Dear Friends and Benefactors
I wish you and your dear ones a very Happy and Joyful New Year. May Jesus, Mary and Joseph flood your family with their Presence, Power, and Peace. Every New Year comes, first, as a grace from God and with the hope that this gift of God-given time may be spent in His service and out of love for him. May 2021 be a year filled with graces, blessings and the strength to face the challenges that are sure to be an unavoidable part of life.
Thank you very much for your generous support towards all our works for the poor, the marginalized and youth in our care. Thanks to you, and to the thousands of generous benefactors like you, we the Salesians of Don Bosco can continue to assist, support and sustain these poor and marginalized youngsters.
January is the month dedicated to our Father St. John Bosco whose feast we keep on 31 January. All our Salesians and our seminarians will be preparing with great fervor and enthusiasm for this great feast, with a Solemn Novena beginning on the 22nd of this month. You, your dear ones and all your intentions will be especially remembered in our prayers. One of the lessons that Don Bosco left us was ‘to be always grateful to our benefactors’ and we do it by praying for you in a special way during this novena.
We began this year with the feast of Mary the Mother of God. She is ‘the proven pathway to God’. May she help us in this New Year to grow closer to her Son Jesus. At the outset of this year, let us place this whole year under her care and protection. With the experience of last year, we could ask what this year will have in store for us, let us not be afraid. Let us ‘TRUST IN GOD’ and be open to His blessings. Let us face 2021 with optimism…for…GOD IS INCHARGE.
I wish you once again a very Happy New Year filled with God’s blessing and protection.
Yours sincerely and gratefully,
Fr. Edwin D'Souza SDB