Thursday, October 31, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 31, 2013:  Blue! Indeed the colour dominates the horizon and pacifies us whenever we glance up at the skies. Harmonious! Tranquil! Vibrant! That's what the colour blue is!

 The Blue House Brigade presented a beautiful program in honour of St. Don Bosco and Mother Teresa on the 25th of October, 2013.

 Whether it was the vibrant and active Don Bosco, who gave a new lease of life to the orphaned children or Mother Teresa who unassumingly and tirelessly worked for the poor and the dying, the Blue House Boys showed that we have a lot to learn through their exemplary lives. Don Bosco's heroic endeavours began with a dream. Mother Teresa began her extra ordinary life of service with an insatiable desire to serve.

   Mother Teresa was a very humble lady who went about serving the poor diligently and stoically bearing the insults society sometimes heaped on her, as demonstrated through an enlightening skit. A Power Point presentation and a video listed the numerous achievements of Mother Teresa. Her peaceful persona was highlighted through the messages she gave and through her treasure trove of quotable quotes.

  It was indeed a very enlightening assembly and the audience definitely learned a lot from the lives of these two personalities who made their mark in the hearts of people all over the world. 


by Fr. Rolvin D'Mello

AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 31, 2013: The annual Marian Yatra is scheduled every year for the 4th Saturday of October at St. Anne's Church, Ahmednagar. This year the Yatra was on the 26th of October 2013. Just like every year the installation of Mother Mary's statue took place at 9.00am, after which the devotees kept flocking in for Darshan of our Blessed Mother till late night. This year the response from the faithful was phenomenal – around 8,000 to 10,000 made it for the Yatra.

The rosary began at 5.00pm followed by a procession and the Solemn High Mass. Rt. Rev. Bishop Elias Gonsalves (Amravati) was the main celebrant, he preached an inspiring homily based on the life of our Blessed Mother. The melodious choir helped the faithful pray better during the Holy Eucharist.

After the mass a short cultural program consisting of felicitation of the Bishop and various skits and dances based on scripture, social issues and entertainment was organised. The program was a joint venture of the catechism children and the youth. To add colour to the event there were stalls put up selling variety of things; ranging from religious articles to eatables there were also a number of game stalls. The devotees went back spiritually nourished and also physically refreshed.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 30, 2013: The popularity of Reality Dance Shows are forever skyrocketing. Every now and then one witnesses an incredible and superhuman performance that takes the eyes out of their sockets.

But a Boscoite can proudly claim that he does not need to go as far as Dance India Dance to witness a mind blowing dance performance. He can emphasize this further after the Solo Dance Competition organized on the 25th of October 2013.

 Popular Bollywood chartbusters dominated the show as the budding dancers danced to their catchy tunes. They showcased their enormous talent through fluent moonwalks, well balanced slow motion steps and nimble footwork.

   The distinguished judges Ms. Sayali Jadhav and Mr. Rahul Khot, indeed had a tough time choosing the best dancers. All present felt that these boscoites will give the most prominent dancers in the film industry, a run for their money in the near future.

   The audience enjoyed themselves and were thoroughly entertained. Aditya Rathi danced his way to the third place. He was edged out by Riya Dave who secured the second place. The winner was indisputably, Mst. Yash Raut ,  who rocked the morning by his stupendous performance.

Wishing these budding artists very best for their future! 


by Cl. Richard Burkhao, sdb

PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, OCTOBER 30, 2013: The brothers from Don Bosco Youth Centre, Koregaon Park, Pune, made their annual retreat at the Lord's Ranch, Pune, from 20th Oct to 26th Oct, 2013. Fr. Elias Dias, sdb was the retreat preacher.

