- Gender Cell
- Andrean Counselling Unit
- Mind Maze
- XYZ - Self Financed courses
- Faith on Campus
St. Andrews College is Known for its Diversity and uniqueness in education. Along with that, St.Andrew’s Produces magnificent festivals to entertain its students, foremost amongst which is the festival held in September Known as Jhankaar. It is all about dance and yes – in Jhankaar style 11 its main forms, and to motivate youth and breed new talent. The dance forms included Indian Classical, Indian Folk, and western Folk along with other global dance forms.
Jhankaar 2015, the intercollegiate dance competition was held on 7th September, 2015 at
St. Andrew’s Auditorium. Around 25 colleges across Mumbai registered for the elimination round out of which 10 colleges were selected for the final competition. The dance categories for this year’s competition were
The winners for all the categories this year was St, Andrew’s College. The best dancer trophy was shared by Rishikesh Nalawade from SYJC Commerce and Laxman Kami from TYBCOM.
The Judges for the finale were
Jhankaar maintained its relation and image not only amongst students but also in the outside world – for the 2nd consecutive year, it was sponsored by IDFC, and has received a huge fans following on Facebook with over 1200 likes, YouTube and Instagram. Judging this prestigious festival were actors and choreographers from the Bollywood fraternity.
Jhankaar strongly supported a social cause relating to the environment and sustainable development in order to support this cause that there were many pre-events hel like a flash mob with the theme “Don’t be Fwelish, Use Feet”, recycle day , debates, quiz, photography, viral vedio, essay competition etc. in this manner, Jhankaar entertained all the Andreans.
Jhankaar, the inter-collegiate dance festival, was held on 3rd September 2012 and was based on the theme ‘Dance for a cause’. In collaboration with IDFC Ltd, the main sponsor of the event, the Jhankaar team organized educational events like debate and quiz competitions related to the topic ‘Education’ across various colleges in Mumbai. 29 colleges participated in the preliminary rounds which lasted for one month prior to the finale, and the winners were felicitated at the grand finale held at St. Andrews auditorium on 3rd September 2012. Dancers from 20 Colleges of Mumbai displayed their dancing skills in categories like ‘Bring It On’, ‘Dance For a Cause’ and ‘Retro Retreat’. Dahanukar College won the Trophy for the Best Dance.
Jhankaar, the intercollegiate dance festival, was held on 12th – 14th of September, 2011. Students from various colleges all over Mumbai were invited to showcase their dancing talent. This year, Jhankaar celebrated its 7th year with the theme ‘Go Green’.
Breaking the monotonous norms of the typical dance categories of folk, Bollywood and hip-hop, this year, Jhankaar offered exciting new categories. There was ‘Tell-a-Tale’ which involved depicting a story through dance; and Classical Jackson’ gave a classical twist to Michael Jackson’s signature moves. Not dampening the spirit of the die-hard Bollywood fans and hip-hop lovers, ‘Bollywood Beats’ and ‘Bring it on’ were the other categories.
Apart from all the fanfare and array of activities, Jhankaar also adopted the social objective of ‘Plant More trees’. In accordance with this objective, Jhankaar tied up with the BMC to plant saplings in allotted locations al around the city. This campaign was under taken by the Jhankaar team and volunteers. The underlying aim of Jhankaar this year was not only showcasing power -packed performances, but also to promote environmental protection.
After three diverse religious festivals, namely the Feast of Our Lady of Nativity, Ganesh Chaturthi and RamzanEid, St. Andrew’s College hosted a festival of its own, JHANKAAR ’10 – an Annual Inter-Collegiate Dance Competition.
This year, JHANKAAR ’10 had a theme of its categories which were:
JHANKAAR ’10 had many high moments this year. We had great performances from well-known dance groups like “U.D. Combat” and “Fictitious Group”, the latter, famous for its stint at *India’s Got Talent*.
