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  H i g h l i g h t s  

FIRST ROUND PASTORAL VISITATION AFTER THE 7TH PROVINCIAL CHAPTER
Letter of Br. Mauro Jöhri, General Minister

1Training to women on various government schemes: Vimukti Pothnal
The VCT organization conducted training to women about various government schemes in six villages of our working area. The governments launched various schemes or programs for development of the women in the rural area. The resources person briefed about the schemes like, Pradhana Mantri Rozgar yojana, Rajeev Gandhi Chithanya Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Employment generation program, Chief Minister Employment generation Program Mudra Yojana, Mathru Puran Yojena, Swatchh Barath Mission(Toilet facilities), Educational loans etc. thus all the women are encouraged to apply one or the other schemes and get benefits from the schemes.
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1“Entrepreneur in You” a Management Development Seminar @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
“Opportunists seek for chance. Entrepreneurs make new chances.” With this firm Entrepreneurial mindset, Darshan College in collaboration with Primax Foundation organized the Management Development Programme on ‘Entrepreneur in You’. The program was intended to empower the aspiring minds how to pivot concepts and ideas into great money spinners. Rev. Dr. Fr. Alwyn Dias expressed his views and inspired all the participants to become entrepreneurs by taking risks, accepting the changes as they arrive but not to resist the changes. The Guests of honour were Dr. Sudhir Sharan, Dean and Professor, Ramaiah Institute of Management Studies; Prof. Rajeshwari T, Honourable President of Primax Foundation along with Dr. K V Ramanathan, Vice-President, Primax Foundation, Bangalore. The Resource Person of the day was Dr. K. Jayaraman, Professor, Taylor’s Business School (TBS), Taylor’s University, Malaysia, motivated the students:
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1SCHOOL COMPOUND : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya’s School compound construction started on 02-02-2018 with a good work force. The construction of compound was a pre-planned venture, and the year 2018 gave the needed possibilities to implement the venture. The management of the school expresses their heartily gratitude towards the Provincial Minister Rev.Fr.Dolphy Pias, his Councillors, Province Administrator Rev. Fr. Robin Victor and the treasurer for their financial support. Also, we express our hearty gratitude to the MLA Mr. Hampayya Nayak and MLC Mr. N.S.Boseraj for the financial assistance and support.
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1A DISTINCTIVE AND COLORFUL 9th YEAR CHILDREN FEST HELD AT VIMUKTI:
On 11th February 2018 Vimukti celebrated children fest at its premises. 16 Government school parliament children and staff spent their time and energy in preparing varieties of dance and music programs. 762 children participated in this colorful event. Vimukti organized this program this year in a more creative and unique way. The students took out rally through the main streets of Pothnal by holding placards and banners containing the message on the needs of protecting the rights, to create awareness on adverse impact of child marriage, child dropout, Child trafficking, Child labor, RTF, protection of earth, health-hygiene and cleanliness etc., in the society; and demanded the concerned officials to take stringent measures in this regard to impose fine on those who violate these laws. The main aim of the rally was to sensitize privileged citizens to protect children rights and empower them with the power of education.
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1SCIENCE EXHIBITION : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya observed school science day on 17-2-2018. The programme stated sharp at 10.am the chief guests were Rev.Fr. Elvin lopes, Rev.Fr. Anthony Raj, Sr. Martha & Rev.Brothers of St.Clara Vihar. The other dignitaries were Rev.Fr.Dominic Sunil Lobo (Headmaster) Rev.Fr. Sunil Carnelio (Asst.Headmaster) and all the teachers of Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya. Students from class 1st - 10th Std enthusiastically took part in the exhibition students presented their extraordinary blend of science models and charts Rev.Fr.Elvin lopes acknowledged the students with his wide thoughts on science and studies, eventually Rev.Fr.Dominic addressed the vast gathering and congratulated the students for the hard work and also expressed his heart felt appreciation towards science club of Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya.
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1PARENTS GATHERING : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
The 10th Std. Students parents gathering was on 19-02-2018.All the parents of 10th Std students were present to the meeting. The parents gathering was also a thanks giving meeting. The programme started with a Prayer service offered by students and the class teacher Sr.Apoline. The welcome speech was presented by Rev.Fr.Dominic sunil lobo the headmaster, he also acknowledge everyone with his valuable thoughts on students. A beautiful melody was sung by the students dedicated to their parents. Students also shared their feelings on the occasion. Parents and students were given a refreshment eventually the programme took a wind up with the vote of thanks presented by Rev.Fr.Sunil.
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1STUDENT HOUSE VISITING : SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA POTHNAL
On 17-2-2018 and 18-02-2018 the Headmaster of Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya along with teachers visited the houses of 10th Std. Studens situated in the neighboring villages of Pothnal like Diddigi, Sai camp, Jeenur camp, Gonvar, Puldinni etc., The man purpose of House visiting was to know the priority of students in the matter of studies and also to understand the family background of the students, Parents welcomed the staff and management with warm greetings. The headmaster discussed about the student with the parents and provided the needed guidelines to the students and parents and wished them good luck for their upcoming board exams.
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1Pedagogy championship for the School Students - St. Anthony's Church School
On 06/02/2018 and 07/02/2018 Sports Authority of India, Bangalore had organized the Pedagogy championship for the School Students. Our school students participated in different games. Following are the games in which the students own prizes. Hema of 9th standard A section, won the best player award. Along with her Greclin of 8th A, Mohammad Usman of 9th B and Sooraj of 7th B own the honorary awards. The students brought not only the prizes but also the name and honour to the school and parents respectively. The Head master honoured and appreciated all the students and P. E. T teachers.
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1Scouts and Guides, of Vijayanagar celebrated the 12th Scouts and Guides Fair - St. Anthony's Church School
On 20th of January 2018, the local association of Scouts and Guides, of Vijayanagar celebrated the 12th Scouts and Guides Fair with the cooperation of Bharath Scouts and Guides Karnataka. The Fair was held from morning 8 o’clock to evening 5 o’ clock. Around 54 Scouts and Guides students of our School participated in the Fair. The Fair was held in Shri Siddaganga Public School, Chandra Layout. The talent oriented competitions were held for the students, and our students participated in all the competitions. The students won prizes in the competitions. These are the prizes they won in the competitions. The programme was well organized. The students of Scout and Guides brought honour to the school by their participation and learnt some valuable lesson for the service of the society.
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Darshan College NSS Unit Camp @ Karubele
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I’ll remember; involve me and I’ll learn” inspired by these words and in accordance to the motto of National Service Scheme (NSS) “Not Me But You”, the Darshanites volunteered themselves to camp at Karubele Village. The camp was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. R Srinivas, the NSS Co-ordinator of Bangalore University, in the presence of the Chief Guest Sri. Srinivas Murthy, President of Vijayalakshmi Girls Hostel, Karubele, Rev. Dr. Fr. Alwyn Dias, the Director, Rev. Fr. George Monis, the Principal, Rev. Fr. Joy D’ Souza, Science Coordinator, Prof. Dr. Manjula, the NSS Coordinator, Prof. Divyashree, the Camp Organizer. Fifty NSS volunteers participated to deepen the spirit of other-orientedness.
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Anugrah School Bidar: Scouts and Guides
On 15th Feb, 2018 Anugraha School celebrated Santh Sevalal Jayanthi along with Scouts and Guides renewal day. The Chief Guests for the program were Mr. Anil Shashtri, Mr. Gayakwad and Mss. Jaisheela. All the wings of Scouts and Guides, Cubs and bulbuls and Bunnys had a wonderful time of renewal and recreation. Many games and sports were arranged. All the wings were well guided by the well trained personal. Moreover many a students names were enrolled for Rajya Prashashti Puraskar. The chief guests appreciated the children for their discipline and enthusiasm.

