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Friday, February 27, 2015:
Sharing in the joy of Malta's new Archbishop

Today’s Vatican News Bullettin officially announced at noon that H.L. Mgr Charles Jude Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator ‘sede vacante’ for Malta and Titular Bishop of San Leone, is the new Archbishop of Malta appointed by Pope Francis.  This comes as great news for St George’s parish community, which cherishes quite an old friendship with Bishop Scicluna.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015:
Chris Galea makes his Promise of Obedience in the Order of Malta

Chris Galea, who manages the Order of Malta Gozo Volunteers Association with its quarters within the premises of St George’s Parish at the Basilica Square, made his Promise of Obedience in the Order of Malta.  The Investiture Ceremony was held on 31 January 2015 at the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta.

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Friday, January 30, 2015:
Can. Joseph Sacco's Funeral homily

Nine days have passed from the demise of Canon Joseph Sacco, the priest from St George’s Parish who died after a short illness, at the age of 79 years, on Wednesday 21 January 2015.  In his homily at last Saturday’s Funeral Liturgy, Bishop Mario Grech called Dun Ġużepp “a messenger of the Good News”.  Here is the text of Mgr Grech’s reflection in Maltese.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015:
St George's Parish mourns the loss of a great priest

St George’s Parish Community is in mourning as it has just been announced that Canon Joseph Sacco, 79, died less than two hours ago at the Gozo General Hospital.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015:
Twelve Masses a day at St George's

As from the first week of January, as announced on the Parish Bulletin, the last morning Mass at St George’s Basilica on weekdays is at 11.00am and not at 12.00pm.  The decision to remove the last morning Mass was regrettably taken after a long period of discernment among the parish clergy, in the light of the shortage of priests and the rising age of our clergy.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015:
Children's book narrates story of titular statue

L-Istatwa Titulari ta’ San Ġorġ: 175 Sena fostna. L-Istorja tal-ewwel statwa titulari ta’ Għawdex miġjuba għat-tfal is the name of a recent publication written by Francesco Pio Attard with designs by Cynthia Saliba, both of Victoria.  During the year 2014, the parish community of St George celebrated the 175 years since the statue of St George, sculpted in wood by Maltese artist Pietru Pawl Azzopardi, arrived in Victoria, Gozo with the aim of being carried shoulder-high in the annual procession on the saint’s festivity. 

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Sunday, January 4, 2015:
2015 Parish Calendar marks Statue's Anniversary Year

Just in time for the new year and the solemn proclamation of the liturgical festivities of 2015, the new parish calendar was ready for collection yesterday and has been distributed to all households over the weekend.  This year’s calendar, again in full colour yet half last year’s size, reproduces a set of photographs from the main events of last year which marked the 175th anniversary of our titular statue.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014:
Fr Mark T. Elvins ofmcap: the English historian who wrote about St George passes away

Mark Turnham Elvins was born on 26 November 1939 at Whitstable, the son of an Anglican clergyman who had been Rector of St Mary in the Castle, Dover. He was educated at Dover College, St Stephen’s House, Oxford, Beda College, Pontifical Gregorian University, and Heythrop College, where he earned his Master of Arts from the University of London.  He received a Graduate Diploma in Spirituality at Milltown Institute, Dublin.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014:
Christmas at St George's given prominence on diocesan periodical

The December 2014 edition of diocesan periodical Il-Ħajja f’Għawdex carries on its front cover a graceful picture of the Christmas Novena at St George’s Basilica.  The leading article in the same number is written by Francesco Pio Attard and gives a general look at the celebration of the Christmas season in our parish.

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Thursday, December 25, 2014:

Puer natus in Bethlehem…
The Administration of the Official Website of St George’s Basilica joins Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona, the Collegiate Chapter and Clergy, and the Collaborators at the Parish Office, in wishing you all a Blessed Christmas.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014:
One step at a time... to Bethlehem

For the last nine days, the parish community has been preparing for the solemnity of Christmas with the Novena which this year focused on the theme “Pass pass lejn l-Għar, fejn Alla bniedem sar”.  Mgr Anton Borg, who celebrated the 6.00pm Mass for our families and children, explained the message of the Incarnation using different biblical figures from the Christmas narrative.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014:
Posthumous award given to George Vella

Ġieħ Għawdex, an honour bestowed annually by the Circolo Gozitano to persons or organisations who distinguished themselves in the promotion of the island of Gozo, this year was awarded to the late George Vella, who was a member of St George’s parish community.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014:
Advent soon in its second week

December is almost in its second week, as we celebrate tomorrow the second Sunday in Advent.  The new liturgical year is already well on its way and Christmas is fast approaching.  A full detailed programme of all celebrations to be held at St George’s Basilica has been distributed with last weekend’s Parish Bulletin.

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