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MAY 15TH, 2019

organizational skills and passion for the mission of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello to the young. The Church was full and beautiful testimonies of Sr. Carmen’s life were shared






On Monday, May 13th, the Salesian World celebrated the feast of St. Mary Dominica Mazzarello, who, along with Don Bosco, founded the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians or as they are more commonly known, the Salesian Sisters. We wish the Salesian Sisters a “Happy Feast Day” and pray that God will continue to bless them with many good and holy vocations to their Institute. On Monday, the Salesian Sisters of Bellflower, invited all the Salesians of the block, along with the other Sisters in the Los Angeles, for an evening of prayer, food (barbecue) and fellowship. I was fortunate to be in Los Angeles and able to participate in this family celebration. The Sisters and Postulants prepared the food. Many thanks to the FMA for their

hospitality and for their Salesian witness. When Mother Yvonne came for her visit to the province of Mary Immaculate (Western Province) a few weeks ago, she was encouraged to see that for the most part, there is a good relationship with the SDBs and FMAs. That sign of unity is very important, not only because Don Bosco encouraged unity among the Salesian Family, but also because it is a powerful sign of unity in our world which many times seems to stress division, differences and the building of walls. We also thank the Sisters for their dedicated work and ministry to the young and to the poor. After the barbecue, a special Mass had been scheduled at St. Dominic Savio, remembering and celebrating the life of Sr. Carmen Palacios, FMA, who died a few weeks ago from liver cancer. Sr. Carmen(71) had served at Savio for several years and was well known for her


Last Saturday I was blessed to have attended the Gala for Salesian High School, Los Angeles. It was held at the Biltmore Millennial Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Over 300 people participated. One of the honorees was the Salesian Society who has been present at the school since its beginning. The evening was beautifully organized with much participation from the young people, from welcoming (Lettermen Society) to having young people sit our tables and several of them giving very powerful testimonies on how the school has impacted them. There was a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere with a strong Salesian touch. Not only were the Salesians honored but there was also a plug to help renovate the Salesian quarters (house) which lacks some basic necessities like heating and airconditioning. I wish to thank the President, Mr. Alex Chacon and his team for putting together such a wonderful event which touched our hearts. I was also impressed with the donation of a million dollars given towards an endowment fund to help poorer kids attend Salesian. It was a great tribute of the love people have for the school and the Salesian mission. I was also impressed by the great effort expressed by the school administrators to reach out to the poor and underprivileged. THANK YOU for a wonderful evening. Next Monday, May 20th, our two brothers who are in their Post Novitiate in Orange, NJ, will be graduating. Br. Damien Ho and Br. Quang Nguyen will be graduating: Br. Damien with a Masters in Education and Br. Quang with a BA in Religious Studies. I had hoped to have been able to fly back East for the 1

graduating ceremonies but my schedule did not permit it. So, in the name of the Salesians from our Province, I wish to extend my heartfelt congratulations to both of them and wish them all the best with their future assignments. May God bless them and given them the graces necessary for their perseverance and effectiveness in their mission to the young as SDBs. In a few weeks, we hope to publish the assignments for next year’s pastoral year. I am still finalizing some changes. I ask for your prayers as we continue to discern next year’s assignments. I thank my brothers for their availability and example. Don Bosco stressed Obedience as an essential vow of our Congregation. The spirit of availability to go where needed or for the sake of the Mission with a cheerful and willing spirit was a quality that Don Bosco emphasized. It gives us the freedom to go where we can serve for the sake of the Salesian Family and Province. Finally, today, May 15th, is the beginning of the Novena in preparation for the great feast of Mary Help of Christians. We are a Marian Congregation. From

the very beginning of Don Bosco’s life (the dream at the age of nine), he saw Mary as a Guide, Mother and Teacher. Don Bosco attributed much, if not all of what he accomplished, to the work and blessings of Mary. At the end of his life, as he was dying, Don Bosco is know to have said, “She has done it all.” The Basilica of Mary Help of Christians in Turin is a tribute to his great love and devotion to her. Don Bosco taught his boys and Salesians to pray to her often and invoke her protection and intercession. He gave us that beautiful blessing, the Blessing of Mary Help of Christians, which I noticed Fr. Maria Arokiam often used in his travels as he said good-by to different communities. I encourage all of us to keep these nine days with special care as we prepare to celebrate the feast of Mary. May She, our Mother and Teacher, continue to be with us. May we recognize her presence and thank her for her powerful assistance. “She has done it all.”

