Bishop Tim Costelloe S.D.B. arrived to see the newly renovated Chapel and meet informally with the people gathering for the evening celebration with the relic statue of Don Bosco. He joined the Salesian Community for the evening meal along with those travelling with the Relic and attending to arrangements for travel through customs and around the country.
Immediately following the evening meal everyone moved to the College Hall where a crowd was gathering in expectation. Soon a procession was formed and the Relic brought into the Hall and placed in full view of everyone. Before a considerable crowd of people drawn from the local area and beyond, Bishop Costelloe led the celebration of Eucharist and in his Homily drew attention to the privlige we all share in the gathering around the Relic of Don Bosco to share in honouring “The Father and Teacher of Youth”. With reference to Pope John Paul II, the Bishop drew attention to the way Don Bosco spent his life bringing young people to know and love Christ the Good Shepherd.
To enhance the music and spirit of celebration, students from other Salesian Schools — St Joseph’s Ferntree Gully, Salesian College “Rupertswood” Sunbury and many from the local area, joined in one voice creating a wonderful spirit of engagement with Don Bosco.
Immediately following the Celebration of Eucharist, people formed a long line waiting their turn to be able to approach the statue of Don Bosco and in their own private moment reverence the Relic and pray. The evening concluded quietly as people, after their reflection, filed out greeting the Bishop who remained to speak with people and share moments with them. This was a devotional and reflective evening that will stay in the memory of the meny people who came to share in this rare opportunity.
It was well into the night that the Statue was carried to the transporting vehicle for transferral to St Joseph’s College, Ferntree Gully to be in place for a full day of devotional exercises there on Friday, before moving on to the local Parishes and the University for the weekend round of celebrations.