Wednesday, February 27, 2019

BIS #5767 SCHOOL AWAY FROM SCHOOL


by Brother Jittin Mathew and Meena Kini

MUMBAI, FEB 26, 2019: Saint John Bosco once said, “Remember that education is a matter of the heart.” Reflecting on his words, a discussion and presentation on ‘Creating Opportunities for Marginalised Young People through Education and Vocational Training’ were organised by Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli in collaboration with Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS) on February 23.

Forty participants from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBO), Church Community Centres (CCC) and St. Vincent de Paul parish communities (VDP) came together to find a way to give today’s youth a brighter future. 

While welcoming the guests, Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Director of BBH introduced the concept of Open Schooling and NIOS. In his address, he said, “BBH in keeping with the charism of our Founder Saint John Bosco, conducts various vocational training courses for youth that makes them employable. We are also concerned about young boys in the age group of 10 to 18 years who for one reason or another are not inclined to go to school or leave school and go elsewhere during that time.” 

The objective of the session was to spread awareness of the services that BBH offers in the form of technical courses, residential programmes for children at risk, and a proposed open schooling programme or non- formal educational programme for children who have dropped out from school between the ages 10 to 18 years.

Many NGO’s between Bandra to Palghar attended this programme and shared their inputs. Caroline D’Souza moderated the session. She has worked for 27 years in the NIOS sphere in collaboration with Don Bosco, Borivli and Wadala for the promotion of NIOS and homeschooling.

The session started with different groups introducing themselves and the nature of their work. Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Perfect of Studies of CWC and the Principal of the Technical School, presented an overview of Bosco Boys Home and the Technical Institute.

The first presentation was on Bosco Boys Home and about Don Bosco and his compassion for marginalised young people. Don Bosco’s vision and the Salesian mission to take care of youth was highlighted. The history, present and the future plans of BBH was shared. It also showcased the activities the boys of BBH regularly participate in like sports, games, music, dance, theatre, and art, with the help of volunteers from various NGO’s like Bhoomi, U n I. In the next presentation, Deacon D'Souza shared information about the various technical courses available at BBH.

The participants then broke into groups and had discussions around the problems they face working with children between the age group of 10 to 18 years, the kind of health and services they need, their challenges with regards to formal schooling, as well as the help and intervention required to overcome the difficulties.

The challenges of institutes included the ineffectiveness of formal education and child drop-out rate between the age of 10 to 18 years. D’Souza spoke about NIOS and the advantages it offered as compared to conventional schooling.

“School dropouts are children-at-risk and become vulnerable to exploitation. They become victims of crime, drugs, pornography etc. Such children have greater difficulties in rehabilitation or picking up trades later on. Through NIOS, young people can finish 10th/12th standard and have better opportunities in employment. The subjects are mostly vocational in nature and can be studied from home. It also has advantages of several attempts in exams and fewer subjects which are bakery, computers, home science, painting, etc”, D’Souza said.

D’Souza went on to explain that BBH was considering the implementation of this system from June 2019. Those above the age of 14 years could be enrolled for the NIOS exam. Those between 12 to14 years could be prepared and homeschooled through functional math, conversational English, civic understanding, grooming and attire, extracurricular activities, computers, and sports before they went on to give the exam.

“We hope from this workshop the awareness about the proposed open schooling programme that is to be started at BBH will spread and people will enroll children in need for the programme,” Datta Gade, a social worker from BBH said. The event also provided a great opportunity for networking.

“I had come for this workshop basically to know the services provided by Don Bosco. We also have enrolled our children for a few of the courses which are available here. They had a very good experience. We have coordinated with BBH for over a number of years,” Sheryl John, a social worker from Snehasadan said.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

BIS #5766 VALUES FOR LIFE


by Brother Telston Lobo

KAWANT, FEB 25, 2019: Health, harmony, holiness, and the environment was the theme of the 24th Value Education Day held at Don Bosco High School, Kawant on February 23.