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Village Health staff Nurse: Vimukti pothnal
The Village Health Staff Nurse program was launched in collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France, in order to address the rural health problems of the 16 villages in Manvi, Raichur Dist. The program was aimed to create a sustainable model for health care by training local rural women to deliver basic health services in their own villages. The goal of the Village Health Staff Nurse program is to provide primary health care at the village level to prevent illnesses from progressing to a more serious and costly state. The women are taught to identify and refer serious or life-threatening illnesses to the Primary health center or any other institution that provides health services. A number of learning methods are used during the training of Village Health Staff Nurse, including films; focus group discussions. The women learn to use a stethoscope, blood pressure monitor and many other tools to analyze health issues in the village.
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PU Day Celebration @ St. Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
‘Wherever you go, go with all your heart’. A day was set apart to look back and be grateful; to look ahead and be hopeful; and embrace the present with greater enthusiasm. It was not a day to bid farewell but to cherish all the beautiful memories shared together in this abode of knowledge; it was not a ‘goodbye’ but ‘see you soon’. The I PU students organized a variety of cultural programs and games for the Seniors and the II PU pupil shared a part of their wonderful reminiscence from among the vast substantial experience in the campus. There was a thrill and joyous outburst as the medals were presented to the winners of various activities and events held in the Academic Year 2017-2018. ‘God be with you till we meet again, May God guide, uphold you! May you carry the flame of love and wisdom wherever you are, keep it burning all along…’ was our prayer and wishes for the Seniors!
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Annual Athletic Meet @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
“Sports teaches you character; it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose; it teaches you about life.” To give a push to the inherent talent in sports Darshan College organized a week of inter-class competitions for boys and girls. After manoeuvring the team spirit among students, a day was dedicated to excel and exhibit their athletic spirit. Mr. A C Venkatesh, Secretary, JDS, Bengaluru Division was the Chief Guest and Mr. Gopal Krishna, International Kabaddi Player was the Guest of Honour. Sports makes one physically stronger, emotionally mature, mentally determined, so let sports always be a part of your life was the call of the Chief Guest. Students with bubbling spirit of sportsmanship participated in many sport events and the echo of the same resonated in the college campus. The Mantra of the day was ‘Winning is not everything, but making effort to win is’!
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CHAPTER RESULTS OF CUSTODY OF JAPAN OF ST. MARY'S PROVINCE, NEW YORK.
We are happy to announce the election results of Custody of Japan of St. Mary's Province, New York.
Custos : Br. Denis Fernandes
First Councillor: Br. Claver DSouza
Second Councillor: Br. Maxim DSouza.

