Saturday, November 29, 2014


by Nibedita Parhi

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 29, 201 4: The value education programme of class IX-B was held on November 27, 2014 on the theme "Don Bosco Meets Street Children- Attentive to Reality". 37 out of 41 students took part in the programme, which also served as an opportunity for many first-time performers. 

In addition to a skit and a prayer dance, a presentation on the extensive social-work done by Salesian Society in India was also shown. Lastly, the students took a pledge to attempt to have a small, but positive impact on some person's life. The entire programme was conceptualized and executed by Mrs. Nibedita Parhi, the class teacher of IX-B.


by Leon Cruz Ratinam

YERWADA-PUNE, NOVEMBER 28, 2014: On November 27, 2014 the Indian Super League Trophy (ISL) came to Don Bosco School, Yerwada where it received a solemn welcome by Fr. Lorenzo, the Principal along with Fr. Anton, Fr. Briston, the various teams of the school, staff and children. Since Don Bosco Institutions promotes sports, it was befitting that the trophy came to Don Bosco School, Yerwada the only school in Pune to have this unique privilege.

The event was planned and organised by Hero Motocorp. The trophy which was designed by Frazer and Haws stands twenty-six inches tall with the logo on the trophy featuring the colours of the Indian Super League. A match was also organised on the Don Bosco School grounds between the current school team and the past-pupils. The various teams took memorable photographs alongside the ISL trophy. The entire occasion livened up the sporting spirits of the children.


by Sumitra Adhikari

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28, 2014: A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work. A value education programme on "Don Bosco - A Man of Hard Work" was presented by the students of class VIII A on November 25, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The value education programme began with the School Prayer followed by School Anthem. The audience was introduced to the theme, 'Don Bosco – A Man of Hard Work' followed by a hymn and Skit .

The students performed a dance on the song "Bring it back". This dance was a call to work tirelessly to achieve the ultimate goal of life. Thirty-six out of thirty-seven students took part in this programme. The assembly programme ended with the vote of thanks given by the class teacher, Tr. Sumitra, followed by the morning talk by Tr. Nibedita. Fr. Principal appreciated the programme. 


by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 28, 2014: 'Derek's Yippee Challenge and Sun feast Challenge' was conducted in Don Bosco Senior Secondary School on November 24, 2014 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm.The quiz master for this quiz was Mr. Shaun Warn. The quiz was conducted to assess the students on their reasoning and analytical skills, logical ability and general awareness.

Derek's Yippee Challenge was conducted for the students from classes V to VII and Derek's Sunfeast Challenge was conducted for the students from class VIII to XII. The challenge was taken up by the selected students of the above mentioned age groups. Four groups consisting of three members each competed against each other. They were asked questions based on reasoning skills, mathematical and logical ability and their general awareness. 

Overall, the quiz was conducted exceptionally well. The participants of Derek's Yippee challenge were awarded certificates and the winners were given certificates and medals. The participants of Derek's Sun feast Challenge were awarded certificates and the winners were given certificates, medals and a mug. During the interaction with the audience, the students who answered the questions thrown open to the audience were given a surprise gift.

The entire programme witnessed an enthusiastic participation from our students. Thus, Derek's Yippee Challenge and Sun feast Challenge enabled the students to get an excellent exposure to the Competitive world and prepare the students to take up further competitions and challenges confidently.

Thursday, November 27, 2014


by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 27, 2014: The Eco Club students of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul went for a nature walk around Delhi Public School Lake on November 22, 2014. The seminar was conducted by Navi Mumbai Environmental Protection Society. Dr.Pania, a horticulturalist was their guide. Ms.Seema Adgaokar, Forest Range Officer who has already planted over 2 lakhs mangrove saplings explained about the various types of mangroves like red, green, grey and black mangroves.

As they started their trail, they spotted birds like little Egret, snake neck birds, Sand Pipers, Sea gulls, Cormorant and also a few painted storks. It was a visual treat for all the students. The trail was followed by a seminar on Conservation of Mangroves and Wet Land. 'As Navi Mumbai lies 1 meter below the sea-level, the stretch of mangroves in the coastal area plays an important role in preventing the sea water from entering the low lying areas, thus preventing floods.'

The session came to an end with a pledge to save the mangroves and the felicitation of all the schools that took part in the session. This informative session had enlightened them a lot about the important role played by the mangroves. Mangroves are edible and have medicinal properties to cure indigestion and jaundice.

The leaves are used as tan (dye) which is packed with anti-oxidants. The students decided to conserve the mangroves and get involved in various eco-friendly activities beginning with informing the forest officials about the illegal activities and thus contribute to the betterment of environment.


by Christopher Xavier

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, NOVEMBER 27, 2014: The second edition of the 'Missionary Week' at Divyadaan, Nashik was celebrated from November 17–22, 2014 and organized by the Missionary Group in the community. The missionary group animates the community on the 11th of every month the day commemorating the first missionary expedition of the congregation. It also gives information about the missionary activities of the congregation through a notice board and gathers information about the missionaries from the province sharing this with the community.

 "Lord Send Me", the theme of the Salesian Mission Day 2015 highlighted the events of the entire missionary week. Fr. Robert Pen, the Rector inaugurated the Missionary Week by emphasizing the missionary dimension of each Salesian and of the whole congregation.

