Friday, January 30, 2015


by Fr. Dominic Lisboa

NAGPUR-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 29, 2015: The process for the Beatification and Canonization of 'The Servant of God'- Sr. Marie Gertrude Gros, the Co-foundress of Salesian Missionaries of Mary Immaculate began on January 25, 2015 in the Archdiocese of Nagpur. 

Having received the rescript and instructions from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints for the Canonical Recognition of the Mortal Remains of the Servant of God, the procedure began at 8.00 a.m. under the inspection of Archbishop Abraham, Mother Superior, counsellors, canonization team of Nagpur, doctors, civil authorities and police officials.

The mortal remains were exposed to the faithful at 5.00 p.m. All the faithful were allowed to have a look and see the grave and the mortal remains of the servant of God – Sr. Marie Gertrude Gros. She was buried in Immaculate Convent Chapel, Nagpur on March 22, 1905.


by Nibedita Parhi

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 29, 2015: A Farewell programme was organised by class IX students to bid adieu to the outgoing students of classes X and XII on January 24, under the guidance of Tr. Cleona, Tr. Nibedita, Tr. Dnyaneshwar and Tr. Shailesh.

The programme began with a grand entry of guests and outgoing students followed by a prayer service and scripture reading. A short skit was staged which highlighted the value of gratitude. The students of class X expressed their feelings through a melodious song. Fr. Bonnie Borges and Fr. Anthony Fonseca blessed the outgoing students and wished them great success in the days ahead.

School leaving oath was taken by the outgoing students of class XII which was followed by a spectacular dance performance by the students of class IX. The outgoing students presented mementos in gratification to the school. The programme ended with the distribution of gifts to the outgoing students and a sumptuous lunch.


by Sarika More

LONAVLA-PUNE, JANUARY 29, 2015: On January 26, 2015 Don Bosco, Lonavla celebrated the 66th Republic Day. The Chief Guest for the programme was Fr. Solomon Rapol (The Rector).The programme began with the hoisting of the tricolor by the Chief Guest followed by speeches in English and Hindi.

Students also performed a patriotic song under the guidance of Fr. George Carlos and Bro. Bryce. The items were well rehearsed. The Chief Guest expressed his views and gave a beautiful message through his speech. Fr. George Carlos (The Principal) gave the vote of thanks and concluded the programme.


by Jeswin Mastan

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 29, 2015: It was indeed a blessing to the community of Divyadaan, Nashik to celebrate Parents' Day on January 26, 2015. Mostly the parents of the Brothers from Maharashtra and Goa region participated in the event. The tradition of Divyadaan is to celebrate Parents' Day once every three years. 

The programme commenced with a prayer service at 11.00 a.m., during which the community thanked God for the gift of parents in the life of each one. Fr. Robert Pen, the Rector of the community welcomed the parents and appreciated the sacrifices they made in allowing their sons to be part of the Salesian family. He also assured them of the constant prayerful support of the community.

A short programme was presented in honour of the parents; it included a band piece, skit and a choral piece. The items brightened the faces of the parents as they saw their own sons on the stage performing for them. This was followed by a few moments of interaction between the staff members and the parents. Both the groups introduced themselves, while the Fathers also explained the various roles that they played in the community.

What moved them was the parents recalling the departure of their sons' from home. The sharing brought tears to the eyes of many in the gathering. The parents   expressed their joy in having their sons as candidates to the priesthood and the Salesian way of life. They thanked the staff for taking good care of them. The programme concluded with a festive lunch. The moments of togetherness brought a lot of joy to the community. It was an occasion to remember and thank God for the gift of parents, as also to recall the various sacrifices they make to ensure that their sons follow the Lord's call.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015


by BIS Correspondent

WADALA-MUMBAI, JANUARY 28, 2015: Caught up in the fever of the bicentenary celebrations of the birth of Don Bosco, the parish of Our Lady of Dolours celebrated the event with gusto on Saturday, January 17, 2015. We began the celebrations with a special well animated Jubilee Mass, celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Bosco Penha, assisted by our two new priests Frs. Kiran Salve and Fr. Johnson Kshirsagar, and the parish team. 

This was followed by a cultural programme in the school hall. The Chief Guest was Bishop Bosco Penha and the Guests of Honour were Frs. Kiran and Johnson. Fr. Vivian, the Parish Priest, welcomed the guests. This was followed by the lighting of the lamp and a prayer dance. There were a couple of items that showcased the different aspects of Don Bosco's life and personality and the way he reached out to people. 

Fr. Godfrey D'Sa, the Rector, addressed the gathering pointing to the growth and vitality of the Salesian presence in India and in our state and city and encouraging our parishioners to take up the dual task of skilling all the youngsters in our parish and to work towards promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. The highlight of the evening was a powerful presentation on Don Bosco in the world and in India, entitled, "The Dream lives on" put together by Fr. Allwyn Misquitta and Mr. Harry Menezes. The youth, sunday school and the Altar servers put up a mini musical on Don Bosco and his relevance today, directed by Mr. Lloyd Nunes, and which was highly acclaimed by one and all. 

The Bishop then expressed his happiness at being part of this celebration and congratulated those who put up the items that were performed on stage. He also spoke on the relevance of Don Bosco today and how we can live out this spirit. Fr. Kiran also expressed his thanks and appreciation on behalf of Fr. Johnson. Thus came to an end a beautiful and thought provoking program.


by Tr. Shobha

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 28, 2015: As part of the Co-Curricular Activities (C.C.A), Dominic Savio Kindergarten conducted its Annual Elocution Competition that helped the students in the art of public speaking with gesture, vocal production, and delivery. The Elocution competition was organised for Playgroup students on January 19, 2015 in food court area. The theme for the competition was 'My Favourite Person.' Tr. Shobha and Tr. Aasma were in charge of this programme.

