Pomp and grandeur marked Sabha Day 2017 that was celebrated on Thursday 26 January 2017 by the Bombay Catholic Sabha at St. Paul’s School Ground, Dadar. This was preceded by the Thanksgiving Mass at which Fr. Michael D’Cunha was the main celebrant and Fr. John Lobo conceelebrated. The event was blessed with the presence of Bishop Elect Fr. Allwyn D’Silva as the Chief Guest and Dr. Snehal Pinto, Director of Ryan International Group of Institutes, as the Guest of Honour (on behalf of her mother Madam Grace Pinto). The packed St. Paul's School Ground, Dadar enjoyed the evening of awards, fun and fellowship as they cheered the Star and Challenger Units from various Deaneries as they received Awards for the good work they had done in the year 2016.
The newly elected BCS President, Ms Rita D’Sa, welcomed the gathering and presented her road map for making the BCS more visible, more active in civic involvement and more empowering for the youth. She thanked all those who collaborated and partnered with the Sabha in its projects and appreciated the team spirit of the new executive committee.
Dr. Snehal Pinto stirred the gathering with her motivating message that we are a powerful force in the city having Our Lord with us. She said we are all blessed with different capabilities and strengths which we need to use to the maximum potential and unitedly we can make a difference. She concluded asking all to affirm that we are winners and achievers.
Fr. Felix D’Souza, Ecclesiastical Adviser, congratulated the Sabha for all that they were doing in the city and church. He urged the Sabha to work towards getting more of the community youth to take up responsible positions in the places of authority in public sphere.
Bishop Elect Fr. Allwyn D’Silva appreciated the work of the Sabha in the civic and secular fields. He was emphatic when he said, “you are the face of the Church” and hence it is necessary to be christian in our working, intensify our efforts, and move from creating awareness to actually implementing sustainable projects that would bring about visible change. He reminded the members to be the “salt” and “light” that Jesus challenges us to be so that all our actions will contribute to the better tomorrow and bring glory to the Lord.
The Secretary General Mr. Anand Castelino earlier presented the report of the Sabha for the year 2016. St. Anthony - Tembipada Unit presented a meaningful prayer dance. As usual Units were awarded for excellence in activities based on the thrust areas of the Sabha. The Award winners were the following:
STAR UNIT OF THE DEANERY (Best Unit)
|O. L of Victory - Mahim||North Bombay Deanery|
|St. Joseph - Vikhroli||Thane Deanery|
|O. L. Of Lourdes - Orlem||Borivali Deanery|
|St. Francis de Sales - Koparkhairane||Navi Mumbai Deanery|
CHALLENGER UNIT OF THE DEANERY
|O. L. of Glory - Byculla||South Bombay Deanery|
|St. Michael - Mahim||North Bombay Deanery|
|O. L. of Mount Carmel - Bandra||Bandra Deanery|
|St. Theresa - Bandra||Bandra Deanery|
|St. Francis Xavier - Kanjurmarg||Thane Deanery|
|St. John Bosco - Borivali||Borivali Deanery|
|St. Francis Xavier - Panvel||Navi Mumbai Deanery|
The BCS Power of One Awards:
- Ms. Odil Medeira, St. Michael - Mahim for Excellence in Creative Arts & Drama
- Ms. Sarah Menezes, St. Pius X - Muund for Excellence in Sports
- Mr. Jacques D’Cruz, St. Anthony - Vakola for Excellence in Promotion of Govt. Minority Schemes for Students
- Mr. Anthony Chettiar, St. Jude - Jerimeri for Excellence in Promotion of Education to the Girl Child
The BCS President paid a special tribute to the late Fr. Edward D’Souza, Ecclesiastical Adviser of the Sabha who expired in March 2016 and to Mr. George Menezes, founder member and friend of the Sabha, who had passed away in September 2016.
We are grateful to our Partners:
- Madam Grace Pinto of Ryan International Group of Institutes - Title Partner.
- Mr. Albert W. D’Souza of Aldel Education Trust - Gold Partner
- Mr. Vincent Mathias of Vel Vin Packaging (P) Ltd - Gold Partner
- Mr. Henry Lobo and Family - Gold Partner
- M/s Model Cooperative Bank Ltd - Pearl Partner
Thanks are due to the Sabha Day Conveners Mr. Lawrence Fernandes. Mr. Ronald Tressler and Mr. Robert D’Souza who together with the President Ms. Rita D’Sa put in their efforts to make this a very entertaining and cherished evening.
The Jt. Treasurer, Mr. Gordon D’Silva proposed the vote of thanks and the large gathering then participated in the merriment as they danced and shared the fellowship dinner, returning back with feelings of gladness and gratitude.