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Saturday, April 19, 2014:

Tonight we celebrate the most important celebration in the annual cycle of the Church’s liturgical year.  At the end of the Paschal Triduum comes the Great Easter Vigil.

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Monday, April 14, 2014:
Special April-May celebration highlights announced

The main highlights of the special April-May celebrations in honour of St George, Patron Saint of Gozo, marking the 175th anniversary of the titular statue sculpted in 1839 by Pietru Pawl Azzopardi, have been announced by St George’s Basilica over the weekend.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014:
Dublin Choir to sing for Lent at St George's Basilica

The St Teresa’s Church Choir of Dublin, Ireland, will be giving a Sacred Music Concert for Lent at St George’s Basilica, on Friday 4 April at 8.00pm.  The choir of eleven singers – an excellent liturgical choir and probably the best of its kind in Ireland – will be under the direction of Gráinne Gormley.  It specialises in sacred polyphony from the 16th century to the present day, and in particular the works of Victoria, Palestrina and Lassus.

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Monday, March 24, 2014:
Fr Clement Azzopardi OCD: a regular visitor to St George's Feast

On Monday 6 January 2014, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, as the world was still tasting the good food and wines that go hand in hand with the 1st of January celebrations, another little epiphany was taking place in heaven.  Father Clement Azzopardi OCD, a renowned preacher and spiritual director, entered his heavenly abode to contemplate the beatific vision which he has so long awaited during his long life.  

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014:
Logo for 175th Anniversary Celebrations launched

On the occasion of the third and last celebration Is-Siegħa tal-Martri last Saturday night, the official logo for the 175th Anniversary Celebrations of St George’s Titular Statue has been launched.  Designed in a simple and elegant style by the Parish Office, it evokes the significance of the celebrations that the parish community will be celebrating in the coming months.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Sr Lydia Formosa turns 105

Sr Lydia Formosa, of the Sisters of Charity, turns 105 today.  This makes her one of the oldest persons on the archipelago.  She was born in Victoria, Gozo on March 12, 1909 and baptised at St George’s parish.  She still speaks very fondly of her devotion for St George!

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Monday, March 10, 2014:
First Lenten Talks tonight

Lenten Spiritual Exercises start today at St George’s Basilica with the first set of five talks for married couples at 7.30pm, following the last Mass of the day.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014:
Pope Francis appoints Mgr Alfred Xuereb secretary general of the Vatican's new Economy Secretariat

By now, many of you must have heard the news that yesterday Pope Francis chose Mgr Alfred Xuereb, from our parish, as the number two man of the Vatican’s new “finance ministry” led by Cardinal George Pell.  The news on yesterday’s Vatican Bulletin Service simply stated: “The Holy Father has named Rev. Mgr Alfred Xuereb, Official of the Secretariat of State, as Prelate Secretary General of the Secretariat for Economy”.

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Monday, February 24, 2014:
Book with daily Lenten readings from Pope's Exhortation presented at Saturday's 'Is-Siegħa tal-Martri'

Why not have it on every 23rd day of the month?  This was the reaction of some parishioners who attended the second celebration Is-Siegħa tal-Martri last Saturday at St George’s Basilica.  Presided by Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona, the one-hour celebration included the prayer of Vespers, a catechesis by Rev. Dr Richard N. Farrugia, the Eucharistic Benediction, a short moment of prayer in front of St George’s niche, and… the distribution of a booklet with daily readings in Maltese for Lent, taken from the Pope’s new Apostolic Exhortation.

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Sunday, February 16, 2014:
Family from St George's Parish awarded the Premju Qalb tad-Deheb

The Attard Family, hailing from St George’s Parish, is the winner of the Premju Familja Qalb tad-Deheb 2013, which was awarded yesterday at the Pope John Paul II Institute for the Family, run by the Gozo Diocese Family Commission.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014:
The Hour of the Martyr - three preparative celebrations

The calendar of commemorative events marking the 175th anniversary of the titular statue of St George opens officially next Saturday, February 1, 2014, with the first of three catechetical celebrations named Is-Siegħa tal-Martri (The Hour of the Martyr/s), at St George’s Basilica, at 8.00pm.  Rev. Dr Richard N. Farrugia will lead ‘sixty minutes’ of liturgical prayer and catechesis drawing inspiration from the graceful statue, which, he explains, is in a pose of “jubilant movement”, a virtue which transpires from a man of faith.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014:
Madre Margherita De Brincat will be declared Venerable

The Servant of Gozo Madre Margherita De Brincat, who was baptised at St George’s parish on the same day she was born on November 28, 1862, will be declared Venerable by Pope Francis.

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Monday, January 20, 2014:
Order of Malta distributes more aid in Victoria: families with financial problems receive 20 tons of supplies

The problem of families falling below the poverty line is increasing.  St George’s Parish wished to respond to this problem and entrusted its response to the Order of Malta based in Gozo with its office situated in the Domus Curialis – or Dar Leħen il-Belt Victoria – in St George’s Square.

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