‘Da Mahi Animas Cetera Tolle’ – ‘Give me Souls, Take away The Rest’ was the clarion call of St. John Bosco, the patron saint of the Salesians and millions of youth all over the world. Don Bosco School, Liluah feted this ‘Friend and Father of Youth’ through a three day long programme, befittingly culminating with a mass on the final day 16th August, 2015, the day of his birth, presided over by the Archbishop of Kolkata, His Grace, Rev. Fr. Thomas D’Souza, in the presence of the provincial of the Kolkata Province, Rev. Fr. Nirmol Gomes.
On the 14th of August, the students of DBL witnessed over an hour long programme, commencing with Fr. Rector, Rev. Fr. Biji Thomas urging and inspiring his boys towards being good human beings, to fulfil the dream of Don Bosco. In keeping with his advice the tiny tots of DBL gave a full throated rendition of a medley of songs. The graceful inaugural dance that followed celebrated the presence of the Omnipotent in every corner of this universe. A foot-tapping medley of action Songs of the little ones of Classes 1& 2 manifested how well they had imbibed Don Bosco’s instructions, “Run, play but don’t sin.” A video unfolded the works and life of the great saint of humanity, from a little hamlet in Becchi to the founding of the Salesian organisation in 1859, a society which now numbers over16,092 members working in 133 countries, through more than 2400 institutions. The musical at the end of the programme traced the blessings and guidance of Mother Mary and Jesus Christ that helped Don Bosco turn wild boys, including street children and delinquents into beautiful souls. The Programme ended with the vote of thanks by Rev. Fr. Sunit Kiro, the principal of DBL. The evening saw a cultural programme staged by the students of the night school for their parents, organised by the Asst. Principal, Rev. Fr. Eugine.
What better tribute to the apostle of love than a twin celebration on the 15th of August, of his birth and that of India’s freedom.
In the final lap of the celebration, the parishioners draped in white and gold saris, escorted The Archbishop, The Provincial, Fathers and Brothers to the stage set for the Holy Eucharist, with a graceful adivasi dance. His Grace stressed on the wise John Bosco’s words, to be wise in the presence of God because times are evil. He reminded all to be like Don Bosco, with the young and for the young, for love conquers all. The offeratory was offered to the steps of a graceful Bengali dance by parishioners. At the end of the Eucharistic Celebration, Rev. Fr. Thomas D’Souza blessed two marble plaques, the foundation stones of churches at Bhattanagar and Joypur. The cultural programme that followed had a Prayer Dance from the Chandmari Unit of the parish too. Rev. Fr. Nirmal Gomes bore the good wishes of the Rector Major, Rev. Fr. Angel Fernandez Artime SDB and urged the congregation to remember the three pillars of Don Bosco – Eucharist, Mother Mary and the Church.
The members of the DBL family felt honoured and blessed to host this bicentenary celebration of the embodiment of humanity, St John Bosco.