21 August, 2019
Rev. Fr. Bernard’s Birthday Bash!!!
-Ms. Kashmira Rodrigues
-Inputs from Ms.Tasneem, Ms.Cleffy, Ms.Pauline, Ms.Christina & Ms.Jancy.
On 20th Aug 2019, the grand celebration of our Principal began invoking God’s choicest blessings on our dearest Rev. Fr. Bernard who shepherds the Don Bosco family. The 7 a.m. Eucharistic was unusually crowded which was celebrated by Rev Fr. Principal and concelebrated by Our Rector Rev. Fr. Crispino, Fr. Elson, Fr. Vinod, Fr. Valerian, Fr. Lawrence and Fr. Mylin. Fr. Crispino began the memorable Eucharist with a few words about Fr. Bernard’s childhood days and his loving family. Fr. Bernard gave a heartfelt response thanking everyone, for the wonderful surprise, especially for being there and making this Eucharistic Service, a memorable one. There were a lot of birthday wishes for Rev. Fr. Bernard after the mass with the happy birthday song sung by the staff, student council, students and parents. A lot of photographs were taken to savor these memories. The choir presented Fr. Bernard with a spiritual bouquet and a small token of appreciation. The Eucharistic Celebration culminated with a light snack organized for the staff and students.
In the school, the birthday celebration kick started at 9.15 a.m. the school band welcomed Fr. Bernard into the gym accompanied by the Vice-Principal Mr. Cliffrichard D’Souza and the Administrator Rev. Fr. Elson Baretto. Std VI A presented the assembly on the theme, “Light Up Our Life with Values.” Fr. Elson addressed the assembly and conveyed his wishes to Fr. Bernard on this special day.
The staff and students of the Primary, Pre-Primary and Secondary Section took the opportunity to show their love and gratitude through a small program in their respective sections as the birthday boy sliced cakes and everyone melodiously sang the birthday song. Addresses were read acknowledging and admiring the ways Fr. Bernard handles the school affairs with class and determination. Every section made a prayer along with the students thanking God for the gift of such a wonderful Principal who is very loving and approachable. The Student Council and students of the three sections wished Fr. Bernard and expressed their love with greeting cards, mementos, floral tributes…. Later during the day the birthday boy over pampered with loads of love and wishes, was escorted to his office with the school band playing one of his favourite songs, “Malaika”. There was the singing of the happy birthday song in Konkani, Fr. Bernard’s mother tongue and a language close to his heart.
Fr. Rector addressed all the three sections of the school and wished Fr. Bernard, highlighting his sterling qualities and commended him for improving the digital footprint of the school. The felicitation ended with Fr. Bernard and Fr. Crispino singing the song, “Malaika” while the band accompanied them. Fr. Bernard was indeed overwhelmed with all the celebrations and expressed his joy and gratitude through his inspiring message to one and all.
Dearest Rev. Fr. Bernard, wishing you health, love, happiness and everything your heart desires from the entire Don Bosco Family!