Thursday, May 29, 2014


by Fr. Edward D'souza sdb

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, MAY 29, 2014: When so many political leaders were wooing voters to give them a chance 'to serve the nation better', Prafulta Don Bosco Counseling Centre, Nashik, organized a training programme for teachers on how to teach and serve children with Learning Disability. Reading out 'On Children' by Khalil Gibran, Fr.Tony D'souza, SDB, inaugurated the programme, which was conducted from, May 2-15, 2014, and was attended by twenty participants (mainly primary school teachers, school counselors and parents).

For twelve days, a team of experienced Special Educators taught on, 'how to teach students diagnosed with Learning Disability'. These weak and "most misunderstood" students were noted to be endowed with IQs ranging from average to superior intelligence.  Stating the fact that ten per cent of the population suffer from this disability, the Director of Prafulta, Fr. Edward D'souza, SDB, pointed out to the participants  a sizeable number of such students' presence in their own schools. To facilitate this training, participants were made to dissect various English and Mathematical topics into different components. This was followed by meticulously prepared lesson plans that were executed on fellow trainees under the critical watch of the specialized trainers. The trainees acknowledged the reflections because the same would help them later to handle LD children more efficiently.

On behalf of the participants, V.P. Jayashree of Boys Town, expressed her gratitude to the resource person, Mrs. Kala D'Mello and stated, "Never before were we corrected like this till we got it all right". During the sessions, Mr Avishkar, the clinical psychologist from Ashoka Universal School, claimed to get his 'eureka moment' which took him from 'Why' of the Learning Disability to the 'How', to teach these vulnerable students. Mrs  Jayanthi Vishwanathan, Head of V-Excel, Nashik and Mrs  Hema Masani, Educational Consultant, Nashik, complimented Prafulta Don Bosco Counselling Center, for organizing such a programme in a city not considered in the same league with either Mumbai or Pune. Attendees at the training received certificates of participation from the chief guest: Fr. Felix Fernandes, SDB. In their endeavor to teach/serve the learning disabled, they shared the scope of Don Bosco Society's work for the young 'at risk'.  "With the arrival of Prafulta-Don Bosco Counseling Centre at Don Bosco Nashik, the Learning Disabled can now move forward with hope", anticipated Fr. Felix Fernandes.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


by Philip Fernandes

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, MAY 26, 2014: The Salesian Co-operators of the Kuwait Unit were all excited as ten parishioners took their Promise as Salesian Co-operators on May 24, 2014, on the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, at St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate. 'The Association of Salesian Co-operators' is a movement of the laity of the Salesians of the Don Bosco family. It is also one of the three main branches of the Salesian Family founded by Don Bosco in 1876. The mission of a Co-operator is to share the ideals of the Salesian Preventive System in the education of young people, especially those who are poor.

At the Eucharistic celebration, Fr. Lionel Braganza, the Vice Rector of the community was the main celebrant along with Fr. Francis Kharjia, Fr. Franco Pereira and Fr. Blany Pinto who were the concelebrants. In his homily, Fr. Lionel enlightened the congregation on the devotion to Mary Help of Christians and exhorted all to be devout towards our Holy Mother. The ten Co-operators who took their Promise to be full-fledged Salesian Co-operators are: Ms. Erlinda Pinuela, Mrs. Evelyn D'souza, Mrs. Greta Salvacao Quadros, Mrs. Jacinta D'souza, Mrs. Lakshmi Pereira, Mr. Marcus Fernandes, Mr. Pascoal Fernandes, Mrs. Roselyn Das, Mrs. Sheetal Pereira Fernandes and Mr. Terrence Rodrigues.

During the ceremony, Fr. Pinto accepted the Promise in the name of the Association. The ten new candidates were then invited to the altar to sign the Promise. Fr. Braganza, the main celebrant gave each one of them a lit candle saying "Receive the Light of Christ and be a Light for all you meet on your Promised Path of Life." With these in hand, the candidates made a solemn promise to commit themselves to the Association of the Salesian Co-operators. Two of the parishioners will be scheduled to take their Promise in Matunga, India on August 16, 2014.  Currently, there are seven aspirants in formation under the guidance of the Rector of the Salesians, Fr. Pinto who is also their Spiritual Director. 