the future InTouch letters to speak more on his comments and reflections. But, I wish to THANK him for his brotherly and Salesian presence among us. It was good to have him with us, spend time knowing this part of the world, encourage us and leave us with some good reflections for our future. May God bless him and Mary Help of Christians always guide and keep him. With warm regards and grateful hearts, .

We wish to thank Fr.Maria Arokiam Kanaga for his visit to our province. The Extraordinary Visitation was concluded last Saturday, May 11, with Fr.Maria Arokiam’s final report. I will use some of

Our Salesians were recognized at bishop mora salesian high school’s gala for their support and dedication to the school.



SYLC 2019 (June 10-15, 2019 @ Camp St. Francis) Program Director Fr. Mel Trinidad Program Coordinators Andrew Coffey & Gina Robles MC’s Sr. Lindsay Durham & Reegan Ledet Spirit Team Coordinators Bro. Jhoni Chamorro & Fr. Joe Nguyen Chaplains Fr. John Puntino & Fr. John Roche Economer Bro. Khoa Luong Content Facilitators Sr. Theresa Kong, Fr. Itchan Laygo, Kris Tran, Bro. Al Vu Special Presenters Fr. Tom Brennan & Rudy Herrera Adult Spirit Team Animators Katia Contreras, Eddie De Leon, Christopher Green, Bro. Damien Ho, Leo Imbert, Akemi Ito, Bro. Quang Nguyen, Bro. Vien Nguyen, Jesse Ortega, Victoria Payan Camp St. Francis, Aptos Camp Director Camp Master General Assistant Economer Staff

Camp Savio, Bellflower Chaplain Camp Master Staff

Fr. John Puntino & Fr. Joe Nguyen Bro. Vien Nguyen Reegan Ledet Bro. Quang Nguyen Leo Imbert Kris Tran Young Adults Fr. Fabian Cardenas Juan Carlos Montenegro Eddie de Leon (Candidate)

Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club, Richmond Salesian Staff Bro. Damien Nguyen Corpus Christi Parish, San Francisco Volunteer Coordinator Bro. Peter Le Staff Volunteers from Spain ELITE Salesian Summer Camp, Salesian College Prep, Richmond (June17-21) Salesian Member of Team Bro. Jhoni Chamorro Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club & St. Mary’s, Los Angeles Volunteer Coordinator Fr. Rafael Saiz Staff Volunteers from Spain Others Tijuana

Christopher Green (Candidate)

There are also other summer ministries happening at parishes, clubs and high schools sponsored by the Salesians of Don Bosco. The staffs in those ministries are largely provided by the ministries themselves. 3

Bosco Tech to Host Baccalaureate and Commencement Exercises on June 1st By Karen Krynen Communication Officer ROSEMEAD, CA – May 10, 2019 – Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) will host its baccalaureate and commencement exercises for the graduating class of 2019 on Saturday, June 1, starting at 5 p.m. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on the campus mall, with the traditional conferral of diplomas and graduation ceremony immediately following. This year’s graduation keynote speaker is Roger Gibbs. A 1974 graduate of Bosco Tech’s Electronics program, Gibbs is the Deputy Director for Mars Exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Graduating



Gutierrez will serve as valedictorian at the ceremony. The festivities will feature the school’s traditional alumni reception line, where past graduates congratulate and welcome each new member into the ranks of the Bosco Tech Alumni Association. “We’re extremely proud of this graduating class,” said Principal Xavier Jimenez. “And we are confident in their future success. Each graduate has earned acceptance, and in many cases, very generous scholarships, to four-year colleges and universities across the country, including schools like Johns Hopkins University, the University of Notre Dame and Penn State. To date, our seniors have garnered about $4.7 million in scholarships, with more coming in each day.”


