Message from Gozo to the Bishop

By | Bishop Carmel, News

Bishop Zammit has received the following reply of gratitude
for his condolences on behalf of the Diocese
from the family of Monsignor Canon Coronato Grima (R.I.P.)

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Mgr Carmel Zammit
Bishop of Gibraltar
Community of Gibraltar

22 July 2020

 

On behalf of the Grima family kindly allow me to convey our heartfelt thanks and enormous appreciation for all the love, kindness and unmatched support, you, the Community of Gibraltar showered upon our dear brother Mgr Coronato.

I can assure you all that though in forced retirement he heart, his thoughts, remained with you all.

Never failing to greet his parishioners at St Joseph’s through his annual ritual of sending Easter and Christmas cards, a ritual that was almost sacred to him, probably a priority in his life in Gozo. Lately, because of his limitations, it was getting complicated but Coro always found a solution to reach you. He was, until the end, part of the Rock, the humble priest of Gibraltar. As Mgr Zammit ably stated ‘the household name in Gibraltar’.

We feel thankful to the Lord Jesus for giving us Don Coro as a most loving brother, our silent mentor, our second father.

Whilst we thank you all we ask you to remember him in your prayers.

Gibraltar will definitely remain a part of our lives, our history.

Don Coro dedicated his priesthood to your community for over 34 years, a lifetime of love and passion

May the Lord be thanked truly,

Manuel

Requiescat in pace

By | News

It is with sadness that we announce the death in Gozo of

Monsignor Canon Coronato Grima


He died in the early hours of this morning, the Feast of St. Mary of Magdalene.

On behalf of the Diocese of Gibraltar, Bishop Zammit has sent the family our sincere condolences.

He was an outstanding Priest, Bishop Carmel recalled, “who gave his life to the Parish of St. Joseph for so many years, serving his parishioners faithfully, especially the sick”.

May he rest in peace.

In paradisum deducant te Angeli;
in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
et cum Lazaro quondam paupere


æternam habeas requiem.

HOLY MASSES during final phases of lockdown

By | News, Vatican

CATHEDRAL:

Monday to Saturday: 9:15, 12:25, 19:15

Sunday: 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 19:15

 

SACRED HEART:

Saturday: 20:00

Sunday: 10:00

 

St. PAUL:

Monday (except Bank Holiday) to Friday: 9:15

Saturday: 20:00

Sunday: 10:00 and 12:00

 

St. JOSEPH:

Monday to Saturday: 19:00

Sunday: 10:00 and 12:00

 

St. THERESA:

Monday to Saturday: 18:00

Sunday: 11:00

 

St. Bernard:

Monday (except Bank Holiday) to Friday: 9:30

Saturday: 19:00

Sunday: 10:00

PLEA FOR SUPPORT FOR CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND

By | News, Vatican

From the Secretary of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in Gibraltar:

Covid-19 has severely affected many people around the world. Among those seriously affected people are our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Holy Land. It is urgent to support Christian families who have lost their employment due to the collapse of pilgrimages and tourism and the impossibility to daily commute into Israel for work.

The Latin Patriarchate looks after 38 schools with over 15,000 students and 1,300 teachers. Moreso, over 10,000 families, are struggling to pay bills. It is because of this that Cardinal Filoni (Grandmaster of the KHS), is asking Catholics, to please support his efforts in raising funds for the Christians in Palestine and Jordan [You can read his message by clicking here: LETTER]

Please consider donating towards the worthy cause of helping Christians in need. If you can please, send your donation to:

 

Bank: Gibraltar International Bank

Account Name:      RCC/KHS

Account No.:          00812023

Sort Code:              60-83-14

 

For payment by cheque: 

Cheque made out  to:           RCC/KHS

Address:                                 Mario M Hook

                                                   25 Witham’s Road

                                                   Gibraltar GX11 1AA

 

Furthermore, if you could consider a monthly donation, for the next three to five months, it would greatly be appreciated. 

Thank you, and God love you for your kindness.

 

Christopher Joseph Cortés KHS
Secretary – Gibraltar Lieutenancy 

BISHOP’S MESSAGE OF ENCOURAGEMENT IN THIS TIME OF LOCKDOWN

By | Bishop Carmel, News

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As all are aware, we are at present living and experiencing an unprecedented and extraordinary existential situation, something that nobody ever dreamt we would experience. Due to the lockdown, churches have been closed and the liturgical services that used to bring us together to celebrate and nourish our faith has been also somewhat suspended or very limited in the number of those who could take part in them. The elderly and those who are medically more at risk and vulnerable have been isolating themselves, thus somehow depriving themselves of the presence of their closeness to family members. Social distancing also has to be kept in order to avoid being infected by the coronavirus.

