Friends of Providence House NSW donates $9,000AUD to Dar tal-Providenza.

Friends of Providence House NSW (FOPH) donated $9,000AUD to Id-Dar tal- Providenza. The cheque was presented during last Sunday’s fund-raising Marathon. The sum was raised by FOPH throughout 2020/2021 and is normally presented in person to Fr Martin Micallef, Director of the Home, at the ‘Annual Volleyball Marathon’. The fund-raiser is held in the first weekend of July on the grounds of the Siggiewi Home but had to be cancelled for the second year in a row due the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

The Group wishes to thank the Maltese Community in Australia who has once again shown its solidarity together with a very generous benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous. The Group wishes to acknowledge its major Sponsor, George Vella of Breakaway Travel of Blacktown, as well as the support of the Maltese Media in Australia, ‘The Voice of the Maltese’ and the ‘The Maltese E-Newsletter for their ongoing support.

Jim Borg, the Coordinator of Friends of Providence House NSW, together with his team, Marisa Previtera (Secretary) and Miriam Friggieri (Treasurer) stay in regular contact with Fr Martin and continue with their fundraising initiatives for Dar tal-Providenza.

€512,870 raised during TV Marathon in aid of Dar tal-Providenza

€512,870 were raised during Sunday’s TV Marathon in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. Because of certain restrictions still being enforced by our Health Authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the whole programme was produced on the same lines as those of the new year’s day ‘Festa ta’ Ġenerożità’ marathon. Once again, in order to safeguard the wellbeing and the security of the residents, the annual Volleyball Marathon had to be cancelled and nothing happened at the Home’s Siġġiewi car park except for a ‘drive-through’ where persons wanting to make a donation did so without getting out of their car.

Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Dar tal-Providenza thanked the Maltese nation for always beleiving in the Home and in what it does to see that its residents have the best quality of life possible. Funds raised during this marathon will be going towards a refurbishing project for four flats in Villa Papa Giovanni so that every resident will have a more dignified environment with private rooms and all the amenities.

The important fundraising aspect of TV Marathon including appeals, telephone and on-line donations were done at the We studios in Qormi between noon and midnight. Obviously, everything was done according to the protocols in place by the health authorities including the mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing, separation by perspex, etc.

In the morning, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna celebrated a thanksgiving Mass on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Martin Micallef. The other priests were Fr Marco Portelli, Fr Charles Attard, Fr Mark Ciantar OFM and Fr Stephen Sciberras OFM. Fr Alex Cauchi, an Augustinian parish priest could not attend because of pastoral duties. The Archbishop reminded the priests of the phrase that St George Preca used to quote on anniversary occasions: “Thank you Lord God, forgive me Lord God.”

At different times of the day. TV Marathon guests in the studios included the President of Malta, Dr George Vella and Mrs. Vella, President Emeritus Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, Auxiliary Bishop Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi and the Leader of the Opposition and the Nationalist Party, Dr Bernard Grech and Mrs. Grech. Others present at one time or another were Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Members of Parliament from both sides of the House as well as political parties delegates. They also spent time answering the phones taking donations.

The televised marathon started at noon and continued till around midnight when the final sum was announced. TVM2, ONE TV, NET TV, Fliving and Smash TV took part for long stretches of the 12-hour broadcast. This included entertainment provided by top entertainers who represented Malta in past editions of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Anyone still wishing to make a donation may do so by clicking on the website www.sabihlitaghti.com where the relative details pertaining to donations may be found.

Archbishop Scicluna celebrates thanksgiving Mass on the 25th Anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Fr Martin Micallef and friends

This morning, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna celebrated a thanksgiving Mass on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Fr Martin Micallef but also on the occasion of the TV Marathon fund-raiser in aid of Dar tal-Providenza that starts at midday. The other priests were Fr Marco Portelli, Fr Charles Attard, Fr Mark Ciantar OFM and Fr Stephen Sciberras OFM. Fr Alex Cauchi, an Augustinian parish priest could not attend because of pastoral duties. The Archbishop reminded the priests of the phrase that St George Preca used to quote on anniversary occasions: “Thank you Lord God, forgive me Lord God.”
In his catechesis on today’s Word of God, Mgr. Scicluna spoke about on the confusion of those that for around twenty-seven years lived with him in Nazareth. Those that were at the Synagogue that day were totally confused because they expected to see Jesus the carpenter not Jesus the prophet who was speaking in the name of God.
The Archbishop said that today’s generation is no different than those who “were scandalised because of him” because most of the times we focus on the preacher rather than on his message.
Funds raised during this marathon will be going towards a refurbishing project for four flats in Villa Papa Giovanni so that every resident will have a more dignified environment with private rooms and all the amenities.

