Good bye, till we meet again dear Sr. Mary Vaz…………

DSC03147On 27th of August 2016 at 2.30pm, we celebrated the funeral Mass of our dear Sr. Mary Vaz. It is beautifully said, “Some people watch History, while some others make History. And our dear Sr. Mary was one who made history by her 95 years of dedicated and joyful service to the congregation. Fr. Wilfred D’Souza the rector of Don Bosco, Matunga was the main celebrant while 10 Salesian priests concelebrated the Holy Eucharist. Sr. Mary Vaz’s brother from Bangalore Hero Vaz and a niece and three of her nieces from Mumbai were present for the funeral.   Sr. Margaret Yedanapalli and Sr. Agnes Anthony flew all the way from the province of Chennai to share in our sorrow.

There were many sisters from the different communities of the Goa, Gujarat, DSC03157Karnataka and Mumbai region who came to bid farewell to our beloved Sr. Mary Vaz. Sr. Ritha Dora our Provincial offered the funeral oration. Mr. Hero Vaz her brother shared a few of his thoughts on the beautiful life of his dear older sister. Sr. Hilda Braganza the animator of Mazzarello Youth Centre bid goodbye to Sr. Mary Vaz and thanked all those who assisted her during her last days. She also expressed her gratitude to all those who were present to celebrate the life and death of Sr. Mary. Fr. Wilfred in his homily said that Sr. Mary Vaz has indeed created an empty space in her community, at the shrine and in the province. He emphasized on her commitment towards her Salesian religious vocation and the great love that she had for Don Bosco. After the mass we went to the Sewri cemetery to bid her final farewell.

We thank you dear Sr. Mary Vaz for your life lived in joy and love. Do intercede for each of us.

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A Blessing … To Auxilium Wadala

 

24th August 2016 was a special day for all of us at Auxilium Wadala. The Regional Superior of the Salesians, Fr. Maria Arokiam Kanaga paid the community a brief visit bringing us blessings from above and news from around the world.  IMG_6895

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After a sumptuous tea, Fr. Kanaga gave us a beautiful message during which he invited us to be mystics, prophets and servants in our mission. Our Lady brought him to Auxilium on the 24th of the month and he very graciously imparted  the ‘Blessings of Mary Help of Christians’ before he left for his next mission.IMG_6904

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Sr. Mary Vaz will live on….

Picture4Our dearest Sr. Mary Vaz winged her flight to Heaven on Friday the 26th of August at 2.45 pm.

The funeral Mass is on the 27th at 2.30pm at Mazzarello Youth Centre.

We thank and praise God for the wonderful gift of her to her dear ones, her friends and students, to our province and to our Congregation……..JOY has always been the hallmark of her life. We pray that she may enjoy the bliss and joy of Heaven

Thank you dear Sr. Mary Vaz for the gift of your beautiful life……We will miss you.

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Knowing Mary through Marian games

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We officially concluded the Marian month on Sunday with well animated Marian games by Srs. Maria Macwan and Kalyani S. Everything was set and the hour began with the formation of different groups and many games followed one after another.

DSCN9230At the end each group had to search for a hidden treasure and dress one member as Mary and thereafter had to give a message for all those present. It was a joy to see all of them actively participating in all the games.

At the end the winning team and all the others were given prizes and concluded with a goodnight thought given by the animator –Sr.  Rita Lobo.

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Moments of togetherness and fun

The community of Baroda spent a day out together with the three novices who joined the community to make their apostolic experience. 473 It was a day full of fun and laughter as we sang to our hearts content recreational songs, shared jokes and tried to practice  what Pope Francis wants us to do in His document –“Laudato si” as we enjoyed the beauty of nature around. 465Indeed all that God has created is very good and so we came back renewed with the joy of coming to know each other better and to allow this joy to flow in our mission.

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Celebrating God’s mercy through the Media

MEDIA SEMINAR

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21 vibrant and enthusiastic sisters from various communities of our province participated in the Media seminar held at MYC Wadala from 19th to 21st August 2016. Sr. Hilda Braganza and Sr. Melissa D’souza organized this seminar with great zest. We began with a short prayer moment to invoke the blessings of the Holy Trinity upon each of us. This was followed by a session conducted by Sr. Perpetual Ferrao DSC03055on how to use the Photoshop software. She first installed the software on the laptops brought by the sisters and then began the session with great enthusiasm. This was followed by a session on communication skills by Mr. Frazier Martins, a professional who conducts sessions for business firms. He delved on some of the important communication skills like time management, goal setting, voice modulation etc along with a lot of group activities.  The Photoshop session by Sr. Perpetual continued on the 21st wherein we learnt a lot of techniques to edit photos and pictures.

We concluded this seminar on 21st evening by thanking the Media incharge Sr. Hilda and Sr. Melissa for their efforts, planning and hard work that went along in preparing this three-day seminar, including the Media festival.

 

MEDIA FESTIVAL 2016

IMG_677120th August 2016 dawned with its bright hues upon MYC Wadala as the young voices of all the participants for the Media festival were heard down the corridors and the hall throughout this day. The vibrant music, bright colours of various costumes, various competitions and lively conversation were the three aspects that could describe this event in a few words.

The theme, ‘Celebrating God’s Mercy’ was like a thread that ran through all the events of this day. After registering their names the participants were given a badge, coupons for meals and were then led to the venue. We began with a short prayer moment highlighting that God is everywhere and in everyone around us and that his mercy is abounding for those who seek it. Prayer really gave a kick-start to this event as each item followed the other smoothly as planned.

DSC02949The compere for the day was Mrs. Clevy D’Silva who indeed set an interesting tone to the entire Media Festival with her jokes, anecdotes and life experiences as she introduced each item of the event. Sr. Hilda Braganza declared the Media Fest open and there were sounds of yells and cheers accompanied by music. The main highlights of the day were various competitions like singing and dancing both, individual and group, poster, Audio-visual and fashion show. Each of these competitions had a theme and the participants were supposed to base their performance on those themes. Different judges were invited for the respective competitions according to their expertise and they were also felicitated with flowers and small mementos.

IMG_6810Our four jubilarians, Sr. Flida Morris, Sr. Perpetual Ferrao, Sr. Meena D’silva and Sr. Justina Rodrigues were also felicitated during this event. Sr. Teresa Joseph was invited to speak on Mother Teresa who will be canonized during this year of mercy. Sr. Teresa kept the youth attentive to what she was saying during her talk with her dynamic and vibrant personality.

IMG_6795The vote of thanks was proposed by Sr. Antonette Rebello to all those who were directly and indirectly involved in making this Media Fest a grand success. Finally there was the distribution of prizes for all the participants who excelled in the various competitions. It was a lovely sight to see the hall bubbling with youth and their cheers as they received their prizes. The event concluded with a few words of gratitude and appreciation by Sr. Hilda after which the participants had a dance session. They were then given snacks and left for their homes. We praise and thank God almighty who was with us during this entire event and that we could spend this day with the youth fruitfully.

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AYM- Outreach Programme-Baroda

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AYM members from Auxilium Baroda, accompanied by Sr. Kalyani went to Missionaries of Charity Home- Makarpura for their first outreach programme. 100_2344

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Sr. Philomena Lobo-Principal instructed the students on the same and for most of them this was their first visit. They were allowed to bring Mobile phone and camera. The students totally had a new experience with the inmates …at first some were scared to approach the sick and elderly people who were not normal, but soon they overcame by making friends and spending their time singing, dancing and chatting with them.

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