‘Youth Spreading Knowledge’ was the theme of this year’s Library Day Celebrations on November 6, 2011 at the Diocesan Community Centre, New Delhi. This was the 38th anniversary and it was celebrated with a colourful cultural programme, selected Bible skits and a variety of competitions.
His Grace Archbishop Vincent M Concessao was the Chief Guest for this year’s celebrations and Rev Fr Dominic D’Abreo was the main speaker for the day. Other important guests included Fr. Victor D’Souza, Religious sisters from various congregations ie The Daughters of St .Paul, Holy cross ,PDDM and Maj. Gen. A.R.A Shah, Winners from various parishes and Schools who had taken part in the different competitions.
The celebrations began with Prayer Dance by members of Kristh Jyoti Parish, Badarpur, whose parish priest is Fr. Lancy.
This was followed by the symbolic lighting of the auspicious lamp by the Chief Guest Archbishop Vincent M. Concessao; Speaker for the day Fr. Dominic D’Abreo; Fr. Victor D’Souza; Fr. Paul Roy; Maj. Gen. A.R.A. Shah and Sr. Rosina Joseph, Librarian of DCCL.
After the Welcome Address by Grace David, the above dignitaries were greeted with floral tributes.
Then a Bible Skit depicting a modern version of the’ Wedding Feast at Cana’ was presented by the adult group from St. Xavier’s Parish, Rohini - Shahbad were Rev. Fr.K.P George S.J heads as the parish priest.
A brief report on the activities of the DCC Library during the last year was presented by the Librarian Sr. Rosina Joseph. She also spoke about how a drop of ink can make millions think. This was accompanied by a power point presentation by Arun Toppo.
What followed was a lively talk by Fr. Dominic D’Abreo, the PRO and Registrar of NISCOT. The theme of the talk was ‘Youth Spreading Knowledge.’
Fr. Dominic emphasised the importance of reading in the modern day context with special reference to our faith. He said: ‘Networking is essential to build the faith.’
Talking of Libraries, Fr. Dominic explained that initially libraries were storehouses of reports, records and archives. Today, they are sources of information—historical, political, religious, educational and statistical. He said although there are many books The Holy Bible is called The Book.
Earlier libraries stocked books, magazines and newspapers. Today, they are repositories of audio-visual media in addition to these.
It is important not only to read books, stressed Fr. Dominic, but also to imbibe them and spread knowledge and wisdom through the spirit.
The Youth Group of Prabhu Prakash Girja, Trilokpuri, presented a Bible Skit based on a contemporary version of the Prodigal Son.
An illuminating message from the Chief Guest His Grace Archbishop Vincent M Concessao followed. Archbishop Vincent recounted and lauded the vision and contribution of his predecessor Archbishop Angelo Fernandes in giving shape to his dream of the Diocesan Community Centre Library.
‘We must not just read books but also read reality while reading books,’ affirmed Archbishop Vincent. ‘We must bridge the gap between written knowledge and practical knowledge if we are to become integrated persons.’
Sharing his wisdom from many years of reading experience, Archbishop Vincent explained that while reading books, we must be open and at the same time we must learn to be selective.’
Major General A.R.A. Shah, a senior member of the DCC Library, shared his library experience with the audience after that.
Two scintillating classical dances based on themes ‘Jesus’ the eternal light and truth were presented by the young artists from the Sacred Heart Cathedral. The dances were choreographed by Master Sabu Kanjookaran.
That brought us to the most important part of the library day celebrations—prize distribution. The prizes for the various competitions conducted by the D.C.C. Library were distributed by the Chief Guest Archbishop Vincent M Concessao.
In the run up to the Library Day, the DCC Library organised several inter-school and inter-parish competitions to encourage creativity and promote a spirit of had work and competition to bring out the best in the participants.
Various competitions and Seminars conducted by the DCCL are like Inter School Poetry recitation, Story writing, Site visit and Reporting, Seminar on Creative Writing and Inter- Parish Bible Skit competition etc.
For the Inter Parish Bible Skit competition the first prize for the seniors went to St. Xaviers Parish, Rohini-Shahbad. The first prize in the youth category went to Prabhu Prakash Girja, Trilokpuri Parish and the second prize for the youth was bagged by St. Michael’s Parish, Prasad Nagar. In the juniors’ category, St. Michael’s Parish, Prasad Nagar got the first prize. Congrats dear participants.
Shield, Merit & Participation certificates were handed out to the respective participants to encourage further participation.Fr. Paul Roy, the Director of DCC Library, wrapped up the program by proposing a vote of thanks to one and all who contributed to the great success of the program