Mass by the newly-elected Nunctio Archbishop Alfred Xuereb

One of the events in Gozo commemorating the ordination of Archbishop Alfred Xuereb by Pope Francis, was a Solemn Mass celebrated in Fontana Parish by Mgr Xuereb to commemorate the official opening of the festivities culminating in the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Christ in mid-June. This mass was held on Friday 6th April 2018.

The mass was animated by Chorus Urbanus who were under the baton of Mro Mark Gauci, deputising for Mro John Galea who had a conducting engagement with the King's Own Philharmonic Society as part of Il-Festa il-Kbira organised by Valetta 2018. The choir performed John Galea's "Missa in Fractione Panis" a cappella with Gregorian chant interjections accompanied by Ms. Jennifer Grech on the organ. During the celebration speeches were delivered by Mgr Xuereb and by Can John Muscat, who is an ex-classmate of Mgr Xuereb. The mass was attended by a number of dignitaries including the Hon Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana and the Mayor and councillors of the Fontana Local Council.

After the mass, Mgr Xuereb was presented with a memento on behalf of the Fontana parishioners. Members of the choir had the opportunity to meet and speak to Mgr Xuereb and take some commemorative photos of the occasion.

(Photo credit: Joseph Zammit)