Immediately after the celebration of the Eucharist, a small fellowship was organized in Fr. Pinto's office with all Co-operators congratulating the new members. An exhilarated Marcus Fernandes commented, "By taking the promise, I felt I'm on the top and experienced a caring and loving welcome into the family (Salesian family)". Jacinta D'souza added "I am so grateful to God for calling me to be a Salesian Co-operator and I am thankful to Leena Lobo who introduced me to the Salesian family".

Monday, May 26, 2014


by Cl. Christopher Nadar sdb

NASHIK, MAY 26, 2014: On the feast of Mary Help of Christians, nineteen young men made their First Religious Profession in the Society of St. Francis de Sales at 7.00 am in the Don Bosco Parish, Nashik. The Provincial of the Salesian Mumbai Province, Rev. Fr. Godfrey D'souza sdb presided at the solemn meaningful and well-animated Eucharist; with other salesian priests concelebrating. There were also many benefactors and well-wishers present for the celebration.

In his homily, the Provincial focused on some of the points taken up during the GC 27 making the novices aware of the importance of the day of the profession in their lives. He brought to light the central point of their mission and asked them to be always committed to Christ and be radical witnesses of His love. After the homily, the 19 young men professed the vows publicly; eighteen novices received the cassock and the book of the Constitutions and Regulations whilst one received the cross. There was also one FMA novice who professed her vows in the institute of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. The gracious moments were when they donned the cassocks and members of the Salesian congregation helped them button the cassock and when they received the Constitutions.

In the evening, there was a short felicitation and thanksgiving programme during which the newly professed expressed their gratitude to Don Bosco in the name of the Salesian Congregation, to the Provincial, the Novice master and the Formation staff. Our hearty congratulations to the new Salesians.
God Bless You!!!


by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb

MUMBAI-MATUNGA, MAY 26, 2014: The Salesian Province of Mumbai has been doubly blessed this year. Earlier in the day, twelve young novices made their First Profession at Salesian Training Institute (STI) – Nashik. In the afternoon, at the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians - Matunga, eight young Salesians made their Final Profession before Fr. Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Mumbai province on May 24, 2014. The presence of a number of Salesian priests, brothers, members of the Salesian family and the parents and relatives of the perpetually professed added solemnity to the occasion.

In his homily, Fr. Provincial focused on the importance of the Call and the significance of living the Evangelical Counsels in a world that gives no place for sacrifice and renunciation.  He drew the attention of the newly professed, in keeping with the themes of GC27, to be committed 'God Seekers', 'Prophets of Fraternity' and 'Servants of the Young'.  The eight young Salesians, Velasli Bandya, Evangelo D' Souza, Romero D' Souza, Ranson D' Souza,  Roshan Gonsalves, Justus Mendis  Renold Lemos, Anthony Patole solemnly professed their commitment to live forever in the Salesian Congregation. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, Vice Provincial and Fr. Elson Barretto, Economer stood as witnesses.

The Salesian Constitutions, C.22 states: "Every Call is an indication that the Lord loves the Congregation, wants to see it vibrant for the good of the church and never ceases to enrich it with new apostolic energy". The Salesians of the Mumbai Province tangibly felt this 'love of the Lord for the congregation' with the gift of our 12 newly professed and our 8 Perpetually professed Salesians. Vocations are always nurtured in good families, and it was an occasion to give thanks to God for the gift of committed family life - the seed bed for vocations.

After the Solemn Eucharist, the Perpetually professed Salesians were felicitated in the school undercroft. Thanks to the youthful choir of Our Lady of Dolours, Wadala and the preparations by all the young Salesians that added a touch of class to the entire occasion.

May the generosity of all these 20 young Salesians be an inspiration to many youngsters as a 'stimulus and help on the path to holiness' (C.25)


by Mr. Dayanand Pattil

WALVANDA, MAY 26, 2014:  Bosco Samajik Vikas Sanstha (BSVS) conducted, a one week rural experience workshop, for the diocesan brothers from the Diocese of Vasai. It was organized as per the special request of Bishop Felix Machado from May 18 to May 24, 2014. Seven brothers (philosophy and theology students) attended the residential workshop at Walvanda.

During the one week workshop, Mr. Melvin Pangya introduced the brothers, to the BSVS approach for community development in that area. BSVS follows a rights based approach for community development in Jawhar and Mokhada blocks of Thane district. Brothers were provided inputs on Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Participatory Strategic Planning (PSP) and life skill modules. PRA was conducted in Dandwell village by the participants and, PSP in Dongerapada hamlet.

