Sunday, June 30, 2019

BIS #5801 VOCATION CAMP: DISCERNING GOD’S CALL


by BIS Correspondent
 
KUWAIT, JUNE 29, 2019: A Salesian vocation camp began in Salmiya, Kuwait on June 23. This is the third consecutive year the vocation camp is being organised in Kuwait. There are 27 boys from class seven to twelve participating. The purpose of the camp is to help youngsters discern the call of God in their lives.
 
During the camp, the boys will be offered a holistic development programme. Various sessions will be held on different topics like careers, apostolic vocations, personality development, making the right choices in life, etc. These sessions will be conducted through workshops, group discussions, and presentations. The boys will have an opportunity to listen to the vocation stories of the resident Salesians in Salmiya, Kuwait.
 
Through various games and competitions, the participants will be helped to discover their talents and skills. “I am looking forward to a great time in the camp and a good way of growing in my vocation,” Leon Fernandes, a participant from class 10 said. Elvis D’mello and Phillip Fernandes, Salesian Cooperators, did the groundwork for the camp. Nigel Menezes, a youngster and a volunteer assisting Father Lopez, said, “I am feeling very happy that I have been called to assist Father Lopez and I am blessed to be part of the camp.”
 
Kuwait is a fertile ground for vocations. The organisers are hopeful that the vocation camp becomes a platform for youngsters to discover God’s call in their lives. They further desire that it helps the youth become more committed to the Church and serve the Lord.

BIS #5800 THE SALESIAN ART OF LISTENING


by Arpita Macwan
 
GUJARAT, JUNE 29, 2019: An educational seminar for the staff of the English and Gujarati medium Salesian schools at Dakor were organised by Father Bastin Thomas, the Rector and manger of the Dakor Salesian Society.

All the teachers of English medium and Gujarati medium schools gathered in the school hall. Father Dsouza Lorenzo, the Principal of Gujarati medium school welcomed the teachers to the annual conference given by the Rector.

Father Thomas started the meeting with a prayer. He enlightened the teachers about the three vital pillars of the Don Bosco educational system. To make it more practical for them, he further divided all the teachers in these three groups: Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness.

The groups shared among them their views on each pillar of Don Bosco’s educational system. Sunil, a teacher of the Gujarati medium school, shared that the art of listening is at the core of Don Bosco’s educational system. Through it alone one can reason, nurture faith, and show loving kindness to students.

Sharma Jayesh, a teacher from the Gujarati medium school opined that there is no discrimination in caste, religion or gender, which is unlikely in the neighbourhood. Celebrating the various religious festivals fosters the value of secularism in the school.

Urval, a teacher from the English medium school mentioned specifically about the open and friendly spirit among the staff and the students. It was noticed that the students easily co-operate with teachers without having any fear.

Father Thomas explained that the service of the teachers is not just doing work but giving the students an experience of God’s love. Saroj Macwan, an English medium teacher said, “It’s when you listen you come close to a child, not when you hear.” The teachers unanimously decided that the art of listening is crucial to the nurturing of each child and in helping them grow and bloom in Don Bosco’s educational system.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

BIS #5799 WORLD YOGA DAY


by Ujwala Siddapur and Sheena Aery
 
MUMBAI PROVINCE, JUNE 22, 2019: International Yoga Day was celebrated in Salesian schools across the Mumbai province, with the students being told about the benefits of Yoga on June 21.
 
At Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla, a special assembly was organised to commemorate the occasion.  The programme began with a prayer followed by a speech by the resource person Father Xavier Devadas, who informed the students about the advantages of Yoga. Father Blany Pinto, the Rector of the institution, was present at the event.
 
Sunita Sonavane and Dinesh D’Souza, both teachers, who have been part of various Yoga events, took the initiative to conduct yoga demonstrations of various Asanas like Tadasana, Trikonasana, and Pranayama.
 
The fifth edition of International Yoga Day was celebrated at Don Bosco High School, Vadodara with sessions being organised for around 1500 students.
 
