Grand Exhibition Cum Sale
The girl Guides and the Greenline Club organised an exhibition cum sale in the school campus on 20th October 2016. The girl guides did it as part of their Kharikamai programme. Along with the guide teachers, they prepared various decorative items like Diwali Lanterns, candles, lamps, wall hangings, pots, rangoli patterns, stars, keychains etc. As this programme merged into exams time, the respective teachers had a lot to do in the absence of students who needed to study. Earlier the girl guides had put in their best efforts to keep the items ready for sale. The green Line Club had a plant sale to raise funds. Varieties of plants were up for sale. The Greenline Teachers also put in great efforts in arranging charts according to their theme on saving water. The opening ceremony saw the Headmistress, Sr. Sheela Furtado cut the ribbon.
Some Parents too were present on the inauguration day. The Girl Guides and the Greenline Members were kept busy as their items went on sale. The exhibition cum sale was spread over 20th to 27th October. The Greenline Team from Matunga, Mumbai also paid a visit to the exhibition. On the whole the exhibition cum sale received a positive response from Parents, teachers and students
Outreach Programme of Std VII and IX
The students of Stds VII and IX decided to reach out to students of a school in Nepal Where Fr. Leslie SDB is now posted. The students of that school are extremely poor, having been hit badly by the recent spell of earthquakes. They travel on foot long distances over hills and across rivers to reach school. The school lacks the many amenities needed to provide children with good education. Students of ACHS Lonavla held canteen to raise money for these children of Fr. Leslie’s school. The parents of the students sponsored snacks which were then sold at the school canteen. The amounts collected were sent to Fr. Leslie in the form of Cheques. Our students responded well to the suggestion of our Head Mistress Sr. Sheela Furtado who had put forth the idea of reaching out to these poor children from Nepal. A card and a letter were also prepared by our students, addressed to the Nepalese children. Std VII Collected Rs. 12000/- and Std IX collected 6158/- May the love of our students be blest as they reached out to children less fortunate than them.
On the occasion of the festival of Dasera Std VIIA students along with their class teacher visited 15 katkari families staying on the mountains in Gurav Vasti. They distributed pulses, grains, soaps, oil clothes and many useful articles. Biscuits, books, pens and pencils were distributed to small children. Our students spent time singing songs for them. The Katkari people went back with smiling faces.
Reach Out Activity of Std X
The students of Std X visited the tribals of Thakurwadi, Kunegaon as a part of their reach out activity on 8th October 2016. The ward member of that area provided us with the information about the people there and the poor hygiene conditions. Teachers along with the students gave inspiring messages and taught them few rhymes. Those children too sang few rhymes and songs that they learnt at school. We met the parents of the students and asked them to send them to school regularly so that their future would get better. We distributed grains, flour, clothes, soaps, oil and many other useful articles. The students and teachers narrated few stories, read articles and inspiring poems and entertained them.
All the people there enjoyed and felt happy to be with us. We spoke to them about the importance of keeping their surroundings clean and of good hygiene. The people and children promised to follow our instructions. It was surprising to see that they were content with what they have. It was a beautiful experience for us. On our way back we visited Kune Mission a tribal Centre and distributed some articles among them.
During the Month of October our Parish encourages all the zones to conduct Rosary Services for the Catholic families of the zone. The statue of Our Lady is kept in a Catholic family for a few days and the Catholics of the locality gather one evening to pray the rosary and share in a fellowship meal or some snacks. In our zone of Mundhwa we welcomed Our Blessed Mother to our house on the 18th October. At 7.00pm, the statue of Our Lady was carried to our home by a group of parishioners and was welcomed by all of us that evening at our gate. Our Superior Sr. Wilma received it and carried it to the decorated table in our community room. We garlanded Mary with flowers. Together with the group of Catholics of our locality, adults and children, we expressed our devotion to Mary by praying the Rosary together, with the singing of different hymns of Our Lady in-between the decades of the Rosary. During the Rosary special intentions were placed for each decade for women in distress, children and for the families of our Parish. At the conclusion of the Rosary the parishioners sought the blessings of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The Rosary service concluded with a get-together with our parishioners. We offered them cold-drinks and snacks as we chatted in a friendly manner with all present. They were very happy to spend their time with us. This occasion has strengthened the bonds of friendship among us. We were happy to have the presence of Our Blessed Mother in our Community from the 18th to the 22nd and we prayed our daily rosary before her. May Mary bless our home and keep us ever faithful as her loving daughters.
