The Feast of Blessed Gerard, Founder of the Order, was fittingly marked by the Association, lead by its President Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, at a concelebrated Holy Mass in Latin held at the Church of St. Ursula in Valletta, which was all dressed up in beautiful damask for the occasion, where the skull of Blessed Gerard is kept and revered.
The Principal Chaplain of the Association, Monsignor Lawrence Gatt, was the main celebrant and was accompanied by the Rev. Fr. Monsignor Paul Vella, the Rev. Monsignor Victor Zammit McKeon, the Rev. Fr. Savio Vella and the Rev. Fr. David Gauci.
The Hospitaller read the first reading, whilst Josephine Farrugia Randon read the bidding prayers. Peter Sant Cassia was Standard bearer.
The Jerosolimitan Nuns of St. Ursola, who are also members of the Order, were all in attendance within the church, leading the congregation with their beautiful singing to the accompaniment of their guitars.
The heavenly occasion also served for the promotion of the Rev. Fr. David Gauci to the rank of Magistral Chaplain ad honorem, and to the admittance of the Rev. Fr. Victor Zammit McKeon in the rank of Magistral Chaplain.
The Maltese Association kept its annual appointment with the Elderly at the tea party hosted in the gardens of Verdala Castle in the afternoon of Thursday 29 September 2016, with the most kind permission of H.E. the President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca.
There were an estimated 300 special guests in attendance, hailing mainly from the Home of the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Vincent de Paule Residence, St. Catherine’s Home and various Government residential homes for the elderly. This time round a number of past Lourdes patients were also invited.
The tea party for the month of September was held at the Sant Manduca residence in Mdina However, due to the sudden and heavy rains, the activity had to be abandoned by most of those intending to attend. The inclement weather disrupted the flow of traffic, leaving many of us stranded in the roads, with no option but to turn back home, since the roads were flooded with the sudden downpour. Those who managed to arrive, were not disappointed though, and were entertained within the charming old town house of Mrs Sant Manduca. She very kindly opened her beautiful dining room to give our special guests a lovely high tea. Our immense gratefulness goes to the Sant Manduca family for their unfailing generosity and continuous support in our events.
After a lapse of some years, the Maltese Association accepted an official invitation extended to it by the National Festivities Board and participated once again at the Independence Day Solemn Pontificial Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at St. John’s Co-Cathedral at 10.00 a.m. in the morning of 21 September 2016.
The Association is very grateful to the Rector of the co-Cathedral and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their assistance with these arrangements.
Nine Members of the Association, lead by the President and accompanied by our Austrian confrère Nicholas Altgraf zu Salm-Reifferscheidt, processed ahead of the clergy wearing their Church robes and took their places on the side benches alongside the Judiciary, in a return to the old seating protocol. The Chancellor and the Hospitaller were also in attendance. Mr. Frederick Mifsud Bonnici was the standard bearer.
Archbishop Mgr. Charles Scicluna, who was the Main Celebrant, delivered a most poignant homily, focused on the four values of governance of the state: unity, goodness, truthfulness, and beauty. A printed copy of the homily, in English and Maltese, was distributed along with a Holy Mass booklet which was printed for the occasion.
The congregation included the Acting President, the Chief Justice, the Speaker, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and MPs from both sides of the House of Representatives (the President and the Prime Minister were abroad on official duties). Various members of the Diplomatic Corps were also present.
Members of the Association, after assembling and robing in the sacristy of St John’s Co-Cathedral, prepared for the celebration of the annual High Mass in view of the triumph in the Great Siege of Malta 1565.
The Association started the proceedings by leading the procession followed by the Reverend Clergy to the High Altar where Mgr. Victor Zammit Mckeon co-celebrated Mass. At the end of Mass all present sang the Te Deum, which was followed by the National Anthem.
On 7 September 2016 the members of the Maltese Association assembled in the sacristy of St John’s Co-Cathedral, together with the members of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, who were cordially invited. This annual High Mass was co-celebrated by Mgr Mifsud and assisted by other member of the Reverend Clergy.
A Visitation was recently made to the Maltese Association by the Government Council of the Order, represented by Fra’ Jean-Luis Mainguy and Fra’ Paul Caffrey.
This was the first ever Visitation which the Association has experienced, and spanned fromThursday 1 to Monday 5 September. Council Members were fully engaged during this time, but all felt that it was a most constructive and salutary exercise which will bear fruit going forward. Members and Volunteers of the Association were given the opportunity of meeting our visiting Confreres at First Friday Mass at Our Lady of Victories Church on 2 September, which was followed by a Reception at Casa Lanfreducci.
On Saturday 3 September Fra’ Jean-Luis and Fra’ Paul accompanied by the President and the Hospitaller visited the Association’s recently re-launched trolley service at Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, where they were greeted by Mr. SaviourcGalea on behalf of the Hospital and the Dowager Vivien Cassar de Sayn who introduced those volunteers who attended the event proudly sporting their brand new red tabards.
A tour of the Centre then followed, where the trolley service was already underway. Opportunity was taken to address words of encouragement to all patients undergoing treatment, who warmly reciprocated with broad smiles on their faces. It was evident that this important and highly visible hospitaller project has already made its mark, and is deeply appreciated by the patients and nursing staff alike. We have started off on a small but steady scale and now look forward to increasing the Association’s involvement at SAMOC.