Thursday, July 31, 2014


by Rupali D'souza

BORIVLI – MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2014: Don Bosco Borivli conducted its first Investiture ceremony for the scholastic year 2014 – 15 on July 28, 2014. It was co-ordinated by Mrs. Marina Desouza who introduced the programme and welcomed all the Parents, Management, the Staff and the Office Bearers. The programme began with a prayer dance "God is Good" by the students of class 1, followed by a welcome song "Welcome one and all" by the students of class 4. The names of the office bearers were announced:

School Captain – Aaryan Oak Asst. Cleanliness Captain – Aaron D'costa
Asst. School Captain – Leon Colaco Red House Captains – Roy Coutinho and Shawn Gonsalves
Sports Secretary – Aaron Gomes      Blue House Captains – Twain Hogan and Johanan Fernandes
Asst. Sports Secretary – Kian North Yellow House Captains – Dhruva Thakur and Adit Weling
Cleanliness Captain – Parth Pujare       Green House Captains – Jason D'souza and Aditya Prachand


To invoke God's blessings, Fr. William, Fr. Donald, Fr. Baptist and Mrs. Marina lit the auspicious lamp (samai). Fr. William gave a short message on the duties and responsibilities of the office bearers towards the school. Thereafter the office bearers recited the prayer 'Your light O Lord' and Fr. Donald administered the Oath. Fr. Rector presented the sashes and Fr. Donald presented the momentos to the Office Bearers, wherein all the office bearers took the oath and thanked God with a hymn.

Later the school Captain – Aaryan Oak read a short address on behalf of all the Office Bearers, acknowledged their duties and responsibilities towards the school. The office bearers also gave a short message through a song 'Do what you do, do well'. Thereafter, Fr. Donald addressed the gathering and gave a message to office bearers on their responsibilities and having a friendly relation towards all the students. Fr. Donald also congratulated the house teachers saying, "You have molded the children to be Models of Don Bosco Primary School." The programme concluded with the boys singing 'We can achieve'.


by Cl. Sachin Tribhuvan sdb

BARODA-GUJARAT, JULY 31, 2014: A seminar was organized by the Uplift Humanity India team (an institute that works for the good of the poor and abandoned people) from July 14-26, 2014.  Uplift Humanity India team looks into the protection of human rights and child rights. The senior boys from Don Bosco Snehalaya, Baroda participated in this seminar. The seminar was based on the behavioral patterns to different situations one could face on a daily basis.

Various activities were conducted during the course of the seminar. Leadership skills, team work, anger management, friends making, sharing life experiences were among the topics that were given much importance. Apart from this the Uplift Humanity India team also conducted sessions during which the children were taught stitching, craft making and making good use of plastics.  In short, Uplift Humanity India team conducted the sessions that were helpful for the student's human growth.

On the final day of the seminar an exam was conducted on the basis of what they had been taught.  Nadeem Sheik a student of Baroda won the Second prize and the others received consolation prizes. The team also thanked Don Bosco Snehalaya house for sending the students for the seminar. The Director of Uplift Humanity India team also awarded a cheque of Rs.15, 000 to Nadeem Sheik for his study expenses. The team congratulated Nadeem Sheik and the participants who attended the seminar.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


by BIS Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 30, 2014: Don Bosco High School, Matunga won the Jesal Niranjan Ganjawala challenge Trophy as the Best All Round School in Sports for the year 2013-14. A feeling of pride overwhelmed the school as it won the trophy for the thirteenth time in a row.
The management congratulated all the Sports Boys, Coaches and Parents.


by Cl. Clarence Martis sdb

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 30, 2014: The first meeting of the PTA of Std. XI was held in the down hall of Don Bosco Lonavla on July 28, 2014 at 8.45 am. The meeting was attended by the management, teachers, students of Std. XI and their parents. 

It began with the lighting of the lamp by the management. The Rector, Fr. Solomon Rapol, introduced the new members of the management – Principal, Fr. George Carlos; Administrator – Fr. Gregory D'Cunha; Brothers – Br. Bryce Fernandes and Cl. Clarence Martis. Following the introduction, Ms Swati spoke of the role of Fr. Rector in the education system of Don Bosco Lonavla. The Principal spoke of some of the rules that needed to be followed by the students. 

The election of the PTA members followed. The following members were elected: Dr. Gharote and Shri Passi (XI Commerce), Mrs Tailor and Mrs Kulkarni (XI Science), Mrs Kadu and Mr Ostwal (XI Arts). Each of the elected members spoke to the Assembly. Fr. Rector spoke to the Assembly and put forth the values and goals of the year. The PTA Assembly ended with Ms Swati proposing the Vote of Thanks.


by BIS Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 30, 2014: On July 26, 2014 the Primary section (STD I – IV), of Don Bosco High School, Matunga invited the Grandparents of each of their students to a cultural programme to thank them for their nurturing presence in the lives of the youngsters. The programme began with the lighting of the lamp by Fr. Rector and a prayer.

There were four sessions that were conducted to engage all present. They were entertained by the little ones who had specially been trained by the teachers to sing, recite and dance on this occasion.   Besides performances by their students on stage there were spot prizes for the guests. The grandparents too joined their grandchildren on stage. The grandparents expressed their gratitude for all that the school did for their grandchildren. This occasion helped in strengthening the bond between the school and the families of our students.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


by Pawanjit Singh

DEVLALI-NASHIK, JULY 29, 2014: St. Patrick's Parish, Devlali celebrated the parents and grandparents' day on the occasion of the feast of St. Joachim and St. Anne. The event was organized under the leadership of the youth group of the parish in collaboration with the parish fathers, catechism children and teachers on July 27, 2014.

The celebration commenced with the Holy Eucharist invoking God's blessing on all the parents and grandparents. A rose was offered to each parent and grandparent before they entered the church, as a token of gratitude and love for them. The Holy Mass was presided over by Fr. Nolasco Gomez and concelebrated by Fr. Sandeep. In his introduction and homily Fr. Nolasco thanked the parents and the grandparents for all their contribution in the lives of their children and grandchildren. He also invited the congregation to pray for their good health. The catechism children added color to the celebration with their melodious singing under the guidance of Mr. Aloysius. There was a lively and active participation from all the people. 