Fr. Dias, age 73, is a Salesian for the past 48 years, a man of God, truly a Salesian at heart with a wealth of wisdom and experiences. He gave a number of talks over the course of 5 days which were not dry, academic lectures but reflections of life's fundamental directions seen in the light of the Gospel and Salesian religious life. The morning sessions were based on religious life, which consisted of topics like self – identity, the three vows viz. Chastity, poverty and obedience, community life and reconciliation. The afternoon sessions focused on Salesian spirituality and covered topics like historicity of Don Bosco, Salesian pedagogy and spirituality. There was an hour's adoration everyday and the day concluded with a Salesian goodnight.

The venue of the retreat i.e. the Lord's Ranch contributed a great deal in making this retreat an enriching and a memorable experience. The Lord's Ranch which is about 86 km away from the Pune city is located on a mountain that is 3500 feet above sea level. It is surrounded by mountains, valleys and is clothed with natural beauty. Many of the brothers described it as a transfiguration experience. Mr. Patrick Corda, the inchage of the Lord's Ranch, along with his team meticulously planned the logistics, right from the pickup from Kothrud, the journey by boat and comfortable lodging. All in all, in nature's bounty God bestowed his love and helped the brothers rest in His arms.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26, 2013: The Value Education Program at Dominic Savio Kindergarten is presented through a stage program, where children present a value through a skit, song and dance. The topic for this Value Education Program was "Birds" reflecting the value of "Do not cage birds".

The program was organized by class Pre-Preparatory 'D' with their class teacher Aasma Shaikh, on Thursday, 24th October, 2013 in the assembly hall.

The objective of this assembly program was to increase awareness and knowledge about saving birds by protecting and taking care of them and let the birds live free and not in the cage. It also helped the children develop stage confidence and communication skills.

As the children are growing it is very important for them to know, that we should be kind to birds and save them.

Parents enjoyed the program as it was very educative. Teachers like the animations used in the ppt and the dress code. Children enjoyed reciting the rhymes with actions. It was a learning experience for all present. 


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI- MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26, 2013: Rangoli is an art which precedes sculpture and painting. In India, Rangoli is both an auspicious and a preliminary necessity in any religious ritual. A Rangoli Competition was held at Don Bosco Junior College on October 22, 2013. Both boys and girls participated in the competition. Ten groups were formed.

Mrs. Pritha D'lima, Miss. Ashwini Parvatikar and Miss. Rasika Padalkar teaching staff were the judges for the Competition. The enthusiasm showed by the students was heart warming. The designs of various sizes, shapes and colors were a beautiful sight to watch. 


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 26, 2013: The Value Education Program at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School is presented through a stage program where children present a value through a skit and dance. The topic of this Value Education Program was "DUTY TO PRESERVE & SAVE WATER" reflecting the value of  "Saving & preserving water".

The program was organized by the class II E with their class teacher Chhaya Desai, on Thursday, 24th October, 2013 in the assembly hall, ground floor at 1.00 p.m.

The objective of this assembly was to save water at home, School & public places since the city is facing water shortage.

As the children are growing it is very important for them to know that we all should save & preserve WATER.

Parents enjoyed the program as it was very educative.

Overall the program was a big success 

Thursday, October 24, 2013


by Cl. Velasli Bandiya

KAWANT, OCTOBER 24, 2013: Mission Sunday in Sahayak Mata Parish Kawant was celebrated in a very unique way. The theme was Sharing Christ's love to the migrants. After the Eucharistic celebration, the students of Std. X volunteered to teach the younger students of the boarding in various ways.

Unlike the previous years when the fete games were organized and money was sent to the Bishop's house for the mission, this year the Parish priest thought of organizing the mission Sunday in a different and concrete way where the senior students learn to help and cater to their younger brothers in the boarding. The senior students organized some study classes like English, Maths, Sanskrit, Gujarati, some taught Drawing, Music and while one group taught electrical work.

It was a learning experience for both, those who took up teaching as well as those learning. It was a great sight to see the senior students teaching the younger ones. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 23, 2013: The days of endless meetings, constant pressure and nerve wrecking tensions have finally come to an end. It was a pleasant feel to see the audience grooving to the beats of dandiya music for the fourth consecutive year. Truly, the efforts of the past pupils under the able guidance of the principal, Rev. Fr. George Carlos, have finally paid off.