Students from neighbouring schools were present for the celebration that took place in the school hall from 9 am to 4 pm. Ice-breaker sessions were organised at the onset. A session was conducted to help students know more about the theme through live examples, stories, and real-life events. The students were then led to a discussion.

The afternoon was brightened up by video presentations by all the schools based on the theme. This was followed by melodious songs presented by the students, which focused on the values necessary for life.

The students also had the opportunity of viewing other students’ books and essays, which gave them an aesthetic sense of maintaining a book and the art of writing an essay based on a theme.

The value-based learning inspired the students to leave with an affirmation to lead positive value-enriched lives.  

BIS #5765 EFFECTIVE TIME MANAGEMENT


by Brother Jittin Mathew

MUMBAI, FEB 25, 2019: Students from standard five to nine of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli attended a session on Effective Time Management which was conducted by students from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan on February 21.

Father Dinesh Kumar from Patna Archdiocese and Gayatri Dhargalkar, both experts in the field of social work were the moderators for the event. Deacon Romero D’souza, the Perfect of Studies welcomed the moderators and introduced them to the students.

Deacon D’souza encouraged the students to understand the importance of time and manage it with the expertise of the speakers. He further urged them to utilise their time effectively and productively.

The sessions were divided into four parts comprising an activity, discussion on a case study, tips for effective time management, and the barriers in time management with critical feedback. In the activity, the students had the option to either write or draw all tasks they perform during the day and also to mention the time spent on each task. This helped the students to reflect on their own time management skills.

The youth were then divided into four groups with each group being given a question paper on the issues they faced due to ineffective management of time.

While giving the students tips for effective time management, Father Kumar said, “For managing your time it is very important to set proper goals by making a list of all the things I have to do and of all the things I can do in the limited time I have, and put a plan of action to achieve it. This is called a SMART goal concept.”

While sharing with the students the barriers to effective time management, Dhargalkar said, “We often say we lack time to complete the work assigned to us because we do not set clear goals and our inability to say no to other distractions.”

In the feedback session, the students were given guidance on taking care of themselves by eating timely and healthy meals, taking frequent breaks to relax, practicing meditation and yoga, having eight hours of sleep, and staying positive.

“It was a very nice session. I am grateful to them for teaching me to use my time efficiently. From now onwards I will make a proper time table for my daily schedule and try to follow it faithfully,” Vishal Gautam, from standard eight, said.

BIS #5764 YOUTH CONVENTION AT BOSCO BOYS HOME



by Brother Jittin Mathew 

MUMBAI, FEB 25, 2019: Over 650 youth came from urban and rural settings, bastis and slums of Mumbai gathered at Bosco Boys Home (BBH) for a special programme entitled ‘Making Mumbai: A Youth Convention’ on February 17.

The programme was organised to impress upon the youth the importance of having a vision for a better future. It was a specia
l opportunity for Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA) and BBH to collaborate and work for youngsters.

The theme for the gathering was ‘Claiming Identity’. It meant claiming their rights, responsibilities, claiming who they are, and what they are in society. The day-long event comprised of two parts, first, a panel discussion from morning 10 am to 1 pm, followed by post-lunch games, and then a cultural programme in the evening.

The YUVA group approached Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Director of BBH and pre-planned the event with Deacon Romero D’Souza. Father Gonsalves welcomed the gathering and declared the event open. Youngsters from various indigenous communities, working professionals, rural marginalised sectors as well as urban youth came for the event with a vision to unite and make Mumbai city a ComplexCity. 

The morning session had a panel discussion with youngsters from different backgrounds and places like Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Aarey Colony Goregaon, Dharavi, Navi Mumbai, Ambujwadi, Lallubhai Compound, Mankhurd. They were provided a platform to share their problems and discuss solutions for the same.

