27-28.09.2014 - Inauguration of Don Bosco’s Bicentenary Celebration in Bauleni
Many young people came to inaugurate Don Bosco’s bicentenary celebration at our Bauleni Parish. They were enthusiastic and ready for the Saturday events. They were in a jovial mood, chanting, singing and shouting. The beginning of the day was with a walk from St. Dominic’s Major Seminary, led by a band to Bauleni.
On their arrival at Bauleni, they were welcomed by Fr Rupen Diravya and by Fr Andrew Reut as the guest of the day. At the opening of the program, there was a prayer service, largely involving the young people. It was held outside the church of St Mathias in a well-prepared place. Presenting their offering to God, the young people offered different items, symbolizing their faith and shared charity. One of them was a prayer for unity in God’s love and peace in the world. A dove was also offered with a prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and some books with a pray for knowledge. The dove was released by Fr Andrew Reut and it also symbolized the official opening of the bicentenary and Don Bosco’s flag. A group photo was taken for the cheerful faces of “Don Bosco among us.” After the service young people enjoyed different sport activities and some refreshments were served.
The young people had a delightful day and the feeling was as if Don Bosco was really present among them, continuing his mission as father and teacher as he reminds to us all: ‘Remember, young people are the “Masters” of our heart.’
On Sunday, the following day, the novitiate community went to Bauleni to participate in the bicentenary Mass there. The ZMB Provincial, Fr George Chalissery was the main celebrant and Fr Silvio Roggia gave a homily. Some Salesian priests also concelebrated the Mass, including the rector of the ZMB Novitiate Community.