On Wednesday December 13, the Augustinian friars met at The Santa Rita Priory in St. Julian's for a moment of prayer during Advent. Fr Martin Micallef ofm Cap led a reflection on the star that we find in the pages of the Gospel according to Saint Matthew. After a short break, the brothers gathered for adoration in silence before the Sacrament.



The traditional feast of Saint Martin was celebrated in November in Baħrija. Various liturgical celebrations have been organized in the Church reaching various sectors of this pastoral zone. The celebrations reached their climax on Saturday 11 November through a solemn mass followed by a Procession with the statue of San Martin in the streets of Baħrija. The small statue of Saint Martin was made by Giuseppe Caruana in 1945 and restored by artist Aaron Camilleri Cauchi in the past months arriving back again in Baħrija just in time for  this year's feast.

The Feast of San Martin also brings with it the traditional fair that has been held in Bahrija for many years. The fair is organized by a number of Church volounteers who coordinate this activity and the initiatives that are organized. A good number of helpers also help throughout the year in the organization of the pastoral life of this area which is entrusted to the Augustinian friars of Rabat. 

 


On November 6, the Augustinian Family celebrates the remembrance of the departed Augustinian friars. On Monday 6th November in the morning the Prior Provincial, together with several friars, celebrated a mass in Saint Nicholas of Tolentino Church, Tarxien commemorating the deceased friars. In his reflection he spoke on: the beautiful memories that all these brothers have left us; the sense of gratitude that we should all express as we celebrate what our predecessors lived and accomplished; and above all, the faith and hope that should fill our hearts as Christians who are still going through the walk of life. After mass those present paid their respects by visiting the provincial graves, at Addolorato Cemetery .


On Thursday 9 November a meeting was held for Augustinian laity at the Primary Campus of our College in Marsa. The meeting consisted of a welcome by Fr David Cortis, Rector of Saint Augustine College on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the beginning of the College, and afterwards Fr Mario Abela led a short time of Adoration and prayer for vocations, especially Augustinians.

Afterwards we had a social moment together where we shared some delicious snacks between us. We thank Fr David, Fr Mario, Fr Terence and the Augustinian Lay Provincial Commission, and Kevin and Lydia Vella, members of the Secular Augustinian Fraternity, for the contribution they gave to make the meeting beautiful for the glory of God.


On Monday 23rd October, the Educational Community of St. Augustine College together with the Maltese Augustinian Province commemorated the 175th anniversary of the opening of the first scholastic year of St Augustine School at that time in the Augustinian Priory in Valletta. That was the beginning of the first Church School for Maltese children. This anniversary was commemorated this morning through a joyful celebration presided over by the Vicar General, H.E. Mons. Joseph Galea Curmi, under the distinguished Patronage of the Acting President Prof. Frank Bezzina, in the absence of the President of Malta who is abroad. H.E. Mons. Savio Hon Tai-Fai S.D.B. Apostolic Nuncio for Malta, wasa alos present together with representatives from the Secretariat of Catholic Education and several Augustinian religious who over the years worked or were students at the College as were also several other priests.

The celebration took place in the Parish Church of Saint Sebastian in Qormi where all the students of the College which today count around 800, and the members of the Staff, could gather. The center of the activity was the celebration of the Eucharist of thanksgiving. A good number of students took part in the celebration in various ways, particularly through joyful singing, reading, a short performance after the Gospel, presentation of symbols, the presence of the Air Scouts, and the service at the altar. A good number of educators and other members of the College staff also participated in the activity in various ways, and collaborated in the preparation and organization of the whole event.

Let us pray the Lord to continue to bless this Educational Community.


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