Planning Authority employees carry out voluntary work at Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A group of 2O employees from different sections working within the Planning Authority spent a full day carrying out voluntary work at Id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siggiewi.

The employees carried out various tasks such as general cleaning, laundry work, washing cars and food preparation. The Authority also donated the sum of €3000 which was collected from a fund raising event to support id-Dar tal-Providenza in its sterling work with persons with disability. The Authority’s Flimkien Fund Committee organised this initiative with the support of the Management as part of PA’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

On behalf of the residents, Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, thanked Management and staff of the Planning Authority for the voluntary work done as well as for the donation made.

Concerto Buffo by volunteers of Dr Klown at Id-Dar tal-Providenza

The Klown Doctors, normally, don’t perform on stage. This year however, they made an exception, to celebrate their annual Dr Klown Day with their CONCERTO BUFFO, created especially for the residents of Dar tal Providenza in Siggiewi.

In previous years Dr Klown Day has been an event for the general public – remember the Dr Klown Parade on St Julian’s and Sliema’s promenade last year with over 700 kids participating – but this time round they decided to use their skills to bring a ray of sunshine to the residents of Dar tal Providenza.

After struggling through rehearsals they brought an original, colourful, varied show for the Dar tal Providenza residents, a combination of dance, comic acts, musical performances and loads of clown improvisation. A bit loud at times maybe, but hey, Klowns are clowns! All volunteers of Dr klown participated in the fun and sang popular Maltese folk songs with the residents, accompanied by Tikka Banda for the second part of the show. There was wheelchair waltzing, balloon figures and Klowns being their silly selves, turning the afternoon into an unforgettable experience for all involved.

Annual concert in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza by the Armed Forces of Malta Band

The annual concert by the band of the Armed Forces of Malta in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza on the occasion of the Week for Persons with Disability, is taking place at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mdina on Friday, 7th December 2018 at 8.00pm. The vocal and instrumental concert, courtesy of the Metropolitan Chapter, will be under the distinguished patronage of the President of Malta, H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca and H.G. the Archbishop Mgr Charles J. Scicluna. During the concert the winner of the Mons. Mikiel Azzopardi Award 2018 will be announced.

The band of the Armed Forces of Malta will be under the direction of Mro Capt. Jonathan Borg with the participation of the Coro Bel Canto, directed by Mro Hermann Farrugia Frantz. The programme includes works by Theodore Moses Tobani, Pyotr IlyichTschaikovsky, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Arnold & Brown, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carlo Giuseppe Rossi, Kurt Hahn, Cesar Frank, Karl Jenkins and George Frideric Handel.

The main speaker who will address Autism is Dr Alistair Degaetano.

Entrance to the concert is free and everyone is invited. Entrance tickets may be had by calling on 2145 2844 or by sending an email to kuncert@dartalprovidenza.org. Tickets may also be picked up from the Media Centre in Blata l-Bajda or from the Dar tal-Providenza’s office in St Paul Street, Valletta (behind the market) which is open Monday to Saturday between 9.00am and noon.

Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi pays first official visit at Id-Dar tal-Providenza

“At id-Dar tal-Providenza, life and dignity for all are dearly cherished. Anyone who comes here understands how the life of every person, whoever the person is, is precious and we should cherish it because man is created in God’s image. Here, life is cherished with love. It is this love that is the soul of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, but it also goes out from here to touch the hearts of all Maltese.”

This was said by the Auxiliary Bishop and Vicar General, Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi when he paid his first official visit to Id-Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi. He was welcomed by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, and met and chatted with the residents and their support workers as well as officials of the Administration. He also found time to see first hand the various services the Home offers.

When addressing the residents, Mgr Galea Curmi said that Id-Dar tal-Providenza teaches him how to live the motto ‘Cherish life with love’ that he chose so that it remains an inspirition to his episcopal ministry.

Mgr Galea Curmi wanted to express the gratitude and appreciation of the Church in Malta to the residents of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, the Director, Fr Martin Micallef, Fr Trevor Fairclough, the Sisters of Charity, all the workers and volunteers of the Home. A thank you from the heart because what is being done is the best expression of Christian life of what the Chirch is in its mission in Maltese society.

The Auxiliary Bishop ended by auguring that on the footsteps of Mons. Mikiel Azzopardi, who in a prophetic and providential way instituted this Home, we all continue to spread the message that emanates from here: Cherish life with love.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza 2019 Diary being distributed

The pocket diary of Id-Dar tal-Providenza for 2019 is currently being distributed in every household in Malta and Gozo. This diary, with its information that is useful throughout the whole year, provides an opportunity for a show of solidarity with the Home that offers residency with the right environment to one hundred and fifteen persons with disability so that they can foster their personal growth to the fullest.

As in previous years, the diary includes the very useful timetable for daily and Sunday masses in all churches in Malta and Gozo and a detailed calendar. A list highlighting all the parish feasts in these islands for 2019 is also included. The coloured painting on the front page is the work of Debbie Bonello.

