by Cleric Nelson Mudaliar
PUNE, AUG 31, 2017: The confreres of Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC), Koregaon Park celebrated their Community Day tridum with the theme FLAKES, the acronym which stands for the characteristics that give a picture of the community, namely F for Fidelity, L for Love, A for Accountability, K for Kindness, E for Evangelical counsels and S for Service, from August 24 to 27.
At the onset, on August 24, the First Year theologians animated the inaugural Holy Mass, which was celebrated by Father Godfrey D'Souza, Provincial of the Salesian province of Mumbai. The first two days of the tridum fell in the midst of the Provincial Visitation. Father D'Souza highlighted the theme of Fidelity and the Evangelical Counsels in his homily.
The Second Year theologians helped the community on August 25 to reflect on the theme of Kindness and Service during the Holy Eucharist and meditation. Father D'Souza spoke about the Holy Father Pope Francis' message to the seminarians. Father Provincial also read out his Visitation report in the evening, commending the family spirit that prevails in the community. The whole community played football on the turf at Don Bosco, Yerwada that evening. The day ended with a prize distribution ceremony.
The third day was dedicated to reflecting on Love and Accountability. The Third Year brothers animated the Holy Eucharist and meditation. The brothers played box cricket in the morning, while in the evening, the brothers put up a family circle for the Rector.
The community day began with music, praising God for their families. The meditation was animated by the deacons, who helped the confreres think of togetherness and appreciate each other. The capos organised an adventure game, which took confreres across the city of Pune on cycles in a bid to accomplish various tasks.
In the evening, during the Eucharistic celebration, Father Richard D'Silva, the administrator spoke on the loving bond of the community. "A community is not a building or bricks coming together, but we as persons sharing life together," he said. Father D'Silva thanked all the confreres for their various contributions to the community.