The audience swirled and swivelled and was kept alive by a live band through some implausible melodious music. What was more alluring was the eclectic blend of the multitude. The perfect tuning of the grand-parents along with the grand-children and the present pupils mingling with the past was indeed a marvellous spectacle. One had to witness the occasion to see the flow of energy on the floor. They danced as if there was no tomorrow. And finally, when the music stopped, they were still yearning for more.

Truly an experience! 

This is all for a cause! This time the PPA has taken it upon their onus to contribute as much as possible towards the new infrastructure, a new state-of-art building. The Salesians at Borivli have a vision to extend their dimensions. Having started the junior college, the management is very keen to begin new post graduation courses and other professional courses at the premises. The past pupils undeniably appreciate their far-sightedness and their compliance to embark on the hardships for this righteous cause.

May they receive profuse support and blessings for the good work they have set themselves on and may they be successful in their endeavours. 


by Dn. Leon Cruz Ratinam

PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, OCTOBER 23, 2013: The catechism children of Sacred Heart Parish, Pune witnessed a new way of Catechesis which was conducted by the Focolare group from Mumbai in collaboration with some of the parishioners and the catechists. The entire group of around 250 children were divided into two major groups – Gen 3 and Gen 4. Each group had different activity based sessions according to their respective ages.

The children experienced a refreshing way of catechesis which was far from the mundane classroom setup. The Focolare group put in a lot of their time and efforts in patiently preparing the sessions. The Gen 4 comprising of children from Std I to Std IV were presented with 'Acts of Love' through a baby Jesus Dress. The Gen 3 comprising of children from Std V to Std IX were presented the different mathematical signs in relation to the Golden rule. The Focolare group did an effective job catechizing the children through their innovative ideas. 

BIS # 3718 MISSION FETE 2013

by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, OCTOBER 23, 2013: St John the Baptist Parish witnessed an increase of cultural wealth in its Mission Fete cum Divali Melava held on 20th October around the church premises. The people from different zones spared no pains to make the Fair come alive for the children and people of Bhingar and Ahmednagar. Though few people attended due to the children's examinations beginning, the parishioner enjoyed the event thoroughly through their involvement, participation and tireless efforts. A variety of Games and sports stalls, food & drink kiosks and the jumping jack kept every youngster running from the coupons stall to the prize shop to redeem their prizes and gifts. The Rabbit race and Housie kept all awake. A garage sale also took place.

A business enterprise evaluates success through its economic profit, while charity and development evaluate its success through increase of goodwill and mobilization of its people in the intangible qualities that make the life of humans better. The people felt fulfilled living the day. It is not the event that matters as much as the process of vibrancy that the event set in motion in the parish. Previous to this a group of thirty volunteers worked to prepare the venue.

The event increase the cultural wealth of the people, leaving them more empowered in work for a better quality of life for themselves as well as others. The Mission fete is an annual happening of ordinary people who wish to make a different and work together as a team to see it happen. This is the second year the Divali Melava is taking place. Those who attended expressed their satisfaction in being present and were very grateful for this fellowship building event.

It turned out to be a typical family event for all where family according to Marriage Encounter Movement means F= fun, A = Accountability, M = Mission,      I = Intimacy, L = Love and Y = You all.


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2013: Like every year, this year also the students of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul were taken for a picnic. This year the students from classes I to VI were taken to the Royal Garden Resort on 15th October, 2013. The objective of the picnic was to provide a break from their hectic routine and to enable the students to take up their studies with new vigour.

The students were first treated to a scrumptious breakfast followed by a cool dip into the pool. One could see renewed joy and inexhaustible energy as the students jumped with joy in the water. The students enjoyed the rides in the amusement park.