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Mad-Ads Competition @ Darshan College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
“Good advertising does not just circulate information but it penetrates the human mind with desires and belief.” Advertisements are commercials that are designed to get the attention of the consumers. AD MAD Show is an ‘Advertisement Making Competition’ for students to showcase their creativity in Marketing products and services. It comprises of humorous and conceptual ad presentation by the students. The teams participated were given a time frame to showcase their talent. The Event was judged by Mr. Chandrashekar, HR Manager of Information Technology Arena and Mrs. Shylaja L, Manager of Operations, in Informatics India Limited, Bangalore. The performance was evaluated based on the criteria of creativity, presentation, advertisement and co-ordination. The Students of BBA, BCOM and BCA participated enthusiastically exhibiting their creative spirit. Besides showing Ads with social message it was a good confidence building exercise.
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SNEHA JYOTHI VIDYALAYA RAICHUR POTHNAL: STAFF PICNIC 2017-18
The teachers picnic 2017-18 was on 26-1-18. The management and staff of Sneha jyothi vidyalaya departed from raichur at 6.30 pm,and reached Chikkamagalur sharp at 5.30 am on 26-1-18. Same day, all the teachers with Headmaster and Asst. Headmaster in lead visited the Mullayangiri hills and Baba Budangiri of Chikkamagalur. The staff and management resided at the Infant Jesus school,Chikkamagalur.The next morning sharp at 4.30 am the bus departed from Chikkamagalur to Shringeri and there visited the Sharadamba temple and moved to Karkala Gommateshwara statue, St. Lawrence shrine, Stella maris church and Ave Maria church, Udupi. Eventually, visited the Malpe beach of Udupi. Overall, the most awaited teachers picnic 2017-18 was indeed a great experience with a treasure of Joyful moments.
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Congratulations -Toutes nos Félicitations : Rev. Dr. Fr. Alwyn Dias
“When you are good at something you will tell everyone but when you are great at something they will tell you.” It was a moment of great joy and happiness as Rev. Fr. Alwyn Dias earned the Ph.D degree from the Universitas Catholica Parisiensis, Paris, France and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. The Management, Staff and Students of St. Anthony’s Institutions were proud and privileged to felicitate its Director Rev. Dr. Fr. Alwyn Dias on achieving this great feat. The Laureate spoke of the path that involved struggles and sacrifices to reach the summit of achievement. He further encouraged everyone gathered to pursue the goal even when the going gets tougher. Achievement is connected with action, discipline, dedication and determination, he said. He motivated the gathering: “keep the flame burning, don’t loose heart, don’t quit the battle of life.”! Bravo Dr. Father!
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Provincial Ministers visit to Japan to participate in the Chapter of the Custody of Japan
       
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Fr. Satish Fernandes OFM Cap., Vimukti Pothnal gets ‘The Best Social worker’ award
On 20th January 2018 the 9th District level Kannada Literary Meet (Kannada Sahitya Sammelana) was organized. On this auspicious occasion recognizing the dedication and immense service in the social field the director of Vimukti Charitable Trust (R), Pothnal Rev. Fr. Satish Fernandes was honored by respected N.S. Boseraj the member of the Legislative Council and G. Humpayya Nayak, the member of Manvi Vidhana Sabha Constituency. Fr. Sathish Fernandes was chosen to receive the honor for best social worker. Since the month of May 2010 he was appointed as the Director of Vimukti Charitable Trust and during all these years he was working tirelessly in bringing significant changes in the lives of the people in and around this rural area and through working on various projects for the welfare of the children from Government Schools where the main focus was the education, sanitation, good health, inculcating leadership qualities, making them aware of their various rights, working for the protection of the environment by forming children clubs and children parliament.
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Sovereign Secular Democratic Republic : Trinity Central School
Let the colour flutter in the sky, as our spirits soar high on this day. The 69th Republic day was celebrated with patriotic fervor and gaiety in the Trinity Central School. The celebration commenced with customary unfurling and hoisting of the national flag followed by the National Anthem. The march past by the students enthralled the audience present on this occasion. The republic day message was delivered by the chief guest Rev. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Superior of Trinity Campus and the Correspondent of the school. The speech and dance by our students made everyone to recall the glory of our country and also feel proud to be an Indian. Thus it was a day where all of us remember and pledge to safeguard the rights and to carry out our duties. It was truly an awesome day.
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Awareness on construction of Toilets: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti Charitable Trust® with the collaboration of Utaknoor Panchyath organized awareness program on construction of Toilets and its usefulness. Mr. Channa Reddy, PDO, Utaknoor Gram Panchyath provided information about the financial support provided by the panchayath with regard to the construction of toilets. The awareness programme began at 11.00.a.m. which was organized in Belwata village. 98 villagers participated in this awareness programme and Mr. Channa Reddy; PDO distributed the form and explained about the different grants and schemes that are available in the Panchyath and insisted on the construction of Toilets in each house. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Director VCT symbolically inaugurated the toilet construction work and encouraged the beneficiaries to benefit from the schemes that are available in the Panchyath.
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School Day Celebration @ St. Anthony's Church School
St. Anthony’s Church School celebrated its Annual Day on 5th January 2018, in the school premises. Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais OFM Cap, The Provincial Minister, President of Capuchin Education Board Bangalore was the president of the programme. Rev. Fr. Alwyn Dais, OFM Cap, The Executive Secretary, Capuchin Education Board, Bangalore and Shri M. Krishnappa, Minister for Housing, Karnataka, MLA Vijaynagar Constituency were the chief guests of the programme. The Function started at 3:00 PM by inaugurating of New Block. Rev. Fr. Joseph Dolphy Pais, OFM Cap inaugurated the new block by cutting the ribbon and blessed the interior of the building by sprinkling the Holy Water. Following the Indian culture the programme began with welcome dance and lighting up the lamp.
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ASSISI JOURNEE : Assisi School Chikodi
With great pomp and splendor, St. Francis of Assisi school celebrated Annual day on 13th January 2018, under the title “Assisi Journee.” The function was presided over by Rev. Fr. Arun Lobo OFM Cap. The parents appreciated and enjoyed the variety of programme like diverse dances on current themes, singing, Christmas tableau and skit performed by the students. The stage arrangement and the digitalization of the programme won the hearts of the audience. The Chief Guest of the day Rev. Fr. Thomas Champakara, the principal of St. Xavier’s School, Belgaum, in his speech highlighted the quality, standard of the programme and the hard efforts of the teachers making children to get ready. He also advised the parents, their role in the all-round grow of their children. The top five of 2016-2017 X std batch were awarded and the Science Xpo 2017, prizes were given away by the guests.
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Anugraha School: Annual Function
On 19th January, 2018 Anugraha School celebrated the 8th Annual function. The day was set aside to hit the dance floor, to become witness for the value education, to honour and hail all those great hands who worked behind the success of the school. Many eminent persons had come to join in the celebration namely; Fr. Deepak Rayappa, the president of the program, Fr. Santhosh Dias, Diocese of Gulbarga, Shri. Gurubasavalinga Pattadeveru, DSP Bhalki, Vaani Behanji, Mr. Shivalingappa, BEO, Mr. Kallappa Chalakapure, DOC Bidar, Mr. H.S. Martin, Mr. Nijamuddin, Mss. Rachamma Mulge, President Gram Panchayat, Fr. Prashanth PP Halbarga and Sr. Lovely, Superior Halbarga. The program began as per the schedule, soon the ground was filled with more that 4,000 people.
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SNEHA JYOTHI HIGH SCHOOL JEENUR ROAD POTHNAL
Kannada fest 2017-18

