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INM Apostolic Assignments 2016-2017


Altar Servers’ Annual Camp in Chennai  

  The altar server occupies a privileged place in all liturgical celebrations. As Pope St. John Paul II told the altar servers some years ago, in the liturgy, they are “much more than simple helpers of the parish priest.” They are “servers of Jesus Christ, of the eternal High Priest.” They are, in a special way, the young friends of Jesus. Members of the Savio Altar Servers’ Movement (SASM), consisting of the altar servers of the various Salesian parishes of Chennai Province, come together once a year to celebrate the joy of serving the Lord at the altar. This year, the three-day event was held on 18-20 May 2016 at Don Bosco Youth Animation Centre, Ennore, Chennai. Seventy-six altar boys and girls from four Salesian parishes (Perambur, SM Nagar, Ayanavaram, Thirukazhukundram), two substations (TV Nagar & CC Pakkam) and one non-Salesian parish (Metha Nagar) took part in the camp. The Camp had a threefold objective, namely: 1) helping the participants understand the meaning of serving at the altar; 2) helping them to understand and appreciate its methodology; and 3) helping them to relish the joy of serving at the altar. To realize these objectives, besides the annual camp, the provincial youth ministry team has been organizing regular animation programmes for the altar servers in the province. The experience of the camp was indeed a convincing proof that “serving at the altar is a real school of learning the faith,” to put it in the words of St. Pope John Paul II. Pope Francis, in his turn, would say, serving at the altar is “a privileged way to draw closer... read more

Fr. Pailo Punnakunnel SDB Returns to the Father’s House

With deep sorrow the Salesian Province of Chennai announces the death of our dear confrere Fr. Pailo Punnakunnel SDB who was called to his eternal reward at 2.30 p.m. today, May 1, 2016.  He was 83 years old. Fr. Pailo was born on 18th September 1932 at Valavoor, Kotayam Dt., Kerala, as the fourth and last child of his parents, John & Elizabeth Punnakunnel. His twin brother, Fr. Devassy Punnakunnel, is a Salesian belonging to the Province of Bangalore. Their elder brother John is a priest in the United States. After completing his High School in Kerala he joined the Salesian Aspirantate at Tirupattur in 1953. In 1956 after completing his Intermediate Course at Sacred Heart College he started his Novitiate at Yercaud in 1956 and made his first profession as a Salesian on 24 May 1957. He made his Final Profession on 24 May 1962. From his first profession till his perpetual profession he was a clerical student. But at the time of his perpetual profession he opted to become a lay Brother and remained a Brother for the next 23 years. In 1985 he requested permission to pursue priestly studies. Thus after completing his theological studies at Kristu Jyoti College, Bangalore, he was ordained a priest on 27 December 1987 at the age of 55. He was a Salesian for 59 years and a priest for 28 years. In July 2013 he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent a surgery and recovered temporarily.  However in 2015 his condition worsened and he was shifted to the Provincial House in Chennai for better medical care. He was a much... read more

Youth Fest 2016: Youngsters towards Social Change

INM Province Youth Fest 2016 took place at Citadel & SIGA Campus on 10th April. There were three major events took place on that day. 1. Blood Donation 2. Workshop on Social Themes 3. Youth Talent Fest Blood Donation: 54 Youngsters donated blood at Youth Fest 2016 which took place at SIGA Campus. The camp was organized for the Government Maternity Hospital, Egmore, and Chennai. Our sincere thanks to all the donors because by their beautiful gesture they gave a meaning start to this Youth Fest. Youngsters towards Social Change: After the blood donation programme, around 310 youngsters (6 Salesian Parishes, 5 Don Bosco Youth Centres, 2 Salesian Institutions and 3 non Salesian Youth groups) actively participated in the Work Shop on Social Themes namely Your Rights & Duties, Your Politics and Your Environment. Mr. Deveneyan from Tholamai Foundation, Mr. Sunderajan from Poovulagin Nanbargal, Advocate Inbakumar, Mr. Sathish and Fr. Sebastian Vanathaiyan were the resource persons for this workshop. Participants actively participated and came out with many questions and Fr. Mani Lazar moderated this event. At the end of the programme they wrote their resolution towards Social Change and gave their signature on the backdrop panel. Youth Talent Fest: After the Serious Work Shop on Social themes there was a Youth Talent Fest to bring out the talents of the Young. There were four competitions namely singing – Celebrate the Differences, Dance – My Culture; My Pride, Mime – My Rights & Duties, Elocution – Youngsters towards Social Change. It was a variety colourful Youth Talent Show and it was coordinated by Fr. Antony Christy. Thanks to all the... read more