After the Eucharistic celebration a short cultural programme was staged. These light moments that were created were very emotional and put across a message to the parents and the grandparents. The catechism children performed dance, skit and action songs. The youth also sang a song and two of them performed a dance. The young people had also made arrangements for refreshment which was served during the programme. The whole event was meticulously planned and well executed. People were happy and expressed their thanks to all the organizers especially the youth of the parish. 

The young people also made a visit to the cemetery to pray for all those parents and grandparents who had gone to their heavenly home. They were led into a short prayer by one of the brothers after which they placed roses on the tombs of their loved ones. This was a very thoughtful gesture from their part to remember the ones who made a valuable contribution in their lives. After the visit to the cemetery the youth left for their homes.


by Bento D'Souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 29, 2014: To launch the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth a football tournament was held in Bhingar, in which twenty-one teams participated. The chief guests for the tournament were Brigadier  Virender  Varma, his wife Anita Varma and Colonel Arthur Samuel  and the Guest of Honour was Dr. Fr. Ashok Ohol. SJ, Ph.D.

The Tournament began on July 26, with the elimination round and quarter-finals while the semi-finals were held on July 27, 2014. Team Shivajians-B won the tournament. The St Anne's team secured the second place and Pathardi Football club from Pathardi secured the third place. The Trophies and T-shirts were distributed to the winners of the tournament.  Mr. Vicky Joseph and his team of helpers  made sure that the tournament  was conducted flawlessly. 


by Cl. Clarence Martis sdb

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 29, 2014: Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai held a science exhibition on the Don Bosco Lonavla ground on July 25 and 26, 2014. All the students of the school and junior college got an opportunity to pay a visit to the exhibition. The exhibition was an initiative of the Physics teacher, Mr. Chatterji.

The Nehru Science Centre had displayed all their artefacts in a specially-designed bus. The bus had twenty models based on Astrology. Some of these models were: Aryabhatt's sundial, eclipse (solar and lunar), solar system, distance of the planets, number of satellites, spectrum etc. The students of Std. XI (Science stream) briefed all the other students on the models. The students were also shown a clipping on the life and works of the Indo-American astronaut Sunita William. The students expressed that they learnt a great deal from this exhibition.


by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, JULY 29, 2014: A project planning meeting was organized by the Development Office, Mumbai at Dakor on July 26, 2014.  The meeting began with a short prayer led by Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil. The Directors and staff of the four centres namely Chhota Udaipur, Kawant, Kapadwanj and Dakor attended the meeting.
The meeting was facilitated by Mr. Mahesh Kumar (Development Coordinator, Mumbai) and it focused on the issues that could be worked on in the next three years. The issues identified for the next three years intervention were Income Generation for Women of Self-help Groups, Governance and Education (RTE).  All the issues were meticulously discussed and reviewed so that effective project planning could be followed by the team. 

Mr Mahesh also spoke about the management of the project and human resources wherein issues related to the appointment of staff and clarity on the job description was discussed. The meeting concluded with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Fr Mayank Parmar. 


by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 29, 2014: On July 27, 2014 St. John Bosco Parish Savedi, Ahmednagar celebrated Parents Day. Being the feast of St.'s Joachim and Anne the children of the Sunday school felicitated their parents during the 9:30a.m children's mass.  

The theme for the Eucharist was "Parents V Love U, V Thank U". The focus of the whole liturgy was 'Thanking God' for giving wonderful parents to each one.  At the end of the mass the children went to their parents and gave them greeting cards prepared by them. snacks was served to the students at the end of the celebration which was sponsoredby one of the parishioners.


by Cl. Clarence Martis sdb

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 29, 2014: The Apostolic boys, Aspirants and the boys from Maria Ashiana along with the Fathers and Brothers of the Don Bosco Lonavla went on a Marian Pilgrimage to the Rosary Garden, Khandala on July 26, 2014. This was to honour Mother Mary during the Marian month.

The whole community left on foot from Don Bosco, Lonavla at 10.15 am. Along the way they sang hymns to Our Lady and prayed the Sorrowful and the Luminous mysteries. Snacks was served after the recitation of two mysteries. After walking for an hour they reached the Rosary Garden. The recitation of the Joyful Mysteries followed. After praying the rosary they walked to St. Mary's Villa where they spent some relaxing moments enjoying the beautiful scenery. This was followed by lunch at the Villa. 

Post lunch, one of the Aspirants thanked the Fathers for their generosity in organising the pilgrimage. He also thanked the owner of the Villa for providing the place to have the meal. The community then had an enjoyable walk back to Don Bosco, Lonavla.


by Fr. Rolvin D'mello, sdb

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 29, 2014: The Beautician (and allied services) department of Don Bosco Community College organized a bridal make-up and dressing competition for all its students – in which twenty-three students participated; of which twelve were shortlisted for the final round held on  July 25, 2014. The students were expected to dress like brides and they took pain-staking efforts to dress like brides depicting twelve different cultures and religions.

 The judges for this competition were eminent people from this field. The Mahila Mandal group and other ladies of the parish were invited as the guests of honour for the competition. Miss Rena Naidu won the first prize and Miss Emaliya Coutinho the second prize. The main purpose of the competition was to evaluate the performance of this department and the skills imparted to the students of the newly started department at Don Bosco Community College. Secondly this competition aimed at the promotion of the department so as to attract many more students to this course.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


by Fr. Wilfred D'souza

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2014: The Dominic Savio House of Don Bosco High School, Matunga essayed to put together some snippets from the short, but riveting life of St. Dominic Savio who explored the myth that teen years were all about unbridled fun, sans values on July 22, 2014.
The programme shed light on Dominic's resolve to live a holy life while he mirrored the credo "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity". The presentation depicted scenes that proved to the assembly that each person would find favour with God once their mission on earth was fulfilled. They highlighted Dominic's prayer life and his revulsion towards doing the forbidden. The presentation was peppered with some meaningful hymns and songs. The audience also got a glimpse of the fact that Dominic Savio was not faint hearted teen, but that he was always in his element on the playing fields. 

