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Installation of Mgr Joseph Sultana as Gharb Parish Priest

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Installation of Mgr Joseph Sultana as Gharb Parish PriestThis coming Sunday, the 9th of January 2011, Liturgical Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Xaghra parish will be in festive mood as it celebrates the installation of Rev Mgr Joseph Sultana, as the new Archpriest of the Visitation Parish in Gharb (Gozo).

Rev. Joseph Sultana was born on 21st May 1976. He attended the Xaghra Primary School and later on the Ninu Cremona Lyceum and Sir Michelangelo Refalo Post-Secondary College. He was ordained deacon on 23rdth June 2000 and consecrated priest by the late Bishop Mgr Nicholas J. Cauchi on 20th June 2001 at the Assumption Cathedral in Victoria Gozo. In August 2006, he was appointed as Vicar of the Cathedral Parish and later on, Honorary Canon at the Collegiate of the Nativity of Our Lady in Xaghra. On Friday 8th October 2010, Canon Joseph Sultana (now Monsignor) was appointed Archpriest of the Visitation Parish in Gharb by H.L. Bishop Mario Grech.

At 8am, Mgr Joseph Sultana will preside the Morning Prayers with the Collegiate Chapter and Clergy of our Parish and present a flower bouquet to the titular statue of Maria Bambina which is venerated in its niche in the right-hand nave of the Basilica. At around 8.30am, a carcade will leave Xaghra and make its way to Gharb. Mgr Sultana will be welcomed in the main entrance of Gharb at 9.00am by the Victory Band of Xaghra and Vizitazzjoni Band of Gharb who will play festive band marches along the main streets of this small village. A Solemn Concelebrated High Mass begins at 10.00am and it will led by H.L. Bishop Mario Grech. A reception follows in the main square of the village.

On Saturday 8th January, the eve of the installation ceremony, a Musical Concert ‘MAGNIFICAT’ will be held at Gharb Collegiate Basilica at 7.30pm. The Schola Cantorum Jubilate Choir will perform under the direction of Ms. Marouska Attard.

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    2 Responses

    1. Victor Galea says:

      Awguri,
      “..and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” John 10:1

      May your presence amongst us be acquainted so that all parishioners will recognise your voice especially those who had been emarginated by your previous predecessors. May the Spirit guide you to ‘build’ the new church and gather the people of Gharb without any prejudice and influence from some.

      victor galea and family

    2. Tony Stivala says:

      Congratulations Mons.

      I hope you will have as much joy as your predecessors in keeping your congregation united. And get the support of everyone in Gharb as the previous Archpriests did.

      One swallow does not make a summer

      Tony Stivala Ta’ Sannat

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