Keynote speaker Mr. Roger Gibbs ‘74


2019 St. Francis Seminary Reunion: Magnificent!

By Patrick O’Driscoll St. Francis High School Alumni ‘70

The annual all-school reunion of former 1960s and ’70s Salesian junior seminarians of St. Francis High School returned to the pastoral locale of our youth – East Lake Avenue in Watsonville – to celebrate in 2019. Fifty years after graduation, the St. Francis centennial class of 1969 (also known as “The Magnificent Seven”) was a focus of congratulations and reminiscing during the day-long gathering on April 27. Five of those seven graduates were able to attend: Brian Kendrick, Joe McCarthy, Gary Lockhart, Ignatius “Iggy” Schmidt and Guillermo “Bill” Colombetti. As in past years, the reunion was on the last weekend in April, an evocative link back in time and place to the unforgettable tradition of our annual seminary fundraiser, the St. Francis Spring Festival. Although this year’s barbecue was not the famous roasted chicken, homemade raviolis and artichoke hearts of those Spring Festivals, reunion participants dined on a delicious array of grilled sausages, roasted ears of corn, and enough salads, side dishes and desserts for a Father Director’s Day feast in the old campus dining room.

Home base for the 2019 gathering was the “Heritage” room just off the gymnasium of the 21st-century reincarnation of our alma mater: the coed, college-prep, Salesian-run St. Francis High School, home of the burgundy-and-gray Sharks. (And may the blue-and-gold Broncos of the old St. Francis live on in our memories, too!)

Framed photos of graduating classes of both schools looked down from the reunion room walls as St. Francis HS Principal Patrick Lee and two members of the class of 2019, Maia Madrigal and E.J. Kelly, welcomed the old-school alumni to a modern campus with the same view we had of Kelly Lake. They also presented honorary diplomas to class of ’69 members to mark their 50th anniversary, and they distributed St. Francis T-shirts and other complimentary “swag” to all the alumni. Principal Lee also encouraged the ex-seminarians to connect with the new St. Francis via upcoming events, including this month’s graduation (May 25, 10 a.m.) as well as homecoming in the fall and other campus events. The Salesians’ USA West Provincial, Fr. Ted Montemayor (class of ’71), could not be with us because of duties in Southern California (hosting the visiting mother general of the Salesian


Vince Cotter, celebrated Mass with his fellow alums and gave words of thought and inspiration to “do the Lord’s work in our own way.” Father Vince recently retired after 35 years in the priesthood, the first five as a Salesian before joining the Diocese of Oakland to serve in parishes throughout the East Bay. Before Mass, about 15 alumni and their spouses, companions and friends enjoyed a smorgasbord lunch (thanks to our local hosts and alumni spouses) and caught up with each others’ lives since the last reunion – and since seminary days – in conversational knots of old friends and schoolmates. After a mid-afternoon break, the meeting room was temporarily transformed into a semi-circular chapel. Father Vince donned white Eastertide vestments (including a stole embroidered with the school emblem of the new St. Francis) to celebrate the Divine Mercy Sunday liturgy. He led the congregation with good humor through our somewhat rusty recall of the wording of the Gloria and the Credo. “Can we get through the Creed?” he deadpanned from the altar (to laughter) as we substituted the easier-to-remember Apostles’ Creed. During the Mass, we also remembered deceased schoolmates gone too soon.