I would like to take this opportunity first of all to express a word of encouragement, especially to the elderly and those who are medically more at risk and vulnerable, who, for their own well-being, are obliged to stay at home. We should do our best not to forget them and to keep in touch with them. Fortunately, the means of communication that are at our disposal make it possible and quite easy to keep in touch with out dear ones. I would also like to show my appreciation for their generosity and sense of sacrifice in following the advice of the Health Authorities. It is our duty not to forget them and to keep in touch with them regularly.

The Health Authorities are informing us daily on how the situation is developing, and thank God we are getting encouraging news, although we are warned not to relax in our observance of the directives issued by them. We have to cooperate with the Authorities if we are to promote the health of others and safeguard our own.

I would like also to ask the Catholic faithful, who have been deprived of meeting together in our Churches or religious places of worship, to pray that it will not be long before the time arrives when we will be able to meet together as a community of believers. What makes the Church alive and really present in our lives is the ability to listen to the Word of God, to celebrate the Eucharist, and to receive the Sacraments. Let us also pray that we may soon be able to hold funerals in the traditional manner so dear to us, when we take our beloved departed to Church to give them there a dignified last farewell in the way that we are accustomed to do. It is a situation that saddens me to think that when we are celebrating a funeral, we have to do so with the bare essentials, with a very limited number of people attending and away from a church either at the Cemetery or Crematorium. It is so sad that we are deprived of showing our appreciation to our departed friends and family members.

May I also show my sincere appreciation towards those who, at great personal sacrifice, are helping those who are in need. They are the heroes and heroines of the situation in which we are living, and they deserve all our gratitude and respect.

We all are aware that life after this period of lockdown will not be the same as it was before. Many uncertainties and financial difficulties will have to be faced. We will need to adjust to a new and very different kind of life from the one we are used to. This tempest we are facing is teaching us to give more attention to what is really important and essential in life; and to learn to do without what is peripheral.

As soon as the civil authorities start relaxing the conditions of the lockdown, in accordance with their regulations and respecting social distancing, it is my hope that we will start celebrating again the Eucharist in public, even if in limited numbers and that the churches may open again for private prayer. When the right conditions permit, the Chrism Mass, which was not celebrated in Holy Week as usual, will be also celebrated, to thank God for being our rock and our help in our time of need.

We will shortly be starting the month of May, a month dedicated in a special way to Our Lady. Pope Francis in a letter to all the faithful has urged us to pray the rosary every day during May. The Rosary is a powerful prayer especially in times of necessity and danger. For the last five hundred years the Rosary has always been the special prayer to honour Our Lady and to seek her intercession. Praying the rosary as a family is recommended, but if this is not possible individual recitation of the Rosary is encouraged.

May Our Lady of Europe, who by her intercession is our protection in times of need, continue to look after us and support us. May St. Bernard, Patron of Gibraltar intercede for us too.

With an assurance of my prayers,

+Carmel Zammit
Bishop of Gibraltar

Online PRAYER BOOK to help us amid the coronavirus crisis

By | Liturgy, News, Vatican

The Vatican has released a free online prayer book to help Catholics seeking divine assistance amid the coronavirus crisis.

The 192-page book is published by the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, on behalf of the Vatican’s Dicastery for Communication and will be updated regularly.

The book, which is called “Strong in the Face of Tribulation: The Church in Communion – a Sure Support in Time of Trial” and has an image of the Archangel Michael on its cover, is divided into three parts:

  1. Prayers, rituals and supplications, including prayers for the sick and for liberation from evil.
  2. Explains how Catholics can continue to practice the faith without the support of the Sacraments.
  3. Gathers together Pope Francis’ reflections since the pandemic struck.

You can download it in English or in Spanish

The St. Francis Clinic donates £20,000

By | Bishop Carmel, News

A donation from the St. Francis Clinic of £20,000.00 has been made to the Government of Gibraltar as a contribution towards the efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic in our community.

 

The St. Francis Clinic is a Catholic charitable institution created on the 11th September 1972, under the umbrella of the Catholic Church in Gibraltar. The Charity, whose Chairman is always the Bishop of Gibraltar, was set up specifically for the care for the sick and the poor in Gibraltar and has been very active since then.

 

The Charity wholeheartedly agreed to effect this donation in view of the tremendous expense being incurred by the GHA and the Government, as a consequence of the catastrophic, world-wide, pandemic that we are all going through.

  

The Bishop and the Trustees of the St. Francis Clinic wish to take this opportunity in thanking and congratulating our Chief Minister, the Government Ministers, the GHA authorities, all our ‘front-line’ and administrative workers for the fantastic, untiring, work that is being carried out on behalf of everyone in Gibraltar. God bless you all.

BISHOP’S APPEAL FOR DONATIONS

By | Bishop Carmel

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

 Our parishes, our 8 priests and those we employ, depend almost totally on your generous donations for their running costs. We have 2 major historic buildings to maintain, 5 parish churches, the Shrine and various chapels and centres.

