SAINT PAUL

 

 

 

 

ALMANAC

of the Institute of the Missions

for the year 1929.

 

 

We would like to greet again all our friends both in Malta and abroad. We ask them to accept, for this year also, the most beautiful of wishes which we harbour for them in our hearts. May the Child Jesus bless us all and give us the strength to proclaim to others that love which we know He has for every human being

The superior

 

 

 

 

 

Nihil obstat Die 13 Decembris 1928 ALOISIUS CAN THEOL ATTARD Cens. Theol.

Imprimatur Datum Dei 14 Decembris 1928 CAN. AL. M. CAMILLERI Vic. Genlis

 

Tip. della "Casa di San Giuseppe"- Hamrun- Malta

 

 

 

 

Bro Joseph Fcis. Caruana S.S.P.

and two children prepared by him for baptism.

The Catechist Lay-Brothers of the Society of Saint Paul are chosen from those young men who want to give themselves to help the Missionary Priests of the same institute. They must be in good health, not less than sixteen years of age and neither more than thirty. They must be prepared to serve God and have a right intention. They must be of good conduct and know the rudiments of some trade.

 

 

january

Month dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

There should be a shelve for Books on the Missions in every library of every school.

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1

Tuesday

Circumcision of O.L.J.C. (New Year's Day)

 

2

Wednesday

The Holy Name of Jesus

     

Last Quarter at 7 and 44m p.m.

 

3

Thursday

Saint Genevieve (The Octave of St.John)

 

4

Friday

Saint Gregory bishop (Octave of the Holy Innocents)

 

5

Saturday

Saint Telesphorus pope martyr

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6

Sunday

The Epiphany of O.L.J.C.

 

7

Monday

Saint Lucian martyr

 

8

Tuesday

Saint Apollinaris

 

9

Wednesday

Saint Celsus

 

10

Thursday

Saint William bishop of Bourges

 

11

Friday

Saint Iginus Pope martyr

     

New Moon at 1 and 28m a.m.

 

12

Saturday

The Holy Family

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13

Sunday

Epiphany Octave

 

14

Monday

Saint Hilary Bishop

 

15

Tuesday

Saint Paul first Hermit

 

16

Wednesday

Saint Marcellus I Pope martyr

 

17

Thursday

Saint Anthony Abb.

     

Beginning of novena to St.Paul in the Chapel of the Institute

 

18

Friday

Saint Peter's Chair at Rome.

     

First quarter at 4 and 15m a.m.

 

19

Saturday

SS. Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abacus m.

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20

Sunday

II After Epiphany

 

21

Monday

Saint Publius I Bishop of Malta Min. patron.

 

22

Tuesday

Saint Vincent and Anastasius martyrs

 

23

Wednesday

Saint Raymond from Pennafort

 

24

Thursday

Saint Timothy Bishop. mart.

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25

Friday(1)

Conversion of Our Father Saint Paul the Ap.

     

(Titular of the Cathedral of Malta)

     

Full moon at 8 and 9m a.m.

 

26

Saturday

Saint Polycarp Bishop

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27

Sunday

Settuagesima

     

Feast of Our Father Saint Paul the Apost.

 

28

Monday

The Apparition of Saint Agnes virgin (Pat. of the figlie di M.)

 

29

Tuesday

Saint Francis from Sales

 

30

Wednesday

Saint Martina V.M.

 

31

Thursday

Saint Peter Nolasco

(1) It is permissible to eat meat today.

february

Month dedicated to Our Father Saint Paul the Ap.

The Christian Missionary needs strength, intelligence and Zeal and they are enough for him. And the Maltese has these qualities in a large degree." Father Mizzi O.M.C.

 

1

Friday

Saint Ignatius bishop

     

Last Quarter at 3 and 10m p.m.

 

2

Saturday

Purification of the V.M. (Candlemas)

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3

Sunday

Sessagesima

 

4

Monday

Saint Andrew Corsini bishop and Conf.

 

5

Tuesday

Saint Agatha V.M. (Min. Pat. of Malta)

 

6

Wednesday

Saint Titus Bishop and conf.

 

7

Thursday

Saint Romuald Abb (Giovedi Grass)

 

8

Friday

Saint John from Matha Conf.

 

9

Saturday

Saint Cyril bishop of Alexandria

     

New Moon at 6 and 55m p.m.

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10

Sunday

Quinquagesima (Carnival)

 

11

Monday

First apparition of the V.M. at Lourdes "

 

12

Tuesday

The Seven Found. of the servantes of the V.M. "

 

13

Wednesday

Ash Wednesday The First Day of Lent- Fasting and abst

(The solemn celebration of marriages prohibited)

 

14

Thursday

Saint Valentine priest and martyr

 

15

Friday

SS. Faustina and Jovita martyrs

 

16

Saturday

Saint Onesimus bishop

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17

Sunday

I of Lent

     

First Quarter at 1 and 22m a.m.

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18

Monday

The Shipwreck of Our Father Saint Paul the Apostle in Malta (Titular and Patron of Valletta and of the Diocese of Malta and Gozo)- NATIONAL FEAST.

 

19

Tuesday

Saint Conrad hermit in Noto

 

20

Wednesday

Saint Nemisius and Companions m. (Emb. D. fasting and abst.)

 

21

Thursday

Saint Eucherius bishop

 

22

Friday

Chair of St.Peter in Ap. " "

 

23

Saturday

Saint Peter Damien bishop " "

     

Full Moon at 7 and 50m. p.m.

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24

Sunday

II of Lent

 

25

Monday

Saint Matthias Ap.

 

26

Tuesday

Saint Prophyrius bishop of Gozo

 

27

Wednesday

Saint Leonard bishop

 

28

Thursday

SS. Romanus and Lupicianus brothers Martyrs

Help the Missionary Vocations

 

The voyage of Bro. Joseph F. Caruana for the Mission Field

 

 

From Malta to Port Said.

In truth we know that all those who not only do recognize our Institute of the Missions but who also wish it good and help it wherever they can, will be happy to hear about it. So, this year we have though of telling you something about the departure and the arrival of our Brother Joseph for the Mission- field. And instead of our speaking, we will let him talk. " The kind God really loved me for without deserving it he gave me the grace of your sending me to the Missions; I had been asking him for it for seventeen years. Therefore I do thank Him first; them I thank you for deigning to grant me my wish. Yes, I was sad for parting from you all and especially from you personally after we had been together for seventeen years. I felt this grief greatly as I left the Institute. But only God knows the much greater pain I felt when it was time to be separated from you on the ship. After I left you I went down into the cabin and sang the "Te Deum" to thank God for the grace which he was pleased to give me. So I went on deck where suddenly I perceived the Fra Diego children together with two sisters on the bastions. I hailed them; they saw me and we greeted each other. At eleven at night I went to sleep and as soon as I laid on the bed after half an hour, I heard the propelory humming. I looked at the clock and found it was midnight. I popped my head out of the porthole to have a last glance at my mother-land, at my beloved ones, to give my last Farewell. I started to feel some melancholy welling up in me but the revolving properly at which I was looking filled me with courage. Exactly like a soldier during the war at the beats of the drum. I slept in that gentle breeze passing through the porthole. I slept so soundly that when the manservant came to set right my shoes I did not realize. So he called me to drink my coffee. When I saw the coffee, I thought in my heart of hearts to day I will behave like an animal. I will first fill my belly. Seeing this, I nearly could not drink it. As best as I could I performed my spiritual communion and I took the coffee. After I got dressed up I went on deck and found that I knew no one because I was the only Maltese. So I spent up to ten that morning thinking what could be done to befriend one of them." I went towards two arabs who were playing a game of draughts, Fetah and Hafis, those were their names. I waited until they finished the game and made a sign towards Fetah, because he won, to play a game with me. I was disheartened because I saw them looking too crossly at me. When I told him, he said to his friend Hafis let me play with the priest. We played somewhat and he could not keep ground against me. He turned towards his friends and told them the priest is wiser than I am, while he pointed his finger at his temple.

