by Avril Baptista
MUMBAI, FEB 24, 2017: Around 30 parishioners of Saint Dominic Savio parish, Wadala East, accompanied by their parish priest Father Savio Dsouza went for an outreach program to Jeeva Jyoti Care Centre at Karjat, a home for destitute women.
Being the 'Year of the Family', the Women's cell desired to do something for destitute women. Father Dsouza, suggested Jeevan Jyoti – a home run by the sisters' of the order of Ursulines of Mary Immaculate (UMI).
The members of the cell went around door- to- door collecting money for the cause which amounted to Rupees 85,000. It was agreed that it would better serve the purpose by visiting the home; to understand the needs and requirements of the women and sisters and the challenges they face.
Besides the members of the women's cell, those interested were invited to join. Upon reaching the destination, the Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Father Dsouza. The children from the home sang a welcome song and some of the women performed a song and dance.
Besides the money that would help provide provisions for the year, the group had carried little knick-knacks for the children and the women. The parishioner's interacted with the women and the sisters, played games and danced to liven the atmosphere. Everyone had a simple but delicious lunch together.
Before leaving, Father Dsouza and some members of the women's cell reflected on the day's events and shared their thoughts. They returned back richer from the experience and grateful for the gift of family.