The assembly revolved round this year's theme: Born for a Mission. Fr Rector in his address to the assembly exhorted the teenagers to be little Dominic Savios among their companions in school and also made them aware that the opening of the Bicentenary for the birth of Don Bosco was close at hand.


by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 26, 2014: Don Bosco Junior College, Lonavla installed the leaders of Std. XI on July 24, 2014. The students of all the streams along with the teachers and management were present for the ceremony. The installation began at 8.45 am invoking God's blessings on the leaders. The vice-president of the Laura Vicuna Club was first installed followed by her taking the oath. The next to be installed were the monitors and vice-monitors of each class. Afterwhich, the Prefects were installed and they too took the oath of office. 

The Principal, Fr. George Carlos, addressed the gathering and in particular the leaders. He said that every student must cooperate with the leaders that they had elected and similarly the leaders must cooperate with the staff and the management. He also stressed on some of the leadership qualities that the leaders must imbibe to carry out their duties. The installation ceremony ended with the singing of the National Anthem. 


by Ms. Vrushali and Ms. Archana

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 26, 2014: Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla organized an English Elocution Competition on July 25, 2014. The competition was split under three categories; Seniors (X-XII), Inters (VIII – X) and Juniors (V – VII). The students enthusiastically took part in the same. Some of the interesting topics were : If I were the Education Minister, If junk food was not there, Is dressing up well important, Actions speak louder than words , Is craze for cricket justified, Rolling stones gather no moss and Too many cooks spoil the broth etc. Even Poetry recitation was chosen by the Juniors.

It was organized with the help of Fr. George Carlos (Principal) and Mrs. Savita K (English Tr.). The students were well prepared and were appreciated by the Rector Fr. Solomon (Manager) and Fr. Gregory (Administrator). Fr. Rector presented his views on the programme and conversed with the speakers concerning language skills. Fr. Principal proposed a vote of thanks, appreciating the participants and congratulating the winners.


by Cl. Ian Pinto, sdb

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 22, 2014: A feeling of great pride and intense joy surrounded the Salesians residing at Divyadaan, Nashik as they welcomed their very own, Fr Ivo Coelho, the newly elected Councilor for Formation. Fr Ivo had served the Mumbai province and the house of Divyadaan in various capacities. He made a two-day visit (21-23 July) to Nashik and met the confreres, besides the other religious. 

Upon his arrival at Divyadaan, he was warmly welcomed by the confreres and congratulated with melodious sounds of the brass band. He met the brothers course-wise and had a sharing of thoughts and feelings regarding formation. He addressed the Divyadaan community in the goodnight talk during which he passed on the wishes of the Rector Major to the community and spoke on three points in keeping with the theme of the General Chapter 27:  the importance of spiritual direction in one's growth to holiness, the need to build good and healthy relationships in community, striving for clarity of the Salesian identity. He made it clear that the Salesian charism belonged not only to the Salesians but to the church at large. 

On the morning of July 22, Fr Ivo celebrated the Holy Eucharist for all the Salesians and neighbouring religious.  In his homily, he drew out a few points from the life of St Mary Magdalene which were worthy of imitation. He drew their attention to the intense love that Mary had for Jesus, her Lord and Master. He also spoke of the courage she had to face the empty tomb with a strong heart. At the end of the Eucharist, Fr Ivo thanked everyone for coming together in love to celebrate with him and also requested prayers for his new ministry. Thereafter, the community of Divyadaan played gracious hosts to a fellowship breakfast. Later, Fr Ivo continued his meetings with the Salesians on campus. In the afternoon, the community of Divyadaan honored and felicitated him with an ebullient family circle in traditional Salesian style. Fr Ivo thanked the community for being hospitable and affable.

It was a wonderful moment for every Salesian on campus. What was really amazing was that everyone who knew Fr Ivo personally felt honored to have someone they were so familiar with in such a significant post. For Fr Ivo, it was a homecoming. After his many years in Nashik as a professor and formator, it was a veritable pleasure for him to return to Divyadaan, Nashik.

Thursday, July 24, 2014


by Cl. Ranson D'souza, sdb

PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 24, 2014: The General Counsellor for Formation of the Salesian Congregation, Fr Ivo Coelho, visited Don Bosco Youth Centre Pune (DBYC) on 20 and 21 July 2014. The confreres of the community warmly welcomed Fr Coelho. It was wonderful to see, that even after being out of the province for over three years, he still remembered each one by name. 

On July 20, Fr Coelho interacted with the students of theology; they shared with him their experiences of Salesian life and their feelings at this stage of their formative life. Fr Coelho invited them to reflect on their identity as Salesians, as religious and as priests-to-be. In the good night, he conveyed the greetings and message of the Rector Major to the community. He emphasized the key-topics of the General Chapter and urged the confreres to be mystics in the Spirit, prophets of fraternity and servants of the young. He reminded them that they are there to do God's work, and to cater to the young especially the poor. He stressed the need for spiritual direction throughout the life of the Salesian.

On July 21, Fr Coelho celebrated the Eucharist with the community. He had an informal meeting with the staff concerning formative experiences and objectives. The community said," It was wonderful to have Fr. Coelo in our midst". He promised to visit the province of Mumbai, and especially DBYC, every year. They exclaimed," We look forward to the fulfillment of his promise.


by Cl. Sandeep Parmar

WADALA-MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2014: Shelter Don Bosco conducted the "Monthly Mela" for outreach boys who were eighteen years and above in age on  July 20, 2014.  There were 106 outreach boys who participated in the mela. The main objective of the mela was to give the outreach boys of their campus a holistic experience of light games, awareness of health and hygiene, counseling, food and entertainment.