After the many games we played we removed the draughts and he asked me at once what was my religion. I promptly answered him that I am catholic. He also asked me some other questions and I answered him. Meanwhile, his friends came near me one by one. They said various things and I always answered them. But one of them stood gravely at the back corner of the room, he did not utter a word. I started to understand them quite well when they talked amongst themselves. As time passed, I understood them more; so much so that finally I started to repeat their words to show them that I was understanding them a lot! They suddenly told me How is it? Where you ever in the land of the arabs? I answered them no except that I was at Gabes when I was very young. So I asked them where did they live and they told me that they come from Cairo and they know my brother. One of them ruminated for a time; after some time he placed his finger upon his face; he turned towards them, he turned his finger around his face and told them but he resembles an arab; see, does not he resemble Hafis Nadin? Yes ! they all answered at once. Here they changed subject and asked me something about the doctrine. I answered them as best as I could and I was very careful not to fail them. They were so happy that the one who was at the corner stood up, moved towards me and told me,"listen priest; these do not know anything. This evening may we talk together? Would you like it if we meet at four? Yes, I told him.

He came at four and started to talk with me with an open heart saying: priest, I admire alot your religion. Good! I told him and patted him on his shoulder! and he continued a tell me so many such wonderful words that I wondered not a little. After much talk, I told him about communion and I explained the sweetness the christian feels. Before our leaving each other I told him when you arrive in Egypt find a priest and compel him to teach you well and then you will see which is the true religionOn Wednesday the weather was slightly bad and I felt a bit sea-sick. You should have seen them, these friends of mine! They were totally confused because they saw me sick. At noon I was slightly better and I slept. At half past four Muhtav came with another to see me in my cabin where I was still lying. Muhtav came to me and shook my hand. He kissed it and put it on his forhead. With his eyes in tears he said to me" Father how do you feel ?" He was pleased when I told him that I would soon go up to meet him. He quickly understood what I wanted to tell him, to talk together for some time about God. They said their good-byes, I got dressed and went upstairs and found him waiting for me. He spoke to me about Our Lady; so I availed myself of the occasion and explained to him how Mary Our Blessed Lady could not be stained like us with sin. He was so happy that he told me, pray to God for me because he hears you for you belong to him. I promptly said to him Muhtav when will we reach Port Said? Tomorrow he told me so tomorrow we will be separated and I will be alone, I told him, but it does not matter because God will be with me. Certainly he promptly answered me that God will be with you will not look for earthly things, but you will go to suffer for him and many, much more beautiful such words. I cannot explain to you all the beautiful words he says to me; otherwise two copybooks such as this one would not do. After supper we met again and with great sadness he told me that he is an Arab and that he is determined to become a Christian. .

I did my part and helped him as much as I could. I cannot explain to you what a wonderful man this Muhtav is and, the more I know him, the more I find him burning with God's love, like an angel. Such a kind heart and it is still in darkness! Pray for him - I hope that during this voyage, some good was performed to him. We reached Port-Said, we entered port and here all the Arabs we had with us disembarked. But not before they shook hands sadly with me, especially Muhtav because we will be separated from each other.

As soon as I found myself to be alone, I started to feel sad at first since those whom I had befriended had disembarked. But I encouraged myself and tried to make new friends. This time I discovered that they were Scots. We talked together and played a game of draughts. I nearly made friends with everybody; so much so that if one were to play ( an instrument ) he would come for me to listen; and if the other were to buy something he would come to show it to me.

From Port-Said to Aden.

We Spent a long time at Port-Said; we left again and I cannot here describe to you the beauty of the canal through which we passed. We spent from eleven at night to noon to go through. At one time you see the Arabs working with mules and with camels. Wherever you look, you see sand and beautiful trees. Along the canal there are machines, houses in the water and many other things.

When we went out, we felt slightly warm. In the red sea we met many ships. After a bit, the heat started to increase so much that we felt as if we were in an oven; and the more south we go , the more heat increases until we reached Aden, Where on the first night the heat was so intense that no one could sleep. And how can one sleep if we sweated so much that one could not bear a wet pillow under one's head. Here the Good Lord loved me for he made me meet three Maltese. I leave it to your imagination- how they received me. So much so that they not only found a good inn for me but they also did not want me to pay. To explain to you slightly the make up of this country, I may tell you that I imagined it to be the crib, just as we construct it .

From Aden to Gibuti.

The Voyage from Aden to Gibuti had nothing in common with that which I had travelled so far. I was overcome with such a giddiness that I lost all sense of time. We arrived and I disembarked at Gibuti and without knowing how, I found myself in an hotel where I stayed for two days until I thought of looking for the Capuchins. I found Friar Adolph together with about six black children. He received me well and felt very sad that I did not go to him at once. So I explained to him that that was my idea but I could not look for him before since I was giddy. I left the inn at once and went to him where I stayed until morning. The children were very pleased with me and they received me well.

From Gibuti to Dirre Dawa

He woke me up in the morning and we went towards the train for Dirre Dawa. What a sight near the train! What a throng! So much pushing! Friar Adolph did what he could for me. Not only did I not pay for the luggage; he also managed a reduction on my ticket. He escorted me up to the train, said our Good-Byes and were separated. As soon as we boarded the train and it was ready for departure we resembled people going to war. Disorder and uproar outside and inside, shouting, here and there. By God's help we left but soon it started to stop at every station. That means a small place with a few rooms wrapped in reeds and in stone alternately. When the train stops one always sees a gang of children, one of them shouts and the and the others answer him. The continue doing this until we depart. Very , very slowly , we started to get nearer; we suffered a bit but when one sees hills, or a large quantity of sheep, at one time camels, cows and all types of fowl one tends to forget a bit all the swerving of that train. In the evening we started feeling quite cold, not like Gibuti. Once in while lightning. Clouds started together and after some time, it started raining.

 

Finally we reached Dirre-Dawa. You must have seen the throng we saw, waiting for the train; everybody craning his neck to see who has arrived. The Arabs started to come in from the windows so that everybody would be the first to carry our luggage. Here I felt the greatest confusion for there were two lines of soldiers and one had to pass through them and open one's luggage for the customs check. They just rummaged through and threw things on the floor. When I saw this, I felt mad for I though what am I going to do because everything has been stowed with so much care, and what will happen to those bottles full of medicine I said in my heart of hearts surely he would not let me pass through. For I saw that he kept every bottle he found. I tried to break through but it was all in vain. So I though of sending for the Friar for I thought that these people have all the power , and it was so. Suddenly he came, made a sign at the customs-Officer and he said nothing. But when it was time to go out, the others prevented us. Since the Mission is free from customs, he turned towards the other, told him something and made a sign to let us pass. Then he took me to their house where I found a seventy -one year old man who knew how to talk in English and in Italian. Here I got on very well. I found four friars, a lay-brother and about fifteen boys. They possess a very good printing press and they also have some other trades. The friar guardian sent a letter to Friar Mizzi where he told him to send me a beast to depart from here. I hope that this last journey will be very pleasant for me because I yearn to arrive.

In this Dirre Dawa Mission one is especially pleased in the Chapel for their devotion and seriousness, although Somalis. It is quite full, about six hundred became catholics, and they are really Christian.

Until I was there, they brought in a dead man. They put him on the floor near the main door where the Guardian with three altarboys waiting for him blessed him. Then they carried him inside near the presbytery and they put him on a piece of cloth on the floor, they put some flowers over him and four candles around him. The Friar said (the prayers) he had to say and they carried him to the cemetery. There was quite a crowd following him. There we found a hole prepared in the sand. He was handed to a man who had went down before and placed him in the right way. The Friar took the spade and started to throw dust. Al the others did like him until they made a heap relative to ground level. They put some stones on this heap and we went out.

Meanwhile I found that Friar Ang. Mizzi had come to greet me and told me that the Bishop Msgr.A. Jarosseau himself had sent him to accompany me to Harrar.