A fun filled day came to an end as the students boarded the bus to go back to school. Overall, the students had a blast and went back to school with wonderful and marvellous memories of the picnic. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2013: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organized a picnic for students of Classes VII to XII on 15th October 2013. The students were taken to Adlabs Imagica, an entertainment based theme park, at Khopoli. The picnic was organized to help the students take a break from their regular studies and come back re-energized, ready for a hectic year ahead. It also gave them an opportunity to bond and enjoy with their friends.

After morning prayers, the students boarded the buses from Don Bosco to Adlabs. It was a huge and beautiful complex with state-of-the art rides. After receiving instructions and their Adlabs identity cards, the students rushed towards the rides. They had an exhilarating and thrilling experience on rides such as Rajasaurus, Deep Space, Nitro and Dare to Drop.  The Haunted House (Curse of Salimgarh), Mr. India and I for India, were instantaneous winners among the students.  You could hear some of them screaming their lungs out on the 'Scream Machine' as it rose to about 148 feet above the ground before dropping down. The main attraction of the evening was the lake and the palace which was beautifully lit up with laser lights.

Students reached back exhausted but rejuvenated after the whole experience. Most of them said that they had the time of their lives, especially student's of Classes X and XII who enjoyed the last picnic with their classmates. 


by Ms Martins

KURLA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 22, 2013: The Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBCL) was abuzz with activities on October 16, 2013 with two important events: one a follow-up discussion on the seminar held at the Provincial House on the topic of 'Social Media and Salesian Youth Ministry' and the other - opening of the 'Don Bosco Theatre'.

The seminar at the Provincial House was conducted by the Don Bosco Communications, South Asia (DBCSA). The participants at the seminar belonged largely to the religious community involved in social communications and the youth ministry from all over India.

Amongst the dignitaries for the two events were Rev. Fr. Feliberto Gonzales sdb, General Councillor for Social Communication, Rev Fr. Godfrey D'souza sdb, Provincial Mumbai Province, Rev. Fr. Thomas Ellicherial, SPCSA – Provincial delegate of Social Communication, Rev. Fr. Anthony Earathara, Delegate of social communication, South Asia, Rev. Fr. Joaquim Fernandes, General Secretary of Communications, South Asia, Rev. Fr. Adloph Furtado, Director, Don Bosco Centre of Learning, and The community of Kurla.

The seminar threw open a forum for interaction and discussion between student's from different departments from the DBCL and participants from the Seminar. The event discussion was an enriching experience as it brought to light the students' first-hand experience on social media and an emerging new perspective. The discussion highlighted the evolution, advantages and disadvantages of social media amongst other related issues.

The other major event was the inauguration of the DB theatre. Rev. Fr. Feliberto Gonzales blessed and Rev. Fr. Godfrey D'souza officially inaugurated the DB Theatre with the traditional cutting of the ribbon. 

The event opened with the soulful singing of the BMM students Natasha Pinto and Evita Mendonca followed by key addresses from Rev. Fr. Feliberto and Rev. Fr. Godfrey. The highlight of the evening was an in-depth presentation by Rev. Fr. Joe Braganza, Executive Director, Department of Mass Media on the topic "Salesian ministry in the age of social media."

In the second half of the presentation Fr. Joe conveyed the vision for the soon-to-be-launched Don Bosco Institute of Communications (DBIC). He emphasized that DBIC aims to provide a 'gateway to visual literacy'. He hoped that students are able to draw a deeper meaning from the films they view and that the experience also inspires them to create meaningful and challenging films thereby making them active developers of films and not just passive consumers.

He signed off the presentation thanking and acknowledging the generosity of Ms Diane Boaz and her parents who made the DB theatre possible.

The audience were treated to the screening of the Roma Downey and Mark Burnett mini-series 'The Bible' and then taken on a tour of DBIC. DBCL played perfect hosts by wrapping up the evening with a sumptuous buffet dinner. The event was anchored by Ms Martins and memories on camera captured by BMM students Chevlyn, Evachrist and Ishaan.