The mela began with the registration at 8:30 am which was followed by breakfast and tea. During the assembly, all the boys were welcomed by Fr. Gregory D'Almeida, the Rector of Shelter Don Bosco and they were explained the main objective of the Mela which was to give a new life and a new beginning to all of them. Afterwhich, telly games were organized for the boys by Br. Sandeep Parmar and Shelter boys. The boys really had a good time enjoying the different games. Dr. Pranam, the Incharge of the BMC Primary Health Centre, Matunga animated a session on medical care in which he explained to the boys about medical care, health and hygiene.

Hair-cutting, Nail -cutting , Medical check-up, Bath, Distribution of clothes and Counseling were some of the activities that were a part of the mela. Post lunch, the boys gathered on the dance floor for a dance session afterwhich a hindi film named Ek Villian was screened. The Monthly Mela offered an opportunity to keep in touch with the outreach boys.  The mela inspired many outreach boys as they decided to change their lives by going to Jeevan Dhara, Titwala for rehabilitation. The staff members of Shelter Don Bosco, Don Bosco BalPrafulta, Sr. Moksha, Volunteers, Benefactors and Well Wishers were thanked for their help and support in organizing the mela.

BIS # 4047 FIRST ASSEMBLY OF 2014-15

by Rupali D'souza

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2014: Don Bosco Borivli conducted its first assembly for the scholastic year 2014-15 on July 21, 2014 based on the theme; ' Peace, Joy and Happiness'. It was coordinated by Mrs. Marina Desouza who also introduced the programme. This was followed by a prayer song 'Jabse pyara Yeshu aaya' . Thereafter, the gathering was welcomed with the song "Welcome, Welcome one and all".

Master Ethan of Class II & Master Zidan of Class I then read a short address to Fr. Donald Fernandez promising that they would to be obedient students. The important Values and Tips of Don Bosco were presented by the primary students. Master Leon Colaco of class IV read out the activities held during the past academic year 2013–14. Fr. Donald addressed the staff and the children with words of inspiration and also thanked God through a hymn for accepting him as he was and giving him a world full of beautiful people and a heart to love.

Thereafter, the Genius Bee Winners received their trophies from Fr. Donald Fernandes and Fr. William Falcao. Ethan Rodrigues, Vaishnavi Gujaran, Adiel Deniz, Anmol Purohit, Aryan Nazareth, Jason Alvares, Saumya Nawandhar, Paul Kostka, Kennan Trinidade were the winners of the competition. The assembly concluded with the entire school singing of 'Vande Mataram'.


by Fr. Rolvin D'mello sdb

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 24, 2014: On July 20, 2014 the three youth groups (Std. 10th & above): Friends of Don Bosco (meant for working youth), Friends of Dominic Savio (meant for studying boys) and Friends of Laura Vicuna (studying girls) of St. Anne's parish had a joint programme that had "Don Bosco's life for YOU(th)" as its theme. The event received a phenomenal response as 108 youth participated in the same.

Even though the official launching of the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Don Bosco begins from August 16, 2014; yet the preparations for this celebration were already launched a month in advance – on  July 16, 2014. The theme they focussed on was "Journeying with the young in the Bosco Way".  on The members of the group 'Friends of Laura Vicuna' took their oath on July 16, 2014. This group existed for last two years but this time it was revived with 35 new members joining the group.

The programme began around the Eucharistic table with Fr. Thomas D'costa as the principal celebrant and thereafter a small session enumerating the life of Don Bosco was conducted. The youth enjoyed the programme and went away home enriched and refreshed.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


by Mrs. Lisa Dominic

NERUL-MUMBAI, JULY 23, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organised the Monsoon Sports Festival on  July 19, 2014 from 10a.m to 12 noon. The event was organised on the School Ground. The objective of the Monsoon Sports Festival was to instill the values of team spirit, cooperation and sportsmanship in the students. Playing in the rain also gave them an opportunity to be one with nature.

Students of Classes VI, VII, VIII, IX and X were divided into Groups A,B,C and D respectively. The students of each group were further divided according to their houses. Games such as Basketball, Ring Football, Langdi  and  Dodgeball were organised where the houses vied with each other to win the maximum number of matches. The Sports Festival began with the students shouting for joy when they got drenched in the sudden downpour of rain. 

The showers lasted only a while yet did not deter the students enjoyment for the games. Most of them had an adventurous time squelching mud and splashing in the puddles. The students had a fabulous time. Their faces were beamed with happiness as they returned home wishing for one more Monsoon Sports Festival. They thanked their Principal, Supervisors and the teacher in charge-Shailesh Sir for organising the event.


by Laura D'souza

WADALA-MUMBAI, JULY 23, 2014: The Catechists of St. Dominic Savio, Wadala, gathered at AMAR Media Centre,  Wadala where Sr. Caroline D' souza FMA, Animator of Auxilium Bandra conducted an encapsulated training for the Catechists on July 13, 2014. Sr. Hilda Braganza, Province Media Coordinator assisted her. The programme was organized by the Parish Priest Fr. Vincent Rasquinha of St. Dominic Savio Church, Wadala, along with Sr. Faustina, the Coordinator for Catechesis.

 The Training programme kick-started with the song,'Make me a lamp' by Joe Medrek. Each of the participants were drawn towards various nuances of the hymn as they reflected on their lives and on their call to be Catechists. Focus, Vision and Experience were the three main areas that they were taught to dwell upon. Moving on to the core area of preparing for a class, Sr. Caroline touched upon narrating a human experience which all the students would be able to connect with, in relation with the lesson that was about to be taught which was called the 'Starter'.

Further they were to take the students to the heart of the lesson. Afterwhich, as the Word of God was proclaimed, the students were to be trained to listen to the Word. The fundamental tasks of a Catechist were discussed and emphasis was laid on getting to know the students and their backgrounds. The home visits by the Catechists to know their families, was stressed upon. Amongst the main areas discussed, Sr. Caroline emphasized on using the CCC (Catechism of the Catholic Church) when they prepared for Catechesis. This, along with the Word of God was to be a double-edged sword for the Catechists.


by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, JULY 23, 2014: The weekly Protestant newspaper 'Saptahik Upadesak' organized its 7th foundation day on July 19, 2014. There were 28 people who received the award for empowerment and upliftment of society in general. 