To understand the style of local governance, the brothers were provided an opportunity to interact with the Block Development officer, Additional District Health Officer Jawhar, Sub centre in-charge, Walvanda, Agriculture Development Officer, Animal Husbandry Officer, Executive Engineer (Irrigation), Executive Engineer (Water Supply), Project officer Tribal Development, Executive Engineer (Water Supply), Gram Sevak, Sarpanch etc. Bro. Alex Gonsalves,  the Assistant Director of BSVS, explained to the brothers about the integrated watershed approach for community development.

 Fr. Anaclete D'mello, the Director of BSVS, guided the brothers into a spiritual experience, through creating an atmosphere for meditation, spiritual discourses and dialogue during prayer moments. Fr. D'mello also interacted with the brothers after each module and kindled in them a curiosity to learn and clarify doubts about the topics. Brothers thought of the workshop as a unique experience regarding mission work and also got an idea of how to interact with the people from rural areas. They also realized the need to have similar works in the parishes around Vasai so that they could reach out to the youth.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


by Mark Robert

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, MAY 21, 2014: The Sixteenth of May, was a glorious day in St. Thérèse Parish, Kuwait as 50 children received the sacrament of confirmation. The mass began with the children entering the church in procession. Archbishop Petar Rajič, the Apostolic Nuncio, was the main celebrant and Fr. Blany Pinto sdb, Parish Priest and Fr. Franco Pereira sdb, the Catechetical Director for the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia were the concelebrants.

In his homily, the Nuncio reminded the candidates of the promise given by Jesus, to send the Holy Spirit on his disciples. During the Confirmation Rite, the candidates were presented to the Nuncio and a testimony was given, stating, that they were ready for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. Each candidate then came forward before the Nuncio, and he confirmed them with the oil of Chrism.

The children welcomed the Holy Spirit into their lives and received the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It was a proud moment for the parents and relatives who were part of the Eucharistic celebration. The occasion was enhanced with the melodious voices of the children's choir. The celebration went off smoothly and meticulously, due to the efforts of the parish priest, the confirmation teachers and all the other catechists and volunteers. The ceremony ended with photographs being taken of the candidates, parents, the concelebrants, the catechists and volunteers.


by Fr. McEnroe Lopes sdb

MUMBAI-WADALA, MAY 21, 2014: Life, they say is built upon challenges, and youthfulness is a time of vigour, of growth and of change.  Meeting the challenges of the children was the most interesting part of the summer club and it was organized to radicalize the lives of our children and put it in the right track, that is, in the way of God our Creator, to whom they owe thanks for the success of the camp. A ceremony was held in the church hall on Saturday, May 10, 2014, to mark the end of the 'St. Dominic Savio Church Summer Club, 2014'. The occasion was graced by the Chief Guest, Fr. Gregory Almeida, the new Rector of Don Bosco Shelter, Wadala.  Other distinguished guests included - Fr. Vincent Rasquinha, Fr. Mathew Thalanany, Fr. Diego Nunes, Fr. McEnroe Lopes, Cl. Roshan Gonsalves, the Conossian Sisters, Mrs. Aranha, Benefactors and the children along with their parents.

250 children participated in the programme, held under the auspices of the Parish Team and the hard work of Cl. Gonsalves and our vibrant Youth Group. The summer camp provided a platform, for the children to learn different things, as well as play and have fun, to communicate with one other which bridged gaps and enabled the children to learn from one another. These activities were designed to utilize skills learned, and show off the individual talent of each child. Children who took part in the Summer Club put up various programmes for the closing ceremony, to show off the skills they learned, during the summer club. Mrs. Aranha also exhibited, the work done by participants, in the drawing course.  

Fr. Rasquinha welcomed and felicitated the guests and then shared a few inspiring words with the children, and also expressed gratitude, for the support of every member of the Parish team, especially Cl. Gonsalves, the Youth and Don Bosco Shelter, for being extremely generous, in providing items for the various activities, and all those involved, in making the summer club a great success. Fr. Almeida then felicitated the children, for their participation in all the competitions organized during the summer club and also gave away the prizes.  The children were filled with glee and their parents were all proud of them. The ceremony ended with a vote of thanks, by Clifford Saldhana, one of the volunteers of the Summer Club.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


by Cl. Felix Almeida sdb

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, MAY 13, 2014: The cradle of vocations to the Mumbai province, Don Bosco -Lonavla, hosted two vocation camps beginning from May 2-12, 2014. Seventy enthusiastic young boys participated in these camps. The house of Lonavla, with its beauty and inspiring history, gave way to a wonderful experience to the campers.

