The regular formative meeting of the Juniors was held at Dum Dum from 28 -31 July organized by Sr. Teresa Adampakallel the formation in charge. The main topic of the meeting was the Letters of St. Paul, imparted by Rev. Fr. Joe Kallirangat S.J. Sr. Rose Ezarath the Provincial explained the three choices of General Chapter XXIII -Transformation through encounter, Together with the young people, and Missionaries of hope and joy. Sr. Mini Chettayil the Provincial Secretary taught the juniors how to use the Publisher when writing the chronicles of different sectors.
Sr. Teresa Adampakallel surprised us with many tiny “Salesian Traditions” which are very good and practical, but are not realized in our everyday life. They helped us to re-confirm the sayings of Mother Mazzarello, “Sanctity consists in doing the right thing in the right time and place and only for the love of God. We thank God for all these insights that we have received in order to grow and be an authentic FMA.
The catholic students of classes IX – XII attended a two-day retreat at Bandel. We were accompanied by Sr. Clara Swaminathan our principal and Sr. Mary John. The first day began with Holy Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Tony SDB, the youth director of Bandel church. It was followed by a motivational session by Fr. Tony. The second part of the retreat was taken over by Sr. Selene MSMI who helped us to grow in mind, body and soul. The adoration, healing prayers and anointing prayer sessions were too powerful and helped a lot in our spiritual development. The presence of the Prior Fr. Francis and Fr. N.D. Thomas were also a blessing. We were lucky to avail the sacrament of reconciliation and counseling session that had a positive impact in our personal life.
On 28 July, 2017, Auxilium School, Barasat celebrated the Gratitude Day. This day helped us to remember the importance of all those persons in our life and to say ‘Thank You’. The event began at 8:30 a.m. in our auditorium. It began with a welcome speech followed by the garlanding of the potrait and lighting of the lamp. The Sisters were presented with cards and bouquets as a token of love from us followed by prayer dance, a power – point presentation, a group dance and a group song.
One Act Play was organised by Literary Club. The four houses with one another – the topic being “Family” starting with Green and Yellow and ending with Blue and Red. Then there was a video on One – Act Play, an orchestra by Auxi – Beaters and a western dance by Auxi – Groovers, and a video on Papparazi. The program ended with the golden words of our dear Sister Superior.
Class X ‘A’
A seminar was held for the formators/ Religious Animators from 21st to 28th July 2017 at N.B.C.L.C. (National Biblical Catechetical and Liturgical Centre) at Bangalore. There were about 87 participants belonging to the various Religious Congregations. The eight days were animated by seven efficient priests and a lay woman. Fr. D. Alphonse, the resource person of the first day highlighted the importance of being charismatic leaders of the church.
The second day was all about the needed profile and portrait of Indian Religious Formators by Rev. Fr. Gilbert Choondal S.D.B. He dealt with the access and defects of the Indian religious. Though one lakh thirty thousand counting only women religious in India involved in humanitarian services speaks volume of assets, yet the quality of religious life is a matter of worry due to relational aspects, lack of maturity , institutional and alienated life etc.
“Leadership for the community building in the Spirit of the Eucharist” was the topic of 3rd day by Fr. Moncy S.D.B. On the fourth day Fr. Jerry Rosario S.J. introduced the topic “Challenges for the Religious in Current Indian Mission Context”.
Finally on the fifth day Mrs. Mercy Kappen director of a NGO named UISTAR, spoke on “women empowerment and gender justice in Church and society”. The day ended with a beautiful Taize Prayer moment conducted by Rev. Fr. Gilbert SDB.
On the sixth day Fr. Gilbert animated a meditation “Waking with the Word”. The resource person of the day Rev. Fr. Rayappan an expert in Canon Law enlightened us on the topic “Ethics and moral issues in religious life- Practical guidance from the Canonical point of view. He said that every religious Institute must keep in mind their primary apostolate is “Being “than “Doing”. He also gave us the hand outs on “Tips for superiors” and a check list on “How a good superior are you?”
On the second last day Rev. Fr. Gabriel OFM was the resource person and he dealt with the topic on “Psycho-Spiritual maturity of a religious leader at mid life transition.”
On the last day the participant renewed their life according to the model of Pope Francis that we need to go to the poor and marginalized who live in peripheries.
On 29 April 2017, Auxilium Convent School New Chumta celebrated the Gratitude day. The festal celebration started at 10.00a.m. by invoking God through the lighting of the candles by Class X. Then the cultural program began with a lovely prayer dance of class VIII after which Priya Munda from class X read the address and presented a beautiful card to Sr. Superior along with a bouquet from the students of each class from Nursery to class X.
All the children of every class displayed their talents in different forms like arts, music, songs, dances, poem, skits, and action songs to express their thankfulness and love. In her message, Sr. Superior appreciated their love shown in different ways and thanked them all. The programme ended with the vote of thanks by Sima singh from class X.
Reported by Ms. Sonam Rai
26th of July 2017, Don Bosco Tech Barasat had Certificates awarding ceremony from 2.30 PM to 4 PM. The Chief guests were Mother provincial Sr. Rose from Kolkata province, Fr. Raphael, in Charge of Don Bosco Tech (West Bengal), Sr. Superior Sr. Stella Davis, Sister in charge of DB Tech Barasat Sr. Sherley KM, West Bengal DB Tech state Coordinator, Mr.Indranil Dutta, Mr. Augustin Tarun Tesra (Cluster Coordinators).
Sr.Sherley welcomed the guests and the present students greeted them with a bouquet of flowers each. It was followed by the lighting of the lamp and a prayer dance by our ex-student Supti Dhali and other items. Fr. Raphael appreciated the training at the centre and he stressed on regularity and punctuality of the students. Sr. Stella Davis, Superior in her message to the students through a story invited the students not to miss the opportunities that come on their ways to build up their life. Sr. Rose our Provincial exhorted them to be honest and God fearing citizens and invited them to be faithful to their daily duties to bloom wherever they are. All the past students who completed their training successfully were given certificates.
The programme was concluded with the National anthem and a photo session. Before leaving all were served snacks and cold drinks.
On 24th July 2017 the Auxilium Aspirantate echoed their voices in thanksgiving for two of our Aspirants Anima Kujur and Martha Minj who received their Postulancy medal from the hands of our Provincial Sr. Rose Ezarath. Along with them 21 new aspirants were welcomed officially to the initial period of formation. They received their medals, soon after the solemn Eucharistic celebration which began at 7am. Present for the occasion was also our Sisters from Dum Dum and Barasat.
The medal ceremony was preceded by three days of spiritual preparation with the Lord. Rev. Fr. Jijo John SDB, the Director of Don Bosco Technical School Krishnagar facilitated them to have a deep love for Jesus. He animated the three days with three main topics such as, the Call of God in the Old and the New Testaments; the Mercy of God and the need to approach Him with open heart; the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. At the end of these three days of prayer and silence all of them are convinced that to become a bride of Christ, one needs to: have a regular meeting with Christ and spend quality time with Him; love for the Holy Eucharist; run away from sin; seek the will of God; tell the Lord that we love Him above all things and know the saintly family to which they belong.