Topics ranged from identity crisis, working with disabled youth, demand for more inclusive spaces and facilities, socio-economic realities, the struggles in accessing basic services, the changing face of Navi Mumbai over the decades, how the greenfield city has not given space to those who have helped build it and much more.

Shashank from Sanjay Gandhi National Park spoke about deforestation and space for nature and animals which is dwindling. Sana Shaikh from Dharavi highlighted the importance of focusing on identity building and how the strongest thrust on identity formation comes from one's own efforts.

A representative from the transgender community, Deepa, spoke about identity struggles throughout the years and the need for more gender sensitisation and awareness sessions. The cultural programme comprised of songs, street plays, bands, poetry recitations, mimes, storytelling, and dance highlighting the various issues affecting the city. The boys of BBH also performed a dance, which was well appreciated.

Renowned writer and founder member of the group Dalit Panther, J V Pawar, was one of the chief guests for the event. He gave a rousing speech at the opening ceremony speaking about the writing of the Preamble of the Indian Constitution, the role of B R Ambedkar, the importance of respecting the Constitution, the power of democracy, and how the youth play a major role in driving change. Encouraging the youngsters, he said, “I am a 75-year-old youth. The responsibility to drive change lies with each one of us.”

“This event today is dedicated to the youth from across the city so that they can ideate and plan for working with one another towards sustainable and inclusive urban spaces. The development of the city is inclusive,” Vijay Bharat, the project coordinator for child protection for YUVA, Mumbai region said.

“Thanks to this event, I see myself having many options to choose from for my future studies. It also helped me to analyse and see a cleaner Mumbai with a much healthier relationship between the people,” Sanu Sheikh, a participant said.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, the prefect of studies, concluded the event by speaking about BBH and also presented the different courses available at the Home for youth to attend. The vote of thanks was given by Roshini Nugehali, Executive Director of YUVA.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

BIS #5762 PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MUMBAI: DAY FOUR


by Father Leon Rodrigues 

LONAVLA, FEB 22, 2019: The fifth day of the Provincial Chapter (PC 2019 ) of the Mumbai province began with the Eucharistic celebration presided by the Provincial Father Godfrey D’Souza at Don Bosco Lonavla on February 22.

In his homily, Father D’Souza called all the capitulars to be pastors after the heart of the Good Shepherd participating in the joys and sorrows of the flock that are placed under their care.

Father D'Souza further told the assembly that being a pastor meant to immerse oneself authentically into the emotion of the moment of the congregation, the youngsters, and the groups of people they minister. He called the assembly to have a pastor’s heart i.e. to have an enlarged heart to love and make themselves loved.

The final day’s proceedings began with Father Christopher George taking the roll call. The Secretary of the PC 2019, Father Vinod Mascarenhas read the minutes; which was passed by the assembly.

In the first sitting, the capitulars voted on the final draft of the documents presented by the Chapter commissions. In the second sitting, the paper on ‘Juridical Matters’ was put to vote.

At the end of the voting process, the moderator of PC 2019, Father Wyman Gonsalves proposed the vote of thanks. He invited the Provincial to the dais to address the capitulars and declare PC 2019 closed.

Friday, February 22, 2019

BIS #5762 PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MUMBAI: DAY FOUR


by Father Leon Rodrigues  

LONAVLA, FEB 21, 2019: The fourth day of the Provincial Chapter (PC 2019) of the Mumbai province, currently underway at Don Bosco, Lonavla, witnessed the various commissions presenting the third draft of their papers, which were discussed and changes made during the course of the discussion.

Father Savio D’Souza celebrated the Holy Eucharist before the sessions began. In his homily, he asked the congregation to ponder on the principal question in the day’s Gospel – “Who do You say I am?”

This question further gives rise to three queries, he said. ‘Who is Christ for me? Whom am I for Christ? Can Christ rely on me?’ He explained that the three questions lead an individual's identity and mission. He stressed, ‘We are consecrated – persons of God, apostles, and apostles who are sent.’