Monday, October 21, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 21, 2013: Rev Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, the newly appointed Provincial of the Mumbai Province, visited Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul on 17th October 2013. A program was organized to welcome and congratulate the Provincial.

The Program began with a prayer and the school anthem. The Provincial was welcomed by the manager, Rev. Fr. Bonnie Borges. He was then introduced to the staff members and the students.  After the felicitation, the students presented traditional Indian dances. The song 'Walk on the water' sung by students of Class IX had a special message for the Provincial, wishing him success as he takes the first step as leader and animator of the Mumbai Province. The sounds of live orchestral music then filled the school auditorium as the students played their instruments to produce soul stirring music.

At the end of the program, Rev Fr. Godfrey D'Souza addressed the gathering where he first congratulated the students for their discipline and keeping the school premises clean. His inspiring message to the students -'Challenges are what makes life interesting, but overcoming them are what makes life meaningful' left a deep impression on them. The teachers also took home a special message that while they educate the mind of the youth they should not forget to educate the heart. Rev. Fr. Godfrey then thanked everyone for the warm welcome and for making his visit a memorable one.

The Principal Rev. Fr. Anthony proposed the vote of thanks, thanking Rev. Fr. Godfrey for sparing valuable time from his busy schedule and visiting the school. On behalf of the staff and students he wished Fr. Godfrey success and assured him prayers for his work and ministry.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


by Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil sdb

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, October 19, 2013: Rev. Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, sdb, Provincial of Mumbai Province began the day with the Eucharistic Celebration. In his homily, Fr. Godfrey invited the assembly to be active players in the virtual playground where the youngsters of today are exceedingly present, and maintained that Jesus would do the same in our times, having been an exceptional tweeter himself in his time. He challenged the assembly to create a Salesian Web Base where youngsters could find an interactive platform to savor the gospel and grow in faith.

Fr. Anthony Earathara sdb, SPCSA delegate, officially declared the General Assembly open in the presence of Fr. Filiberto Gonzales, Br. Ephrem Santos, Fr. Thomas Ellicherail, Fr. Noel Maddhichetty and Fr. Joaquim Fernandes and other delegates for Social Communications. Fr. Cleophas Braganza sdb, new web-master of, thanked his predecessor Fr. P.T. Joseph, sdb, who brought the DB India website to what it is today. Fr. Braganza informed the assembly that the is the Information Management System, and not merely a website but also an interactive portal. It was suggested that the portal rather than merely carrying Salesian Data could be renewed with more youth engaging material.

The General Body meeting was steered into an enriching sharing of Social Communication Initiatives across the eleven provinces within the framework of Animation, Information, Formation, Production, and Marketing. The delegates representing and sharing were Fr. Joaquim Fernandes INB, Fr. IC Jacob INC, Fr. Paul Maypan IND, Fr. Kalyan Yandava INH, Fr. Johnson Parackal ING, Fr. Gilbert Choondal INK, Fr. Harris Pakkim INM, Fr. Joy Jacob  INN, Fr. Ralin DeSouza INP, Br. Dianetious Fernandez INS, and Fr. Akhilan INT.

Fr. John Kennedy INM was invited to share a report on the Salesian Bulletin English Edition which is circulated in all; the Salesian Institutions pan Salesian SA, apart from the many Families that are beneficiaries. It is delightful to note, that there are seven regional editions of the Salesian Bulletin in the SA region, and the initiative that Don Bosco gave birth to in his life time is still alive today.

Sr. Hilda Braganza, FMA, National Coordinator Social Communications, FMA India was invited to share the initiatives in the Social Communications field among the sisters. She presented a consolidated report of six FMA provinces. Among the many appreciable elements it is nice to see that the FMAs have created Media Education Syllabus for both Formal and Non-formal sectors. Sr. Hilda was handed a memento by Fr. Filiberto Gonzales in appreciation for the initiatives in the FMA India unit.

