by Father Crescens Lemos
MUMBAI, JAN 26, 2015: The Mama Margaret Association – comprising of parents of the Salesians in Mumbai – met at Our Lady of Dolours Church in Wadala on January 4 to spend time with their son's and to celebrate the gift of vocation.
Forty-two parents were a part of the event which was entitled, "With Jesus let us adventure in the Spirit together." The day began at 10 am with a fellowship. Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai then addressed the parents present. He spoke about their role in the vocation of their sons and exhorted them to accompany their sons in this adventure with their prayers and advice .
He thanked the parents present for all that they have done for their sons; especially in supporting them in times of difficulties. Father D'Souza stressed on the fact that parents play an important role in fostering vocations and promoting vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Father Savio Silveira, the delegate of the association, thanked the parents for their presence and more importantly for offering their sons to the congregation. He assured them that their sons are praying for them, especially for their good health and peace.
The Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Father Chrys Saldanha, who was part of the Formation Department of the Salesian congregation in Rome. He helped the parents reflect on their role in the lives of their sons. Father Saldanha used the example of Mama Margaret, who had helped Don Bosco in his mission; and Saint Monica - the mother of Saint Augustine - who prayed for her son. He concluded by saying that parents nurture their son's vocation and guide them to becoming saints.
After Holy Mass, the brothers of Don Bosco, Matunga had some light moments with the parents through their innovative games. As a sign of appreciation, Father D'Souza presented each parent with a token of love. The parents were happy to be part of the event. "The programme was very well organised, such programmes help us parents to get to know other parents," said Ronald D'Souza, the father of Brother Rohan D'Souza.