The Maltese Center Chaplain
Fr. Anthony Saliba
The Maltese Center is fortunate to have a chaplain to provide religious services to our community. Our chaplain has served for special masses, memorial services, blessings, celebrations and confessions here at our center.
We are very grateful for the time that Fr. Anthony Saliba offers at the Maltese Center. He is currently an associate pastor at St. Raphael Parish located in East Meadow, New York.
The following special masses and services that are celebrated:
Easter Prayer Service
All Souls All Saints
The Maltese Center is also grateful to have Deacon Sal Hili who has served us with the Annual Blessing of the Bikes.
EASTER WEEK 2020
Dearest brothers and sisters of the Malta Center,
We go through this year's Holy Week in the midst of this terrible pandemic that is plaguing all humanity. The past few weeks have shown us the devastating effects of this virus and the days before us are filled with fear and uncertainty, not only here in New York but also in our beloved islands of Malta and Gozo. Pope Francis, in his extraordinary moment of prayer some days ago, invited us, like the disciples in the boat during the storm mentioned in the Gospel, not to allow ourselves to be overcome by fear but to trust fully in Jesus. During this Holy Week, so different from all others we have celebrated, let us make our homes a sanctuary and place of refuge. Let us also implore the mercy of God, our Heavenly Father, for ourselves, for our loved ones and for all humanity. We are in this together! Therefore, we continue to celebrate as we gather together in unity with the whole Church at the beginning of this Holy Week. And we join our hearts, so that as partakers of the Cross, we may have a share also in his Resurrection and in his life. God Bless!
Fr Anthony Saliba
Fr. Saliba serving at the annual St.Paul's Mass February 2018
A CORONAVIRUS PRAYER Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages "curing every disease and illness." At Your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the Coronavirus, that we may experience Your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with You in Your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know Your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know Your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know Your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist, and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us Your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us. Amen