BIS #7108 Be Holy, Be Original

By Ms Marilyn Pereira and Ms Angela Fernandes for BISMumbai

On 19 November 2023, Don Bosco Youth Services (DBYS), Matunga, hosted the Altar Servers Rally at Don Bosco, Matunga. The theme, ‘Be Holy, Be Original’, set the tone for a day filled with spiritual enrichment and celebration. The event brought together 200 altar servers from various Salesian houses and neighbouring parishes.

The rally commenced with a solemn prayer, creating an atmosphere of reverence among the attendees. The DBYS youth presented a theme song specially written and composed for the occasion, which resonated with the audience, encapsulating the essence of the day. The Rector of the Shrine of Don Bosco’s Madonna, Fr Edwin D’Souza, inaugurated the event, commencing a day dedicated to spiritual reflection and fellowship.

The guest speaker for the event, Ms Joynal Fernandes, delved into the concept of the ‘Master and his masterpiece’, drawing parallels between God and each individual's journey in life. Ms Fernandes emphasised the profound idea that humans are created in the image and likeness of the master himself, urging everyone to recognise their inherent worth and purpose. Adding a vibrant touch to the event, she also shared insights into the significance of the colours of the vestments worn by priests and altar servers during various liturgical seasons. This educational component deepened the participants' understanding of the rich symbolism embedded in the traditions of the Catholic faith.

The lively atmosphere continued as the event's comperes kept the kids entertained with a mix of singing and dancing. Their infectious energy set the stage for an engaging and enjoyable experience. The main highlight of this segment was a presentation on the theme through various artistic expressions, including singing, dancing, and acting, showcasing the creative talents of the different parishes. The festivities took an interactive turn with games conducted by Cleric Melton Suares. Laughter and friendly competition filled the air as the young participants engaged in team-building activities.

Fr Leon Cruz Ratinam led a commitment session on the theme ‘Young Friends of Jesus’, allowing the kids to reflect on their faith journey and make personal commitments to strengthen their spiritual growth. This session added a reflective and introspective dimension to the event, encouraging the participants to carry the lessons learned into their daily lives.

The celebrations of the day reached their crescendo at the Holy Eucharist celebrated by Fr Savio Silveira, the Provincial of the Salesian Province of Bombay. The event succeeded in creating a space for spiritual reflection, community building, and creative expression. As the participants dispersed, their hearts were undoubtedly filled with a deeper connection to their faith and community.