This competition enhances the vocabulary skill of students. All students from the Playgroup section participated in the competition, amongst which five finalists were selected from each class. The competition helped in improving the confidence level and the communication skills of children. Children enjoyed this programme and a new level of confidence was observed in them. The programme was appreciated by the judges and teachers.


by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 28, 2015: On January 21, 2015, Don Bosco English Medium School, Savedi, Ahmednagar celebrated its Annual Day.  The theme for this year was "WE ARE ONE IN DON BOSCO – 200". The Chief Guest for the programme was Mr. Sangrambhai Jagtap, the Mahapor and the Amdar of Nagar. Mr. Sampat Bharaskar, Nagar Sevak of Nagar was invited as Guest of honour who is also a past pupil of the school, along with the management of the institution. The anchors for the Annual Day were Miss Bhakti Kanade and Miss Tanushri Bhoka of standard VI who were good at anchoring.  

The programme started at 6:00 p.m. where dignitaries were welcomed by an 'Aarti.' They were then escorted to the hall with flag bearers marching alongside. The Chief Guest, the Guest of Honour and the management honoured Don Bosco by garlanding the statue and lighting of the lamp. Fr. Anthony Goyal, the Principal of the school introduced the dignitaries and felicitated them.  The fourteen scholarships of the school were given to the deserving students by the Chief Guest.  

The following programme was staged by the different classes from Lower Kindergarten. to VII with the help of their class teachers.  The L.K.G. performed a dance on the song 'Rain over me' which was followed by the Upper K.G. dancing on the song 'Wait with me tonight'.  The Chief Guest in his message appreciated the work that the Don Bosco institute had been doing in Ahmednagar and also applauded the good results achieved by the school and wished the students.  He promised to repair the speed-breakers and also level the slope that leads to the school. 

Since the school had decided to present on the theme 'We are one in Don Bosco', they put up dances representing different states of India and their cultures. The students from standards I-VI danced to the tunes from Gujarat, Punjab, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan. Since this year being the bicentenary of Don Bosco birth the students of standard VII put up a short musical on the life of Don Bosco. 

The Manager and the Rector of the institution, Fr. Manuel Murzello was invited to give his message.  He spoke of Don Bosco who was ahead of his time concerning education. He said, "Education should be student friendly. We should imitate Don Bosco and become someone great in the future." Teachers Oshian, Elvina and Nesha put up a fusion dance involving many students in the same. Three hundred and fifty students participated in this annual programme. At the end, the vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Shaila Missal and National Anthem was sung by all.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


by Jerry Arumainathan

NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 27, 2015: Divyadaan celebrated New Priests' Day on  January 20, 2015. Confreres, Sisters, and novices from Salesian Training Institute, Don Bosco Bhavan, Sacred Heart Training Centre and Maria Vihar Community joined in the event. It was a wonderful time for all to praise and thank God for the call and mission given to Fr. Kiran Salve and Fr. Johnson Kshirsagar.

In the afternoon, the Divyadaan brothers had an hour-long interaction with the new priests. It was an enriching experience for the young Salesians. Fr. Kiran explained his motto, "The Almighty has done great things for me" (Luke 1: 49). "To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8)" is the ordination motto of Fr. Johnson, which he elaborated upon during the interaction.

The solemn Eucharistic celebration began at 7.00 pm. Fr. Kiran Salve presided over the Eucharist, while the Salesians from the campus concelebrated. Fr. Johnson, in his homily, spoke of the faithfulness of God and the need to put our trust in Him. Quoting Teilhard De Chardin he said, "Do not worry about the road; the road will open before you, as you go on". The Mass ended with the kissing of the anointed hands of the new priests. This was followed by the felicitation of the new priests in a short family get-together. The programme ended with the sharing of a family meal together.

Friday, January 23, 2015


by Cl. Clarence Martis sdb

LONAVLA-PUNE, JANUARY 23, 2015: The New Priests, Frs. Kiran Salve and Johnson Kshirsagar visited the community of Don Bosco Aspirantate and Apostolic School Lonavla on January 21, 2015. They celebrated the Eucharist and shared the fellowship meal with the community.

The new priests arrived at 7.00 p.m. after which they freshened up and celebrated the Eucharist with the community at 7.30 p.m. They offered the Eucharist for the intentions of the community and asked the community of Lonavla to pray for them. After the Eucharist, the boys and the staff kissed the hands of the new priests. They then shared their vocation stories with the community after which the boys asked them a few questions which they most willingly answered. This was followed with the group photograph and dinner.

The new priests were greatly happy to come back to the place where they began their journey towards the priesthood. They were happy to spend some time cherishing these memories with the community.


by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2015: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul was privileged to have Fr. Kiran Salve and Fr. Johnson Kshirsagar, the newly ordained priests, along with Fr. Shekhar Das, Fr. Cleophas Braganza and
Fr. McEnroe Lopes amidst them on January 13, 2015.

The priests conducted Value Education Sessions for the Non Catholic students of Classes VII to IX in various classrooms. Interesting games, puzzles, videos and stories were used to foster values such as courage, nonviolence, patience and respect for each other. The students found the sessions thought provoking and inspiring.

A lively and enriching interactive session was also conducted for the Catholic students of Classes VII to IX in the assembly hall from 8:00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. The important aspects of catholic faith were discussed. The new priests also shared their vocation stories. Their testimonies helped the students to reflect on their sense of purpose and vocation.