Of the twenty-eight people receiving award was Fr. William Falcao who had been doing commendable work in the district of Ahmednagar for last 25 years. He purchased twenty-two hectors of land in which Don Bosco Marathi Medium, English Medium, Junior college and a Church began with a township of two hundred catholics staying together.

 He also started a Path Pathi which today has savings of approximately Rs. 25 cores. Thus he worked to bring about a unity in the area and among the christians of Nagar. Fr. Cedrick Sankul received the award on his behalf.  The Chief Guest for the programme was Fr. Dominic D'mello the chairman of Bassin Catholic Bank, Vasai.


by Cl. Ryan Lobo

JHABUA-MADHYA PRADESH, JULY 23, 2014: The inaugural day of the Marian Month at Jyoti Bhavan Hostel, Jhabua was July 17, 2014. The day began with a solemn Eucharist celebrated by Fr. Pratap Damor, the Prefect of Studies of Jyoti Bhavan Hostel. The boys were reminded in the words of Don Bosco that every child who entered a Salesian House was brought in by our lady. During the Eucharist they also prayed for their own Mothers' in a special way. Fr. Sonu Vasuniya, the Youth Director of Jhabua Diocese was also present for the ceremony.

The inauguration began in the evening with the boys sitting in their teams singing hymns to our Blessed Mother. The lamp was lit by Frs. Sonu and Pratap along with the boarding captain and six house captains. Fr. Pratap then solemnly cut the ribbon and declared the Marian Month for the year 2014 open. He also introduced the boys to the theme 'May Mother Mary be always in our heart'. He wished the boys a month full of fun and frolic. He said that their devotion to our Blessed Mother would increase only if they fervently prayed the Rosary daily and always kept the weapon of protection the scapular with them.

It was also a significant day as the leaders of Jyoti Bhavan took the oath in the presence of Mother Mary. They were then felicitated by their honorable chief guest Fr. Sonu. He spoke about how they could be one family having Mary as their Mother. The beautiful and pious ceremony came to a fitting end by praying for their intentions and a melodious singing of the Marian anthem. The boys were then told to write their intentions and hang them on the intention tree and also write Letters to Mother Mary. They hoped that the Marian Month which was to be occupied with prayer and various activities would bring them closer to our Lady and strengthen the bonds of unity and togetherness in the family of Jyoti Bhavan Hostel, Jhabua.


by Cl. Ryan Lobo

JHABUA-MADHYA PRADESH, JULY 23, 2014: The community of Don Bosco Jyoti Bhavan at Jhabua was gifted a new 60 inch LCD television on July 22, 2014 by Mr. Devkaran. He is the owner of Devkaran Construction Company and also the engineer of the new building at Don Bosco Jhabua. The community along with the boys were grateful to him for his kindness and generosity. They were also gifted a new Harmonium by Dr. Vijay Ninama a past pupil of the hostel.

The new television and harmonium were blessed by Rev. Fr. Royal D'abre, the director and in-charge of the hostel at 7:45 pm. A few guidelines on how to operate the television and the reason for donating it were communicated to the boys. Some of the boys said that they felt blest and privileged to get the television for educative, social and entertainment purposes. Likewise the harmonium was to be used for their spiritual growth and development, for singing hymns at liturgical and para-liturgical services. Don Bosco Jyoti Bhavan Jhabua thanked and praised God for being blest with these two wonderful gifts.


by Bento D'souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 23, 2014: On July 20, 2014 at the 8 o'clock Marathi Mass morning seventeen students who had completed their X and XII examinations were presented certificates in a public ceremony at St. John the Baptist Church, Bhingar.  Six students came from Bhingar City and eleven were from the rural villages that formed the outstations of the Bhingar parish.

Information on how to procure scholarships for further studies was provided. Fr. Nelson Falcao taught them how to form good habits if they wished to be successful college students and motivated them to focus on their studies. The students were made aware of the fact that they still had a long journey to make.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


by Bro. Nathanael George

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 22, 2014:  On July16, the boarders of Don Bosco Matunga, embarked on a journey towards greater knowledge and devotion to Mary with the inauguration of the Marian Month. The programme began with a short introduction to the theme, 'To live and love like Mary.' The animated rosary, the unveiling of the calendar for the month and the talk by the Rector, Fr. Wilfred D'souza were the main highlights of the event.

In his talk to the boys Fr. Rector highlighted the implicit connection between Marian devotion, Don Bosco's faith and the theme for the month which was aimed at perfection of character and personal piety. The Marian month would feature a variety of programmes; skits, songs, sermonettes, quizzes and lots more with a constant emphasis on the spiritual aspects. They exclaimed," Looking forward to a wonderful month ahead".

Monday, July 21, 2014


by Ms. Lynette Sequeira

BORIVLI – MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2014: In order to build up and further strengthen the house system, the Principal, Fr. Donald Fernandez suggested the concept of a weekly one hour activity period, to the staff of the Secondary Section of Don Bosco High School, Borivli. The first activity period of the year was held on Monday, July 14, 2014. The Middle School and the Higher Secondary students would henceforth have, either an indoor intellectually stimulating activity or an outdoor activity, every alternate week.

In order to make the activity period possible every Monday, the time duration of the remaining 10 periods of the day have been shortened by 5 minutes to give the students an 'Activity Period' of an hour at the end of the day. During this time frame they could either enjoy themselves in an outdoor sports related activity or an indoor activity like a subject-wise or a General Knowledge Quiz, a Debate, etc. Points were allotted to all the 4 Houses according to their performance, which ensured that the students participated whole-heartedly. 