In the afternoon, the DBCSA delegates visited Don Bosco Centre of Learning (DBLC)-Kurla. Fr. Adolf Futardo sdb, Rector warmly welcomed the delegates to the auditorium where they had a truly enriching and enthralling multi-media experience. An Interactive Symposium with the Youthful Students of DBCL on the theme 'Social Media and Youth', anchored by Mr. Conrad Saldanha,  put the DBCSA delegates in direct touch with the world of the young and their perspective of Media in their lives.  The Inauguration of db Theatre followed which was blessed by Fr. Filiberto Gonzales, Councilor for Social Communications and inaugurated by Fr. Godfrey D'souza, Provincial of Mumbai.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 18, 2013: The Value Education Program for Class II-B was held on 10th October,2013 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School,Nerul.The topic for the program was ' Not to play too, many video games'. The teacher in charge of the program was Ms. Meena Tanwar.The objective of this program was to make the students aware of the ill-effects of playing video games continuously.

The program began with a prayer followed by the School Anthem. Later, a skit was enacted to show how children now-a-days are so involved in playing video games that they do not give proper time to their studies, friends, diet and most important family. The skit also included a dance in which the child gets a dream that robots are attacking him with their guns.

The program concluded with a Vote of Thanks, by Ms. Meena Tanwar followed by the Noon talk given by the Principal, who emphasized on how students should give more time to outdoor games rather than playing online games.

Overall, the program was successful in creating awareness about not to play too many video games and stressed on time management, giving sufficient time to parents, friends as well as studies. 


by Sharon Quadros

VIRAR-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 18, 2013: On the 13th of October, the Youth and the parishioners of Resurrection Church, Virar East,  took part in a solemn Rosary procession along with the Statue of our Lady.

The procession began from the church where at first, the parish priest, Rev. Fr. Lawrence D'Souza sdb, spoke about how beautiful it was to honour our heavenly Mother on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The Church filled with parishioners and the Youth, in unison began to recite the Holy Rosary which was led by Master Manfred Fernandes, a youth member. There were intentions prayed for in every mystery of the rosary. A Marian hymn was sung after every decade.

The solemn procession of parishioners holding lighted candles circled the whole church compound along with the Statue of our Lady, with each decade of the Rosary being recited with full devotion to our Lady. After the five decades of the rosary, the devoted parishioners were led into the church where they knelt down to say the Litany of our Lady which was led by Ms .Anandini Braganza. After the Litany, Fr. Lawrence D'Souza sdb, spoke to all present about the devotion to our Lady and the blessings and graces that She offers to the parish. The Rosary ended with the parishioners singing together the hymns dedicated to our Lady, praising her through the hymns.

The Rosary to our Lady was held on a very special day being the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. All in all, it was a faith building experience for the parishioners and the youth of the parish who showed up for the Rosary in large numbers. 

Friday, October 18, 2013


by BIS correspondent 

NERUL-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 18, 2013: Don Bosco Nerul, football team took part in the district level interschool football tournament organized by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Joshua Heart Foundations. It was held in Nerul on 1st and 2nd October 2013.

Don Bosco Senior Secondary School won the runner up trophy among 32 schools. The objective of the event was to spread peace through games, as it was held on Gandhi Jayanti.

It was a good opportunity for the school team to compete with other school teams. The school is proud to win a trophy, silver medal, T-shirts and cash prize of Rs. 3000/-.      

Thursday, October 17, 2013


by Manish Parmar

BARODA-GUJARAT, OCTOBER 17, 2013: The Don Bosco Development Centres of Gujarat came together on 11th and 12th October, 2013 at Narukot to review the development work going on in the region.  Fr George Miranda, Development Office In-charge for Gujarat, inaugurated the programme and thanked everyone for their participation. The review was held for the period from January 2013 to June2013.

