Tuesday, January 04, 2011

DB Relics in Canlubang

The coverage in Canlubang has been extraordinary in various aspects. For one, various members of the Salesian Family have been united in making the event make a dent in the lives of the young people.

The students of Mary Help of Christians School run by the FMA sisters provided some front act performance with their Banda Kawayan (Bamboo band) and drums and lyres. The Salesian cooperators have been visible in the motorcade. The brothers who are in the postnovitiate stage of formation, clad in their white cassocks, guide the pilgrims. The seminarians usher the people and make sure that the queue is orderly. The member of Juventus group, tasked to document the event, ran coverage using the twitter account of db relic (http://twitter.com/dbrelic).

The relic of Don Bosco came amidst the grand welcome by the members of the EPC of DB Canlubang.

Pilgrims availing themselves of the confession maximize the opportunity. At least five Salesian priests are available for confessions.

At least two guest books are running out of pages because of the outpouring message coming from the pilgrims.

One of the attractions of the visit in Canlubang is the replica of the Becchi House. The fa├žade of the house of Don Bosco’s birthplace drew attention from young and people. No less than the statues of Mamma Margaret and Don Bosco beckon to pilgrims welcoming them inside the house.

Inside the house, is an exhibit featuring the three loves of Don Bosco: Eucharist, Mary and the Church.

In the Eucharist section, there are photos featuring the original vestments worn by Don Bosco. It also houses various churches built by Don Bosco himself. Some curious items include old chalice, cruets and candle holders first used in the church. A stampita (holy picture) bearing an authentic dedication of Don Bosco is one of the main attractions of the exhibit.

Computer terminals dot the area where individuals could read the life of Don Bosco via a flash presentation. The files are also shared to those who wish to avail themselves of the files.

The seminarians also set up a souvenir booth where individuals could buy key chains, baller bands, lanyards and other Don Bosco items. Booklets about the saint are being distributed free of charge.

The InsideOut, the official publication of the Don Bosco Seminary, released a special issue in keeping with the visit.

At around 11 am, the young people are converged in the gym of Don Bosco College for the Youth Jam. While a Mass is being celebrated in the Shrine sponsored by the FMA sister communities of Canlubang. Students from both public and private institutions have come for the event. The program features the home grown young talents of these schools.

Tonight, a Taize prayer service will take place organized by the Don Bosco Seminary.