Tomorrow, Malta will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Independence, a very important milestone in local history. On the same day, St George’s Basilica will be marking the 259th anniversary of its Dedication to God, carrying with pride as its titular the name of Gozo’s Patron Saint. As we celebrate this important event on our liturgical calendar, let’s have our “traditional” look back at the festive days of July in his honour.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014:
"With remarkable love" – Hundred and fifty years of blessings
Today is a special day in the history of our Diocese of Gozo and Comino, as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of its foundation through Blessed Pope Pius IX bull Singulari amore (With remarkable love), issued on 16 September 1864.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014:
TripAdvisor rates St George's Basilica among best attractions
St George’s Basilica recieves hundreds of visitors daily, mainly European tourists who happen to be day trippers on Gozo. The short stop in Victoria is usually in the afternoon hours, just in time for when the Basilica reopens at around 2.30pm. Not only the Visitors’ Book at the entrance is crowded with comments of admiration and awe inspired by the unique beauty of our monumental temple, but these may also be found on the renowned travel website TripAdvisor, which earlier this year has awarded St George’s Basilica with its Certificate of Excellence 2014.
Sunday, August 24, 2014:
Priestly jubilees in our parish
Two priests from our parish have celebrated their Ordination Jubilees this year: Canon Emanuel Buttigieg, 25; and Salesian Fr Charles Cini, 40. Both were ordained by the late Mgr Nicholas J. Cauchi, then Bishop of Gozo.
Friday, August 15, 2014:
Celebrating August 15th with the whole Church
Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Santa Marija is the more familiar name! The Marian devotion in Malta is almost as old as the existence of Christian faith on the islands.
Sunday, August 10, 2014:
Canon George J. Frendo bestowed with Order of Malta decoration
Last month, Can. George J. Frendo, Assistant Maestro di Cappella of St George’s Basilica and Director of its Laudate Pueri Choir, received the decoration of the Order of Malta, pro Merito Melitensi, bestowed upon him by H.M.E.H. the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council, further to the Maltese Association’s own recommendation, in recognition to his work in assisting the Association’s activities.
Monday, August 4, 2014:
Festa mementos still available
For this year’s July celebrations in honour of St George, the Parish Office has issued a number of commemorative mementos or souvenirs which are still available, in a limited edition, on a first come, first served basis.
Friday, August 1, 2014:
The 100th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Pietro Pace
July 29, 2014 was the hundredth anniversary since the death of Archbishop Pietro Pace (1831-1914), main promoter of the new Diocese of Gozo erected hundred and fifty years ago and later the third Bishop of Gozo. He was a great benefactor of the island of Gozo, in both the religious and social spheres.
Saturday, July 26, 2014:
Welcome Address to the Relic of the Arm of St George
While in these day Gozo hosts the precious Relic of the Blood of St Lawrence brought from Amaseno, Italy, we recall with joy and some nostalgia the visit of the Relic of the Arm of St George to our islands between July 14 and 20, 2014. The Holy Relic arrived in Gozo on Tuesday 15 July, and was solemnly welcomed in Victoria at 7.00pm, where Bishop Mgr Mario Grech led a Pontifical Translation to St George’s Basilica, accompanied by the La Stella Band. Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona delivered a Welcome Address at St George’s Square before the Ecumenical Vigil started inside the Basilica. We are publishing here the text in Maltese.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014:
Text of Bishop's Homily on Sunday
At last Sunday’s Pontifical High Mass at St George’s Basilica, on the Titular Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Gozo, H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo and Dean of the Collegiate Chapter, delivered a 40-minute homily on the strength which comes from God alone as a virtue which shines forth through human frailty, pointing towards St George as a perfect example.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014:
Watch parts of this year's Feast on NET TV tonight
Tonight’s edition of NET TV programme Minn Festa għal Oħra, at 8.30pm, will include a short feature on last Sunday’s celebration of St George’s Feast. Along with short interviews with representatives from the Basilica and the La Stella Society, viewers will also enjoy the main highlights of the Pontifical Procession with the Statue and Relic of St George.
Sunday, July 20, 2014:
The glorious day of the third Sunday of July
Buona festa! This is the day the Lord has made: let us exult and rejoice in it! The blessed dawn of the third Sunday of July is once again endowing us with the privilige to taste some of the beauty of heaven and share in St George’s eternal glory. Gozo and its capital Victoria are en fête as they hail with solemnity their beloved Patron Saint and Protector of old.