The objective of this program was to share and learn from each other's experiences, as well as to refresh knowledge and bring in new approaches in the development work. On the first day of the meeting, all the centres presented a report of the activities held in their respective areas and their achievements till the end of June 2013. There were questions and discussions on various methodologies and techniques used in the field to tackle issues and problems. 

The second day was dedicated to training on Governance and was facilitated by Mr Vikram Thakor and Mr Satish Macwan from the Foundation for Ecological Security, Anand. Mr Thakor started the session by explaining the role and responsibility of a citizen within the system of democracy in India. He then went on to explain various governance models and their pros and cons, as well as approaches to deal with various governance issues at the village level. 

The programme concluded with a vote of thanks to all the centres for their participation and to the Narukot centre for hosting the meeting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


by BIS correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16, 2013: The students of Sr. KG celebrated their cultural day on 5th October 2013 in the primary hall of the school. The prayer song 'All things bright and beautiful' was sung and enacted by the students to bring out the message of God's abundant love for us. They then enacted 'Goldilocks' with dialogue and song, bringing out the message of obedience to parents and the consequences they suffer when they do not obey.

The skit on Loving Kindness began with the hymn 'God still loves the world'. It reminded the audience of His many wonderful gifts to mankind and of His unconditional love. The students also danced on the song 'Dil hai chotasa, chotisi asha'. This dance brought out the message of not looking down on the underprivileged. The Bihu dance showed the rich culture of India. The skit continued with the children portraying how parents, grandparents and children show their love for each other. They also showed how the ministers of the nation reach out to the poor with schemes for food, education etc. The finale had the entire cast of the skit on stage singing the song by Glen Campbell 'Try a little kindness'.

The cultural day ended with the farewell song 'We wish you luck as we wave you goodbye'. The kids did their part wonderfully well and mesmerized the audience.


by Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil sdb 

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 16, 2013: The Don Bosco Communications South Asia (DBCSA) General Assembly is being hosted by the Mumbai Province at Don Bosco Provincial House Matunga from 15-18 October, 2013. 50 SDB delegates representing 11 Salesian provinces and 4 FMA delegates have gathered to discuss the theme 'SOCIAL MEDIA AND SALESIAN YOUTH MINISTRY'. The special dignitaries include Fr. Filiberto Gonzalez sdb, General Councilor for Social Communications, Br. Ephrem Santos sdb, Secretary -General Councilor for Social Communications, Fr. Thomas Ellicherail sdb SPCSA, Provincial in-charge of Social Communications and Fr. Godfrey D'Souza sdb, Provincial of the Mumbai Province.

The Holy Eucharist was presided over by His Lordship Dominic Savio Fernandes, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai. In his homily, Bishop Fernandes highlighted how Jesus attractively used his corporeality as a means of communication while on earth, but already went viral in his times and became omnipresent to his disciples after his resurrection. Today, while experiencing the technological leaps of media in its virtual format, we the disciples of Jesus are called to make him present everywhere in the world of Social Media.

At the Inaugural Ceremony, Fr. Anthony Earathra, SPCSA Communications Delegate welcomed the delegates.  He situated the event as one happening at a historical moment as we prepare for the bi-centenary of Don Bosco's birth and the General Chapter (GC27).

Fr. Michael Fernandes sdb, former provincial of Mumbai, welcome the delegates to the city of Mumbai. Fr. Gonzalez, communicated the warm greetings and prayers from the Rector Major, and thanked Fr. Godfrey D'souza the Provincial, Fr. Joaquim Fernandes and Fr. Anthony Earathara the conveners of this assembly, and welcomed the distinguished speakers to share their insights that would help us in the service of Youth.