  Fr. Tony D'souza, a veteran Salesian missionary, gave a conference for the whole community on the scope of the missionary vocation which was the central theme of the missionary week. He enumerated various practical aspects given in the documents of the Congregation. He also shared his thoughts on the great missionary of Christianity, St. Paul.

A video on the theme "Lord Send Me" prepared by the missionary department of the congregation was screened. The video presented a lucid understanding of this special vocation in the congregation.

The missionary week was enriched with the cultural day programme organized by the Divyadaan Academic Council with the variety of cultural items of India. There was a drawing competition also conducted for the brothers. The participants came up with creative ideas on the missionary week through their artistic skills. Finally, the missionary week was concluded with the movie on the life of Bl. Stephen Sandor SDB.

The missionary week was an informative as well as inspiring experience for the clerics at Divyadaan, and the initiative of the missionary group was appreciated by all.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 26, 2014: SYM-Mumbai organized a Pilgrimage to Goa from Nov 21-26, 2014. Forty Youth accompanied by Frs. Cleophas Braganza, McEnroe Lopez and Glenford Lowe took part in this unique '17th Public Decennial Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St. Francis Xavier' at the Se Cathedral – Old Goa. The four-day SYM pilgrimage focused on three important dimensions: Deepening our Christian Faith, Connecting with Salesian Missions and Knowing the Goan Culture. 

Preparations for this pilgrimage began over a year ago. In spite of booking our tickets, two months well in advance, we had to be satisfied with RAC confirmations. The accommodation at Don Bosco Youth Animation Centre – Benaulim, Goa was a welcome place to rest after each hectic day. The organizing committee consisting of Fr. Cleophas, Mr. Llyod Nunes, Ms. Bibiana Esteibero, Ms. Alma Odil and Ms. Pearl D'souza ensured that the pilgrimage revolved around our three dimensions. A well designed and informative pilgrimage booklet enabled all to keep to the busy schedule.

We had the privilege of visiting the holy sites of all three saints of Goa: Francis Xavier, Agnel D'Souza and Jose Vaz. The beautiful light and sound programs at the Big Foot and the Cathedral, the creative and colourful exhibitions at Pilar Missionary Seminary and the Cathedral, the prayerful pilgrims and the many volunteers and police force gave a professional look to the entire place. The many young scouts and guides pushing wheelchairs was a very touching sight too.

We were fortunate to have celebrated mass at the Pilar Mission Seminary and also at the Adoration Chapel in the Cathedral. Every journey to a holy site was preceded by prayer, recitation of rosaries and singing of sacred hymns. The visit to the Miraculous Cross at Bambolim was unique in itself. The pilgrimage also offered the young SYM the opportunity to get connected with the Salesian missions in the Province of Goa.

We visited the famous Don Bosco complex at Panjim, the serene landscape of Provincial House Odxel, spent joyful moments with the young kids at the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan at Paliem, journeyed up the mount in prayerful litany to celebrate mass in honour of Mary of Sulcorna, walked through the state of the art Engineering College at Fatorda and finally the beautiful educative complex at Don Bosco Quepem. At every place we were welcomed with true Salesian joy and warm hospitality.  "Don Bosco in Goa is a miracle itself. Our Blessed Mother is behind it all", exclaimed a pilgrim.

The many moments of bonding, games along the sea shore, climbing the ancient Aguada Fort, driving through scenic Goa, the creative evenings and sumptuous meals added laughter and fun to the entire pilgrimage. One of the pilgrims best summed it all with these words, "These were the best ever five days of my life". "Now I know that faith can really move mountains", commented another.

We owe a debt of gratitude to God for a safe pilgrimage, the many sponsors, the community of Don Bosco Animation Centre – Benaulim, the transport agency and the core committee for making this SYM Pilgrimage a fruitful and meaningful one. May the holiness of these saints challenge us all to be holy and to spread the gospel of Jesus as we pilgrim through this world.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


by Br. Ryan Lobo

JHABUA-MADHYA PRADESH, NOVEMBER 25, 2014:  On November 16, 2014 the boys of the Don Bosco Jyoti Bhavan hostel, Jhabua belonging to 'Balak Yesu Sangh' from standard 6th-8th went to Meghnagar participated in the Inter-Parish Football Tournament. It was organized by Fr. Sonu Vasuniya, the Youth Director of the Diocese of Jhabua along with Sr. Kiran who organized similar events for the girls of the Diocese.

The community of Jhabua was very grateful to the organizers for being so thoughtful and encouraging the youth of the Diocese through events which included prayer, games, skills and career guidance, becoming instruments of God for bringing the young closer to Him.

After a lot of hardwork, team work, dedication, and planning they won the first place in the Diocese for Under 12 Football Tournament. Fr. Pratap Damor, in charge of the youth group and the 'Balak Yesu Sangh', was a source of encouragement to the boys of the hostel. The boys were grateful to Fr. Royal for giving them this opportunity, to Fr. Pratap for being their constant support, to Fr. Sonu Vasuniya, for accepting their team and to Sr. Kiran for coordinating this event with the help of Fr. Sonu. 


by Vikram Damor sdb

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, NOVEMBER 25, 2014: The communities of Divyadaan and Salesian Training Institute organized the annual Oratory cricket tournament on November 23, 2014. Ten teams from various parts of Nashik participated in the tournament. The teams were made up of young people who frequented the various oratory centres every Sunday. The purpose of the event - coming has it does during the Bicentenary year of the Birth of Don Bosco - was to convey the values of Christ and enable the young to live as good citizens. Colourful display panels on the ground were used to present the life and mission of Don Bosco.

