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Diwali celebrations at Sarava Seva Sang, Andheri held on 14th October

Divine Call Centre, Karnad, Mulki, held its 13th Anniversary on Saturday 07 October 2017.

It was a wonderful celebration to thank and praise God Almighty with Hundreds of people gathering day and night for various prayers organised. We began with praise n worship followed by adoration and thanksgiving mass till noon.Later 3 to 5.30 many gathered for intercession. Then we had night vigil from 6pm to midnight followed by Holy Eucharist. Blessing of the centre by candle light procession being the feast of Rosary was really wonderful.
We thank all the priests and people who made it for the celebration!
We prayed for you all.
God bless you
Fr Anil Kiran Fernandes SVD

ST.THERESA'S parish had a multilingual Rosary at our Grotto this evening ...
A sign of  interculturslity in our PARISH. ,HINDI..MARATHI, KONKANI , GUJARATI, ENGLISH AND MALAYALAM.
This was to mark the centenary of the Marian apparition at Fatima.

First ever lNM province retreat held in SVD seminary, Raia, Goa.
5th to 10th October

Mission Sunday in St Teresa of Calcutta Church
Rajiv Nagar, Mysore

A nun was explaining the Stations of the Cross to her class. They got to the fourth Station were Jesus on the road to Calvary meets his mother. The nun explained that even though they could not talk to each other, mother and son spoke just using their eyes. "What do you think they said to each other?" she asked the pupils. The class gave many different answers. One kid suggested that she said, "This is unfair." Another kid suggested that she said, "Why me?" Finally a sickly little girl raised her thin hand, got up and said: "Sister, I know what the Blessed Mother told Jesus. She said to him, ‘Keep on going, Jesus!’" Why would a mother encourage her only son on the way to crucifixion to keep on going? Because the mother understands the Christian principle of "no cross, no crown."
In Kannada Mission is known as ‘DhrmaPrachara’ which means lifting up and spreading the Religion that we live. We are all called to be missionary since Baptism. It is not just the priests and Sisters who are called to go on the missions. You too are called to be missionary since your baptism, to be missionary where you are by letting the light of Jesus shine where you are. This is the supreme message was preached by Rev. Fr. Sunil Menezes, SVD on the occasion of Mission Sunday. He also highlighted some missionary activities which SVD’s are rendering throughout the world. During the mass special liturgy was arranged to commemorate this great event. After the Holy Eucharist ‘VikasDeepti’ a clipping on Orissa Mission was screened. People of St. Teresa of Calcutta Rajiv Nagar Mysore, were moved by the service that SVD’s are rendering in different types of missionary work. During the announcement Parish Priest Fr. Richard D’Almeida, SVD mentioned about the importance of this Sunday.

A large banner was displayed in front of the church and this was a kind of advertisement to the people to participate in this event. Soon after the Mass some fun fair was organized by the parishioners to raise the funds for the missions. The fun fair included varieties of breakfast, snacks, lunch, games, auctioning of things, sale of things as well as lucky games. This went on from morning till noon. In this Mission Sunday all were included from the parish like, different cells and associations, wards, Religious congregations, etc. People were quite participatory in the way that we organized. Mission Sunday calendars as well as envelopes were also distributed to raise funds for the mission.Over all as we celebrated this event brought happiness and satisfaction that we are doing something for the mission. Let every mission become our way of life.

BAL UTSAV

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see" said John F. Kennedy, 35 th president of the United States. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai held BAL UTSAV on 10 th November 2016 in Lotus Park, Gyan Ashram Campus, Andheri to cheer the children and to showcase their talents. Around 150 children gathered from five slums who are members of neighbourhood children’s parliament by 10 o’ clock in the morning. After the BAL UTSAV was inaugurated by Fr. Donald D’Sousa, the children went around to various games stalls, enjoyed playing and winning prizes till noon. Games were concluded with ‘Bombing the City’ and children freely dancing around.

In the afternoon after lunch there was a formal gathering for children to present their talents. Children from all the five children’s parliaments danced and made everyone happy. Fr. Paul Vattathara, Provincial, SVD INM province and Mr. Pete, representing CFC members, who sponsored and supported the event, addressed the children. The children celebrated the day with great fun and returned gladly.

Mathew Korattiyil

Sarva Seva sangh, Mumbai, SVD INM

Children’s Parliament in MIDC Police Station

Neighborhood Children’s Parliament aims at the integral growth of children and their participation in the development of the society. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai started Children’s Parliament in four slum communities last year. On 26 th August 2016, members of three Children’s Parliaments were given exposure to MIDC police station, Andheri (E).  First, the children were taken to different departments of the police station and explained what each department does. Later a police officer explained to the children about various duties of the police force and procedures followed by the police department. There were 56 children who were delighted to visit a police station for the first time, interact with police men and women and even shake hands with them. The police women/men too welcomed the children with smiles.