From dirre Dawa to Harrar and Sofi

When Frair Mizzi said mass on the day we had to leave, I found that three mules were prepared for us. One was for Friar Ang., one for me and the other for the five youths who were to accompany us. I was the first one to ride and because of the soutane I was not quick enough to jump on the beast. The mule became unruly and I fell on my face. But it does not matter; I hurt slightly my face and also my eye just swelled. By God's help, we departed. What a joy in that wood! So many different types of bird and tree. There are no streets; paths wherever we go. At times we go down a valley, at other times we go up a hill; and these mules never fall although they pass through stones and obstacles God bless them. After about six hours we reached Voudelle and here we found the Bethlehem grotto: a refectory with some beds made of earth against the wall, a church with a metal roof and a round room separated in two with a roof made of reeds. These are the cells. In the evening, people started coming for confessions- here one could see the gentleness of the Missionary. After he confessed the rest with complete patience in the morning, he sung mass, because that is the way they are used on Sunday. The singing is executed by these people themselves. The Gospel was read in gallic and in the middle of the mass, everybody came forward to receive communion. Here I was very much please by their goodness and accuracy in the church.

The route we had to follow from Voudelle early next morning was very bad but the mules walk well on it. At that time it was very cold and although it is July, it is as if we were in the month of December. The dew was so thick that we could hardly see one another.

During this voyage we met an old Christian who performed much good; so much so that he possesses three decorations from the Pope, from the king and from the Governor. This is one of the last fruits of Cardinal Massaja. He was in bed; when he saw us he shook hands with us, he called his children and asked them to bring us something. They gave us coffee and some time later they brought us canary-grass bread. It resembles a round serviette; very thin, like wafers; eggs and beer. They themselves prepare them. We mounted again and started travelling; it was cold and dewy all the time. After some time, the sun appeared and so we could enjoy the countryside and many birds; amongst them wild ducks and woodcocks. At about half past one we arrived at Harrar. We entered a gate resembling the one at Imdina. But this one is made of soil and small stones; the interior building is also in this manner. There is also a market place the shouting there was indescribable and what diversity of clothes! Quite often, streets have steps but these are different from those in our country: one stone near another. Here large stones and small stones are mixed, it is only at the extremities of the step and not set with some lime or cement, it has no support and the rest of the step is just earth. We entered the seminary. Here we were very well received by the Bishop and the friars. This is such a good-natured bishop; while we where there, he was pleased with us all the time. We felt warmer after we ate something and we departed for the last voyage.

We did not take long to arrive at Sofi, the region of our Mission. Here we were received by a very kind hearted Mexican Friar, he also had children with him. After we greeted each other, I hurriedly entered the Chapel to thank God and I sang the Te Deum.

As soon as he arrived, Brother Joseph gave himself completely for what he longed for such a long time. This is in fact what the Vice Prefect Friar Mizzi writes to us about him, just after a month since his arrival: " Brother Joseph was studying the languages and meanwhile performes as a nurse, as a dentist and he is preparing himself and makes us hope that he will be a good catechist. Even at present he is taking care of three catechumens and he is teaching them prayers in Gallic " that is in their own language.

 

Fitness of the Maltese for the missions

" The Maltese bears both the hot weather of Africa and the snow of America. He is not affected by failure or by success; he can live a very frugal life; he is faithful and persevering in what is good; he knows how to offer himself and persevere until his final breath for the good of souls. With the little wealth that luck gives him he knows how to advance slowly and overcome all obstacles".

Father Mizzi - Malta Missionary

 

 

march

Month dedicated to the Patriarch Saint Joseph

" I thought, and I thought again for many years, and I have never succeeded to understand how can the Christian ever be saved without zeal for souls "

St.John Chrysostom

 

1

Friday

Saint Albinus pope

 

2

Saturday

Saint Simplicius Pope

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3

Sunday

III of Lent

     

Last quarter at 9m a.m.

 

4

Monday

Saint Casimir C.

 

5

Tuesday

Saint John of the Cross

 

6

Wednesday

Saints Perpetua and Felicity. martyrs

 

7

Thursday

Saint Thomas of Aquinas (Pat. of the christian schools)

 

8

Friday

Saint John of God C.

 

9

Saturday

Saint Frances of Rome widow

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10

Sunday

IV of Lent

 

11

Monday

Saint Eulogius martyr

     

New Moon at 9 and 37m. a.m.

 

12

Tuesday

Saint Gregory I Pope

 

13

Wednesday

Saint Euphrasia virgin

 

14

Thursday

Saint Matildis queen

 

15

Friday

Saint Zachary pope

     

Beginning of Triduum to St.Joseph in the Chapel of the Institute

 

16

Saturday

Saint Abraham priest

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17

Sunday

Passion S.

 

18

Monday

Saint Cyril Jerosolmitan Bishop

     

Last Quarter at 8 and 41m. a.m.

 

19

Tuesday

Saint Joseph Spouse of the B.V.M.

 

20

Wednesday

Blessed Nicholas De la Fine

 

21

Thursday

Saint Benedict abbot

 

22

Friday

The seven Sorrows of the B.V.M.

 

23

Saturday

S.Fidelis

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24

Sunday

Palm S.

 

25

Monday

In Holy Week

     

Full Moon at 8 and 46m. a.m.

 

26

Tuesday

In Holy Week

 

27

Wednesday

Tenebrae w.

 

28

Thursday

Holy Thursday- Last Supper of O.L.J.C

 

29

Friday

Good F.- Death of O.L.J.C.

 

30

Saturday

Easter - (fasting and abst. end at noon

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31

Sunday

Easter - (Sol. cel. of marriages allowed)

 

Give the Missionary spirit to others

 

 

The Maltese in a Foreign Country and his Faith

 

We ourselves have heard people say that when the Maltese go far away from their country, they do not practice their religion any more. Other go further than that; they also try to find the reason for this fact and say that for the Maltese people, religion lies too much in the external things. So, since he does not possess internally that persuasion in faith and in the practice of religion his faith also begins to give way and maybe also leave him for good when he goes out of his country and does not find any more that extensive and developed structure of external reverence.

We do not want to say that this has nothing to do a bit but there are certain facts which convince us to think somewhat differently. Who does not in fact remember how the Maltese at Tunis came for sermons and sacraments when, some time ago the Bishop Msgr A. Portelli together with some of the Canons accepted and went into that very beautiful city to nourish in them love and devotion towards Our Father Saint Paul the Apostle. Who does not remember how they surrounded and knelt around the confessional of the Maltese Missionaries? And who can ever forget the scene which still moves our hearts when the men who escorted us to the shore while we were boarding the ship to depart? They clung to our necks as if they did not want to be separated from us.

Apart from this we know also of another fact which happened this year in France, Port-de-Bouc where quite a crowd of maltese is present. Here we will let " L'Eveil provencal " of Marseille to speak. "What was this Mission? A most edifying spectacle which no one ever could expect or think of . These really industrious christians were awaiting impatiently their zealous shepherd the Reverend Fr. A. Camilleri who had come to give them spiritual help and to make them listen to the holy word of God; that it sets alight and kindles in them the feelings of Our Beloved Lord himself, Jesus Christ. For many days the Church was full of people kindled with faith; happy people. There were men, women and children receiving the wealth of Catechism teaching. With the greatest recollection, with always a greater attention they listened the sermons, the conferences and the most beautiful instructions which attracted their hearts, converted their souls and enlightened their interior. So the result was prepared with the strongest of faith; God poured his blessing on this Mission of great consolation which was lead with the eagerness of prayer; a Mission where the truths of the subjects preached by the Reverend Friar were such that they made present again that communion, that unity of the first christians among these auditors. The men were lit with that devotion which no one expected; on the morning of the solemn day the beautiful Church of Port-de-Bouc, adorned for this feast, was crowded.

"What a moving sight! To perceive this great throng of workers approaching humbly and devoutly to receive Holy Communion. And what shall we say about the voice of the devout Missionary mixed with tears when he told them, " Memores estote patrum vestorum". Think of your ancestors. Tradition, that is the teaching of your forefathers, is the basis of the church which no one can demolish. The faith which they left you as your inheritance; it reminds you that you owe them the benefits you are now enjoying for their struggle, for the sacrifices they had to perform. Therefore always keep yourself on the path of the Church because there is no salvation outside it."

"The Rev. Abbe Attard, curate of the Parish, was so happy with this devout gathering that he too spoke and demonstrated his joy and hope that in the future he will see the Anglo Maltese colony assiduous in its religions duties."

"Then with the most beautiful words he thanked the Reverend A. Camilleri for his zeal and love towards his fellow-countrymen. Towards them he behaved not only as a friend and as a brother but above everything else as an Apostle of Christ who gathered all his children to entice them to love and adore him."

