Social and Personal


AGIUS. On December 8, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Tania née Fava and Kevin, God's precious gift of a daughter - NADINE, a most welcome sister to Nicole. Thanks be to God and St Dominic Savio.

AMAIRA. On December 9, at Capua Palace Hospital, to Rita née Fenech and Mario, God's precious gift of a son - MATTHEW JOHN, a most welcome brother to M'Anne and Mark. Special thanks to the dedicated staff at Capua Palace Hospital for their excellent care and dedication.

CARUANA MONTALDO. On December 6, at Capua Palace Hospital, to Kathryn née Saliba and Brendan, God's precious gift of a daughter - ROBIN, a welcome sister to Liam and Ben.

CHETCUTI. On December 7, at St Philip's Hospital, to Claire née Chetcuti and Patrick, God's precious gift of a second-born daughter - GRETA, a most welcome sister to Emma. Thanks to all the staff at St Philip's Hospital.

DALLI. On November 22, at St James Hospital, to Giselle and Mario, God's precious gift of a first-born daughter - ROWENNA. Heartfelt thanks to the doctor, midwives Mariella Abela Camilleri and Anna Croucher and all the dedicated staff at the hospital.

LENICKER. On November 20, at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, UK, to Josianne and Reinhard, a son - HUGH SEBASTIAN, a welcome brother to Petra.

TREEBY WARD. On December 7, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Iona née Caruana and Christopher, God's precious gift of a first-born son - JAKE. Special thanks to the obstetrician, the labour and post-natal ward staff for their dedication.

VARRAZZO. On December 10, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Christine née Catania and Omar, God's precious gift of a son - JEAN. Thanks be to God and Our Lady.


The marriage took place on Sunday, December 8 at St Patrick's church, Sliema, between NOEL, son of Mr and Mrs John L. Bartolo of Cospicua, and MARIE CLAIRE, daughter of Mr and Mrs Anthony A. Mifsud of Kappara. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr Carmel Mifsud, SDB, and co-celebrants Canon Anton Gouder and Canon Michael Zammit. The ceremony was witnessed by Dr Joseph Micallef Stafrace and Dr Anthony Abela. The duties of best man were ably carried out by Dr Neville Camilleri, whereas Dr Mark Anthony Mifsud Cutajar, Mr Thomas Woods and Dr Ian Stafrace acted as ushers. The bride was attended by Dr Lydia Zerafa, Dr Tatianne Cassar and Miss Melanie Cassar. A reception was later held at Villa Arrigo, San Pawl tat-Targa.

The couple were married on Sunday, December 8, at St Sebastian parish church, Qormi, between PAUL, son of Mr and Mrs G. Bugeja of Qormi, and MARIA PAULA, daughter of Mrs Iris Lucas and the late Mr David Lucas of Guardamangia. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr Nicholas Cachia. The bride was given away by her brother, Mr Ian Lucas. Mr Godwin Lucas and Ms Nancy Galea witnessed the ceremony. Mr Paul Spiteri and Mr Carmelo Micallef carried out the duties of best men. Ms Charlene Galea and Ms Melanie Micallef were bridesmaids, while Ms Leah Eddleston was flower-girl. Roderick Micallef, Roberto Bugeja and Christian Caruana were pageboys. A reception was later held at the Radisson SAS Bay Point Resort, St Julian's.

The marriage took place on Thursday, December 12, at the Capuchins' Friary, Floriana, between DAVID, son of Major and Mrs Vincent Busuttil of Santa Lucija, and FRANCESCA, daughter of Mr and Mrs Joseph Curmi of St Julian's. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr Edgar Busuttil. The ceremony was witnessed by Mr Gabriel Callus and Miss Rebecca Tabone. Mr Karl Serracino carried out the duties of best man. The bride was attended by Miss Daniela Grech and Miss Nadine Busuttil as bridesmaids. Miss Zoe Muscat was flower-girl and Master Peter Camilleri was pageboy. Mr David Curmi and Mr Peter Busuttil acted as ushers. A reception was later held at Olive Gardens, Mdina. The couple will be spending their honeymoon in the Far East.

