29th April – 3rd May 2016
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A very generous benefactor of the Maltese Assocation donated 1,500 tubs of yoghurt. These were distributed to various religious institutions and economically challeged families on the afternoon of New Year’s eve.
Much appreciation goes to our benevolent sponsors who in one way or another, unfailingly support the Maltese Association throughout the years and help us reach our mission in giving a service with love and care to others.
A group of ‘Our Lords the Sick’ have been treated with a pleasant and relaxing afternoon at the luxurious Hotel Corinthia San Gorg in St Julians. Teas, coffees and other beverages together with a delicious spread of a variety of sandwiches, cheese cakes and sweets were flowing all through the afternoon, served by the pleasant hotel staff.
Old and young alike eagerly look forward to this monthly appointment and before returning back home, make it a point to take note of the date of the next get-together. It is so gratifying to see our friends benefit so much from these happy and convivial parties which are always so full of laughter and enjoyment.
The Maltese Association of the Order of Malta once again organised a Christmas children’s film show, this year at the Empire Cinema in Bugibba, for 100 children coming from various child care centres and homes around the island.
The kids started arriving at the cinema in the early afternoon as always so keen and looking forward to this yearly appointment with us! They queued up with their carers to collect their soft drinks, and tubs of popcorn, and were then ushered into the cinema to settled down into their seats, all eagerly awaiting for the start of the film. The theme behind this engaging tale is a story of courage, perseverance and the love for one’s family. The film captured the attention of all the children and our volunteers!
Members and Volunteers of the Order and their families and friends gathered in Our Lady of Victory Church to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass.
The Rev. Mgr Paul Vella celebrated Mass, and the Rev. Dun Karm Busuttil concelebrated.
Kevin Dingli and Paul and Andrew Sultana lead the congregation in the singing of carols by providing the music which enhanced the celebration of Holy Mass and also inspired the spirit of Christmas throughout the function.
The traditional sermon this year was delightfully and ably recited by the young Sophie Gera de Petri Testaferrata who captured the hearts of all those present. Whilst the readings and bidding prayers were read by Karen Miller and Helene Zammit respectively. President Daniel de Petri Testaferrata read the Prayer of the Order at the end of Holy Mass.
After Mass, members and their families proceeded to Casa Lanfreducci where they were able to exchange greetings in a convivial Christmas atmosphere whilst tucking into the lovely spread of food and mulled wine organized by the President’s wife Enyd. The enjoyable evening came to a close at 11.00 p.m.
Ambassadors, presidents of Associations, Hospitallers of the Sovereign Order of Malta gathered in Rome on 11 December in the Magistral Villa on the Aventine to discuss the latest developments in the field of assistance to migrants and refugees. With its associations, embassies, relief, ambulance and volunteer corps, the Order of Malta’s involvement in activities aimed at helping refugees in many parts of the world is becoming progressively stronger.
As noted by the Grand Chancellor Albrecht Boeselager in his opening remarks: “The reason we organized the conference today is to share the experience of the entities of the Order of Malta in different countries engaged in aid for refugees and to cement our action plan going forward. The Order of Malta receives and helps those who are in need and makes no distinction of religion, origin or race. Our judgment of the situation is that the crises will not be solved in the short term. We may see a variation in figures but we must be prepared for the fact that we are going to deal with this situation for the coming years and therefore we must be ready to cope with such a humanitarian emergency”.
A few members, this afternoon were happy to give some of their time to help prepare over a hundred hampers for socially and economically challenged families and religious institutions. Others contributed financial support, foodstuffs and toiletries towards this worthy cause. Once again, as in previous years, SMART Supermarkets provided the food bags, to whom we are so very grateful.
The hampers will be presented to various charitable and religious institutions and homes during the festive season. The Maltese Association takes this opportunity to thank all its sponsors and benefactors.