Christmas Celebration at HCA Vasant Vihar

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Christmas is celebrated as the birth of baby Jesus and a reminder of how much we are loved. The magic of Christmas is not in the presents but in the presence. It’s for loving, caring, sharing and for giving. God made Christmas happen, friends made it beautiful and music made Christmas festive.

On Friday, 18th December 2015, HC Auxilium, Vasant Vihar, Delhi started with the Pre-Christmas Celebrations. Various competitions had been organised for children on this auspicious day, with Crib Making, Board Decoration and Class Room decoration. The students were excited and participated with fervor, enthusiasm and zeal in these competitions.

Honourable Judges Fr. Prasad George, Parish Priest of St. Dominic Church, Vasant Vihar, Vice-Principal, Sr. Karuna, Ms Runa, the art teacher came around the entire school to admire and judge the talents displayed by the students. They had a tough time to judge the best ones.

On Saturday, 19th December 2015, the main celebrations commenced with welcoming the Chief guest, Fr. Prasad George, a biblical scholar, renowned retreat preacher for students, parents and people of all walks of life and presently the Parish Priest of St. Dominic Church, Vasant Vihar, the Superior Sr. Ruben, the Principal Sr. Celine A, and all the Sisters with a bouquet of colourful flowers and a greeting card each.

Fr. Prasad George was then invited to place Baby Jesus in the Manger, symbolising the birth of Christ in our hearts and bless the gathering. Fr. Prasad said a prayer asking the Lord to bless each one present saying that He has a plan, a purpose, a goal for us and to reach that goal He has given us the Messiah Jesus to be with us to walk with us to suffer with us and to die for us and to accompany us to where the God is in heaven. He further prayed asking God, our father to bring the good news of the birth of Jesus to each one of us, the good news of peace, joy and harmony & to bring the same good news to millions of people who are suffering due to wars, violence, terrorism, poverty, abandonment and to those who are forced to migrate to lands unknown to them.

The programme of the day further continued with the School choir presenting a beautiful and melodious carol, setting the stage for the Carol Singing Competition for both the Middle and the Senior School students. The honourable judges for both the Carols and the Skits Competitions were Mr. Rabindra Lawrence, the Organist and Choir Director of the Apostles, Methodist Church, R K Puram and Mr. Asher Joseph, who is the recipient of ‘The Youngest Choir Director’ award at the age of 17, presently in a Band performing musical shows, and finally, Mr. Joshua Samuel, winner of Live Jam and has judged many competitions in IIT Delhi, IIFT Delhi and IIT Guwahati.

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The Christmas Skit competition was about the true meaning of Christmas in today’s scenario. The definition of Christmas has changed with time, today, love and care, the essence of Christmas has disappeared. What is important, the Christmas tree, decorations, cake or togetherness? Share and experience the joy of giving with those who really value your gift and your feelings. The students of the four Houses performed the skits depicting the message in their own way. Finally a Prayer Dance was presented by the students.

The Principal Sr. Celine A was invited to announce the much awaited results and the Superior, Sr. Ruben was requested to give away the prizes to the winners of various competitions. The students of Std XII also presented a medley of carols and the Principal appreciated their enthusiasm. The Over-All Trophy was bagged by Bosco House, amidst cheers, clapping and roars and of excitement the progrmme of the day came to a close.

Mrs. Rita Bakshi

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On 18th December oratorians and evening coaching students celebrated Christmas and wished Happy Christmas with a short programme to Superior Sr. Teresa Ruben and sisters. At the end of the programme Sr. Teresa Ruben gave the message of love peace and Joy.

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