On 13th May 2018, Mazzarello convent, Sahera, witnessed a dual celebration of Silver Jubilee of the School and the feast of our Foundress St. Mary Domenica Mazzarello. 600 invitees participated in the celebration. The Theme of the celebration was “Recall, Rejoice, and Renew”. The celebration was commenced with the Holy Eucharist at 10.00 am in the auditorium presided over by Rev. Fr. Joseph Marianus Kujur S.J, the provincial of Ranchi Province. During his homily he stressed on the theme of the celebration. He said that we are gathered here to Recall the past with gratitude to God, then to Rejoice for His faithfulness in our fruitful mission of 25 years and to Renew ourselves for the betterment of our Mission. Speaking on the life of Mother Mazzarello he stressed on her Love and Thirst for the Eucharistic Lord and the Wisdom filled life that she lived though she was illiterate. We all can acquire knowledge but without wisdom we cannot know the will of the Lord neither we can known Him. Lastly, he summarized his homely, saying,
“If you cannot fly- Run,
If you cannot run – walk,
If you cannot walk- crawl.
Do not be stagnant but be on the move.”
After the Holy Eucharist the cultural program followed. The Chief Guest of the program was Rev. Sr. Rose Ezarath the provincial of Kolkata province, the guest of honors were Rev. Fr. Joseph Marianus Kujur S.J, the provincial of Ranchi Province and Mr. Regi Dungdung, Additional Director of police, J.A.P.
The life of Mary Mazzarello was presented through a short skit named “Love Conquers All”. Sisters too were seen on the stage with their melodious Italian Song “To be reborn with our Foundress”. The Jubilee Song “A time of great Jubilee” was sung by the borders of Mazzarello convent. The mementos were given to the dignitaries as a sign of remembrance of the auspicious day. Provincial Sr. Rose in her talk thanked all the sisters who toiled in this place. She also recalled the past moments and thanked the Lord for the wonderful deeds He has worked through our mission.
Finally Sr. Lily D’Souza proposed the vote of thanks in which she thanked all those were responsible for the growth of the mission at Sahera starting from His Eminence Telesphore P. Cardinal Toppo, the Salesians of Hatia and Kokar and the Jesuit Communities from Namkum and all those present which made the day a memorable one with their joyous presence. The festal meal was followed after the program. The Lord seemed to bless each one of us as we received the showers of Blessings in the form of good showers of rain.
Sr. Neera Tigga & Sr. Siljera Marak
On May 10, 2018 the members of Blue and Green Houses of Auxilium Barasat honoured St. Mary Mazarello and St. Dominic Savio their patrons. The programme began with the garlanding of the statues and reading of the biography of St. Mary Mazarello as well as St.Dominic Savio. A prayer song was sung seeking for their blessings. Some maxims of the saints were displayed by the students followed by a melodious song and a graceful dance. Sr. Principal unveiled the school magazine -‘Auxi Spettro-2018’ and shared a few words of wisdom. The celebration set the children for a vacation mood.
Class – 5C.
On 12th May, 2017 the students of the Middle and High school gathered together to celebrate the Feast day of St. Mazzarello and St. Dominic Savio which was followed by the inter house classical dance and fusion dance competitions.
The program began with the lighting of the lamp and by garlanding the statues of St. Dominic Savio and St. Mary Mazzarello to honour them. A prayer dance was performed to invoke God’s blessing. A musical play staged by students from various classes beautifully portrayed the lives of the two saints and how St. Don Bosco had helped them in their journey towards attaining sainthood. It was accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation.
With the feast day celebration coming to an end, we kicked off with the dance competitions. We were left mesmerized as the middle school girls from the four houses wonderfully upstaged the theme of the Eastern dance competition, ‘The power of seven’ through their gracious dance Performances. This was followed by the High school Fusion Dancecompetition which we thoroughly enjoyed as the girls and boys claimed the stage and swayed to the tunes and beats. We came to the end of the programme with the vote of thanks by the dance club president, and our principal, Sr. Clara.
At the end of the day, we were left inspired and enriched with lives of the great Saints while the performances and competitions entertained us no less.
The community celebrated the Feast of St.Mary Mazzarello on 13th May, 2017. The day started with a holy Mass at 10.30 am presided over by Fr.Biji Thomas and 4 priests.Religious priests, sisters, Teachers, students and boarders were invited for the feast. After Mass boarders put up a festal programme and with a delicious and tasty food all went home with a smile.
10 May: A Blessing – The beautiful practice of praying the daily rosary during the month of May in each Christian family is till today observed in Kalyani, to draw down blessings on the family. Today at 5 p.m. we had 25 mothers of the parish and a few children along with our boarders and sisters to pray the rosary in our chapel with fervor and devotion, singing hymns to our Blessed Mother and offering intentions for the sisters and the needs of the world at large. After the Scripture reading there was a short reflection on it. At the end of the rosary Sr. Mary Sarkar enlightened them on the special significance of this month of May, for us Salesian sisters, especially the feast of St. Mary Mazzarello, our Co-foundress and that of 24th May, why we are called daughters of Mary Help of Christians. They left home taking Mary with them after a light snack and a cool drink. For as the hymn goes “Be with us Mary along the way, guide every step we take”.
12 May: Feast day celebration Mother Mazzarello in the school – It was a joyous and happy moment for our dear children and teachers to remember Mother Mazzarello and celebrate her feast. Mrs. Anita Gomes, at the start briefed them on the life of Mother Mazzarello with special emphasis and examples, on her hard work, working only for God’s glory, her prayer life, her obedience to God’s will and her great charity towards all. A dance in rhythmic steps paying homage to Mother Mazzarello drew everyone’s attention in joy and awe. “We clap pour hand and shout aloud” was then a song sang proudly to Mother Mazzarello by the students of Classes 2 and 3. This was followed by the Story Telling Competition in English by students of class 3 to make this day a specially celebrated. The short program concluded with a Bengali song to Mother Mazzarello. Sweets were distributed for all as they left for their summer vacation wishing all a Happy Holiday!