Father Allwyn Misquitta began the first session of the day by leading participants in prayer. Father Christopher George took the roll call. The secretary of PC 2019, Father Vinod Mascarenhas then read the minutes of the previous day. The assembly passed the minutes.

The morning and afternoon sessions were utilised by the commissions in presenting the third draft of their papers. Commission 1 made a presentation on  ‘Priority of the Mission with the Young’, Commission 2 on ‘Profile of the Salesian Today’ and Commission 3 on ‘Shared Mission Between Salesians and Laity’.

The papers were discussed and changes were made. The evening session of the day was utilised by the commissions to prepare the final draft of their papers. The day ended with Holy Adoration.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

BIS #5761 PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MUMBAI: DAY THREE


by Father Leon Rodrigues  

LONAVLA, FEB 20, 2019: The Provincial Chapter of the Mumbai province (PC 2019) continued at Don Bosco Lonavla on February 20 - day three - by lifting praise to God at the Holy Eucharist presided by Father Anton D’Souza.

In his homily, Father D’Souza spoke of ‘our (Salesian) mission in collaboration with the laity’. He stressed that Salesians, as sons of Don Bosco must follow in his footsteps and liaison with their lay collaborators.

The morning session of day three began with the Roll call. The Secretary of PC 2019, Father Vinod Mascarenhas read the minutes of day two.

Commission 2 presented the second draft of the paper entitled ‘Profile of the Salesian Today’. The assembly deliberated the draft.

Commission 3 then presented the second draft of the paper entitled ‘Shared Mission Between Salesians and Laity’. The draft was discussed and adequate responses were recorded.

In the afternoon session, the Juridical Commission presented the second draft of the paper ‘Juridical Matters’. Important topics were put through a straw vote and agreed upon.

PC 2019 then had a look at the Universal Apostolic Preferences for the next decade by the Jesuit General Council.

The election for the delegates and the substitutes for GC 28 took place. The day three of PC 2019 ended with Adoration and prayer.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

BIS #5760 PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MUMBAI: DAY TWO


by Father Leon Rodrigues

LONAVLA, FEB 19, 2019: Day two of the Provincial Chapter (PC 2019) of the Mumbai province, held at Don Bosco Lonavla, began on February 19 at the feet of the Lord as PC 2019 celebrated the birthday of Father Cletus D
’Souza.

In his homily, Father D’Souza called the capitulars to a renewal of their call as Salesians enhancing the ‘life’ and being ‘love’ and ‘light’ to the young.

Father Christopher George took the Roll Call. The Secretary to PC 2019, Father Vinod Mascarenhas then read the minutes of the previous day, which was approved.

In the morning session, Commission 2 presented their document ‘The Profile of the Salesian’ on the floor of the Chapter. There was a healthy discussion on the paper.

Commission 3 then presented their document entitled ‘Shared mission between Salesians and Laity’. The capitulars discussed the paper and put forth suggestions.

The afternoon session saw the Juridical Commission present their paper ‘Juridical Matters.’ The paper was well deliberated on the floor of the Chapter.

In the evening session Commission 1 presented the second draft of their paper entitled ‘Priority of the Mission with the Young’. The floor of the chapter suggested a few changes to be made in the second draft.

The day ended in the presence of the Lord, thanking and praising the Lord for the gift of Father Cletus D’souza and a fructuous study of all the documents that were presented.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BIS #5759 PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MUMBAI: DAY ONE


by Father Leon Rodrigues 

LONAVLA, FEB 18,
2019: Day one of the Provincial Chapter of the Mumbai province (PC 2019) began on February 18 at 9 am in the Cajetan Lobo AV hall at Don Bosco, Lonavla with a prayer song based on Micah 6:8 and the Chapter prayer.

The Secretary of PC 2019, Father Vinod Mascarenhas took the Roll Call. Father Christopher George read the message of Father Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Regional Councillor of South Asia to the PC 2019 capitulars; he asked them to be harbingers of the future.

