Know, Love and Live the Catholic Faith

4 St. Dominic Savio Antophill 2 days Retreat cum Mission Outreach Programme to Kunegaon.(Sr. Hilda Braganza) The Confirmation Students (Tamil Group) of St. Dominic Savio Antophill Wadala (East) Mumbai went for a 2 days Retreat cum Mission Outreach Programme to Kunegaon, KUNE  (21-22 Oct 2014). The young people were warmly welcomed by our Sisters, Sr. Lata Pereira, Sr. Jean Colas and Sr. Anita Tairipascu to their Home at Ashish Bhavan Kunegaon. There was joy and excitement as we experienced so many kind gestures during our stay there.

The Master’s voice “Remain in my Love” encouraged our young people to spend time in ???????????????????????????????prayer and reflection. This also enabled them to enrich themselves with the presence of the Holy Spirit. It strengthened and obliged them to be witnesses to Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend ones faith.

These two days stay at Ashish Bhavan provided the youngsters moments of learning about the Catholic Faith, sharing, serving, fellowship, spiritual growth and fun! The sessions conducted by Fr. Shekar Mariadas SDB helped the young to reflect on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

???????????????????????????????The Mission Outreach Programme helped the young to look beyond and see to the needs of others. Sr. Anita oriented briefly the group to the Mission Outreach Programme. She guided the young people as they visited the families from house to house – speaking to them, listening and praying with them. Sessions on Children’s Rights and Eve-Teasing conducted by her were very useful. A brief presentation on the Katkari Tribe was made Mr. Damo, the Social worker of Ashish Bhavan.

???????????????????????????????We also had the opportunity to visit the Jesuit Social Service Centre, Kune and were amused to enjoy nature’s beauty all around. We were delighted to see the gorgeous waterfall at Khandala.

???????????????????????????????Before our departure for Mumbai we made  a quick visit to St. Joseph Training Centre, Lonavla. Sr. Leema Rose Joseph, Sr. Anita Dushing and Sr.Assumption Gonsalves along with the Candidates welcomed our young people with a beautiful song. The Confirmation students were glad to interact with the Candidates in Formation. We hope that some of girls of the Confirmation group may be inspired to follow their footsteps in the service of our Divine Saviour.

The group was accompanied by          Fr. Shekar Mariadas SDB,                  Tr. Josephine Clara and Sr. Hilda Braganza FMA.  The entire programme was coordinated by Sr. Hilda, teacher of the Confirmation students (Tamil Group) of St. Dominic Savio Antophill Wadala.

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SAD DEMISE – Sr. Edith Mascarenhas (INK)

RIP

Sr. Edith FMA

We, the Salesian Sisters of Bangalore Province inform the sad news of the demise of our beloved veteran, Sr. Edith Mascarenhas aged 94 years. The Lord called her at 6.30 p.m. on 08.10.2014. Funeral will be held at Sacred Heart Convent Bangalore -560049, On 10th October Friday at 10.00 a.m..

Born  : 28.02.1920           Professed: 06.01.1946     Died      : 08.10.2014

Your fervent prayers are requested for the repose of her soul.

 BRIEF PROFILE:

Sr. Edith Mascarenhas FMA

 

On 8th October,2014 the Lord called to eternal bliss our dearest Sr. Edith Mascarenhas aged 94, after a committed life of 68 years in His vineyard. She belonged to the Sacred Heart Province of Bangalore, India.

Sr. Edith was born in Mangalore on 28.02.1920 as the second of nine children. The first four, 3 daughters and a son, were gifted to the Salesian Congregation by the deeply Christian parents of holy memory. In spite of nagging ailments, Muriel, as she was called at home, was a star in the school. She was graduated from the well known St. Agnes College, Mangalore. After much coaxing and cajoling, Muriel managed to extract permission from her parents to join the Salesian Sisters of the Province of St. Thomas, the Apostle, Madras, India. She proved the “superiority of mind over matter” when she went through successfully the Spartan formation of the pre-Vatican years. Sr. Edith who sought God alone, found Him in everything especially in the sacrifices and privations demanded by the post Second World War period. She was professed on 06.01-1946.

