Archived News (May 2008)
Friday, May 30, 2008:
The Sacred Heart solemnity marks World Day of Prayer for Sanctification of Priests

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which falls every year on the Friday after the feast of Corpus Christi on the liturgical calendar.  It is a day of great devotion.  It was Jesus himself who, in an apparition to St Margaret Maria Alacoque, asked her to spread the devotion of the nine Fridays in honour of his most Sacred Heart. 
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Wednesday, May 28, 2008:
Ftit minn kollox - Il-Ħela

Local writer Joe M. Attard shares his views and comments about current events.  Today his corner is dedicated to one of the issues which are much discussed in today’s world – waste.  As Christians we should feel concerned about the misuse of material, especially that which is essential to our daily life, as food, water and air…  This commentary, entitled Ftit minn kollox (A bit of everything), is in Maltese language.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008:
Choir from Rome to sing at St George's on Sunday

The Roman choir Il Coro del Lunedì is to sing at St George’s basilica next Sunday.  The performance is being given on the initiative of the Italian embassy and with the collaboration of the Collegiate Chapter and the Victoria International Arts Festival Foundation. The general public is invited to attend.  The performance starts at 8.00pm.
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Monday, May 26, 2008:
Il-Belt Victoria now online

Our parish bi-monthly review Il-Belt Victoria is experiencing a significant development as its March-April 2008 edition, for the first time in the review’s rich history, comes to us not only in the traditional printed format, thanks to A&M Print (Qala), but also in a PDF file downloadable on the parish website www.stgeorge.org.mt.
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Sunday, May 25, 2008:
Twenty-one girls receive First Holy Communion on Corpus Christi

Today, Sunday, May 25, 2008, the feast of Corpus Christi, one of the most important days in the Catholic liturgical calendar, coincided with the celebration of the first Holy Communion in our parish.  This time it was the female candidates’ turn to celebrated theirs, a week after their male counterparts.
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Saturday, May 24, 2008:
Munxar festivities: Procession with Relic of St Paul

The special Pauline festivities coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the erection of the Parish reach their climax tomorrow with the people of Munxar bracing themselves for a day of joyous faith and parish pride that will include not only the traditional festa procession with the artistic statue of St Paul, but also the procession with the relic of his arm brought to Gozo from Malta for this special occasion.
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Thursday, May 22, 2008:
Mountain Guatemalans fete St George

On the second Thursday of devotions in honour of St George we are pleased to write about the contribution that our parish community is giving to the strengthening of world-wide devotion to the Saint whom we cherish as Patron and Protector.  After last year’s donation for the construction of a church dedicated to St George, its parishioners have marked his festivity in style.   We have learned about the festivity from the pastor of the parish and common friends.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2008:
LBV Community Radio transmits from Munxar Parish as from today

The St George’s parish community radio Lehen il-Belt Victoria will be broadcasting the liturgies that are held at the parish church of St Paul, at Munxar, as from today, the first day of the Triduum leading to the feast of St Paul on Sunday.  This year the parish festivities are taking on a special character.  It is not only the 50th anniversary of the parish but the festa almost coincides with the start of Church-wide festivities marking the 2000 years since the birth of the Apostle.
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Tuesday, May 20, 2008:
Twenty male candidates receive their First Holy Communion

Sunday, May 18, 2008, Holy Trinity Sunday, was a special day for twenty young boys who received Holy Communion for the first time – what in the Maltese language we call Il-Preċett.  For the first time in recent years the function was led by the archpriest.  Up to last year it used to be presided by the bishop of Gozo.  For the very first time also the parish candidates for First Holy Communion were divided into two separate groups, according to gender.
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Monday, May 19, 2008:
Sejħa urġenti għad-demm - Gruppi A u O

Ir-riserva tad-demm tinsab baxxa ħafna, saħansitra b'riskju li l-operazzjonijiet jieqfu mil-lum għall-għada minħabba nuqqas ta' demm meħtieġ mill-pazjent. Importanti ngħidu li d-demm la għandu sostitut u lanqas ma jista' jinxtara.

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Monday, May 19, 2008:
Our Mattia Preti's titular features on L-Art Imqaddsa's article about Lydda

The last edition (April-June 2008) of the local quarterly L-Art Imqaddsa might interest in a special way the many readers of Georgiana.  Fr Noel Muscat ofm publishes an eleven-page in-depth study on the historical, biblical and contextual-religious significance of Lydda, the “Palestinian” town which hosts St George’s tomb.
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Sunday, May 18, 2008:
www.lastella.com.mt - One year along

The official website of the La Stella Band has marked its first birthday.  It is a popular site not only with the supporters of the most popular musical band of Gozo but also with its rival supporters and with many dilettantes who visit it daily.   The site gives extensive information of what happens in the Philharmonic Society and extends its range of interest to the cultural activities that take place within tit as well as to the activities and goings-on in St George’s parish with whom it is essentially linked.  The article continues in the Maltese language.
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Saturday, May 17, 2008:
EASTER FAMILY BLESSINGS

Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona is currently visiting our parish families for the traditional Easter blessings.  Here we are providing you with a list of the planned official schedule of this year’s blessings.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008:
Young Ġorġjani raise funds for St George's Day

A group of young enthusiasts, Ġorġjani of heart and mind, are creating an image of St George that will light up the night skies of the festa week of July in honour of the Patron Saint.  A huge iron structure depicting St George and the Dragon is being lined with electric bulbs of various colours and it will rise up on one of the vantage points of Victoria

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Friday, May 16, 2008:
Ftit minn kollox

Local writer Joe M. Attard shares his views and comments about current events.  Two items are related to the Society of Christian Doctrine (Museum), the first reporting what Bishop Grech said in his homily at the diocesan pilgrimage to St Ġorġ Preca’s tomb on the eve of his feastday, and the second joining the Society’s Victoria male branch’s appeal for financial help in a project which will see a great change in the structure of its building at 8 December St.  The author writes as well about this year’s 125th anniversary of the Call of Our Lady at Ta’ Pinu.  This commentary, entitled Ftit minn kollox (A bit of everything), is in Maltese language.
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Thursday, May 15, 2008:
Archpriest urges daily prayer to St George

In his homily on the first Thursday of devotions in preparation for the feast of St George, archpriest Mgr Paul Cardona called on the parishioners to pray for the intercession of “our Patron” every day.   He called on us to recite the Kurunella ta’ San Ġorġ and it-Talba għall-interċessjoni ta’ San Ġorġ on a daily basis.  Mgr Cardona presided at concelebrated high Mass with Mgr Carmelo Scicluna and Can Saverio Calleja serving as first concelebrants. 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008:
L-Ewwel Ħamis ta' San Ġorġ - Our festa draws nigh

Tonight the bells of St George’s basilica rang out to announce the advent of Gozo’s St George’s Day.  St George is the Patron of Gozo, officially denoted “Protector of the Gozitans”.  From time immemorial the Gozitans marked their attachment to him on his universally acknowledged day, April 23.  Currently, besides this day, the Gozitans mark him with early summer special festivities that culminate on the third Sunday of July.  This year, the day falls on July 20.
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008:
Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra at St George's basilica


The distinguished Heidelberg Chamber Orchestra will be giving a charity concert  in St George’s basilica on Saturday May 24, 2008.  The orchestra will perform the Mozart Requiem in a historical version for small chamber group.  The conert will take place in the context of a tour that the orchestra will be making in the Maltese islands.
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Monday, May 12, 2008:
A few days at Pluscarden

Fr Geoffrey G. Attard writes to us from Scotland, where he is completing his M.A. studies at St Andrews University, while doing pastoral work at the cathedral parish of Dundee.  A few weeks ago Fr Geoffrey has been to Pluscarden, one of the most famous abbeys of the UK.  He shares with us his experience of this beautiful treasure of British monasticism.  Fr Attard will be presenting his thesis shortly and will graduate next month.
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Sunday, May 11, 2008:
Pentecost - the fulfilment of Easter Sunday

What the universal Church celebrates today is celebrated with appropriate solemnity at St George’s basilica.  Mgr Paulo Cardona, the second dignitary of the Collegiate Chapter after HL Mgr Mario Grech, bishop of Gozo and dean of the basilica, led concelebrated high Mass in which he called upon the Holy Spirit to enrich our parish community with his special gifts.
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Saturday, May 10, 2008:
Victoria International Arts Festival 2008: Detailed Programme

The Victoria International Arts Festival 2008, which starts June 8, features artistes from the Malterse islands as well as from the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Austria, Norway, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Russia.  The venues of the concerts are St George's basilica and its annexes as well as Pjazza San Gorg and Independence Square.  The performances start at 20.00 and they are free of charge.  More information about the programme can be acquired from Dr Maria Frendo and the helpdesk at the St George's Parish Office.
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Friday, May 9, 2008:
Launching of the Victoria International Arts Festival 2008

The 2008 edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival kicks off on Sunday, June 8 with the St Mary’s College Choir of Durham University (UK) performing in St George’s basilica.  The longest-running festival in the Maltese islands will feature, amongst others, piano and guitar music, brass ensembles, organ and vocal recitals, violin sonatas, classical dance, string quartets, lieder and a grand concert by the National Philharmonic of Malta and the Laudate Pueri Choir that conceived this festival eleven years ago.
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Thursday, May 8, 2008:
Tomorrow Dun Ġorġ Preca's first memorial since canonisation

Tomorrow the Church commemorates St Ġorġ Preca, the first Maltese saint to be officially canonised in the Catholic Church.  He was canonised last year, by Pope Benedict XVI, on June 3, in Rome.  The Laudate Pueri Choir of St George's basilica took part in the papal Mass on a special invitation from the Coro della Cappella Sistina. It did so  alongside another choir from Malta which had been selected by the archdiocese of Malta.
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Wednesday, May 7, 2008:
Gozo 1234: Rooftop proves to be an added attraction... again