The event commenced at 8:30 in the morning with a prayer service. Quoting St John Bosco, Fr. Robert Pen, the Rector of Divyadaan, invited the participants to enjoy themselves in everything as long as they keep in mind avoidance of sin. He also spoke about the purpose of conducting such tournaments.

A lot of energy and enthusiasm was exhibited from all the teams in the matches that followed. The initial part of the tournament was played in a league with the top four teams going into the semi-finals. At 3:10 p.m., the field was set for the long awaited final match. Godavari II defeated Japtapwadi II by eight wickets and were crowned worthy winners of the tournament.
Fr. Allwyn K., Social Service Director of the diocese of Nashik was the chief guest for the finals and gave away the prizes to the winning team. He appreciated the Salesians for their efforts to provide various opportunities to the youth who are the future of our country. Awards were given to the winners, the runners-up and the best batsman and best bowler.

The youth expressed joy and satisfaction in being part of this well-organized venture for it gave them an opportunity to place on display their cricketing talent. It was indeed an occasion for the young people of various centres to meet new people as well as to play together as a team. 

Monday, November 24, 2014


by Tr. Archana Rao

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 24, 2014: 'Value education programme is simply a matter of developing appropriate behavior and habits involving inculcation of certain virtues and habits. A flower is that part of a plant that is often brightly colored, that usually lasts a short time and develops seed or fruit. The flower is God's finest workmanship in the world. It is his finest gift to the mankind.  Flowers spread joy and beauty around the world. Some flowers like roses are very beneficial for our health.'

A value education programme on 'Flowers' was presented on November 20, 2014, in the ground floor assembly hall. It was organized by Tr. Archana Rao, the class teacher of Pre Preparatory-A. A total of thirty four students participated in the dance, skit and ramp walk. The programme focused on spreading awareness about the fact that 'Greed brings grief.'

The primary objective of the programme was to instill the value, not to be greedy and to be accountable for any demands. Apart from the above mentioned value, various flowers in the flower show symbolized several values such as: ASTER- SYMBOL OF TRUST AND GRATITUDE, ROSE-SYMBOL OF LOVE, LILY- SYMBOL OF HAPPINESS, DAISY- SYMBOL OF BEAUTY AND COMPASSION, JASMINE-SYMBOL OF GRACE, MARIGOLD –SYMBOL OF PATIENCE, SUNFLOWER- SYMBOL OFSTRENGTH AND ADORATION, LOTUS- SYMBOL OF PURITY.

The flower show was introduced in the value education programme and was appreciated by both teachers and parents. Students gained confidence and there was a remarkable progress in their communication skills. Fr. Principal, Fr. Manager and Supervisor ma'am admired and appreciated the programme.

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by BIS Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 24, 2014: The entire secondary section of the school, from classes V to X celebrated the joy of the written word on November 21, 2014. The day was set aside to initiate our students into the practice of reading, a habit we relentlessly strive to inculcate in our students. The students brought along a book each in the three languages, English, Hindi and Marathi. The boys were encouraged by their teachers to read the same in class as part of devoted reading time.

Prior to this, the students pledged to read books and viewed a power point presentation on the school library, a few writing stalwarts and how to critically evaluate a book. Age-appropriate books were made available through a book exhibition. It was encouraging to see quite a few parents who spent the entire day helping the students with their reading and even reading out aloud to them. The latter part of the day was devoted to putting pen to paper. The boys described what they had read and their sentiments at the end of the reading exercise.

As part of reading appreciation, we also organized an interaction with Mr. Sudeep Nagarkar, author of four novels, 'Few Things Left Unsaid,'
That's The Way We Met,' 'It Started With A Friend Request' and 'Sorry You're Not My Type.' Mr. Nagarkar, a 'Youth Achiever's Award' winner in 2013 for being one of the youngest bestsellers in India and a motivational speaker, encouraged the students to cultivate the reading habit, citing reasons for the same.

Mr. Nagarkar stressed the importance of reading in order to increase one's exposure and build self-confidence, to increase the attention span and in order to write creatively in an interesting manner. Students were enthusiastic and responded positively when asked as to whether they had found the day a fruitful one and promised to try and engage themselves in reading.

Saturday, November 22, 2014


by  Arvind Minj

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, NOVEMBER 22, 2014: 'Every person belongs to a particular culture with its own speciality and uniqueness.' Appreciating this rich variety, the community of Divyadaan Salesian Institute of Philosophy organized a cultural evening on November 19, 2014. The event served to give exposure to the very many cultures that constituted and enriched the community of Divyadaan.

 In his introductory words Fr. Felix Fernandes, the Principal, acknowledged the multi-cultural aspect of the institute. He stressed upon the need to be open to and appreciate the cultures of other persons around us. The event helped to bring to light the fact that culture played a very vital role in human life. With a fusion of dance, song and power-point presentations, the students exhibited the varied cultures they share in: Konkani, Khasi, Marathi, Gujarati, Koli, Oraon, Tamil and Bhil. Timely explanations enabled the audience to look deep into the symbolic meaning behind each cultural representation. 

