Media Cum Faith Fest

‘Media cum Faith Fest’, a unique initiative by the Media combined with the Vocation sectors of the Province began on a joyful note at 3.30 pm on the basement of Auxilium Youth Animation Centre. Sr. Joanita Antao, the Animator of the house lovingly welcomed the 41  participants and eight sisters who came from different areas of Maharashtra and Goa. She then declared the Faith Fest open amidst cheers and a thunderous applause by all present. 

After refreshments and registration, the students were given a short introduction dsc04891about what this event was all about. Our main aim was to draw these youngsters closer to the person of Jesus Christ and help them be more serious about their Christian commitment. 

We then had five youngsters from the ‘Jesus Youth’ who conducted a beautiful session for then through skit, song, dance and sharing of testimonies and experiences. The youngsters also had an opportunity to clear any doubt they had regarding the faith. Their session culminated in the chapel by a Eucharistic Adoration fervently animated by the Jesus Youth.  It was really enthralling to see our youngsters immersed in prayer.

We then united ourselves with the great Mother of God as we ardently prayed the Holy dsc04975Rosary. This was followed by supper, group games and then a movie ‘Evan Almighty’ which came powerfully with the message that we need to do ‘One act of Random kindness at a time’

The Sunday morning found the youngsters sitting in groups with a sister animator reflecting on the Word of God. Each of them shared deep reflections on the passage of the ‘Woman caught in adultery’. There followed a filling breakfast and a brief discussion on the dsc05001previous days’ programme. We then led the youngsters through an interesting session on the ‘Cup of Mercy’. Ten rooms were beautifully decked with various cups, namely, The Blessing Cup, The Satisfying Cup, The Cluttered Cup, The Broken Cup, The Family Cup, The Giving Cup, The Mended Cup,   The Thanksgiving Cup, The Unique Cup and The Memory Cup. Each group accompanied by the sister in charge reflected on meditations on the cup. It was a unique experience, where the youngsters reflected on various aspects of their lives and maintained a small record of their reflections. They also had scripture verses to guide them. This was followed by confessions.

We then headed to the refectory for a scrumptious meal. After this once again we had dsc05041group games, a short evaluation and the much awaited prize distribution. The students then expressed their gratitude to all those who made this event possible, especially the community of Dahanu and the Sister animators. We then proceeded to the Parish Church for the concluding Eucharistic Celebration to implore God’s blessings on each of us as we strive to live our faith in joyous dedication.

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Salesian Family Day…Goa – Karnataka

Salesian Family Day was grandly celebrated on 12th February, 2017, at Auxilium Convent, Caranzalem, Goa. Over 160 priests, brothers and sisters, Cooperators, members of the Association of Mary Our Help, and Past Pupils from all the Don Bosco institutions from Oros (South Maharashtra) to Madanthyar (South Karnataka) attended this function. The whole programme was ably coordinated by an organizing team headed by Rev. Fr. Savio Gomes, Provincial Delegate for the Salesian Family.

salesian-family-photoThe theme for the day was the Strenna (message) of the present Rector Major, Rev. Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime, 10th successor of Don Bosco: “We are a Family! Every Home, a School of Life and Love!”  The strenna was well explained through a power point presentation by the Formation Councillor, Mrs. Theresa Baretto Cruz.  It was followed by the Holy Eucharist, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Felix Fernandes, Provincial of the Don Bosco Panjim Province, who gave an edifying homily stressing on the subject of “Love and Family”.

DJ Savio de Noronha, Enid Varela and Joanne de Souza dished out entertaining music and games galore to keep the participants in a cheerful spirit of togetherness. The programme ended with a scrumptious lunch with everyone heading back to their homes with lovely memories of a fun filled day.

Shirley Fernandes  (Cooperator – Caranzalem Unit)

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Catechetical Week…….Lonavla

The Catechetical Week (2nd February – 9th February)

The week observance of Catechetics and Value Education culminated in a grand finale on Friday, 10th February with the celebration of Catechetical day

During the week, there were presentations made by various classes and students from img_20170202_110101Std IX to the Primary. All participated actively in these presentations. The students also visited the prayer rooms which had been prepared with copies of the Bible, Quran and Bhagavad-Gita kept for students to read.
Besides this the children also went out of their comfort zones to generously and lovingly reach out the less fortunate. Mercy was put into action as they strove to bring smiles on the face of the poor by going out to them sharing food items, time and other requirements.


