Mr Joseph Vella, the curator of the Our Lady of Lourdes grotto at December 13th Road in Marsa helped by his son Mario and other volunteers, presented a donation of €1,140 to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza. The presentation took place at the end of a Eucharistic Celebration at the Holy Trinity parish church in Marsa.
This sum was raised through offerings made at the grotto during the year by devotees of Our Lady of Lourdes.
This is an annual event that was started in 1981 when Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, founder of the Siġġiewi Home, celebrated the first Mass at the grotto in a year that was dedicated to persons with disability. Because of the current measures introduced by the Health Authorities in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Mass had to be celebrated at the Marsa parish church instead of at the grotto itself as in the past.
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