Undaunted welcome to Don Bosco
The air of happiness, joy and utmost cheer resonated and filled the atmosphere of Auxilium Girls' Higher Secondary School, Nongthymmai - Shillong as the relic of Don Bosco was brought to the school premises on June 8, 2011.
The shower of blessings that proceeded the day was a sure sign of blessing and immense love of God. With the rhythmic sound of the Khasi traditional music Don Bosco was welcomed by a motorcade. Sisters, young people, Guides, Junior Red Cross, YCS, Media Smart Club and all who love Don Bosco accompanied the vehicle from the main road till the premises where the NCC cadets saluted the relic with much reverence.
The different groups of students accorded a floral tribute. Sr. Rosa Pyngrope, Provincial, in her address invited everyone to the solemnity of the day. She also pledged on behalf of the province to remain faithful to the commitment and live the charism in creative fidelity. She then presented a " Ryndia ", traditional Khasi shawl as a sign of welcome. This was followed by a prayer service.
Don Bosco always told his boys to have recourse to our Blessed Mother if they wanted to see miracles. The same was experienced when suddenly before the Holy Eucharist, as the sun peeped out from the gloomy clouds and rain. The community of St. Mary Mazzarello, Jowai, meaningfully animated the liturgy. Girls dressed in their traditional attire offered floral tribute and the little angels accompanied the main celebrant Fr. Anthony Kharkongor sdb in solemn procession to the altar. He said that the purpose of the gathering was the person Don Bosco himself. The thunderous 'Viva Don Bosco clap' enthused greater vigour and eagerness in the hearts of all. He invited the whole assembly to thank our major superiors particularly our Rector Major for the initiative taken to make Don Bosco tour the whole world. The dream at the age of 9, which marked his future mission, was highlighted in the homily. He concluded by inviting everyone present to be attuned to the promptings of the Spirit in our lives and make Bosco alive among us. The melodious choir of Sacred Heart Convent, Mawlai added cadence and symphony to the day's solemnity. At 2 in the afternoon, a stunning cultural programme was staged in honour of Don Bosco .
The love that everyone has for Don Bosco was tangibly witnessed through the presence of a large number of people for the evening Mass. 16 Salesian priests concelebrated the Eucharist. The Community of Bellefonte clearly brought out the sense of the family spirit in the animation of the liturgy. The representatives of the Salesian Family approached the altar with their respective flags. The main celebrant of the Holy Mass, Fr. Edmund Gomes sdb highlighted that the celebration was an occasion to re-commit oneself finding relevance in the present day context. The touching moment of the celebration came when the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and the Salesian Co-operators renewed their vows around the casket of Don Bosco.
The celebration concluded with colourful items by the Sisters, Salesian Co-operators, Past pupils and the young in formation. The culmination of the day was marked by the rendition of "O Qual Sorte!" the FMA Anthem by all the Sisters present.