Our Chief Guest for the event was Mr. SandipSoparrkar, jugde of Dance India Dance – Li’l Masters and the favorite celeb choreographer of the season. Our judges for the event were Mr. Vernon, Mr. Reuel (choreographer and part of the Philippines Group of dancers), and Mr. Punit Pathak (dancer, choreographer and semi-finalist of the Dance India Dance – season 2).
We also had a special “Critical Team” assisting the judges by keeping a check on the rules of the event and the participants.
The events saw 13 participants colleges which were S.N.D.T. (Juhu), S.I.W.S., Bhavan’s, Nationals, H.R., Viva, S.N. (Bhayander), Burhani’s, Oriental, G.G., S.N.D.T.(Matunga), N.K. (Malad) and St. Andrew’s College.
Events List 2016:
Discussion on sexual harassment of women at workplace. A short version of documentary “India’s daughters” was shown in the class and it was followed by a discussion
- Student discussion on police brutality on women and Human Rights Violations of Women based on latest news articles in various News papers.
- Video screening on sexual harassment of women and their rights.
- Poster competition on “Gender Equality” in which twenty-two students from various departments participated.
- Skit by students on the following topics followed by discussion on women’s rights
- Woman suffering torture by her husband’s family
- Girl child given less importance than boys in the society
- Parents restricting freedom of their daughters
Guest speaker, Advocate Kamayani Mahabal, women rights activist associated with Point of View, a women’s resource centre in Mumbai, was invited to speak on ‘Sexual Harassment at Work Place’. A documentary on sexual harassment was screened, and was followed by a discussion on issues related to women and violence in society to sensitize student.
Street play by students highlighting various women issues such as dowry, bride burning, illiteracy, etc. was organized on the campus.
Student presentation titled “Female foeticide and its implication” was organized in which students in a group of five students each presented on the topic. Videos were screened to highlight the issue.
To spread the awareness about cervical cancer a talk was organized in the month of January.
Dr. Tamila from D.S. Research centre spoke on the issue followed by a talk by Ms. V. Maniar on the importance of diet and nutrition.
Besides above mentioned activities films were screened followed by discussion with students to enlighten the students on issues related to women’s rights and empowerment.
The year started with a workshop for TYBA students by Mr. Joe Rodrigues on women empowerment .Besides talks and discussions related to women empowerment, he also conducted a class on defence.
Advocate Kamayani spoke on ‘Sexual Violence and Legal Rights’. She gave the students an insight on the various laws available to protect women from harassment and violence. This was followed by the screening of a documentary pertaining to the topic.
To encourage the women involved in entrepreneurial activity, an exhibition of the products of the Self Help Group ‘BachatGhaat Sanghatana’ was organised along with the traditional day celebration of the college.
Besides these activities, the following documentaries were screened which was followed by discussions: ‘In the Name of Father and Son’, ‘Gulabi Gang’ and ‘Lotus Feet’.
Mr. Alexander Fernandez from Beijing Institute of Physical Education conducted a series of workshops on various forms of Martial Arts to strengthen the skills of self defence and equip the students to face any adversity. The workshop was appreciated by the students and a large number of them who completed the course were motivated to do an advance training course in martial arts.
The saga of discrimination faced by women in India begins and continues to torment them through various stages of their lives. This reality was brought out by a street play entitled ‘Incredible India –Women Unsafe in Womb till Tomb’ organized by the gender cell. The street play touched upon the discrimination and injustice faced by women through evil practices like female feticide, female infanticide, eve-teasing, and dowry and domestic violence. The topic was chosen to keep it in sync with the theme declared by the university ‘Meri Behen Pyari Beti’.
To ensure the complete well-being of our students, the cell organised a guest lecture by an eminent gynaecologist Dr.P.Bhatnagar. The talk, entitled ‘Women’s Health Issues’ enlightened the girls on health issues and focused on ‘Healthy Practices’ for their well- being. On pledge Day, All students were encouraged to take a pledge to honour and respect women.