During the programme, quoting Fr Ashley Miranda, Cleric Romanus Barwa rightly said "Culture plays a very important role in human life. You listen to one's culture and you respect him, you laugh at his culture and you cause him grief, you celebrate his culture with him and you become his brother, you take away his culture and you reduce him to a nobody, you change his culture and you change him forever."
The event provided fresh impetus to love and respect each other's cultural wealth. More importantly, it was a moment to consider one's own cultural identity and to be proud of it. 


by DB Alumni Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 22, 2014: Don Bosco Alumni Indian National Federation began its 3-day annual National Council Meeting 2014 at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga, Mumbai, India on November 21, 2014.

The inaugural Session was blessed by the presence of Rev. Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the Vice Provincial of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Mumbai Province. This edition of the meeting of the highest decision-making body of the Past Pupils of institutes of the Salesians in India is attended by members from all the10 constituent Provincial Federations, namely, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad,  Kolkata, Mumbai, Panjim and Tiruchy.

'The 3-day NCM 2014 is more significant as many major issues will be deliberated and resolutions taken particularly on matters pertaining to the National celebrations of the bi-centenary of the birth of Don Bosco, their Father and Mentor.'

Friday, November 21, 2014


by Rivita Padghan

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 21, 2014: The value education programme on "Don Bosco's meeting with Michael   Magone was presented by the students of class II –D   on November 18, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul.

The students were trained by their class teacher, Mrs  Rivita  under the guidance of the supervisors. The programme began with the school prayer followed by school anthem. The audiences were made familiar with the way Don Bosco helped street children through a skit. 

The students performed a dance on the song titled. 'Taare zameen par' and also delivered quotes. The assembly programme ended with a vote of thanks followed by the, noon talk by Tr. Kanchan and the instructions given by the Principal. Students were appreciated for their performance.


by Jarek Budny sdb, Romero D' souza sdb and David Elweu M.Afr

JERUSALEM-ISRAEL, NOVEMBER 21, 2014:  On the occasion of its Annual Day, DIES ACADEMICUS, November 20, 2014, the Jerusalem Campus of the Salesian Pontifical University (STS) hosted His Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry, Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church, who delivered a Lectio Magistralis on THE IMPORTANCE OF THE UNITY OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND THE ROLE OF INDIVIDUAL (SUI IURIS) CHURCHES WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

The words of welcome were given by the Rector of the Salesian Monastery Ratisbonne, Rev. Fr Andrew Wong after which the choir of the STS sang "Dona Nobis Pacem." The Apostolic Delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, His Excellency Most Rev. Giuseppe Lazzaroto, then proposed the "way of Gaudium et Spes - the common good of humanity." The principal of the STS, Rev. Fr Biju Michael, introduced the Guests of honour - His Excellency Most Rev. Giuseppe Lazzarotto, His Lordship Most Rev. William H. Shomali, His Lordship Most Rev. Giancinto-Boulos Marcuzzo, His Lordship Most Rev. Joseph Jules Zerey, His Lordship Most Rev. Grégoire Boutros Melki, and in a special way his Beatitude George Cardinal Alencherry, who then took stage.

 In his introductory remarks, he underlined the appropriate timing of the day's lecture, "... today's lecture is quite well timed particularly because this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium of Vatican II and the Decrees Orientalium Ecclesiarum and Unitatis Redintegratio. These three documents were promulgated on November 21, 1964 and this conference takes place here today on the 20th of November 2014 just one day before the semi centennial jubilee of that historic event." He began by quoting Pope Francis while speaking on the unity and holiness of the Church and stressed the need to live as a community centered on Christ; he proposed a theoretical as well as practical ecumenism based on the above three documents.
Later in his lecture, the Cardinal insistently stated that the unity of Christians would only be possible if there was a change of heart (an interior conversion) enlightened by faith, guided by prayer and an openness to live in fraternal harmony. Unity though, he said, is not uniformity, giving the example of his own Church. "The Syro-Malabar Church or the Church of St. Thomas Christians of India is as old as Christianity itself in the Indian soil." The Cardinal acknowledged that there are slight differences in liturgical practices between the Syro-Malabar Church and the Latin Church yet, he said, the two have never broken communion.

Then, referring to the unity between the 23 Catholic Churches of the East and West that have kept intact the faith received from the Apostles, His Beatitude quoted Pope St. John Paul II to stress the need for unity, "The Church must learn to breathe again with its two lungs: its Eastern one and its Western one."  He then highlighted the most important aspects of the following themes, which are indisputably crucial for dialogue between Christian churches: the Church is a Communion of Churches; Individual (sui iuris) Churches and Rites; Canonical Definition of Church sui iuris and Rite; the Prayer of Jesus-the Heart of Our Unity; Gift of God - Not the fruit of a Treaty; the Eucharist and Unity; the Role of Eastern Catholic Churches (sui iuris) in the Path towards Church Unity, and Collaboration in the Field of Evangelization and Pastoral Care.

In his concluding remarks, His Beatitude made a call to unity, one that encompasses all the Christian Churches: "We all irrespective of easterners or westerners, Catholics or non-Catholics should be seriously concerned about the current cultural and social trends that are leading to a progressive de-Christianization and secularization everywhere, particularly of Europe. If we do not stand together and act accordingly, the evangelization process will deteriorate and the primary mission, which Christ entrusted us will not bear fruit. We always and everywhere have to affirm our commitment to work for Christian unity, as desired by Christ."