We are coming to an end; as another proof of what we said in the beginning we cannot but add by stating that the behaviour of the Maltese in France is the same one of the Maltese of New York, of Detroit, of Toronto in America; of Sydney, of Melbourne, of Adalaide in Australia. Last year and this year on the occasion of the Eucharistic Congress of Chigago and of Sydney such was witnessed both by the Bishop of Gozo Msgr Gonzi and also Msgr Father Paul Gauzi: that whenever they appeared among the Maltese in those places which we have mentioned, they gathered around them with great fervour to give way to the profession of their fathers' faith and their hearts were united together in one great flame of love towards Our Lord Jesus Christ King of Heaven and earth. Therefore this is the way in which the Maltese who goes abroad does not only take with him his faith; but he also keeps it, treasures it and professes it.

 

 

The Needs of the Missionary at Sofi Gigiga and Gololicia in Abyssinia.

Medicine, carded cotton, disinfectants, shoes, socks, shirts. Flannel garments, handkerchiefs, towels, scissors, crosses, statues, holy pictures and Rosary Beads, large oleographs of Saints, medals, candlesticks, sheets, blankets, paper, pens, envelopes, ink, blotting paper, small nails and carpenter's tools.

april

Month dedicated to the Risen Christ.

The Missionary must have a very strong will to be able to remove all obstacles and to walk the whole way.

 

1

Monday

Saint Theodora M.

 

2

Tuesday

Saint Francis from Paula

     

Last Quarter at 8 and 29m a.m.

 

3

Wednesday

Saint Pancras

 

4

Thursday

Saint Isodore

 

5

Friday

Saint Vincent Ferreri

 

6

Saturday

Saint Celestine Pope

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7

Sunday

I on Easter

 

8

Monday

The Annunciation

 

9

Tuesday

Saint Mary Cleopha

     

New Moon at 9 and 33m. p.m.

 

10

Wednesday

Saint Ezechiel, Prophet

 

11

Thursday

Saint Leo I

 

12

Friday

Saint Julius

 

13

Saturday

Saint Hermenegild, martyr

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14

Sunday

II on Easter- Saint Justin

 

15

Monday

Saint Eutechius

     

First Quarter at 3 and 9m p.m.

 

16

Tuesday

Saint Lambert

 

17

Wednesday

The Solemnity of S.Joseph

 

18

Thursday

Saint Galdin Cardinal

 

19

Friday

Saint Crescentius

 

20

Saturday

Saint Theotimus I

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21

Sunday

III on Easter

 

22

Monday

Saint Soter and Caius Pp. and m.

 

23

Tuesday

Saint George M. (Tit.Hal Qormi)

     

Full moon at 10 and 47m p.m.

 

24

Wednesday

Saint Fidelis from Sigmareggen

 

25

Thursday

Saint Mark Evangelist

 

26

Friday

Saint Cletus and Marcellinus, Pp. and M.

 

27

Saturday

Saint Peter Canisius

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28

Sunday

IV on Easter- Saint Paul of the Cross

 

29

Monday

Saint Peter

 

30

Tuesday

Saint Catherine from Siena, Virgin

 

Think and talk about the Missionaries

 

 

How God gives His approvetion

 

 

The life of St.Philip Benizi is a beautiful story, especially its beginning when he was just five months old. To everybody's amazement he loosened his tongue and told his mother to give her help to the servants of Our Lady of Sorrows. And when we read this story, and when we remember it we feel the greatness and power of God who knows so much how to avail himself of small children's mounts to give His approval, to stamp His seal on that work which one started to perform in His Holy Name.

It is known that in the natural order of things, every happening repeats itself from time to time. And we can says that something which happened between Philip Benizi, still a baby, and the Seven Servants of Our Lady of Sorrows is similar to what happened between the institution of the Burses of Study and the small Children of Saint Joseph's Home of Hamrun. When in fact we published some writing of ours and so our intention on the burses became known, some of the small children gathered around their prefect and from their meagre savings they collected a shilling for each burse which we commenced. They were so quick that they were the first people to deposit some money in the burse. While this both sweet and simple action of the children moved us, it also filled us with consolation for the thought that the good God put in His seal on our work through the small children's hand. And it was really so.

Once on a Saturday night some time afterwards, while we were hearing confessions, we saw an unfamiliar person who entered the church and started to pray with a great devotion. Within ourselves we said this person received some grace and came to thank God and Saint Joseph. We did not think about it any more and continued with our work. After some time we see this person rising and coming towards the confessional not for confession but to explain to us that she wants to tell us something. We made a sign to approach us and to tell us what she needed; but she explained that she had something very important and asked us when we would be free to talk. So we said here we are; she comes to recommend some boy; we do not have vacancies and we already have promised entry to quite a few. We prayed God for patience, rose and entered the parlour. But the matter had nothing to do with what we thought. She started speaking about the Institute of the Missions, its progress and above everything else, she showed us her approval of it. One word leads to another; we arrived at the at the subject of study burses. She explained her intention of donating some money for the scope of these burses. She asked us when she could see us again. We told her in a week's time, next. Saturday we would be here, God willing. And the matter stopped there. But she was not that patient! Two days later she came again and without a word she gave us one hundred and fifty pounds for the Sacred Heart of Jesus burse. This action consoled our heart not only for the material help it gave us, but also because it confirmed us in the thought we had conceived that God avails Himself of small children's hands to stamp the seal of His approval on our work.

 

 

 

The Bishop of Malta Msgr Dom Mauro Caruana

and the Missions.

"To perform what Pope Pius XI ordered, Msgr Archbishop Bishop wants that the penultimate Sunday of October be chosen every year so that on it Mission Day will be held. He wants that on that day, apart from the Pope's order there will also be held [a] at the time of the greatest gathering of the Faithful the Bl. Sacrament be solemnly exposed for an hour, not only in the Cathedral and con-Cathedral Churches but also in the Parish Churches and in Sisters' Churches. The Saints' Litanis are to be said before benediction and when the "Pater Noster" is said, Psalm 116 "Laudate Dominum omnes gentes' is to be sung with the V "Omnes gentes cognoscant te solum Deum verum". R "Quem misisti Jesum Christum Filium tuum" and then it ends with the "Domine Exaudi etc." "Dominus vobiscum etc." and the oration "Pro Propagatione Fidei;" [b] a collection in aid of the Missions will be made and that it will be consigned at the Curia as soon as possible. [c] There will be a General Communion in the parish Churches so that Our Lord Jesus Christ accepts more our prayers to spread faith and to spread His kingdom among the infidels. Then Msgr. Bishop wants that on the Sunday before,the Rev. Gentlemen Parish Priests inform their parishioner and explain the importance of Mission Day and encourage them to take part."

Circular No.198-26 Sept. 1927

may

A month dedicated to Mary Our Blessed Lady.

We are in these times of the Missions. Let us do our best so that also the children will also receive the missionary spirit.

 

1

Wednesday

Saint Philip and James, Apostles

 

2

Thursday

Saint Athanasius

     

Last Quarter at 2 and 25m.a.m.

 

3

Friday

The Discovery of the holy cross

 

4

Saturday

Saint Monica widow

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5

Sunday

V on Easter- S. Pius V

 

6

Monday

Saint Evodius (Rogation)

 

7

Tuesday

Saint Stanislaus (Rogation)

 

8

Wednesday

The apparition of Saint Michael Archangel(O.L.of Pompei Rogation)

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9

Thursday

Ascension of J.C. into Heaven

     

Beginning of the Novena of the Holy Spirit

     

New moon at 7 and 7m. a.m.

 

10

Friday

Saint Antoninus

 

11

Saturday

Saint Antimus Priest, martyr

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12

Sunday

On Ascension- S. Philip of Agira ( tit. H. Zebbug)

 

13

Monday

Saint Gliceria

 

14

Tuesday

Saint Boniface

 

15

Wednesday

Saint John Baptist de la Salle

     

First Quarter at 9 and 56m.p.m.

 

16

Thursday

Saint John Nepomucen

 

17

Friday

Saint Paschal Baylon

 

18

Saturday

Saint Venantius martyr- Vigil fasting and abst.