Sr.Edith’s fluency in English, alertness of mind, precision even in little things and willingness for hard work did not escape the eyes of the Superiors. She was put in-charge-of the school office of St. Francis Xavier’s, Broadway, St. Mary’s Vellore and St. Joseph’s Arni in successive years. She plunged herself into work with the spirit of the “Da Mihi Animas”. She was appointed as the Economer of Auxilium Convent Wadala, Bombay for 3 years. Next we find her as the Superior of Our Lady’s Centre, Chetpet, Madras. Her capacity for management of financial matters led the Superiors to appoint her as Provincial Economer from 1967 to 1970. In 1971, she was sent to U.S.A. on a 2 years’ assignment given by the Province. In 1980 she had the opportunity to visit Germany and Italy. During 1982-’88, Sr. Edith consumed herself for the house of Kodambakkam, Madras. With her extra-ordinary tact and power of persuasion, she helped to solve many serious problems. Only God knew the numberless hidden sacrifices she made everyday going out from morning till evening on various commissions.

In July 1988 Sr. Edith was asked to take more care of her tired limbs and failing eye sight at Sacred Heart Novitiate, Bangalore. Like a true child of Don Bosco, she wanted to rest only in heaven. She wanted to place at the service of the Congregation her unique talent to be a Public Relations Officer. Tell Sr. Edith of a need, she will soar over mountains and sail overoceans to reach the goal – in spite ofher fractured hip. We, of the younger generation are amazed at the energy, the zest and the zeal with which she gets charged, when she takes upon herself a responsibility.When Sacred Heart Province, Bangalore was carved out from St. Thomas’ Province Madras in 1993, Sr. Edith stayed back in our Province extending her creative and experienced hands in solving issues connected with land and constructions and for the growth of our Province. Though pulled down by various ailments for the past 12 years, she still rose above them with a strong will, keeping to her diet and Practices of piety, always eager to know every happening of the Province, feeling happy at the visit of the Sisters of the Province and making everyone wonder with her sharp memory till the end.

What was the source of this energy? Nothing else than her uninterrupted prayer. Her devotion to Our Lady was filial and tender. On journeys short or long, she would keep reciting the Rosary all the while. Another outstanding trait of this great personality was her delicatesense of gratitude. Even if you give her a pin, she would remember it for ever and would thank you as though you had done her a mighty favour.

Sr. Edith has left behind a vacuum that cannot be filled by anybody. Today she is a “Memory”, an unbreakable link that connects the past with the present. Her very life is an effective lesson that proclaims to the world that life is a passing reality, vanity, vanity, everything is vanity; what matters is “Eternity”. A life span can hold it when one’s gaze is ever turned to Him.

Today is our day of Thanksgiving to you, dear Sr. Edith for the rich patrimony of sanctity you have contributed to our Institute and to our Province by the eloquent testimony of your enthusiasm and joy in your consecrated life. The words of Rabindra Nath Tagore, the Indian mystic have truly realised in your life:“Thou hast made me endless, such is thy pleasure. This frail vessel thou emptiest again and again, and fillest it ever with fresh life. This little flute of a reed thou hast carried over hills and dales, and has breathed through it melodies eternally new”.

Yes, dear Sr. Edith, the last moment of your life came very softly and suddenly – even on that day, life went on as usual till you found it difficult to swallow the last tablet, and in a minute your eyes were closed in calmness and serenity. We do believe that the angels accompanied you to the throne of God. May you experience His close presence as a reward of your life of committed love and prayer.

Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida

Provincial

JUST ANOTHER MILESTONE AS WE SURGE AHEAD (INC)

