A special national thanksgiving mass for Scouts and Girl Guides was held on Sunday 25th April in lieu of the annual national Scouts and Guides Rally.
Celebrated by H. E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, the mass was attended by H. E. President George Vella and the first lady, Miriam Vella. The Scout Association of Malta’s chaplain, Fr Anton Briffa, the Malta Girl Guides Association chaplain, Fr Luke Cutajar, and the chaplain of the Minor Seminary, Fr Stephen Magro co-celebrated.
Around 90 adult members from both associations attended the mass physically, while hundreds of young members and leaders followed the mass which was transmitted on both Associations’ Facebook pages.
After mass, the Scouts and Girl Guides gathered, renewed their promise led by the Chief Commissioners of both Associations, Anton Pisani and Stephanie Anastasi. Later, Chief Scout Ruben Lanfranco, Girl Guides President Karen Buttigieg, and President of Malta George Vella delivered a message for the occasion.
The event was hosted at the Archbishop’s Seminary Chapel at Tal-Virtu’ Rabat, surrounded by beautiful countryside views reminiscent of outdoor Scouting and Girl Guiding activities. It was a beautiful occasion to mark the voluntary work carried out by hundreds of volunteer members of both associations.