AQUILINA. On March 30, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Cristina née Parlato Trigona and Jean Pierre, God's precious gift of a first-born daughter - MICHELA. Special thanks to the obstetrician and all the medical staff, in particular midwife Nathalie Falzon and Suzanne Muscat for their excellent care. Deo gratias et Mariae.

CINI. On March 31, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Josephine née Ghigo and Francis, God's precious gift of a son - JAMES, a most welcome brother to Francesca and Daniel. Thanks be to God. Special thanks to the obstetrician, midwife Shirley Parnis and all the staff.

JONES. On March 10, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Denise née Steer and Malcolm, God's precious gift of a first-born daughter - ELLA.

PARIS. On April 4, at St James Capua Hospital to Anna née Curmi and Edward, God's precious gift of a daughter - SASCHA, a most welcome sister to Michael and Sara. Special thanks to the obstetrician, midwife Carmen Scerri and all the staff. Deo gratias et Mariae.

PERINI. On April 3, at St Philip's Hospital, to Christine née Carter and Claude, God's precious gift of a second son - JACQUES, a most welcome brother to Zachary. Thanks to all the staff of St Philip's Hospital and the obstetrician.

SALIBA. On March 30, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Clare née Gauci and Aldo, God's precious gift of a son - TERENCE, a most welcome brother to Nicole. Thanks be to the Almighty God. Special thanks to the obstetrician, midwife Ms D'Agostino and all the maternity staff, for their care and dedication.

SUBAN. On March 30, at Karin Grech Hospital Maternity Wing, to Mireille née Mifsud Saydon and Robert, God's precious gift of a daughter - CORALIE, a most welcome sister to Celine. Deo gratias et Mariae.

Engagements

Mr PATRICK DRAGO and Miss DEIRDRE FOLEY
The engagement is announced between PATRICK, son of Henry and Mairin Drago of Marsascala, Malta, and DEIRDRE, eldest daughter of Patrick and Anne Foley of Kilkenny, Ireland.

Marriages

Mr CHRIS AZZOPARDI, BA (Hons.) Accty, CPAA, AIMIS and Miss ARIANE HERRERA, BA (Ital. & Int. Rel.), MA Qual.(Ital.)
The marriage took place on Friday, March 19 at the church of Our Lady of Pilar, Valletta, between CHRIS, son of Mr and Mrs David Azzopardi, and ARIANE, daughter of May and the late Philip Herrera. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr Ray Francalanza OSA. The marriage was witnessed by Steve Azzopardi and Mireille Herrera. The duties of best man were carried out by Kenneth Azzopardi. The bride was attended by Sherilyn Azzopardi and Stefania Vella. Matthew Sapiano Herrera was ring-bearer. Daniela Bondin and Juanita Bugeja acted as ushers. A reception was held at The Palms, St Julian's. The couple are spending their honeymoon touring Italy.

Mr REUBEN SULTANA and Miss REBECCA SCERRI, B.Ed. (Hons.)
The marriage took place on Saturday, April 3, between REUBEN, son of Mr and Mrs Wilfred Sultana, and REBECCA, daughter of Mr and Mrs David Scerri. Nuptial Mass was celebrated by Fr Paul Attard, OFM, at Our Lady of the Angels church, Bahar ic-Caghaq. The ceremony was witnessed by Mrs Nicola Vukovic B.Com. (Hons.) Mngt., the bride's sister, and Mr Duncan Fenech. Mr Ramon Sultana, the groom's brother, was best man. The bride was assisted by Christobel, Patsy and Gillian, sisters of the bride and groom, while Amy, the groom's cousin, was flower-girl. A reception was later held at Torre Paolina, Madliena.

Obituary

AGIUS. On April 8, at St Luke's Hospital, Jinny, aged 65, of Cospicua, passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of Holy Church, surrounded by her children. She leaves to mourn her great loss her husband Victor (il-Wefi), her only daughter Censina and her husband Joseph Pisani, her sons Chris Agius, MP, and his wife Dorothy, Marco and his wife Christine, Steve and his wife Louise, Pablo and his wife Dorothy, and her grandchildren Clyde, Alicia, Brenton, Kylie, Mitchell, Kevin, Iona, Yandrick, Warren, Tammy and Britney, other relatives and friends. - R.I.P.
The funeral leaves St Luke's Hosptial tomorrow at 8 a.m. for the Immaculate Conception parish church, Cospicua, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 8.30 a.m. followed by interment at St Lawrence Cemetery in Vittoriosa. The family regret they are unable to receive visitors. Lord grant her eternal rest.

AQUILINA. On April 9, at St Vincent de Paul Residence, SPIRIDIONA, aged 93, passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. She leaves to mourn her loss her children Joseph and his wife Marthese, Vincent and his wife Anna, and Mary Rose and her husband George Abela, her sister Antonia, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends.
The funeral leaves St Vincent de Paul Residence tomorrow at 2 p.m. for St Helen's basilica, Birkirkara, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 2.30 p.m. followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. Lord, grant her eternal rest.