Sneha jyothi Vidyalaya observed Kannada fest on 17-1-18 at 1.30 pm in the presence of Headmaster, staff and students. Mr.Devarayappa sir was the incharge of the show. Students from class 1 to X std actively participated in the event by presenting various charts and models regarding Kannada literature, History, Language, Culture and Architecture. Rev. Fr. Dominic addressed the gathering and congratulated the kannada club for putting forth the programme.
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Children’s Fest : Trinity Central School
A day to remember, a day to cherish, a day to celebrate, a day to recall, for its Children’s Fest day. Children’s Fest was celebrated on 13th January, 2018 in Trinity Central School under the theme of “Tulunada Vaibhava” with lots of enthusiasm and students eagerness to enjoy the day. The inaugural programme was presided by Rev. Fr. Claud Mascarenhas, Corresponddent in Trinity Campus. The chief guest of the programme was Fr. Paul Inashe, Director of Assisi Nilaya, Moodubelle and the guest of honour was Mr. Maxim D’Souza, PTA President. The Trinity Campus was filled with ecstasy and buttering with songs and dances. The games and food stalls added more glow to the day. Tiny tots exhibited the Tulunadu Culture through fancy dress which made the day more joyful one. In the evening, there was Yakshagana by the children trained by Yuvaka Mandala, Perampalli, on the theme ‘Chakravyuh’ which made the day memorable one.
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Annual Tour: Trinity Central School
Fun time, Happy time, for it’s our picnic time. Clapping hands, tapping feet, lets enjoy the picnic time. The annual Tour of Trinity Central School was scheduled on 2nd to 5th January, 2018. The batch consisted 43 students and 6 staff including the Principal Fr.Anil D’costa. The places which we were going to see were Munnar and Wonder La. We began our journey on 2nd January afternoon and reached on 3rd January morning. After the breakfast we visited the highest view point from where we could witness the beauty of the nature, the beautiful tea gardens with lush green tea bushes, silver oak trees and many other trees. Then we moved on to the Echo-point where we had lots of fun. We took group photos there. In the afternoon we visited the Kannan Devan Tea Factory. There Mr. Ernest one of the staff explained to us the tea process, its types, plantation and other information. It was indeed very informative. Later we visited the photo-point and took some photos to keep as cherishable memories.
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Protest held in support of Sadashiva commission report: Vimukti pothnal
Vimukti with the collaboration Dalit Sangarsha Samithi Manvi took out a protest rally from kudala sangama to Freedom Park, in demanding implementation of the recommendations of the commission. Addressing the protesters, Mr. Jaysheel VCT staff called upon the Dalit community members not to rest till the recommendations of the Sadashiva commission report on arriving at the reservations based on the population of scheduled Castes, were implemented into. Further he urged the state government to recommend to the Centre for implementation of the report. “This has been the long standing demand of the Madiga and Chalavadi communities. The internal reservation is our birth right. The recommendations were made by the commission which was setup by the government itself. These recommendations have been given after careful study, keeping the ground realities firmly in mind. Hence the state government should not delay further, and implement the report immediately” he urged.
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Annual Report 2016-17 : click on the image for an enlarged view

Ex-Alumni day at Darshan Inst. of Theology
The memories of the past
Came to our minds so fast
As the brothers whom God had cast
Came alive in (D.I.T.H.) Darshan Institute of Theology so vast

They came and in humble gesture kneel
With God’s grace and as Franciscans they gave us the feel
That the gospel of the day invited us to heal
From all the stains of leprosy to peel and in Christ be seal.

As the Junior priests gathered at FISI for JPG (Junior Priests’ Gathering) we had a golden opportunity to host the ex-alumni day at our Darshan Institute of Theology. It was indeed nice and inspiring to see so many young and energetic priests in our seminary chapel for the Eucharist. Br. Andrew Jayaraj presided over the Eucharist and Br. Wilson preached an inspiring homily. Later Br. Walter thanked the formators and Fr. Salvador Fernandes, the Rector thanked the Junior Priests for responding to the invitation and enjoying our breakfast thereafter.
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Junior Priests Gathering (JPG) - 2018
09th – 12th January at FISI, Bengaluru :
Day 3
Today all the Junior Capuchin Friars visited Dharshan Institute of Theology - Deena Seva Ashram in the morning and celebrated the Ex Alumni day with a beautiful Thanksgiving Eucharist at 6.30 am. Fr Andrew Jayaraj presided over the Eucharist, Fr Wilson preached a scholarly homily and Fr Walter thanked all the formators and the staff of Dharshan Institute of Theology for the wonderful service in forming the students. Fr Salvadore, the Rector also thanked the Junior friars for their great service in the missions and in the province and assured the prayerful support. A sumptuous breakfast was arranged after the Eucharist. In the morning session the friars shared their experience as young priests in the missions, education fields and in the province endevours. In the evening Provincial Minister along with his Councillors interacted with the young Friars and listened to their opinions and motivated them to work for the glory of God. He also reminded the friars about the Franciscan Capuchin spirit that they must practice every day in their lives.
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Junior Priests Gathering (JPG) - 2018
09th – 12th January at FISI, Bengaluru :
Day 2