The day ended with the priests celebrating the Eucharist for the Catholic students and teachers of the school. Fr. Kiran was the main celebrant while Fr. Johnson preached the homily. Fr. McEnroe Lopes, Fr. Cleophas Braganza, Fr. Bonnie Borges (Manager) and Fr. Anthony Fonseca (Principal) were the concelebrants.

They offered the Eucharist for the aspirations of all the students. The choir sang hymns beautifully and enlivened the liturgy. After the final hymn, the new priests were congratulated by the Manager, Fr. Bonnie Borges. Fr. Kiran and Fr. Johnson then thanked the Management for inviting them to Don Bosco. The students and all those present were then invited to kiss the anointed hands of the newly ordained priests. The day ended with the students understanding the importance of values in the current scenario. It also provided them with a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the beauty of the faith that they profess.


by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 23, 2015: The value education assembly programme on "Punishment in Don Bosco's Educative Method" was presented by the students of class I A on  January 20, 2015 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul.

The students were trained by their class teacher Ms. Debjani under the guidance of the Supervisor Adarsh Ma'am. The programme began with the School Prayer followed by School Anthem.
The audience was introduced to the two most important people who moulded the mind of Don Bosco, Jesus and his mother, Mamma Margaret. The teachings of his mother and the values learned through the dream at the age of 9 were the two things that Little John always implemented in his life.

The Skit "The Prisoners Take A Walk" depicted how Don Bosco through the Preventive System of Education influenced and helped the prisoners to give up their wrong ways. The views of Don Bosco with regards to punishment were clearly explained through the skit. The students sang the song "It took one child to make a difference".  The teacher had written the poem and 4 children recited the 4 paragraphs of the poem while the Chorus lines were sung by rest of the students of the class.

 The noon talk was delivered by the Primary Supervisor, Ms. Adarsh Gupta. The assembly programme ended with a vote of thanks by Tr. Debjani followed by the instructions by Fr.Principal.
43 out of 45 students of the class participated in the programme. Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

Thursday, January 22, 2015


by Myra D'souza

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, JANUARY 22, 2015: A three day course commencing on 14 January, 2015 was conducted by Fr. Franco Pereira, the Catechetical Director of the Northern Arabian vicariate for the catechists of the St. Therese Parish. The first day of the course commenced with Sr. Roseema of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation introducing us to a catechesis course entitled ECHOES which is a parish-based training course, equipping those who teach the faith with basic training skills. The catechist is trained to echo the whole Person of Jesus Christ and like a mirror to reflect the image and resound the voice Christ.

Next Fr. Franco introduced us to the concept of enhancing Value Education to teach faith-based values to the children. He asked us to keep in mind that as we transmit good Catholic, Kingdom values to the children we must look beyond to the generations yet to come. We must update our teaching methods as well as keep abreast of the changing times and adapt accordingly as yesterday's solutions do not fit today's problems.

In answering Christ's call to become catechists we have a primary duty to study our faith well in order to be able to transmit it effectively to others. At the end of the first day, Diego Sequeira remarked "Wow! This course is making me realize that I must always look for greater things which the Lord came to teach us".

The second day of the course was a discussion on adult catechesis. We were privileged to watch episode 7 of the media presentation on Catholicism by Fr. Robert Barron on the "WORD MADE FLESH, TRUE BREAD OF HEAVEN: THE MYSTERY OF THE LITURGY AND THE EUCHARIST." We were all moved by the narration along with the breathtaking visuals as Fr. Barron walked us through each part of the Holy Mass with explanations that helped us to appreciate even more this treasure of our faith.

We then formed groups to discuss and share what we had learned from the presentation. Another eye opener was the use of scenes from the favorite movie "Fiddler on the Roof" to answer questions on tradition and to differentiate between traditions that we can get rid of once they become meaningless and those we must to hold on to as they have an eternal significance. "It was inspiring to watch clips of Fiddler on the Roof as it has shown me that we can use contemporary media to explain our catechisis" remarked Rowena Alvares.

On the final day of the course we watched Episode 10 of the 11 part series on Catholicism entitled "WORLD WITHOUT END: THE LAST THINGS" dealing with the Catholic vision of heaven, purgatory and hell. Fr. Robert Barron took us on a journey through different lands giving us a glimpse of the majestic beauty of the different religious shrines in Europe weaving through this rich tapestry of different cultures, nations and peoples; the mysteries and meaning of our faith. "I got a better understanding about the Church's teaching after watching the beautiful presentation" said Sonia Josemoola. We then formed groups to discuss, reflect and answer various points related to the presentation.

Lastly, we played a game entitled 'Win as Much as You Can'. At the conclusion of the game Fr. Franco explained the purpose of the game and we realized how selfishly we had played. Competing against each other in order to win we defeated the purpose of the game resulting in everyone losing. This game highlighted the fact that as catechists we do NOT COMPETE with each other but rather COMPLETE each other as the goal of this ministry is service in love to the children entrusted to us. 

"As catechists" commented Fr. Franco "we are the extended arms of our parish priest. God's call to us in this ministry is a vocation which entails responsibilities we cannot take lightly." To conclude, our parish priest said that in answering Christ's call to serve Him as catechists we have pledged to work faithfully, loyally and sincerely.

This can be done most effectively by taking full advantage of all the courses and aids made available to us by Fr. Franco who spends a great deal of time in preparing the course material and generously sharing his vast experience with us. Fr. Blany and Fr. Franco then blessed us and we returned to our homes with greater authentic knowledge of our faith, a greater commitment and a wider vision and understanding of our vocation as catechists. 


by Jennifer

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 22, 2015: A value education programme on "Don Bosco meets Philip Rinaldi" was presented by the students of class III A on January 13, 2015 at Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul. The students were trained by their class teacher Ms. Baljinder under the guidance of the supervisors.