Bindiya Purohit, a parent and Diploma holder, was invited to conduct the Yoga session for the secondary section on the school grounds. Students from standard three to five attended a session conducted by Sunanda Bhatt, while students from standard one and two participated in the exercises in the audio-visual hall. The gym instructor, Vijay Rathod conducted their session.
 
The Principal, Father Anthony Pinto in his address to the students highlighted the importance of Yoga in promoting peace, harmony, and prosperity.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

BIS #5799 APPOINTMENT OF THE NEW INB PROVINCIAL

BIS #5798 NEW SALESIAN PUBLICATIONS UNVEILED


by BIS Correspondent

MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2019: Father Ajoy Fernandes and Father Chrys Saldanha, both accomplished Salesian authors unveiled their latest publications at the Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga on June 10, published by Tej Prasarini Don Bosco Communications.

The Provincial of the Mumbai province Father Godfrey D’Souza, was present to unveil the books, entitled ‘Understanding and Helping Children with Learning Disabilities’ by Father Fernandes and ‘Living Consecrated Life Fully’ by Father Saldanha.  

“Children with learning difficulties are said to have an invisible challenge,” Father Fernandes stressed in his book. “They can be misunderstood, labelled as being ‘laid- back’ and difficult, and may develop emotional problems.”

Father Fernandes' book acquaints the reader with the challenges children with learning difficulties face. It further suggests ways in which these youth can be helped. It explores the symptoms of learning-related difficulties and touches upon the interventions that might help youth facing such problems. The book is a valuable guide for parents and teachers to understand and help those with learning difficulties.  

Father Saldanha, in his book, presents a glimpse of what it means to live a Consecrated Life today. He touches upon the commitment to respond to ‘the call’ and the consequent living out of this call through the vows of Chastity, Poverty, and Obedience through community life. The objective of the book is to deepen and fructify the call to live Consecrated Life more fully.  

The unveiling ceremony began with Faith and Harmony, a Salesian choir adding a musical touch to the event with their rendition of ‘God still loves the world’ a hymn written by Father Peter Gonsalves sdb. Following the performance, Father Saldanha’s book was presented to the gathering. The author himself addressed the gathering before the book was unveiled and presented to the dignitaries.

Father Fernandes’ book was then launched by the Provincial, following which the author himself touched upon the salient aspects of his publication. The authors then took questions from the audience. 

The day marked a closing chapter of sorts for Tej-Prasarini, the publishing office of the Mumbai province, with Father Joaquim Fernandes, its Director for the last 14 years, passing the baton to his successor Father Chris Valentino, who takes over as Director, and Father Mylin Noronha, the new Assistant Director.

The Provincial then thanked Father Joaquim Fernandes for his service rendered to the institution and for being the Social Communication Delegate and enabling the communication sector to reach higher heights and to be witnesses to the Light. He also thanked him for the service rendered to BOSCOM, South Asia and for being the Delegate for the South Asian Region for the past six years. 
 
Please log on to tejonline.com or email the publishing house at tejprasarinidbc@gmail.com to order copies of the books.

BIS #5797 OPEN SCHOOLING AT BOSCO BOYS HOME


by Brother Jittin Mathew

MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2019: On June 13, the management and staff of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli organised a parents meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to explain to the parents about the concept of Home Schooling. It was also to inform them about the new projects incorporated by BBH for the betterment of the children.

Father Corlis Gonsalves, Director of the Institute, welcomed the parents and briefed them about the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) programme started at BBH from the month of June. The parents were also informed about the various Child Welfare Committee (CWC) rules like the opening of bank accounts, limited period of home holidays, etc.

Caroline D’Souza, who has worked for 27 years in the NIOS sphere, in collaboration with Don Bosco Borivli and Wadala, introduced the parents to NIOS. She explained to them the advantages and importance of NIOS, wherein a student has to choose and clear only five subjects from a list of twenty-five subjects. She even shared the example of her brother who did NIOS after he had failed class seven and is now doing well in life.
 
