Members of the Order led by the Vice-President Comm. Anthony Miceli Demajo, attended the traditional Church Service at St John’s Co Cathedral.
The Pontifical High Mass was celebrated by the His Lordship Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna, who assisted by other members of the Cathedral Chapter.
As is customary on this significant occasion of the feast of Corpus Christi, after Holy Mass, the Blessed Sacrament was carried with devotion around the streets of Valletta and the procession then returned to the Co Cathedral for Benediction.
Members of the Maltese Association were present at the Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Xewkija, the Spiritual Seat of the Order in Gozo and joined in the celebrations in the annual feast of our Patron Saint, St John the Baptist. The Translation Procession around the streets of Xewkija ,with the Relic of St. John, was led by Mgr Joseph Sultana.
The Procession was followed by High Mass.
Our acknowledgements and sincerest appreciation this month goes to our confrère Mr Justin Zammit Tabona and his efficient staff at The Xara Lodge, who very kindly treated our patients to a lovely tea party on this beautiful summer afternoon. The Xara Lodge is nestled in the open Rabat countryside just below Mdina, offering breath-taking views, in a tranquil ambiance, so it was an idyllic venue to entertain our special guests who were glowing with happiness to meet each other and us helpers once again!
Our patient friends all have a particular story be it sad, tragic or sickness. They have known suffering, defeat, struggle and loss, and many of them have found their way out of the depths, back to the surface again. They have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. These beautiful people do not just happen, they become the special human beings they are after fighting through all their plights in silence. Giving them some of our time every month, has made us realize that what is really important is not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving.
Over seventy five Lourdes helpers attended a dinner at the Radisson Blu Hotel in St Julians, to meet again after the Lourdes pilgrimage. This was not a fund raising event but a friendly get together to recall our recent experiences. The occasion was a great success, with helpers relaxed, meeting up in a convivial atmosphere. The food was delicious and the music of the 60′s provided by the live band The Quacks was much appreciated!
The Sovereign Military Order of Malta organised its annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Ta’Pinu on Saturday 31st May. The MASMOM invited many patients and residents from various hospitals and homes for this activity.
The Chancellor of the Maltese Association of the Order (MASMOM) Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata led the Members of the Order of Malta and the Volunteer Corps. The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo also attended for the pilgrimage.
Mass was celebrated by the Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna Conventual, Chaplain Grand Cross, the Principal Chaplain of MASMOM Mgr Lawrence Gatt, Canon Carmel Busuttil, Fr David Gauci, Fr Marcel Portelli missionary in Peru and other priests who participated in the SMOM Lourdes Pilgrimage including Canon Joseph Sultana and Fr George Vella. The Laudate Pueri Choir led by Canon George Frendo and Fr Joseph Mercieca also sang during Holy Mass.
After the Mass, the Sick and Elderly attended lunch at Villa Fiorita in Marsalforn. The MASMOM 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.
Great thanks goes to Louisette and confrere Peter Sant Manduca, who are always so kind and willing to welcome the MASMOM and our special friends with wide open arms every time we turn to them. The May tea party took place on the beautiful terrace of their residence in Mdina. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon with breathtaking panoramic views. Our patients 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 one’s time to others is the most valuable gift one can give to someone in need.
The MASMOM Lourdes personnel were invited to an afternoon tea party very kindly organized by the cloistered nuns of our Order. Helpers were warmly welcomed into the parlour hall of the Monastery by big warm smiles worn on the glowing faces of our delightful nuns. The delicious homemade refreshments, baked by the Sisters themselves were in no time devoured during this relaxing afternoon. MASMOM President Philip Farrugia Randon half way through the event thanked the nuns for unfailingly joining the MASMOM on pilgrimage every year. He cheerfully commented that the sisters and our patients are kept close within the warm heart of MASMOM, thus forming part our big happy family. The afternoon came to an end with helpers leaving for home contented to have met once again. The nuns really went out of their way to give us all a wonderful and enjoyable time.