The Catechetical week’s grand finale commenced with great zest and joy. Sr. Agatha Dias, Vice Provincial and Sr. Salome D’souza, Novice Mistress were the special guests who were welcomed by Sr. Sheela and Sr. Sangeeta. The lamp was lit to begin the dsc_0952moment of prayer. The Catholic students then staged a dance ‘Blessed are the Merciful’ followed by an action song, ‘Tell the world of all his Love’. The Word of God was read and reflected upon ‘Make your Home in me’ a skit on Family was enacted. An action song followed, ‘You raise me up’
The Value Education students of Std. IX enacted a skit cum dance ‘The Chair of Sin’ where prayer-power was seen to overcome the devil’s influence. Confession chits were dscn4625then burnt symbolizing freedom from guilt.
Std VIII brought out how a sinful person can have a change of heart when mercy overcomes sin ‘The Door of Mercy’ was enacted beautifully by the students.
Std VII students had a mime act cum dance skit ‘Love changes everything’. With the characters of Mother Teresa, Gandhiji and Fr.Damien. Love, compassion and endurance were the highlights of the presentation.
Std VI had a skit cum action song on the love extended by Mother Theresa, Mary Mazarrello and Don Bosco. An action song ‘What a friend we have in Jesus’ was presented calling everyone to be like our Heavenly Father.

‘Echoes of mercy’ was an action song presented by Std V. Last was the primary section presentation “I’ll follow Jesus,” an action song.
dscn4614There was an exhibition lined in the corridors of each floor of the school. The entire year’s work comprising of their books, charts, bookmarks and articles made was displayed for all to see.
The last part was the screening of a film in every class on the white board Maria Goretti, the movie of a little girl ‘s life of purity and love of Jesus was truly inspiring.
We do hope all our students will carry always the example of Maria Goretti to live lives of purity and forgiveness.
Thus the Catechetical day ended beautifully for everyone. May the Lord Jesus continue to bless our lives with the true manifestation of his Mercy and love.


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Mazzarello Youth Centre, Wadala organized a workshop on “Healdsc05984th Fitness though Yoga” for women of the locality and for those attending the short term courses and the workers. This was held on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2017. One could see there was lot of excitement among the women for they really felt so very special.


Ex- Air force Officer, Mr.  Jushan Godpadhe and Ex– Army Force Officer, Mr. Flekcher Patel were the two resource persons dsc05991of the workshop and were very gracious to give this opportunity to the women so that they can enhance their health.

Mr.  Jushan Godpadhe systematically gave a short presentation on Yoga. Following are the points that were highlighted:

1: Making the practice of Yoga a habit each morning allows the body to get into the habit of switching off the sympathetic ‘fight or flight’ stress response, and instead be able to finally tap into the healing benefits of the parasympathetic nervous system-increasing the health of both body and mind immensely.

  1. Potential mechanisms include enhanced self-awareness and reduced stress. Yoga helps improve mental health, including psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and schizophrenia.

Mr.  Jushan Godpadhe went on to explain to us other physical benefits one could receive through yoga:

  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased muscle strength and tonedsc05986
  • Improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • Maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • Weight reduction
  • Cardio and circulatory health
  • Improved athletic performance
  • Protection from injury

Mr. Fletcher Patel and Mr.  Jushan Godpadhe demonstrated to us some Yoga techniques. Each of us tried these exercises. We truly had a lovely feeling.

We felt:                                                                                                                                                              Inspired                                                                                                                                                     Refreshed                                                                                                                                                   Relaxed                                                                                                                                                       And we were enveloped with Positive feelings

We thank our dear Sr. Hilda Braganza, the Superior of MAZERLLO YOUTH CENTRE for acknowledging our presence and for being a pillar of strength to each of us. She always try to avail many opportunities for us to empower ourselves thus helping us to discover our hidden talents.

We also thank Sir Jushan and Sir Fletcher for bringing us together and for giving us knowledge about Yoga which will help us to live a healthy life and also inspire others to do so.