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Soft skill training program for the Community Leaders: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti organized a program on soft skill training program for the community leaders on 4th of January, 2017 at vimukti premises. The main aim is to how; one can be efficient and effective leaders in the field. The resource person Mr. Anthony Mudola highlighted the main soft skills like emotional intelligence, problem solving, time management, interpersonal skills, leadership, communication skills, ability to work in team and strong work ethics etc. Further resource person motivated the staff to achieve their goals by facing the challenges bravely. Along with that the practical tips and examples were given to motivate themselves to work effectively in the field. Thus all the participants were exhorted to work genuinely. There were 58 participants benefited from this training.
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Junior Priests Gathering (JPG) - 2018
09th – 12th January at FISI, Bengaluru : Day 1

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!’ – Ps 133:1
The Junior Priests from the year 2013th – 2016th batch have come together at FISI to celebrate the brotherhood. Around 40 young friars of Karnataka Province serving in different zones of India and Sri Lanka arrived today. The meeting officially began at 6.30pm with the lighting of lamp which proceeded with the Eucharistic celebration presided by Fr Dolphy Pais, the Provincial Minister. In his homily he encouraged the brothers to deepen the relationship with the Lord through prayer. He also shared few tips to strengthen one’s prayer life. After the dinner Fr Provincial along with Fr Salvadore, the in-charge and coordinator of the JPG met the brothers and briefed the timetable of all three days.
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Training Programme on Bank Transactions and Savings : Vimukti, Banakal
Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ®, Vimukti, Banakal Unit organized a training programme about Bank Transactions and Savings on 8th January 2018 at Niduvale village, Mudigere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru District. The Programme began with a prayer song invoking God’s Blessings. The lighting of the lamp was done by the resource person Mr. Harish Poojary, Assistant Manager of Karnataka Bank, Niduvale Branch. The resource person emphasized the need of Individual Savings Bank Account. He explained about the advantages of savings bank account. Whenever possible every person should make use of the benefits and schemes of the Bank. Everyone should know the basics of Bank transactions. Director of Vimukti, Banakal, Rev. Fr. Vincent D Souza stressed the importance of savings individually.
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Exposure visit to Vimukti Pothnal by CCF Children from Gangavathi:
On 17th December 2017, Vimukti welcomed CCF children from Gangavathi to its center. Children reached Vimukti around 11.a.m. morning. The main objective of the visit was to encourage CCF children to learn, motivate and to understand children parliament, child rights and its impact, along with that they learn, what is children parliament?, how it’s functions? How it’s so effective at in the villages of Pothnal. Nearly 82 have participated and utilized the opportunity to study different aspect of children parliament and its usefulness. The exposure experience opened up the space for discussion and inspiration which will enable them to initiate in their respective villages. The visit helped to renew their vigour, enthusiasm and everyone enjoyed the study.
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Programme on Life Skills : Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ® Vimukti, Banakal
Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ®, Vimukti, Banakal Unit organized a training programme on Life Skills to the Childern of Prarthana Children Children Club and Jnanajyothi Children Club on 31st December 2017 at Chegu Village, Mudigere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru District. The Programme began with a prayer song invoking God’s Blessings. The lighting of the lamp was done by the Grama Panchayath member of Banakal Ms. Bharathi. The resource person Fr. Vincent D’ Souza, Director, Vimukti, Banakal highlighted the most important aspect of Life Skills especially in Children. The children need to apply life skills in their day to day life and have a holistic growth.
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Christmas Gift ‘150’ disadvantages children at Pothnal:
The joy of Christmas was at its zenith when all the children from the remote villages gathered at the Vimukti premises on 23rd December 2017 for the Christmas program.Fr. Sathish Fernandes, Director VCT, Fr. Anthony Raj, PP and Fr. Elvin Lopez, were the chief guest for the function. During the program Fr. Anthony Raj gave a befitting message to all the children. Later, Fr. Sathish Fernandes addressed the children saying; The Christmas Celebration at Vimukti brought together one and all as brothers and sisters to spread the good news of peace, love and harmony. Spirit of Christmas reminded everyone that we should not be blinded by hatred, violence and injustice. As God the Father gave his only son to the humanity so also we are called to give ourselves to each other. Giving gifts is an easy task, but giving oneself to the other needs great sacrifice. The colorful programme of the day was included the distribution of Gifts to our children. The kids were gifted Pants, Shirts and dresses for girls along with that plenty of sweets were distributed.
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Christmas Celebration @ St. Anthony’s PU & Darshan College.
The Star of Bethlehem shines even today, it helps us to walk together on the right path of fraternity and of solidarity. The Christmas Celebration at the College brought together one and all as brothers and sisters to spread the good news of peace, love and harmony. Spirit of Christmas reminded everyone that we should not be blinded by hatred, violence and injustice. The Christ-event was enacted through music, carols, dance and tableau which gave an expression to the human values of caring, sharing and spreading the goodness and kindness. The Chief Guest Rev. Fr. Henry D’Souza, The Director of Shanti Sadhana, Franciscan Institute of Spirituality, India, shared an inspiring Christmas message. As God the Father gave his only son to the humanity so also we are called to give ourselves to each other. Giving gifts is an easy task, but giving oneself to the other needs great sacrifice. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!
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Feast of Mary, the Mother of God and the New Year 2018
Saccidananda : 01.11.2018
It is the season of Christmas, season of Joy, Jubilation and Festivals! Yet again Saccidananda family came together to praise God for our beloved Mother Mary as we celebrated the solemnity of the Mother of God with added flavors of the New Year 2018. The festivities began on the cold winter evening of the last day of the year 2017 with a prayerful Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament conducted by Fr Deepak Fernandes as an expression of our humble gratitude to God who has had showered bountiful blessings during the past year and to invoke His blessings on the year ahead. The Solemn Eucharist was celebrated by Fr Charles JR Furtado by meaningfully breaking the Word of God to the faithful.
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It is the night of our dear Saviours birth: saccidananda
With the melodies singing of carols in a colourfully lit ambience, the Nativity of our Lord Jesus was celebrated with much gladness and cheer. A good number of faithful gathered to praise God for the most precious gift of His Son as our redeemer. The solemn Eucharist was presided over by Fr Robin Victor, the guardian and the community members joined in the concelebration. The veneration of the image of Baby Jesus took place at a beautifully made crib, which was the result of the hard work of Br Nelson, the scholastic. After the Eucharist, all the people gathered in the dining hall for a short wishing session and to take part in the ‘home made’ kuswar, cake and wine. Wishing you all a grace filled season of Christmas.