The programme began with the School Prayer followed by the School Anthem. The skit put up by the students was based on how Don Bosco was saddened but did not resign to loose Philip. This example concretely demonstrated Don Bosco's perseverance.

The students performed a dance on the song "We can't back down". The dance performance followed a video presentation that focused on value of perseverance. The assembly programme ended with a vote of thanks and then the noon talk by Mrs. Adarsh Gupta followed by instructions. Students were appreciated for their performance. Overall the programme was a great success.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


by Tr. Sweta Supriti

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 21, 2015: Role playing is one of the most important tools of learning particularly at the pre-primary level. One role play activity which children have always enjoyed is when they get an opportunity to dress up for the character.

On January 12, 2015, Children of all the Preparatory classes in Dominic Savio Kindergarten came dressed up in their colourful costumes of various community helpers and spoke a few sentences on the character that they depicted.

The effort and hard work of children was highly commendable as the costumes were not hired. Students displayed their talents on the theme 'Community Helpers'. They came dressed up as Baker, Captain, Policeman, Teacher, Milkman, Soldier, Doctor, Nurse, and cobbler and so on. They emphasized upon their need and importance in making our lives easier.


by Marina D'Costa
CHEMBUR-MUMBAI, JANUARY 21, 2015: Connect All India (CAI) – a network for social and financial inclusion under the Don Bosco Research Centre, Matunga conducted a Financial Education session for Youth at the Kotak Education Foundation, Chembur on January 19, 2015.  The objective of this session was to motivate youth to work on their source of income, to enhance their savings behaviour and to enroll them into formal financial institutions.

About 30 youth participated, of which 10 youth were from the CAI communities enrolled into Kotak Foundation and 12 had submitted their documents to CAI for making of their Pan cards. Ms. Meghna, Co-ordinator at Kotak highlighted the challenges that youth faced during training and employment and the need to help them identify their financial constraints. She then introduced Ms. Marina D'Costa, Project Co-ordinator of the CAI who conducted this session.

The session began with a self reflection on daily expenditure finally culminating in the expenses in a month. Youth appeared to do very little thinking about their financial goals as most of them were waiting to get a job, earn some money and then save. The participants remarked that they had always taken their money for granted and had never considered a perspective like this before for savings. Characteristics of savers were discussed on a graph and participants were asked to choose which category they belonged to.

The participants found it hard to identify the areas of investments and returns, they also asked for assistance in knowing more about financial products. Majority of them had no bank accounts and after the session they made a choice to open one for their personal financial growth. Youth had not taken full ownership of their financial aspect of life. Ms. Marina also encouraged them to systematically operate their accounts and file all the identity documents and bank details.

Finance was taught to them in the context of behaviour and practice. The participants were encouraged to identify the asset that they could count on for security and then re-work on their financial goals as per their age. Before the session, investment was seen in terms of gold and property but post session, education, health, insurance, learning a skill too was considered as investments. The Kotak co-ordinator ensured the follow up of this session with Connect All India.

Don Bosco Research Centre under the Connect All India project has collaborated with youth based NGO – YUVA under their project Youth Force- to reach out to maximum marginalized youth in the city for Financial Education, also connecting them to skill training institutions, enrolling them to get their PAN cards and guiding them to open bank accounts. The basic module is designed by DBRC (Connect All India) and YUVA (Youth Force) which emphasizes on socio-economic conditions, employability status, source of income, expenditure patterns, savings behaviour, identity documents, investment perspectives, basic banking & financial products.


by Fr. Cedrick Sankul

SAVEDI-AHMEDNAGAR, JANUARY 21, 2015: As an Annual event of the School, the Don Bosco Prathamik School, Savedi Ahmednagar celebrated its 24th Annual Day and Prize Distribution Ceremony on January 17, 2015. Since this year is the bi-centenary year of Don Bosco's birth, the theme for this year was "DON BOSCO'S SPIRITUALITY – HIS LOVING KINDNESS AND PROTECTION OF GIRL CHILD". 

The Chief Guest for the event was Dr. Vaishali Deepak, the owner of Deepak Hospital, and Assistant professor at V. K. Patil Hospital Ahmednagar.  The Guest of honour was Dr. Jayant Pawar and his wife along with Fr. Manuel Murzello, the Rector and the Manager of the institution. The anchor of the programme was teacher Cecilia. Lot of parents were present and participated and helped for the same. 

The invitees were taken to the hall with Lezim by the students of std. III. The programme started with standard IV students singing a welcome song and a prayer dance, welcoming all present. Mrs. Shinde, the class teacher of std. II introduced and welcomed the Chief Guest, Guest's of honour and the members of management felicitating each one of them with a shawl and a coconut. During the prize distribution ceremony, the winners of the Annual Sports Day were given prizes. The students of standard III were awarded 'The best class of the year' along with their class teacher Sr. Tomboli Nabi.
For the Annual Day following items were staged. The Balwadi presented a dance on the beauty of a peacock. The students of standard I put a dance on rain, "Ago Bai, Dhago Bai', which was followed by a koli dance of standard II students.  The Head Mistress Mrs. Shilpa Vaijapurkar read annual report of activities conducted in school, which was followed by a skit on Don Bosco, a friend of youth who helped the young. The students of Std. III and std. IV presented a dance on Marathi songs.

In the speech given by the Chief Guest, Mrs. Vaishali Deepak spoke about the school being a Divine institution which was also realized by Don Bosco.  She also appreciated that lots of girls took part in the programmes of the annual day.  She also urged the parents and the students to give their 100% in everything that they do because every day is a new day. Dr. Jayant Pawar, the Guest of Honour, addressing the audience invited the students to respect their teachers and elders, and spoke about the discipline and cleanliness in the school.