Sr. Savita Parkhe
All began with the Eucharistic celebration… on this 24th of October 2016 when 15 women of our Parish gathered at Auxilium Centre – Velim, to be inducted into ADMA (Association of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians). Fr. Wilfred Sequeira Sdb, Sr. Natal Rodrigues the Animator, Sr. Ines Monteiro,few new members Mrs. Reni Caeiro, Miss Lavina Fernandes and Mrs. Gemina Colaco were invited, to come forward to light the lamp as a sign of inviting Jesus the Light into our life and just as Mary carried this Light in her life and gave it to the world,may each of us carry it and give to others and shine in the world. Thus they formed part of our Salesian family!
They were very happy and enthusiastic to belong to this great family of Don Bosco. Fr. Wilfred highlighted the theme “Walk with Mary”and invited us to imitate Mary’s kindness; as members of this association we need to show it by our witnessing life; to be people full of forgiveness and kindness imitating the life of Jesus and Mary, thus spreading love in our own locality and in our families.
After the Eucharist they were presented a ‘Rosary’ as a sign of their belonging to Mary. Over a cup of tea and snacks we discussed how they could come to know more about Mary our Mother and they agreed to meet on the 24th of every monthfor the same.
My dear CHILD
It is so good speaking to you today as you sit before me. I love seeing you smile and talk about me to your friends.’ I try ways and means to draw your attention to me. I am your Father and I want you to share with me all that your feel . I know the greatest thing that trouble you are the wars, where your brother and sisters are persecuted, killed and raped. I know you love me but the situations around you often make you to about my love for you. You are not able to comprehend how a human being can harm the other fellow being this makes you to question my love and my presence in the world. I have created every one of you out love and have sown the seeds of love in your heats. You are my channel of love and peace to the broken world. I have no hands but your, no feet but your, no feet but yours, no ears but yours and no mouth but yours to reach out to the world and be a beacon of kindness, gentleness, humility, love and compassion. To do this you will be challenged in many ways rejected, misunderstood and humiliated by others. Through you may the wounded world experience the Father who consoles, forgives and instills hope. Pray above all else for those who use weapons of hatred in my name, pray that they may accept my love and mercy in their life lives. I never grow tried in throwing open the door of mercy to anyone who turn to me. I need you to accomplish great things through. Are you ready to be the merciful face of my Father?
LOVE YOU TO THE CORE,
The children’s’ day was celebrated with full zest and vigour on 21st October 2016 by the English and Gujarati medium teachers.
In the morning the English medium programme began with a meaningful prayer service animated by the sisters who beautifully thanked God for the presence and the gift of our beloved children.
This was followed by a well prepared cultural programme presented by the sisters, teaching and non- teaching staff. It was entertaining and amusing, at the same time giving out inspiring messages to our children.
In the afternoon, the Gujarati medium teachers danced to the tune of Rajasthani song and enacted a short skit on keeping the environment clean. It was very meaningful and inspiring.
To bring out the value of sharing and caring,a food party was organized where in the children brought various dishes and shared with their friends and teachers.
All said and done, the entire programme was warmly appreciated by the children. The school distributed sweets and gifts to all the children.
On 21st October 2016 Ashish Bhavan Kune, Katkari school celebrated Diwali. The beautiful prayer moment traced on the importance of light. Sr. Teresa Dharmaraj the superior of the house and the children came with lit Diyas and placed them around the Indian lamp which was decorated with beautiful Rangoli. Also, the students promised not to burst crackers. After the festive lunch, children had fun, music and dance to make the day fruitful. Children felt awesome and wonderful as the sisters wished them a happy and peaceful Diwali.