The theme for the first day was 'Discover Yourself and Talents'. After getting to know each other, the campers were divided into teams. The Vice Provincial, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, introduced all the animators and volunteers, and explained the meaning, and purpose of the camp. Thereafter, the boys made their commitments for the camp. In the evening, all the campers refreshed themselves through outdoor games. The evening session by Fr. Fernandes, helped each one discover their talents and make the best use of them, by offering them to the Lord. 

The theme of the second day was 'Discover Don Bosco'. The day began with the Eucharist on the theme 'Five Loaves and Two Fish.' Fr. Solomon, the Rector, in his homily, focused on theme of generosity of the little boy in the gospel. In order to know and understand Don Bosco, a short movie was screened and discussed. Thereafter, a panel discussion was held to introduce the campers to the various Salesian works that were in the province. Fr. Xavier Devdas and Br. Ramesh Durairaj were also present for the same. In the afternoon, the seniors prepared ecological projects with the use of charts and skits while the juniors learnt to make key chains. The singing classes helped the campers, to participate well, in the daily Eucharist, Praise and Worship and the Taize prayer service. The evening was filled with fun as the campers participated in lightening tournaments.

The third day focused on theme of the Good Samaritan in a modern day context,with an animated meditation, by Fr. Osborn Furtado. Fr. Glenford Lowe led the campers on the 'Call of the various prophets' that ended in a novel 'Way of Biblical Callings'. In the afternoon, the campers went to Kune mission to have an experience of the work being done by the Salesian sisters. The campers presented skits on hygiene and education. The boys also helped out in cleaning the village school by expressing their desire to help and share in their living.

The juniors went home on the fourth day whereas the seniors continued with the experience. The teachers from the three streams of the Junior College were called to speak to the aspirants about the subjects and the curriculum of the Junior College. Fr. Lorenzo D'Souza, Principal of Don Bosco Lonavla, spoke about the annual activities and academics of the Junior College. The camp culminated with the feast of St. Dominic Savio celebrated with a meaningful Eucharist followed by the 'Savio Nite' which aimed at getting to know and imitate the model of sanctity with a prayer, fun and entertainment.

The camp turned out to be a success under the able guidance of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes. It was a memorable and learning experience both for the campers as well as the organizers. Thanks to the Community of Don Bosco Lonavala, DBYS Team and the young Pre Novices who spared no efforts to make the camp a meaningful journey of discernment. May the good Lord continue to send many more laborers to work in his vineyard.


by Br. Chris Ferreira sdb

MATUNGA - MUMBAI, MAY 13, 2013: The youth of Don Bosco Youth Services organised a Youth Forum on Workers' Rights, Dignity, Prejudices and Exploitation at DBYS, Matunga. There were fifteen participants in the discussion that commenced around 5:45pm, and which focussed on the sad plight of labourers in the nation. To set the momentum for the evening, a video describing the woes of domestic helps in Indian households. Fr. Cleo then introduced the reason for the forum, the basic issues involved and initiated a discussion on child labour, domestic helps and construction labourers. 

The resource person for the forum was Divya David, an MSW and Mphil in Social Work and now a Phd Candidate at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has her expertise and an avid interest in Labour Welfare. She helped the participants understand the present reality of labourers through videos, facts and statistics, and also touched upon the existing legislation, types of workers and how they are often exploited.  The fact that bonded labour and child labour, which have been declared to be illegal, but which still continue to thrive in India was discussed.

 The exploitation of workers is widespread, especially that of women and children who are more vulnerable. Employers casually disregard their obligation towards assuring proper working conditions, period of work, medical assistance, minimum wages and timely payments to labourers, knowing that inspection and enforcement authorities as well as judicial machinery can be "bought at a certain price."

Marina D'costa briefly presented the Church's stand on workers' rights and dignity, expressed through the encyclicals Rerum Novarum, Labourem Exercens, Caritas in Veritate and Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium. The Church grounds its concern for equal rights, just and equitable salaries and a peaceful way of resolving conflicts on the basic dignity of human persons created in the image of God.