Speaking to teachers he said that the teachers have got the noble duty to form the pearls that are under them, to be friendly with the students so that they could share their deepest desires with them and also to see the overall development of the students.  Fr. Manuel too spoke to the assembly about Don Bosco who is the Numus Uno (number one), "Don Bosco hamareliya hero number 1 hai". He also congratulated the P. T. A. Members for their involvement in the annual day programme and all through the year. The P.T. A. members took a very active part in the annual day celebration. 

At the end of the programme, Fr. Francis Fernandes was called up on the stage to cut the cake of his birthday which he celebrates on January 18.  This was followed by vote of thanks given by the Head Mistress after which 'Vande Mataram' song was sung.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


by Ms Shalu Mehrotra

ANDHERI-MUMBAI, JANUARY 20, 2015: Prafulta Psychological Services has been working in the area of strengthening emotional and mental health since 1998. For some time now, we have been desirous of taking emotional health to a larger platform by offering programmes to people at large. The occasion of the bi-centenary of the birth of Don Bosco, the inspiration for Prafulta, provided a good opportunity to start a new venture to reach larger audiences.

Prafulta in partnership with Bombay First, a not-for-profit think tank NGO, and supported by Global Foundation initiated ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ to boost mental health in the city of Mumbai. The first phase of this project consisted of reaching out to children of over 90 schools in Mumbai and helping them understand the importance of mental health. The process started with counsellors meeting Principals of around 30 schools in each of the 3 different locations and convincing them that building emotional resilience is the need of the hour to help children especially when they are in stress.

During these visits, Principals were informed that the event would be conducted at three Don Bosco Institutions (Matunga, Andheri and Borivli) where students and parents would participate in workshops especially designed for them. The 1st in the series of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham event was held at Don Bosco International School, Matunga on January 10, 2015. It was a spectacle to watch over 600 students, including a large number from BMC schools, participate in the planned activities. These were students from Class 5, 6 and 7. They sat on the open ground in small groups to write, draw or paint their emotions.

Once they got in touch with their feelings of joy, anger, sadness, jealousy, fear etc, they attended a workshop on ‘Handling Difficult Emotions’. Children were taught to get in touch with their feelings and express them in appropriate ways. While the children participated in this process, their parents attended a separate session on ‘Effective Parenting’.

The 2nd event was held at Dominic Savio High School, Andheri on January 11, and the 3rd at Don Bosco High School, Borivli on Jan. 17. In each of these venues over 500 children and their parents participated in the workshops. Many of them expressed that this was the first time they became aware of the importance of feelings and learned ways to deal with them. Violence in society has increased chiefly because of our inability to deal appropriately with feelings. Parents too were happy to learn effective ways of handling their children. They asked many questions and were grateful for the insightful answers they received.

More than 40 volunteer counsellors trained by Prafulta and elsewhere came together to conduct these sessions for children and their parents. The core team included Fr. Godfrey D’Sa, the Founder Director of Prafulta, Ms. Shalu Mehrotra who has been working at Prafulta since 2001 and Mr. Shishir Joshi, CEO Bombay First, who is also a trained counsellor.

This programme was offered free of cost because of the generosity of Global Foundation that sponsored this event. Looking at the huge positive response and based on the understanding that a programme done only once may not be effective, we plan to have follow-up programmes with the same students and also propose to organise many more such events for various other schools.


by Jerry VM
NASHIK-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 20, 2015: A symposium was organized at Divyadaan, Nashik by the MPh (Master of Philosophy) students on January 17, 2015. The theme was, ‘DIALOGUE: Bridging Interpersonal Differences.’ The programme took the participants through the history, meaning and relevance of Dialogue. The keynote address presented by Bro. Pawanjit Singh introduced the concept of Dialogue, dealing with its historical background. This was followed by three talks, ‘Crisis in Dialogue’, ‘What and Why of Dialogue’ and ‘The Way Ahead with Dialogue’ presented by Brothers Jerry VM, Romanius Barwa and Sebastian Kamsuan, respectively.

Differences, prejudices, feeling of alienation, monologue and the interference of systems were the topics that pointed to what constituted a crisis in dialogue.  The second talk dealt with the meaning, definition, and the difference between dialogue and various forms of communication. The speaker clarified the terms such as Dialogical and Dialectical Dialogue and stressed on the kind of attitude one needs to adopt in order to enter into authentic dialogue.

The relevance of Dialogue was extensively dealt with in the last talk. The need to develop mutual trust, and the spirit of openness as a precondition to entering into sincere dialogue were the main concepts treated in the talk. Philosophers of note such as Martin Buber, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Raimundo Panikkar and Paulo Freire featured in the talks. At the end, the floor was open for discussion and clarifications.

The theme proved to be of great significance, since Dialogue has inevitably emerged as an overarching medium of understanding in today’s world. All in all, the symposium turned out to be a learning experience for all, organizers and participants alike.


by Oswald Aranha

NORTH ARABIAN VICARIATE, JANUARY 20, 2015: It was a crisp, cold winter day and 58 young boys in a Kuwait hamlet woke up feeling very excited and eager to enter into the lord’s vineyard as altar servers. Later the same day, they donned on their new red and white robes and sat in anticipation as they waited for the induction ceremony to begin. The induction ceremony was conducted on Thursday, January 15, at 7.30 p.m. during the Holy Mass celebrated by Fr. Francis Kharjia, Spiritual Director. It was attended by 140 altar servers and their parents, including the 58 new aspirants.