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19

Sunday

PENTECOST

 

20

Monday

Saint Bernardine from Siena

 

21

Tuesday

Saint Valentine

 

22

Wednesday

Saint Rita of Cascia (Emb. D. fasting and abst.)

 

23

Thursday

Saint John Baptist De Rossi

     

Full Moon at 1 and 50m, p.m.

 

24

Friday

"Aux. Christianorum" (Emb. D. fasting and abst)

 

25

Saturday

Saint Gregory VII (Emb. D. fasting and abst)

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26

Sunday

The M.H. Trinity (Tit. of Marsa)

 

27

Monday

Saint Bede

 

28

Tuesday

Saint Germanus

 

29

Wednesday

Saint Mary Magdalen of Pazzi

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30

Thursday

Corpus Domini

 

31

Friday

Saint Petronilla

     

Last Quarter at 5 and 13m. p.m.

Beginning of the Month of the Heart of Jesus.

june

A month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

" A Christian cannot be really a christian without being also zealous".

St.Augustine

 

1

Saturday

Saint Fortunatus priest

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2

Sunday

II after Pentecost- St. Eugenius

 

3

Monday

Saint Clotildis Queen

 

4

Tuesday

Saint Francis Carracciolo, C.

 

5

Wednesday

Boniface Martyr

 

6

Thursday

Saint Norbert

 

7

Friday

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

     

New Moon at 2 and 56m. p.m.

 

8

Saturday

Saint Medard

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9

Sunday

III after Pentecost.

 

10

Monday

Saint Margaret, Queen widow

 

11

Tuesday

Saint Barnabas Ap. and martyr

 

12

Wednesday

Saint John from Saint Facondus

 

13

Thursday

Saint Anthony of Padua

 

14

Friday

Saint Basil the Great

     

First Quarter at 6.14m a.m.

 

15

Saturday

Saint Germania Cousin

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16

Sunday

IV after Pentecost saint Francis Regis

 

17

Monday

Saint Ranieri

 

18

Tuesday

Saint Ephriam, Deacon, C. and D.

 

19

Wednesday

Saint Juliana Falconier, Virgin

 

20

Thursday

Saint Silverius Pope martyr

 

21

Friday

Saint Aloysius Consaga ( Pat. of Children)

     

Full Moon at 5 and 15m. a.m.

 

22

Saturday

Saint Paulinus of Nola

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23

Sunday

V after Pentecost

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24

Monday

Natirity of St.John Baptist.

 

25

Tuesday

Saint William, Abb.

 

26

Wednesday

Saint John paul brothers martyrs

     

Beginning of triduum to Saint Paul

 

27

Thursday

Saint Ladislas king

 

28

Friday

Saint Irineus, martyr

     

Last Quarter at 4 and 54.m a.m.

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29

Saturday

Saint Peter Paul Ap. and M.

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30

Sunday

VI after Pentecost

     

Te Deum of the Anniversary of the Beginning of the Institute A.D.1910

Give this Almanac to someone else to read it.

 

the missionary laboratory

 

 

The name itself, laboratory, shows everybody what those Ladies who take part in it must do. The meet every so many days. Everyone says what one managed to perform since they last met. Meanwhile everybody works assiduously: some take up the scissors to model clothes, others will be ready to baste, others set the sewing machines in order. For two or three hours they just work and work and think of the children at the missions for whom they sew. More often than not someone reads a letter which has just arrived from the missionaries. The letter always fills everyone of them with an urge to work harder to spread the faith and to extend the kingdom of Our Beloved Lord Jesus Christ. And when it is time to pack up, everybody sees what each can take at home so that next time, each one of them would bring some finished article.

Through what is sewn and through clothes donated, clothes are collected and we think of preparing a box to send it to the Missionaries of Sofi where, as you know a Maltese Mission is being formed. It is difficult to satisfy your curiosity and tell you the whole contents of this box. We ourselves do not remember everything. There were clothes sewn for children, things to play with, there was a second hand typewriter, a photographic camera, cotton and many types of medicine. They write that these things used for medications are very necessary because now this Mission has the fame throughout the country that it is qualified to medicate. Many are the sick people who visit it to get cured. It is not difficult to understand that cotton, cotton-gauze, and disinfectants, together with other medicines which they ask for, are very necessary. The box contained also sweets for children. Everybody likes sweets; it is very rare or an unheard of thing to meet a boy who does not like sweets.

The children of Sofi lack the delicacies which the children in our country have; but the Missionaries tell us that now, once they tasted sweets, they do nothing but ask for them. So, when the laboratory ladies fill a box, they try to fill every nook and cranny with sweets for the children. Now that we have talked about its contents, we cannot assure you that we have told you everything. But let us just say that it contained much more things. For everything is just right for the Missionary at the Mission field.

So, this time the box was ready but although we called at several places, this box could not be transported. On one hand it seems that in the summer months ships do not travel to those parts; on the other hand we hoped that we could send the box without spending much money. But providence knows; and as we say, when we least expect, the unexpected happens.

In fact, with much joy last October, the Laboratory received a visit from one of the Missionaries of Sofi, Brother Felix from Collepardo, You can imagine the questions everybody asked. Everybody was happy to know about the needs of the Mission. Brother Felix was not slow to render thanks to everybody at the Laboratory. For him, words did not suffice. From his large pocket he took out something like a plate and frame made of straw. It was so fine that one must see it to appreciate its precision. " Friar Mizzi our Vice prefect sent you this he said to the presidente of the laboratory, to keep it as a remembrance of the continuous thanks of the Somali Mission towards this institution of the Missionary laboratory". The President shown him that she was very pleased with that gift and after she showed it to everybody, she consigned it to be stored in the small museum of the Missionary Laboratory.

When we showed the box to Brother Felix and told him that it was so lazy that it would not be moved, no worries, he told us, I will take it with me. And really, it was so.

However, he did not take only the box for Friar Mizzi longed for a sewing machine for quite a time. Wonder of wonders, on that same day a new very beautiful machine arrived at the laboratory. This was due to the striving of the Ladies of the Laboratory and the help of some other benefactors. Just imagine Brother Felix's joy at the thought of presenting Friar Mizzi with this longed for tool for the new Mission of Gigiga upon arrival! I can take this with me also Brother Felix quickly said. And to make a long story short four boxes were sent instead of one; and instead of the fare of one box, we paid none because when missionaries travel in groups, shipping agencies offer them reductions and help them as much as possible.

It is no wonder the reader feels inclined to help this Work of the laboratory; to save himself the trouble he can consign his donation either to us or to one of the Dames of the Laboratory. These are Mrs. Orsola De Piro Presidente, Miss Luisa Caruana, Secretary, Miss Agnes Asphar, Vice-Secretary, Miss Mary Asphar, Cashier Mrs.Mary Pace Axiaq, the Missess pace Axiaq. Throughout this year, all these women strove hard and God filled their heart with the consolation which only those who love and work for their neighbour can understand.

 

july

Month dedicated to the Precious Blood of O.L.J.C.

When the Lord is calling, we must answer and serve him quickly; it is not up to us to take long to think it up.

 

1

Monday

The Holy Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

 

2

Tuesday

The Visitation of Our Lady Virgin Mary M. Holy

 

3

Wednesday

Saint Leo II, Pope

 

4

Thursday

Saint Ulric I

 

5

Friday

Saint Anthony M. Zaccaria

 

6

Saturday

Saint Domenica V. and M.

     

New Moon at 9 and 45m. p.m.

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7

Sunday

VII After Pentecost- St. Cyril

 

8

Monday

Saint Elisabeth, Queen of Portugal

 

9

Tuesday

Saint Rufina and Secunda Vv. and Mm.

 

10

Wednesday

Saint Amelberge V.

 

11

Thursday

Saint Pius I Pope and M.

 

12

Friday

Saint John Gualbert, Abb.

 

13

Saturday

Saint Anacletus, Pope

     

First Quarter at 5 and 5m.p.m.

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14

Sunday

VIII After Pentecost- St. Cirus

 

15

Monday

Saint Henry Emperor

 

16

Tuesday

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

 

17

Wednesday

Saint Alexius

 

18

Thursday

Saint Camillus de Lellis

 

19

Friday

Saint Vincent of Paula

 

20

Saturday

Saint Jerome Emiliani

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21

Sunday

IX After Pentecost- S. Praxedes

     

Full Moon at 8 and 21m. p.m.

