Mercy Musical Evening

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In keeping with the year of Mercy, Sr. Hilda Braganza, the Animator of Mazzarello Youth Centre and the National Coordinator for Social Communications along with her Team planned to have a Musical Evening on 25th September from 5 to 8 p.m. The theme being  “ Singing the Mercies of the Lord”. The backdrop was just wonderful. Fr. Leon Cruz, the Pope’s ‘Ambassador of Mercy’ had come along with his Mercy band consisting of young vibrant and talented young people.mercy-musical-evening-4

The programme began on the dot of 5 with a movie depicting the life of our newly canonized consisted St. Mother Teresa. It made us introspect and see how much we could have done for others but did not do.

mercy-musical-evening-1At the very start, the Postulants and Aspirants invoked God’s blessings with a Prayers dance. Sr. Hilda then extended a warm welcome to all those present and thanked them for coming to grace this event. Sr. Melissa D’Souza, Principal of Mazzarello Academy was called upon to brief us about the programme but before she could do so, we sang the Birthday song to honour her on her birthday.

The first item was by the Mercy band. They sang two hymns nadsc04993mely ‘You are my all in all” and “Waves of Mercy”.  The hymns were displayed through the PowerPoint presented so that all could join in the singing. We then had the Postulants and Aspirants singing “God is watching over us’. Then Mrs. Rita More was called upon to give her testimony. Everyone was in rapt attention when she spoke about the day when she met with an accident and about the dozen of operations that followed as she spent many months in and out of the hospital. It was so wonderful to hear her say that she had encountered God through the many doctors who treated her. While most of us would have said, “Why me, Lord?” here was a lady who kept praising God in spite of the terrible pain she was going through. We then had the Marathi choir with Jacinta Gracias and her group singing “Kiti Anand Ha” and Mukti dei Yeshu naam”.  As most of us often neglect prayer, we had the Postulants urging us to pray through their action song  “ Pray about everything”. This was followed by the Konkani choir by Esperanca Rebello and her family of musicians and singers who sang the hymns ‘Jesu bhaxen and Tujea utrak Somai”.

Our Salesian Sisters known for their melodious voices sang a hymn to our Lady, “the mercy-musical-evening-3Mother of Mercy”.  There were a few videos clippings and questions were put to the audience to ensure that all were attentive. The sisters displayed their hospitality by giving vadapav and Dairy Milk chocolates to all present. Each person was also given a small cross which is a symbol of mercy. The compere always steals the show and Dr. Sr. Teresa Joseph did just that.

No programme is complete without that ‘vote of thanks. Sr. Rosaline Pereira thanked the Provincial, Sr. Rita Dora Thomas, Fr. Leon and his Mercy band for their numerous hymns. She also expressed thanks to the choir groups and all those who contributed in some way or the other to make the event indeed special and a great success.

– Dolly Afonso                                                                                                                         (Past-Pupil of Auxilium Convent and member of the PPC – Our Lady of Dolours Parish, Wadala )                                                                                        

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Celebrating our FMA India Togetherness through PCI 2016

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The Annual Meeting of FMA PCI 2016 is held at Sacred Heart Convent, Bangalore from   1- 4 September 2016 with the theme:Importance of Salesian historical memory.

38 pDSC04864articipants from the six FMA India Provinces are participating in it. We are honoured to have our dear Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, General Councilor to preside over this meeting and Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General as the chief resource DSC04863person.

The FMA-PCI, 2016 commenced with the Morning Prayer on the theme “centrality of the human person with the outlook of the Merciful Father”. The beautifully animated inaugural Eucharist was presided over by Fr. Mathew Joyce Thonikuzhiyil, SDB, Provincial of Bangalore Province. He helped us savour the rich heritage of the presence of our Institute in India. The importance of Salesian historical memory was highlighted through the various symbols which were carried to the altar with enriching commentary by Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, Presiding General Council, Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General & the Resource person, the 6 FMA Provincials – Sr. Magnificat Soosai, Provincial of Chennai, Sr. Isabella Suja, Provincial of Shillong, Sr. Ritha Dora Thomas, Provincial of Mumbai, Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, Provincial of Bangalore, Sr. Rose Ezarath, Provincial of Kolkata, Sr. Elizabeth George, President – PCI and Provincial of Guwahati and Sr. Isabella Mary Alphonse, National Co-ordinator of NDF.

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At 9.00 a.m., the FMA-PCI participants were escorted by the Auxilium School Children and the School band to the beautifully decorated Nancy Memorial Hall for the FMA-PCI 2016 inaugural function. The program began with a prayer dance by the school children which was followed by words of welcome by Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida, the Provincial of the host Province. During the program, Sr. Lucy Rose, Sr. Piera and the 6 Provincials were honoured with a shawl and were offered a bouquet of flowers and the Delegates, Special invitees and the national Co-ordinators were welcomed with colourful scarfs and a red rose.  A beautiful typical fusion dance too DSC04847was staged by the children. Taking into account the exhortation of Pope Francis to take care of nature, Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Sr. Elizabeth George, Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida and Sr. Lydia Komuhra were invited to water the plant as a sign of our desire to strengthen our communion with God and the whole cosmos. Sr. Lucy Rose in an informal way voiced the thanks and appreciation for the wonderful inaugural function organized by Sr. Crescentia, the Sisters and students.