In his homily, Fr. Francis thanked the parents for encouraging the children to join the altar server’s ministry. He assured them of God’s blessings as they strive to keep their children close to God.  After the homily, the 58 new aspirants said their commitment prayers while 82 altar servers made their renewal promise. It was a solemn moment as they all came forward in their red and white robes. Fr. Francis then blessed them all and joyful smiles could be seen all around. “I am very happy to belong to the altar server’s group. I am feeling proud to be an altar server and will serve God more and more.” exclaimed Leon Marcus. Aaron D’souza, another altar server expressed his joy in these words, “I am very happy and I want to come closer to God by serving him at the altar as often as possible.

Offerings were presented by one of the new Altar servers, his father and grandfather. After a Vote of thanks, certificates were awarded to all the altar servers who took their pledge and renewal promise. Certificates were also awarded to the three best Altar servers for the year 2014. The parents were very appreciative of the effort put in by the coordinators who trained the altar servers for the last three months. The coordinating team consists of seven members. One parent shared her feelings in these words, “we want our children to be closer to God and we thank the entire team for doing an excellent Job of training these Kids and we invoke God’s blessings on the team.”

Holy Mass was followed by a cake cutting ceremony for the newly inducted boys and a photo session with priests and parents. It was a wonderful moment and a memorable event in the Ministry of Altar servers. “A special thanks goes out to the altar servers ministry and the parish priest for his guidance which enabled such a gracious and spiritual event” commented one of the parishioners.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


by Cl. Jerome Aruldass Edison

DAKOR-GUJARAT, JANUARY 17, 2015: The Don Bosco Kindergarten School (English Medium), Dakor organised a wonderful sports day on January 10, 2015 in Dakor. The programme began with a march-past of four teams namely Joy, Peace, Love and Truth with their placards on the main ground. Each leader firmly installed their team placards. The children began with a prayer, invoking the presence of the Divine to bless the event.

Satyam, a student from the Senior KG welcomed the Chief Guest Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil and the gathering. The students were then given instructions to get themselves ready for the sports exercises. Every team came ahead with their typical exercise.  The team Joy and Love advanced to perform their Flag exercise headed by Meena. Thereafter, Abhishek took charge of leading the teams Truth and Peace with dumbbell exercise.

The sports events plunged in to keep the ball rolling. The games like 20 metre race for boys and girls stimulated great energy among the kids. Events like sack race, spoon - lemon race, book race, hurdle race, picking stone race, frog race, one legged race, filling the bottle race percolated immense happiness for the parents who witnessed the sports day. The kindergarten students were encouraged by the parent’s applause to excel better in all the sports activities.   The tug-o-war was an activity that boosted new strength in the students.

The prize distribution brought the event to an end. The students were awarded for their participation and for the victory they achieved in particular races. The prizes were presented by the Chief Guest, Fr. Isaac Arackaparambil. Fr. Isaac thanked the teachers and Sr. Bela the Principal, who conducted this event. Fr. Isaac praised the active participation of students in such events and evoked the parents to encourage their child in other activities too. Lastly, the sports day kept the kids active, alive, alert, awake and enthusiastic.


by Fr. Brian Moras, sdb 

NERUR-KUDAL, JANUARY 17, 2015: 'The Sindhu Christi Kala Mahotsav' conducted by the Social Communications department of the Diocese of Sindhudurg, at the Milagris High School Grounds, Sawantwadi turned out to be a roaring success on January 11, 2015. It was an inter-parish competition based on presenting the Culture of a State or a people in 8 minutes. The competition was keenly contested by the parishes, and 'Christ the King Church, Nerur' emerged as winners.

Christ the King Church (a Quasi-Parish, run by the Salesians of the Konkan Province) presented the Maharashtrian Shethkari (Farmers) Culture in the form of a skit and dance. It was interesting that our small Quasi-Parish of Nerur outdid many of the big and talented parishes of Sindhudurg. It was for the third year running that our parish was winning this prestigious competition, the first year being 'a singing competition' and the second year 'a dance competition'.

"This year the big and highly talented parishes in the Diocese tried their level best to win, they in fact did very well- we managed to do better. Our secret was our careful planning, team work and determination," said Fr. Brian Moras, sdb, the priest in-charge of the Quasi Parish. "Our people came in large numbers to vociferously support their parish. Our parishioners shone brightly at this event as the Master of Ceremonies was handled by a well prepared group of four of our parishioners and they also won six spot prizes during the programme."

How does a simple parish comprising of very simple parishioners  manage to come up with stunning performances year after year was a question that tickled the minds of the audience as the programme came to an end.

Friday, January 16, 2015


by Cl. Clarence Martis sdb

LONAVLA-PUNE, JANUARY 14, 2015: Don Bosco Aspirantate and Apostolic School, Lonavla inaugurated the Don Bosco Month on January 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the entrance of the Aspirantate building. The theme for the month is the Strenna of the Rector Major ‘Like Don Bosco, with the young, for the young’.

The inauguration began with the lighting of the lamp by Fr. Solomon Rapol, Rector, Fr. Gregory D’Cunha, Administrator, Cl. Clarence Martis and the six captains of the Bosco month teams. The theme of the month was explained by the compere after which, the incident of Don Bosco taking the young prisoners for a picnic was narrated which highlighted the meaning of the theme. The Rector was invited to cut the ribbon and thus declare the Don Bosco month open. He then invested the six captains with a badge of Don Bosco symbolising their role as leaders of their respective teams.

The captain of the Don Bosco Sodality gave the sermonette on the topic ‘Don Bosco and Poverty’. Thereafter, Fr Gregory was invited to unveil the calendar of activities for the month. This was followed by the Rector giving the Aspirants and Apostolic boys a message for the month. He told them to know, love and pray to Don Bosco during this month and he assured them that Don Bosco will bless them all.

