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Joyful Joypur with Don Bosco
By Cl. Jugal Kishore, SDB
Kolkata, Jul. 9. On 7th July, 2011 a motorcade of ten vehicles accompanied Don Bosco from Dumka to Joypur in Central Bengal. The traditional drums triggered the dancing feet to ecstatic movements, which ignited joy.  Joypur became truly joyful at the arrival of Don Bosco, the Friend of the Young!
After a two hour journey, Don Bosco arrived joypur where the dancers along with the villagers and boarders were already in their positions.  After the traditional welcome ceremonies, Don Bosco was led to the church with four dancing troupes, who commenced their dances separately, at various points.

Rt. Rev. Cyprian Monis, the bishop of Asansol Diocese presided over the Eucharist along with Fr. Thomas Ellicherail the provincial, and some priests of Asansol diocese and the Salesians who had come from various institutions to assist at the function. There was an air of solemnity and devotion, as the faithful sang and prayed along with their bishop, seeking the blessings of Don Bosco.  

At the conclusion of the Eucharist there took place the Blessing of Mary Help of Christians, imparted by the Bishop. After the Eucharist, the whole night vigil service was attended by the Salesians and the faithful from Barapahari and Joypur parishes.

Another Mass was offered on the following day at 6.00 AM by Bp. Cyprian Monis.  At 8.00 AM Don Bosco left for Polsondamore where he is expected for a midday programme.

Under the leadership of Fr. TT Sebastian, the community members namely, Fr. Peter Marandi, Br. KP Chacko, Fr. PV Mathew (Jr.), Fr. Sanjay Manohar, Dn. Sanjay Soreng and Cl. Jugal Kishore, and the CTC Sisters, MSMHC Sisters along with the lay staff left no stone unturned to make the event memorable at Don Bosco Joypur.

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