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The visitation concluded with the Provincial meeting the staff, as well as the non-clerical staff.
Saturday, September 19, 2015
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Thursday, September 17, 2015
by Ashwini Gupte
MUMBAI, SEP 17, 2015: Students and staff of Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrated 'Hindi Divas' on September 14, by enacting plays that highlighted several historical and cultural events in India.
The Hindi Department of the school staged the one-act plays through the four houses of the school, i.e Yellow, Green, Blue and Red.
The Yellow House focused on the aftermath of the war at Kalinga, an epochal event that led Emperor Ashoka to convert to pacifism. The war helped transform him and made him a messenger of love and peace throughout the country and beyond.
'Main bhi maanav hoon' by Vishnu Prabhakar, depicted the inner battle waged within Ashoka's heart, as to whether he had really achieved a victory after decimating the enemy. In a world rife with selfishness and cut throat competition, the play also intended to make each of us reflect on whether the race is really worth it.
The Green House highlighted the events in the life of Emperor Harsha, scion of the Vardhan dynasty. 'Sthaneshwar ka Rajpurush' depicted Harsha avenging the death of his brother, Rajya Vardhan and saving his sister Rajyasri's life after she was devastated as a result of both, her brother and her father, Prabhakar Vardhan's death.
The Blue House with 'Mere sapno ki Rani kab ayegi tu' portrayed women's empowerment and the great strides women have made in emancipating themselves through the powerful weapon of education. The play depicted a bachelor who is rejected by prospective alliances because they are better educated.
The Red House presented their play 'Jeevan ke rang'. It helped the audience reflect on the realities and challenges of life. Through scenes that reflected human life on earth, the audience was made aware that though we live in a world full of sorrow, mirth, greed and blind faith, we still manage to stay happy.
Kudos to yellow house, that won the drama competition.
by Father Cedrick Sankul
AHMEDNAGAR, SEP 17, 2015: There was a double-celebration at Don Bosco English Medium school , Savedi Ahmednagar as staff and students celebrated Teacher's Day and Self-governance Day on September 8.
The theme for Teacher's Day celebrations was 'You are our inspiration. Teachers are the life of every success.'
Celebrations began with a prayer service conducted by the students of standard eight, to thank teachers for their dedication and hard work.
Shaila Missal and Harshali Giri, both teachers, alongside school captain, Selvin Salvi, organised Self-governance Day.
Students of standard eight dressed like teachers and conducted class through the day. The Principal and teachers were then led in procession to Maschio Hall for a cultural programme.
Students welcomed them by singing the hymn 'In His Time'. Students from standard three, four, five and six then performed dances to honour their teachers.
Father Augustine then gave a teacher's day message on the theme itself, "Teachers are the life of every success." He explained that for Don Bosco, education was the education of the heart.
Preena Makre, Mahima Shinde and Sharmilee Kasab spoke about the qualities of a good teacher.
Sushmita Padale and Judith Mary Arun Gaikwad, both teachers, gave a vote of thanks.
CHENNAI, SEP 17, 2015: The World Health Organisation estimates that nearing 250 million children world-over will be affected by substance abuse in the next decade.
The Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC), based in Mumbai, is doing its bit to help children combat the drug menace.
DBRC organised a two-day teacher training workshop in “Identification and prevention of substance abuse among school children” in Chennai on September 11 and 12.
The workshop was held in conjunction with TTK Hospital, Chennai.
57 teachers from almost 30 English and Tamil medium schools across Chennai attended the training session.
A pre-training evaluation was done to gauge the teachers’ current level of understanding about substance abuse and its attendant symptoms and consequences.
Four highly qualified resource persons from TTK Hospital, Doctor Anita Rao, Jacqueline Allenby David, Docotor Thirumagal and Sheeba Williams - each with experience in the field of substance abuse - covered a variety of topics that included identifying signs and symptoms of substance abuse, causes and consequences, role of teachers, role of parents and assertiveness training.
Case studies, sharing of experiences, role play and small group activities all served to make the two day programme interesting and entertaining.
The Chief Guest, Jayshree Padmanabhan – the Principal of Gill Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Chennai - underlined the important role teachers play in combating the issue.