BONELLO. On April 10, at Casa Leone XIII, LOUIS, passed peacefully away in his sleep comforted by the rites of the Holy Church. He joins his beloved wife Jo, and leaves to mourn his loss his children, Kathleen and her husband Alexander, Karl, Paula and her husband Julian, his grandchildren Nikolai, Krista, Karina, Lexy, Kristoff, Karla and Kyle, his sister Imelda, nephews and nieces, in-laws, family and friends.
Mass praesente cadavere will be said tomorrow at 9 a.m. at Stella Maris parish church, Sliema, followed by interment at the family chapel at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Siggiewi will be appreciated. A prayer is solicited.

DeBATTISTA. On April 10, JOSEPH, aged 74, passed away in his sleep. His gentle memory will always be alive with his wife Doris, his children Charles, Noel, Martin, Mariella and Rosetta, daughters-in-law Maryann, Debbie and Celia and his son-in-law John, his seven grandchildren Alison, Pamela, Rebecca, Luke, Jeremy, Stefan and Veronica and his brother Anthony. - R.I.P.
Happy to celebrate and to express thanks for his life, and sadly to mark his passing, Mass will be celebrated at Stella Maris parish church on Tuesday at 9 a.m., with a burial ceremony later at St Nicholas Cemetery, Qrendi. No flowers by request but donations to the Ursuline Creche will be appreciated.

GALEA. On April 7, at his residence in Rabat, Anthony, widower of Paolina née Zahra, aged 83, went to meet the Risen Lord comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his only son Winston and his wife Myriam née Mascari, his beloved granddaughters Martina and Danielle, his brother Roger, many nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. - R.I.P.
The funeral leaves St Luke's Hospital tomorrow at 1.30 p.m. for St Paul's parish church, Rabat, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 2 p.m., followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to St Rita Home, Tarxien, will be greatly appreciated.

LAPIRA. On April 8, at St Luke's Hospital, ANTOINE, passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his son Mark and his wife Annalise Samuel, his daughters Fiona and her husband Albert Caruana, Marion and her husband Marcus John Scicluna Marshall, Jude and her husband Andrew Cauchi, his grandchildren Marcus, Matthew, Luke Kurt, Dieter, Kerstin, Rebecca, Leah and Tamsin, his sisters Yvonne, wife of Salvinu Mangion, Iris, widow of Maurice Arrigo and Denise, wife of Alfred Asphar, in-laws, nephews and nieces, relatives and friends.
The funeral leaves St Luke's Hospital tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the Carmelite parish church, Balluta, where Mass will be said at 9.30 p.m. followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Caritas will be appreciated. Lord, grant him eternal rest.

MALLIA. On April 8, GUZi, known as Nannu Peppu, aged 86, of Hamrun residing in St Venera, passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Guza, his children Terry, wife of Joseph Kenely, and Marianne, wife of Maurice Zammit, his six grandchildren Godfrey, Celine, Maria, David, Noel and Malcolm, great-grandchildren, his sister Concetta, in-laws, other relatives and friends. - R.I.P.
The funeral leaves St Luke's Hosptial tomorrow at 8.15 a.m. for St Venera parish church, where Mass praesente cadavere will be said at 8.30 a.m. followed by interment at Santa Maria Addolorata Cemetery. No flowers by request but donations to Id-Dar tal-Providenza, Siggiewi, will be appreciated.

POLIDANO. On April 8, JOSEPH A., of Valletta residing in Sydney, aged 60, passed peacefully away comforted by the rites of Holy Church. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife Mary née Zammit, his children AnnMarie, Andrew, Louise and Rachel, his grandchildren Angeline and Jayden, his beloved mother Annie née Lewis, his brothers and sisters Albert, Vince, Tony, Frankie, Doris, Michael, Charlie, Dominic and Graziella, their husbands and wives and their families, his wife's family Zammit from Birkirkara and Fr Frank Lewis residing at Dar tal-Kleru, uncle and aunts, nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be held tomorrow in Sydney. Lord, grant him eternal rest. Mass for his repose will be said tomorrow at St Venera parish church (new church) at 7.30 p.m. The attendance of relatives and friends will be greatly appreciated.

Appreciation - Karen Gerada

Mrs Tanja Cilia, of St Venera, writes:

Karen was with us only for a short while. And yet, during her 16 years, she taught us many things.

Karen had the gift of serendipity; the butterflies flitting on the flowers and the cats lapping up their milk were of those treasures that passed unnoticed with many.

She taught us how to appreciate quiet islands of happiness and peace; the wind whistling in the leaves and the sun reflecting on the window panes were things to which she called our attention. She taught us tenacity and perseverance. The joy on her face when she mastered a new skill made the effort more than worth it.

She taught us sincerity; she easily communicated her emotions, especially when she instinctively realised we needed comfort. She taught us hope. In her own way she told us that tomorrow the sun would rise again for all of us - as indeed it has done for her, never to set again.

But best of all, Karen taught us how to love. Her gentle, radiant smile and her caring hugs made our hurts better.