During the morning session, the Provincial Father Godfrey D’Souza read his report on the state of the province and thanked the members for their hard work, dedication, and collaboration during the triennium 2016-2019.

The Secretary Father Vinod Mascarenhas, helped the capitulars to get to know the workings of the provincial commissions and departments.

The Economer Father Manuel Murzello then presented the report on the financial state of the province. The capitulars met at the afternoon session to present their feedback and views on the two reports that were presented in the morning session.

The evening session saw Commission 1 present their document entitled ‘Priority of The Mission with The Youth’. What followed was a healthy deliberation on the document. In the evening, the capitulars met together at the feet of the Lord during Adoration to praise and thank him for the wonderful first day of the Chapter.

BIS #5758 A PARISH FAMILY


by Avril Baptista

MUMBAI, FEB 18, 2019: Dominic Savio Parish, Wadala East held a soiree of the ‘Annual Parish Family’ themed ‘Coming together as a Family’ on February 16 at the church hall.

The morning’s Eucharistic Mass was con-celebrated by Father Savio D’Souza, the parish priest, Father Francis Fernandes, an
d Father Cleophas Braganza.

Couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries between the months of August and January renewed their marriage vows, with the larger community as their witness. In keeping with the occasion, Father Fernandes gave an inspiring homily on the meaning of family and the role of each individual in it.

The celebration held later in the day, was the first time the event was held at such a large scale and it witnessed a sterling turnout. From young to old: grandparents, parents, youth, children were all represented in large numbers.

The youth put up a cultural dance, while the adults showed how to line-dance to an enthusiastic audience. Games, dancing, and snacks were organised to encourage fellowship among the parishioners.


Father Fernandes and the Family Cell, organised the day’s proceedings. “We had a gala time as never before,” Ramona Monteiro, a parishioner said. “We must make this an annual thing, truly enjoyable,” Ryan Fernandes, another parishioner said. It was a sentiment that resonated among most of the attendees.

BIS #5757 RE-STAGING OF ARMAAN SAB KA


by Brother Jittin Mathew 

MUMBAI, FEB 18, 2019: Bosco Boys Home (BBH) received a special invitation to re-stage their musical, ‘Armaan Sab Ka’ on February 16 at Malad in Mumbai, by Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action (YUVA), a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with the marginalised, as part of their ComplexCity: Connecting Experiences programme, which is a celebration of the city in all its diversity, inviting every urban inhabitant to share their experiences of the city with one another.

YUVA witnessed BBH’S musical, ‘Armaan Sab Ka’, staged for their benefactors, volunteers, and well-wishers, as a sign of gratitude for their unstinting love and support on January 26 at Don Bosco School, Borivli.

The story centres on the life of an orphan, who grew up on the streets, encounters many helping hands in his life, and after landing in BBH, fulfills his dream (armaan) of attaining happiness and overcoming his inner struggles. The performance of the boys has moved so many to swing into action and offer their time, talent, and mite to help the lesser privileged but extremely-talents boys of the Home.

Also at YUVA’s ComplexCity programme were other NGO’s from the city of Mumbai, who presented different songs, dance, skits, and musicals. ComplexCity aims to further the dialogue on urban values, history, culture, and socio-economic realities; to create awareness about the current situation of Mumbai city and how to make it better. YUVA as a voluntary development organisation aims to empower the oppressed by concentrating on human rights.

“We aim to organise a series of cultural expressions across the ComplexCity festival, showcasing unique local traditions, music, dance performances, poetry recitations to expose people to existing narratives of the city, they may have not explored before. We thank Bosco Boys Home for being part of our event by putting up such a wonderful musical play and helping us to highlight the issues of children belonging to the category of the poor and abandoned,” Sachin Nachnekar, the event coordinator for YUVA said.