Later, the parents were asked to discuss with their children and enlist their names if interested in the NIOS programme. Open schooling would be for boys above 14 years, who find it difficult to understand and study conventional theoretical subjects but will have an option to choose more practical subjects like baking, painting, cooking.

“I am very happy to join NIOS. After my 10th standard I would like to study some technical motor mechanic course,” Krishna Sharma, a boy from BBH said. “It is a nice opportunity for students to learn some skills which will benefit them for their whole life,” a parent said.

BIS #5796 MAKING YOUTH SKILLED AND EMPLOYABLE


by Brother Jittin Mathew 
 
MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2019: Given the boom in the real estate sector around India, Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli joined forces with two firms to train students and masons of Palghar district to provide them with the essential know-how in production of thin-bed tile application on June 12.
 
Wacker Chemi India and Astarc collaborated with the Borivli Home and provided practical fieldwork experience to 25 students, masons, and contractors in the sector, keeping in mind the upgraded quality of real estate projects and continual growing need for skilled and quality labour.  
 
The main objective of this programme was to introduce semi-skilled masons to better-skilled methods of laying tiles using Polymer-modified thin-bed tile adhesive. It is one of the many corporate social responsibility activities carried by the two companies to increase market awareness by collecting market data so as to come up with advanced tiling techniques. Varish Cardozo and Somnath Ghosh were the coordinators from Wacker Chemi India. Dhananjay Singh represented the Astarc Group.

“Some of the advantages of using Polymer-modified thin-bed mortar is that it saves 90% of sand and cement, fewer costs, less material needed, and less material to transport. It also saves 75% of working time in comparison with the rudimentary method,” Dr. Priti Pillai, the trainer and resource person for the programme, said.

The trainees were given practical examples and demos as well as a video presentation on the usefulness of thin-bed tile application. “I am very grateful and happy to be part of this training. It was very useful and informative,” Mangesh Gaikwad, a participant, said.
 
Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Director of BBH, stressed on the importance of the training, saying, “This programme is one of the many initiatives taken by BBH in ensuring to make the youngsters of today skilled, employable, independent, and responsible citizens.” 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

BIS #5795 MY SCHOOL, MY HOME

DAKOR, JUNE 14, 2019: Don Bosco English Medium School Dakor opened its new academic year with an inaugural prayer service on June 10. 

The service consisted of prayer songs, action songs, and an offertory procession. At the procession, clay and seeds were offered. Clay symbolised the willingness to be moulded into better people and seeds reminded of the potential humans have of making their lives yield fruit for the betterment of humanity. 

Father Bastin Thomas, the Rector, welcomed everyone and stressed that children are a blessing for the institution. Father Justus Mendis, the Principal, then introduced the new teachers to the students and thanked the teachers for the organisation of the prayer service.

The students were glad to be back to school and meet their friends. Arya Parmar, a student of standard four, said, “This is where I belong. My school is my home”.

BIS #5794 SUMMER SOCCER MANIA


by Brother Jittin Mathew
 
MUMBAI, June 14, 2019: Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli in collaboration with the youth of Don Bosco parish, Borivli organised a two-day long football tournament for the children and youth of the neighbourhood at Don Bosco parish and school ground on June 8 and 9.

The tourney was contested in the Under 16 category and an Open category. Sixteen teams from Borivli, Gorai, Malad, and Kandivli joined for this fun-filled extravaganza. Bosco Boys entered two teams in the Under 16 category and one team for the open category.

Father Corlis Gonsalves, the Rector of BBH, inaugurated and blessed the tournament. Father Solomon Rapol, the Rector of Don Bosco School, Borivli was also present at the inauguration ceremony.

After a feverish competition on the soccer pitch, Malad-based Cesselin FC lifted top honours in both categories, beating Bosco Boys Home, 3-0 in the Under 16 category and Maryland, 2-0 via penalties in the open category.