 

22

Monday

Saint Mary Magdalene, Penitent

 

23

Tuesday

Saint Apollinaris

 

24

Wednesday

Saint Christian, V and M.

 

25

Thursday

Saint James Apostle

 

26

Friday

Saint Anne, Mother of Our Lady

 

27

Saturday

Saint pantaleone

 

+28

Sunday

X after Pentecost

 

29

Monday

Saint Martha

     

Last Quarter at 1 and 56m, p.m.

 

30

Tuesday

Saint Abdon and Sennen Mm.

 

31

Wednesday

Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Beginning of the Quindicina of Our Lady. Patroness of the Institute.

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august

The Month of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven

The Missionary must have a generous soul, not a miserly one which seeks comfort and avoids suffering

 

1

Thursday

Saint Peter Ap. in Chains

 

2

Friday

St.Alph. m. de Liguori and O.L. of the Angels [Porziuncula]

 

3

Saturday

The finding of Saint Stephen's Body

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4

Sunday

XI-St.Dominic of Gusman- feast at Valletta

 

5

Monday

Our Lady of the Snows

     

New Moon at 4 and 40m. a.m.

 

6

Tuesday

The Transfig of the Saviour (tit.Hal Lija)

 

7

Wednesday

Saint Cajetan Thieni (tit. of Hamrun)

 

8

Thursday

St. Cyriacus, Largus and Smaragdus

 

9

Friday

Saint Aristarcus bishop

 

10

Saturday

Saint Laurence Levite martyr( tit. of Vittoriosa)

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11

Sunday

XII after Pentecost

 

12

Monday

Saint Clare virgin

     

First Quarter at 7 1m. a.m.

 

13

Tuesday

Ss. Hipollitus and Cassianus martyrs

 

14

Wednesday

Saint Eusebius Confessor- Vigil fasting and abst.

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15

Thursday

Assumption of the Blessed -Virgin Mary (tit. H. Ghaxaq, Attard, Dingli, Gudja Qrendi, Mqabba, Mosta and Mgarr)

 

16

Friday

Saint Joachim Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

17

Saturday

Saint Hyacinth Confessor

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18

Sunday

XIII_ St.Helen August Emp.( tit. of B'kara)

 

19

Monday

St. Louis bishop

 

20

Tuesday

Saint Bernard bishop and doctor.

     

Full Moon at 10 and 42m .a.m

 

22

Wednesday

Saint Jane Fremoit de Chantal

 

22

Thursday

Octave of O.Bl.L. Assumed in Heaven

 

23

Friday

Saint Philip Bennizi conf.

 

24

Saturday

Saint Bartholomew Ap. martyr (tit. of Hal Ghargur)

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25

Sunday

XIV after Pent. Stella Maris (tit. Sliema)

 

26

Monday

Saint Zephyrinus Pope m.

 

27

Tuesday

Saint Joseph Calasanctius confessor

     

Last quarter at 9 and 2m .p.m.

 

28

Wednesday

Saint Augustine bishop and doctor

 

29

Thursday

Beheading of Saint John Baptist

 

30

Friday

Saint Rose from Lima dominican

 

31

Saturday

Saint Raymond nonnatus

 

 

a the indigenous clergy a

 

 

Msgr. Bishop Jarusseau blesses his seminarians

and their Rector, Friar Joachim from Zejtun.

Lately we have seen the missions flourishing. We owe this not only to the great zeal lit in the hearts of the christians for the Popes' calls; it is also a result of the indigenous Clergy. This means that the priests who have been ordained come from the mission country itself.

From its early days, the Church has always understood the necessity of the local clergy. Called also for God's service, they can become priests and work among their other brothers as you can see in the picture where the seminarians ( young men from the same country) are gathered together with their Rector Friar Joachim from Zejtun and

the Bishop, Msgr. Andrew Jarusseau is blessing them. In fact if we look at the Apostles, we find that in their wanderings throughout the world, they always sought to leave others chosen from among the people of that same place instead of them. They consecrated bishops who then took care of and nurtured that teaching given them. Our Country's history is also an evidence of this. When the Apostle Paul embarked on our island and preached the doctrine of Jesus Christ, he consecrated Saint Publius as Bishop so as to keep and develop the teaching which he had left.

The well known pope Benedict

 

september

Month dedicated to the birth of Mary Our Most H. Mother.

Pray for all the Missionaries and say some special prayer for the Somali Mission.

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1

Sunday

XV After Pentecost- Feast of St. Julianís

 

2

Monday

St. Stephen King of Hungary

 

3

Tuesday

Saint Seraphine virgin and martyr

     

New Moon at noon and 47m p.m.

 

4

Wednesday

St. Rosalia virg.

 

5

Thursday

Saint Laurence Guistiniani

 

6

Friday

Saint Theoclistus

 

7

Saturday

Remembrance of the 1565 Victory ( National Feast)

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8

Sunday

XVI- Birth of the Virgin Mary (tit. of Senglea, Naxxar, Mellieha)

 

9

Monday

St. Gorgonius

 

10

Tuesday

Saint Nicholes from Tolentino

     

First Quarter at 11 and 57m. p.m.

 

11

Wednesday

SS. Protus and Hyacinthus m.

 

12

Thursday

The Holy Name of the Virgin Mary

 

13

Friday

Saint Eulogius Patriarch of Alexandria

 

14

Saturday

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

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15

Sunday

XVII- Our Lady of Sorrows ( Haz-Zabbar. O.L. of Graces)

 

16

Monday

St. Cornelius Pope

 

17

Tuesday

The Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi.

 

18

Wednesday

Saint Joseph from Copertino (Ember Days fasting and abst.)

 

19

Thursday

Saint Januarius bishop

     

Full Moon at midnight and 16m. a.m.

 

20

Friday

SS. Eustachius and companions martyrs " "

 

21

Saturday

Saint Matthew Ap and Evang. " "

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22

Sunday

XVIII After Pentecost

 

23

Monday

St. Linus Pope m.

 

24

Tuesday

Our Lady of Mercy

 

25

Wednesday

Saint Firminus bishop martyr

 

26

Thursday

Cons. of all cons. Churches of Malta

     

Last Quarter at 3 and 7m. a.m.

 

27

Friday

SS. Cosm. and Damien martyrs

 

28

Saturday

Saint Wenceslas duke of Bohemia

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29

Sunday

XIX After Pentecost - St. Michael Arch.

 

30

Monday

St. Jerome conf. and doctor

 

We invite you to donate for our study burses.

 

 

had recognized this very well. So he highly recommended the erection of the indigenous clergy to missionaries. And rightly, for the indigenous missionary can overcome some difficulties with the greatest ease while other missionaries, not indigenous, do not overcome them easily. The spreading of the Catholic religion finds many obstacles in these difficulties. The indigenous Missionary can recognize the character of the people of his country much better than others; so he can adapt himself better with them. This thing is very costly as many times a great amount of work of the missionary does not bear fruit because of the diversity of his character compared to that of the local people. Apart from this, the indigenous missionary is believed more and his word has a greater power over the heart of those poor people who can never understand clearly how a missionary who does not belong to their country leaves his native place to live among them just for the good of their souls. So some suspicion or some doubt always falls on his brave action. There is no need to say how much harm this matter causes on the missionary work. Who knows how many a time the labour of so many years yielded a very small amount of fruit because of this, while the indigenous missionary enjoys the complete trust of his country and his word has a great force over their hearts.

Pius XI our Pope did not refrain to give a most clear proof of how much he has at heart the indigenous clergy. We can see this in the solemn consecration of those six chinese bishops whom he himself wanted to consecrate in St. Peter's basilica two years ago.

The Pope's wish in this matter is always being fulfilled and the indigenous clergy is always increasing and growing; as a result of this the spreading of the catholic religion grows with it. Let us therefore pray to God so that He continues to further this work which is so beautiful and necessary for the salvation of souls.

The Study Burse

is a sum of money (intended to be invested) so that the interests occured help our Society to defray expenses to raise up and keep at school one of the young men who wishes to give himself for the missions.

october

The Month of the Rosary.

