It has been more than three weeksnow that themissionary group from our parish has arrived from Guatemala. It was been a great experience once again for those who, with Fr Anton Grech, have gone through a very deep and profound experience. Guatemala has been described by many of the volunteers as a land of hope. In fact, a land of hope, but which also implies a land which is still developing and where disparities are still evident.
Every drop counts! It’s an English proverb which explains that in order to do something big, you need the collaboration and help of many. During last week, we have experienced such thing. It was a shower of generosity from many parishioners – and not only – who have responded to our call to fill up a container to be sent to Guatemala. The timing for publicising such activity was relatively short, nearly fifteen days, but the response was immense, perhaps not anticipated to such proportion!
Wednesday, June 29, 2016:
PROGRAMME OF CELEBRATIONS FOR ST GEORGE'S FEAST 2016
Read the full programme of St George’s titular feast in Victoria, celebrating the patron saint and protector of the diocese and the island of Gozo. The programme is issued by the parish office of the basilica in collaboration with the La Stella Philharmonic Society.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016:
Emotions that touch the heart!
Last week, our parish community welcomed for three days the Relic of the Arm of St George from the Cathedral of Ferrara, brought to the Maltese islands on the occasion of the 275th anniversary of the statue of St George in Ħal Qormi. The prestigious Relic came to Gozo on Wednesday 15 June and left on Saturday 18. When the invitation came from the Parish of St George in Ħal Qormi, we certainly could not refuse to welcome the Relic for some days in Gozo. St George’s Parish prepared a programme of events which included liturgical functions and various visits. As expected, the presence of St George’s Arm amongst us filled our hearts with joy – it was the living presence of our patron saint who, with his holy arm, wanted once again to show us Christ.
When a few days ago I heard in the press that the Relic of the Arm of St George was being brought over to Malta and Gozo from the Cathedral Church (Il Duomo) dedicated to him in Ferrara in the north of Italy, I have to be honest and say that I was taken aback and at the same time I felt a sense of nostalgia.
Saturday, June 11, 2016:
Renowned Relic of St George to be brought to Gozo
Now it's official. The holy relic of the arm of St George, venerated at the Ferrara Cathedral in Italy, will be brought to Gozo for the special festivities which will mark the 275th anniversary of the titular statue of St George in Ħal Qormi, Malta.
“An unforgettable, humbling, soul touching, incredible eye-opening, spiritual experience!”. At the risk of sounding rather bombastic this is what in a nutshell #mission2ethiopia_2015 was for us, a group of five Gozitan youths hailing from St George’s Parish who decided earlier on this year to embark on a new adventure, very different and perhaps much more daring than the ones we had immersed ourselves into, previously in our lives.
Friday, November 27, 2015:
Bishop Mario Grech start his first Pastoral Visitation to Victoria
On Sunday 15 November 2015, H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo and Dean of the Collegiate Chapter, inaugurated his first Pastoral Visitation to the two Victoria parish communities, by celebrating the 11am Mass at St George’s Basilica. Another Mass was celebrated at the Cathedral parish later in the afternoon.
Saturday, November 14, 2015:
Two altar boys from St George's Basilica to serve in Rome this summer
On Friday 6 November 2015, Nicholas Vella, one of our Basilica’s altar servers, received the great news that he will be serving at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome this summer. He placed fifth in an exam held last October. The group will also be accompanied by another altar server from our parish, Samuel Aquilina, who had already passed the same exam back in 2012, but will now return to St Peter’s as a ‘mature’ altar server.
Sunday, September 20, 2015:
We have seen with our own eyes... and believed
Blessed Pope Paul VI called the Holy Land “the fifth Gospel” giving the impression that one would not be able to succeed in contemplating the Word of God in its entirety if he or she would not visit the land where the four main Gospels were written in the first place. The nine Gozitans who, accompanied by Archpriest Mgr Paul Cardona, visited the land where the Lord Jesus Christ was born and bred, died and resurrected will definitely agree with this assumption now that they have seen with their own eyes the holy places connected to the life of the Saviour.