Dr Ing. CARL JAMES DEBONO, B.Eng. (Hons), Ph.D. and Dr ILONA BLACKMAN, BA, LL.D. Adv. Trib. Eccl. Melit.
The marriage took place on December 7, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel parish church, Fgura, between CARL JAMES, son of Mr and Mrs Joseph Debono of Sliema, and ILONA, daughter of Mr and Mrs Anthony Blackman of Fgura. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Dr Julian Sammut, OFM, S.Th.D. The ceremony was witnessed by Ms Jeanne Michèle Blackman, BE&A (Hons), A&CE, and Dr Ing. Adrian Muscat, B.Eng. (Hons), M.Sc., Ph.D. The bride was attended by Ms Nicole Blackman and Ms Anna Marie Debono. Mr Carmelo Formosa, BA (Hons) Pub. Admin., MBA (MSM), MIM, carried out the duties of best man. A reception was later held at Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar.


BORG. On December 6, suddenly in London, JOHN JOSEPH sive JOHNNIE, son of the late John Borg and Mary née Meli, aged 46, formerly of Valletta, residing in London, passed away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his great loss his beloved mother Mary, his sisters Maria and her husband Edgar Borg, and Rita and her husband Emmanuel Tabone, his brother Francis, his nephews and nieces Christian, Anthony, Lara and Martha, his former wife Paula Surleau, his aunt Maria and her husband Anthony Pirotta, his uncle Joseph F. Borg and his wife Pauline, his cousins, relatives and friends.
The funeral took place yesterday. Lord, grant him eternal rest.

CALLEJA. On Saturday, December 14, at St Luke's Hospital, MARY, née Demajo, aged 94. She leaves to mourn her great loss her beloved daughter Antoinette and her husband Manfred Galdes, her grandchildren Anna Maria, John and Manfred and their families, her sister Consie Demajo, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
Mass praesente cadavere will be held tomorrow at 10.30 a.m. at Casa Leone XIII, St Julian's, followed by interment in the family chapel at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Casa Leone XIII will be appreciated.

PACE DECESARE. On December 13, PHYLLIS, née Wirth, aged 79, comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband Ronald, her daughters Audrey, wife of Robert Aquilina, Rowena, wife of Anthony Manduca, and Anthea, wife of Bernard Zammit, her grandchildren Karl, Ira, Mark, Julia, Edward, Philip and John, her brothers Willy and his wife Jolly, Henry and his wife Gladys, Lorry and his wife Anna, Edgar and his wife Nanette, and Arthur, her sisters Molly Wirth, Yvonne Marich, Irene, Babs Cutugno, Monica Borg Testaferrata, Rizette and her sister-in-law Mary, widow of her brother Oliver, other in-laws, relatives and friends. - R.I.P.
The funeral leaves Capua Hospital tomorrow at 8.45 a.m. for Jesus of Nazareth church, Sliema, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 9 a.m., followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to the Hospice Movement will be appreciated.

Requiem Masses

Today being the first anniversary of the death of Mgr CARMELO BIANCO, Masses said at 8 and 11 a.m. at the Mdina Cathedral will be offered for the repose of his soul. Another Mass with the same intention will be said on Sunday, December 22, at 6.30 p.m. at Stella Maris parish church, Sliema.

In Memoriam

ANTONCICH. In loving memory of a dear husband, father and grandfather, JOSEPH (ex-Superintendent, Malta Police), today the 20th anniversary of his death. Never forgotten by his wife Mary, his children Victoria, James and Henry, in-laws, grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Gone from our sight
But never from our memory.
Gone from our touch
But never from our hearts
Until the day we meet again.

BUGEJA - JOSEPH C. (retired Customs Inspector). On the fifth anniversary of his being called to eternal life. "Fear not, for as long as we honour your memory, for as long as we remember how fine you were to us, immortal shall you remain, like the love we shall always have for you, a love which shall live on until we too are gone, to be with you forever in that wonderful abode." Pauline, Alan, Simone, Martin and little Quentin.

BUGEJA - MARIA DOLORES (Doris). Today the first anniversary of her death. Fondly remembered by her husband, children, grandchildren, relatives, in-laws and friends.

CAUCHI - RITA is remembered with love and gratitude on the 19th anniversary of her death, a beloved mother and grandmother. Sadly missed by George, Madeleine, Jason and Marcus Cauchi. Lord, grant her peace.

