The figure of Saint Joseph is a modest one in the New Testament. Yet despite his silence and lack of detail with regards to his life and death he is a strong pillar from which one can draw many inspirations.
I, for one, am never at a loss of ideas when it comes to preach about Jesus’ adoptive father. Something singular about him strikes me as I turn my thoughts and prayers towards him. In fact, I wish to share…
My Experience in Peru!
Following a six-month work phase with an EU institution in Brussels, I found myself boarding a series of planes en route to Iquitos, Peru, as my final destination. Little did I know what was in store for me! My first impression of Iquitos deceived me as I travelled along a nice tarmac road leading to the city, but as the motocarro (a hybrid between a motor and a car) took its first right, things changed. Pot-holed roads,…
Ir-Raba’ Ħadd tal-Avvent
Xejn la tibża’ – Mt 1:18-24
Fl-Evanġelju ta’ San Luqa, ir-rakkonti tal-infanzja ta’ Ġesù huma ċentrati mal-figura ta’ Marija. Ir-rakkonti tal-infanzja fis-silta ta’ San Mattew li naqraw fir-raba’ Ħadd tal-Avvent huma ċentrati madwar il-figura ta’ Ġużeppi, l-għarus ta’ Marija li jaċċetta lil Ġesù bħala l-iben tiegħu. Ġużeppi ġej min-nisel ta’ David, u huwa permezz tiegħu li Ġesù jappartjeni għal dan in-nisel. Għalhekk huwa f’Ġesù li jintlaħaq il-qofol tal-wegħdiet li Alla jagħmel lil David u n-nisel tiegħu. Ninsabu hawn f’kuntest taż-żwieġ…
Forming priests for the post-Trump era – Part 1
According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people as priests for the post-Trump era. The impression one gets is that it is more catering for a niche market for the few people who still have Sunday mass…
Church to use new stratagem
That’s it. The Year of Mercy is ending and the doors will soon be closed. The celebrations have started with great fanfare in Malta and around the world, but now the time has come to find a new concept and buzz word, a new marketing stratagem to attract people. Well, that could be one way of seeing things which follows a marketing perspective whereby one constantly keeps offering new offers, products and needs. Another way could be that of keeping in…
Being an individual, alone, man has this drive of going outside of himself in search of something beyond him, something that transcends him, to which he can be in relation. This is an inherent drive to man, and it results in the expression of his freedom. Yet it may also lead to schizophrenic flights because of wrong choices. Some choose objects like money, sex and drugs. In the eyes of the world, these have true freedom as they seem…
Seven to be Ordained Deacons
On Friday 30th October 2015, six seminarians and a Conventual Franciscan friar are going to be ordained deacons by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, during a celebration of Mass starting at 6:30pm, at St Sebastian’s Parish Church, Ħal Qormi.
The following will be ordained deacons: Allister Marija Aquilina OFM Conv.; Sergio Fenech and Mark Mallia Pawley from St Sebastian’s Parish Church, Ħal Qormi; Claude Mifsud, from the Parish of the Assumption of Our Lady, Mosta; James Saydon, from the Parish of…
Erba’ saċerdoti ġodda
Nhar il-Ġimgħa 3 ta’ Lulju 2015, Festa ta’ San Tumas Appostlu, l-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna ser jordna erba’ saċerdoti ġodda (tlieta djoċesani u wieħed reliġjuż) waqt Quddiesa fil-Kon-katidral ta’ San Ġwann, il-Belt Valletta. Iċ-ċelebrazzjoni tibda fis-6:30 p.m.
L-erba’ djakni li ser jiġu ordnati saċerdoti huma:
Rev. Carlo Calleja mill-Parroċċa ta’ Stella Maris, Tas-Sliema,
Rev. Christopher Ellul mill-Parroċċa ta’ Kristu Re, Raħal Ġdid,
Rev. Bertrand Vella OFM Cap,
Rev. Mark Joseph Zammit mill-Parroċċa ta’ Marija Annunzjata, Ħal Tarxien.
Kulħadd huwa mistieden biex jattendi għal velja ta’…
Apostleship of Prayer – June
Attached you will find a prayer proposal in English and in Maltese for the Pope’s Universal Intention for June.
This month’s reflection deals with how refugee challenges could enlighten one to reflect on what one can do to help.
On Thursday 14 May, 2015, three seminarians will be instituted as Lectors by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna at the Parish Church of the Holy Family, Iklin, at 7pm.
The three seminarians, who are in their fifth year of formation at the Archbishop’s Seminary, are Sinclair Bugeja from the Parish of the Holy Family, Iklin, Ryan Lee Pace from the Parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Gżira, and Mark Spiteri from the Parish of Saint Philip of Agira, Ħaż-Żebbuġ.