Reporting on Summer

VOLUNTARY WORK

Summer gives time to young people not only to have a break but also to think of others. Every year different Jesuit apostolates respond to calls to organise voluntary work opportunities for young people, and this year was no exception.

Approximately 100 young people participated in these projects locally and overseas during their summer holidays. Four groups were organised by the University Chaplaincy, taking them to Naples, Catania and Palermo as well as Ethiopia. They were accompanied by the University Chaplain Fr Michael Bugeja SJ and other lay leaders: Veronica Zammit, Martine Cauchi, Veronique Abela.

Another group went to Bari, Italy, accompanied by Ms. Miriam Portelli.

At the Jesuit-run Paulo Freire Institute in Zejtun, young people hailing predominantly from St. Aloysius' College Sixth Form organised a summer school for children from the locality. They were accompanied by the Institute's director, Fr Vincent Magri SJ, and other young leaders, Matthew Casha and Roberto and Josianne Calleja. 

Another two young volunteers joined the Jesuits in Italy for a week in their project to help out with the earthquake struck regions in Emilia. 

SPRINGBOARD TRAINING COURSE FOR VOLUNTEERS

As part of the Springboard programme - the training programme which complements the voluntary work done above, a training booklet was published, printed and given to all the volunteers. It was supplemented with quotations from Jesuits and other notable authors. The deskbook and the training notes can all found on our website inygo.jesuit.org.mt. This is a project funded by the SIS-VO fund administered by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. 

CLC BIBLE CAMP

Between the 24th-26th August, the Young CLC Communities organised a Summer Bible Camp. Fr. Pierre Grech Marguerat led the young people who attended in a deep reading and understanding of the books of Jonah, Job and the Gospel of Mark. 

FAREWELL TO COLLEGE CHAPLAIN FR JOSEPH CASSAR SJ

Fr Joseph Cassar met the students who helped out at the Chaplaincy at St. Aloysius' College Sixth Form for a farewell bbq on the 9th August. He also introduced them to the new Chaplaincy team: Fr Edgar Busuttil, Lucienne Pace and Christine Rossi. 

EXPANDING HORIZONS FOR THE SATURDAY EVENING YOUTH MASS

During the summer months,  coordinator Christine Rossi together with Anthony Mifsud from KDZ met the Chaplains of the post-secondary education sector in Malta to offer the Sarria Mass as a Mass targeting students who are 16-20 years of age. The Mass will be animated by all the post-secondary schools together. A meeting was held at Sarria itself to introduce the idea. A formation programme will be happening in September. Fr Edgar Busuttil will be the link Jesuit with this Mass whilst other Jesuits Fr Patrick Magro and Fr David Cefai as well as the Jesuits in the community at Sarria will also be supporting this Mass with their presence and celebration.


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