Then he called the keen attention of the audience "to the plight of Christians living here in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria and other religious and ethnic minorities who are suffering because of the violence raging across the region, which must certainly be an important subject of our reflection and prayer." In the context of this humanitarian catastrophe, the Cardinal added, "I feel that the world conscience is not fully awake to the gravity of the situation. Therefore it is high time that the international community intervene with concrete and effective plans to establish peace, promote freedom of religion and consciousness and eradicate religious fundamentalism, which has gone to the extreme level of violating human rights."

The lectio magistralis was followed by a time of dialogue on the topic with his Beatitude. Some pertinent questions were raised to which Cardinal George responded in a very friendly and realistic manner. This was followed by the release of the book Tu Giovanni written by  Rev. Fr Joan Vernet, the Professor of Biblical History and Archeology. The new edition in Arabic of the Liturgical Hymns published by the Patriarchate was also presented to the audience. The event concluded with the melodious singing of "On Eagle's Wings" by the STS choir.

Thursday, November 20, 2014


by BIS Correspondent

MATUNGA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 20, 2014: On November 14, 2014 the Don Bosco High School, Matunga took the opportunity to take our Honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi's 'Bal Swachhata Abhiyan Week' forward. Students enjoyed a variety entertainment programme put up by their teachers.

Rev. Fr. Rector put the day into perspective, beginning with the importance of children's day, celebrated in honour of our first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru whose 125th birth anniversary is being celebrated this year. Fr. Rector reminded the children that very few enjoyed the privileges that students often took for granted, and that responsibility towards society went along with the same.

Rev. Fr. Principal addressed the children about the 'Bal Swachhata Abhiyan Week' with its 3-pronged focus- Cleanliness, Nutrition and Personal Hygiene. Rev. Fr. Principal, urged the children to be instruments of the change they wished to see. The entire gathering pledged to keep up sustained efforts to keep the surroundings clean. The students along with their teachers then took to wielding brooms and other cleaning paraphernalia to clean up the school premises and the vicinity.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


by Shadab Barday

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: 'A day of laughter, a day of fun, a day of being innocent' – Children's Day was celebrated with great fervour on November 14, 2014 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students indulged themselves in the several games that were put up by the teachers.

They were also given several coupons to serve their taste buds with chat, gola, kulfi etc. There was one free gift coupon offered to each student irrespective of winning any game or not. To add to the fun of the celebration, the clouds poured in rains of happiness, fun and chaos altogether. The game stalls closed and the eatables were immediately set up under the shade. Even though the programme went for a toss, the excitement of the students kept the celebration alive till the end. 'All is well that ends well!'


by Cl. Sandeep Parmar

WADALA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: On November 14, Shelter Don Bosco had a triple celebration of Children's day, YaR day and Monthly Mela day. The theme for this celebration was: "Children have The RIGHT to be HEARD".  Advocate Murugan Seelan who is CWC member for the city of Mumbai was the chief guest for the programme. The programme began at 8:00 a.m. with the registration and breakfast for the outreach boys.

The boys were shown an episode on TV from Satyamev Jayte at 10:00 a.m. Later, the programME for the day was initiated with prayers and lighting of the lamp by different boys. The theme of the day was explained by the Rector of Shelter Don Bosco. A power point presentation on 'Education and Child Labour' was done by Mr. Eustace and ,Datta featuring the plight of children in different situations. The special highlight of the day was the skit put up by Roshani Theater Group on the theme of child labour. It was well appreciated by the boys.

 Later, the boys were introduced to the Clean Mumbai movement and were asked to write a message on Cleanliness on the chart paper. It was well coordinated by the students of St. Andrews, Bandra. Post Lunch, there was a game of housie for the boys followed by talent competition. Jeevandhara, an NGO, put up their stall inviting outreach boys for their de-addiction programme at Titwala.

Around six boys volunteered to come the same evening for the rehabilitation programme. The programme ended with a vote of thanks delivered by Fr. Jesu, thanking all the staff and students of St. Andrews, who volunteered for this noble cause.


by Cl. Evangelo D'souza SDB

BHINGAR-AHMEDNAGAR, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: The youth group of Bhingar organized Children's Day for the catechism children from 9.30 to 11.30 a.m. on November 16, 2014. The programme commenced with a Vocation Talk given to the children. An action song- 'Yeshu jaisa koi nahin' was taken to enliven the kids and to bring joy and cheer in their hearts. It brought an ambience of vibrancy. The children's day was celebrated to help the children enjoy themselves on this their special day and also help them to know more about Jesus.

The children actively participated in the quiz. There was an atmosphere of great excitement during the puzzles. One could see the kids actively participating and getting more familiar with the Bible. The party games conducted during the programme helped the children be themselves. Br. Justus invited each child to think and ponder on being more zealous to know more about Jesus.

He also told them that the programme was conducted to help them realize the importance of knowing Jesus more. Fr. Bento thanked the youth group for making the day special for the children of the parish. He also invited each child to think about their life and their career. 'Kudos to the youth of Bhingar!!!'


by Cl. Nathaneal George

WADALA-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: On November 16, 2014 the Mamma Margaret Association (bringing together the parents of the Salesians residing in Mumbai city and suburbs) had its annual get-together at Our Lady of Dolours' Parish Wadala, Mumbai. This annual occasion was a splendid opportunity for the parents to acquaint themselves with one another and with the Salesians of the province; to meet old friends and catch up on various things.

