The Diaconia Commission in St. Julians Parish has been active for several years. Nowadays, the commission is made up of ten women who meet during the second week of each month.
The work, which is done voluntarily, mainly consists in coordinating the work of the groups of the parish.
Another important aspect of this commission is caring for the vulnerable families in the parish.
Our parish also provides the service of a professional social worker.
One must keep in mind that the situation of these vulnerable families is not solved solely by giving them monetary donations or material objects, but also by giving them the necessary skills to enable them to live better lives.
The Diaconia commission came up with the idea of Grupp Hbiberija. This is a group where people who are alone can meet every third week of the month. Experts in different fields are invited to attend these meetings. Outings are also organized every now and again. The outings include mass and a meal at a restaurant. Any donations remaining from these occasions are used to help families in crisis.
Each month the commission sends birthday cards to the elderly of the Parish. The cards are distributed by the Eucharistic ministers who visit the housebound in their homes.
In November the commission organizes a mass for the repose of the souls of those who departed this life in the preceding year.
At Christmas the Diaconia Commission organizes visits to those parishioners who are residing in old people’s homes. Each of these parishioners is presented with a small gift and a Christmas card.
Every so often, the commission asks for the help of the parishioners. This is done by asking parishioners for donations of food, detergents and / or toiletries, which are brought to church. Hampers are then made up from the items provided, and are distributed to the vulnerable families. The hampers are distributed at Christmas, Easter and on the occasion of St. Julian’s Feast in August. Also distributed on these occasions are home cooked meals donated by a group of families from the parish.
Throughout the year, a number of people come to the parish office for advice or help. Food items are donated to these people too, after an analysis of their situation has been carried out by the Social Worker.
At times, people also ask for appliances, furniture or clothes.
Communication and collaboration by the Diaconia has spread beyond the borders of our parish. In fact, help is given to anyone who is in need of it; Maltese, Gozitans, and even people from overseas who live amongst us.
CONTACT: Marika Borġ Wirth