Debate competition on “Psycho-Social Impact of Legalization of Section 377” saw active participation from students, who passionately voiced their opinion on the issue and exhibited their concern towards the marginalized section of society.
Dr Saritha Nair, Social Scientist, National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), Mumbai was invited to speak on “Domestic Violence and Women’s Health”. Students from the first, second and third year participated in the discussion.
Advocate Nausheen Yusuf from Majlis, a women’s rights organization in Mumbai, gave a talk on “Women and Personal Laws” to the TYBA students. A documentary was screened followed by a discussion on issues related to women and violence in society to sensitize the students and promote awareness on gender related issues.
The Gender Cell organised screening of several documentaries on issues concerning women and violence. A short documentary film entitled “Women Betrayed” was screened for the TYBA students in the month of December followed by a discussion to enlighten the students on issues related to women’s rights. Deepak Kashyap, Psychologist and Counsellor, Point of view, Mumbai gave a talk on issues related to Transgender Rights.
Distinguished guest speaker, Advocate Kamayani Mahabal, health and women rights activist currently associated with Point of View, a women’s resource centre in Mumbai, was invited to speak on ‘Eve-teasing and Sexual Harassment at Work Places’. A documentary on eve-teasing was screened, and was followed by a discussion on issues related to women and violence in society to sensitize students.
Gender Cell screened ‘Unlimited Girls’ a documentary by Ms.Paromita Vora. She spoke about the dual shift by women in daily life. Clippings were also screened on legal awareness that spoke about laws that were misused by society.
Ms.Nivedita from Population First addressed students on the problem of female Foeticide and the falling sex ratio. This is an alarming issue especially in the modern world. The sensitive issue was dealt with tact and created an awareness to bring about a much-needed change in the mindset of the current generation.
OLIO-2015 , our intercollegiate English Drama Festival was organized on 21st August 2015. The theme for this year was “Unraveling Mysteries”. Total nineteen colleges from Mumbai region participated and four finalist colleges performed in the Finale event. The guests and judges were: VJ Gaelyn Mendonca , Masood Akhtar ( well known theatre artist) , Ambika Ranjankar ( a popular Television artist), Tiku D’costa ( a theater personality) and RJ Siddharth from Reliance Big FM.
From this year Raell Padamsee’s ACE Productions has joined hands with OLIO and were co sponsors for the event sponsoring the cash prizes and Pearl Padamsee Rotating Trophy for the Best Drama.
The winners for various categories were as follows:
Dr. Preeti Oza
Every September, St Andrew’s College hosts OLIO, The inter Collegiate Drama Competition. Into its 14th year, its the only English theatre of its kind in Mumbai . OLIO literally means “a programme with skits, musical intervals and a backdrop ” and consists of 4, final, one–Act plays of 20 minutes from various colleges, selected after a day of eliminations. It has proven to be the perfect platform for young students to showcase their talent and move or to a greater arena, be it theatrical or even event–management.
A prerequisite for entry, is an original script following a given theme. While 2010 saw the audience engaged in plays with a Social message, 2011 was all about Comedy and 2012’s theme read “Twisted Tales “…a selected fairy tale with an unusual perspective and an unexpected ending. 2013’s theme was a “Royal Affair” and 2014 saw the actors on stage making a Comedy of Errors.
Through the years there have been some brilliant performances (yes, Freida Pinto was a one time participant and Best Actress as well as Anand Tiwari, who’s gone on to Bollywood), inspiring writers and very original directors. The fillers too, that play out between the final 4, cleverly scripted by our very own students, follow the theme and keep the audience thoroughly entertained during a change of sets backstage. Performing on the Andrew’s Auditorium stage with its fabulous acoustics and lighting is an exhilarating experience in itself….or that’s what the young and fresh actors always say.