Youth Pasch 2016 (INM & INT)

Youth Pasch 2016 went on well at Mount Don Bosco, Kothagiri. It was a joint venture of Trichy and Chennai Provinces. The Catechetical and Youth Services department of both the provinces (Deepagam, Christodayam, Illami and DBYES) came together in organizing this Youth Pasch 2016. There were 72 participants from both the provinces (INM – 50 & INT – 22) and 6 Priests (Fr. Antony Christy, Fr. Thama, Fr. Selvaraj, Fr. Barnabas, Fr. Selvakumar and Fr. Mani Lazar) were the animators for this spiritual renewal. We could witness from their final sharing that it was a rich spiritual experience which would help them to live a resurrected Youth in Christ. In this Youth Pasch, youngsters were given the theology of Pascal Tridum, Meaning behind every ritual of the day and the Preparation. During the sessions youngsters clarified their doubts and went about convincingly to prepare the liturgy of the day in the evening. The morning sessions helped them to participate meaningfully in the evening Liturgy. They flocked for confession and spiritual direction joyfully on Good Friday. On Holy Saturday during the  Youth Pasch Referendum youngsters unanimously came forward to be a witness to the Risen Christ wherever they are and wanted to come together once in six months to renew their Spiritual energy. Fr. Mani... read more

Salesian Cooperators of Vellore Zone Make Annual Retreat

Fifty-one Salesian Cooperators from the seven units of Vellore zone took part in the two-day annual retreat conducted at Arulodhayam Ashram, A-Kattupadi, on 27-28 February.  The retreat began at 6.30 p.m. with a moving Way of the Cross animated by Fr. Lourdusamy SMA and an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Before dinner, the Coperators and the animators of the retreat were warmly welcomed by Sr. Suganthi, the FMA Provincial Delegate. After dinner, the whole group joined together for a Rosary service. Mr. Arokia Arasu, Formation In-charge of the Cooperators, then explained to the participants the schedule of events for the following day. The day came to an end with the ‘Good Night’ given by Fr. Solomon, Asst. Director of the Ashram. The next day began with a Yoga Meditation, animated by Rev. Fr. Lourdusamy, and a session on the importance of silence. After breakfast, sessions were conducted by Fr. Lourdusamy on the beauty of forgiveness and by Fr. Solomon on the difference between Religiosity and Spirituality. In between the two sessions, the newly elected Provincial Councillors were introduced to the Cooperators. After lunch, the Blessed Sacrament was exposed for adoration while the retreatants had an opportunity to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Retreat ended with a solemn celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Mr. Aseervatham Thomas, the Provincial Coordinator, thanked Fr. Sitrarasu, the Director of the Ashram, Fr. Solomon, Asst. Director, and the Animator Fr. Lourdusamy for their invaluable help in making the retreat a highly spiritual experience.  The whole event was well coordinated by Ms. Mary Jones, the Vice-Coordinator, Mr. Arokia Arasu, the Formation In-charge, and... read more

Yamaha to Partner with Don Bosco

India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. has signed an MoU with Don Bosco Polytechnic College, at Thirukkazhukundram, in Kancheepuram district, to inaugurate Don Bosco Yamaha Training School (YTS) in Tamil Nadu. This initiative is to promote and encourage youngsters to acquire technical knowledge and expertise which will help them to secure employment at Yamaha dealerships. This project is in line with Yamaha’s continued CSR initiatives. Technical experts from Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA) – the company’s training division, will provide support in conducting the YTS program by continuously training the trainers as well as the students. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Ravinder Singh, Vice President, Strategy and Planning, Yamaha Motor India Sales Pvt. Ltd said: “At present, there is a huge skills gap in the industry and yet a large number of youngsters are unable to get employment due to their lack of technical skills.” With this MoU, Yamaha will develop a synergetic partnership with Don Bosco Polytech College, thereby helping deserving students find employment in the automobile sector. This partnership will provide a platform to students, especially those from the economically weaker sections, to obtain a job-oriented technical training in two-wheeler repair and servicing that meets industry standards, said Mr. Singh. Upon successful completion of this YTS course, students will receive a Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA) certificate and a certificate issued by the Institute that will help them gain suitable employment within the industry. Yamaha has also signed an MoU with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, last year, under which certification will be provided by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) – which is in... read more