When we are doing something only for God, there is no reason to be afraid of obstacles.

 

1

Tuesday

St.Remigius bishop

 

2

Wednesday

The Guardian Angels

     

New Moon at 11 and 19m. p.m.

 

3

Thursday

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus

 

4

Friday

Saint Francis of Assisi

 

5

Saturday

Saint Placidus and companions mart.

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6

Sunday

XX After Pentecost

 

7

Monday

Our Lady of the Rosary

 

8

Tuesday

Cons. of the Cath. Church of Malta

 

9

Wednesday

Saint Dioneges

 

10

Thursday

Saint Francis Borgia

     

First quarter at 7 and 5m. p.m.

 

11

Friday

Cons. of the Cath. of Gozo.

 

12

Saturday

Saint Wilfred bishop.

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13

Sunday

XXI After Pentecost

     

Feast of Mary most holy Patroness of the Institute

 

14

Monday

Saint Callistus I Pope

 

15

Tuesday

Saint Teresa of Avila

 

16

Wednesday

Saint Gall abbot

 

17

Thursday

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque

 

18

Friday

Saint Luke Evang.

     

Full Moon at 1 and 9m. p.m.

 

19

Saturday

Saint Peter of Alcantara

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20

Sunday

XXII after Pentecost- MISSION DAY

 

21

Monday

Saint Ursola and her companions martyrs

 

22

Tuesday

Saint Mary Salome

 

23

Wednesday

Saint Theodoret martyr

 

24

Thursday

Saint Rapheal Archangel

 

25

Friday

Ss. Chrysanthus and his wife Daria martyrs

     

Last Quarter at 9 and 21m. a.m.

 

26

Saturday

Saint Evaristus Pope martyr

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27

Sunday

XXIII Our Lord Jesus Christ King.

 

28

Monday

Saint Simon and Jude Thaddeus

 

29

Tuesday

Saint Narcissus bishop

 

30

Wednesday

Saint Marcellus and Cassianus m.

 

31

Thursday

Saint Quintin martyr Vigil fasting and Abst.

 

 

The Bishop of Gozo, Msgr. M. Gonzi

and the Mission

Venerable Brothers and most beloved children! We exort you to pray with all your power. It is really unique and wonderful the moment of converting souls. However, for the lack of greater number of manpower one cannot but gather only a very small fraction of the abundance of harvest conveyed in the wide field of the Lord's estate. Let us therefore pray fervently the Lord of the harvest to send labourers at His harvest; to send Missionary priests and catechists; also to raise Missionary vocations among our youths. The Pope assures us that if we pray alot, we will receive much more."

From the past.lett. of the 15th of October 1928.

 

 

The Sofi Infirmary

Last year we said something on the necessity of the infirmary at the Mission of Sofi. Many sick people go there from afar; there is the need of lodging them somewhere because they have nowhere to stay.

Brother Joseph asked for some money for the roof of this infirmary. When some people at the Central Hospital (among them Mister Margurat, Mister Lupi, and Mister Serge) got news of this, they passed on the matter to mister Curmi- He made so bold with the other doctors and at once they collected the sum of four pounds and a half among them. They gave it to us so that we deliver it to Sofi. Here we will let the Vice Prefect, Friar Mizzi, to speak. "A thousand thanks for the many objects which you sent and which are of great importance to us. We receive everything with great gratitude. But you have not given me the list of all these benefactors and their address so that I would be able to send them a word of thanks. So I ask you to be my interpreter with them; to be the interpreter also of the dear Brother Joseph and of the Sisters for all those things which they were pleased to send us. At the moment, you would already have received dear brother Joseph's thanks and mine for those £ 4-10-0 which Brother Joseph consigned to me as soon as he arrived from Gololcia. They are destined for the roof of the infirmary which we are constructing. All in all, the infirmary will cost a lot. If you please and if it is not a grave inconvenience for you, do your best to cover all the expenses."

november

All Souls' Month

All things help those who love God to perform salutary acts.

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1

Friday

All Saints

     

New Moon at 1 and 1m.p.m.

 

2

Saturday

All Souls' Day

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3

Sunday

XXIV After Pentecost.

 

4

Monday

Saint Charles Borromeo

 

5

Tuesday

The Holy Relics of the Diocese of Malta

 

6

Wednesday

Saint Leonard

 

7

Thursday

Saint Vitalis and Agricola martyrs

 

8

Friday

All saints' octave

 

9

Saturday

Consecration of the Arcibasilica of St. John in the Lateran

     

First Quarter at 3 and 10m. p.m.

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10

Sunday

XXV After Pentecost.

 

11

Monday

Saint Martin bishop

 

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Tuesday

Saint Martin Pope

 

13

Wednesday

Saint Dedacus confessor

 

14

Thursday

Saint Josaphat bishop

     

Te Deum sung on the anniversary of the canonical erection A.D.1921

 

15

Friday

Saint Gertrude virgin

 

16

Saturday

Saint Edmund bishop

     

Full Moon at 1 and 14m a.m.

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Sunday

XXVI After Pentecost

 

18

Monday

Cons. of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome

 

19

Tuesday

St. Elisabeth wid.

 

20

Wednesday

Saint Felix of Valois, confessor.

 

21

Thursday

Presentation of the V. Mary in the Temple

 

22

Friday

Saint Cecily virgin and martyr

 

23

Saturday

Saint Clement I Pope and Saint Felicity

     

Last Quarter at 5 and 4m. p.m.

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Sunday

XXVIII After Pentecost

 

25

Monday

Saint Catherine v. and m. (tit. Zejtun and Zurrieq)

 

26

Tuesday

Saint Sylvester abbot

 

27

Wednesday

Saint Maximus bishop

 

28

Thursday

Saint James della Marca

 

29

Friday

Saint Saturninus martyr

 

30

Saturday

Saint Andrew Ap martyr (tit. H. Luqa)

 

 

 

A Prayer for the Missions by Pope Pius XI

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, you who are worthy of all love, you who saved the world for the price of Your most precious Blood, look mercifully towards humanity which in such great numbers is still engulfed in the darkness of error and under the threat of death. Cause the whole light of truth to shine on it. Multiply, Oh Lord, the Apostles of Your Gospel. Fill with zeal, increase, bless their strivings and work with your grace so that through them all the infidels recognize you and turn towards you, their Creator and Redeemer.

Call again towards your fold those who strayed, those who do not want to remain within the fold of Your only and true Church. Oh Redeemer worthy of all love, hasten the longed-for arrival of Your Kingdom on earth. Attract all people towards Your most gentle heart so that they all may partake of the unequalled wealth of Your Redemption in never-ending heavenly joy. Amen

A 300 day indulgence to all the faithful every time they say this prayer with a repentant heart.- A plenary indulgence, once a month, under the usual conditions, for those who have recited it daily.

S. Penit. Ap. 18th May 1926

 

 

The new Tripoli Cathedral. A blessing for the Maltese.

Bishop Gonzi at Tripoli.

On the 21st of the month of November, in the year 1928, Msgr Gonzi Bishop of Gozo went to Tripoli in Africa. He was invited to take part in the feasts of the consecration and the inauguration of the new Cathedral. Msgr Tonizza, the Bishop of that City, invited him.

Msgr Gonzi first thought of the Maltese. So, when he arrived in that city after a 17 hour voyage by sea, he started preaching the three sermons he had to deliver for the Maltese in the old Cathedral.

There were many people in the Church. Msgr Gonzi urged the Maltese to confess and to receive holy communion; his words were gentle and full of holiness. His sermons were not in vain; a very great number of the Maltese received the Sacraments. the Maltese colony is made up of about two thousand people; we can say that nearly all of them benefited from Msgr Gonzi's visit, and advanced spiritually. The following Sunday morning, in the same Church, the Parish Priest of Rabat , Malta, preached another sermon for the Maltese. He accompanied Bishop Gonzi. The Maltese were happy to see a Maltese Priest among them; their behaviour showed the joy they had in their heart.

The priests who go to countries where the Maltese live, are to be praised. They cannot but do good to their brothers who live far away from their country.

DECEMBER

Christmas Month

As soon as children receive the missionary spirit, faith and charity arestrenghtened in them.