“Football is entertaining, educative, and energising. It gets all the people together, the young and the old, especially the youth. Football brings about a feeling of togetherness,” Romero D’Souza, a young player, said.

The tournament was part of the summer camp programme for the students of BBH. The parish youth, the Salesian Cooperators as well the parishioners collaborated with the students to make the tournament a success.

“I am happy and glad that we were able to organise this tournament. We managed to reach the finals of Under 16 category but little sad that we have to be contented with the Runner’s up title. This tournament was really an occasion of joy and togetherness. I hope that it continues to help us to nurture a spirit of unity among us,” Chintu Chotelal, a student at BBH, the best goalkeeper of the tournament, said.  

Thursday, June 13, 2019

BIS #5793 HOLY SPIRIT, BE OUR GUIDE

 
by Brothers  Charles  Raji and Dinimemon Shylla
 
NASHIK, JUNE 12, 2019: The academic community of Divyadaan, Salesian Institute of Philosophy, Nasik, held an inauguration ceremony to welcome the new academic year 2019-2020 on June 11.
 
The theme was ‘Holy Spirit, Be Our Guide.’ The gathering included students, teaching staff, and representatives from neighbouring religious communities and friends. The event began with the Holy Eucharist invoking God’s blessings upon the institute.
 
The main celebrant Father Lourdes Daniel, Bishop of Nashik, presided over the Holy Eucharist along with Father Philip Gonsalves OFM Cap, the Provincial of the Bonaventure province of the Capuchins and priests from neighbouring religious communities.
 
Bishop Daniel encouraged the students to be enthusiastic about the intellectual formation that the institute offers and thereby grow into reflective ministers of God. After a short break for refreshments, the gathering then moved to Father Vincent Vaz hall in the Academic Block for the inaugural function.

A prayerful choral piece entitled ‘Wonderful, Merciful, Saviour’ conducted by Cleric Lawrance Vincent sdb, was sung by the first year Bachelor of Philosophy students. Father Robert Pen sdb, the Rector of Divyadaan welcomed the gathering and felicitated the guests. Father Gonsalves then released the handbook of Divyadaan.

Bishop Lourdes Daniel released the newly approved statutes and regulations of the institute. The book, ‘Brief History of Medieval Western Philosophy’ authored by Father Joaquim D’Souza sdb, the librarian of Divyadaan, was also released by Bishop Daniel. Father Banzel√£o Teixeira sdb, Principal of Divyadaan, presented the annual report of the last academic year.
 
Dr. Malcolm Nazareth, a guest speaker, then delivered a masterful inaugural lecture on the person and teachings of Narayan Vaman Tilak. He highlighted Tilak’s teaching on harmonious blending. A question hour was conducted followed by the lecture in order to clarify the doubts of the audience.

Cleric Daikho Matthew sdb proposed the vote of thanks and concluded the inaugural function in a fitting manner.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

BIS #5792 ONE WHO PLANTS A TREE…PLANTS HOPE


by Simrin Rebeiro
 
VADODARA, JUNE 8, 2019: To mark the 72nd World Environment Day, 30 volunteers from Don Bosco Parish, Makarpura, Vadodara – under the guidance of Father Anthony Pinto – worked together to plant 10 saplings on June 5.  

The youth of Don Bosco Parish were instrumental in organising the event, which saw the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) members, parishioners, priests, and youth from the community of Don Bosco Snehalaya come together for the initiative.

World Environment Day was established by the United Nations in 1947 and today has become an international event, which is observed and celebrated by over 100 countries worldwide.

Each sapling will now be 'adopted' by a family or group who are to nurture it, in order to prevent it from wilting after it has been planted. Father Pinto chose a Cordia Sebestena sapling, which grows to a height of 12 feet.
The plant does not overpower the architecture around it, and unlike other plants, it doesn’t shed all its leaves.

The volunteers worked together at their designated plots to dig the soil, mix the manure, plant the saplings, and finally water the plants. The simple initiative comes with a compound objective; to raise awareness about the damage done to the environment by us humans.