Fr. Thomas Pamparel SDB Passes Away

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing away of our dear confrere Fr. Thomas Pamparel (P. M. Thomas) at 5.00 a.m. this morning (17 Feb 2016), at Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur. He was 85 years old. For the past twelve years, he had been confined to his bed, following an unsuccessful surgery to remove a tumour from his brain in 2004. The funeral services will begin at 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 18th February, in the college Indoor Stadium. Thereafter the mortal remains of Fr. Thomas will be laid to rest in the Salesian cemetery at Don Bosco, Tirupattur. Fr. Thomas was born on 6 October 1930, of Michael and Annamma  Pamparel, in Thadanad, Palai, Kerala. He joined the Salesian aspirantate at Tirupattur in 1948 and entered the Novitiate at Yercaud in 1954. He made his First Profession as a Salesian on 24 May 1955. As a regent he served Sacred Heart College for three years as Lecturer in English before proceeding to Turin, Italy, for his theological studies. In Turin, at the Salesian Pontifical Athanaeum, Crocetta, he completed his Master’s in Theology and was ordained a priest on 11 February 1965 in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, Turin. After his return to India, he served Sacred Heart College, Tirupattur, as lecturer, professor and Head of the Department of English for 29 years. After retirement, he continued his services in Tirupattur. He is gratefully remembered for the unique initiatives he launched through the Literary Club and the DB Centre, reaching out to thousands of school dropouts in the numerous villages around Tirupattur, bringing them the... read more

Provincial Chapter 2016 – Day 2

The second day of the Provincial Chapter began with a prayer moment and Eucharistic Celebration presided over by Rev. Fr. Vincent Durairaj, one of the three former provincials attending the Chapter. The Theme for reflection was “Life in its fullness: Reshaping the Presences of the Province.” The earlier part of the morning was spent in working in commissions and the rest of the morning was dedicated to Listening to the Provincial clarifying queries from the chapter members  on the State of the Province. The afternoon kicked off the second phase of the Chapter, namely listening to the commissions on their opinions and remarks on their respective documents. The first two commissions came forward to present their documents: 1. Implementation of GC and 2. Reshaping the Salesian presences in the provinces. The floor was vibrant with responses, reactions and discussions right up to evening prayer. “Reshaping” was the highlight of the day. It was a splendid experience to witness the transition of the mindset of the chapter from a limited understanding of the term ‘reshaping’ to a more holistic understanding that would begin with an attitudinal change and restructuring of the mindset.  Speaking during the good night, Fr. Bellarmine another former provincial among the chapter members, spoke of how our province should become more like a family, with specific and timely help given to every member, as per the need of each. As the day came to an end, there was fatigue sensed in persons but the sense of satisfaction on their faces overshadowed it completely. Right enough, the moderator, Rev. Fr. John Alexander expressed his joy and gratitude for... read more

Chennai Provincial Chapter begins

The Provincial Chapter 2016 of the Chennai Salesian Province was formally declared open by Rev. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, the Provincial and President of the Chapter, during the inaugural ceremony held at 9 a.m. on 11th January, 2016. Invoking fraternal fellowship and prophetic participation on the part of the members of the Chapter, the Provincial expressed his hope that the Chapter, true to its theme, will revitalise life and mission in the province. Earlier in the morning the Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore, Most Rev. Dr. George Anthonisamy, blessed and inaugurated the Don Bosco Bicentenary Hall, where the Chapter is being held. The first event held in the newly renovated hall was the Chapter Inaugural Eucharist presided over by the Archbishop at 6.30 a.m. that day. Speaking during the homily the Archbishop insisted on the need to make the Chapter an experience of Pentecost, an experience that brings in abundance of inspiration and intense solidarity at the same time. The Inaugural Ceremony which began at 9 am in the new Don Bosco Bicentenary Hall was graced with the presence of the Archbishop, and heads of the various groups of the Salesian Family in Chennai, namely, Rev. Sr. Jayarani, the Mother General of SMA; Ms. Kulandai Teresa, the Province Coordinator of VDB; Mr. Aseervatham, the Provincial Coordinator of Salesian Cooperators; and Mr. Stafford Mantel, the Provincial Secretary of Past Pupils Association. They also delivered their messages and wished the assembly an inspiring experience at the Chapter. The rest of the morning was spent on a preliminary study of the preparatory document and approval of the same as the working document of the Chapter.... read more

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