The important fundraising aspect of TV Marathon including appeals, telephone and on-line donations wilol be done from the We studios in Qormi between noon and midnight.
Anyone wishing to make a donation may do so by clicking on the website www.sabihlitaghti.com where the relative details pertaining to donations may be found.

TV Marathon in aid of Id-Dar tal-Providenza

On Sunday 4th July 2021, Id-Dar tal-Providenza is organising a fund-raising marathon which will be broadcast on the main television stations between noon and midnight. This marathon is taking place instead of the annual Volleyball Marathon which is being cancelled once again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds raised during this marathon will be going towards a refurbishing project for four flats in Villa Papa Giovanni so that every resident will have a more dignified environment with private rooms and all the amenities.

Anyone wishing to donate on the day of the marathon or the days leading to it is welcome to call on the numbers listed below, make a donation on line or make a personal donation at Dar tal-Providenza in Siġġiewi. On the day of the marathon there will be a drive-thru in the car park of the Home for those wanting to make their donation.

On the website www.sabihlitagħti.com one can find all the relative details pertaining to donations.

5160 2011 for a donation of €10

5170 2012 for a donation of €15

5180 2013 for a donation of €25

5190 2070 for a donation of €50

SMS on 5061 8944 for a donation of €7

2146 2686 for anyone wanting to make a pledge.

BOV Mobile Pay – 7932 4834

Benefactors of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes at December 13th Road in Marsa make donation to Dar tal-Providenza

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.

Laferla donation to Id-Dar tal-Providenza

Laferla presented Id-Dar tal-Providenza with a charitable donation of €1,200 as part of the firm’s initiative to give to those who need it the most. The initiative forms part of Laferla’s monthly ‘Dress Down Days’, where team members collect funds that are then increased by the Directors and donated to a charitable organisation of the staff’s choice.

With the donation, the team at Laferla hope to help Id-Dar tal-Providenza with the hard and reputable work that they are doing. “We are committed to continuing to assist and give back to the community whenever and wherever we can,” stated Keith Laferla, Executive Director at Laferla.

We are proud of our team who take this initiative to heart, showing us that the company’s socially responsible culture is truly a Laferla team trait. We have had to adapt our ‘Dress Down Days’ due to COVID-19 as they also formed part of our team-building strategy, yet the core spirit of the initiative which is to collect donations has of course persisted.

Id-Dar tal-Providenza is a foundation that offers residential services to individuals with disabilities. Hosting over 100 individuals of all ages, the organisation offers respite services, aqua therapy services, activities, and physiotherapy services to patients, just to name a few. Individuals and companies may donate to this cause through their website at www.sabihlitaghti.com.

Starting 2021 on a positive note, Laferla commits once again to enhancing their CSR initiatives and encouraged others to do the same.

Dar tal-Providenza’s Valletta office open once again

The Valletta office, located in St. Paul Street right behind the old market, is there so that the general public will have a central office from where it can get all the information about the Home’s work and activities and where it can make a donation for Dar tal-Providenza.

Presently the office is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday between 9.00am and noon.

Dar tal-Providenza appeals for donations

Dar tal-Providenza, whilst thanking the public for the generosity it has always shown, is appealing for donations especially after it was made known that the amount raised during the January 1, 2021 marathon has to be revised downwards. This after GO p.l.c. announced that a technical fault led to a double registering of donations from the Company’s registered numbers.

