Sumedha Centre celebrated the feast of Don Bosco, founder of the Salesians who run the Centre, on Sunday the 29th. The liturgical feast of St. John Bosco (Don Bosco) falls on January 31st. However we decided to celebrate on Sunday for convenience sake.
The Eucharist was presided over by Most Rev. Anthony Fernandes, the Bishop of Bareilly Diocese, within whose jurisdiction Sumedha Centre falls. Fr. Julian Pinto, the Vicar General of the diocese, Fr. Arnold OFM from St. Francis Home, Nainital, , Fr. Thomas D'Sa, Director of the Biblical Centre in Bareilly, Fr. John Baptist, pastor of Motinagar, Fr. Pius Menezes, Dirctor of Suchetna Social Service Centre, and Fr. Jose Parappully concelebrated.
In his homily Bishop Fernandes portrayed Don Bosco as one who was able to attract wayward youth and transform them into useful members of society. He exhorted the clergy and religious of the diocese to emulate him.
There were a number of religious men and women from the neighbourhood (Kathgodam Deanery) present for the feast day Eucharist and the lunch that followed which was tastefully organised by Br. John Minj, the Administrator at Sumedha Centre.