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.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014:
Two young parishioners to spend ten months in African missions
It is a truly admirable endeavour! Two young people from our parish, Andrew Camilleri and Alan Casha, both in their twenties, have decided to spend ten months in missionary countries in the African continent as part of an experience with Missio Malta.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014:
Street statue of St George finally restored
With great satisfaction we have noticed that our old plea to have the statue of St George on Enrico Mizzi Street restored, to avoid its further deterioration, has finally been heeded. Last August, thanks to funds by the Ministry for Gozo, Wirt Għawdex has conducted a professional conservation and restoration process on this stone statue which probably dates back to the Medieval period.
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.