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posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jan 30, 2019, 8:30 AM ]

The Bible through her eyes

On January 13, 2019, a group of women from across parishes gathered in the hall of St John the Evangelist Church, Marol to attend a session on 'Reading the Bible through her eyes'. Dr (Sr) Ananda Amritmahal, the Principal of Sophia College for Women, explained the topic, giving many examples from the Old Testament and also by sharing certain instances from her experience in the past of working at a leprosy hospital.

Referring to the passage about Lot from Genesis 19, Sr Ananda questioned Lot’s right to give his two virgin daughters to his two male guests. She went on to say that when man and woman have been created in God’s own image and likeness, then when did woman become unclean? Likewise, Sr Ananda cited many other passages from the Old Testament which speak about women, like Hagar, Esther, Judith, etc., and very profoundly interpreted the meaning of the same from a woman’s perspective.

Post the tea-break, we formed groups, and every group was given a different passage from the New Testament. After deliberating on the passages, a member from the group shared a summary of the discussion with the larger group. This was a very enriching experience for all, as for the first time, it helped us ponder upon the passages from a woman’s point of view. This gave us immense satisfaction, courage and freedom, as we could reflect on the way a woman would experience a given situation, without being afraid of people’s thoughts and opinions. This session, brilliantly conducted by Sr Ananda, will always be remembered by all those who attended, as something which not only helped in bringing a different approach in reading and interpreting the Bible, but also something which encouraged us to think about women in a much more valuable, respectable and appreciative way.

It was really good to see 60 participants for the training session. The highlight was that, besides women, the audience also included four men and a fair number of youth. Kudos to the Women’s Commission, Andheri Deanery, for organising this event. Sincere thanks goes out to Fr Glen D’Mello for his meticulous planning and unstinted support and also the Women’s Cell team of St John the Evangelist parish for managing the event.

Navi Mumbai Deanery Sports Day 2019

Navi Mumbai Deanery Sports Day 2019 took place on Sunday, January 20 at Sacred Heart High School, Vashi. This year, the Sports Day saw great participation from ten of the 12 parishes in the Deanery: Christ the King Church (Rasayani), Our Lady of Purification Church (Uran), St Francis Xavier Church (Panvel), Divya Kripa (Kharghar), St Joseph Church (CBD Belapur), Our Lady of Visitation Church (Nerul), Good Shepherd Church (Sanpada), Sacred Heart Church (Vashi), St Francis De Sales Church (Koparkhairne) and St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church (Airoli).

The day kicked off with great enthusiasm from the sizeable crowd of almost 350 youth. The chilly morning proved to be the perfect setting for the 100 metres and Relay races that drew the crowd to the sidelines to cheer for their respective parishes. Table tennis too was a warmly anticipated sport, with the crowd fully engaged in the game. The post-lunch period coaxed the entire crowd of ten parishes to their feet raucously cheering for their Throwball (Girls) and Football (Boys) teams.

The parishes that emerged victorious are: Our Lady of Visitation Church, Nerul (1st place), Sacred Heart Church, Vashi (2nd place) and St Theresa of the Child Jesus Church, Airoli (3rd place). Our congratulations to the winners and thanks to Fr Baptist Viegas (Youth Director) and the Navi Mumbai Deanery parish representatives for a successful event.

The goal of the Sports Day is healthy competition, for youth to develop their talents and bring together all parishes of the deanery to create new friends and fond memories.

Book on 'Children of Migrant Construction Workers in India' released at Boscoree 2018

The research study on the children of migrant construction workers in six cities of India: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai and Pune, authored by Dr Ajoy Fernandes, Director of Don Bosco Research Centre (DBRC), Mumbai, was released on January 3 at the 13th National Boscoree 2018 in Nashik, Maharashtra, by Fr Maria Arokiam Kanaga, Don Bosco South Asia Regional Head of Operations.

This is a research study exploring the impact of the socio-economic and living conditions of migrant construction workers, especially on the health and education of their children. The book identifies local, state and national-level policies and schemes, particularly the good practice interventions of Government and Non-Governmental Organisations to help migrant construction workers gain access to entitlements for food, accommodation, healthcare and education for their children.

