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FACING THE FUTURE
Fr.J.D.Calvo,s.j.

          We must carry on spreading rays, piercing through the black clouds around us. There are three main problems we must tackle.

HOUSES:
The need is great. We need to be millionaires many times over to be able to do a little bit. We have no money. A difficult situation, but we cannot remain idle. The huts must vanish; decent houses should appear in their place.
The other two problems have an easier remedy. We dream, but with the eyes open. LACK OF EDUCATION and UNEMPLOYMENT produce havoc here. Both evils go hand in hand; we must do away with them.
There is need for intellectual and professional education.

A MUST:
TWO SMALL SCHOOLS in the localities where our people are concentrated. There little children can begin their studies, to pass later on, when a little bigger, to our High School.

HOLY FAMILY, our High School, has to grow; the present building is not enough. There is a great demand for admission even though we have 1,516 students. We run a double shift, not the ideal indeed.

          The big dream, our SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, must be a reality soon. We envision it as a source that can benefit the whole of Andheri, 200,000 inhabitants; 18,000 Catholics, in four parishes.

          Too many children don't step into school. Others leave classes and masters; somehow, they are not made for studies. The TECHNICAL TRAINING CENTRE, a branch of the Centre, will make of these little loafers men useful to society; could transform them into expert fitters, electricians, welders and turners.

          Girls are no more fortunate in their studies. Parents at times do not send them to school because after marriage they leave the house. We plan to have for them a HOME SCIENCE DEPARTMENT with classes in cooking, stenography, cutting.

          The WORKERS'CORNER with its employment bureau could offer work and recreation to the labourers of the vicitiny.

          In our DISPENSARY free medical attendance would be given to all.

          A dream, but we must dream to carry on doing good.

          The Cross must shine with still greater intensity; warmth and light everywhere, for all. We endeavour to build a better world, a better Andheri. We are high up on the mountain; we want to carry on being beacons to guide others to God, to Christ. The wish of our Saviour must be fulfilled.

          <<I am the Good Shepherd... and I have other sheep too, which do not belong to this fold; I must bring them in too; they will listen to my voice; so there will be one fold and one shepherd.>>

          The symbolism of the parable is all changed in our case. The lost sheep is not the lone one; they are 99. The non-Catholics in our parish will be about 95,000.