As for what goes on behind the scene…? The Organising Team is already in place before the academic year commences. The student committee includes a Marketing Head, Art Head and a PR Head among others, selected on the basis of experience gained the previous year. The end result is much like Event Management and many an ‘ex–Olio an’ goes on to a career in some related field. So one doesn’t have to be on stage to gain from a stint with Olio. Just in case you are a budding script writer, a techie adept with stage Lights and Sound, an exacting Director or an actor from ANY college,who loves to play to the galley here’s your chance…. ! Great sponsors help with encouraging talent with prizes in store for everything; all judged by a carefully chosen panel of celebrity judges from the performing field. From the inimitable actor Cyrus Broacha to Genelia, Pooja Bedi, Directors Rael Padamsee and Ken Ghosh, Playwright Mahesh Dattani and popular RJ Erica, the prizes range from the Best play and Runners up, to Best Director, Actors, Set Design and Lighting and one for the entertaining spontaneous ‘Fillers”. The audience is not left out with’sur-prizes’ too!
The event is proceeded by an Elimination Round a fortnight earlier, followed by A Technical Rehearsal to brief them up on what goes on in a high tech auditorium like St Andrew’s, fine tune their Lighting and Sound and a preliminary practise for the final day.
For all you theatre buffs and aspiring actors, we will be seeing you at St Andrew’s Auditorium, come September every year……
Held on 6th Sept’13 themed “A Royal Affair” as it had reached to its 13th year. The judges this year were Actress Genelia D’souza, Adman Prahlad Kakkar and Radio One RJ Elrica D’souza, Generous sponsors like Whistling Woods and Aol Coolage made sure that the winners take home much more than the Coveted Trophies.
In the year 2012-2013, Olio held on 7th Sept’12 which literally means skits with musical interludes & a backdrop. This time the theme revolved around “Twisted Tales”: a modern interpretation of Fairy Tales. The Judges: Playwright Mahesh Dattani, Actor Avintika Akerkar, and Jamil Khan.
OLIO saw its 11th year on 7th September 2011 themed “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE” The plays were interspersed with humorous, funny spoofs and fillers in keeping with the “tickle your funny bone” theme.
OLIO The Annual Dramatics Competition entered its 10th year and was appropriately themed a “PERFECT 10”. The aptly named “fillers” and the fashion show took a look back at the decade that was reflecting on past themes that ranged from “Superheroes”, “demons”, “angels””masquerade”, “Mumbai Masala to retro fusion.”
“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”
– Victor Hugo
St. Andrew’s college provides a platform to its students to express the unexpressed through one of the most awaited events of the year, The ‘Annual Western Music Talent Contest’ (A.W.M.T.C.)
Come July 25, 2015 and St. Andrew’s auditorium was houseful, only to find some pleasant surprises and loads and loads of spot prizes, including a lucky draw gift of a guitar sponsored by Furtados! There was something for everyone!
The excitement and chaos around the college that day was hard to miss. Participants scaled the entire college looking for practice space for preshow rehearsals; the organizing crew was up and about with energy that was hard to believe. The audience was all ready and lined up to enter the auditorium for a festival of music like no other.
With a packed audience the show began and the rest was history. Performance after performance, the crowd only grew more eager to hear more. The Judges were impressed and the guests well entertained. The show outdid the standard it had set in the previous years.
The original composition was an addition to the existing set of categories that generally are open to participants every year. This initiative was taken so that students are encouraged to explore their creative side and compose music and lyrics on their own. This category received a good amount of entries and the quality of music that came in was outstanding and very impressive. The solo, duet, ensemble, instrumental, band and original composition categories allowed for variation in talent and gave these budding musicians a platform to display their skills in all musical aspects.
The theme of the event was ‘Sharing the joy of music’. Keeping this theme in mind, our students spent weeks with the children of Shehasadan, an N.G.O. for kids, training them in singing, interacting and building lasting bonds with them. The performance of these children was the star attraction of the event. We also had one of our non – teaching staff, Mr. Raymond play the harmonium for the event. The show also saw for the 1st time, the audience performing as a whole to karaoke tracks.