Planning an innovative indoor and outdoor activity every week, right through the academic year, would be a stimulating challenge for the teachers as well; but it would hopefully enable the staff to use their creativity and be in touch with the things that the students love. It was expressed that the students would to be looking forward to the last period of the day every Monday very enthusiastically. In the true spirit of a Don Bosco institution, they hoped that these weekly activities would help the students to develop their body and mind, even as they have fun.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


by Mr. Anthony Serrao-BCS(CP)

WADALA-MUMBAI, JULY 19, 2014: The Bombay Catholic Sabha Unit of Our Lady of Dolours, Wadala, together with the Parish Youth Council (PYC) organized a seminar on the available "Minority Schemes" entitled "Money Matters relating to refund on School and College fees" on Sunday  July 13, 2014 from 11.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.  The programme gathered eighty five people from their own parish and some more people from neighbouring parishes who interacted actively, asking questions and clearing their doubts.

The event was ably led by Fr. Allwyn, the Spiritual Leader and Mr. Anand Castelino who animated the presentation and spoke on the various Minority Schemes. The parish thanked Ms. Samantha, the Manager-Citizen Coop. Bank, Wadala Branch, for her interesting talk on the possibility of availing educational loans, etc. The parishioners were also grateful to Mr. Glen for his talk on the various Government high profile posts and courses available, which Catholics could avail of. The community also thanked Fr. Godfrey for his introductory talk and for welcoming the guests.


by Rupali D'souza

BORIVLI-MUMBAI, JULY 19, 2014: Don Bosco High School, Borivli held its first General Body Meeting on July 12, 2014. The co-ordinator, Mrs. Marina Desouza welcomed the Principal Fr. Donald Fernandez with a floral tribute and welcomed the parents too. The meet began with prayers and a hindi hymn "Hamko Mann Ki Shakti Dena" which was displayed on the screen.

Mrs. Marina Desouza then introduced the staff members of the K.G and Primary section. The Administrator, Fr. Baptist introduced the Principal Fr. Donald Fernandez with the help of a PowerPoint presentation. He also addressed the parents on behalf of the  Rector Rev. Fr. William Falcao. Mrs. Marina briefed the parents on the rules and regulations of the school which were essential for the smooth functioning of the school. The functions and the objectives of the P.T.A were read and various queries by theparents were cleared by Mrs. Marina herself. The parents of the newly admitted students were also welcomed.

Fr. Principal addressed the parents and gave them a message on how Parents – Teachers – and the Management could work together and stay connected. The meeting concluded with the vote of thanks to the management, staff and the parents delivered by Mrs. Sandhya Jain a teacher of the school.

Friday, July 18, 2014


by Sujata Desai
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 18, 2014: The students of division B of class seven of Don Bosco High School, Matunga presented a programme on the life of Mahatma Gandhi by depicting noteworthy instances on July 15, 2014. They focused on his fight for civil rights and freedom.

They highlighted the racial discrimination and prejudice that the Father of Our Nation faced during his tenure as a barrister in South Africa. It stressed on his method of using non-violent means to fight injustice. The assembly concluded with the singing of 'Sabarmati ke sant.

'"One could acheive success if one learnt to forgive and remain noble" was the message presented by the students.It was also made known that the assemblies during the academic year would be based on the theme" Born for a mission" commemorating the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth.


by Cl. Sunil Pinto

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, JULY 18, 2014: The Marian Month for the year 2014-15 was inaugurated in a solemn manner at Dominic Savio Boys Home, Andheri on July 16, 2014 at 9:00pm by the Rector, Fr. Crispino D'souza. The theme chosen for the Marian month was "All For You Mary". The ceremony began with the unveiling of the theme and the Marian Logo. Fr. Crispino then addressed the gathering  and encouraged the boys to participate whole heartedly in the activities that would be organized in the coming weeks.

He mentioned that a theme like that would definitely motivate the community to offer up all their activities, joys and sorrows, triumphs and struggles for the glory of Mary. The captains of the Marian teams were installed and scapulars were given to the boys since it was also the feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel. The ceremony concluded with an animated rosary and the tying of special intentions and thanksgiving prayers to a tree which was placed besides the picture of Mary.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


by Fr. Cedrick

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 16, 2014: Don Bosco Bhavan Savedi boarding commenced its Marian Month on July 15, 2014 with great enthusiasm and gusto.  The boarders entered the Marian month with each team singing the hymns to Our Lady and taking their place in the chapel.  Fr. Anthony Goyal, the prefect of studies addressed all present at the beginning of the ceremony. He told them about the importance of Mary in salesian houses and how she wishes each boy to be good and holy.

Fr. Francis Fernandes the Vice Rector of the house declared the Marian Month open for the year 2014- 15.  He presented the flags to each captain. Afterwhich the captains took their pledge. The inauguration ceremony came to an end by reciting the rosary to honour Mary.  Bro. Alex Carvalho with the help of the boarders took lot of efforts to make the ceremony a meaningful one.


by Ujwala and Sarika

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 15, 2014: A drawing competition was organized in Don Bosco High school and Junior College Lonavla on July 11, 2014 in the Down Hall, to encourage and give wings to their young artists. Two hundred students participated in the event.

The students were divided into categories; Juniors, Inters and Seniors. Each category had a topic assigned to them. The Juniors Category were assigned the topic; a sketch of a potter, while the Inters had depicting a balloon seller and boys playing football as their assigned topic. The senior students had the following theme; 'Eradication of Superstitions, Environment and our Duties'. The students participated actively and in large numbers.

The judges for the competition were Mr.Vinchurkar and their very own staff member Bro. Bryce Fernandes. The Competition was well organized under the guidance of the Principal, Fr. George Carlos with the help of teaching and non-teaching staff.

Monday, July 14, 2014


by Kanchan Kakade

NERUL-MUMBAI, JULY 14, 2014: A Value Education Programme based on "Don Bosco- a Man for the Youth" was presented by the students of class V C on July 8, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their class teacher Mrs.Kanchan under the guidance of the supervisors.