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SHARE YOUR MIGHT WITH LOWLY : Assisi School Chikodi
To spread and instill in the minds of the children and parents, the name of the order and the missionary work that Holy Trinity Province, Karnataka does, St. Francis of Assisi school organized the feast for children under the title “CAPUCHIN FETE”. The Mission Secretory of the province, Rev. Dr. Fr. Charles Furtado OFM Cap., inaugurated the fete along with Fr. Paul D’souza by lighting the crackers. After that the Chief Guest Fr Charles, in his speech, appreciated and congratulated, the parents and children for their generous help, good co-operation, timely support and day today concern for school and the Assisi family. He also applauded their great step that they have taken to contribute for the Capuchin Mission through this fete. Further he voiced out, on the Capuchin Heritage and the works that Capuchin fathers do for the society in different missions. To remember, this day pre-school children had fancy dress competition and higher primary and high school children had live musical bands competition.
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Prize Distribution: Trinity Central School
Prize Distribution ceremony was held on 23rd December, 2017 with enthusiasm. This ceremony is organized every year to acknowledge and appreciate the exceptional and outstanding performance and efforts of the students. Winners of various competitions throughout the year were felicitated on this occasion. On this occasion Mr. Muthuraj, Manager, Corporation Bank, Perampalli was the chief guest of the programme. After the prize distribution, the chief guest addressed the students; he congratulated the winners and wished them for the future endeavors.
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Hard work is key for success: Assisi School Chikodi
On 14th December 2017, St. Francis of Assisi school was blessed with the presence of His Grace, Most Rt. Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, Bishop of Belgaum Diocese. In his address, he said to students that they have to work hard in this competitive world. There are no short cuts for success. Only hard work will lead you to success. We need to be children of values. The values that you learn have to practice at home and in the society. After that, he blessed all our children and wished them a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Christmas Celebration: Trinity Central School
It’s a Holy season, a season to be jolly for its Christmas season. On 23rd December, Trinity Central School celebrated Christmas. To set a perfect example of secularism, we celebrate all the festivals in our school. There was the Christmas tree and Crib prepared by the teachers. The cultural programmes like Christmas carols, dances, Nrithya Rupaka related to Christmas celebration and birth of Jesus added more color and value to the celebration. Everybody prayed for the permanent existence of love and peace in this violent torn world. The Principal, Fr. Anil D’costa delivered Christmas message and also prayed for the welfare of human-beings. Christmas celebration was enjoyed with great zeal. The main message that flooded throughout the programme was Love can change the world and humanity. 
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8th Annual Day Celebration: Trinity Central School
Hurrah! It’s a beautiful day, it’s a fun filled day, for it’s our Annual day. The Trinity Central School celebrated its 8th Annual day on 16th December, 2017 in school premises. It was presided over by Rev. Dr. Salvadore Fernandes, Rector, Darshan College, Banglore and the chief guest was Dr. Sukanya Martis, Principal, Sri Poornaprajna Evening College, Udupi. The guests were escorted to the programme and on the dais with the school band at 4.30pm. The programme commenced in a traditional way with the lighting of Lantern by the honorable dignitaries, that marked the Annual day theme- “Village Culture”. The Welcome dance presented by the students brought a traditional look and the formal welcome address lead by the customary welcoming brought priceless charm in the faces of dignitaries and the audience and made them feel at home. The stage programme included the price distribution where the honorable president Rev. Dr. Salvadore Fernandes gave away the prizes to the academically meritorious pupils of the School. The academic co-ordinator Mrs.Magdelina Lewis presented the Annual report of the year 2017-18 which was effectively displayed on the LCD screen which made easy and interesting to hear.
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ANNUAL DAY CELEBRATION OF INFANT JESUS SCHOOL
On Saturday, 16th December 2017; a day of celebration for Infant Jesus School as it was all set to celebrate its 13th School Annual Day. Rev.Fr.Robin Victor OFM Cap. Administrator of Holy Trinity Province presided over the function. The Chief Guest of the day was Rev.Fr.Patrick Joannes Rao PRO of Chikmaglur Diocese. The Guests of Honour were Rev.Fr.Deepak, Superior of Infant Jesus Nivas and PTA members Shri Ramesh and Ravi Paul. The programme began with a prayer dance followed by lighting of the lamp. Rev.Fr.Andrew Jayraj, Vice-Principal formally welcomed the eminent guests. Rev.Fr.Godwin, The principal, presented the School Annual Report. This was followed by the prize distribution ceremony. Meritorious students and toppers of class X ICSE and SSLC exam were felicitated on the occasion. The students of Infant Jesus made the evening more colourful and memorable through dance, skit, drama and Christmas tableau. Rev.Fr.Amar Lobo proposed the vote of thanks and expressed gratitude to all who made this great event a success.
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World Child Rights day rally: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti Charitable trust(r) Pothnal organized Child Rights Rally on the occasions of world Child Rights Day on 20th November 2017, to create awareness on children’s rights in the public. Mr. Bhimana, Head Master Primary School Jeenur, inaugurated the rally. Mr. Ramesh, Assit Teacher flagged it off which passed through the heart of the village and ended at School premises. Vimukti Children parliament and club children actively took part in the rally. Mr. Charlie VCT staff said, “Love, childhood, education and protection are the birth rights of all children.” For the children the day was marked with lots of fun and entertainment. They were given sweets and made happy; Nearly 352 children benefited from this program.
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Battle of brains @ St. Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
“The Pursuit of Knowledge is never ending. The day you stop seeking knowledge is the day you stop growing.” With a specific intent to better the minds of the Students with General Knowledge, St. Anthony’s Management organised Quiz competition. The response was so immense that 73 teams of two each enrolled their names. After two prelims, six teams were chosen for the finals. In a nail-biting contest Ms. Syeda Gazala and Ms. Mahalakshmi N drifted to the top of the score-board. The questions were so framed that it kept even the audience drill their minds for answers. For about more than two hours all were on their toes to see who would give the right answers. It confirmed the fact that Curiosity and Knowledge grow together; the more we know, the more we want to know.
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ANNUAL DAY 14th DEC.2017 : Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya
Sneha Jyothi Vidyalaya celebrated its 13th annual school day on 14th December 2017 the president of the event was Rev. Fr. William Prabhu (Director, St. Clara Vihar) and the chief guests of honours were Mr.Tanveer Sait (Primary and Secondary Education Minister and incharge Minister Raichur district), Mr. N. S. Bose Raj (MLC Raichur ), M. Eranna (zilla panchayath member) Mr. Jayanayak (CRP Pothnal) Mr. Soloman (PTA President) Rev. Fr. Dancy Sunil Martis (Principal St. Anthony school Bangalore). The school dignitaries grandly escorted the chief guests with the school band. The welcome speech was presented by Rev. Fr. Dominic Sunil lobo (Headmaster). The event started with a prayer dance and beautiful lamp lighting ceremony.
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Vision of Girls boarding becomes reality: Vimukti Pothnal
“Only Hard work can take one way from the state of poverty”