The celebration began at 11:00 a.m. with the Eucharist which was presided over by their well-known octogenarian Fr. Salvador D'Souza whose birthday it was. Other Salesian priests from the nearby communities joined in as concelebrants. The homilist, Fr. Matthew Coutinho, emphasized on the virtues of generosity and commitment in family life. The mass was followed by a short video presentation, enlightening the parents on the various youth activities being conducted by the Mumbai province.

Fr. Godfrey D'sa, the Rector welcomed one and all and then introduced the birthday boy. In his little speech, Fr. Salvador spoke of his secret to a happy life: forgiveness which was received with many nods of affirmation. After the cutting of the cake the gathering felicitated Fr. Salvador. Roney Gomes and his wife Mylene then took the gathering down memory lane as they played and sang the golden oldies and mesmerized everyone with their wonderful music. The music was interspersed with some amusing games conducted by Cls. Nathaneal and Avil.

These were moments of interaction, of fun and familiarity. The parents had a wonderful afternoon followed by a scrumptious lunch. The final attraction was the 'housie' which had everyone on edge secretly hoping to bag one of the lovely prizes. Much of the programme was coordinated by Fr. Vivian D'Souza, the SalFam delegate of the province, and the host community of Our Lady of Dolours Church which spared no efforts to ensure the smooth running of the event.

The programme ended with the vote of thanks proposed by Fr. Matthew Coutinho, who recommended the Salesians of the province to the prayers and intercession of the parents. All departed with a feeling of satisfaction and joy after seeking the Lord's blessings and pledging to be closely united in the mission.


by Leon Rodriques, sdb

PUNE-MAHARASHTRA, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: To create a conscious child, who is the future of a better world, the MCJ sisters along with the Salesians of Don Bosco and the Jesus Youth organized a day long Bal Mela for the children from four bastis on the theme – 'Save Water' on November 16, 2014. 

'Our environment is under constant threat. We human beings have corrupted the earth and drained out her resources. We have mutilated life and have created a scarcity that has affected all walks of life. We have polluted the air, the land and made the source of life water impure.' The Mela began at the MCJ residence as the children from four bastis viz., Gadge Maharaj basti, Kawadewadi basti, Madari basti, Darodemala basti and marched in unison shouting slogans to save water. As the children reached the gates of the venue they were handed breakfast packets. 

At around 10:30 a.m. the Jesus Youth along with the youth from the parishes of Pune organized a 'craft' session for the children. The children learnt to make paper flowers and beautifully decorated plates. Lunch was served at mid-day, after which the children participated in the fete games organized by the brothers. After an enthralling hour of fun and competition, the children were entertained through a puppet show. The chief guest, Mrs. Vinita Wagaskar, the local corporator arrived later amidst funfare and drama. She was welcome along with her family members. 

As the children left the venue, they were handed a water bottle and a cup of ice cream. The children of the bastis had a thrilling experience. Moreover, the event imprinted on their young minds the importance of water and the need to save it.


by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, NOVEMBER 19, 2104: On November 10, 2014 the student leaders present for the Enlightened Leadership Camp focus on giving their best in whatever they did for the country. At the outset of session, a powerful movie on Bhagat Singh was televised to the students. The movie highlighted the patriotic fervor of Bhagat Singh not just as an adult but also as a child. 'He was commited to the cause of fighting the British and gain freedom for the country.

'He took active part in Non – Cooperation and Boycott Movement. Bhagat Singh was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi. In truth he made a 'choice' not to be playful and childish but joined in saving the nation from slavery. He didn't understand the vision of Mahatma Gandhi when Gandhiji withdrew the Non – Cooperation Movement due to 'Chauri Chaura.' Thus, Bhagat Singh went on a new path to bring the British to the knowledge of India's freedom. 

He didn't wish but willed and hence he had great mental and moral strength to fight the difficulties in jail. He fasted for 55 days until the jail didn't provides good facilities to Indian prisoners. All the people began to support and express solidarity in favor of Bhagat Singh. He decided to be in jail and face difficulties for the sake of the nation. Bhagat Singh, Sukdev and Rajguru expressed complete joy and happiness in dying for the country.' 

The sixth day of the training was geared in strengthening the young students to become moral commandos who could save the country from the enemies within. The animator cited the example of the 26/11 terrorist attack in Mumbai where the commandos fought against the terrorists for long 28 hours without food and rest. 'How did they manage to do that with a tremendous physical and mental strength? How was that possible for them?' She explained that it was tough training that made a difference.

A movie titled 'Prahar' was shown to the students to increase the a sense of patriotism and belongingness to the country and to protect it from inner enemies, rowdies, corrupt police officers and civil authorities who are hand in cloves with many politicians. 'What is difficult being a commando or a moral commando? Being a moral commando requires intense energy to be alert for 24 hours wherein one has to be ready for any predicament.