The Programme began with the School Prayer followed by School Anthem. The audiences were familiarized with Don Bosco – a friend of youngsters followed by a Skit on how Don Bosco became a pal for the youth. The students performed a dance on the song 'Father of many youngsters'. The assembly programme ended with a Vote of Thanks followed by the instructions of the Principal. Students were appreciated for their performance.


by Br. Sandeep 

WADALA-MUMBAI, JULY 14, 2014: On July 5, the new leaders of Shelter Don Bosco were invested on the anticipated feast day of St. Dominic Savio. The investiture ceremony started at 9:30 a.m. with a short prayer and a prayer song. The boys were then shown a video on the life of St. Dominic Savio. Fr. Gregory D' Almeida, the Rector of Shelter Don Bosco briefed the boys about the life of Dominic Savio and also explained to the boys the objective of having the point system.

The new leaders were introduced to the gathering and the teams were allotted names by picking up lots by Fr. Jesu. The leaders and all the boys who were present took an oath. The leaders were then installed by Fr. Gregory D' Almeida and Fr. Jesu by giving of flags and the sashes. The leaders were congratulated by a loud applause from the crowd. Br. Vincent Nigrel was invited to inaugurate the score board. After the inauguration of the score board, Fr. Gregory D' Almeida was invited to start the point system by giving an equal points to each team.

Fr. Gregroy initiated the point system by giving hundred points to each team. Then, the boys were shown a video on team work. The investiture ceremony concluded with the singing of national anthem and distribution of sweets. 


by Louie Pereira

The working youth of the St. Therese Parish had an opportunity to make a wonderful retreat on, July 6, 2014 on the theme 'JOY'. It was organized by the Salmiya Parish Youth (SPY) core committee and animated by two vivacious Salesians; Fr. Clive Telles and Fr. Constantine (Tino) Fernandes from the Konkan province of India. The retreatants handed their cell phones as a sign of complete surrender. They were welcomed by the Parish Priest, Fr. Blany Pinto sdb who also thanked the core committee of SPY for organizing the retreat. It was followed by some action songs and a short guided meditation led by Fr. Tino.

Frs Clive and Tino then guided the youth as they unwrapped the gift of JOY through an understanding of JESUS, OTHERS and YOU.  In the first sessions the participants were invited to discover the "YOU" in JOY, through self-introspection and group discussions. They moved on to exploring the role of "Others" in JOY by learning how to build meaningful and loving relationships with others through role plays and group activities. Finally, they touched upon "Jesus" as the source of all JOY and told them how sin could work as a barrier in their relationship with Jesus.

At the end of the session, each participant tied a yellow ribbon on the crucifix as a sign of letting go of the past and acknowledging God's unconditional love for them. The retreat ended with Holy Mass and the famous action song 'Chada' by the Goan band–'Faith' that had been fascinating the parish since the two priests came to town. A joyful Samantha Sequeira, remarked "This retreat has provided me the
time and space for reflection. It has made us believe in ourselves", while Christopher D'souza, added "The retreat as a whole was an exuberant one and brought joy to everyone's heart."

Friday, July 11, 2014


by Mst. Mihir Vahanwala and Ms. Lynette Sequeira

BORIVLI – MUMBAI, JULY 11,2014:   The students of Don Bosco High School, Borivli, celebrated the feast of St. Dominic Savio with great zest on July 4, 2014. The occasion began on a prayerful note with Mass and a prayer service. The exceptional deeds and quotes of Dominic Savio were remembered. The boys were shown a short video clip from the life of St. Dominic Savio who always lived by the motto, 'Death rather than Sin The solemn prayer service conveyed the message that there would be temptations and peer pressure all along the way. However, a firm resolve like that of Dominic Savio, would lead one to sainthood. His determination, piety and goodwill always shone through his deeds.
Football moves, square ball throws and dodge ball dodges; were the games played by the boys of the High School and the Middle School. They enjoyed the fun-filled activities and indoor telly games to the fullest. The colourful clown
attires that were dressed by the boys themselves, added a touch of laughter to the happy occasion. With prayer and play, faith and fun, it was indeed a feast to remember. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


by Cl. Clarence Martis

LONAVLA-PUNE, JULY 9, 2014: The student leaders of Don Bosco School and Junior College were installed in the presence of the management, teachers and students on July 7, 2014 at 8.30 am in the Hall. The theme of the installation ceremony was 'Lead by Example'.

The installation ceremony began with a prayer service beseeching God's blessings on the leaders. Frs. Solomon Rapol, the Rector, George Carlos, the Principal and Mrs. Chetna, the coordinating teacher lit the lamp. The readings from the scriptures on the theme of leadership followed. The compere then enumerated the qualities of a good leader. Being the feast of St. Dominic Savio, the leadership skills of the saint was highlighted.
The School and College Captains and Vice-Captains were installed by the Principal. The leaders of the four houses – Bosco, Rua, Magone, Savio – were installed by the Rector. The Art, Cultural, Sports, Scouts, Laura Vicuna Club and Prefects were installed by the teacher's in-charge of the respective sectors. The class monitors and vice-monitors were installed by the class teachers. Each of the leaders took the oath of being of service to God and to the institution.

Fr. Solomon Rapol addressed the gathering and the leaders in particular. He put before them the leadership of St. Dominic Savio, especially the quality of obedience. He also gave them the maxim 'If you do evil, the evil remains with you; if you do good, it will come back to you in the form of blessings and graces'. He stressed on the importance of cultivating qualities of the heart – generosity, availability, love etc. Fr. George Carlos inaugurated the House System with the unveiling of the Points Board. He proposed the vote of thanks to all those who helped in making the installation ceremony memorable. The ceremony ended with the singing of the National Anthem.


by Fr. Cedrick

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 9, 2014: The Investiture Ceremony of the leaders of Don Bosco English Medium School, Savedi was held on July 7, 2014. The Rector of the institution Fr. Manuel Murzello was the Chief Guest for the ceremony. Other Salesians from the campus and parents of all leaders were present for the same. 

