Dimapur: 21st December 2016, at 12.30 a.m. a valiant and energetic salesian passes away in the person Rev. Br. Romanus Tirkey sdb. He was posted at Don Bosco, Hijuguri, Tinsukia, Upper Assam. He suffered a massive heart attack before passing away.
He was born on 4th October 1950 and he died on 21st december 2016 at the age of 66. The funeral mass will be at Salesian college chapel, Dimapur, Nagaland, on 22nd december 2016 at 01. 45 p. m. He will be buried at the Salesian cemetry in the campus.
Dimapur: 5 december 2016
Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE) conducted one-day Spiritual Renewal for the youth of Lohorijan, Model Village and Khatkhati at Lohorijan on 4th Dec. 2016. The IND Vocation Promoter Fr. Sunny Minj animated the Retreat.
Traditional Welcome was extended to Fr. Sunny Minj and Youth Director of SCHE Fr. Christudoss Anthony and SCHE Asst. Bro. Daisinlung Sebastian Kamsuan. Inaugural Ceremony saw to the lighting candles by Fr. Sunny Minj, Fr. Christudoss, Catechist, and two Youth from Model Village and Khatkhati.
While Fr. Christudoss sat for the Confession, Fr. Sunny began with his introductory speech. In it he said that everyone faces problems in the family, in personal life, and in the society but one should hope for the better side in all circumstances of life. He pointed out that the Church gives us Sacraments to help us live good lives and in this retreat could look within to see how one has lived. He also exhorted everyone to seek help from Jesus in time of need for He who calmed the sea at the request of the disciples will certainly bring to rest all kinds of problems.
Before the second talk Bros. Binoy Toppo and Gregory K. sang gospel songs which kept the participants alive and alert. Then Fr. Sunny spoke on Baptism, Confession and Holy Eucharist. Speaking about Baptism he said, “It forgives all personal sins. It takes away original sin but tendency to sin still exists. It leaves an indelible sign and so it can be received only once.” He mentioned that baptism is important because we are transformed into God’s people, receive salvation and eternal life, and forgiveness. Explaining about the baptism symbol, he said that going under water symbolizes our burial into death of Christ. It also symbolizes our rising up to new life in Christ. He enlightened us that to receive baptism means to share in Christ’s suffering and death, Christ’s victory and new life, to live on this earth as Jesus lived. Further he said, there are three types of baptism: Baptism of water, baptism of blood and baptism of desire. Those who died for the Christian faith received the baptism of blood, they are also called as martyrs. The seal of Baptism is an eternal mark on the person’s soul, this mark makes the person belong to Christ. It can never be erased. It enables the person to do God’s Will on this earth.
Speaking about the sacrament of Reconciliation he said that one’s sins is forgiven to come close to the Lord. In confession, we receive the grace to remain stronger in our faith. He instructed the people not to choose or select priest for confession. Besides, he taught the people the way to make good confession.
Touching upon the Holy Eucharist he said that it is the greatest sacrament. It is here that we receive the Lord with faith in the piece of Bread and wine. We derive joy and peace because we are filled with His word and Body and Blood.
After the talks, Bro. Binoy Toppo gave his family testimony. His family attended retreat and began to pray regularly and blessings of God began to rain down. In fact, his father gave up drinking all together.
To conclude the Spiritual Renewal, Holy Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Sunny, concelebrated by Fr. Christudoss. The youth from the three centres saw to the singing in the mass. As a sign of remembrance of day’s event, Fr. Sunny distributed a rosary each to all participants.
In his vote of thanks, Youth Director of SCHE Fr. Anthony thanked Fr. Sunny for accepting to preach one-day Spiritual Renewal animation to the youth and for his well-prepared talks. He congratulated the brothers incharge for the well organised programme. He also appreciated the youth and the villagers for the cooperation and interest shown in making this programme a successful one.
A grand meal was served for the fathers, brothers and youth from Khatkhati and Model village, while snacks were distributed for the village youth. There were about 200 people that were present at the occasion.
The whole programme were carried out under the guidance of Fr. Christudoss and coordinated by Bros. Gregory K., Benedict M., Prakash K., Adaziio J., and Binoy T.
Dimapur: 5 December 2016
Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE) officially began its College Week with the inaugural function on 2nd Dec. 2016 at 9.30 in the College Football ground. The Chief Guest, Dr. P S Lorin, principal of Tetseo College, holds Ph. D in Higher Education (Southern Illinois University, USA), MPhil in International Studies (JNU), MA (NEHU), BA Political Science Hons (St Edmund’s College, Shillong).
