12 Youth Pages

posted Feb 20, 2019, 9:05 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Feb 20, 2019, 9:05 AM ]

Meet Mumbai's First
All-Girl Church Band

Say 'Hello!' to Terranova – the first all-girl Church band in Mumbai. They own the stage with their singing power and energy, and draw 'oohs and ahs' from the audience with their talent on the drums and guitar. Trisha D'Souza (Lead and Rhythm Guitarist), Elisha Estibeiro (Drums), Rhea Prabhu (Keyboard) and Alanis Rodrigues (Bass Guitar) belong to Immaculate Conception Church, Borivli, and have been mentored and trained by Fr Alban D'Souza, who is the Youth Director, and whose own love for all things musical are well known in Mumbai. Terranova had their debut performance in front of their home crowd on Sunday evening, February 10 at the Pope Paul Hall Extension.

Most of the girls were encouraged to pursue music at a young age by their parents. Rhea's mother bought her a small toy keyboard when she was four, which sowed the musical seed in her. She began formally learning to play the keyboard at age 7. Trisha was influenced by her dad, who used to follow a number of bands and watch their videos at home. Elisha was inspired to learn to play the drums, since she felt there were not many girl drummers around. Add to it her parents' love for old rock bands, and the little girl was hooked. Alanis, though, picked up playing the bass guitar only recently, on Fr Alban's prodding. He taught her for about a month and a half, and she took to it like a fish in water.

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Confirmation Retreat 2019

– Introspection on Faith

On January 26, we, the confirmandi from St Andrew's Church, Bandra set out for a Retreat to Don Bosco High School, Lonavla. Filled with excitement and anticipation, we assembled at 7:30 a.m. for the flag hoisting ceremony at St Andrew Church compound, then made our way to the bus. Our three-hour journey was filled with music, laughter and snacks. When we finally reached Don Bosco High School, the priests—Fr Royal D'Abreo and Fr Valerian Pereira—gave us a warm welcome, and we were offered some refreshments.

Fr Vincent D'Cruz conducted the first session on the Sacrament of Confirmation. He explained how the Sacrament is one of maturity, and why it is an important stage in Christianity. He elaborated how happiness cannot be found in materialistic things or anything related to greed and pride.

In the evening, we explored the massive premises—two huge grounds and a basketball court; some of us played football and basketball with the aspirants. There was a lovely chapel where we spent time in prayer. There were game rooms for playing badminton and table tennis too. The whole campus was well maintained, with a lot of greenery and beautiful flowers.

Later in the evening, we had another session; Fr Vincent spoke about how we can find God in our everyday lives, in everything we do. He asked us about our belief in Jesus Christ, and asked us to talk about our doubts on religion.

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