The Monitors, House leaders, Head Boy and Head Girl were given badges, sashes and flags of their respective houses. The ceremony was very colourful. Fr. Manuel in his speech congratulated the leaders and asked them to be responsible towards their duties.


by Lisa Dominic

NERUL-MUMBAI, JULY 9, 2014: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organized a special programme to celebrate St. Dominic Savio's Feast on July 5, 2014 in the School Assembly Hall. It was also a special day for the school community as it bestowed the governing charges to office bearers of the Student Council for the year 2014-15.

The feast day programme comprised of a skit interspersed with melodious hymns sung by the choir in honour of Saint Dominic Savio. The skit gave a glimpse of how Dominic showed his leadership qualities and a strong sense of duty during his school days. The investiture ceremony saw the Principal, Rev. Fr. Anthony Fonseca conducting the swearing-in ceremony while the Manager, Rev. Fr. Bonnie Borges conferred the ties and sashes to the members of the elite School Council. The Student Council members were elected on the basis of their leadership skills, outstanding performance in academics and other creative abilities.


by  Mst. Mihir Vahanwala and Ms. Lynette Sequeira

BORIVALI –MUMBAI, JULY 9, 2014: The Student Council members of Don Bosco High School, Borivali were installed with their symbols of authority on July 3, 2014. The Middle School Office Bearers and the High School Office Bearers were invested in two separate ceremonies. The new Principal, Rev. Fr. Donald Fernandez was also officially welcomed on the occasion.

A short prayer service, a skit on Exemplary Leaders and appropriate hymns, helped draw home the point that a Leader must always 'Lead by example' and 'Work as a Team', just like the spokes of a wheel. The captains were invested with the symbols of Leadership - their ties and epaulettes. They solemnly promised to fulfil their duties and responsibilities. The Principal, in his address, then emphasised the duty of a Leader and made the Office Bearers aware of their responsibility. 


by Mst. Mihir Vahanwala and Ms. Lynette Sequeira

BORIVLI – MUMBAI, JULY 9, 2014: The boys of the Yellow House of the Secondary Section in Don Bosco High School, Borivli, staged two wonderful assemblies on July 2, 2014. The highlight of the day was a reflection on the life of St. Dominic Savio - the young teenage boy, who desired to become a saint. Movie clips based on his life enabled the students to get a closer and personal look at the saint's life, whose exemplary qualities of virtue, faith, courage and inner strength, every young lad in a Salesian institution should aim to imitate. An interesting novel element in the High School programme was the tribute that was paid to St.Dominic Savio through a dance. 

The programmes were also focussed on the lives of two exceptional personalities - JRD Tata for the Higher Secondary and Rajendra Pachauri for the Middle School. The good qualities, leadership skills and achievements of JRD Tata were aptly illustrated through a skit, a PowerPoint presentation and a video. The students of the Middle School were inspired by Justice Pachauri's 'Go Green' Mission. They were also presented with many easy and practical tips to help them follow in his footsteps and be more concerned about the environment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


by Sujata Desai

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JULY 8, 2014: The entire school celebrated the feast of St. Dominic Savio, the boy Saint on Saturday July 5, 2014. The solemn day began with the Eucharistic celebration and the Prayer Service. The life of Dominic Savio was explained to all. Thereafter the students and staff assembled in the school gymnasium, for the Investiture ceremony.
The ceremony highlighted the role of a true leader following the footsteps of Dominic Savio. The elected Student Council officials, the four House Captains and the leaders for Scouting, R.S.P. and N.C.C. were invested with symbols of authority and leadership. The Rector, Principal, Vice Principal, Asst. Head Mistress and the Primary Head Teacher invested and then led the office bearers to take their oath. Thereafter, the teachers in charge of their respective houses adorned their Captains and Vice Captains.
Fr. Rector addressed the gathering with appropriate words. The leaders expressed their joy by singing the hymn 'Joy is the Flag Flown High'. After much applause and congratulations, the newly elected leaders and the school Captains recited a prayer and together as one big 'Don Bosco Family' sang the hymn to 'Dominic Savio – The Patron of Youth'. The school Captain proposed the vote of thanks followed by the Principal's concluding words. The School Anthem brought the solemn occasion to a close.


by Louie Pereira

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, JULY 8, 2014: The healing ministry of the parish of St Therese was launched on July 1, 2014. The inaugural session of the healing ministry of St Therese Parish began with an opening prayer and a welcome speech by the Parish Priest. John Joseph, the lead coordinator took over and welcomed the members. He provided an overview of the ministry, outlining the new mission that was envisioned.
Representatives from the various partner ministries were invited to briefly address the participants. Dr. Milania Jacob a physiotherapist from the Ministry of Health spoke about 'healing of the body', Sonu George spoke about 'healing of the mind', and two speakers Louis Dcosta representing Extraordinary Ministers of Communion Distribution (EMCDs) and Robin Lasrado from the Hospital and Prison Visitation Ministry spoke of 'healing of the soul'.

Amira Peter then facilitated a group discussion among the participants to identify potential areas of work for the nascent ministry.  Activities in the four areas of; spiritual development, personal development, fellowship and outreach were suggested by the participants. Finally, Christopher Pereira helped the group form a core team of five members that would lead the ministry forward. The inaugural session concluded with a closing prayer and blessing by Fr. Joy Marangattikala sdb, the Spiritual Director of the Ministry and also the guiding mentor of the new mission.

Friday, July 4, 2014


by Fr. Bento D'souza

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, JULY 4, 2014: The serene and idyllic settings of peace exploded with life and freedom on June 28, 2014 as the parishioners of bhingar celebrated the feast of their patron, St John the Baptist. The celebration began with a procession from the residence of the Priest to the main Church at 4.30 pm. The statue of the Infant Jesus was installed in shrine in front of the church.

The Bishop of Nashik, Rev. Lourdes Daniel celebrated the Eucharist which was animated by the parish council. He was honoured with a shawl and a coconut and the twenty concelebrants were given roses. A cultural program, showcasing the talents of the children and youth of the parish, followed.  Eight stalls were set up in the campus. Fifty religious shared an agape meal together with Frs Nelson and Bento, the steward and caretaker of the Bhingar parish. The people went home assured of the blessing of the patron St. John the Baptist.