Since on the morning of December 31 2011 Samoa moved to the western side of the International dateline, the world’s day now starts in Samoa! And so it was that the world wide celebrations of St John Bosco began on the morning of January 31st 2014, Samoa, moving westward via Fiji, New Zealand and Australia (all belonging to the Australian Pacific Province of Mary Help of Christians) around the world.
The Feast day this year occurred in the first week of school, so in Salelologa, on the big island of Savaii, the opening of the school year was combined with the festive celebration of Mass of St John Bosco, in the large Parish Church, which was filled to capacity with parents, teachers and students. Don Bosco High School and Vocational Centre, Salelologa is now a College (although we are still waiting for the official government recognition) as the first stream of students reached Year 13 level. This year also saw a substantial increase of new students.
As usual the students ‘ participation at the Mass was inspiring. In his homily Father Mosese Tui, the principal gave a broad outline of Don Bosco’s life, emphasizing his great love for young people, which is continued by the Salesians all over the world.
During the Mass the Head Boys and Girls and the prefects were installed, a first in the history of the “baby” College.
As usual the celebration concluded with 'light refreshments' in the Parish hall, so no-one went home hungry since even 'light refreshments' tend to be rather filling.
It was an inspirational start of the academic year 2014.