“I was very happy to do the play one more time. It means the people really liked it and hope they call us again. I was also impressed by the various items performed by other groups. I thank YUVA for giving this platform to display our talent,” Prince Chavda, a boy from BBH said.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Prefect of Studies who accompanied the boys to the event, thanked and congratulated YUVA for their good work towards society.    

BIS #5756 SAVE THE CHILDREN


by Brother Jittin Mathew and Eustace Fernandes

MUMBAI, FEB 18, 2019: An awareness programme sensitising the boys of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) on their rights and responsibilities was conducted by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on February 15 from 9.30 am to 11.00 am, as part of the project ‘The Invisible- Save the Children’.

Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Director of BBH congratulated the NGO for their benevolent gesture towards this feeble sector of society and encouraged them to carry on this noble work passionately.

“Every child deserves the best chance for a bright future,” Ashwini Shejwal, the programme coordinator of the project for the Mumbai region said. Shejwal with 12 years of experience in the field of child protection, along with Budhaji Jadhav, a team member, and Seema Vanarse, MIS officer conducted the session.

The theme of the session was to make the poor and abandoned children aware of their importance in society and vice-versa. The session was interactive and child-friendly starting with icebreakers and an action song.

The highlight of the session was the two movies: ‘Komal’ which stressed on the topic of abuse and a ‘Childline video’ which brought to the forefront the evil of child labour. After this, the boys were asked to share their views on the videos and they expressed their views freely and clearly.

The session ended with a motivational Hindi song, 'Mera bhi tho aadhikaar hai’ reflecting on the theme that every child, even the ignored and invisible, have their rights and they should fight for it.

“Every child should get the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, and education because we see tomorrow in today’s child and the progress of the country depends on the well-being of the children,” Vishal Gautam, one of the boys of BBH said.

“Real freedom is using one’s rights with responsibilities. You children are our future. Be aware of your rights and become responsible and productive citizens,” Shejwal said as she concluded the session.

In the vote of thanks, Deacon Romero D’Souza, the Prefect of Studies of the boys, thanked the team of Salaam Baalak Trust for educating and making the boys aware of their rights and responsibilities and assured them of their prayers and support.

BIS #5755 SANGAM 2018-19


by Sheena Aery

VADODARA, FEB 18, 2019: Don Bosco High School (DBHS), Vadodara celebrated its annual Thanksgiving Day on February 15.

The scouts troop escorted the Chief Guest H Madhavan, General Manager, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC),  Vadodara, Guests of Honour Father John Samala, Golden jubilarian,  Mita Bhatt, retiring teacher, Father Anthony Pinto, Rector and Principal, Father Isaac Arackaparambil, parish priest, Father Dominic Martis, the administrator, and Father Sunil Pinto, a newly ordained priest.

An audience of around 1800, comprising parents, well-wishers, ex-teachers, school staff, alumni, students, and friends witnessed the programme. Father Martis welcomed the gathering and also paid a tribute to the martyrs of Pulwama with a two-minute silence.

The prayer and welcome dances set the right note for the programme. H Madhavan, an ex- Boscoite was appreciated for his esteemed presence as the chief guest and presented a plaque as a memento by Father Anthony Pinto. Madhavan in his address shared memories and experiences at Don Bosco School as a student, emphasising that a person is recognised by his roots.

Father Samala was felicitated for his 50 years of fidelity to the Lord as he celebrates the Golden Jubilee of his Sacerdotal Priestly Ordination. Teacher Mita Bhatt was congratulated on the occasion of her retirement, for the dedication with which she has served the school for 18 years.

The theme of the annual Thanksgiving was ‘Sangam’, an amalgamation of various cultures in India. The story unfolded with the significance of the culture of Bihu (Assam), Pahadi (northern India), Adivasi (tribal culture),  Koli (Maharashtra), and Garba (Gujarat). Dances depicted by students were enhanced by the visuals on the LED screen. The curtain call was the Sangam of various cultures unified with the song ‘Happy ending’.