The presentation was followed by a discussion to help the participants reflect on the existing reality and also consider the way ahead. It was the most fruitful element of the evening, where understanding met individual convictions. One of the main reflections drawn out was that academic excellence, financial success or social status does not necessarily guarantee personal integrity, socially responsible attitudes and ethical behaviour. The group finally considered how they could move forward by bringing practical yet meaningful changes in their lives. It was indeed a fruitful evening for learning, thought and action. 


by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison sdb

DAKOR-GUJARAT, MAY 12, 2014: On April 1, Don Bosco Dakor organized a spoken English camp for the post tenth and post twelfth students. Fr. Isaac Arakaparambil sdb, was the camp chief who initiated the idea of the camp. His core team comprised of Mrs. Angela Gomes and her daughter Larissa Gomes with her friend Muriel from Mumbai, Sr. Bela and Br. Jerome and two other volunteers, Mrs. Pearl and Mr. Shawn who joined them on April 25. Fifty-two children participated in the camp.  The students were basically from Dakor, Pandvania, Narukot, Kawant and Chotta Udaipur.

The camp classes were inbuilt with the formation development of students in grammar, comprehension, conversation, vocabulary, loud reading and various project works of word tests, writing biographies and autobiographies. Each day, the inmates in the camp, would end with something special like an action song or a game which would furbish their knowledge in English. The students were very responsive and receptive to the things taught to them.

Two beautiful plays were put up by the students of the camp on April 24. The plays were based on simple and profound classical comics, like, the Jungle Book of Mogli and the great Hansel and Gretel. It was a moment of great pride for the volunteers as well as the students for having staged two plays in English. The inspiration to host a play came from the drama staged by Don Bosco, Kapadvanj.

On May 2, they had a campfire which was integrated with lots of learning and fun. The campers themselves came forward, to perform action songs in English which were taught to them in the course of the camp. May 3, was the day of the conclusion for the Spoken English Camp. The certificates and prizes were distributed to the students with a felicitation programme for all the teachers, who played, a simple, yet an important role, in forming the English speaking skills of these students.

Thursday, May 8, 2014


by Jennifer

MUMBAI-NERUL, MAY 8, 2014: Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca, the Principal of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, can add one more feather to his cap, as he was appointed as an observer by the competent authority of CBSE Board, for the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) - 2014 held at the Army Institute of Technology, Pune. The Examination was conducted on April 6, 2014, from 9.30a.m to 12.30p.m.

The Examination, is a common entrance test, that is conducted, to test the eligibility of aspiring candidates, seeking admission, to undergraduate engineering programmes in NITs, IIITs and other centrally funded technical institutions (CFTs) in India. A total number of 815 students had appeared for the entrance exam and 42 invigilators were on duty at the examination centre. The main duty of Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca, as an Observer, was to ensure the smooth and fair conduct of examination, and also, to see that the rules with regard to conduct of the examination were strictly followed by the invigilators and centre superintendent.

The examination was conducted smoothly and peacefully, without report of any untoward incidents. Thus, Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca was successful in fulfilling his duty as an observer and conducting one of the most prestigious entrance examinations.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


by Trident Pereira

BOSCOWADI-UTTAN, MAY 7, 2014: Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS) has been organising various camps for the youth. One such camp was, the Bosco Leadership Camp 2014 held at boscowadi, Uttan, from April 23-26 for boys from standards VIII-X. A young enthusiastic group of 59 campers gathered together at boscowadi from all over Mumbai and Vasai. The camp was animated by Frs Osborn Furtado and Cleophas Braganza, Brothers Dinesh and Felix and six other volunteers.

Day one started with few ice breaking games that helped them know one another. Each camper made a commitment which was to be followed throughout the camp. The youngsters also learnt to pitch tents with the help of the brothers and volunteers. The team building activities and games helped the campers to work as a team. Day two began with a morning meditation at the seashore. They reflected on God's Design and Dream for them, doubts and distress and identifying the Sign Posts and Landmarks in their lives. The session on 'Leadership and Leadershift' conducted by our young and talented, Bro Felix Almeida sdb, inculcated qualities of self-awareness, creativity, responsibility, time management and spiritual power through small games and activities. The treasure hunt and the walk to the light house was an exciting experience.

Day three began with morning yoga, to exercise their faith in mind and body, followed by an inspiring session on Christian Leadership conducted by Fr. Braganza. The campers went on a spiritual journey towards God, in the Labyrinth which was a maze like structure that facilitated the spiritual exercise of walking and reflecting about oneself, others, nature and God. The preparation of the Camp fire and making of the bhelpuri was a memorable one.

