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posted Jul 25, 2018, 10:53 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jul 25, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

A.B.E. General Body Meeting

The General Body Meeting of the Archdiocesan Board of Education (ABE) will be held on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 9 a.m. at Holy Name High School Hall, Fort, Mumbai.

His Eminence, Oswald Cardinal Gracias, will preside.

Managers, Principals, HMs and Head teachers are requested to attend.

Fr George Athaide, Secretary - ABE

Archdiocesan Women's Commission Orientation

The Orientation programme was held on July 8 at St Joseph Convent School, Bandra, on a very rainy day. Given the weather, it would have been a day off at work for most people, but more than 100 women came together for a cause they believed in strongly.

The programme commenced with a Prayer Service conducted by Diana Gudino; the hymn 'Make me a Channel of your Peace,' was followed by the Women's Creed and anthem. Ms Merlin D'Sa welcomed Fr Anthony J Fernandes, Ecclesiastical Adviser and Ms Jean Saldanha, the out-going Executive Secretary of the Women's Commission. Fr Anthony announced the new Executive Secretary, Ms Sunita Machado, and thanked Jean on behalf of Bishop Barthol. Sunita Machado spoke about Jean's selfless service and commitment to the cause of women's empowerment during her tenure at the Women's Commission.

Jean addressed the audience and extended her gratitude to all the Deanery Coordinators for the support, affection and their presence whenever called for. Jean was presented with a shawl as a token of respect and a sapling as a token of the growth that the Women's Commission experienced in her capable hands.

Sunita oriented the audience on the theme for the year – 'Push for the pace of progress' and the activities that can be undertaken by the Women's Cells to delve on this theme.

Fr Anthony conducted a unique icebreaker session with spot prizes for the women participants.

Ms Nirmala Mehendale, Director-HR of Mind Movers, gave the input session. She has two decades of experience building and implementing HR systems and processes for a number of large organisations. She explained how people can achieve very difficult tasks successfully if they are guided well, if they display a positive attitude to take up challenges, focus on the task at hand, and have coordination and trust with team members. Ms Mehendale spoke on the role of assertive communication in our lives, relationships, at work and in the Church. She took up 2-3 case studies that helped the women realise how to be assertive, to put forth their views by being calm, to choose appropriate words with politeness and to take a firm stand on issues.

The Deanery Coordinators gave a gist of the activities undertaken during the previous year and shared their plans for the Deanery for the coming year.

Ms Veera Davies thanked all for attending the session despite the heavy rains. The session ended with Fr Glen D'Mello leading the women in prayer with the Grace before meals. The programme ended with the thought, "We are women, daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, friends, but most importantly, we are change agents working towards a healthier gender just society."

Workshop to combat fake news with peace journalism

Tej-Prasarini Don Bosco Communications, the media wing of the Mumbai Salesians of Don Bosco, organised a two-day intensive seminar-cum-workshop for its media correspondents on July 18-19 at the sprawling Don Bosco Educational Campus at Matunga, Mumbai.

Coordinated by Fr Joaquim Fernandes, Regional Director of BOSCOM South Asia and Executive Director of Tej-Prasarini, over 78 participants availed of this opportunity to be trained in the rudiments of smart and sensible communication.

Fr Peter Gonsalves, eminent Professor-emeritus of Social Communications at the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Communication Consultor at the Vatican Secretariat and founding member of BOSCOM India inaugurated the workshop on 'Fake News and Journalism for Peace'.

Fr C.M. Paul, HoD, Mass Communication at Sonada College, West Bengal, founding member of BOSCOM India and Director of Radio Salesian 90.8 FM, set the pace with a brief keynote address. Fr Joaquim Fernandes invited the participants to "be aware that we are creators, contributors and consumers in the ever evolving 'digital continent' which is the 'virtual playground'."

Ashley D'Mello, former Assistant Editor, Times of India, Mumbai walked the keen participants through a highly interactive session of news analysis, techniques of interview reporting and news-writing. Chris Valentino tackled the issue of fake news, saying, "We need to be informed citizens, act as catalysts to create and sustain a healthy ecosystem of truth-tellers amidst the alarmingly prevalent sub-genre of misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms."

Brian Martins, CEO of Fotomartin, combined theory with practicals during his session on digital photography. He dealt with DSLR and smartphone photography basics demonstrating the use of composing, framing, lighting and editing for the purpose of effective photojournalism.

Karen Laurie, Editor, Bosco Information Service (BIS) joined the discourse via skype from Canada, emphasising the 5Ws + 1H formula, and engaging the participants in the process of active reportage. Laurie demonstrated, through connective interactivity, the know-how of 'headlines, bylines, the main content body and the wrap up', through the process of 'interviewing, writing and publishing'.

Acclaimed RJ Bosco Rodrigues of All India Radio (AIR FM) enlivened the proceedings, with a charming session on youth radio programmes, the art of public speaking and voice modulation. He regaled the participants with humorous work anecdotes.

Thereafter, Philip Varghese, City Editor of The Afternoon, Mumbai, narrating his foray into journalism, had the participants thinking, questioning and listening in rapt attention. "If you want to be good journalists, hone your peace-time skills and work your way through journalism from the spot, which is the most difficult even after earning laurels from a journalism finishing school."

The participants included senior school and college teachers, lecturers, media aspirants, communication specialists, citizen journalists, grassroot social activists, and media students from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Awareness Programme on 'Breast Cancer' at Holy Family Hospital on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 12 noon at The Classroom, Basement, Holy Family Hospital, St Andrew's Road, Bandra. Mammography at 20% discount. Registration - Rs 150 includes one consultation. Call 6267 0555 / 6267 0318.

Jesus Encounter Healing Retreat: from Friday, August 10 (7:30 am) to Sunday, August 12 (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.

The next Inner Healing Retreat conducted by Anthony Lobo and Team will be held from August 30 to September 2, at Retreat House, Bandra. For WhatsApp details and registration, please contact Ralph Fernandes 98333 98895; Eugenie 6500 1423; Nazareen 98333 84096; Christina 96199 48199.