Mathew Korattiyil

Respect Mother, Wife and Daughter

Maharashtra reported the highest number of Domestic violence cases some time ago according to Times of India. Taking hold of the opportunity of Ganesh festival, the staff of Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai is organising Street Plays on the theme Domestic Violence in several slums and Ganesh Mandals in Andheri East area from 8 th September 2016 to 18 th September. The street play urges people to say no to domestic violence and to give respect to women who are victims of domestic violence at different stages of their life. People are also made aware of the ways to resist domestic violence and seek help when they experience the same. Hundreds of men are challenged while women and children are inspired through this street play.  

Mathew Korattiyil

Migrants at Andheri Celebrate Easter

The migrants at Andheri had a get-together on Sunday 3 rd of April at 5.30 p.m. in the small hall of Sarva Seva Sangh after the Hindi Mass at Sacred Heart Church to celebrate Easter. The celebration commenced with a prayer and a few Easter Hymns in Hindi and Sadri. Then the people joined hands to dance the typical Adivasi dance of Chotanagpur. The celebration went on till 7 p.m. Tea and snack were served before they departed. Thirty five people gathered for the celebration.


During the Holy season of Lent, Stations of the Cross were conducted in Hindi for the migrants every Sunday after Hindi mass in Gyan Ashram campus. Twenty to twenty five migrants used to be present for the same.


Ministry among migrants at Andheri, a SVD-SSpS initiative, started in December 2015 is progressing gradually.  People are slowly becoming free with us. There are more migrants at Andheri, who either come for Hindi mass or do not get opportunity to attend Hindi mass. We hope that these people too would join us sooner or later.


Mathew Korattiyil

For the committee to the cause of the migrants at Andheri

Medical Camp

Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organised a free medical camp on Sunday the 28th of February 2016 at Ganeshpada, a slum at the side of Military Road, Marol, Mumbai. The camp was organised with the help of a few nurses who volunteered. Dr. Yamini (gynaecologist) and Dr. Shivchand (general) physician also offered their free service. In all 190 people, mostly women and children lined up for check up, who were also given medicines free of cost.



HIV/AIDS continues to be a menace in our society. In order to spread awareness on this Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organised poster exhibitions on HIV/AIDS in five places in January 2016. The exhibitions were organised at all the three places of Malpadongri near Pump House, Andheri on 14th and 15th of January and at Marol and Subhash Nagar on 21st and 22nd of January. Apart from the posters exhibited various hand outs containing information about HIV/AIDS were distributed to hundreds of people.  Students from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan took active part in organising the exhibition, which brought awareness to Hundreds of people on HIV/AIDS.


Mathew Korattiyil
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai

Christmas with HIV infected/affected

"He came among His people, he dwelt among the poor, He chose of all the weakest, the humblest to be friends." Sarva Seva Seva Sangh, Mumbai celebrated Christmas with children and people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS on 19 th December 2015 in St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E). After having snacks as they arrived a few games were conducted. The children and people also enjoyed dancing together. Hariman Dhanjal, a young budding actor was present through the program encouraging children and dancing with them. At the end of the program Fr. Abraham Olickal gave away the spot prices and Fr. Mathew Korattiyil gave a short Christmas message. In the afternoon they all went home gladly with a special nutrition kit, gifts, sweets and lunch box. Over 140 people/children, including volunteers, were present for the celebration.


Mathew Korattiyil SVD
Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai.

Balwadi Kid’s Gathering

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." Kids from Kinder Gardens in slums run by Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai gathered at St. Arnold’s Hall, Andheri (E) on Saturday 5 th December 2015. The kids began arriving at 9.30 in the morning and as they arrived they played on Jumping Jacks. Then they were taken into the hall where they enjoyed playing with colourful balloons. They were also entertained with a live magic show and video action songs. The children continued to enjoy dancing and playing around in the hall until they left home in the afternoon with gifts and sweets.

Thanks to St. Arnold’s School, Andheri and Disciples of the Divine Word for their active collaboration in facilitating this event, where we could bring cheer to 115 less privileged children.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS day was celebrated with a mega rally organized by Sarva Seva Sangh (Mumbai), Holy Spirit Hospital and Mahakali Caves Road ALM on Tuesday, 1 st December 2015. The rally on the theme ‘Fighting for the healthiest generation’ began at 9.30 am from Gyan Ashram gate, Mahakali Caves Road  and Holy Spirit Hospital Gate moved on two directions passing through, Shere-e Punjab, Pump House, Malpa Dongri, Mahakali Caves Road, Thakshila, Bindra coplex and concluded at Holy Spirit Hospital, Andheri (E). The students from St. Arnold School, Satya Sai Vidya Mandir, Canossa School and Holy Spirit Nursing School participated in large numbers.


