The Maltese Association is very pleased to announce the launch of the Trolley Service at the brand new state of the art Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, as one of its important ongoing Hospitaller projects which also serves to provide very good visibility for the Order.
This is a continuation of the same service which was previously offered uninterruptedly over so many years at Sir Paul Boffa Hospital, but which had unfortunately been disrupted with the move of the Oncology Department to Mater Dei Hospital and the introduction of stricter infection control procedures. Our volunteers on the job, all of whom needed to participate in a Training Session, are very easily recognisable proudly donning their brand new red tabards sporting the Order’s logo. The service is currently being provided at the Radiotherapy Ward by our female vonunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, and at the Day Ward by our male volunteers on Saturday mornings.
Over 200 persons were invited to this lovely evening barbeque where an abundant selection of delicious eats were served in abundance on a fresh and pleasant summer evening. Our special guests from various organisations and localities had a great time and it was so gratifying to see all these lovely people smiling, laughing and eating away to their hearts’ delight. The ongoing entertainment prompted a jolly mood, inspiring our special guests to sing along some old time favourite songs with the merry music provided by DJ Michael Jackson J. Their infinite appreciation could be heard in the constant calls of emphasised ‘thank yous’; so the evening was a great and wonderful success for one and all!
Surplus leftovers were given to St Catherine Home for the Elderly in Attard, this residential home is run by the Dominican Nuns. They were so pleased to receive our unexpected contribution so that nothing went to waste!
Heartfelt thanks goes to all our Volunteers who gave a precious helping hand. A special emphasise of immense gratitude goes to Mr Lino Cremona, General Manager of the Plaza Hotel who organized the entertainment and coordinated all the catering. Our appreciation also goes to Mr Salvu Tanti, the Plaza Hotel’s dedicated staff, the Lija Parish and last but certainly not least to Koptaco, without whom this activity would not have been possible. Everybody’s precious input, support and valuable assistance was immensely valued by the Association’s members. We were most privileged to be able to reach out and host our special friends. it was a special event where happiness, fun and laughter altogether depicted this splendid evening!
Our immense gratitude goes to confrere Peter Sant Manduca and his dear mother Louisette, who are always so gentle and keen to wholeheartedly welcome the Maltese Association and our special guests when we visit Mdina. The June tea party took place on the quaint little terraces of their residence in the old city. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with breathtaking panoramic views. Our patients as always were treated to a variety of eats and delicious cakes. The Fontanella staff with a pleasant and caring disposition made sure that our guests were being served with teas and coffees all through the enjoyable afternoon. So once again it was so rewarding to see the happy bright faces of our dear patients. Every human being is remarkable and beautiful; it just takes a patient set of eyes to see that giving selflessly to others is the most precious gift one can give to people in need of love and care. The afternoon ended with farewells and promises to meet again in July!
His Excellency Ing. Umberto Di Capua, the SMOM Ambassador to Malta, and his spouse Mrs Marinella Di Capua, in the presence of H.E. The President of Malta and other dignitaries, very kindly hosted special guests, friends and the members of the Maltese Association to a beautiful reception on the roof of St John’s Cavalier to commemorate the Feast of the Patron Saint of the Order of Malta, St John the Baptist. It was a pleasant evening in this majestic building with spectacular panoramic views.
The Feast of St. John the Baptist, our Patron Saint, was very fittingly celebrated at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, this year on the Solemnity proper.
Unfortunately the most exceptional thunderstorm which hit our Islands earlier in the afternoon, and the heavy rain which that brought along, lead to the cancellation of the outdoor procession which had originally been scheduled to precede the liturgical celebration.
However, the splendour of the cathedral which never ceases to marvel very soon wiped away any disappointment as the relatively good turnout of Members, including two visiting confreres, solemnly processed out of the sacristy.
His Grace the Archbishop was also one of the casualties of the inclement weather, though Solemn High Mass was most ably celebrated by Monsignor Lawrence Mifsud as Main Celebrant, together with all other members of the clergy who concelebrated.
The Orchestral Charity Concert has become an annual event in the Maltese Association Calendar of Activities.
The Maltese Association held its sixth annual concert this year once again to mark the Feast Day of St John the Baptist, Patron Saint of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.
The Charity Concert Committee once again engaged the services of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Michael Laus, with operatic Soprano Miriam Gauci and The Goldberg Ensemble choir, giving an excellent performance of works by Handel, Palestrina, Mozart, Haydn, Verdi, Arne and Franck.
Miriam Gauci gave an outstanding and brilliant recital as always. The beautifully chosen repertoire captivated the audience’s attention all through the evening, in the breathtaking majestic Co-Cathedral, it really was a dazzling soiree!
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta organised its annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Ta’Pinu on Saturday 28 May. The Maltese Association invited many patients and residents from various hospitals and homes for this activity.
The Vice-President of the Maltese Association of the Order, Major Raymond Miller, led the Members of the Order of Malta and the Volunteer Corps.
Mass was celebrated by His Lordship Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, the Principal Chaplain of Maltese Association Mgr Lawrence Gatt and Canon Carmel Busuttil. The Laudate Pueri Choir also sang during Holy Mass.
After the Mass, the Sick and Elderly attended lunch at Villa Fiorita in Marsalforn. The Maltese Association wishes to thank all those who attended, Fr Gerard Buhagiar Rector of Ta`Pinu Sanctuary, all staff of hospitals and homes, SVDP, transport services, Mr Spiro Sillato and his musicians, the Gozo Channel Line and the Police Force for providing escort for all special buses which conveyed Our Lords the Sick.
The following is the homily in Maltese given by His Lordship Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo, during the Association’s Pilgrimage and Holy Mass celebrated at Ta’ Pinu:
Riflessjoni fil-Pellegrinaġġ għall-Morda organizzat mill-Ordni ta’ Malta
Santwarju Nazzjonali Madonna Ta’ Pinu, l-Għarb
Is-Sibt 28 ta’ Mejju 2016
L-E.T. Mons. Mario Grech, Isqof ta’ Għawdex
It-tingiża tax-xewka dlonk tnissina li mix-xewk joħroġ il-ward; imma l-esperjenza tikkonfermalna li dan il-qawl huwa minnu. Hekk ġralhom l-għarajjes ta’ Kana. It-temma tal-inbid kienet ser tkun xewka f’ġenbejhom għax setgħet sfrattatilhom il-festa; imma dik id-diżgrazzja nbidlet għalihom fi grazzja għax Ġesù wera l-glorja tiegħu billi għamel il-miraklu. Huwa każ fejn mix-xewk ħareġ il-ward.
Għalhekk, meta ħajjitna tkun kollha xewk, bħal meta nkunu fis-solitudni jew morda, ma għandniex naqtgħu qalbna, għax dik is-sitwazzjoni wiegħra, iebsa u kerha, taf tinbidel f’opportunità biex Alla juri li huwa qrib tagħna u juri l-ġmiel tal-imħabba u t-tjubija tiegħu.
Żgur li għal ħafna voluntiera, bħalma huma l-membri tal-Ordni tal-Kavallieri ta’ San Ġwann, “ix-xewka” tagħkom tfewwaħ u d-diżgrazzja tagħkom hija grazzja, għaliex meta jkunu qrib tagħkom biex jgħinukom, fil-persuna tagħkom huma jkunu jżiegħlu bil-laħam ta’ Ġesù preżenti fikom – fi kliem ieħor, intom tagħmlu lil Ġesù preżenti għalihom u Alla jinqeda bihom biex idewwaqkom il-benna tiegħu u jurikom il-glorja tiegħu.