 Indeed, without your support, we simply could not manage as a Diocese. Without this support we cannot deliver our spiritual and pastoral care. Without you, we cannot look after those in need. Without you we will not be able to look after our priests when they too will fall ill. Without this support, we could not give back to you in the form of the priestly ministry you are accustomed to.

 The Covid-19 situation is affecting everyone in our community, individuals and businesses alike. The Church is no different.

 Since we operate from your charitable contributions, it means that now that there are no religious services, practically all our normal income through Sunday collections and devotional offerings have suddenly ceased.

 Many have been asking how they can continue to support the Church in this time of pandemic crisis. Thank you for showing this sensitivity and interest to help us.

 Please support us by donating online or by direct bank transfer [which remains the preferred option to avoid commissions and exchange rate charges on online payments] to the Diocese’s general needs. The donations received will then enable us to support individual parishes centrally, to ensure your donation is fairly distributed according to priority of need.

 Thank you and may God bless you all for this act of practical love for your Church and our community in a time of truly urgent need. It will help us immensely to continue to be of service to all during this crisis, but also, to still be here for you once this tragedy is over.

+Carmel

Bishop of Gibraltar

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You can donate online on our website:

catholic.gi which will take you to the page dedicated to this:  catholic.gi/donate   It will open up the donation PayPal page, but you can also access it here directly by clicking: DONATE

Please choose the first option “The Church’s APOSTOLATE/ GENERAL”

Please be aware that Paypal charges us a commission on each transaction and an exchange rate (to convert into Gibraltar pounds). You may prefer instead to make a direct bank transfer as detailed below.

 

Direct Bank transfers & Standing Orders can be made to:

 Account Name:           “The Registered Trustees of the Catholic Church”

Bank address:             GIBRALTAR INTERNATIONAL BANK LTD.

INCE’S HOUSE, 310 MAIN STREET, GIBRALTAR

Gib or UK format:

SORT CODE: ACCOUNT NUMBER:
608314 00812001

 

International format:

 

IBAN. INTERNATIONAL BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER BIC. BANK IDENTIFIER CODE
GI64 GIBK 0000 0008 1200 001 GIBKGIGIXXX

Covid-19: Special Plenary Indulgences granted

By | News, Vatican

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of special Indulgences to the faithful in the current pandemic, 20.03.2020

 

The gift of special Indulgences is granted to the faithful suffering from COVID-19 disease, commonly known as Coronavirus, as well as to health care workers, family members and all those who in any capacity, including through prayer, care for them.

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Rom 12: 12). The words written by Saint Paul to the Church of Rome resonate throughout the entire history of the Church and guide the judgment of the faithful in the face of all suffering, sickness and calamity.

The present moment in which the whole of humanity, threatened by an invisible and insidious disease, which for some time now has become part of all our lives, is marked day after day by anguished fears, new uncertainties and above all widespread physical and moral suffering.

The Church, following the example of her Divine Master, has always had the care of the sick at heart. As Saint John Paul II points out, the value of human suffering is twofold: “It is supernatural because it is rooted in the divine mystery of the Redemption of the world, and it is likewise deeply human, because in it the person discovers himself, his own humanity, his own dignity, his own mission” (Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 31).

Pope Francis, too, in these recent days, has shown his paternal closeness and renewed his invitation to pray incessantly for those who are sick with the Coronavirus.

So that all those who suffer because of COVID-19, precisely in the mystery of this suffering, may rediscover “the same redemptive suffering of Christ” (ibid., 30), this Apostolic Penitentiary, ex auctoritate Summi Pontificis, trusting in the word of Christ the Lord and considering with a spirit of faith the epidemic currently underway, to be lived in a spirit of personal conversion, grants the gift of Indulgences in accordance with the following disposition.

The Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.

Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15: 13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

This Apostolic Penitentiary also willingly grants a Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions on the occasion of the current world epidemic, also to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, or Eucharistic adoration, or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.

The Church prays for those who find themselves unable to receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick and of the Viaticum, entrusting each and every one to divine Mercy by virtue of the communion of saints and granting the faithful a Plenary Indulgence on the point of death, provided that they are duly disposed and have recited a few prayers during their lifetime (in this case the Church makes up for the three usual conditions required). For the attainment of this indulgence the use of the crucifix or the cross is recommended (cf. Enchiridion indulgentiarum, no.12).

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and of the Church, Health of the Sick and Help of Christians, our Advocate, help suffering humanity, saving us from the evil of this pandemic and obtaining for us every good necessary for our salvation and sanctification.

The present Decree is valid notwithstanding any provision to the contrary.

Given in Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on 19 March 2020.

Mauro Cardinal Piacenza (Major Penitentiary)

Krzysztof Nykiel (Regent)