"Come and See" Weekend


21 October 2012 | General Interest

"Come and See" 2012

“Come and See” is the annual vocations promotion and discernment weekend for young people thinking about joining Salesian life. The name takes its inspiration from Jesus' invitation to two disciples who were following him to "come and see" where he lived (John 1:38 - 39).


This year the weekend was conducted by and took place at the Salesian Community at Don Bosco Alafua on 19 – 21 October. A good number responded to the invitations posted in the different parishes in both Upolu and Savai’i. The biggest group was 16 young men from St Francis de Sales Parish, Salelologa, Savai’i, through the efforts of the Parish Priest Fr. Mosese. A group of four young men and four young women came from Solosolo, the home village of Fr. Taisali, Rector of the Salesian Community in Suva, Fiji. And there was one person, the son of a former Catechist, from Fasito’otai village near Faleolo airport. All in all there were 25 participants for this year’s annual event.

The days that followed were occasions for these young people to get to know the Salesian priests, brothers and prenovices. Two months earlier, the brothers and prenovices had gone around the different parishes to post invitations and announcements in the different parishes in Upolu and Savai’i. In Savai’i the task of distributing the invitations were done by Fr. Mosese. Apparently their efforts have been very fruitful with the positive turn out of response from these young people.

The weekend experience provided the young participants moments of prayer, getting to know each other as well as talks given by Fr. Nick and Fr. Julius. Fr. Nick also conducted the test in English, to assess their level of comprehension and competency. A few of those who came were familiar faces who had been joining the come and see program in the previous years. One participant, in particular, had already been three times to this event.

On the morning of Sunday, Fr. Mosese, arrived and gave a short talk during the morning prayer. He invited the young people, especially those coming from non-Salesian settings to join the SamBosco (Don Bosco Youth Samoa) weekend gathering which was to take place on October 27-29 in Salelologa. It was a good opportunity to get to know Don Bosco and his work in Samoa. Right after that, they were off to the parish of Sinamoga to join the celebration of the Eucharist.

Finally, after the mass, all the participants joined the traditional Samoan meal together with the Salesians and Prenovices. After lunch, everyone started their way back home bringing with them a wonderful experience of the Come and See.
From the number of young people who came, there were five young men who expressed willingness to join the Salesians next year as Prenovices. It is certainly a very encouraging result for the future of Salesian presence in Samoa and the Pacific.