'In the movie, Major Chauhan is a commando trainer. After the death of Peter one of his trainee, he becomes a moral commando who induces respect, shuns looters and fights against ragamuffins and gundas who took his life. The training which Major had received transferred to his whole life. During the training, Peter realizes the power within him after a sharp remark by the Major for his cowardice to go home. Peter gets new strength to actively participate in every part of training. We should realize that menial answers come from menial attitudes. Immediately in a rescue operation Peter loses his legs and when he returns home he argues and fights against those who take vasooli from his father. The people don't support the Major who tries to take action. Yet he decides to go on as a moral commando with the people who would never support him until they see him in action.' 

'Those who practice self-discipline will rule the world with enormous wisdom gained from their training. The desire to be totally dedicated to save the world and to be a person who implies all the training received from home, schools and religions makes a moral commando who is fully committed to his vision to save the country and the world.'


by Fr. Paul Antao

WALUJ-AURANGABAD, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: "Let's Get Educated and Build our Lives" was the theme of the first Baldivas or Children's Day held at Dahegaon Bangla by BGVK – Waluj, Aurangabad on November 16, 2014. Over 200 students (Std I - Std IV) who participated in the Village Education Project (VEP) effective in ten villages in Gangapur taluka, Aurangabad assembled in the community hall at Dahegaon Bangla. 

Mr. Avinash Mulekar, Manager of Bank of Maharashtra graced the event along with his wife and impressed upon the children and the tuition teachers the importance of education.  His personal testimony about his humble origins and the devotion of his parents to the idea of getting the children educated in the face of hardships made his simple and short speech efficacious.

Seven village heads (sarpanch) graced the dais and reassured the village children and the management of BGVK of their support to the salesians and their interventions in their villages. Group games, fete games, fellowship meal and a beautiful cultural programme put together by the ten VEP tuition teachers made the day truly a memorable one for the children.


by Cl. Sunil Pinto

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: The two day Soccer fiesta entitled Savion Corporate Charity Tournament which was held on the Astro Turf at Dominic Savio High School came to close on Sunday, November 16, 2014. After some fiery football action between 28 corporate teams, it was team HDFC and INDIGO, the champions of the first season of the tournament that locked horns in the finals. In a nail biting finish, team HDFC emerged victorious and lifted the coveted trophy along with a cash prize.

Mr. Ajit Joshi, CEO of Croma India was the guest of honour, who in his speech to the audience pledged to support the cause of this tournament and encouraged the players and children with his motivational words.This tournament was conceptualized and orchestrated by the administrator of Dominic Savio High School and Boys home, Fr. Edwin Colaco SDB, who wished to raise funds for the boarding in the campus that housed boys from broken families, orphans and semi-orphans most of whom were financially weak.

This institution also provides evening classes to over two hundred slum children from the neighbourhood. The proceeds from this tournament would be utilized for the educational activities of the boarders and the children who attend the evening study- classes.The idea was to rope corporates to support this cause through sports. Hence this tournament was launched the previuos year under the project entitled: 'Sports for Education'. After tasting sweet success with the first season of the tournament, the second season was scheduled this year on November 15-16.

Celebrities like Mrs. Vidya Malavde of the Chak De India! movie franchise, ace Bollywood actors Mr. Akshay Kumar and Boman Irani added zing to the tournament with their presence and encouraged the children and players with their presence. "This tournament wouldn't have possible if not for the generosity of our benefactors and sponsors. When people see that our cause is genuine I guess everyone steps forward to lend a helping hand", said Fr. Edwin at the close of the tournament.


by Cl. Sunil Pinto

ANDHERI-MUMBAI- NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Soccer fever gripped the campus of Dominic Savio High School, Andheri where the second season of the Savion Corporate Charity Tournament kick started on November 15, 2014. This Football tournament which would span over the next two days was inaugurated by lead actress of the Bollywood film Chak De India! Mrs. Vidya Malvade.

"The purpose of this tournament was to garner financial support for the education of the boarders most of whom are orphans and children of the neighbouring slums, who attend evening classes regularly in the campus", said Fr. Crispino D'souza, Director and Principal of Dominic Savio High School in his address.

The Synthetic Astro Turf in the Campus was the battle field for twenty-eight corporate teams spread across the city of Mumbai who vied with each other in the league matches of this tournament. Ace Bollywood actor and Don Bosco alumni, Mr. Akshay Kumar, made a special appearance during the day and almost kicked up a storm with his presence.

In his message to the children of the boarding and evening study classes, he encouraged them to study and work hard in order to pave way for a brighter future. Celebration marked the tone of the ambience. While some teams were knocked out in the initial stages, the remaining teams geared up for more Football action on Novenber 16, 2014.


by Tr. Monika Dantas        

NERUL-MUMBAI, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Dominic Savio Kindergarten, Nerul celebrated Children's Day on November 14, 2014 in the assembly hall. Children's Day commemorates the birth anniversary of India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru; an apostle of peace and great appreciator of children. The children came in party wear and were very excited. All the Pre-Primary teachers made the day special by singing a song and dancing for the children. The preparatory students also put up a dance. Snacks and gifts were distributed in the class room.