Presenting the vote of thanks, Leena Varghese, the chief coordinator of the school thanked all present for their contribution in making the programme a grand success.

Monday, February 18, 2019

BIS #5754 BEGINNINGS OF PC 2019


by Father Leon Cruz

LONAVLA, FEB 18, 2019: The Provincial Chapter (PC) of Mumbai Province began in Lonavla on February 17. In preparation for PC 2019, all confreres gathered for a recollection talk given by Father Thumma Vijay Prathap Reddy who was recently the moderator of the Provincial Chapter of Hyderabad province and the elected delegate to the General Chapter (GC 28) in his province.

Father Reddy set the tone for PC 2019 as he spoke about creative fidelity and he addressed creative fidelity of God, creative fidelity of Don Bosco, and creative fidelity of Salesians. The recollection talk was followed by an Adoration service animated by Father Wyman Gonsalves, moderator of the Provincial Chapter.

During the Goodnight Talk, Father Godfrey D’Souza, the Provincial of Mumbai Province welcomed the confreres and speaking about Prophet Jeremiah. He expressed the need to be rooted in faith, to be men of God, and to do God’s work.

The Provincial Chapter of Mumbai Province will end on February 22 and the forthcoming days will be days of reflection, discernment, and discussions on the theme ‘What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?’

Sunday, February 17, 2019

BIS #5753 LIVE THE DREAM


by Brother Jittin Mathew 

MUMBAI, FEB 14, 2019: The words of Kailash Satyarthi, child rights activist and Noble Peace Prize recipient inspired students of VIBGYOR High School, Borivli to visit Bosco Boys Home (BBH) on February 13.

Satyarthi’s words, “Th
ere is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of children,” moved the students to make the outreach-cum-field trip to the Home in a bid to spend time with underprivileged youth at the premises.

The event was coordinated by Lipi Joshi -a staff - on behalf of the Principal Diana Isabel of VIBGYOR in collaboration with Bosco Boys Home for creating awareness and to enthuse, enlighten and empower the children with the message to dream big and to achieve it.

On reading the chapter on Kailash Satyarthi, the students of standard five along with their teachers Grenil Menezes, Joshi, and Niharika Singh made the visit to gain real-life experience of the work done by the society to protect innocent poor and abandoned children and help them fulfill their dreams.

The students came well prepared with a programme consisting of songs, dances, games, and snacks. The theme for the programme was, ‘Dream big and strive to achieve it’. The students sang the songs, ‘You’re an Overcomer’ and ‘Hum Hoge Kamiyab’ delighting and motivating all present to never give up in life.

A fusion dance ‘Taal se Taal’ was also performed. To top it all, the Boys of Bosco Boys Home also joined in with a freestyle-cum-hip hop fusion dance with eight songs infused. Two students from the school came forward to share the brief life of Satyarthi and his contribution to society.

Deacon Romero D’Souza, on behalf of the management, staff and the children, thanked the staff and students of VIBGYOR for their kind and loving gesture. He also briefed them about the Institute and the founder Don Bosco. He shared with them the famous dream of Don Bosco, which has become a living reality today and encouraged all to dream big and live the dream.

“A big thank you to the management, staff, and boys of Bosco Boys Home for sharing with us these wonderful, joyful and fruitful moments,” Joshi said. “It is the right of every child to dream big and to strive to fulfill his dream. So don’t give up to the struggles but overcome it with perseverance and hard work.”

One of the girls from the school added, “I would like to spend some more time here and would like to help in the activities conducted here because there is so much of liveliness and cheerfulness here.”

“It was a learning experience for me. I really liked the work done by Kailash Satyarthi. He along with Don Bosco worked for poor youngsters like us. I will also become like them when I grow up,” Rahul Khavdia, a boy from BBH said. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BIS #5752 MUSIC, MELODY AND A HEART FULL OF GRATITUDE

by Ashwini Gupte

MUMBAI, FEB 12, 2019: Don Bosco High School, Matunga celebrated their Annual Thanksgiving on February 8 and 9, in gratitude for the numerous achievements and accolades won by the Institution after the Platinum Jubilee year.

