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CELEBRATION OF THE ARRIVAL OF JOHN BOSCO


By By Arantxa M. B. Afonso
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Panjim, Aug. 19. On the arrival of John Bosco at the Don Bosco Oratory in Panjim at 5:15 p.m. there were a lot of eyes awaiting the blessed presence. The relics were welcomed by the students' council of Don Bosco School, High School, College, the neighbourhood people and members of the salesian family while the police band played salesian tunes. The Provincial, Fr. Ian Figueiredo initiated the ceremony by adorning the relic with a traditional garland on the behalf of the province and with the ''All 4 Jesus'' band at their best tunes.
The welcoming ceremony put up by the youth comprised of an Indian classical dance and the choir singing the Don Bosco Anthem. As the relics were led to the place of repose the children and salesian family members joined in unison with the theme song called   ''Don Bosco: We live because you lived''.
The inaugural ceremony was followed by the solemn welcome Eucharist presided by Archbishop of Goa Rt. Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao along with 40 other priests and religious. Over three thousand people packed the indoor auditorium. The sermon was preached by Fr.Loddy Pires, who enlightened the crowd about John Bosco's life and works and miraculous healings. The celebration of the presence of John Bosco around us was not only restricted to the Catholic faith but there were people from other faiths as well. As true Bosconians would know to state that the number of people unified by John Bosco is innumerable. ''It is all about being one at heart and to be the one with a heart''.

As the mass ended, the people were in a queue to receive the blessings of Don Bosco. One could see a number of people waving out to each other, some hugging and then you knew in a split second that they were the Past Pupils of Don Bosco who were meeting after years reviving old memories.  Once again Don Bosco became a reason of uniting people.

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