As the participants of the FMA-PCI came to the conference hall each one was presented with the PCI file. Sr. Elizabeth George, President of the FMA-PCI, delivered the welcome address and welcomed Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil, the Presiding General Councilor, Sr. Piera Cavaglià, Secretary General. Sr. Elizabeth George specifically stressed on the theme of the FMA-PCI – Importance of Salesian historical memory”. She also thanked Sr. Crescentia D’Almeida and the Sisters of INK for readily hosting the FMA-PCI Meet, 2016.

Sr. Lucy Rose Ozhukayil delivered the inaugural address. She spoke on the significance DSC04881of our coming together as FMA-PCI which is a sign of communion. She exhorted the participants to preserve and value historical memory so that we may not face a future that has no roots in the past. Sr. Lucy Rose invited the sisters to value the presence of Sr. Piera Cavaglià who is the “Living Archive” and reminded us of our duty to carry on the rich patrimony handed to us by our founders.

We are ever grateful to our dear Sr. Piera Cavaglià  for her lively and interactive animation  during these days stressing on the importance of preserving the Salesian historical memory. The group discussions were also enriching moments for the participants.DSC04879

One could easily sense the vibrations of love for the Institute and the desire to transmit the same sentiments welling up from the heart of Sr. Piera as she communicated the patrimony of the rich heritage of Don Bosco and Mother Mazzarello to FMA India. We thank God for the loving presence of our dear Sr. Lucy Rose and Sr. Piera in our midst and for their enriching inputs.

 

 

 

MEDIA FESTIVAL 2016 celebrated at Mazzarello Youth Centre, Wadala (Mumbai)

IMG_677120th August 2016 dawned with its bright hues upon MYC Wadala as the young voices of all the participants for the Media festival were heard down the corridors and the hall throughout this day. The vibrant music, bright colours of various costumes, various competitions and lively conversation were the three aspects that could describe this event in a few words.

The theme, ‘Celebrating God’s Mercy’ was like a thread that ran through all the events of this day. After registering their names the participants were given a badge, coupons for meals and were then led to the venue. We began with a short prayer moment highlighting that God is everywhere and in everyone around us and that his mercy is abounding for those who seek it. Prayer really gave a kick-start to this event as each item followed the other smoothly as planned.

DSC02949The compere for the day was Mrs. Clevy D’Silva who indeed set an interesting tone to the entire Media Festival with her jokes, anecdotes and life experiences as she introduced each item of the event. Sr. Hilda Braganza declared the Media Fest open and there were sounds of yells and cheers accompanied by music. The main highlights of the day were various competitions like singing and dancing both, individual and group, poster, Audio-visual and fashion show. Each of these competitions had a theme and the participants were supposed to base their performance on those themes. Different judges were invited for the respective competitions according to their expertise and they were also felicitated with flowers and small mementos.

IMG_6810Our four jubilarians, Sr. Flida Morris, Sr. Perpetual Ferrao, Sr. Meena D’silva and Sr. Justina Rodrigues were also felicitated during this event. Sr. Teresa Joseph was invited to speak on Mother Teresa who will be canonized during this year of mercy. Sr. Teresa kept the youth attentive to what she was saying during her talk with her dynamic and vibrant personality.

IMG_6795The vote of thanks was proposed by Sr. Antonette Rebello to all those who were directly and indirectly involved in making this Media Fest a grand success. Finally there was the distribution of prizes for all the participants who excelled in the various competitions. It was a lovely sight to see the hall bubbling with youth and their cheers as they received their prizes. The event concluded with a few words of gratitude and appreciation by Sr. Hilda after which the participants had a dance session. They were then given snacks and left for their homes. We praise and thank God almighty who was with us during this entire event and that we could spend this day with the youth fruitfully.

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MEDIA SEMINAR (INB)

Celebrating  God’s mercy through the Media

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21 vibrant and enthusiastic sisters from various communities of our province participated in the Media seminar held at MYC Wadala from 19th to 21stAugust 2016. Sr. Hilda Braganza and Sr. Melissa D’souza organized this seminar with great zest. We began with a short prayer moment to invoke the blessings of the Holy Trinity upon each of us. This was followed by a session conducted by Sr. Perpetual Ferrao DSC03055on how to use the Photoshop software. She first installed the software on the laptops brought by the sisters and then began the session with great enthusiasm. This was followed by a session on communication skills by Mr. Frazier Martins, a professional who conducts sessions for business firms. He delved on some of the important communication skills like time management, goal setting, voice modulation etc along with a lot of group activities.  The Photoshop session by Sr. Perpetual continued on the 21st wherein we learnt a lot of techniques to edit photos and pictures.

We concluded this seminar on 21st evening by thanking the Media incharge Sr. Hilda and Sr. Melissa for their efforts, planning and hard work that went along in preparing this three-day seminar, including the Media festival.