The 2014 MASMOM Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between the 2nd and 6th of May.
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of St John’s co-Cathedral
Eve of the Feast of Candelmas
MASMOM members led by President Philip Farrugia Randon, processed into the Oratory, for the occasion with families and guests of the persons being invested and decorated.
The ceremony was most ably conducted by the Chancellor of the MASMOM, Marchesino Comm. Daniel de Petri Testaferrata with the support of the Association’s Master of Ceremonies, Major Raymond Miller.
The ceremony commenced when Mgr Lawrence Gatt, MASMOM Principal Chaplain blessed the decorations and then continued with Holy Mass in Latin.
The 27th January afternoon was another special and beautiful occasion to remember. A sizable number of patients and Lourdes Personnel met up at the Radisson Blue Resort in St Julians. The hotel staff were so obliging and attentive in making sure that everyone was being served and is well fed. The Radisson prepared a wonderful array of food and sweets for our special guests and friends, with teas, coffees and drinks flowing all through the afternoon. The children and adults alike, tucked into a variety of delicious sandwiches and scrumptious cakes!
The atmosphere throughout the afternoon was full of commotion with everyone trying to catch up on each others news. No wonder the two hour tea party went by so quickly ! All the volunteers and helpers went back home with a rewarding feeling to see the happy and smiling faces of Our Lords the Sick. They so much look forward to dressing up for the event which has become an important monthly event for them.
The English-speaking members of the Anglican community on the island of Gozo had also responded to the food collection appeal which the Order of Malta Volunteers in Gozo (OMVG) had made two months ago.
For the past weeks the Anglican community led by Rev. Neil Robb and their welfare officer Ms Carole McLaren have passed the Gozo volunteers appeal to their congregation. The response was overwhelming as food supplies were provided so that the Order would distribute more aid to Gozitan families and refugees in need. This month, the English-speaking Anglican community in Gozo, which holds its service at the Catholic Seminary chapel in Victoria, has donated items including blankets and good-quality clothes to the Order’s corps every Wednesday after Service. The food donated also complimented the other twenty hampers which the Maltese Association also sent to Gozo with the kind assistance of our colleague Mr Joe D’ Amato. The Order in Gozo also received a large amount of stationary and toys from the Catenian Gozo Circle led by their President Dr Raymond C Xerri.
Currently, the Order of Malta Volunteers in Gozo is helping a lot of families and refugees. A particular family which needs a lot of help is a Gozitan widow whose son is currently receiving treatment in Germany. The Gozo Volunteers are providing a ramp near their apartment for the boy’s wheelchair.
Very recently the MASMOM Council approved a project for the construction of a number of units to house additional immigrant families with children at the Residential Complex for Refugees in Balzan. The aim is to provide better accommodation for these unfortunate immigrants. Works, which commenced this Autumn, are nearing completion thanks to the dedicated efforts of a number of volunteers and labour resources generously provided by some members of the Association. On Sunday 19 January, His Lordship Bishop Charles Scicluna visited the centre and viewed the good work completed so far and which can already start receiving some immigrants. More work will continue, hopefully to be completed within a short time.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Order of Malta Volunteers in Gozo (OMVG) has supported a Catholic Mission in Russia.
Based in Tula and led by our long-time collaborator Dr Oleg Siliyanov, Russian Maltese Aid provides assistance to a Catholic Parish which has been serving the big city for a number of years. Orphans from a nearby Catholic orphanage received Christmas gifts thanks to our collaboration with Dr Oleg Siliyanov. Gifts were distributed on Christmas and during the Mass, a Tanzanian choir also participated.
Seventy families from around different parts of the Island were our guests today to a Family Fun Day which this year was held at the food retail outlets at the Malta International Airport.
Our guests started to arrive at around 10.15 a.m. and soon the food hall area allocated to us was a buzz of excitement as parents and children settled down in preparation for the day’s activities.
Very appropriately the day commenced with Holy Mass celebrated by Father Carmel Busuttil, in the airport Chapel. During the short sermon, Canon Busuttil emphasized how wonderful it is to be cared for and added that having people giving their time for others is an example of true love for each other. He continued to say we should place Jesus not only in the crib but more importantly in our hearts spreading affection through good deeds done for those around us, with special care to the underprivileged and dysfunctional families.
Representatives from fifteen Institutions gathered at Casa Lanfreducci this morning to receive Christmas Hampers being donated to them by the Association. The irregular migrants, various orphanages, cloistered nuns coming from different communities spread over the island and homes for the handicapped were amongst the list of entities who received the MASMOM food bags.
The hampers had been prepared by Association members and helpers in the month of December and were filled with food items that had been generously donated by sponsors and also purchased by the Association. The organisations were very grateful to receive the donations of food, toys and toiletries. Drinks and light refreshments were given to those who attended the presentation.