As a result of this error, the actual sum raised during the Festa ta’ Ġenerożità marathon is now €1,604,540, a decrease of €427,000 from that originally announced. This downward revision is going to affect the plans that Dar tal-Providenza had for this year and therefore, as it always does, it is going to put its trust in providence and in the generosity of the people of Malta and Gozo.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to Dar tal-Providenza can access information online on www.sabihlitaghti.org.

“Here for you, like Mary” – A Reflection by Fr Martin Micallef

This year, the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows, which in Malta we traditionally celebrate with great devotion on the Friday before Holy Week, for me personally, has a much deeper and personal meaning than ever before. Because this year, Mary “standing by the cross of Jesus” (John 19:25) reminds me of how many people stood by me last year when I was going through an excruciating cancer treatment.

Mary standing by her crucified son Jesus becomes a beautiful example for us all, an example that mirrors the merciful heart of the good samaritan who in the words of Pope Francis in his recent Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti” “stopped, approached the man and cared for him personally, even spending his own money to provide for his needs.” (63) The Pope goes on to say, “above all he also gave him something that in our frenetic world we cling to tightly: he gave him his time.” (63). How wonderful it is to give some of your time to someone who is going through illness, solitude or some other form of suffering!

In my own pastoral ministry I have seen the face of suffering of so many sick persons: children, youths, parents who had just lost their son or their daughter at a tender age through sickness or a tragic accident, young adults riddled with drug addiction, among others. Before such situations, I always understood the need to be near these people at such difficult times, and did my very best to be there for them. But having experienced the sheer gift of human support at a time when I most needed it, I have never been more aware than today, that the best gift you can give to a person who is suffering is to give him or her some of your time, to give your presence and, when possible, your helping hand.

To be sick with cancer in hospital during this pandemic, doubled the suffering for me because hospital visits were prohibited. The number of those who could be physically close to me was very limited. But I must say that this shortcoming was truly made up for by the specialists, the doctors, nurses, the friars and other workers at the Haematology Ward. I will never forget their dedication, attention and love with which they treated me. That a doctor, nurse or carer comes into your room with a simple smile or to simply check on whether you need anything meant so much to me. It was a heartwarming experience, and it hit me as if they were constantly telling me: “We are here for you!”… “We are here for you like Mary!” How lovely it is to be like Mary near her suffering son.

Here for you like Mary, were also all those who used to call me to see how I was doing or simply sent me a message of support. In my heart I used to say, “See, He remembered me! She remembered me!”

Here for you like Mary, were members of my family, doctors, nurses, friends and others who knew me and who were always there for me in everything I needed.

Here for you like Mary, were those who during my illness and in solidarity with other cancer patients who were undergoing treatment and needed blood transfusions, chose to donate the much needed blood.

Here for you like Mary, were also all those who supported me with their prayers.

Here for you like Mary, we can all be by doing small gestures of human solidarity towards those who are suffering, who would certainly appreciate it immensely.

Standing by the cross and notwithstanding the helpless situation, Mary’s behaviour was certainly not that of the bitter vinegar of indifference, but rather the stimulant of love, courage, and solidarity. Today, I too wish to offer a word of encouragement and love to all those who are sick as well as those who are presently going through some form of suffering. Today, I can understand you that bit more and like those many who stood by me with their prayers, I promise you that I too will stand by you with my prayers to the good Lord, through the intercession of his mother Mary. Our Lady of Sorrows continuously invites us to act like her and be near those who are suffering because “we cannot be indifferent to suffering; we cannot allow anyone to go through life as an outcast.” (Fratelli Tutti, 68)

Dar tal-Providenza resident dies after testing positive for Covid-19

The 30-year old resident tested positive on February 18th during routine tests that are conducted by Dar tal-Providenza.

The resident was immediately transferred to St Thomas Hospital in line with protocols adopted by the Home. In the meantime, residents and care workers who were in contact with the person who resulted positive were put under preventive quarantine.

The person died yesterday and her funeral is taking place this afternoon at the Siġġiewi Parish Church. Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends.

The Home is in constant contact with the Department of Public Health and is taking all necessary precautionary measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of all its residents and employees.

In fact, vaccination with the first dose started on Monday 15th February 2021 for the residents as well as for the employees.