At the concluding venue the Nursing students of Holy Spirit hospital presented a role play on HIV/AIDS and police inspector Mr. Jhadhav from MIDC police station addressed the gathering. Nearly 600 people including students participated in the rally which was concluded at 11.30 am at Holy Spirit Hospital.


Later in the evening Sarva Seva Sangh put up street play titled ‘Jeevan Ki Adhoori Kahani’ with B.Ed students from St. Theresa’s B.Ed College, Santracruz (W) in various slum communities at Mahakali Caves Road and Subhash Nagar. More Street plays will be staged on Wednesday evening at Malpa Dongri, Pump House area.

Mathew Korattiyil

3 rd INM Interschool Teachers’ meet.

115 teachers from all our five schools came together at St. Arnold’s Central School, Pune, for a two day seminar and interaction on 16 and 17 of November.  The seminar began at 9.am with "the display of a typical Maharashtrian dance known as  legime"by the host school.  The school personnels’ coordinator for the province Fr. Joyson welcomed all the teachers and confreres on behalf of the province.  Fr. Paul Vattathara  briefed the participants the rationale behind such gathering.  Later the resource   persons Fr. Rubak  and Mr. Adrian  Rosario helped the teachers interact with each other and motivated them to be effective communicators.  On 18 th the teachers had a guided visit to the city of Pune.

Change Yourself; Your World will Change

The Hindu feast of the Lord Ganesh is usually a noisy one in the streets of Mumbai and everywhere in Maharashtra. Yet, it provides a platform to create awareness on various issues among the masses. Realizing this fact, Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized street plays from 21 st to 24 th September 2015 at nine places in Andheri East on the theme ‘importance of education’. The staff of Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai along with the balwadi teachers made good use of the opportunity to educate the people and children about the need of sending children regularly to school and about the significance of the best use of the opportunity to study. Message was also sent across to illiterate women at the street and slums that it is very important to make efforts to learn to read and write. The song, ‘change yourself; your world will change’, captured the attention of all. The street plays were staged during evening hours to reach the message across to maximum number of people. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the street play at every place it was staged.


Kishori Divas

“You have to find your way to achieve your goal, do not depend on anybody” said Dr. Cicilia Chettiyar. Sarva Seva Sangh, Mumbai organized Kishori Divas (Girls’ Day) on 12 th September 2015 in IIC Hall, Gyan Ashram Campus, Andheri (E). Forty one adolescent girls from six slum communities gathered IIC Hall by 2.30 pm. The program began with an ice breaking game to mix and familiarize with each other. This was followed by a short program of dances and skits put up by the girls themselves on the theme discrimination of girl children. The most important part of the program was the motivational session by Dr. Cicilia Chettiyar.  She highlighted that every girl is special and they must focus on achieving their goals through ‘3 Ds’ - discipline, determination and disco. She also advised them that they must find their way to achieve their goals and use their creativity to find the way. At the end of the program the girls were presented a card each prepared by the students of College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan and a small gift. The girls returned happily with the determination of making their life more meaningful.

Independence Day Celebration

The morning of August 15, 2015, dawned bright and clear, ushering a new day of freedom, completing 68 years of our Independence from British rule.  lt What light is to the eyes, what air is to the lungs, what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.  Liberty is appreciated much by those who have experienced being in bondage. Yes, we at St. Arnold’s celebrated Independence day with great gusto and patriotic fervor.  
The morning began with hoisting of the flag, a tribute to the nation, recalling the speech of Jawarhlal Nehru, on the stroke of midnight, who termed it as a ‘tryst with destiny’. The Chief Guest of the day, was Dr. Shyam Sundar, Head of the Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Mysuru. He is awarded the National award in Plastination, thereby being the first person in India and only the second in the world. He is a humanitarian, focusing his energy and life in the service of the poor and the needy, without counting the cost. He exhorted us to be humanitarians in the service of the country and fellow Indians.
The Guests of Honour were Rev. Fr. Paul Chacko SVD, Provincial Superior of India-Mumbai Province and  Mr. Yogendra, the famous Scientist at the Regional Museum for Natural History, Mysuru.
Speaking on the occasion the Principal Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar, recalled the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, and exhorted parents, staff and students to rise to the occasion by appreciating the cultural heritage and wealth of the nation in its various facets.
To mark this special occasion, we had a exhibition celebrating the cultural heritage of our country. The school salutes the efforts of the below mentioned Institutes and eminent personalities.
JSS Medical College exhibited the real organs of the body.
The Regional Museum for Natural History exhibited photos of Wild Life.
The Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalay exhibited the Tribal Art right from the Stone Age, Metal Art,  to Weaving of the Cloth, thanks to Mr Ashok Vardhan.
The Oriental Research Institution displayed its wonderful collection of old Manuscripts.
Mr. Munirao Mane had a wonderful collection of vintage cars and their Founders.
The Indian Postal Department, Mysuru, had a wide collection of Stamps.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed, the coin man of Mysuru, with his collection of coins of 99 countries
Mr. Amith had a personal collection of the cremation photos of the last scion of the Wodeyar Family.
The Exhibition was a great success with parents applauding the efforts of the staff and students under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar SVD.