Fruit of a long-drawn labour of great intensity, involving Dr R. B. Bhagat and Dr R. S. Reshmi of the International Institute of Population Sciences, Mumbai, Dr K. Anilkumar and Dr Nilesh Gawde of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and Fr Savio Silveira who provided technical guidance and training, the book opens up pathways for further research by civil and government organisations.

The herculean task of data collection across the six cities in India was handled by Shailesh Parmar of STEP Foundation, Ahmedabad, V. Shivshankar of Bengaluru, Chandana Das of Delhi, Dr Ajith Kumar of the Centre for Socio-Economic and Environmental Studies, Kochi, Kerala, and Don Bosco Research Centre in Mumbai and Pune. Dr Mansi Bawdekar of the Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work did the statistical analysis of the data.

Fr Fernandes said, "I am deeply indebted to the DBRC research, field and accounting staff, to the Salesians of Don Bosco for the effort made to discuss this crucial topic in the light of earlier researches. The information and insights in this book will definitely be a valuable resource for all the stakeholders to understand the struggles of migrant construction workers and their children, and thus seek out interventions to assist them."

The first copy of the book was presented to Mr Boman Irani by Fr Kanaga. Mr Irani, a committed Don Bosco collaborator and acclaimed film personality remarked, "It is really a challenge to work with the migrant population, especially children and youth. They need to be empowered with health and education."

Published by Tej-Prasarini, Don Bosco Communications Mumbai, the book priced at Rs 375 is available for sale from the Tej-Prasarini Mumbai Office or log on to www.tejonline.com. Contact - 022 2415 0680; e-mail - tejprasarinidbc@gmail.com

Fr Joaquim Fernandes, South Asia Don Bosco Communications Delegate and Director of Tej-Prasarini Don Bosco said, ''This is a massive work of collaboration and coordination. With this publication, we Salesians of Don Bosco will be able to reach out better in a planned manner to uplift the migrant population, especially the children in our mega cities.''


Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, February 8 (7:30 am) to Sunday, February 10 (5 pm) at Vinayalaya, Andheri (E), behind Holy Family Church, Chakala. Conducted by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, Mumbai. OPEN TO ALL. Registrations at the CCR Office, Dadar (W) – 2430 3626 / 2421 0881/99309 40705. Register early.

Atma Darshan

1. Family And Couples Retreat: Feb 15 - 17
2. Psycho-Spiritual Inner Healing Retreat: March 08 - 10
3. Lenten Inner Healing Service: March 23
4. Guided Retreat: May 05 - 11

For Registration & Inquiry, contact: Atma Darshan, Gyan Ashram Campus, Mahakali Caves Road, Andheri (E), Mumbai 400 093. India. Tel : (0091) (022) 2836 3120/ 2824 2419. Mobile : (+91) 97696 94422.

Bible Commission: Part Three of the 'Introduction to the Old Testament' will be taught on Sat. Feb. 16 at the Loyola Hall of St Peter Church, Bandra, from 9:15 am to 1 pm, by Dr Renu Silvano OCV and Fr Fio Mascarenhas SJ. To register, call Deacon Inacin on 98196 01562, latest by Feb. 11.

Gain a competitive edge! St Pauls Institute of Communication Education, Bandra invites admissions for a certificate course in Digital Marketing, commencing on Saturday, February 23, 2019. Register early. Call +91-(0)22-2643 5709/+91-98338 06739/+91-97699 05813 or e-mail: admissions@stpaulsice.com

Mentors Accompanying Youth: The Diocesan Youth Centre is organising a workshop for Youth Animators, and those mentoring and animating youth groups and young people:

1. Sun. Feb. 10—9 am to 2:30 pm at St John the Baptist School Hall, Thane.
2. Sun. Feb. 17—9 am to 2:30 pm at St Andrew's College Conference Hall, Bandra.

Register with the DYC, Bandra on 2643 1384 / 2642 2556.