HOLY CHILD INC - Copy(Sr. Lucy Kachira) The confederation of Indian Universities is an organization that is an embodiment of all the recognized Universities pan India. And when such a prestigious organization came forward and conferred Holy Child Auxilium with the National Teaching Excellence Award on the 5th of October 2014 it once again threw light on the exalted superiority and the contribution of the school in the field of academics. Such has been the surge and the track record of the institution ever since its inception that the accordance could not be overlooked. This marks our commitment towards excellence in pedagogical methodologies and a strong education system. The ceremony which also marked the 10th anniversary of the CIU was held on the auspicious occasion of World Teachers Day, the venue being the Auditorium of India International Centre, Lodi Estate, New Delhi. Our school was represented by our Principal Sr. Lucy Kachira, Sr. Teresa Ruben-Manager and Superior, Sr. Annie K-Head Mistress and Superior, Sr. Gracy P.-Superior along with Mrs. Anita Sharma-Counsellor and PRO of HCA. They received this prestigious award on behalf of the school in the presence of National and International dignitaries. This special award is affiliated to the United Nations, ECOSOC, UNICEF, UNCED, UNESCO and DPI. Now this felicitation happens to be just another feather in the cap for our Institution. This marks another milestone in our illustrious journey and it further showcases the synergy within the Institution. The most significant aspect being that the school has adhered to its values without compromising on the quality of education. This is truly a testimony of the work put in by the HCA family throughout the years and the fact remains that the laurels just do not stop here as we shall keep on striving for ever and ever.

Holy Child Auxilium, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi

MEDIA FESTIVAL 2014 (INB)

IMG_5354(Mrs. Margaret Joseph) On Saturday 13th September 2014 we had our Media Festival organized by AMAR Media Centre, Wadala and the Team. The theme for the day: Youth: Builders of true Home was well displayed. The program started by 9.00 am with registration of the participants. Each one was served delicious refreshments. All the Media Festival volunteers attired with colourful scarves escorted Sr. Agatha Dias, our Vice- IMG_5121Provincial and Animator of Auxilium, Wadala and Sr. Philo D’Souza, Animator of Mazzarello Youth Centre to inaugurate this great event. Sr. Agatha Dias did us the gracious favour and declared the Media Festival Open.

A Prayer Moment focusing on the theme: “HOME” was conducted Sr. Jaya Rodrigues. Sr. Hilda Braganza, directress AMAR Media Centre delivered the IMG_5227welcome address and briefly presented the importance of the day. The first contest of the day was the Audiovisual Contest and its theme was: “Youth: Builders of true Home”. In their presentations the different groups conveyed the message that the youth of today has such an important task of being builders of Homes …. Making a difference through their lives and bringing change in around.

IMG_5128Sr. Sahaya FMM, President of AMRAT INDIA and her Team took a very interesting and enriching session on Anti Human Trafficking. This posed a vital challenge to each and every young person gathered in the hall of how they could be directly involved in helping to build Homes.

The solemn moment of our Media IMG_5139Festival was the Felicitation of our Golden Jubilarians our special Guests for the day. We congratulated and honoured our dear Sr. Gladys and Sr. Philo D’Souza who recently celebrated their Golden Jubilee.

This was followed by more exciting competitions such as Rangoli, Choral Singing, and IMG_5195Dance Competition. Everyone was a glue to their chairs enjoying the talents of the others. Every group performed to the best of their ability. There were action songs and many spot prizes which helped to keep their spirits high.

Lunch time was real fabulous time as the young enjoyed a yummy meal, listened to melodious music and made new friends. Simultaneously Individual Contests such as Photography , Creative Writers Contest, Media Creation, Creating Sketches, Speak out your mind, Slogan Writing Contests were conducted on the 2nd Floor of Mazzarello Youth Centre.

IMG_5244The prime hour of the Media Festival was the Group Fashion Show Contest. Creative ideas were presented by the groups as they walked gracefully on the ramp. These IMG_5350were able to spark the imagination of audience. The themes were interesting and captivating.

The prize distribution ceremony was the most awaited moment for everyone. Sr. Agatha Dias and Sr. Philo D’Souza gracefully gave away the prized to the Prize winners while the audience joyfully applauded them.

The climax of the entire event was Rock & Roll session – a splendid time with the DJ Master, Mr. Aurelius. With a joyful note we concluded our Media Festival 2014. All went home with grateful hearts, lovely memories and convictions to be builders of true Homes.

Thanks to Sr. Hilda, her Team, Sisters of two communities of Wadala and Sisters of the different communities of the Province, all the volunteers, friends and benefactors who have helped in a big way to make this event a grand success.

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