Pre-novices celebrate Earth Day
AZIMGANJ, 11 June (Ram Murmu) – The new batch of pre-novices (2013-14 group) who returned to Savio Bhavan after a five week absence for their pre-novitiate prep course at Bandel thought up an idea to celebrate Earth Day, 5th June.
Starting on 4th June, 14 pre-novices fanned out to clean up the house, surrounding fields, toilets and all places of common use.
“The need of community was observed by the pre-novices themselves and they took initiative to clean up the house and toilets and other place to know the cleanliness of the house,” says Fr Rector.
“We worked with great enthusiasm and eagerness,” says one of the pre-novices.
Another one adds, “on the day we celebrate earth day it is nice to clean our house to be part of the community as well as feel at home.”
Another candidate Junash says, “if we want to have sound hygiene we need to keep clean ourselves and the surrounding where we live.”
AZIMGANJ, 11 June (Sachin Kullu) – The pre-novices caught the IPL (Indian Premiere League) cricket fever and played a match with Rector and Dean leading their teams marking the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 7 June.
The match was inaugurated by
Dean of Studies Fr. Prabhudayal Ekka inaugurated the match exhorting all “to play in the spirit of the game.”
The captains from both the teams came forward for toss, and Fr Rector’s team won the toss and chose to field first.
Before the match started the Bosco group captain Sagar Parichha introduced the players to rules pertaining to the match and explained the match would be played ten overs with normal rules of cricket.
Though Fr .Rector’s team was to win the match
with the exceptional bowling of Shyamol Soren there was a surprising u-turn in the match and the Dean’s team won by 8 runs in spite of an extra over granted by mistake.
AZIMGONJ, 12 June, (Biswajit Molla) – Fourteen Pre-novices hailing from various states of Eastren India: Bengal, Odisha and Jharkhand, started their preparation for novitiate at Savio Bhavan, 1st June.
The year-long formation period has the motto: “Bloom where you are planted,” said Rector of Savio Bhavan Fr Samuel Mondal explaining the training programme for 2013-14.
In the evening of the same day the candidates carrying diyas (lighted candels) processed to the altar offering themselves to the Lord symbolically at the Holy Eucharist.
During the Gospel, they enacted the parable of the talents (Mt :25:14-30) as reminder of their year-long preparation.
“We are happy to be in the company of community members, and under the patronage of St. Dominic Savio,” said one of the pre-novices.
Commenting on the present group of pre-novices Fr Rector says, “I find them very enthusiastic and hard working. They are basically happy and spontaneous.”
The Rector thanked the pre-novices on behalf of the Community, “for the generous gift of themselves to the Lord and Salesian mission.”
Some 13 Salesians from the neigbouring Don Bosco Welfare Centre and parish community joined the pre-novices for dinner.
AZIMGANJ, 12th June, (Shyamal Soren) — The new academic session of the year 2013-14 saw the welcome of three and farewell of one Salesian in the parish. The new comers are assistant parish priest Fr Mark Mondal, two assistants for Savio Bhavan Brothers Ritesh Xalxo and Clement Lakra. The assistant parish priest Fr Tijo was given farewell before he left for Don Bosco Joypur in Birbhum district as bursar.
Immediately after Sunday Mass, 2nd June, there was a short gathering held in front of the church to welcome the new comers and bid farewell to the leaving person.
The cultural programme consiting of songs and folk dances lasted about two hours.
The pre-novices also sang a welcome song in English and garlanded them.
There was a word of welcome by parish priest, thanks giving by Fr.Tijo.
Abundant seasonal fruits in Savio Bhavan
AZIMGANJ, 11TH JUNE, (Theotimus Lakra) — At the start of their one year preparatory programme, the pre-novices are blessed with seasonal fruits like mangoes, bananas, guavas, wood apple, black berry, black jamun, dates, papayas and jack fruit.
“The abundance of these fruits is attractive to everyone, even the crows, squirrels and also monkeys enjoy the delicious and juicy fruits,” says Fr Rector.
“People are very eager to have these mangoes and this year we have the biggest crop of the fruit comparing to the other years,” adds the Rector.
“It’s a luxurious fruit to be treasured and we express our gratitude to God”, says the captain of the house, Hansel Dutta.
“This plentiful fruit production is the blessing from the Almighty,” says one of the domestic staff Miss Parul.
Rev. Fr. Provincial welcomed by the savio’s.
Azimganj: In the happy and joyful mood of Christmas and new year, the provincial of Kolkata came to visit Savio Bhavan[ the formation house of Kolkata province] on 13th of January 2013. The staff members of Savio Bhavan along with aspirants and pre-novices were really glad to have him in their midst. He was like living Don Bosco, who had come to visit the future Salesians of the congregation.
He was welcomed warmly by the community members of Savio Bhavan and then they sang a welcome song for him. Meanwhile each members’ joy and happiness was doubled by the short visit of Fr. Jose[ the vice-provincial of Kolkata]. Community was really lucky to have both provincial and vice-provincial. This was the first time that both of them were present together in Savio Bhavan. His main purpose for visiting the community is to see how the Salesian conferrers of Kolkata are working in this formation house. He stayed in our community for four days. During his stay he presided over the Eucharistic celebration every day for the community, as well as for the two different courses, PNC and 1st years. His homily and goodnight talks were really inspiring ones. “I was truly fortunate enough to meet him and talked with him personally about my vocational journey on religious life”, expressed by one of the community members.
His presence was felt and touched by every member of the community and even by the non-teaching staff, cooks and farm workers.