DB 200 celebrated in South Australia

St.John Bosco born 200 years ago – Joint parish and school celebration at Brooklyn Park, South Australia.

Saint John Bosco School, Brooklyn Park joined with the St.John Bosco/St.Aloysius Parish for a festive celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of Don Bosco on 16 August.

The celebration of the Eucharist had special solemnity. Many of the altar servers came to serve at the bicentenary Mass. The school’s deputy principal Mrs Mia Harms organised parents and staff to do the Universal Prayer in languages other than English, e.g. Italian, Chilean, Sri Lankan, Hindi, and Japanese. There was an international theme too with the early lunch that followed in the St.Maria Mazzarello Memorial Complex (hall). The principal Mr Paul Murphy, the staff and families were very supportive of the celebration.

Another feature was Anthony C. who read from his persuasive writing essay on Saint John Bosco, and Mia also spoke about this wonderful saint for today.

The next part was the international brunch where we shared dishes brought by many people. There were numerous parish volunteers who helped bring this about, in particular Velina Del Tedesco, Angelica Fernandez and Yolanda Bartsch. The school’s Parents and Friends Association contributed generously with the jumping castle and face painting.

The day began with a cloudy morning, and the last few weeks have been cloudy with showers on and off. But during Mass the sun started to shine strongly through the orange-yellow frosted windows. We thank God for blessing us and for the prayers of Mary for our celebrations today. We also thank everyone who helped and everyone who came.

By Fr Joseph Lee SDB

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