The exhibition was open to the public, and on August 17, 2015, 15 neighbouring schools students and staff came to see the Exhibition and were edified to see the wonderful work done by the students in organizing the classrooms for the display.

SOAR HIGH ON THE WINGS OF FREEDOM

The Music & Dance Academy of Gyan Ashram under the guidance of Fr. Ciril D’Souza SVD and Fr. Chinnappan SVD presented a wonderful cultural and patriotic programme called "Soar High on the Wings of Freedom" celebrating patriotism with songs and dances. The programme was held in St. Arnold’s School Auditorium, in Gyan Ashram Campus.  Mr. Clive Dias, the Ex Corporator graced the occasion as the Chief Guest while Fr. Jossie Fernandes SVD, the Principal of St. Arnold’s High School and Junior College, was the Guest of Honour. In the absence of the Director of Gyan Ashram, Fr. Ronald D’Silva SVD, the Acting Director welcomed the invited dignitaries, guests and all those present for the event. The audience was taken up by the colourful and rhythmatic performances of the participants. The programme consisted of four patriotic songs and seven patriotic dances - expressing one’s love for the country, upholding the values of unity, concern for one another and mutual coexistence. A special tribute was paid to late former President Dr. Abdul Kalam who passed away  recently. One of the students namely, Ms. Sarah Mathias, thanked all those who made this event a memorable one.  As a whole, it was a great music feast for all the music and dance lovers who made it for the evening. The Programme ended paying homage to the nation, singing the national anthem.

ST. ARNOLD’S CENTRAL SCHOOL, MYSORE

The morning of August 15, 2015, dawned bright and clear, ushering a new day of freedom, completing 68 years of our Independence from British rule.  lt What light is to the eyes, what air is to the lungs, what love is to the heart, liberty is to the soul of man.  Liberty is appreciated much by those who have experienced being in bondage. Yes, we at St. Arnold’s celebrated Independence day with great gusto and patriotic fervor.  
The morning began with hoisting of the flag, a tribute to the nation, recalling the speech of Jawarhlal Nehru, on the stroke of midnight, who termed it as a ‘tryst with destiny’. The Chief Guest of the day, was Dr. Shyam Sundar, Head of the Department of Anatomy, JSS Medical College, Mysuru. He is awarded the National award in Plastination, thereby being the first person in India and only the second in the world. He is a humanitarian, focusing his energy and life in the service of the poor and the needy, without counting the cost. He exhorted us to be humanitarians in the service of the country and fellow Indians.
The Guests of Honour were Rev. Fr. Paul Chacko SVD, Provincial Superior of India-Mumbai Province and  Mr. Yogendra, the famous Scientist at the Regional Museum for Natural History, Mysuru.
Speaking on the occasion the Principal Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar, recalled the sacrifices of our freedom fighters, and exhorted parents, staff and students to rise to the occasion by appreciating the cultural heritage and wealth of the nation in its various facets.
To mark this special occasion, we had a exhibition celebrating the cultural heritage of our country. The school salutes the efforts of the below mentioned Institutes and eminent personalities.
JSS Medical College exhibited the real organs of the body.
The Regional Museum for Natural History exhibited photos of Wild Life.
The Indira Gandhi Rastriya Manav Sangrahalay exhibited the Tribal Art right from the Stone Age, Metal Art,  to Weaving of the Cloth
The Oriental Research Institution displayed its wonderful collection of old Manuscripts.
Mr. Munirao Mane had a wonderful collection of vintage cars and their Founders.
The Indian Postal Department, Mysuru, had a wide collection of Stamps.
Dr. Abdul Rasheed, the coin man of Mysuru, with his collection of coins of 99 countries
Mr. Amith had a personal collection of the cremation photos of the last scion of the Wodeyar Family.
The Exhibition was a great success with parents applauding the efforts of the staff and students under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Anil Kumar SVD.

The exhibition was open to the public, and on August 17, 2015, 15 neighbouring schools students and staff came to see the Exhibition and were edified to see the wonderful work done by the students in organizing the classrooms for the display.

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