Hemalatha Anil Kumar, a Consultant at DBRC, conducted a quiz on the drug issue. Post-training evaluation revealed the heightened impact of the programme and a number of relevant and useful suggestions.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
by Susan D'costa
KUWAIT, SEP 16, 2015: Fifteen enthusiastic couples from the Cherubs team of the Family Ministry of St Thérèse Parish in the North Arabian Vicariate, organised a couples programme themed on the Languages of Love on September 10.
The couples, who attended, ranged from newly-weds to those married for 36 years.
The programme began with an enrichment session based on Gary Chapman's "The Five Love Languages" conducted by Amira Peter.
Each partner completed a survey to identify their primary language of love and then shared their results with each other. By discovering their partner's language of love each spouse was now equipped with an effective love language to help bridge their differences and enrich their marriage.
This enriching session was followed by a lively fellowship of innovative games, spot prizes and plenty of dancing. The lively music provided by Cherub Shaun Rebello kept the couples on their feet while MC Donna did a stellar job of keeping them all engaged and excited with the active games.
The parents could enjoy this quality time together thanks to a special programme organised for their children which included animated films, bible bingo and other creative games led by Cherubs, Chrisma Pereira and Raymond Rego.
At the end of the programme couples thanked the Cherubs profusely expressing strong appreciation for the Cherubs and the Parish for taking the trouble to arrange such an enjoyable evening for them.
"Everything was so encouraging. We had forgotten about being a couple in our busy schedules around work, home and children. We hardly have any time for each other. This couples programme gave us a chance to get close and enjoy to the fullest," Mazina said.
Monday, September 14, 2015
by Agnel Dias
NASHIK, SEP 14, 2015: Don Bosco Church, Nashik organised a training session for the youth of their parish and that of St. Dominic Savio Church, Satpur on September 12.
The resource person for the programme was Father Cleophas Braganza from Don Bosco Youth Services, Matunga.
The introductory session commenced with inputs based on the teachings of Pope Francis, on how the youth should participate in the mission of Christ.
The screening of a short film on the life of Don Bosco helped the youth understand the Salesian Youth Movement spread all over the world.
Father Branganza also engaged the youth in planning various activities for the integral development of a human person covering physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects.
The day ended with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist animated by the youth.
Saturday, September 12, 2015
by Anthony D'souza
VASAI, SEP 12, 2015: Pope Francis' latest encyclical Laudato Si' which means 'Praise be to you, Lord' was the overlapping theme for the Novena in honour of Our Lady's birthday, which began on August 30 at our Lady of Light church in Vasai.
Various Fathers from Diocese celebrated the Holy Eucharist during each day of the novena. The homilies were in line with nature and each one's responsibility towards preserving nature for future generations.
The preachers encouraged parishioners by the sharing of their personal experience. The parish zones in turn fulfilled the responsibility in preparing the Liturgy.
Archbishop Felix Machado visited the parish on September 6. He celebrated the Holy Eucharist and addressed the parish about the beauty of creation and the love of God.
Father Remond Rumao, the Youth Director of the Diocese, celebrated the festive mass on September 8.
He spoke about Mother Mary - the Queen of Creation in his homily. The Marian flag, which was raised by Father Royal – the parish priest - on the first day of the novena, was lowered on the Feast'.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
by Akhil Abraham
MUMBAI, SEP 10, 2015: There was a double celebration in store at Shelter Don Bosco on September 8, as children celebrated Teacher's Day and a day to honour the girl child.
The program began with a short prayer service wherein the boys prayed for their teachers and especially for the girl child.
After the prayer service, an address in the form of a movie was presented to the teachers. A film was then screened that helped underline the importance of the girl child in India.
Chaya Salve, the Administrative Officer of the Education Department for the F North region, was the Chief Guest of the event.
She expressed her joy at being called to Shelter Don Bosco to celebrate teachers day and the girl child day. She thanked the management and staff of Shelter Don Bosco for the wonderful work they have been doing with regards to the education of the Shelter boys.
by Geeta Menezes
MUMBAI, SEP 10, 2015: The Salesians at Bosco Boys Home, Borivli joined forces with Yamaha Motors by lending their premises, to launch a two-wheeler Motor Training School on September 8, which is also the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The event was held in commemoration of the bicentenary birth of Don Bosco.
This initiative is to promote and encourage economically weaker youth to acquire technical knowledge and expertise, thereby supporting them to secure employment at Yamaha dealerships.
Technical experts from Yamaha Technical Academy – the company's training division, will provide support in conducting the YTS program by continuously training the trainers as well as the students.