  1 SUNDAY 1 of Advent Saint Eligius
      New moon at 5 and 48m am
  2 Monday Saint Bibiana V. and M.
  3 Tuesday Saint Francis Xavier
  4 Wednesday Saint Peter Chrysologus
  5 Thursday Saint Sabba, Abb.
  6 Friday Saint Nicholas
  7 Saturday Saint Ambose
  8 SUNDAY II of Advent - The Imm.Conception (tit of Vittoriosa)
  9 Monday Saint Valery V. and M.
      First quarter at 10 and 42m pm
  10 Tuesday The translation of Our Lady`s House in Loreto
  11 Wednesday Saint Damasus Pope
  12 Thursday Saint Donatus
  13 Friday Saint Lucy V. and M.
  14 Saturday Saint Spiridion
  15 SUNDAY III of Advent - Saint Irineus M.
  16 Monday Saint Eusebius
      Beginning of the Novena to the Child Jesus
      Full moon at noon and 38m pm
  17 Tuesday Saint Begga, sister of St.Gertrude V.
  18 Wednesday Saint Grazzian (Emb. D. fasting and abst.)
  19 Thursday Saint Faustina
  20 Friday Saint Libertus (Emb. D. fasting and abst.)
  21 Saturday Saint Thomas Ap and M. (emb. D. fasting and abst.)
  22 SUNDAY IV of advent Saint Zenone
  23 Monday Saint Zeticus M.
      Last quarter at 3 and 27m am
  24 Tuesday Saint Trasilla V. (Vigil fasting and abst.)
  25 Wednesday The Holy Birth of Our Lord Jesus Chirst
      Christmas function at midnight
  26 Thursday Saint Stephen Protomartyr
  27 Friday Saint John Ap and Evang
  28 Saturday The Holy Innocents
  29 SUNDAY On Chirstmas - Saint Thomas
  30 Monday Saint Liberius
  31 Tuesday Sylevter Pope
      New moon at midnight and 42 am.
      Te Deum sung as tthanksgiving of the end of the Year

 

 

 

Light and Consolation for Everybody.

 

 

At the 14th of March Senate sitting, the Rev. Senator Msgr. P. Gauci. proposed that, just as the Maltese Parliament consecrated itself with all solemnity together with the Bishop to the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the 10th of February 1922, it was also fitting, according to the spirit of this consecration, that it would be repeated every year before the Chamber starts to function. This is what other corps do.

This proposal was heartily seconded by Prof. A Bartolo Minister of Instruction: Among other beautiful things, he declared that a man without faith is also without character. The Rev. Msgr C. Zammit and Prof. Rev. Friar Cuschieri spoke also. Rev. Prof Cushieri was rightly very pleased that at least the Maltese are all of like sentiments in religious feelings.

Consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

We are here reproducing the formula of consecration which the Maltese Senate approved on that same day; it is translated from Latin. We do this for the edification of everybody- and when we say everybody we also include those, especially amongst our maltese brothers who strive ceaselessly and suffer on the Mission field.

"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus reigning over all the christians, we kneel here in front you you, gathered in this hall where all the needs of the country are provided for. We recognize and proclaim Your power over all our actions; we promise you that we will not do anything which would not please Your Heart where very truth has its beginning.

Divine Heart of Jesus, do preside at all our meetings ; bless them, sanctify us and keep every harm away from us.

" May none of us ever offend you; may we all remember that you are the Lord of Our mind and of our heart; may everybody keep in mind that your mercy is great especially towards sinners. May all love you and may all be saved by you.

"Oh gentle Jesus, receive this consecration through the hands of Mary, Mother of mercy. May we always become more worthy of Your Heart, of Your promises, of the benefits of your infinite love.

"Long live the Heart of Jesus , Our king and Father. Amen".

the maltese

Is quick to learn foreign languages; in maltese words there are all the sounds we find in every other foreign tongue. This is most advantageous, especially when one gives oneself for the Missions.

Friar Mizzi Malta Miss.

 

 

The Agostinian Brother who accidentally became

a Missionary: Donatus Ciantar.

 

Since early childhood we are used to listen about the shipwreck of Our Father, the Apostle Saint Paul, on our shores. We are happy to think and reflect this kindness of Providence toward us when it sent us the first Missionary to convert us from the darkness of paganism and enlighten us by christian faith. We reflect the more on this wonderful fact when we remember that when Saint Paul left from the East, he had no intention of coming to Malta.

This cold behaviour of Providence in what happened between Saint Paul and Malta repeated itself in what happened between Brother Donatus and Mament , son of the sultan of Tunis; this behaviour was repeated not in the magnitude of the story but in its form. We will write what was printed in the " Malta Missionaria", of Friar Mizzi. O.M.C. from the letter which he received from the Agostinian Friar Letard.

"In the year 1636 Bro. Donatus Ciantar, an Agostinian Brother had to go towards Scicily in obedience of his Superiors. During the voyage the vessel was seized by the corsairs who maltreated those present on the ship. Then they enslaved them and carried them to their country. For some time, Brother Donatus remained there as a prisoner, bearing the illtreatment of his harsh master with christian resignation.

"In March 1642 , something was done to release him. After many recommendations, Mister Francis Gauci was put in charge. The Friar Master Hipollitus from Rimidi who highly recommended was very well suited as Superior of the Province of Scicily and Malta. The practices were started and completed, but nothing materialized. The plans in heaven on this matter were different.

"His placid temperament, the gentle behaviours of our hero, his good manners, his simple and sincere word together with some other good quality in him, finally attracted towards him one of the rulers; the Regent of Tunis had great faith in him. He took the gentle Donatus under his protection; he ransomed him, he freed him from every uneasy feeling, he employed him with his family and took care of all his wealth. Through this gentlemen Donatus had the possibility of befriending the first-born of the Sultan. In their meetings, which were frequent, they talked about everything, but mostly they talked about God, His bounty towards man, the graces he gives to those who behave according to his teaching; in a word they talked to Mament's great profit [ for this was the Prince's name] about the christian faith. God's grace did not only give him rest; it overcame his soul. Without anybody's notice at the court, he had decided to become a christian, to receive baptism and as much as possible with all the beauty of the solemnity of Church ceremonies. But what is he to do to fullfil this ardent wish? In his troubles he turned his prayer towards God and he was completely convinced that he was heard and he resolved to leave the Palace for good and embark towards Malta, together with his faithful friend,Brother Donatus. The voyage commenced in good weather; but after no long time the worst of tempests broke out; after the vessel was tossed severely, it was left to the waves of a rough sea. The waves drove it towards Scicily and on the 6th March 1646 it entered the port of Mazzora, a Province of the City of Trapani. From this shore the Prince was escorted to Palermo. Here he was very well received by the Vice-king. After some days the Vice-king entrusted him under the care of the religious of the Society of Jesus. These, on their part, handed him to the maltese Father Francis Sordi to teach him matters of Faith and things spiritual. And on the 6th May of the same year he had as god-father the Marquis of Los Velos and Vice-king and the Vice-Queen. He was christened Philip, Innocent, Peter, Ferdinand and Ignatius of Austria.

So this is the way Providence used to convert Prince Mament and turned unexpectedly the Agostinian Brother Donatus into a Missionary .

Ras Taffari Makonnen and the Missions.

Lately not long ago Abyssinia wrote story of great interest and importance in its history book. This was the incoronation of Ras Taffari makonnen the Abyssinian Regent and the heir for the throne as king(Negus) of Ethiopia. We read and hear many beautiful and comforting facts about the new Negus. May God help him and strengthen the beautiful plans he has for his country. Amongst these ideas we know that the government is trying to set slaves free. It seems he has also heard about the good performed by the Missionaries, towards the Somalis because he has already shown that he intends to help them. In fact, before he was crowned he gave two tracts of land to the Somali Mission which are called " Kalad" in their language. They are ten times as large as the whole of Sliema and they are the most beautiful land which our Mission had ever received. On this land a new Missionary station will be erected together with a school for the locals. New works mean new expenses. But God who started to bless this new station and its great benefactor will not stop pouring his blessing. The Missionaries consider the new Negus Ras Taffari Makonnen as their great Benefactor.