To prepare our students for the contest, Ms. Deirdre Lobo, a concert artist, vocal coach and consultant from the U.S. was invited to conduct a vocal training workshop a week prior to the event.
It took months of hard work by the students to make this event a huge success, under the exceptional leadership of students in-charge, Alana D’Cruz, Ralph Pinto, Rashika Sharma and the heads of all the departments on board. Kudos to team A.W.M.T.C. 2015-16!!!
A shout out to all our sponsors, who not only helped us financially but also provided us with prizes, snacks and discounted prices for various outlets.
A bigger thanks to our very own Principal Dr. Marie Fernandes and Fr. Aniceto Pereira for their undying support. We cannot forget to thank God for always standing by this team and guiding every step we have taken right from the very inception of the core team and the festival this year.
Given below is the list of prize winners:
|Duet||1st|| Riya Duggal &
|2nd||Faye Dcruz &
|3rd||Mizael De Rosario &
|Original Composition||1st||Riya Duggal||SYBMM|
|2nd||Mizael De Rosario||FYBMM|
|Classical Instrumental||1st||Ashwin Bangera||SYBMS|
|2nd||Jonathan Mario Sequeira||FYBCOM|
|Non Classical||1st||Viraj Waghmare||TYBMS|
|Band||1st||Name- Twisted Paradox|
|Ensemble||1st||Name- Minute Maid||SYJC|
|Best Performer of the day||Riya Duggal||SYBMM|
Congratulations to all the prize winners! P.G.!
-Marilyn D’cruz (H.O.D., Public Relations)
-Prof. In Charge: Melanie Andrade
Assisted by Prof. Jenecia Menezes and Prof. Patricia Periera
Participating Colleges: 13: St. Xavier’s, Mithibai, Don Bosco, R.D.National, Ruia, St. Francis Institute, MMK, Apostolic Carmel Girls College, Xavier’s Institute of Engineering, N.M., Fr. Agnels Engineering, K.C., Viva College and St.Andrew’s
Judges (Finals): Dominique Cerejo, Garth D’Mello and Rohan Fernandes.
Western Classical Instrumental
Western Non Classical Instrumental
MIND MAZE INTERCOLLEGIATE QUIZ COMPETITION
July 2016 : Intra collegiate quiz for all streams (including self-financing) of degree section.(Second week of July)
23 July 2016 : Inter collegiate Quiz
- Mind maze intercollegiate quiz competition was held on 25.7.2015.
- Twenty eight teams from sixteen colleges participated in the event.
- Andrew’s College students were the winners.
- I.E.S. (Sion) and R.D. National College came second and third, respectively.
- Before Intercollegiate competition, an intra-collegiate elimination round was conducted on 20 July, 2015 in which 219 students participated from various streams.10 students qualified for 2nd elimination round which was held on the 22 July, 2015.
- Four students were selected to represent St. Andrew’s College.
Mind maze intercollegiate quiz competition was held on 25 August. Twenty teams from nineteen colleges participated in the event. Pendharkar College students were the winners and Xavier’s institute of Engineering came second.
Entire event was sponsored by KPMG. Winners were given the rotating trophy and Rs. 7,000/- , runners-up team were given Rs. 5,000/- as cash award. All the participants were given participation certificates.
Before Intercollegiate competition, intracollegiate elimination was held on 26 July in which 190 students from various streams participated. Seven students reached the second round of elimination. Second round of intracollegiate elimination was held on 20 August and two students with highest score were selected to represent St. Andrew’s College.
Intra-collegiate Mind Maze Quiz Competition was held on July 19, 2013. One hundred eighty students from various courses participated for Intra Collegiate competition. Two teams from each department were selected which took part in the second round of Mind Maze competition (Elimination Round). Two top teams were selected to participate in the finale. Mind Maze Intercollegiate Quiz Competition was held on July 26, 2013 in which forty-one teams from twenty colleges took part.
