fr.Thomas Macvan visited the religious communities in Dakor. His Lordship visited the communities for  two days on a pastoral note.

In this visit Bishop Thomas personally met the communities of Don Bosco, Pushpanjali and St. Ann. Bishop Thomas met every member of the various communities and patiently heard their grievances. He guided the community in their journey of life in the year of faith. The members of the communities cherished his presence as a blessing.

On the eve of 13th August, Don Bosco Dakor boarding conducted the Marian Nite program. In this event Bishop Thomas took part with enthusiasm. At the beginning of the program he spoke on the role and the virtues of Mary.         

 The communities not only enjoyed Bishop Thomas' presence but also learned through his guidance how to follow our Lord Jesus.                                                                       


by Cl. Clarence Martis 

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 17, 2013: The staff and boarders of Dominic Savio Andheri and Don Bosco Matunga celebrated the Marian Nite together at Andheri on 14th August 2013. The evening began with the lighting of the lamp and a short prayer service. Fr Godfrey D'Souza, the Rector of Dominic Savio welcomed the gathering for a fun-filled evening. He urged the boys to get to know each other and to enjoy themselves. The Assistants Br. Michael Gaikwad and Br. Clarence Martis then took over with the organization of very informative Marian games for the boys.

The boys participated whole heartedly and fought hard to get the answers right so that their team could win. Mr. Sumeet a benefactor and past pupil spoke to the boys about how to be successful in life by working not only hard but also working smart. He appealed to them to take their education seriously in order to reap rich fruits in the future. Fr Wilfred D'Souza, the Rector of Matunga thanked the staff of Dominic Savio, Andheri for their hospitality.

He urged the boys to continue growing in their devotion to Mary. 'Have devotion to Mary and you will see what miracles are' was the catch-phrase he left them. Frs. Godfrey, Fr. Crispino, Fr. Wilfred and Mr. Sumeet then knighted the winning team – Banneux. With this the festivities of the Marian Month came to a close with the boys well prepared to celebrate the solemnity of Mary's Assumption.


by BIS Correspondent 


BORIVLI-MUMBAI, AUGUST 17, 2013:  The students of the Don Bosco Junior College organised a Fresher's Party to welcome the FYJC students. The Teachers together with the management joined in the fun and frolic. This helped them to know one another as well as their teachers in a better way. The party had a lot of exciting events like a fashion walk, spot prizes, a Jive and a waltz competition. The winners were crowned Bosco King and queen.


by BIS correspondent 


NERUL, AUGUST 17, 2013: A value education program on "Duty to Treat Special Children Equally" was conducted by class III B students on 13th August, 2013 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their class teacher Mrs. Afifa Tandel under the guidance of the Supervisor Mrs Adarsh Gupta.

37 students participated in this program. The afternoon began with a prayer followed by the School Anthem. The program included a PowerPoint presentation, a poem, a skit and  a video to educate the students about special children as well as to help them communicate with them in a better way.

The class was able to put up a good show because of their hard work and persistence. Father Principal commented that awareness about special children was brought up very well. The program ended with Fr. Anthony's talk on special children followed by the National Anthem.

Friday, August 16, 2013


by BIS correspondent 


NERUL, AUGUST 16, 2013:  The Independence Day celebration commenced with the hoisting of the National Flag by the Chief Guest Mr. Atul Kumar Agarwal. The National Anthem was sung by all present. 80 students from classes III to XI along with the teaching and the non-teaching staff of the school attended the program. The students presented a skit based on the freedom fighter Thakur Kunwar Singh. The students then shared their thoughts, about this revered occasion, through their speeches. Some students sang patriotic songs and performed patriotic dances to express their feelings about this special day.

The program was highly appreciated by the Chief Guest, Fr. Principal and all others. It concluded with distributions of sweets.


by BIS correspondent 


NERUL AUGUST 16, 2013: Don Bosco is proud of the new shining star Clarissa Lobo of Class VIIIB who won a gold medal in the Taekwondo District Level (Under 14-Girls) Competition. The Competition was organized by the Taekwondo Association of Thane District and was held on 28th July, 2013 at Badlapur.

Clarissa trains under Mr. Robin Spirit from Taekwondo Fitness Academy. She was chosen from amongst 15 participants from various parts of Mumbai. Clarissa will be competing for the Taekwondo State Level Competition soon. Wishing her all the very best for her future endeavours.


by BIS correspondent 


Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high

where knowledge is free

where the world has not been broken up into fragments

by narrow domestic walls

   That's how the renowned poet, Rabindranath Tagore, describes his dream for Mother India. This 67th Independence Day, it is time to marvel at the progress that India has made in every field- be it art, science or literature and reflect and pledge to improve upon its drawbacks, which is exactly what was done in Don Bosco High School, Borivali.