Music for Mass was led by three guitar troubadours from seminary days – local co-host Mike Marheineke (class of ’64), Keith Patterson (’68) and Bill Colombetti (’69) – with supporting vocals from Mike’s wife, Marie, and Bill’s wife, Vivis. Our local host emeritus, Victor Suarez (’67), helped Father Vince at Holy Communion with the chalice as a Eucharistic minister. After the service and group photos out by the baseball diamond, Mike and Jim Aldridge (’70) fired up the grill to roast the sausages and corn for yet another groaning board of great food for dinner. The evening program included sing-alongs led by Mike, Bill and Keith that harked back to after-dinner sing-outs in the seminary dining room on big Salesian feast days. Brian Kendrick stood to speak for the 1969 grads on their golden jubilee, evoking more memories and listing significant news events of that year. He also brought a photo album with a

two-page spread of the seven-member class when they were young. The next morning, Vic and Gloria Suarez invited us to “Come away to the land of Freedom” for a scrumptious Sunday brunch at their rambling home and yard in the Watsonville “suburb” of Freedom. It stretched into one last, leisurely afternoon of reminiscing (and lively games of Cornhole between very competitive two-man teams) before goodbyes and pledges to see each other again next year.



Bishop Mora Salesian High School Gala 2019

Fr. Jim Nieblas, SDB director at Bishop Mora Salesian High School along with current seniors whom shared their experience at Bishop Mora Salesian High School



Other honorees were Mr. Tom Gutierrez ‘71 (former alumni board president), Mr. Terry Mathews (former teacher), and Mr. Manual Villareal (former Principal)



The nights MC was Mr. Adrien Lopez (Director of Marketing and Admissions)

Alumni Mr. Dan Medina gave an update on the Mustang Monument.

Br. John Rasor, SDB with one of the senior students that were highlighted during the Gala




Good Water By Sheila Kun RN, BA, BSN, MS, FCCP Salesian Cooperator Sixty years ago, I could never imagine in my lifetime that we would pay for a bottle of water. Back then in Macau, water was the most undesirable drink that you could offer to a kid. A treat was, this is still very fresh in my memory, to go to the corner store down the end of the street and buy a cup of cold red colored sweet drink. Wow, what a treat that was – for a kid who had no refrigerator at home, an icy sugary drink was a luxury. That was one of the best ways to spend the 5 cents that I had. The next luxury item as a teenager was drinking Coca Cola. You see, when you have money to buy Coke, you belong to a bigger league. Even in the United States, bottled water was a rare commodity for starving college students 30 some odd years ago. I remember my niece Amanda, as a toddler, would tell her dad that she was thirsty. David, my brother, would offer her a cup of water and said: “Here you are Amanda, good water!” David was not in the health field, little did he know how he “sugar coated” the drink by saying “good water” so that Amanda would accept this drink more readily. But David is right, water is good for you. Here is why water is essential to good health as explained by the Mayo Clinic Staff. How much water should you drink each day? It’s a simple question with no easy answers. Your water needs depend on many factors, including your health, how active you are and where you live. Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every

system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells, and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired. Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. Adequate intake for men is roughly about 13 cups (3 liters) of total beverages a day, for women it is about 9 cups (2.2 liters). An easy way to remember is “Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day.” Any type of fluid can count toward the daily total. The following factors influence how much total fluid you need: Exercise: engaging in active activities makes you sweat more. Intense exercise: probably needs a sports drink that contains sodium to replace the sodium lost in the sweat. Environment: hot or humid weather can make you sweat and drink more. Illnesses or health conditions: when you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, your body needs more replenishment. If you have a history of congestive heart failure,


your doctor might have given you guideline to limit your fluid intake. Remember food provides about 20 percent of total water intake. When you calculate your fluid requirement, the type of food could add to that total count. For example, watermelon and spinach are 90 percent water by weight. Helpful tips: o Drink 2 cups of water after you brush your teeth before breakfast o Drink a glass of water or other calorie-free beverage with each meal and between each meal o Drink water before, during and after exercise o Too much water could result in low sodium level in the blood o Too little water could cause dehydration. One common problem with too little water intake is constipation. Constipation harbors bacteria and causes abdominal pain – not a good condition to be in. Let us salute to good health with the good water that we have!

Your homework assignment from the Care Ministry this week: Determine when is the best time to drink your water to meet your health need. We love to hear from you:


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