In the month of August- September, 2013 Mind Maze-IDFC Intra collegiate and Inter collegiate quiz competitions were held in collaboration with Jhankar.
For Intercollegiate Mind maze quiz competition 23 teams from 15 colleges participated. Praveen Gandhi Law College secured first place and received the Rotating Trophy and cash prize of Rs. 3,000/- Second place was secured by SHPT School of library science and they were given a cash prize of Rs. 2,000/- All participants were given participation certificates.
For Intercollegiate Mind maze quiz competition 23 teams from 16 colleges participated. Thakur college of Science and Commerce secured first place and received the Rotating Trophy.
On the 27th of January 2011, the college conducted an inter-collegiate quiz competition, ‘MIND MAZE’. The elimination round was conducted in the month of December, 2010. All participants were given Certificate of Participation.
Xzibit Your Zing (XYZ) is the inter-collegiate festival of St. Andrew’s for the Self- Financing Courses.
The theme for XYZ this year was Warrior Races – The Ultimate Battlefield. Contingents had to fight for their title not like any other ordinary person but like warriors. The world has seen warriors throughout the ages, fighting for glory and justice. Contingents had to be fearless, strong and powerful to fight for Ultimate glory.
The events range from Sports to literary and Art Events., and of course the Band and Dance performances. The Ultimate winner of XYZ 2012 – The Ultimate Battlefield was the Spartans, KC College. After all the hurdles the Spartans kept up their legacy and won the Battle defeating all other tribes, carving their names in the history of XYZ.
‘ From the start, XYZ’s priority has been to make sure everyone has a good time instead of roping in a reputation for grandness. The advantage of a fest at this level is its ability to allow colleges the comfort to interact with each other and the same time, be inspired to compete. Even after the immense success of this year, we do not expect this priority to waver.’
FAITH ON CAMPUS (F.O.C.) 2015-2016
“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
The experiences of students of F.O.C. this year testify to the above. Faith on campus group in its third year saw a variety of programmes aimed at increasing faith in God, building character and thus leaving life-long positive effects on the students’ personalities.
F.O.C. conducts meetings every Friday from 11.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in the college chapel or in the A.V. Room.
The Holy Mass is celebrated on the first Friday of every month and there is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the last Friday of every month. The students also conduct praise and worship sessions once a month.
This year F.O.C. movie time showcased movies of St. Maria Goretti and St. Patrick of Ireland. Many students also participated in a pilgrim walk to the Shrine of Mount Mary during the month of September 2015.
Priests were available for the sacrament of Reconciliation in the college chapel, to prepare for Christmas and also on Ash Wednesday. The number of students for confession on Ash Wednesday was so much that Fr. Warner had to sit for 7 hours non-stop and we had to call for more priests to hear confessions because of the long waiting lines.
Throughout the year there were series of inspiring talks on various topics as under:
- Talk on ‘Being Christian, Being Cool’ by Deacon Ivan
- Talks on ‘Existence of God’ and ’Soul and Spirit’ by Mr. Merwyn Luise
- Talk on ‘Merciful love’ by Prof. Melanie Andrade
- Talk on loving yourself, titled ‘Love your selfie’ by Mr. Victor Pereira
- Talk on ‘Life choices’ by Ms. Maria Sangeeta
Around 15 students were selected to go for an overnight rural camp visit from 13 to 14 November 2015. Keeping with the Pope’s instruction to safeguard the environment, the students staged street plays in 13 rural villages to address the various environmental issues there. The students got to experience the hard hitting realities of life as they interacted with the children and youth of these villages.
In keeping with the year of mercy, a group of students prayerfully visited the mercy door at the Shrine of Mount Mary and as an act of mercy also visited the Umerkhadi remand home on 27 December 2015 and the Juvenile home at Matunga on 28 December 2015, a visit they will never forget!