Girls boarding is a long awaited dream is finally becoming reality and brings great joy and gladness for the staff and Director of Vimukti Charitable Trust(R) Pothnal. By the grace of God Vimukti is blessed with the new building with five rooms with the good small hall. Constructions began with the prayer service led by Fr. William Prabhu Director,Clara Vihar, Pothnal . The work is in a speedy progression under the leadership of Vimukti Director Fr. Sathish Fernandes and the generous support and timely guidance of Mr.Patrice Fabart (Donor) and Mr. Daniel president, EA, France. The Merci Nivas 1st floor is focused for the orphan, semi-orphan girls boarding and we are happy to invite you all for the opening of the 1st floor (girls boarding), 2nd week of February,2018. Praise God for His benevolence on us.
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Awareness program on Mathru Puran Scheme for Pregnant and Lactating Women: Vimukti Pothnal
Vimukti charitable Trust with the collaboration of Ensemble Agissons, France organized training and awareness program on Mathru pooran Scheme at dotharbandi village. The ‘Mathru pooran’scheme is one of the most ambitious schemes which aims at the wellbeing of pregnant women, newborn babies and lactating women. The main objective of the scheme is to provide at least one nutritious meal every day to pregnant and lactating women particularly those living in rural areas of the taluka. This scheme includes rice, dal or samber, green vegetables, pules, egg and groundnut, jaggery chikki, milk and iron tablets, to meet the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women. This scheme ensures that, to improve maternal health that has a direct impact on the women and child’s nutrition. Nearly 56 women participated and benefited from this program.
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Awareness Programme on First Aid : Vimukti, Banakal
Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ®, Vimukti, Banakal Unit organized an awareness programme about First Aid on 16th December 2017 at Lokavalli village, Mudigere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru District. The Programme began with a prayer song invoking God’s Blessings. The lighting of the lamp was done by the President of the SHG Cluster of Lokavalli village Ms. Sunitha. The resource person Ms. Prema Pinto, Health Professional highlighted the most important aspects First Aid especially during the time of accidental fall, road accidents, when the person becomes sick. The resource person demonstrated the need of First Aid, especially during the time of person becoming breathless and unconscious.
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Christmas Charity Auction
In order to help our Social Work Centre of the Province, we held a Charity Auction. We received an amazing response from the people where they themselves donated the things and auctioned them. We appreciate, thank and pray for all these wonderfully generous people who are ever ready to help and contribute to the greater cause.

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Muja Deva Sarva
Bro Melwyn (guardian) along with the help of the friars of St Anne's community and province produced a new Konkani Franciscan Devotional album ‘Muja Deva Sarva’. It was released on 8th December 2017 at Holy Family Church - Brahmavar during the OFS Jubilee celebration and DMRC – Mangalore during Friday Retreat. We thank Mr. Joel Periera for the Music, Harmony, Mixing and Recording this album at Sandesha Studio - Mangalore.
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Night Vigil – Praying for Peace
Night Vigil was held on 2nd December 9 pm to 3rd December 7 am. Frs. Clifford Fernandes, Boniface Pinto and Andrew D’souza of Mangalore Diocese were here to help us. There were about 300 people who were awake throughout the night to thank and praise the Lord and pray for the Peace in the world. The night vigil concluded with the Morning Sunday mass.
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“Jezucho Sangath"
Bro Vincent Furtado's Konkani Prayer Book “Jezucho Sangath” (a reprint of the old edition) was released during the Friday retreat on 24th of November 2017  here at Divine Mercy Retreat Center.​

