The Maltese Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Global Fund for Forgotten People – Order of Malta, have sponsored two fully accessible vans out of seven that Id-Dar tal-Providenza has invested in this year to ensure more accessibility for its residents. These vehicles are sixteen seater Tail Lift Coaches that can also accommodate up to six wheelchairs each. The President of the Maltese Association, Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata presented the two vans to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza. He said that they were proud of the ongoing association with the Siġġiewi Home and just as proud that they are helping in some small way in increasing accessibility for the residents leading to a better quality of life.
A one day seminar on immigration organised by the Association’s Migration Committee and focussing on “Inclusion to Facilitate Integration” was held at Casa Lanfreducci on Saturday 5 November 2016. The event, which was open to all Members and Volunteers, and included a light sandwich lunch at nearby St. James Cavalier, was very well attended.
Following some opening remarks by the President of the Maltese Association and by Migration Committee Chairman Adrian Strickland, the floor was thrown open to a varied line up of speakers being Mgr. Alfred Vella (Director Emigrants Commission), Paulina Miceli (Childrens’ Commissioner), Dr. Ahmed Bugri (Foundation for Shelter and Support to Migrants), Dr. Katrine Camilleri (Jesuit Refugee Service), Silvan Agius (Ministry of Social Dialogue), Dr. Ahmed M. Shembesh (Libya Foundation for Rehabilitation)and Claudia Taylor East (SOS Malta).
Lively question and answer sessions immediately followed each delivery, making the Seminar a very positive and interactive experience.
The annual Lourdes Pilgrimage Reunion was held on Saturday 29 October 2016 at 6.00 p.m. at the Madonna tal-Mirakli Hall in Lija, as has been customary for the past years.
Despite the inclement weather which heralded very strong winds, rain and a touch of fresh weather, a very good number of Our Lords the Sick and their families very happily took up our invitation. Some even purposely crossed over from Gozo. They were assisted throughout by the equally satisfactory number of members and volunteers in attendance. The Hall was in fact packed to capacity.
The event very appropriately started off with Holy Mass in thanksgiving, which was celebrated by the very Rev. Fr. David Gauci, Conventual Chaplain ad honorem, who delivered a beautiful homily containing some very pertinent reflections on the encounter of Zacchaeus with Jesus in Jericho as recounted in St. Luke’s gospel reading.
Photos kindly taken by Doris Aquilina
This was then followed by light refreshments which were lovingly served to our special guests by members and volunteers.
The event was a complete success, well achieving its primary objective of perpetuating the deep spirit of solidarity created by the wonderful and unique experience of what is the Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Holy Mass was celebrated on the Feast Day of St Ursula.
HG the Archbishop, Mgr Charles Scicluna was the main celebrant. Mgr Paul Vella, Mgr Lawrence Mifsud, Fr David Cauci, Mgr Victor Zammit McKeon, Fr Noel Muscat ofm Archpriest of St. Paul Shipwreck Valletta, Can. Borg, and Fr Willliam Bartolo ofm concelebrated.
The Feast of Blessed Gerard, Founder of the Order, was fittingly marked by the Association, lead by its President Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, at a concelebrated Holy Mass in Latin held at the Church of St. Ursula in Valletta, which was all dressed up in beautiful damask for the occasion, where the skull of Blessed Gerard is kept and revered.
The Principal Chaplain of the Association, Monsignor Lawrence Gatt, was the main celebrant and was accompanied by the Rev. Fr. Monsignor Paul Vella, the Rev. Monsignor Victor Zammit McKeon, the Rev. Fr. Savio Vella and the Rev. Fr. David Gauci.
The Hospitaller read the first reading, whilst Josephine Farrugia Randon read the bidding prayers. Peter Sant Cassia was Standard bearer.
The Jerosolimitan Nuns of St. Ursola, who are also members of the Order, were all in attendance within the church, leading the congregation with their beautiful singing to the accompaniment of their guitars.
The heavenly occasion also served for the promotion of the Rev. Fr. David Gauci to the rank of Magistral Chaplain ad honorem, and to the admittance of the Rev. Fr. Victor Zammit McKeon in the rank of Magistral Chaplain.
The Maltese Association kept its annual appointment with the Elderly at the tea party hosted in the gardens of Verdala Castle in the afternoon of Thursday 29 September 2016, with the most kind permission of H.E. the President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.
There were an estimated 300 special guests in attendance, hailing mainly from the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paule Residence, St. Catherine’s Home and various Government residential homes for the elderly. This time round a number of past Lourdes patients were also invited.
The tea party for the month of September was held at the Sant Manduca residence in Mdina However, due to the sudden and heavy rains, the activity had to be abandoned by most of those intending to attend. The inclement weather disrupted the flow of traffic, leaving many of us stranded in the roads, with no option but to turn back home, since the roads were flooded with the sudden downpour. Those who managed to arrive, were not disappointed though, and were entertained within the charming old town house of Mrs Sant Manduca. She very kindly opened her beautiful dining room to give our special guests a lovely high tea. Our immense gratefulness goes to the Sant Manduca family for their unfailing generosity and continuous support in our events.