F.O.C. also organized a gospel fest named ‘Laudato Si’’ on 30 November 2015 to mark the college feast day. In preparation for this event, the student’s spent a night in prayer in college and also participated in a solemn procession, carrying the cross from St. Andrew’s church to the college. The gospel fest saw a talk on ‘love and mercy’ by Mrs. Hazel D’souza, an international youth preacher and also praise and worship by our very own gospel band of students, gospel flashmob, testimony sharing, short skits and Eucharistic adoration. This event was staged in St. Andrew’s auditorium that was houseful on the day. There were many pre-events in the week prior to the fest. These are Bible quiz, online gospel singing competition, biblical treasure hunt, a charity event and an art competition.
Many students who joined F.O.C. have changed their way of life by renewing their minds. Many have left vices like drinking, smoking, stealing, watching pornography and taking drugs, many found meaning in life, especially those with suicidal thoughts, some gave up on their wrong relationships, many saw an increase of self- confidence and deliverance from depression, sadness and various fears. There were also physical healings recorded like healing of lump in the head, knee pain, skin ailments, stammering, constant headaches, breathing problems, etc. F.O.C. also helped in the conversion of a few atheists and taught all the importance of prayer and faith in God. Because of a complete personality change many students who earlier could not concentrate on studies now can focus better. One student had some phobia for 16 years and was healed. No one who comes for F.O.C. goes back empty handed. If nothing else, they would take lots of love and joy along!
We are grateful to God for using F.O.C. as His instrument for changing hearts, changing minds and changing the lives of the youth of our college!
In-charge: Prof. Melanie Andrade
Assisted by Prof. Jenecia Menezes
“Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (Bible)
In our constant strive to mould our students into exemplary young citizens with high emotional intelligence and spiritual quotient, Faith On Campus conducts various morally and spiritually enriching programmes throughout the year.
A prayer service is conducted in the Chapel every Friday from 11.10 a.m to 12 p.m. The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the first Friday of every month, Taize prayer service is conducted by Celeste Cordo and group on the second Friday of every month. Short talks, skits, short gospel films, praise and worship sessions or some theme based activities are organised on the third Friday of every month. Among other activities, this year we had a skit on the ‘Our Father’ performed by our students and we also showcased Louie Gigglio’s short film, ‘Indescribable God’. There is also Adoration services of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the last Friday of every month. Every Friday has a different theme. Some themes for the year 2014-15 included personal relation with Jesus, Exams & Jesus, God- Our Teacher, Daddy God, Parents – a treasure, Unmask yourself, Mary our Mother, Peace, Mind your tongue, Passion of Christ, etc.
Besides these regular prayer services, Faith On Campus also visited the Eucharistic Congress exhibition which helped the students discover the riches of church heritage. Students also spent time at St. Catherine’s school and orphanage on the occasion of Christmas, helping with the segregation and distributing of toys and other gifts.
Students helped to organise the gospel musical ‘Lost and Found’ which was staged on the College feast day. This musical showcased Bible parables and its application through music, song and dance. Faith On Campus also had a special screening of a film based on the life of St. Therese of Liseux. This year we were blest with a well-known speaker Mr. Ivan Fernandes to help our students prepare for Christmas. Faith On Campus provided a platform to our students to showcase their artistic side at the ART COMPETITION – ‘HEART OF CHRISTMAS 2014-15’.
Testimonies of students who attended F.O.C.:
“I came with a heavy heart, with guilt and anger. During the session, I started feeling very light from within. Have no words to express how good it was…”
“I was an alcoholic earlier, tried smoking and even tried smoking weed. I would find it okay to drink at any party I went to….I was just not sensitive towards sinning. When I joined FOC, I realized what I was doing is wrong. Now it wasn’t difficult at all for me to give up on those habits that I was enslaved to…. I began spending more time with God, more time saying the rosary and also reading the Bible. Not just my habits but my grades have improved too. I stood second in class. The way I communicate with people has changed. I have changed.”
“I’ve never felt the way I did today. It was just like God was calling me, giving me a hug and forgiving me for my sins. I was shivering and it was just an amazing experience feeling the love of Jesus. I was really moved by the presence of Jesus.”
