Don Bosco 200


31 January 2015 | General Interest


Br Sinapati Ioane SDB

The feast of St John Bosco and the 200th anniversary of his birth were celebrated in a very special way over three days at Parish of St John Bosco in Sinamoga and Moamoa.
From Friday 30 January to Sunday 1 February the Salesian fathers, brothers and aspirants were in the midst of the celebrations which involved the whole parish, with the Parish Youth Group taking a leading role.


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The celebration began on the Friday night with the Exposition of the Holy Eucharist and a Novena in honour of our patron led by the Parish priest Fr Petelo Vito Pau. This was followed by a talk on the life and mission of St John Bosco. Many examples and stories from Don Bosco’s life were complemented by a moving powerpoint presenetation.

Saturday began with the Eucharist led by Fr Petelo, the parish priest, assisted by Fr Chris Ford, Fr Paselio Tevaga and Fr Filipo Kapeli, who delivered a very powerful message in his half an hour homily based on the importance of the word 'Joy' in the mission and the life of St John Bosco.

As the people walked out of the Church, the parish committee already set up the field and everyone were invited to join in for the ZUMBA, to exercise their body for their health. Everyone were enjoying dancing and exercising. Fun games organized by the committee were one of the other highlights of the celebration. Seeing both young and old parishioners join and have fun together made the celebration more fun and enjoyable. In the evening, the youth from both churches Sinamoga & Moamoa put together dances and entertainment just to add more fun and live the spirit of the celebration.

The finale of the whole three days of the feast day celebrations started with a Mass presided by Fr Petelo Vito Pau with Fr Paselio Tevaga as the homilist. The renewal of the vows of Br Sinapati Ioane and Br Atonio Lealea was a powerful highlight of the Eucharistic celebration. In renewing their vows in this public forum the brothers gave witness to the Lord’s command to go forth and proclaim the Good News to all nations and their own determination to continue living John Bosco's vision. The parish youth performed an evangelical dance after communion which made the celebration much more active.

After Mass, the whole parish joined together for to’ona’i (traditional Sunday lunch). Parishioners, families and friends gathered for a feast prepared by local families. The Parish Youth Groups provided further entertainment. All were content and the event concluded on a high note, everyone were excited and looking forward to the next year celebrations.