The event began with hymn to the Holy Spirit by sisters R. Rita and L. Maria Goretti. The Principal of SCHE Fr. Dr. Policarp Xalxo, in his introductory speech, cordially welcomed the Principal of Tetseo College Dr. PS Lorin. Emphasizing on the event he said, “Sports and various competitions are part and partial of academic life. One learns team spirit, co-operation and leadership qualities.” He encouraged the College Week Committee (CWC) to organize creatively and wished all the students an educative experience.
The Chief Guest unfurled the College Flag and the Anthem of SCHE was sung. After the lighting of the CW cauldron by the chief guest and four captains of various houses, march past was displayed by the four contingents, led by the scout troop under the general commander of Vincent Gonmei.
Addressing the students, Chief Guest Dr. Lorin said, “Your destiny lies in your hands. You decide today for your future.” Winners must appreciate the participants and positive vibes should be radiated to all, he remarked. He exhorted all the staff and students to contribute and work together for the upliftment of the SCHE by way of getting NAAC accreditation. The Chief Guest also solemnly declared the CW 2016 opened.
Rules of the games where read by CWC Sunil Bara and the pledge was led by the president of CWC Rajendra, with that the inauguration programme came to an end.
Dimapur: 5 December 2016
Salesian College of Higher Education provided an auditorium for IYF to perform Christmas Cantata on 2nd Dec. 2016 at 5 pm. The team was led by Rev. Hyeonyong Choi, Director, IYF Nagaland.
Welcoming the IYF youth and the audience, SCHE Principal Fr. Dr. Policarp Xalxo said that the institution is glad to have them as IYF staged their first show at SCHE. He also wished that all may prepare for the coming of our Lord and receive Him worthily into our hearts at Christmas Day.
Before the show began, SCHE Rector Fr. Tom Karthik led the invocation imploring God’s grace upon the gathering. IYF youth performed one act play based on a naughty girl, “Anna” and dances. At the end, Rev. Choi gave the Christmas message. He gave testimony from his own family story, wherein his daughter was miraculously born healthy and normal though doctor had advised them to abort the baby for fear of physical defect in the child. He also exhorted all to look at God and not at oneself for Christ has redeemed us and bought us with his blood.
The Christmas concert was attended by the staff and students of SCHE, heads of various institutions, students from neighbouring schools and colleges, and well-wishers. IYF youth made an impact on all those present for the occasion with their excellent performance.
To create an awareness of the ill effects of Tobacco and encourage people to choose life and not tobacco, Salesian College of Higher Education (SCHE) in collaboration with NTCP Dimapur organized ‘Tobacco Free and Smoke Free Dimapur’ Cycle Rally on Statehood day of Nagaland, 1st Dec. The Deputy CMO Dr. Antoly Suu flagged off the pedal rally at Thehekhu Village Gate. Dignitaries present for the event from the Medical Dept. were CMO Dr. K. Vikato Kinimi, DNO NTCP Dr. C. Tetseo, DIO Dr. Lenu Akum, ZHO Dr. Arenla.Speaking at the occasion, CMO Vikato said, “Young people need to bring change in this generation.” This cycle rally for Tobacco and Smoke Free Dimapur, will go down into the history of our common effort to make Dimapur a healthier place to live in, he remarked.
DNO Dr. Tetseo exhorted SCHE and its students to continue to collaborate and support the Govt. effort till the dream of making Tobacco and Smoke Free Dimapur is realised.
Principal of SCHE Fr. Dr. Policarp Xalxo congratulated and thanked all those who made this rally possible, the Medical Department of Dimapur headed by CMO, Commissioner of Police Dimapur Liremo Lotha, SCHE Rector Fr. Tom Karthik, GSS Rector Fr. Chacko Karinthayil, Rally co-ordinator Avibou Nagi, NTCP members Medongunuo Pienyii, Akangnaro Jamir, staff and students of SCHE.
Altogether 160 Cyclists with placards and led by CMO Dr. Vikato participated in this mega Cycle Rally which covered Thahekhu Village Gate, Westyard, Blue Hill Station, Tragopan Junction, Burma Camp, Veterinary Junction, Don Bosco Statue Junction, Super Market and Salesian College.