Sabha Day 2019

23rd February 2019 at St. Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra



Sabha Day 2019 was held at St Andrew's Auditorium, Bandra on Feb. 23, 2019. The event began with a Thanksgiving Mass celebrated by Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes in the St Andrew's College chapel. The congregation participated with fervour, aided by the youthful choir from Jeri Meri. Bp Savio asked the Bombay Catholic Sabha to reach out to those on the periphery.

After Mass, the programme continued in the auditorium. The BCS Anthem was played, setting the pace for a lovely evening. Ms Rita D'Sa, the BCS President, welcomed the gathering, laying emphasis on the tremendous work done by the members of the BCS across the districts of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai. She encouraged the audience to be 'committed to a better tomorrow, by doing their best today'! She also paid tribute to late Adv. George Kurian, one of the founding members of the BCS, who passed away in February 2019.

Bento Lobo, the BCS Secretary General, presented a slide show on the Year in Retrospect, highlighting activities by the Centre and the parish units. The entire Executive Committee was invited to the stage, followed by felicitation of the dignitaries—Fr Jude Rodrigues, Mr Agnelo Rajesh Athaide and Mr Vivek Mendonsa.

This was followed by the presentation of the Best Unit Awards (deanery-wise), and the 'Sarfarosh' and 'Sarva Dharma Ekta' Awards. The various unit Managing Committees had a chance to bask in the spotlight, as they received their trophies from Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes. It was inspiring to hear the work done by various parish units – ranging from civic issues to community upliftment, from encouraging the youth and school students in academic pursuits to sports activities; the range left one breathless!

This year, four individuals received the 'Power of One' Awards—Adv. Godfrey Pimenta (for his work in resolving civic and community issues), Ms Wilma Saldanha (award-winning National Powerlifter), Mr Kasber Augustine (civic activist from Thane), and Mr David Cardoz (Conservation and Restoration of Archdiocesan Heritage structures). 

The 5th 'Fr Salvador Rodrigues Memorial Award' was presented to Navjeet Community Health Centre, an outreach of the Bandra Holy Family Hospital Society, active in the field since 1978. Over the last 40 years, Navjeet Community Health Centre has worked in the slums of Mumbai, and over the last 12 years, it has also been working with the tribals of Shahapur taluka. Navjeet's work ranges from education and nutrition to health and sanitation, women's empowerment, environmental issues, livelihood and rural community development.

The first 'Fr Edward D'Souza Memorial Award' was presented to Sr Rosaline Pereira, fma for her work in the Sahayini Social Development Society – Vocational Training Centre (VTC); she has been at the forefront of training young people in skills development and making them workplace-ready. The work done by Sr Rosaline and her team has won the approval and support of a number of corporates, who look to the VTCs as a means of utilising their CSR funds in the best manner.

Don Aguiar, State AICU (All India Catholic Union) President, handed over the AICU Flag to BCS; 2019 marks the centenary year of the AICU - the national umbrella body. Bishop Dominic Savio Fernandes praised the work done by the BCS across the archdiocese, and warned the members not to get complacent, to avoid in-fighting and to "show the face of Christ to the world" by their work, standing up for Christian values.

This was followed by the release of the Sabha Day Souvenir. Mr Gordon D'Silva, Jt Treasurer, proposed the Vote of Thanks, and Fr Rudolph Andrades prayed the Grace. A sumptuous dinner was surpassed only by the cheerful faces and bonhomie, as the BCS members celebrated Sabha Day 2019!



THE BOMBAY CATHOLIC SABHA AWARDS LIST 2019

STAR UNITS
Our Lady of Glory - Byculla South Bombay Deanery
Our lady of Victories - Mahim North Bombay Deanery
Our Lady of Good Counsel – Sion North Bombay Deanery
St Theresa – Bandra Bandra Deanery
Our Lady Of Mount Carmel – Bandra Bandra Deanery
St Peters – Bandra Bandra Deanery
St Francis Xavier – Vile parle Central Suburbs Deanery
St John Bosco - Borivali Borivali Deanery
St Thomas – Goregaon East Borivali Deanery
Our Lady of Lourdes – Orlem Borivali Deanery
Immaculate Conception – Borivali Borivali Deanery
Holy family – Pestom Sagar Kurla Deanery
St Joseph – Vikroli Thane Deanery
Our Lady of Mercy – Pokran Thane Deanery
St Francis Xavier - Kanjurmarg Thane Deanery

CHALLENGER UNITS
St Anthonys - Vakola Central Suburb Deanery
Good Shepherd - Versova Andheri Deanery
St Francis Xavier - Panvel Navi Mumbai Deanery
Sacred Heart - Vashi Navi Mumbai Deanery

UPCOMING UNITS
Our Lady of Rosary – Mazgaon South Bombay Deanery
Our Lady of Dolours - Wadala North Bombay Deanery
St. Vincent de paul – khar Bandra Deanery
Our Lady Of Velankanni – Irla Central Suburbs Deanery
St Pius x - Mulund Thane Deanery

SARVA DHARMA EKTA AWARD
St. Joseph - Vikhroli Thane Deanery 

SARFAROSH UNIT AWARD
Our Lady Of Mercy - Pokran Thane Deanery 

The BCS Power of One Awards:
  • Adv Godfrey Pimenta - For Outstanding Social Activism
  • Mr. David Cardoz - For Conservation of Archidiocesan heritage structure
  • Ms. Vilma Saldanha - For Excellence in Sports
  • Mr. Kasber Augustine - For Outstanding achievements against all odds
The 5Th Fr Salvador Rodrigues memorial Award:
  • Navjeet Community Health centre
1st Fr Edward Dsouza Memorial award:
  • Sahayini Social development society
We are grateful to our Partners:
  • Mr Christopher John, Earnest John Group of Companies - Title Partner.
  • Mr. Albert W. D’Souza of Aldel Education Trust - Pearl Partner