The Keynote address was delivered by Mr. Conrad Saldanha, Principal Advisor to Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla, Mumbai, he spoke on the theme: 'Social Media and Salesian Youth Ministry'. Mr. Saldanha highlighted the cultural shifts undergone by the media of Social Communications, and the key trends in Social Media with its positive and negative impacts on the young. He challenged all to use Social Media to Promote the Gospel and as Pope Francis says, "give the Church a digital presence". Mr. Saldanha proposed insightful reflections to consider in our way forward

Mr. Yogesh Sahu – General Manager, NE Mobile elaborated on 'Social Media: Challenges and Opportunities in Digital Publishing'. Mr. Nishad Ramachandran, Vice President, Hansa Cequity spoke passionately on the theme 'Viral Marketing and Advertising: Strategies for Social Networks for Youth'. Sr. Phyllis Fernandes, FMA, Ex President of Signis Western Region gave a presentation on 'Media and Education'. Fr. George Plathottam, sdb, Secretary CBCI, and Director NISCORT, presented 'New Initiatives in Social Communication by the Church in India'. Fr. Plathottam spoke of an ecumenical body called Indian Christian Media Association (ICMA) with the aim of policy intervention with Government.

The assembly witnessed the release of two books: 'Press and Social Responsibility in the North East' by Fr. George Plathotam, sdb, and 'Petals and Pebbles in Human Parables' by Fr. Elias Dias, sdb. Both books were released by Fr. Filiberto Gonzales and the first copies were given to Fr. Thomas Ellicherail and Br. Ephrem Santos respectively.

 Ralin DeSouza sdb, Director BOSKON Communications- Goa, presented a relevant talk on 'Social Media Secrets in Catholic Youth Ministry – 21st Century Catholicism' The Assembly concluded at 8.15 p.m. on the first day with a reflective prayer service animated by Fr. Glenford Lowe, sdb. 

Sunday, October 13, 2013


by BIS correspondent

WADALA-MUMBAI, OCTOBER 12, 2013: St. Joseph's High School has produced yet another dream run in sports.   In a space of seven eventful days, the basketball and handball teams brought home four 'Mumbai City champions' titles.  Competing against the very best in the Mumbai City championship organized by DSO, the u-14 and u-17 basketball and handball teams came out trumps to annex the title in each of the categories.

The boys, blessed with tremendous skill and determination, rose to the occasion when it mattered most. The DSO tournaments that are held for a shorter duration are a test of stamina and mental strength, besides skill.  The u-14 basketball team went into the finals of the tournament all guns blazing and came up with a stunning display to outfox the opponents and home favourites, Shishuvan, 44-24.  Earlier on the team had overcome the opposition with relative ease – they beat Cathedral 31-11 in the semi-finals, Campion and OLGC in the preliminary rounds.

The u-17 basketball team too made it to the finals of the DSO tournament without breaking a sweat – though the tournament was played in oppressing heat – outclassing their opponents in the preliminary rounds.  They however had to step up the tempo in the semi-finals to win 29-17 against the formidable Navy Children school team.  The score line of the finals played against Anjuman Islam does not indicate the close fight between the two teams.  Eventually, the boys did make it look easy with a final score 59-36.  This is the second consecutive year that the team has won the Mumbai city championship.  They now go on to play the zonal's.

Taking a leaf from the basketball team's book, the handball teams produced a near flawless effort to claim the Mumbai city championship titles in both the categories: u-14 and u-17.  Like basketball, the back-to-back games were grueling sessions, and the teams lived up to their top billing as champions in this sport.  The u-14 handball team made short work of their opponents Gopi Birla (finals) and GD Somani (semifinals) to win the championship title. The u-17 handball team brushed aside the challenge of G D Somani in the semi-finals before putting up a gutsy display to outsmart Gopi Birla in the finals.  The teams now qualify for the zonals where they will meet the very best of Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivili, Ulhasnagar-Ambernath, Bhayander-Mira Road, Vasai-Virar and Raigad.

The coaches Mr. Raju and Mr. Somnath in basketball, and Mr. Raj in handball equipped the teams with the necessary tools for motivation and inspiration – proof enough of their tremendous commitment to their task and responsibility.  Three cheers!