Bishop of Gozo in Australia at the start of pastoral visit
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The Bishop of Gozo, Mgr Mario Grech, arrived at Sydney airport early Friday morning local time, on the start of his his pastoral visit to Australia.
He will be holding a series of meetings during his visit with emigrants from Gozo And Malta, which is due to finish on the 1st on November.
The programme of his visit is shown below:
Saturday 1st October:
A.M. SBS Radio Interview.
10.30a.m. Mass for residents only at St Domenic’s Hostel Blacktown followed by lunch.
6:00pm Vigil Mass – La Valette Club, then meet Maltese Community.
Sunday 2nd October:
2:00pm Rosary, 2:30pm Mass – St Mary’s Cathedral.
Meet Maltese Community Council at Stanley Street then bus to North Sydney Leagues Club.
Monday 3rd October:
Sightseeing (Long Week End) Public Holiday.
Tuesday 4th October:
Meeting with Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, then Sightseeing. Out for Dinner.
Wednesday 5th October:
10:30am mass for Elderly. Thanksgiving Day, then meeting with Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney – 3:30 pm
Thursday 6th October:
Meet with Maltese Religious & clergy @ Horsley Park – start 11:30am.
Friday 7th October:
7:30 pm Mass Greystanes.
Saturday 8th October:
3.00p.m. Laying of the wreath at Pendel Hill Maltese Monument.
6:00 pm Vigil Mass – Our Lady of Victories Horsley Park, then Formal Function Mandevilla
Sunday 9th October:
Melita Stadium 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Mass Riverstone 5:00 pm then proceed to Hamrun Club to meet Maltese Community.
Monday 10th October:
Visit to Hunter Valley.
Tuesday 11th October:
Visit to Hunter Valley.
Wednesday 12th October::
10:30am Wollongong mass at St Francis of Assisi,Warrawong.
Thursday 13th October::
Arrive 12:00 pm at Canberra. Meeting with H.E. Mr Francis Tabone, Maltese High Commisioner to Australia. Sleepover Canberra.
Friday 14th October:
9:00 am leave Canberra on to Melbourne, arrive Friday night.
P.M. Welcome at St Joseph the Worker Parish North Reservoir.
Saturday 15th October 2011 :
2.00pm Mass at Ta’ Pinu Shrine, Bacchus Marsh.
Sunday 16th October:
9.00am Celebrate Mass in North Reservoir (Fr Manny Bonello’s Parish).
2.30pm Mass in North Reservoir Parish to celebrate the feast of O.L. Star of the Sea, Stella Maris followed by Benediction, Procession, and Concert in the Parish Hall.
Monday 17th October:
9.30am Mass at Rosary Home, Keilor Downs (aged facilities residence run by the Maltese Dominican Sisters).
Tuesday 18th October:
10.00am. Mass and Lunch with the Maltese Association Hobson Bay, 21-31 Collins Ave Altona East.
Thursday 20th October:
10.30am Visit and celebration of Mass at the St Bernadette Aged Care Facilities, North Sunshine, where one of the residents is Fr. Victor Bonello OFM Conv.
7.00pm Reception and Welcome (Cocktail Party) at the Maltese Community Centre, Parkville. Organized by the Maltese Community Council and the MSSP Fathers of Parkville.
Friday 21st October:
7.30pm Mass at St. Bernadette’s Parish Church, North Sunshine.
Saturday 22nd October:
4.30pm Mass with the Southern/Eastern Suburb Maltese Community in St. Joseph’s Parish Church, Springvale.
Sunday 23rd October:
6.00pm Dinner Dance in honor of Bishop Mario at the “Luxor Receptions” Sydenham. Organised by the Gozo Associations of Victoria.
Monday 24th October:
10.30am Celebrate Mass at St. Peter Chanel’s Church, Deer Park, with the Mater Dei Maltese Prayer Group.
5.00pm An evening with the Maltese Priests who live in Melbourne and in other places in Victoria. Venue: St. Joseph the Worker Presbytery, North Reservoir.
Tuesday 25th October:
Bishop Mario leaves for Adelaide . Meeting with the Regional Superior of the Franciscan Sisters Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. Meeting with Rev. Fr Gabriel Micallef and Maltese Community in Adelaide.
Wednesday 26th October:
Bishop comes back to Melbourne from Adelaide.
Thursday 27th October:
7.00pm. Visit to the Maltese Cultural Centre, Talmage St. Albion.
Friday 28th October:
7.00pm Mass and Blessing of new and refurbished building at the Maltese Bocci Club, Deer Park.
Saturday 29th October:
7.30pm Farewell Mass for Bishop Mario Grech at St. Joseph the Worker North Reservoir.
Sunday 30th October:
2.00pm Via Crucis Bacchus Marsh.
Monday 1st November:
Departure to Malta.