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Don Bosco Youth Centre, Shirva celebrates anticipated feast of Don Bosco

By Fr. Joe Fernandes
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Panjim, Jan. 12. The extension of Don Bosco Youth Centre in Shirva (Udupi District), meant for needy boys was inaugurated on January 12, 2012 on the auspicious occasion of the anticipated feast of Don Bosco. The inauguration and blessing was  done by the Salesian Provincial Fr. Ian Figueiredo in the presence of  Fr. Baptist Menezes-Episcopal Vicar of Udupi, , Fr. Stany Tauro-Parish Priest and Vicar Forane of Shirva Deanery, and Fr. Valerian Pinto-former parish  priest of Shirva, who was instrumental in beginning the Salesian presence in Shirva.
The extended part includes the Dormitory, the Refectory and Kitchen for the boys and for the religious of the community.
Rev. Fr. Valerian Pinto was the main celebrant at he Festive Eucharist, spoke on the life and work of Don Bosco and exhorted the crowd to become witnesses of Christ in and around their surroundings.
Fr. Maxim-Director of the Don Bosco Youth Centre Shirva proposed a meaningful vote of thanks, extending his heart felt gratitude towards all the friends and benefactors of Don Bosco Youth Centre, Shirva.
The Holy Eucharist was followed by the Felicitation ceremony during which the architect, the contractor and the benefactors of the Youth Centre, were felicitated.
An entertainment programme by the boys residing in Don Bosco Youth Centre, Shirva, brought the event to a close.

Don Bosco Youth Centre, established in 2007 is a gift of Divine Providence. Through the generous offer of the local Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Valerian Pinto and his Parish Council and a generous Catholic family of Late Mr. Benedict Menezes, the Salesians of Don Bosco were able to establish themselves in this place surrounded by numerous catholic families and youth. They are placed in a rural set up from where they are able to easily launch out into apostolates on behalf of youth.
In the first year two Salesians and 7 boys began the Salesian presence in the renovated house of the donors. Later on the year was spent in developing the land, planning the building and initiating the construction and establishing contacts for beginning the youth work.  
The present community of Don Bosco Youth Centre Shirva consists of Rev. Fr. Maxim D'souza (Director), Fr. Augustine Fernandes (Administrator), Fr. Joe Fernandes (Catechist) and two regent viz. Br. Merwin and Br. Kiran who are in charge of 25 boys residing in the youth centre.  

� Hostel for boys
� Pastoral Service at Pilar
� Vocation work
� Youth work in school etc.
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