An enchanting musical, 'Seven Brides For Seven Brothers', its Hindi version being the famed 'Satte Pe Satta' was staged. The production told the tale of seven backwoodsmen, the Pontipee brothers. Uncouth and brash at the outset, they grow into ‘refined men with a refreshing outlook’ after the eldest brother Adam brings home his bride, Millie.

Members of the management including the Rector Father Crispino D'Souza, Principal Father Bernard Fernandes, Vice Principal and Administrator Father Roy Noronha, Coordinator C Rai, supervisors and head teachers were felicitated for their unwavering confidence and unstinting encouragement that has led the school to raise the bar each year. Meritorious and deserving students were also commended with awards and scholarships on day one of the celebrations.

On day two, retired staff, Supervisor for standards five and six, Barbara Fernandes and the in-charge of the IT department Nelson D'Souza were felicitated for their dedication and commitment to the cause of education.

The jubilarians, supervisor for standards seven and eight, Christina Mascarenhas and kindergarten teacher Blanche D'Souza were also felicitated for their silver years of service. Peons G Joseph and Ramesh Parmar were also commended for their successful innings in service at Matunga. There was a tribute to the late Rector Father Jude D'Mello.

The Chief Guest Paul Machado, Principal, Campion school, iterated the shared responsibility parents and teachers have in the all-round growth and development of the child. "School is your second home, it is often said but home is also your second school," Machado said.

On the occasion, the Guest of Honour Father Binu Jacob, Rector of Don Bosco Nepal, was presented a cheque of six lakh rupees as the school’s mite from the outreach Christmas Panorama proceeds.

The Principal Father Fernandes quoted Nobel Peace Prize Winner, former US Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore in praise of Pope Francis as being, "one of the strongest voices in the world calling for environmental protection."  

BIS #5751 GOSPEL QUIZ ENGAGES ADULTS


by Wilma Almeida

KUWAIT, FEB 12, 2019: The Parish of St.Therese of Child Jesus in Kuwait organised their annual Bible quiz for catechism children on February 11, 2019. In a bid to include adults, after a special request by them to the parish priest, an online quiz on the Gospels was created for them this year.


The quiz committee swung into action and with the help of the weekly Bible class students, a two-stage Bible quiz on the Gospels of Matthew and John were designed. Registered candidates had to first participate in an online quiz, spread over three months. Qualifiers then contested in a live quiz show to win.

The quiz was launched in the first week of October. There was an overwhelming response with 500 Bible enthusiasts registering from across all the parishes of Kuwait and even overseas. Each week, ten questions were posted online as participants accumulated their points.

The first 20 participants were then invited to the grand finale of the live quiz show on February 8 at Don Bosco School in Kuwait. Hudson Fernandes emceed the event, keeping everyone interested as four teams competed for the top spot. The organising committee had arranged a variety of creative rounds including multiple questions, buzzer, activity-based, audiovisual, and rapid fire.

Team Matthew, comprising Vijay D’souza, Lijo Joseph, Cleta D’souza, Alwyn D’souza, and Shawn George scored the maximum points and were declared winners.



“Sincere gratitude to the priests and entire Bible quiz committee for professionally organising such an event.  It has really helped us to read, understand, and meditate on the Word of God. Our knowledge of the Gospels has increased and it will help us to grow spiritually.  We wish to see more of these activities being conducted for the parishioners,” Vijay D’souza from the winning team said.

Team John, comprising of Chris Joseph, Regina Anthony, Veena Vas, Jeena Kuruvilla, Angela Dias were declared runners up. “I want to thank each priest as well as the coordinating committee for conducting the entire quiz right from the online stage. The questions were all well researched,” Chris Joseph, a participant said. The teams Mark and Luke were placed third and fourth respectively.