by Br. Sebastian Kamsuan
NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, OCTOBER 16, 2014: The Catechism students of Don Bosco Nashik celebrated the Marian Day after a month-long preparation, on the theme: "Mary My Mother," on October 12, at 5:00 p.m in the Parish Animation Hall. There were forty two participants from three groups namely, Velankanni, Lourdes, and Fatima. Fr. Bastin, the Parish Priest of Don Bosco Nashik, graced the occasion and declared the Marian Day open. In his speech, he congratulated all the catechism children for taking active part in all the Marian Programmes of the month. Besides, he also exhorted all the students to cultivate a great love and devotion to Mother Mary.
Keeping the aim of the Marian Month in mind: "To know, to honour and to develop Friendship with Mary," a Marian Quiz was organized on the last day. The three groups put up their own Marian Exhibition, wherein, they adorned the statues of Mary with rosaries, flowers, cards, paintings, poems and banners. This gesture of love and honour to our Lady added much colour to the Marian Day. A month-long preparation of the Marian Day consisted of the following programmes: Rosary service, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Marian movie, Quiz, Puzzles and Games.
The first position of the Marian Month competitions was secured by Lourdes, while Fatima and Velankanni secured second and third positions respectively. "At the end of the Marian month, we have not only come closer to Mary but also to one another and have learned to work as a team." commented one of the students. The programme ended at 6:15 pm. with a hymn to Our Lady and a sumptuous tea – party.