Anyone not receiving the diary is requested to call reception at Id-Dar tal-Providenza on 21462844 or email on info@dartalprovidenza.org.

GasanMamo Insurance and MAPFRE MSV Life sponsored the printing of the diary whilst Maltapost has again agreed to distribute the diaries free of charge.

November 12th, 2018

St Martin’s Outing for residents

Residents, support workers, employees and volunteers of Id-Dar tal-Providenza once again had their ‘San Martin’ Outing, This year the venue was St Dominic’s Priory in Rabat. The activity started off with a Eucharistic Celebration led by Archbishop Emeritus, Mgr. Pawl Cremona OP assisted by Fr Martin Micallef and Fr Trevor Fairclough.

After the Mass there was lunch, dessert and coffee for all.

Lions Clubs present their annual donation to Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On Sunday 21st October, Presidents of Lions Club Malta (Host), Lions Club (Mdina), Lions Club (Sliema) and Lions Club (St Paul’s Bay) presented their annual donation to Id-Dar tal-Providenza on the occassion of World Lions Day.

Lions Club members attended mass for the repose of deceased members at the Home’s chapel in Siġġiewi.

Mgr Charles Gauci, new Maltese Bishop of Darwin, Australia visits Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Mgr Charles Gauci, new Maltese Bishop of Darwin, Australia paid an official visit to Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

He was greeted by Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home and members of the Administration. He met and chatted with residents who give their time at the St Isidor Agriculture Centre and at the Aquatherapy pool. He also visited the chapel and the Dun Mikiel Museum after which he spent some time of prayer at the grave of the founder of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

New Armed Forces of Malta recruits help out at Id-Dar tal-Providenza

A group of new recruits from the Armed Forces of Malta spent some days helping out in the refurbishment of Dar Akwarell, which is one of the residences of Id-Dar tal-Providenza, and is situated in Qawra. The recruits have plastered and painted common areas within the residence, and have also given a new look to the residents’ private rooms. The residents were also presented with gifts of something they are fond of, together with a donation.

Other voluntary works were done at the Creche childrens home in Sliema.

This voluntary work would not have been possible without the help of sponsors for material and donations. These include: Sigma Malta, Macpherson Paints Malta, B&G Hardware Store, Betacentre, Nectar.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza salutes the memory of Sr Annunziata Cortis

Id-Dar tal-Providenza warmly remembers Sr Annunziata Cortis, from the Sisters of Charity of St Jeanne Antide Thouret who has joined the Lord at the venerable age of 105. Sr Annunuziata served at Id-Dar tal-Providenza between 1970 and 1971 and again in 1982. During that time she was also the Superior of the community of nuns residents at Id-Dar tal-Providenza.

Biography

Sr Anunziata was born in Rabat, Malta in 1913. She was christened as ‘Pawla’. During those times Europe was passing through difficult times because the first world war (1914-1918) was looming on the horizon. Apart from that, Malta was a British colony and it couldn’t be spared the effects of war.
Sr Annunziata’s parents managed to give their daughter a profound christian and human formation. At a tender age she felt the call for a religious life and after moments of prayer and advice from those who knew her well and could give her guidance, she left everything that was dear to her behind her and at the age of sixteen entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity in Tarxien.

Sr Annunziata was a humble person, always ready to learn. After her novitiate she was sent to the Central Hospital in Floriana and at that stage her superiors realised right away that she had the necessary qualities to become a Sister of Charity. One needs to keep in mind that during those days the hospitals did not have the facilities available nowadays and that the personnel were not as qualified as today and so work was more difficult and harder than today.

In 1965, the Sisters of Charity were asked to give their services in a Tripoli hospital and Sr Annunziata went there for two years and there she was quite happy because for her tending the sick was a tangible way to show love and caring with those in need. The two-year period in Tripoli was extended for a lot longer and in 1978 she was resposible for the community of Sisters there. During her long life, she was practically in every care home we have in Malta, ‘Saura’, ‘St Vincent de Paul hospital’, ‘Id-Dar tal-Providenza’, Tarxien ……. Where there was a need she used to go wholeheartedly because in the sick she saw the suffering Christ.

Besides tending the sick, in 1970 she became Provincial Counsellor and during those whole five years she served gladly and with lots of love. Sr Annunziata was a capable woman and very good hearted and, her age notwithstanding, she was always ready to help and give her all wherever she was needed.

She was also a very spiritual woman. Everyone refers to her calmness and prudence, to her keeping to herself what needn’t be said, her being very quick in forgiving those who slighted her, her understanding of others and of accepting their lack of morals and spirituality. She had a jovial character always ready to help and fraternise with others.

Sr Annunziata’s life was interlaced with acts of love as witnessed by all the Sisters that lived with her. Sr Annunziata had this force within her because first of all she was a woman of prayer and intimity with the Lord. She wouldn’t exchange her prayer time with any other activity if not necessarily required.

During the last few years, she lived at the Balzan home of the Sisters of Charity were they spend their time of merited rest after decades of service to charity.