St John Bosco’s Parish, Boko Celebrates Silver Jubilee
St John Bosco’s Parish, Boko concluded the silver jubilee celebrations of its foundation on 16 December 2018 with a Solemn Eucharistic celebration that Most Rev. John Moolachira, Archbishop of Guwahati presided over. A number of priests including Rev. Fr Joseph Teron Langne sdb, Vice Provincial of the Salesian Province of Guwahati and three of the former parish priests were present for the occasion.
Prior to the concluding celebrations, a two-day annual sobha was organized for the people in the school campus. Inaugurating the Jubilee sobha on 14 December 2018, Most Rev. Thomas Menamparampil sdb, Archbishop Emeritus, Guwahati, during his homily at the Holy Eucharist, recalled the early struggles that the pioneers had to undergo in order establish the parish. After the mass, the Archbishop released the Silver Jubilee Souvenir. During the sobha animation talks were held for the people of the parish on various subjects pertaining to their Christian living.
Established in 1993, with Rev. Fr Mario Porcu as parish priest and Rev. Fr Jose Valiaveettil as assistant parish priest, the parish of Boko has grown during the last twenty-five years. The parishes of Chhaygaon and Hahim were bifurcated from Boko. The school was established in 1984 and it is serving the educational needs of the children of the neighbourhood. After Fr Mario, Rev. Fr Jose Valiaveettil, Rev. Fr Jose Kavalakkadan, Rev. Rev. Fr Abraham Kanattu and Rev. Fr Vincent Xalxo looked after the affairs of the parish with the help of a number of assistant parish priests, headmasters, sisters, catechists, teachers and pamongs.
The celebration of the Jubilee is a fitting moment for all the parishioners to raise their minds to thank the Almighty for all the blessings that He has lavishly bestowed upon the parish during these years. It provided an opportunity for them to recall the efforts of all the pioneers and to thank them for all the services that they rendered to the parish.