13 May: Feast day celebration Mother Mazzarello – Today’s feast took us to two focal points celebrating it as a family; namely the Eucharist and the Agape. At 11.00 am we had the solemn Eucharistic celebration concelebrated by Fathers Saroj Mullick sdb, the rector of Don Bosco, as chief celebrant along with Fr. Peter Gomes sdb. Fr. Saroj, in his brief homily connected the Word of God to the life of Mother Mazzarello “I am the way, the truth and the Life, whoever has seen me has seen the Father”. He laid stress on the laborious life, her charity, obedience, poverty and she being a simple rustic woman, involved life with contemplation and action. Present with us for this feast were 2 SMI sisters, 2 MC Brothers, and the 4 sdb fathers who joined in the agape along with the boarders, all the workers and their children.
On the 11th and 12th May 2017 the Primary and High School of Auxilium School Dum Dum witnessed a spectacular performance by the green house their patron saint. The programme commenced with a prayer service invoking God’s choicest blessings on all the sisters, teachers, and students especially those who are waiting for their board exam results. The life of Mary Mazzarello was highlighted in the form of a dance drama by classes IV and V that how Mary nurture the life of the young people through education, valuing the opportunity to be a loving caring and kind person. In the next day the High school students began the celebration by a luminous lamp – lighting ceremony. A unique power point presentation by class X drew a wonderful connection between the women of yesterday and the modern women in various aspects to highlight the influence of Mother Mazzarello and her heart touching contribution to the society. Then a classical and puppet dance replete with action based on the theme of a Mother was presented by class IX,X, & XI. The students also presented to Sr.Superior and Principal Saplings, representing green house, as the color of life. A skit was followed then in the influence of motivation and guiding spirit of a mother on her daughter’s transformation into a successful business woman was elucidated with much expression. The scintillating programme ended with an event portraying the spirit of the Bengali ‘Bauls” dance which conveyed the message of always following Mother Mazzarello’s footsteps which will lead us to eternal happiness and bliss.
The third day (13th May) the culmination of the previous days’ celebrations and the novena preparations, honoring St.Mary Mazzarello arrived at 11.00 a.m in the convent chapel when Rev. Fr. Nirmol Gomes SDB, the Salesian Provincial of Kolkata officiated the Holy Eucharist. This was a unique celebration since all the members of our family: SDB, FMA, SMI, VDB, Cooperators, ADMA, Past Pupils, Teachers, and the present pupils gathered around the Eucharistic table to offer the Mass of Thanksgiving which began with the presentation of a beautiful bouquet of roses to our dear Co-Founder.
The school choir sang beautifully for the Mass probably making all the angels too to rush to our chapel to join us in this lovely angelic singing. It was indeed a Big family get together honoring their Mother and Co-Founder.
(Sr. Restitula Kharpran)
A colourful twin celebration was held in St. Mary’s Geyzing on Friday, 12th May 2017. St. Dominic Savio & St. Mary Mazzarello was honoured in a solemn manner by the students. The students of Red house and Blue house put up a meaningful programme to pay homage to our Saints. They enacted scenes from the life of Dominic Savio and Mother Mazzarello. There was self composed poems, slogans and dances. We appreciate the love and creativity of our students in honouring our saints. At the end of the programme prizes were given out to the winners of the different competitions.
We had a joyful surprise on Saturday, 13th May. Fr. Mathew Pulingathil SDB, the Rector of Salesian college Siliguri along with Fr.Mathew, the Administrator and Fr. Aju Kurian, the Vice Principal came all the way from Siliguri. At 11.00 a.m.we had the solemn Eucharistic celebration. In his homily Fr. Mathew Pulingathil highlighted the virtues of St. Mary Mazzarello and her love for God. We had a beautiful programme presented by our boarders followed by sumptuous lunch for all. May St. Mary Mazzarello blesses from heaven.
Sr. Lucy Kachira
With much joy and enthusiasm the feast of St. Mary Mazzarello the co-foundress was celebrated at Auxilium Convent Barasat on 13 May 2016. All the invitees added more joy in the celebration of the feast of our Co-foundress. Rev. Fr. Matthew George SDB the Provincial secretary of Kolkata province celebrated the Holy Eucharist along with two other con- celebrants. The boarders through their entrance dance led the celebrant towards the alter. In the introduction it was highlighted how Mary Mazzarello trusted in the mercy of God and enabled her sisters to experience His mercy.
In his homily Rev. Fr. Matthew George emphasised on her sense of wisdom through which she provided opportunities for the education of girls. She possessed wisdom and an extraordinary sense of reading the signs of the time. She lived and worked for the Lord and trained the girls in skills for their honest living. If we live and work for the Lord, He will provide everything that we require. He also explained the four minutes talk of Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel before his election. He compared his practicality with the life of Mother Mazzarello and her system of education for the young. The lively singing enabled everyone to take active part in the Holy Eucharist. Then followed the cultural programme by aspirants and boarders; the aspirants put up a colourful prayer dance and the boarders displayed the life of Mary Mazzarello and her tireless patience in saving the young souls especially the soul of Emma Ferrero. The festal songs and dances made the celebration gorgeous. The celebration ended with a fellowship meal. Indeed the day came to an end but the joy and memory of the celebration still lingers in the memory lane.
Sr. Basanti FMA