The inauguration ceremony ended with the Bosco anthem specially prepared for the month. The Don Bosco Sodality, which is organising the whole month, has lined up a series of activities which will help the community to know, love and imitate Don Bosco.


by Br. Ryan Lobo

MADYA PRADESH-JHABUA, JANUARY 5, 2015: Our newly ordained priests Frs. Kiran and Johnson arrived at Don Bosco Jyoti Bhavan hostel, Jhabua on January 5, 2015. The community of Jyoti Bhavan welcomed the newly ordained heartily. The Holy Eucharist was celebrated on Monday January 5, in the morning at 6:15 a.m.

The sermon preached by Fr. Johnson, highlighted the essentiality of being good Christians and honest Citizens, based on the centrality of Christ focusing that God dwells in our hearts and not in the Churches or temples specifically in the form of statues. Thereafter, the ceremony of the ‘Kissing of the Priest’s hand’ was conducted. As the day past, the new priests got an opportunity to interact with the boys. In the evening, we had a small felicitation programme for our new priests. They were welcomed to the hall in the traditionally Bhili tradition were-in four boys who were traditionally dressed accompanied them to the stage. They were then honored by putting a ‘Pheta’ on their heads.

The celebration continued with the cutting of the cake, followed by a heart-warming address and a song of blessing which nearly brought tears into their eyes. At the end of the felicitation, the newly ordained spoke to the boys with regards their vocation and their response to God. Later, they shared in gist their vocation story, their difficulties and short comings and how with the help of our Lord and our Blessed Mother they were able to overcome them.

They concluded their talk by saying that they were happy to be Salesian priests. May God bless them in their future ministry. Frs. Kiran and Johnson continued being in the company of the boys until it was time for supper. The boys were then shown a movie, on the occasion of two newly ordained servants of God coming to our community.


by Fr. James Nigrel


The 12th National Boscoree was held in Thanjavur, Chennai from December 30, 2014 to January 3, 2015. The 24 Scouts and 16 Guides of Don Bosco Secondary School, Salawad Khurd along with their Principal;  Fr.James Nigrel,and the Scout Masters Mr. Vikas Virginia , Mr. Harish Kumar  and Sr. Florencia Minj participated in it. There were around 150 Schools that participated in the Boscoree Camp. It was divided into 15 Sub camps and all the Competitions were held within these Sub Camps to keep the spirit of Scouting alive and active.

The Scouts of Don Bosco Secondary School ,Salawad Khurd were placed in Sub Camp 5 .The Chiefs of the Sub Camp 5 were Dr. Paul Sunder Singh Br. Praveen (INT)and Br. Herwin (INT).The Camp was well organized and was filled with many activities. The various competitions which were organized were March Past, Physical display, Pioneering Project, Colour Party, Peace March, Theme Presentation, Camp Fire, Pageant Show, Cooking Competitions, Drawing Competitions, Rangoli Competitions, Quiz and Best out of waste exhibition etc.

Don Bosco Secondary School, Salawad Khurd Scouts took an active part in all the events .They came first in the Sub Camp 5 and bagged the Trophy and the Shield. It was indeed an enjoyable and educative Boscoree experience filled with scouting activities. The Scouts were congratulated by the Camp Chief and the Sub Camp Chief for their marvelous and outstanding performance in the camp, and they were appreciated for their hard work.

It was a learning experience and a memorable event for the Scouts and Guides as it was the first time they had participated in such a mega event in their life. The excitement was built up at the Guinness World Record of them, wearing a newspaper hat. ‘Long live Don Bosco and Baden Powell.’

Thursday, January 8, 2015


by Ms. Akshaya There - Class X

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 8, 2015: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School organized a career guidance session for the students of Classes IX and X on January 3, 2015. The session was held to help the students know the pros and cons of the different streams and the career paths they offered. Mr. Pankaj Tawde, a very distinguished consultant was the guest speaker for the session. 

The session commenced on a light note as Mr. Pankaj put a student in a humorous situation and through that helped the students realize the significance of belief in self.  He explained that a student has strengths and weaknesses and they should all work on their inherent strengths. Mr. Pankaj also advised the students to study daily for 2 hours. He gave various career options such as engineering, medical, veterinary science, pharmacy, marketing and finance.

At the end, Mr. Pankaj encouraged the students by saying "You all are capable of achieving great heights.' The career counseling session was an educative one which will help the students choose a field that is in tune with their skills and their job expectations.


by Ms. Smriti Sarma - Class XII

NERUL-MUMBAI, JANUARY 8, 2015: Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul organized a Career Guidance Session for the students of Classes XI and XII on January 2, 2015. The counseling session was organized to help the students explore different career options. Mr. Pankaj Tawde, a very distinguished consultant was the guest speaker for the session. 

Mr. Pankaj did not go by the conventional way of explaining all the career options in a monologue but instead had an interactive session. He asked the students about their interests and accordingly expounded the aspects. The key points that he elaborated on, were interest, aptitude and financial facet. He also explained that a career should be opted for on the basis of what a person enjoys.

The basic difference between a mere hobby and a puissant passion was also made clear. Children were urged to make a decision within the limited time that they had before their final twelfth board exams. He also suggested giving a simple test and having a one-on-one discussion to determine what the pupils were good at.

The session concluded with a question-answer discourse where students clarified their doubts. Feedback forms were handed out and they deliberated over their future careers. The session was all in all, a constructive and knowledgeable one.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


by Br. Bryce Fernandes

LONAVLA-PUNE, JANUARY 7, 2015: The 12th National Boscoree was held in Chennai from December 30, 2014 to January 3, 2015. The 30 scouts of Don Bosco High School Lonavala along with their Scout Master (Bro Bryce Fernandes) and the P.T Teacher (Sir Dinesh D'Souza) participated in it. There were around 144 schools that participated in this camp. The camp was divided into various sub camps. There were 15 Sub-Camps and all the competitions were held within these Sub Camps.

