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Feast of Don Bosco Celebrated in Style In The Northern Arabian Vicariate


By Stanley D`souza
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Mumbai, Feb. 5. The entire Salesian Community was floored completely with happiness and joy celebrating the feast of their founder and patron Don Bosco on 31 January. The spiritual celebration had actually begun earlier with the novena to Don Bosco. The cooperators animated the Novena by screening a portion of the movie on the life of Don Bosco. The main celebrants during the novena days shared their reflections on Don Bosco.
On 31st January the festivities commenced with the Holy Mass with Fr. Lionel as the main celebrant. He shared the life of Don Bosco from his childhood to his priesthood and the challenges he had to face during his entire life while working with the youth. Like Don Bosco, Fr. Lionel targeted the youth with his ammunition of encouragement, motivation and presenting ''Don Bosco'' as the model  for them. Fr. Lionel with his roaring voice and funny antics kept the entire parish in splits and yearning for more on the life Don Bosco.

He mentioned that today there are Seventeen thousand priests, Fifteen thousand sisters,  a battalion of Cooperators and Past Pupils that carry the 'jihad' of Don Bosco's mission far and wide to save and serve the youth.

The Choir brought back memories for many of the 'Past Pupils of Don Bosco', who once were like these children in the choir helping to enliven the spiritual aspect of Mass to a greater degree. The mass was followed by distribution of cake by the Salesian Cooperators following the teaching of Don Bosco ''to share''.

It was a known fact that Don Bosco was a prankster and a comedian, which Fr. Lionel had demonstrated during his sermon at the Mass. So it is obvious that, his sons also imbibe 'his madness and fun'. To reflect the veracity of this fact they had a blast of fun, music and a Jam Session in the school basement immediately after the Mass.

The army of Past Pupils present for the function ensured that the event was memorable. The Salesians were made to play a game of hula‐hoop to the amusement of all.

The focus of the celebration was on kids and the youth. It was a joy to see a live band of youngsters below Fourteen years of age entertaining the audience with their lively music. Fr. Franco announcing the 'dinner open' with very motivational talks from Don Bosco's life, encouraged the youth to give a thought about being a religious one day.

The dinner brought back memories for the Past Pupils of their boarding days where they broke bread together in the refectory.

The entire Salesian family thanked Don Bosco for all the blessings in their lives. Messages from the Priests got them to introspect their duties and responsibilities of sharing with the less privileged.

The day ended with invoking Don Bosco for his blessings, and singing full throatedly ''Don Bosco be with us, Don Bosco watch over us, Don Bosco forever our model be.''
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