De MARTINO. In loving memory of Dr JOE De MARTINO, MD, DPH, DMSA, DIH, today the 37th anniversary of his death. Fondly remembered by his wife Josephine and children Kenneth and Sandra.

FLERI SOLER. In loving memory of CHARLES. Fondly remembered by his family on the 20th anniversary of his demise.

FORMOSA. In ever loving memory of ALBERT on the fourth anniversary of his death. Always remembered by his wife Helen, his son Ivan, his daughter Brigitte and her husband Ray and their children Ylenia and Gianluca, his mother, relatives and friends. A Mass for the repose of his soul will be said today at 11.30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Basilica, Valletta. May God grant him eternal rest.

LUCIA - PAULINE. Loving memories of a beloved mother and grandmother, especially today the fourth anniversary of her death. Her daughters, sons, in-laws and grandchildren.

MARTINELLI - CARMELO of Sliema. Today the 18th anniversary of his demise. Still alive in our memories and held dearly in our hearts. His wife Lilian, son Victor, daughter Pauline, husband Joseph and grandchildren Karl and Ilaria.

PENZA - FRANCESCO and GIUSA. On the seventh and sixth anniversary of their death. Never forgotten by their children, in-laws and grandchildren.

WETZ. In loving memory of our dear parents ADOLF and INEZ on the eighth and third anniversary of their death. Sadly missed by their children Stephanie, Karin, Anthony and Anna and their families. May the Lord grant them eternal rest.

ZAMMIT. In loving memory of HENRY (Harry) on the 15th anniversary of his death. Sadly missed by his wife Rose, brothers, sister, in-laws and friends. Always in our hearts and prayers.

Sidonia Enterprises Ltd

Christmas shutdown. Last trading day Tuesday, reopening Thursday, January 2, 2003.

St Therese Of Jesus

(preparation for the arrival of her relics)

Theme: Like Mary, our Holy Mother, we are full of confidence in the salvation of Christ. "O Holy Mother Mary! If I were the Queen of Heaven, and you were Therese, than I would rather become Therese, that you might be the Queen of Heaven".

Season's Greetings

Mr and Mrs J.L. Debono of 163c, Church Avenue, Paola, wish all their relatives and friends a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Emanuele and Margaret Galea of 130, Archbishop Street, Valletta, wish to send their best wishes for Christmas and new year to all their relatives and friends. They will not be sending any cards this year.

Sally Levison would like to wish her many friends in Gozo and Malta a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas and a happy new year.

Peter P. Schmidt sends Christmas and new year greetings from Norfolk Island, South Pacific, to all his friends in Malta and Gozo.

Pharmacies Open Today

Malta 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Gozo 7.30 to 11 a.m.

St Publius Pharmacy, 48, Gunlayer Street, Floriana;
St Gaetan Pharmacy, P.P. Mifsud Street, Hamrun;
St George's Pharmacy, 401, Main Street, Qormi;
St Jude Pharmacy, 213, Valley Road, Birkirkara;
Deby's Pharmacy, 1, Quarries Square, Msida;
J.V.'s Pharmacy, Swieqi Valley, Swieqi;
St Francis Pharmacy, 293, Manwel Dimech Street, Sliema;
Medica Pharmacy, Naxxar Road, Balzan;
St Louis Pharmacy, Calì Street, Mosta;
St Paul's Bay Pharmacy, 504, Main Street, St Paul's Bay;
Fleming Pharmacy, 65, Zabbar Road, Paola;
Kalkara Pharmacy, 8, Archbishop Gonzi Square, Kalkara;
St James Pharmacy, Is-Sliem Square, Zabbar;
Gerada Pharmacy, 46, Mater Boni Consilii Street, Zejtun;
Prestige Pharmacy, 16, St Joseph Street, Kirkop;
Santa Marija Pharmacy, 60, Triq l-Ghasfura, Zebbug;
Ideal Pharmacy, 63, Main Street, Rabat;
Palm Pharmacy, 2, Palm Street, Victoria, Gozo;
St Joseph Pharmacy, 28, Pjazza San Guzepp, Qala.


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