The 2014 MASMOM Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between the 2nd and 6th of May.
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The MASMOM’s monthly afternoon tea-parties for our past Lourdes patients continue to give a lot of happiness and respite to our dear friends. These get-together events are also so very rewarding for the helpers themselves.
This month’s tea party brought together both old and young patients ! who are all so very dear and close to the heart of MASMOM. The chosen venue was the intimate cosy Corinthia Marina Hotel, where a spread of delicious mouth watering eats were beautifully laid out in the Bay View Restaurant. Some wheelchair patients, on this lovely cloudless and blue skied afternoon, also enjoyed a cheerful and happy chat between themselves in one of the charming terraces overlooking the attractive St George’s Bay. The children were so happy and thrilled to meet each other again. They enjoyed tucking into the delicious eats very kindly provided by the Corinthia catering, whilst the parents had a lovely relaxing time chatting away and renewing acquaintances.
One hundred and thirty malades and helpers attended the pre-Lourdes familiarization fund raising lunch at the Radisson Blu Hotel St Julians.
For some weeks, work has been steadily building up at Casa Lanfreducci and now with departure just two weeks away, it was time to gather together pilgrims, malades and helpers so friendships and acquaintances could be forged and built.
Before lunch started Dr Philip Farrugia Randon, MASMOM President welcomed everybody and thanked them for attending and giving their support and wished everyone a successful and spiritual experience in the forthcoming Pilgrimage to Lourdes.
During lunch Neville Curmi also address those present. In his short talk Neville spoke about the story of Lourdes and St Bernardette.
After table grace said by MASMOM Principal Chaplain Mgr Lawrence Gatt, everyone settled down to enjoy a lovely lunch served by the very efficient staff of the Radisson Blu Hotel.
on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th
The annual Lenten Retreat of the Order of Malta was held from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th April at Mount St. Joseph Retreat House in Targa Gap.
The Lenten meditations were led by Rev. Fr Edward Mercieca SJ. The main theme of the Retreat was “Finding God in all things and all things in God”.
Twenty-five members and volunteers of the Maltese Association attended. Fr Edward was happy to meet the members of the Maltese Association led by President Dr Philip Farrugia Randon and Principal Chaplain Mgr Lawrence Gatt.
The annual Lenten retreat was organised with the collaboration of Vice-President Anthony Miceli Demajo.
A friend is a push when you have stopped, a chat when you are lonely and a smile when you are sad… We try to make our special friends the Sick feel loved and important. The bond developed between the patients and our helpers during the pilgrimage is a very special and profound one, our efforts keep rekindling to give happiness flowing through the big warm hearts of our dear friends.
This month our Lourdes guests were spoiled with more than one tea party. The Xara Palace management and staff took great pains to prepare and serve a delectable and delicious spread of eats with teas, coffees and beverages flowing throughout the afternoon. They went out of their way to give us so much. The patients enjoyed themselves in a relaxed and jovial atmosphere. The laughter and cheerful conversations never seized for one minute! Two child patients celebrated their birthdays and we surprised them with a beautiful birthday cake ! Two hours flew by in a flash, by the end of the event, we could see how rewarding it all was to see our friends re-energized and smiling and happy to return home after sharing a wonderful time together.
As has been customary for the past few years, on the feast of St Joseph the Worker, a group of MASMOM members and volunteers joined a good number of other generous souls from various commercial companies to redecorate a couple of church-run institutions housing persons in need. That meant a new adventure for some whose experience in whitewashing or window painting was next to absolute zero but it was really fun all the way. We are glad to share a photo amongst others, showing confrere Bernard Coleiro painting a window with the same dedication, patience and verve which spurred Michelangelo’s endeavors in the Sistine Chapel. This was an exceptional moment for this dedicated doctor who spends nine-tenths of his life attending to the sick.
St Lawrence Collegiate Church – Birgu
Without fail, the Archpriest and Collegiate Chapter of the St Lawrence Church in Birgu very kindly invite the Order to participate in the Ash Wednesday service.
Members of the Maltese Association gathered at the Santa Scolastica Monastery at 5.45 p.m. for the translation of the revered Reliquary of the Holy Face of Christ in procession, along with the Collegiate Chapter Members to the Chapel to the Church.
A group of ‘Our Lords the Sick’ have once again 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 enthusiastically ask to reconfirm the date of the next get-together. It is so gratifying and rewarding to see our friends benefit so much from these respite happy and convivial parties! The Terrace Suite was filled with a warm, tranquil and jolly atmosphere full of laughter and enjoyment.
It is always so rewarding for the MASMOM to see that such events are so important for our patient friends. The big smiles on their faces throughout the afternoon confirms their happiness and appreciation. On our part we look forward to give this service with great love and dedication. Giving one’s time to the less fortunate and sick is a priceless and precious gift!