“I started experiencing God closely. I had lost connection with Him. FOC helped to build that connection with Him. FOC has changed my life.”
“At FOC truly I found Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. My prayer life was meaningful and much deeper from then. I poured out my hurt feelings to him and He slowly healed the hurts.”
“I realised that when I sin, I just ignore and think that others also do the same and its absolutely fine but now I know that it is not a thing which I should ignore but every time when I fall I must surrender it to my Lord. I felt the Holy Spirit actually sweeping my pains when I sang the song. I have placed my sin which I’ve been struggling from a long time to Jesus. And I would never ever go back to it.”
“Here in FOC, I see a group of friends who are in love for Christ.”
“It was wonderful to pray while singing in such a calm environment…also took the time to think about the bad I have done and to ask forgiveness…!”
“I have learnt to see things in a positive way. Whenever I attend FOC I find so much peace sitting in His presence..”
“I had lost faith ever since my dad expired but now with FOC, my faith is growing and especially through all those blessed sacrament sessions. It has made me open up with the Lord.”
“Well in the beginning I didn’t know what was happening, but as soon as the intense prayer service started, I felt like something touched my back… after joining FOC I’ve observed that I’m not the same like I used to be. God has brought a lot of changes in my life…”
“FOC has brought me closer to my Daddy God…”
“Thank you for giving me a good experience of having a conversation with Jesus.”
“The last year was a trying year and when I thought all was lost, Jesus reached out to me in the form of FOC…it was his way of telling me that He will never leave me…”
“I wasn’t able to attend FOC regularly due to lectures, but whenever I attended, I always found a chance to see my life in a better perspective. I would go in depressed, sad, angry but during FOC I would feel relaxed and calm…”
“I have loved coming to college because of FOC..”
“I wish the meetings were longer and more often.”
“I wait for Fridays for FOC. It is healing for souls…”
“FOC is one of the best initiatives of our college. It keeps you connected to Jesus and it is also a platform to show your talent. I don’t know how but in any given week when I would attend FOC I would find a solution to my problem..”
“FOC has bought me close to God and strengthened my faith.”
“I felt stronger, better, confident and accepted above all. FOC made me believe in myself and helped me deal with the problems in my life…. FOC is experiencing and falling in love with God in a whole new way, realizing your mistakes and accepting them, wanting to correct them, knowing that there is someone who is above there who will accept you irrespective of what you do. It made me a whole new person.”
-Prof. Melanie Andrade
Prof. In-charge, Faith On Campus
A campus ministry was formally instituted in 2013-14 called “Faith On Campus”(F.O.C.). This group meets every Friday from 11.10 a.m. to 11.50 a.m. in the college chapel.
The programmes conducted during the year 2013-2014 include:
- First Friday mass every month
- Praise and Worship and adoration services every month
- Students performed a musical for Diocesan World youth Day on 14th July 2013
- Screening of the movie ‘St. Joseph of Cupertino’
- Visit to juvenile home on 14th August 2013
- Students attended Xavier Board western region leadership cum self awareness camp from 7th to 8th November 2013
- Students organized and performed the musical ‘Ecclesiastes’ directed by Joe, Celeste and Dawn Cordo
- Taize prayer on 10th January 2014
- Students organized The Journey Home – a Lenten Concert by Open Secret on 4thMarch 2014
- Students were taken on a trip to Divine Retreat Centre, Kerala for the National Youth Retreat from 22nd May 2014 to 1st June 2014
The College organized a gospel fest on its feast day i.e. November 30, 2012 named “FOLLOW ME” where the theme was peer pressure. The students performed a gospel musical, We had the well-known gospel band, V.L.I.P. who led the students into a time of praise and worship and Mr. Lenny Soares led us into a time of adoration. Fr. Anthony had an interactive session with the students. The Andrean Anthem was also introduced at this fest. We also conducted a gospel art competition.