SET APART FOR CHRIST

Exif_JPEG_420“Know that the Lord has SET APART his faithful servant for himself”. Truly indeed the Lord has set us apart. The preparation for this great day began with a fruitful retreat preached by Fr. Banzelo Teixiera SDB. The retreat prepared us to know the Exif_JPEG_420commitment we are about to take. The great day finally arrived in our lives. With joy and gratitude to God we meaningfully joined the Eucharistic celebration. At the moment of pronouncing our “Yes” to the Lord we realized that our call is to grow into intimate relationship with God and serve Him in the young, but our efforts are useless until assisted by God. We had a wonderful celebration at our Novitiate Home. We really felt welcomed to the Institute. Though we feel a great joy to be part of this great family but there is a kind of sadness to leave our novititate where we learnt to live our lives as FMA. Our gratitude to Sr. Salome D’souza, Sr. Shanta Philo, Sr. Reshma Nune and Sr. Jacinta Moisan who have given themselves to form us. We thank our God for setting us apart for a deep relationship with Him.

 

 

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Summer club – Nirmal

The Summer Club started, on the 17th April for our parish children. There were 118 children in all. Each day there were different competitions such as drawing, singing, dancing, trekking, acting the parable from the Bible, etc.sum camp 1

With much joy also celebrated the feast of the young teenage saint   St. Dominic Savio. They had Bible quiz and group games. An incident from the life of the Saint was related to them as a good thought. It was concluded by distribution of pictures and sweets. The children went for a picnic to Arnala Resort to the water park to enjoy, swimming and sliding.

Nirmal 2The feast of Mother Mazzarello was celebrated with much joy. On the last day ,i.e. the 13th of May 2017children had come with great excitement and were looking forward for surprises. They were happy with their gifts and thanked the Sisters and the leaders who animated them these days. They went home with a good snack looking forward to the next Summer Club.Nirmal 3

 

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AUXSUM FUN ’17 BENAULIM

IMG_2518The community of St. Francis Xavier Benaulim, organised the summer club from April 18th to May 3rd.  It  was a good group of 63 children from Class V – IX. The club was initiated with a prayer, the lighting of the traditional lamp by Sr. Audrey Dias while Mrs. Gomes the manager of “Goa Chitra-Museum” declared the Club ‘open’ then followed by the theme song.The Sisters conducted the Summer Club: Sr. Lavita Sequeira, Sr. Shobhna Pereira and Sr. Rebecca Thomas. All the sisters were a great help in making this Summer Club a well-planned, organised and interesting one. Many generous people came forward to help in teaching the children various skills. Some of them were teachers, students and past pupils. IMG_3323

Each day was a new learning, be it in games or activities. Every day the children learnt a new skill like, preparing creative things with ice-cream sticks, card making, stocking flowers, quilling, goblet art, bottle designing, making toys with wool etc. The children enjoyed playing different games especially the water games.On the second last day the most awaited Treasure Hunt was the main highlight. It was indeed a long walk and an enjoyable moment for each group as they went around hunting for the treasure.

On the last day, the parents were invited to see their children’s exhibition. The items were well displayed in the classroom for the parents to see. Sr. Agatha Dias, the Superior spoke a few words of appreciation and encouragement. The Parents came forward and appreciated and thanked the sisters for conducting the AUXSUM FUN ’17 BENAULIM.IMG_2146

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Farewell at St. Joseph Engineering College

DSC0178510th May 2017 – A day to remember and cherish for our out-going students at St. Joseph Engineering College, Vamanjoor.  It was a day that our 3rd year students who were planning and preparing for the farewell, as well as our 4th year, students, our MBA & M. Tech students, were looking forward to. The program began at 7.30 pm in our well decorated Hall and went on till 11.00 pm with a sumptuous dinner of biryani and ice-cream in- between. The girls were well dressed and there was a lot of dancing, singing and games and of course the awards.

DSC01807The hostelites squealed with delight, yelling and shouting when they saw their Warden – Sr. Margaret dancing in the centre to a group dance.  Our Director, Rev. Fr. Joseph Lobo graced the occasion and was very delighted to see the well organized program by the girls especially their dances. He exhorted them to face the challenges of life courageously and stand by the values they have picked up at SJEC.  He also asked them to always respect and love their parents and be humble in life. Sr. Margaret spoke to them on being other- centered, to be cheerful and happy, and keep their parents happy. The invitation to the program said, “Bidding goodbye is sad, but let’s make this a happy and memorable one” and the 3rd years really made it a memorable one for our outgoing students.DSC01756

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Summer Camp…Keshnand

20170419_09305917th April to 3rd May:  Maria Sharan organized a 15-day summer club for 23 children of the neighbouring village. Children were welcomed on the first day with a book and pen. We began with a small prayer moment and Sr. Alka  Almeida  spoke to them about the summer club and it’s benefits and she told them a short story  about  achieving success.

20170503_085301Sr. Mary Lobo planned and animated the programme. Children were divided into groups to learn computer, Bharat Natyam, Glass painting, flower making, wall pieces prepared with ice- cream sticks, newspaper wall pieces and flowers etc. 

On 2nd May, parents were invited to witness their talented performances and the prize distribution ceremony followed. We concluded our summer club with an outing to the park and they promised to come back next year.20170502_184109

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SUMMER CLUB …OROS

Auxilium Promotion Centre, Oros  had its Summer Club cum Summer English from 18th April 2017 to 5th May 2017.

The community decided to go out to the remotest villages of Pokran and Kusbhe.  The OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnumber of participants were 210 children and youth who attended the summer club and summer English regularly from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The Sarpanch and the school authorities were very collaborative and helpful in giving us the school premises.  We the five sisters of the community were delighted to give of our best. Our main goal was to develop in the children the different skills of Reading, writing, speaking and communicating skills.

The summer club also included games, action songs and short prayer moments wherein they learnt to appreciate the gifts and talents that God has blest them with.

On the last day the sisters were thanked and felicitated with a shawl and a coconut. They are looking forward for the same during the Diwali vacation.

 

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Media Smart Club….MYC

DSC06006The Media Smart Club has become an annual feature in Mazzarello Youth Centre. It took off on a joyful note on the 17th of April with around 40 bubbly DSC06050children/youngsters in the campus. Each day began with a ‘learning tool’. The children chose according to their interests what they wanted to learn. Besides Communication Skills we had many other activities to help them spend their day meaningfully. For the last half hour we had creative games organised DSC05852for them. Water games, relay games, crazy games etc with various competitions like hair dressing, mehendi, cooking, nail polish, an interesting treasure hunt etc kept them on their toes. Each of them looked forward to this half hour of fun inorder to gain points for their teams. On the 26th, we celebrated the feast of Mother General with a power point presentation, a prayer moment,special games and spot prizes.

The 2nd of May was the concluding day of the Media Smart Club. It was a day when the parents were invited to watch their children perform on stage. The prize winners were felicitated and the hard work of the volunteers was acknowledged.

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