Members of the Order and their families and friends gathered in Our Lady of Victory Church to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass.
The Rev. Mgr Victor Zammit McKeon celebrated Mass, assisted by the Rev. Canon Carmelo Busuttil.
Kevin Dingli and Paul & Andrew Sultana, all talented guitarists, enhanced the celebration of Holy Mass and inspired the spirit of Christmas with their music and the congregation joined in with the singing of carols.
The traditional sermon this year was pleasantly and adeptly narrated by the young Luca Sciortino who captured the hearts of all those present. Whilst the readings and bidding prayers were read by Arthur Galea Salomone and Stephen Ellul Sullivan respectively. President Philip Farrugia Randon read the Prayer of the Order at the end of Holy Mass.
Our children’s Christmas Film event this year was ‘The PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR’
Coaches drew up at the cinema and excited children ran into the cinema complex to collect their soft drinks and find their seats. Tubs of popcorn were handed out just before the film was screened. Enthusiasm grew as the children donned their 3D glasses. The film started and was complemented by shrieks from the children as the 3D effects became apparent through the countless adventures and many bravado acts of the Penguin team Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, flying and zooming over the children’s heads to their great delight!
Representatives from various orphanages and Institutions around Malta gathered at Casa Lanfreducci this morning to receive Christmas Hampers being donated by the Maltese Association.
The hampers were prepared by members and helpers on 1st December. The bags were filled with food items some of which were generously donated by member sponsors.
The Maltese Association President Dr Philip Farrugia Randon presented the hampers and enjoyed talking to the representatives of various organisations in a pleasant and cheerful atmosphere. Light refreshments were offered whilst all present exchanged warm greetings for the festive season.
The Grand Commander H.E. the Venerable Bailiff Frà Ludwig Hoffmann von Rumerstein presided over the “Clothing Ceremony” of Confrère Francis Vassallo. The ceremony took place in the Magistral Chapel of the Grand Magistry in Rome.
The conference room at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Valletta was once again alive with the sound of two hundred and fifty excited, young and much loved and special children enjoying themselves at this year’s children’s Christmas party.
The After Glow animators kept the children entertained and gripped to the stage all throughout the afternoon with their cheerful tunes and dancing. They provided excellent amusement and kept the children fully involved in a variety of games, with singing and party activities of all kinds.
This month our Lourdes patients were once again pampered to a lovely afternoon tea party. Our dear friends were entertained in one of the elegant rooms of the timeless and sophisticated Villa Corinthia which is adjacent and forms part of the Corinthia Palace Hotel, in Balzan. The venue was beautifully decorated for Christmas and the hotel management took great pains to prepare a delicious spread of eats with teas, coffees and beverages throughout the afternoon. The patients enjoyed themselves in this tranquil and cheerful atmosphere, catching up on each other’s news and more stories. The pleasant event ended with all of them looking forward to their next get together which is planned for January.
Christmas is always a busy time for the Maltese Association. The Hospitaller activities for underprivileged children and needy families take priority over everything else to ensure that this special sector of society receives a good dose of love, care and joy at this special time of the year.
It was a hard afternoon’s work for the few members and volunteers who were eager to attend and to give some of their time on this first day of December – the end result was a rewarding feeling of satisfaction to see the one hundred hampers packed to the brim with food and ready for distribution to the disadvantaged and poor families, various children’s institutions and cloistered and other religious organisations all over Malta in the run up to Christmas.