   A short flag hoisting ceremony was organised with the administrator, Rev. Fr. Baptist, as the Chief Guest. The theme, "Be Responsible to be the Change in the Society" was well communicated through the course of the entire program. A skit highlighted the point that every citizen is as important as the authorities when it comes to making a change for the better. A rousing speech by Mst. Kedar Kamath emphasized the essence of valuing our Independence. A motivating video aptly displayed both the positive and the negative aspects of India and emboldened us to make weaknesses strengths.

   Patriotic spirits rekindled, every person present vowed to make India a better place, in however small a way.



by Datta Gade 


WADALA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 16, 2013: Shelter Don Bosco, Wadala celebrated Family Day and Children's Birthday on 14th August 2013. 64 Shelter boys, 10 staff and 20 family members were present for the program.

The program began with an ice-breaker and a party game for the parents along with the Shelter boys, conducted by Fr. Roger (Rector). After the games the boys showed their talents through dances, songs and a skit. The Rector, Fr. Roger Jones then addressed the gathering. In his address he thanked all the family members for happily accepting the invitation and being present for the program. He communicated few things about Shelter and highlighted that everyone should be responsible towards their respective children. He also said that, we must care for each other and take precautions before anything major happens.

Fr. Jesu Robinson and Br. Sandeep Parmar surprised the gathering with their song "Ae zindagi tu hi bata". This song was specially dedicated to all the boys, as they celebrated their birthdays that very day. Towards the end of the program, the birthday cake was cut by all the boys and a gift hamper was given to them by Shelter Don Bosco, through their family members.

Two of the parents came forward and thanked the institution for taking care of their children. They also advised the boys to be good and get educated. They told them to grab the opportunities coming their way and fulfill all their dreams. Fr. Jesu Robinson, thanked all the family members, boys, staff and the management for making this day memorable one.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


by BIS correspondent 


NERUL-MUMBAI, AUGUST 14, 2013: Civic sense is that basic feature of our personality which differentiates humans from animals. Students of class VII-C under the supervision of Pankaj Sir presented a common civic sense program on the 6thof August, 2013, focussing on 'LITTERING'.

36 students participated in this program. The program started with a prayer followed by the School Anthem. It included a power-point presentation, a skit and an action song, structured and delivered seamlessly. The program effectively spread the message - "STOP LITTERING".

Father Anthony gave the 'Good Morning Talk'. Sumitra Adhikari, the teacher in-charge proposed the Vote of Thanks.

The programme concluded with valuable instructions from the Principal, Father Anthony followed by the National Anthem.


by BIS correspondent 


MATUNGA-MUMBAI, AUGUST 13, 2013: A half day workshop on  `Dissemination of Rapid Assessment Survey of Street Children in Mumbai  & Advocacy' was organized by the Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC) at Tej Prasarini hall, Don Bosco Youth Services building on 10 August ,2013. The workshop was attended by 20 representatives from 11 different organisations in Mumbai. The program commenced with Dakshayani Madangopal welcoming the chief guest Prof. Sandhya Rani of TISS and thanking her for making herself available for the function, she also thanked all the representatives from various NGO's for their participation.

Dakshayani then briefed the group about the purpose of the workshop, i.e., to disseminate the outcome of the report based on the rapid assessment survey of street children (RAS) conducted in Mumbai and also to discuss advocacy  for  taking the study forward on a larger perspective. The first session was a presentation on RAS by Dr. Susan Mathew, highlighting the trends, challenges and way ahead with reference to the street children phenomenon in Mumbai.

Prof Sandhya Rani, in her speech during the second session stressed the importance of an inclusive development approach by taking into consideration the marginalized groups viz. the children, women, rural and tribal population into the development fold. Unlike in the past, interstate migration was no longer the reality in Mumbai but rural to urban migration from within Maharashtra is the ongoing phenomenon, as corroborated by the RAS study. The current Food Security Bill had its pitfalls and had certain contentious provisions. Tamil Nadu in fact had already set a role model in food security for the margin

alized even before the draft bill came into the picture, commented Prof. Rani. Every person had the right to a decent living as a citizen of this country but if the entitlements continued to be a far cry, then these rights would have no meaning. Prof Rani concluded her speech by reaffirming that children's issues and rights should be in the forefront and be given utmost importance in policies and budget allocation.

Prof. Sandhya Rani's speech was followed by a discussion on `advocacy' focusing on identifying some of the burning children's issues around which the NGOs could come together and exercise a collective voice. These topics were categorized as per the level of advocacy that they would involve- city, state and on a national level.

Some key children's issues for advocacy suggested by the participants were:




1.      Substance Addiction



2.      Quality of institutional care

Quality of institutional care


3.      Begging



4.      Child Marriage

Child Marriage

Child Marriage

5.      Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

Child Sexual Abuse

6.      Child Labour

Child Labour







Missing children

There was strong support from the group to focus on Quality of institutional care for advocacy. However, the group decided that  the final call could be taken after another round of discussions and therefore it was necessary  for the group to meet once again on a convenient date in the near future, when the topic would be finalised for advocacy and  strategies devised to take the issue forward. The workshop ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Veena Sharma.