Procession with Baby Jesus
The Procession with Baby Jesus organized by the Society of Christian Doctrine
known locally as the MUSEUM was held on Friday the 23rd of December 201. The
Santa Marija Band accompanied the procession which left the Stella Maris House
at about 5.00 pm. The procession arrived at the parish church at about 6.00 pm
where the last Mass for the Christmas Novena was celebrated by Fr. John Curmi.
Archpriest Canon Reuben Micallef concelebrated. At the end of Mass, the Santa
Marija Band of our locality organized its annual Christmas concert.
At about 10.30 pm. the korteo consisting of the children and
their catechists began processing from the MUSEUM premises and ended in the
Church. Then the Christmas concert which is held annually began; it consisted of
various representations from different categories. Altar servers Joston
Azzopardi and Roberto Carnemolla delivered the Priedka tat-Tifel which this year
was quite different since it involved two altar-servers. The Priedka was written
by Rev. Eddie Zammit and adapted by Fr. Geoffrey G. Attard. The Mass began at
Mid-Night as Archpriest Can. Reuben Micallef processed down the main nave of the
church with the lovely statue of baby Jesus in his arms which he enthroned
beneath the altar. He was accompanied by Fr. Mark Demanuele MSSP, Fr. Noel
Saliba, Canon Cantor Karm Cini and Fr. Geoffrey Attard.
Christmas activity for altar-servers
On Tuesday the 27th of December, the altar-servers were
accompanied by the archpriest, Fr. Geoffrey Attard and Deacon Mark Bonello as
they visited various artistic cribs around Gozo. They began by visited David
Xuereb’s cribs at his home in Zebbug, then proceeded to visit the crib organized
by the vocations groups at St Laurence. Later on they visited the life-size crib
at the Leone Band Club in Victoria which is quite unique in its presentation.
Last but not least they visited the exhibition at the Gozo Ministry Hall,
Victoria. At mid-day they had a party at the Parish Centre.
Quaranta Ore in the parish
It is an old tradition in our parish and various other parishes
around Gozo that the Forty Hours Devotion takes places during the last week of
the year. This year, the Forty Hours began on Wednesday the 29th with the 6.00
pm Mass celebrated by the Archpriest Fr. Reuben Micallef.
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
The first day of the New Year 2012 happened to be a Sunday;
during this day, the Church celebrated not only the World Day of Peace but also
the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, venerated among our Orthodox brethren as
the Theotokos. At the end of the 6.00 pm Mass on Saturday, the Te Deum was sung
in thanksgiving for the graces bestowed on the parish community during the
outgoing year. At midnight between the 31st of December and the 1st of January,
Mass was celebrated by the Archpriest Fr. Reuben Micallef in order to inaugurate
the New Year. Then on Sunday, the 4.00 pm Mass was celebrated by Mgr. Dr. Joe
Vella-Gauci and at the end of Mass, the procession with the Blessed Sacrament
marched around the streets of the village.
Hike for all adolescents and youth
On Tuesday the 3rd of January, various adolescents and youths of
our community took part in a hike which they organized themselves aided by
Archpriest Fr. Reuben Micallef; they walked from Xwejni to Dwejra. The weather
was not ideal but made the hike possible. There was a BBQ at Dwejra organized by
the Youth-section of the Santa Marija Band for those who wanted to stay.
Party for the Parish Choirs
The two choirs of our parish organized a Christmas Party at the
Parish Centre on Wednesday the 4th of January at about 6.30pm. It is important
to mention that White Roses Choir of our parish featured on the weekly programme
Ghawdex Illum on TVM on Saturday the 24th of December at 6.45 pm. From the
columns of the parish website, we would like to congratulate them from the
bottom or our heart.
Christmas Party at the MUSEUM
The Christmas Party organized by the members of the MUSEUM was
held on Friday the 30th of December 2011 at 4.00 pm. The hall was full of
children who frequent on a regular basis the lessons prepared for them by the
socji and katekisti of Zebbug.
Written by: Fr. Geoffrey G. Attard
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