The Scouts of Don Bosco Lonavala were placed in Sub Camp 7. The chiefs of Sub camp 7 were Mr. Kishore, Bro Ashwin (INT) and Bro. Augustine (INT). The camp was well organised and was filled with many activities. The various competitions which were organised were March Past, Pyramids, Pioneering project, Colour party, Peace March, Theme Presentation, Camp Fire, Pageant Show, Cooking, Quiz, Drawing Competition and Best out of Waste Exhibition etc.

Don Bosco Lonavala scouts took active part in all the events. They came first in the sub camp 7 and bagged the trophy and the shield. It was indeed an enjoyable and educative Boscoree experience filled with scouting activity. The Scouts were congratulated by the Camp Chief and the Sub camp chiefs for their marvellous and outstanding performance in the camp.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


by Parish Correspondent

YERWADA-PUNE, JANUARY 6, 2015: The 2015 calendar of Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada has as its theme 'Becoming A Greener Parish'. This is not just a fashion statement; the parish has made a serious commitment to become a Green Parish. In fact, several steps have already been taken in this direction. The Indian Express (Pune Edition) reporting on the Christmas celebrations in the parish said: "The Sacred Heart parish in Yerwada will welcome a 'green' Santa this Christmas as part of its eco-friendly campaign. The parish, which is the first among 34 parishes and centres under the Diocese of Poona to launch such an initiative, will offer saplings instead of bouquets at felicitation programmes promote kitchen gardens and use recycled material for decoration."

This green wave began with the Parish Priest Fr. Anton D'Souza organizing a session on environmental concerns for the members of the Parish Council as well as the leaders of all the Groups and Associations in the parish. The resource person, Fr. Savio Silveira, from GreenLine Mumbai, highlighted various environmental issues that we are presently facing and then went on to describe different practical steps that the parish could take. Following this session, a Parish Green Team was constituted and a Green Plan drawn up for the parish.

The 'Green Parish' inauguration was held on December 7, 2014, during the Sunday Eucharistic Celebration, for which Fr. Roque Green, Judicial Vicar of the Pune Diocese was the main celebrant. "The earth was once a beautiful and divine place. Over the years, the human race has exploited its natural resources beyond limit and polluted its rivers with factory waste and chemicals. The air we breathe today is poisoned with burning plastic, waste materials and pollution. The value of trees has been lost as they are being cut to build concrete jungles" said Fr. Anton D'Souza, Parish Priest. He exhorted the parishioners to take a 'go green pledge' and save the mother earth.

Complementing Sacred Heart Parish, Fr. Malcolm Sequeira, Vicar General of the Pune Diocese, said this is a first such initiative in the diocese. He hoped that this example will be emulated by other parishes too.


by Mr. Ian Lemos

AHMEDNAGAR-MAHARASHTRA, JANUARY 5, 2015: The parish of St. Anne's organized a "Youth Dhamaka" for all the youth of the parish on December 30, 2014 which was attended by 104 youngsters. Bearing in mind the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco – the focus of this event was making known the life and mission of Don Bosco.

The event began at 5.00pm and consisted of a blend of entertainment and education. Apart from all the fun and frolic, games, entertainment and dance, the event also comprised of sessions that portrayed Don Bosco's love for the youth, his trust in the divine providence, etc. The youth presented skits with wonderful acting, dancing and commentary that depicted the various social problems prevalent in India.

The highlight of the event was a Charismatic prayer session around the bright and big camp fire – it was truly inspiring to see the deep faith of the youth. The programme ended with dinner at 10.00 pm. The youth thanked Fr. Rolvin D'mello and his collaborators for the well organized and exciting "Youth Dhamaka". They were also grateful to Fr. Thomas D'Costa the parish priest for his support and encouragement.

Monday, January 5, 2015


by Fr. Gregory D'Almeida' 
MATUNGA-MUMBAI, JANUARY 5, 2015: On December 27, 2014 Shelter Don Bosco organized Bosco Mela, keeping in mind the bicentenary of birth of Don Bosco at Don Bosco, Matunga for the 
street boys of Mumbai. The theme for the Mela was "Don Bosco Ki Raahon Mein Chale Sang, Lekar Ummeedon Ke Rang". 

 The Mela began with the registration of the outreach boys at the entrance. The boys were then served breakfast and directed towards the game stalls that were set up. The inaugural ceremony of the Bosco Mela then began. The guest of honours for the programme, Mrs. Neera Aasthana, the Deputy General Manager of Mahanagar Gas limited, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, the Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Mumbai and Mr. Rajesh Batra, the Director of the Batra group were welcomed by the Director of Shelter Don Bosco Fr. Gregory Almeida. 

The inaugural ceremony began with the lighting of lamp which was followed by a prayer song, a prayer dance and releasing of the balloons with the logo of bicentenary year of Don Bosco. After which, there was an awareness programme on various pressing topics like education, addiction and child labor. Post lunch, there was a talent show that helped the children to come on the stage and showcase their talents in dance, singing, mimicry, stunts and etc. 

There various NGOs too put up a programme after the talent show. In the evening, there was a cultural programme where the shelter boys presented various cultures through a dance performance. Mr. Boman Irani, a well-known and respected actor made a special appearance during the cultural programme. The crowd was very excited and uncontrollable at the glance of the actor. 

Mr. Boman Irani was then presented with bouquets and a statue of Don Bosco by the Management of Shelter Don Bosco. He briefed the crowd about his life and struggles on his journey. The mela ended with the jam session. As the boys were moving out they were given take away snacks. They left the premises of Matunga School with broad smiles on their faces.