Thank you, Karen; we will meet again.

Requiem Masses

One month from the passing away of VICTOR SAMMUT, a Mass for the repose of his soul will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 13, at 6.30 p.m. at St Mary's parish church, Attard. The attendance of relatives and friends will be appreciated.

In Memoriam

AZZOPARDI. In loving memory of our dear father VICTOR, husband of the late Mary, today the seventh anniversary of his passing away. Always in our thoughts and prayers. Alex, Edward, Jennifer, Kate.

BROWN - WILLIAM. Always remembered by his wife Mary, his four daughters, in-laws, grandchildren and great-grand-children.

CUTAJAR - CARMEL. Treasured memories of a much loved husband, father and grandfather on the second anniversary of his demise. Lovingly remembered and greatly missed by his wife, Victoria, his sons and daughters, in-laws and grandchildren. Lord, grant him eternal rest.

DESPOTT - GEORGE, a dear father, on the 41st anniversary. Lord, grant him eternal rest. His children and their families.

FORMOSA - Captain VINCENT FORMOSA, today his first anniversary.
The sound of your voice
The smile on your face
Memories don't fade
They only grow deep
Of a wonderful husband and dad
I wanted so much to keep
Too previous to lose
We think of you daily.
His loving wife Eileen, children and grandchildren.

FRENDO. In affectionate remembrance of ERIC, who died on April 11, 1944. His brother Hector and sister Vera.

FRENDO. In loving memory of JOHN on the 48th anniversary of his death. Franz and Guza.

MAMO - JOSEPH. Unfading memories of a dear son, brother and uncle who joined the Risen Lord on April 10, 1991 aged 39.
We miss the years of joys and tears
When we were all together
Yet, still, with love within our hearts
You walk with us forever.
Missing you ever so much. Dad, Alfred, Henriette and Albert, Doreen and Emanuel, Vanessa and Clarissa, Nathaniel, Nicolette and Francesca.

PERESSO. In loving memory of MICHAEL on the 11th anniversary of his demise. Fondly remembered by his father Michele, brothers, sisters and in-laws. Lord, grant him eternal rest.

TALIANA - EMANUELE. Treasured memories of a beloved husband, father and grandfather, today the ninth anniversary of his passing away. Greatly loved and missed by his wife Annie, his eight children and their families, and his brothers and their families in Australia.

VIDAL. Everlasting and loving memories of my beloved and precious husband CARMEL, and father of Antoine. Also remembered by all family members and friends. Dear Lord, grant him eternal rest.

Easter Greetings

The Rio family wishes Laura a Happy Easter. Sending you all our love. Papà, Nonna Rita, Nonno Nunzio, Eddie, Giorgio and Marieangela.

To Whom It May Concern

Teddy and Diane Spiteri are no longer responsible for the operation of Il-Kaptan Restaurant and Marlene D in Marsalforn Bay, Gozo as from January 15, 2004. You can now find us at Take a Break, G. Borg Olivier Street, Victoria (near small parking). Phone 2155-0977.

Prayer To St Jude

O Holy St Jude, apostle and martyr, great in virtue and rich in miracles, near kinsman of Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor of all who invoke you, special patron in time of need, to you I have recourse from the depths of my heart and humbly beg you to whom God has given such great powers, to come to my assistance. Help me now in my present and urgent need and grant my earnest petition. In return I promise to make your name known and cause you to be invoked. St Jude, pray for us and all who honour and invoke your aid. Amen. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory. I.M., Madliena.

Pharmacies Open Today

Malta 9 a.m. to noon. Gozo 7.30 to 11 a.m.
Royal Pharmacy, 271, Republic Street, Valletta;
Thomas' Pharmacy, 796, St Joseph High Road, Hamrun;
Tal-Hlas Pharmacy, Freedom Street, Qormi;
Marrit Pharmacy, May 1 Street, Fleur-de-Lys;
J & L Pharmacy, 8, Yacht Marina Apartments, Marina Street, Pietà;
St Julians Pharmacy, 24, G. Borg Olivier Street, St Julian's;
Drug Store, Anglo Maltese Dispensary Ltd, 382, Manwel Dimech Street, Sliema;
Misrah Kola Pharmacy, Pitkali Street, Attard;
St Albert Pharmacy, Oratory Street, Gharghur;
Promenade Pharmacy, Trunciera Street, Bugibba;
Distinction Pharmacy, 32, Antoine De Paule Square, Paola;
Verdala Pharmacy, 57, Gendus Street, Cospicua;
Cilia's Pharmacy, 303, Zabbar Road, Fgura;
Beta Pharmacy, 50/52, St Mary Street, Ghaxaq;
Chrysanthemum Pharmacy, St Nicholas Street, Qrendi;
Nobel Pharmacy, Sciortino Street, Zebbug;
Nigret Pharmacy, Triq iz-Zahar, Rabat;
Abela's Pharmacy, 42, G.P.F. Agius de Soldanis Street, Victoria, Gozo;
St Joseph Pharmacy, 28, St Joseph Square, Qala.

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