The objective behind celebrating 'Children's Day' was to make the children feel special and loved. It also aimed at bringing the children to appreciate the contribution of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for the welfare of future generation. Teachers felt it was a very interesting way of celebrating the event. All the children along with the parents enjoyed the programme. It was a fun-filled day for the students and teachers. Fr. Principal appreciated the programme.


by Cl. Sachin Tribhuvan SDB

SNEHALAYA-GUJARAT, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: On November 14, 2014 Don Bosco Snehalaya, Baroda celebrated 'Bal Mela Day.' The day began with a prayer service. Children, staff members and the management were present for the same. With the best wishes of the Director of Snehalya, the animators began the celebrations.  The theme for the 'Bal Mela Day' was "Heal the World."

It was mainly organized for the poor and marginalized children. The children from different slums and railway platforms of Vadodara were present. There were about 1,132 children who participated in this programme. At 10:00 a.m., the game stalls were opened which went on till 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.  There were 24 game stalls. The children enjoyed the programme. Volunteers from different NGO's and Colleges help the animators to conduct the programme. At 1:00 p.m., the children were served lunch after which, the floor was open to the children to showcase their unique talents. At 3:00 p.m., the DJ and the magic show were put up by professionals. At 4:30 p.m., children were given snacks and were fresh for the evening's cultural programme.

The cultural programme began at 6:00 p.m. by invoking the presence of God. The Director of Snehalaya Fr. George Miranda sdb along with the chief guest Mrs. Megha Tewar and the student's representatives from Snehalaya Ravi and Bishes lighted the lamp. Fr. George welcomed the gathering and gave a beautiful message on the theme "Heal the World". The students of Snehalaya put up three contemporary dances and a skit based on the street children. 

On the eve of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's Birthday, the Management of Snehalaya gave the special awards to the children who lived their lives as good human beings. Rua team stood first in Snehalaya. They were given t-shirts and pants as a gift. The captain of Rua team, Ajay Mali was awarded 'The Best Captain' of Don Bosco Snehalaya award. The chief guest then gave a short message. She urged everyone to be loving and caring just like Pandit Jawaharla Nehru. At the end of the programme, Sir Francis Dodia thanked everyone, after which the National Anthem was sung. The assembly then partook of a sumptuous dinner.


by  Vrushali and Sarika

LONAVLA-PUNE, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: Children's day was celebrated at Don Bosco Lonavla on November 14, 2014. The students were allowed to wear colour dresses. It was held in two sessions V-X and XI and XII. For XI and XII standard students, the session started with prayer service at 9.30 a.m. followed by inter-house dance competition. Br. Bryce Fernandes and Mr. Abhijeet Kadu judged the competition. The students performed their best. This was followed by the Animal and Bird show at 11.00 a.m. Fr. Solomon Rapol, the Rector, thanked the many people who made this day possible.

For the students of standards V-X, various games were arranged like football-cricket, Box-cricket, American Flag, Dodge ball, Square ball, etc. These games began at 10.30 a.m and went up to 12.00 noon. The games were followed by the Animal and Bird show.

The programme was organized by Mrs. Pournima and Mrs. Swati under the guidance of the Principal, Fr. George Carlos.
The Apostolic boys and Aspirants enjoyed an evening of animated games conducted by the brothers. The Children's Day celebration for the Aspirantate came to a close with the screening of a movie.


by  Swithin Moraes

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, NOVEMBER 19, 2014: The community of Divyadaan, Nashik celebrated Community Day 2014 on November 13, 2014. The three days preceding the event were a time of preparation with animated meditations, evening prayers, special matches and games. The theme of the celebration was: "We are therefore I am" and a community anthem was composed to celebrate the event by Cl. Dominic Ralte amalgamating seventeen languages spoken by the members of the community who hail from different parts of our culturally diverse nation - India. 

The day began in the presence of the Lord reflecting on the meaning of community, during which everyone was invited to share their personal experience of community living in Divyadaan and also to share the positive qualities of the confreres of the community. Various fun-filled activities during the day added colour to the feast.  The afternoon was marked with an hour of community sharing where the confreres recalled various humorous events from the past.  

The solemn Eucharistic celebration in the evening was a moment of deep communion in the presence of the Lord. Fr. Robert Pen, the Rector, while sharing his reflections on the theme, spoke on the importance of each person in the community. Using key lines from the community anthem he highlighted "one call, one mission, and one heart" – the essential ingredients that hold the community together. He invited every member of the community to see his life as a rose plant and exhorted all to water these delicate plants with sincere love and fraternal assistance helping all to bloom in the community.

The day concluded with a community get-together and solemn dinner. Games and dancing, skits and singing added zest to the gathering. The celebration of the community day enabled every member to realize that it was the bond of love that strengthened them in living their vocation with commitment. 'The community day maybe over but the task of building the fraternal and loving spirit that helps our vocational journey goes on.' 

Friday, November 14, 2014


by Fr. Paul Antao

WALUJ-AHMEDNAGAR, NOVEMBER, 14, 2014: With an objective of helping and improving the condition of the poor and needy farmers of Gangapur Taluka, BGVK–Waluj (Aurangabad) conducted the first round of 'SEEDS DISTRIBUTION PROGRAMME' on November 13, 2014. 

Each of the 25  farmers were glad to receive a 10 kilograms bag, of high quality 'harbhara seeds', a cash crop much in demand in the Marathwada region.  The farmers thanked the institution for this act of generosity and for standing by them once again against the backdrop of poor and erratic rains in the region.  Each of the present beneficiaries also resolved, to return the favour after the harvest, so that more farmers in the future may benefit from such a gesture.