The leadership camp taught the campers to be good leaders in society. It helped to bring out the best from every camper and to discover the talent and ability hidden in them. It was also a wonderful opportunity for the volunteers to sharpen their skills in animating the children. Emily Dickenson once said"That it will not come again, is what makes life so beautiful"


by Wenceslaus Pinto
MUMBAI-MATUNGA, MAY 7, 2014: On the evening of April 29, 2014, about thirty Past Pupils from the Local Council Units of Matunga, Andheri, Kurla, Borivili and Wadala met together at the Matunga Gymkhana. Present also were Fr. Vivian D'Souza the Provincial Delegate, Fr. Wilfred D'Souza the Local Delegate and Fr. Michael Mascarenhas who has been long associated with Matunga . There were short speeches by Mr. Jayesh and the three Salesians present. Each expressed happiness at the initiative, since it offered an opportunity of getting to know each other and spending time together, apart from formal meetings. 

Fr. Vivian called on those present, to work towards building up the Vasai, Naigaon, Nashik, Lonavla, Nagar and Pune Units. He informed all, about the preparations, for the National Federation Meeting scheduled for November 22- 23, in Mumbai, stressing that all the Units would put their hands together to make this a successful enterprise. Fr. Michael gave a brief history of how Don Bosco, Matunga was structured and thanked the Matunga unit. The fellowship meal was heartily enjoyed by all and everyone complimented and thanked the Matunga Unit for hosting the same. They expressed a desire to hold such enjoyable get togethers in the future.


by Mr. Rossi D'souza

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, MAY 7, 2014: The Summer Holidays are always anxiously awaited by children everywhere, as it gives them an opportunity to explore and develop so many of their talents, without the burden of school, tuition classes, exams, tests, etc. The children in Borivli were also given an opportunity to participate in a wide variety of Summer Creative Workshops right through the month of April in the campus of Don Bosco, Borivli. On April 30, 2014, a valedictory programme was organized at the end of the Summer Creative Workshops.

 The function gathered about 175 participants. It began with a prayer song, after which the Rector, Fr. William Falcao sdb, spoke to the parents and students about the importance of sports and how they should use the premises available to develop their skills and talents.   The Malkhambh and Roller Skating performances by the students amazed all present. All the coaches were presented with a gift as a token of their appreciation .

The Principal, Fr. George Carlos sdb, then gave the vote of thanks, which was followed by the distribution of certificates.

Thursday, May 1, 2014


by  Myra D'souza

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, 30 APRIL 2014: April 25, 2014, marked the culmination of eight months of preparation, as, 131 children received their First Holy Communion in St. Therese Church.  Hours of practice ensured that the celebration flowed smoothly. The enthusiasm, encouragement and hands-on approach of the Parish Priest, provided all the inspiration, the communion catechists needed, in teaching and preparing our youngsters for their First Holy Communnion.

The Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Franco Pereira and concelebrated by Fr. Blany Pinto, Fr. Lionel Braganza and Fr. Francis Kharjia sdb. Fr. Melwin D'cunha OCD, the first Parish Priest of St. Therese Church, was also present. The angelic voices of the children's choir added to the beauty of the celebration.

In his introduction, Fr. Pereira advised the children, to make Jesus their best friend. In his homily, Fr. Pinto urged the children to remember just two points –   firstly to go for confession often in order to receive Jesus with a clean heart and secondly to preserve their innocence by attending Mass often. He also encouraged the parents to make daily family prayer and to frequent the Sacraments.

Parents were very appreciative of all the hard work that had gone into making the day a special one for their children. A copy of the Holy Bible, a Rosary and a Scapular was given to each child after the celebration of the Eucharist.


by Yogita Haldankar

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, APRIL 30, 2014: On April 29, 2014, the entire community of Don Bosco, Borivli, gathered together to bid farewell to Rev. Fr. George Carlos sdb. The function began with a prayer led by Mrs. Marina Desouza. The Rector of the institute, Rev. Fr. William Falcao sdb, appreciated Fr. Carlos, for the good work that he had done during his tenure. Members from the different associations of the school spoke about his achievements.

Fr. Carlos in his reply, thanked his community, the teaching and non-teaching staff, for their dedicated service, and also added that, he would not have been able to achieve what he had, without their support. The community presented Fr. Carlos with a card and a bouquet of flowers and a CD that captured the moments of his stay in Borivli as a token of their appreciation. 
The function ended by wishing Fr. Carlos, all the best, for his future endeavours.