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Delhi Salesian Family studies the Strenna 2011 ''Come and See''


By Fr. Shilanand Kerketta
Salesian Family Day, Study of the strenna
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New Delhi, Jan. 24.  The Annual Salesian Family day for the Northern region was celebrated in the Salesian Provincial House, Okhla, Delhi on 23rd January 2011. Keeping with the tradition of the day the Strenna 2011 ''Come and See'' was presented and studied by the members of the Salesian Family numbering about 55 in all. The groups that were represented were SDBs, FMAs, Salesian Cooperators, SMIs, MSMHCs, and Disciples. The SDBs present were Fr. Michael Peedikayil, Provincial, Fr. Shilanand Kerketta, Vice-Provincial, Fr. Jose Mathew, Provincial Economer, Rectors and confreres from the communities in Delhi and from northern states.
It started at 10.30 am with a short prayer led by Bro. Godwin Baa and words of welcome by Fr. Reji Tom, Rector of the hosting community: Don Bosco Technical Institute, Okhla, New Delhi. Fr. Brian Diamond presented the Strenna 2011. After the presentation of 45 minutes, the assembly met in five groups for further reflection for suggesting practical implementation of the Strenna.

The Eucharist was a celebration of the communion in the Salesian Family that St. John Bosco dreamed about and Common Identity Card lays down for the common living and working. Fr. Michael Peedikayil, Provincial, presided at the holy Eucharist in which he highlighted the import of the three quotes of the Strenna from Jn 19:36-39: ''Look, here is the Lamb of God... What are you looking for? ... Rabbi, where do you live? ...Come and see''.

Fraternal meal was followed by a general discussion wherein the groups reported the fruit of their reflection and sharing. The gathering focused on what a Christian family, school and parish could do concretely to create a vocational culture. Creating of friendly and spiritual atmosphere in families and schools and strengthening of group experiences in schools and parishes received general acceptance among the participants. At about 4.00 pm the programme came to its close. The participants dispersed with a resolve to create a culture of vocation in homes, schools and their institutions and a printed souvenir to remind them of this choice.
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