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.

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