The dignitaries were welcomed with song and dance on the day of the launch itself. Masaki Osano, the Managing Director, Yamaha Motors Sales India (Chennai) and Ravindra Singh, Vice President, Strategy & Planning represented Yamaha at the launch.
A Salesian team of Father Anthony Santarita, Rector of Bosco Boys' Home, Father Anaclete D'Mello, Director, BSVS and Father Savio Silveira, Vice Provincial, Mumbai Province welcomed and greeted the Yamaha dignitaries as they arrived.
Osano then cut the ribbon declaring the Yamaha Motor Training School open. Few boys of Bosco Boys' Home then proceeded to brighten the stage with some light entertainment.
First was a rendition of the Hindi film song, "Aa chal key tujhe main leke chalun, ek aise gagan ke thale", by Father Santarita and a few boys.
This was followed by a fusion dance performed by boys and girls of the Hospitality Management course.
Father Silveira then addressed the gathering. He reflected on Don Bosco's love for youngsters and his initiatives to train the poor, abandoned youth with life skills.
He added that Don Bosco wanted the Salesian institutions to be in forefront of progress, and with this in view, it was commendable that Bosco Boys Home have tied up with Yamaha Motors India, one of the leading two-wheeler manufacturers in India.
Osano then stressed that it was a privilege for Yamaha to tie up with Bosco Boys' Home in this venture. He hoped that this training school would be of immense benefit to youngsters and that the boys would wear the Yamaha training uniforms proudly.
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
by BIS Correspondent
MUMBAI, SEP 9, 2015: Five engineering students from the Don Bosco Institute of Technology did the institute proud as they won top honours at the state level Biomedical Research event organised by B J Govt Medical College & Sassoon General Hospital, Pune on September 4.
Vaibav Goradia, Shubham Shah, Nitin Unnithan, Chekara Mohammad Riyaz and Akhil Varghese developed a unique Multiangle Lithotomy Positioner.
The students had to develop a Positioner that was affordable, safe to use and easy to maintain.
"It was a daunting task as we had just ten days to understand the difficulties faced by patients and doctors, come up with a solution and fine tune it to perfection," Varghese said.
"The doctors gave us good insights into the difficulties faced by mothers at the time of delivery as well as the inconveniences encountered by the doctors in facilitating a successful and safe delivery. We also watched several videos and studied the pressure points of the human anatomy and even measured our femur bones," Unnithan added.
The students required to take into account a number of factors before designing the product. These included the analysis of load bearing deflection, stress and the use of appropriate material to ensure safety.
"Much of our engineering studies in modeling and analysis helped us," Shah said.
The students also got assistance in filing for a patent and in making a prototype.
Students from the Mechanical department came third in the same competition for developing Dental Periodental Disease Detection and Treatment system to help in early detection and prevention of dental disease.
Madhumita Chatterjee, Sharon Shaji Koshy and Ansari Tanveer developed a software that would read digital X-rays of teeth, detect cavities or other diseases accurately, validate it and mark it for further action.
by BIS Correspondent
NAGPUR, SEP 9, 2015: Our Lady of Fatima parish in Jaitala, Nagpur came together to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Velankanni on September 8.
Sisters, youth, parish council members, Sunday school children, mahila mandal, altar servers, salesian co-operators and parishioners began preparing for the Feast on August 29, a day to signal the start of a time of grace.
The topics selected for the novena encouraged the devotees of Velankanni Mata to reflect, appreciate and emulate nine specific titles and roles of the Virgin Mary.
The spiritual zeal gathered momentum on September 7, the last day of the novena, when Father Ashley Miranda made himself available in the evening to minister the sacrament of reconciliation.
Father Miranda was the principal celebrant for the solemn Eucharistic celebration in the evening which began with the faithful devotees carrying the statue of Velankanni Mata in solemn procession through the village chanting Marian hymns and reciting the rosary.
On returning to the church, Father Miranda incensed and garlanded the statue of Our Lady of Velankanni. In his homily, he explained what faith meant for the Virgin Mary and how God invites us also to live a life of faith as Mary did.
The holy Mass was animated by the parish council members and the music by the parish youth.
After holy Mass, all the devotees joined in the festive meal. It was inspiring to see the tender and vibrant devotion of the people for their loving Mother Velankanni.