Celestina Hedav                                                                                                                                         (Beauty Culture Group)


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Farewell! Goodbye our S.S.C batch of 2016-2017…Lonavla

14th February: The school bid a fond farewell to the 168 students of Std X. The students dscn4706turned up in their colourful best attire. A mixture of emotions was in the air. They were excited but their excitement had a tinge of sadness as they bid Adieu to their Alma Mater. All the staff members, led by Sr. Superior, Sr. Josephine Fernandes and headmistress, Sr. Sheela Furtado were present to shower their blessings and love on outgoing students. How fast time flies! These our once tiny tots were now ready to spread their wings and fly out of their cozy nest called school.
The students were welcomed with an aarti. A prayer service followed with the theme ‘Lord with your light I journey on my way’.

A special prayer was said for success in their forthcoming board exams. The party took dscn4782off after the prayer service. There were spot prizes, dances and games. The representatives of Std IX delivered speeches to their outgoing seniors. And representatives of Std X replied in a befitting manner. The students of Std IX danced to lively folk music and enthralled the X Std students. Sr. Superior and Sr. Sheela addressed the students giving them parting messages that they will always cherish. The students then dscn4717enjoyed a dance session. At the end of the party, souvenirs were handed out by Sr. Sheela to the students- a beautiful photo frame with a class photograph. Memories to cherish and a host of mixed sentiments brought the farewell function to a close. Good wishes were exchanged and the teachers showered their blessings on the students. Selfies and photograph brought the curtain down with memories carried away for their past 12 years at Auxilium Convent High School, Lonavla. Goodbye dear students, God Bless you and Au Revoir till we meet again.

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AYM Activity at Pali Hill Bandra

dscn3083_1_11th February: Today, world over, people of different faiths celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, a day of healing and praying for the sick. Keeping up the importance of this day, the AYM members of Pali Hill Bandra conducted an outreach programme to St. Anthony’s home-for-the-aged at Bandra.

We began with a short prayer moment invoking God’s blessings on all of us gathered together, especially on the inmates of the home, followed by some action songs which the elderly enjoyed.

This was followed by the AYM theme song. The old ladies also added to the joy of the morning by teaching the students some of the action songs that they knew. All the old dscn3091_1_grannies appreciated our students for their enthusiasm, zeal and lively presence among them.  Our children were very much delighted to interact with the ladies treating them as their own family. Each one received blessings from them. The women gave the students some beautiful messages and good thoughts to remain always happy and pure in their thoughts, words and deeds.

Our AYM members carried many eatables for the women who treated them like their own grand children. The visit to these elderly not only allowed the AYM team to get another activity on their list but also to be enriched by the wisdom of the experienced and to know of the loneliness experienced by some and thus to reach out in love in their own little way to the unfortunate ones of society, because….. A LITTLE LOVE CAN MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE….

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Provincial Visit…Lonavla

15th February 2017 : Mother Provincial, Sr. Rita Dora was welcomed on her Annual visit dscn4810to the school . Leizim dancers led Sr. Rita Dora from the convent to the school basement. Teachers too lined the route and welcomed the Provincial warmly. In the hall, students waved red and white balloons as Sr. Rita Dora walked up and took her seat. She was accompanied by Sr. Josephine Fernandes and Sr. Sheela Furtado .

Sr. Rita Dora was introduced and welcomed by a student. The traditional lamp was lit by the provincial, Sr. Superior and Sr. Sheela.

A graceful prayer dance invoked God’s blessings and there was an integrated faith slide dscn4825show presentation. The school report for 2016-17 was presented enumerating the many activities of the school. Slides depicting the activities made the presentation vivid and meaningful. There were folk dances performed by secondary students and a dance by the primary students. The school presented Sr. Rita Dora flowers, saplings and gifts for which Sr. Rita expressed her thanks when she addressed the school. She expressed her satisfaction with the performances and activities of the school. Sr. Rita encouraged and appreciated the whatsapp_image_2017-02-16_at_11-48-34_amefforts of the sisters, teachers and students in this great work of educating the young.
After the school programme, Sr. Rita Dora met the staff members. She addressed them briefly. The efforts of everyone were applauded by Sr. Sr. Rita Dora. She encouraged the staff to build up warm, caring and loving relationships with the students. Sr. Rita Dora then presented each staff members with a chocolate and a bookmark.
Sr. Rita Dora then met the past pupil teachers. Sr. Rita had expressed her joy, both at the school programme and in her meeting with the staff, at seeing so many past pupil teachers in the school. She appreciated the good work they are engaged.
May the visit of Mother Provincial bring down copious blessings on the school.


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