Wednesday, May 15, 2013:
Fr George Attard OFMCONV appointed Confessor at the Vatican
Last October, Fr Alfred Calleja, Minister Provincial of the Maltese Franciscan Conventuals, called Fr George Attard to Rome because a friar who was serving at St Peter’s Basilica as administer of the Sacrament of Reconciliation fell sick. The Franciscans are amongst the main suppliers to the Apostolic Penitentiary. Fr George started his new ministry in Rome on October 8, 2012.
Saturday, May 11, 2013:
Notte Gozitana attractions this weekend
Those who visit St George’s Basilica and its environs this weekend for the seventh edition of Lejlet Lapsi - Notte Gozitana, have a variety of activities to choose from: two concerts at the Basilica, an exhibition at Il-Ħaġar Museum and another one at the La Stella premises. One may also visit the Basilica Museum at a reduced fee, follow a guided tour and enjoy good local wine on its rooftop. Even St George’s Square is decorated with festa bandalori for the occasion.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013:
What May leaves behind and brings along
May is the traditional month of Mary. The Church is still in jubilant mode, celebrating the Lord’s Resurrection. Parishioners eagerly wait for April to celebrate St George’s Day on the 23rd, which is soon followed by the Eucharistic weekend traditionally known at the Quarant’Ore. Depending on how early or late Easter comes, the period in between is dedicated to the administration of the two sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013:
Today is the feast of St George, the holy witness of Christ
Today is St George’s feast day on the Catholic calendar, a day which has a special significance for many communities around the globe… and not just Christians. However, St George’s feast has become a Vatican holiday this year, since it also happens to be Pope Francis’ “onomastico”. Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio preferred to be know simply as Fr Jorge.
Thursday, April 18, 2013:
St George's Liturgical Feast
The Programme of Liturgical Celebrations on the occasion of the liturgical feast day of St George, Patron Saint of Gozo, has been released together with last Sunday’s parish bulletin. The programme, from 19 to 23 April, which is St George’s Day, this year includes a novelty when it comes to the external festivities. The Traditional Horse Races, held annually in July, will take place at Republic Street on Sunday 21 April, at 8.00am.
Mgr Joseph Gauci has just received from the Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus what has been described as “a joyous news”. The General Postulator, Padre Gianni Califano, this afternoon has informed the General Curia of the Franciscan Congregation that the nine cardinals assembled at the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints at Rome have unanimously decided in favour of the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Mother Margherita DeBrincat.
Technical visits ahead of museum inauguration | Cardinal Levada visits St George’s | Prayer meeting at the Oratorju Don Bosco | Annual collection in aid of the Franciscan mission in the Holy Land | Outing for altar boys | Mass and lunch for the residents of Dar Arka | The festa antependium back at St George’s following restoration | Visit and financial assistance by Minister Chris Said | More meetings for Mass readers | Diocesan Conference for Families | 50th anniversary of the Victoria Scout Group | Feast of St John Bosco | More parish committees’ meetings | Demise and funeral of Grace Micallef | Solemnity of St Paul’s Shipwreck | Lent and Spiritual Exercises | Lenten meetings for children | Parish Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes | Restoration of artistic treasures at St George’s Basilica | Commemoration in honour of De Soldanis | Official inauguration of Il-Ħaġar | Inaugural Concert by the Sistine Chapel Choir | Thanksgiving Pontifical High Mass and celebratory luncheon | The Ministry of Lectorate to seminarian Mario Curmi | Benedict XVI’s resignation | Parish adolescents in Lenten live-in | Benedict XVI’s last skullcap donated to Il-Ħaġar | Parish Feast of the Holy Shroud | Commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows | Meeting for parents of Confirmation candidates | Holy Week concert by the La Stella Band | Palm Sunday | Devotional Pilgrimage from St Francis’ to St George’s | First Confession | Via Crucis on St George’s Square | Maundy Thursday and the Passion Procession | Good Friday | Easter Vigil | Easter Sunday | Easter outings for altar boys and adolescents.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013:
Organ and Choral Recital at St George's Basilica
To mark the celebrations of Easter, an organ and choral recital will be held at St George’s Basilica tomorrow, Thursday 4 April, at 19.30, by the Thüringen Orgelsommer, which is made up of various organists and a choir from the town of Arnstadt in the German State of Thüringen.
Saturday, March 30, 2013:
On the eve of the Great Day
We are now reaching the peak of the greatest week of the year… days full of emotion… the week of God’s great love for humanity. Lived with intense faith and through dignified liturgy at St George’s Basilica, Holy Week comes to a glorious end tonight at 8pm with the Easter Vigil, which once again this year includes the Sacrament of Baptism to a newborn Christian.
Thursday, March 14, 2013:
New Pope, named after St George, calls himself Francis
“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam!”. Yesterday at 7.06pm, while Fr Joseph Mercieca said the last Mass of the day, the bells of St George’s Basilica were the first on our small island to announce the joyful news: the Conclave had just elected the 265th Successor of Peter. Jesuit Cardinal Jose Mario Bergoglo, 76, became the first Latin American Pope in the Church’s history. The former Argentinian Arcbishop of Buenos Aires chose to take a name which no other Pope before him had opted for – Francesco – thus defining the programme of his Petrine ministry, that of a humble servant of the Good News announced to the poor in spirit.
Monday, March 11, 2013:
Updating of the Parish Library and Archives
During the past two years, the Parish Library and Archives section has been updated, with the library being reorganised from scratch, and the work on the database of marriages registered with our parish completed.