The 2014 MASMOM Pilgrimage to Lourdes will take place between the 2nd and 6th of May.
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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!
The Monuments Men
For the fourth consecutive year, the MASMOM organised a social/fundraising evening for its members at the InterContinental Hotel. Meeting up in a relaxed atmosphere on such events always enhances in a healthy and positive way the membership to strengthen old and new friendships between each other.
A warm welcome speech was addressed to the packed dining hall, by Association President Philip Farrugia Randon, where a selection of delicious pasta dishes and wines were served by the efficient and pleasant staff of the Harruba Restaurant. After supper, before proceeding to watch the film ‘The Monuments Men’, Dr Farrugia Randon drew the raffle prizes comprising a water colour painting donated by Mr Frank Salt, three Globalair Travel vouchers donated by Count Joseph Bugeja Fontani, Chanel toiletries donated by Mr Edward Baker and a book donated by Marquis Nicholas de Piro. MASMOM succeeded in raising some modest funds, all of which will be put to very good use in our charitable works where we see the face of Our Lord in those who are in need.
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.