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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, November 10, 2014:
"Success of anniversary festivities is measured by holiness", says Bishop Grech
The anniversary celebrations marking the 175 years of Pietru Pawl Azzopardi’s titular statue of St George, carved in wood in Bormla in 1839, were officially concluded yesterday with a Festive Lunch at Calypso Hotel, Marsalforn, under the distinguished patronage of H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo and Dean of the Collegiate Chapter. The lunch followed a Pontifical High Mass on the Solemnity of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica.
Friday, November 7, 2014:
First World War Centenary Ecumenical Service
After the 7.00pm Mass on Thursday 6 November 2014, the portals of St George’s Basilica were not closed as usual; they remained open to invite the general public to come in and participate in an Ecumenical Service that was duly held at the Basilica which for the last few years has been the home of the Anglican Communion on the island of Gozo bearing the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St George.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014:
Anniversary festivities come to an end
It will be a weekend to remember at St George’s, as our parish community brings to an end this year’s extraordinary celebrations marking the 175th anniversary of our titular statue. And what better day could be chosen as a fitting conclusion than All Saints’ Day! A Vigil Celebration on October 31, and a Musico-Literary Evening on November 1. After all, it is the path to holiness that inspires our love for that superb ‘icon’ of Gozo’s Patron Saint.