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Bidar: Anugraha School, Visit to CM
It was a special day for Anugraha School staff and students on 13th December, 2017 as they had an auspicious chance to visit Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shree Sidramayya. This opportunity came as we have a special wing for Scouts and Guides at Anugraha School. The Bharat Scouts and Guides, Bidar requested us to welcome the Chief Minister to Bhalki city with our unique band set and march past. The students and staff actively participated in this event. Thanks to Bharat Scouts and Guides, Bidar.
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Dancing feet competition @ St. Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore.
“Dance is the music made visible; It is the poetry of the feet.” The talent of dancing is one of the best expressions that gives relief to oneself and others. A stage was set up to bring together the dancing feet hidden in the Anthonians. As many as ten groups took part in the competition. Ms. Nagashree M, a Professional Dancer and Choreographer along with Rev. Fr. Michael Menezes, OFM Cap., adjudged the performances of the students. Dancing should not just be an activity of leisure but a passion of life, was a call given by the Judges. Music gives expression to thoughts and feelings, and dance gives expression to music. Therefore, let us read and let us dance, these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
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Makkal Gram Sabha was organized by Vimukti at two Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka: Vimukti pothnal
VIMUKTI Pothnal (Raichur District): Over 328 children from the 11 villages that come under the Manvi Taluka limits participated in the “Makkala Grama Sabha” (children’s gram sabha) at two panchyats in different places demanded immediate intervention of officials concerned in redressing their grievances. By successfully listing out problems being faced by children, especially those living in rural areas, these children became a role model for their counterpart in other parts of the Taluka. The children, guided by the non-governmental organizations Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) and the Concerned for Working Children had made all efforts to make the gram sabha a grand success. The Gram Sabha started with the prayer song by a group of children. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Channa Reddy Public Development Officer (PDO) Gram Panchayath, Utaknoor. He said it was important that the State Government conduct capacity building programmes to equip panchayats and officials and all civil society groups which would be engaged in ensuring that the children’s gram sabhas realized their full potential.
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Educational Tour to Kerala: Assisi School Chikodi
Educational tour to God’s own country conducted on 19th November to 24th November, 2017. X standard children were blessed before leaving the Assisi campus. As students were travelling by train, they were wonderstruck by seeing amazing Dudhsagar splendor and scenic beauty of Konkan coast. As soon as children reached their dreamland, they paid a visit to Fort Kochi, St. Francis of Assisi Church, where Vasco-da- Gama was buried and his tomb is preserved till this day. From there they went and learnt about the Chinese Fishnet (Oldest method of catching fish). Then,they proceeded to the best part of the day ‘Marine Drive’, where they travelled to back waters and saw mighty vessels carrying huge cargos. In the evening, students rushed to the India’s biggest mall, Lulu Mall and had thrilling and adventures games and shopping.
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Vegetable Day Celebration: Trinity Central School
Hurrah! It’s a Veggie day. Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, all vegetables from the soil bed. The tiny tots of Pre-Primary section had a wonderful veggie and green day celebration on 7th of December, 2017. The children were clad with green dresses. Each child brought a vegetable of his/her choice. The vegetable day began with a wonderful assembly and a prayer song to invoke and thank god. The children then recited rhymes on vegetables. They spoke well about the importance of vegetables. And then teachers later explained them about the uses and importance of Vegetables and where they grow. The Pre-Primary teachers together prepared tasty delicious veg salad and yummy sandwiches and gave it to every child. The children also participated in the competition of identifying the different types of vegetables. It was a fruitful day for the children indeed to identify the colour and the name of the vegetables and how they help to improve their immune system and growth. Thus all of us enjoyed the day to the fullest.
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Programme on Mental Health of Women : Vimukti, Banakal
Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ®, Vimukti, Banakal Unit organized an awareness programme on “Mental Health of Women on 8th December 2017 at Lokavalli village, Mudigere Taluk, Chikkamagaluru District. The Programme began with a prayer song invoking God’s Blessings. The lighting of the lamp was done by the resource person Dr Sr Judy Lewis, Clinical Psychologist and Counsellor. The resource person highlighted the most important aspect of mental health especially in women. Whenever there is stress and pressure at work place, on family and domestic matters, it is apt and necessary to approach the Counsellors to seek help and personal guidance without any inhibitions. Advocate and Director of Sarvodaya Welfare Institute Rev. Fr. Joachim D Souza stressed the importance of having trust and confidence in each other while sharing the difficulties, problems, worries and challenges of life.
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Eloquence Competition: “Impact of Internet” @ St. Anthony’s PU College, Kengeri, Bangalore
“There is nothing like Oratory, it is a skill that can turn a commoner into a King.” In order to give a boost to the inherent potentiality of the Students in public speaking College provided a platform by means of Eloquence competition. As many as 24 and 23 students stepped forward to exhibit their skill in oracy in English and Kannada languages respectively. Prof. Jayamahadeva Swamy and Rev. Fr. Joy D’ Souza along with Prof. Ambarish and Prof. Ayyappa, Kannada Lecturer BBMP College formed the Jury. The participants with radiating confidence and indomitable courage voiced out their views on “The Impact of Internet on the Students.” The jury members appreciated the participants and encouraged others to make the best out of the opportunities given. The world today believes that if you can speak, you can influence; if you can influence, you can change lives; if you change lives, you can change the nation and the world!
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Awareness on the Importance of the Education of the Girl Child  @ Vimukti, Banakal
On 6th November 2017, Capuchin Krishik Seva Kendra ® Vimukti, Banakal organize an awareness programme on the Importance of the Eduction of the Girl Child in Baggasagodu village for the members of Self Help Groups. The Programme began at 4-00 p.m. with a prayer song. Fr. Charles Furtado, Professor of Moral Theology and Mission secretary of Holy Trinity province, Karnataka was the resource person. He enlightened the participants the need of educating the Girl Child and think about the holistic development of the girl child. 38 women participated in this awareness programme. The programme was conclude at 5-30 p.m. with vote of Thanks.
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On 8 December 2008 the General Definitory by its Decree Prot. No. 00999/98 constituted and declared established the Most Holy Trinity Province of Karnataka. By the same Decree the General Definitory appointed Br. Vincent Gabriel Furtado as the new Provincial Minister, Br. John Baptist Sequeira as the first Definitor and Provincial Vicar, Br. Patrick Crasta, Edwin Colaco and Rudolf D'Souza as the 2, 3, and 4 Definitors respectively.

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Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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Joseph Dolphy Pais
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Fr. Paul Melwyn D'souza
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