Hundreds of people climbed to the roof of the St George’s Parish Centre on Saturday between 8.00pm and 00.30am to enjoy the night-time views of Rabat and its castle, consume home-made timpana and wine, and watch two spectacular shows of fireworks on a cool night typical of early May.  Old-timers and new comers mixed, exchanged small talk, laughed together and had the kind of fun that forges friendship and enhances it.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008:
Orthodox Church of Georgia marks St George's Day

Did you know that today was St George’s Day?  No, not here.  In Georgia, the Eurasian country located at the east coast of the Black Sea, bordered on the north by Russia, on the south by Turkey and on the east by Azerbaijan.  Georgia is an Orthodox state where the Church follows a liturgical calendar different from the rest of the Christian world.  St George’s Day is celebrated on May 6.
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008:
A one-day retreat for Holy Communion Candidates

The spiritual red letter day for about 44 eight year olds is fast approaching.  On 18 and 25 May 2008 they will receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion from the hands of archipriest Mgr Paul Cardona.  Besides attending the regular Cathecism lessons  in their respective centres, the whole group used to meet every Thursday at St George’s Basilica with Rose Cefai, Maria Formosa and Maria Zammit Borg.  There, the children were given a very detailed explanation of the significance of every action and reading of Holy Mass.
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Monday, May 5, 2008:
Can. Joseph A. Borg in Canada concelebrates with Bishop Mario Grech

The Very Rev. Can. Joseph A. Borg, member of St George’s Collegiate Chapter, flew to Canada to join family and friends on the occasion of Bishop Mario Grech’s pastoral visit in Toronto and Detroit.  Yesterday, Ascension Sunday, he joined Bishop Grech and Archbishop Thomas Collins of Toronto at concelebrated Mass with Xewkija-born Fr Alfred Gima, parish priest, who is celebrating his fortieth anniversary of priesthood, and Xewkija archpriest Carmel Mercieca, as well as other priests.
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Monday, May 5, 2008:
Ftit minn kollox

Local writer Joe M. Attard shares his views and comments about current events.  The main theme today is Gozo 1234, a cultural activity organised in Gozo last weekend.  St George’s basilica was open for visits and organised as well a small exhibition at St Michael’s hall, a concert by the Laudate Pueri choir, and a wine-and-timpana evening on the new parish house’s roof which enabled more than two hundred visitors to enjoy the lovely fireworks.  The author comments as well on the comedy Villa għall-Kwiet, by late Mgr Salv Borg, which was on the Don Bosco Oratory’s “agenda” last week.  This commentary, entitled Ftit minn kollox (A bit of everything), is in Maltese language.
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Sunday, May 4, 2008:
Gozo 1234: Outstanding recital by the Laudate Pueri Choir

On the last night of the multi-activity four-day festival Gozo 1234, Victoria was agog with Gozitans and Maltese day trippers milling all over the town to enjoy the music and spectacle.  We could feel it at St George’s basilica.  People dropped into it from early Saturday, crowded it for the three vigil Masses of the solemnity of the Ascension and jam-packed it for the recital that the Laudate Pueri Choir of the basilica gave just before several guided tours helped three groups of culturally-minded visitors to explore the church’s art and history.
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Saturday, May 3, 2008:
All eyes on Gozo... and St George's basilica

All eyes are on Gozo 1234 and we, at St George’s basilica, that is, at the very heart of Gozo, would like to invite them to focus on a beauty that is unique.  In fact, like what one sees at St George’s, one will not see anywhere else in Gozo.  St George’s is not on the tourists’ itinerary, nor would we really wish it to be.  St George’s is first and foremost a Catholic church which one enters to celebrate Christ’s mystery in prayer and sacrament.  Its beauty is at the service of this.  But on this occasion…

 

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Friday, May 2, 2008:
Sweet pastry, sacred music, art and stunning views tomorrow night

Members of the Ladies Society have been working every day to prepare the sweet pastry that will go on sale tomorrow night, the night of Gozo 1234 in Victoria.  Ms Josette Vassallo, the president of the Society has organized the kitchen connoisseurs of the Society and they are making pastries typical of this time of the year.  Those who visit St George’s basilica tomorrow night will be able to buy mouth-watering tarts and enjoy them with the family at home.
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Thursday, May 1, 2008:
St George's basilica's festive St Joseph the Worker

The solemnity of St Joseph falls on March 18, but May 1 is a special memorial to him as worker.  The memorial was kept by a festive Mass celebrated by the archpriest emeritus at his 6.00pm Mass.  In line with tradition, Mgr Farrugia led the large congregation in the recital of the Gloria and shared with the faithful some theological and pastoral reflections.
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