The Gozo Ministry has provided over €365,000 in financial assistance to the Gozo Diocese and to the island’s various parishes over the past two years, according to information revealed in parliament today.
Figures tabled by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri in response to a parliamentary question by PN MP Chris Said show that the ministry provided €137,052 in financial assistance in 2018 and €228,131 last year.
Much of this financial assistance has helped fund restoration and refurbishment projects in Gozitan churches. The biggest single contribution – of €106,000 – helped finance the upgrading of the parvis of the Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary. An additional €65,000 helped fund a new lighting system for the façade of the St George Parish Church in Victoria.
The ministry also contributed €11,800 to the restoration of the façade of the Żebbuġ Parish Church and an additional €10,000 apiece to the restoration of the Comino Chapel, the restoration of the Fontana Parish Church, the construction of a community centre in Kerċem and a structural study of the Xagħra Parish Church.
In total, the ministry provided assistance to the Gozo Diocese and its parishes on a total of 112 occasions in the past two years.
The ministry also sponsored various cultural activities organised by the parishes as well as the installation of audio induction loops – a specialised sound system geared towards people who use hearing aids – in parish churches across the island.
On a number of occasions, the ministry also provides non-monetary assistance, including the supply of used computers and the provision of stalls and stages for events. A ministry employee has also been seconded to the Gozo Cathedral to help run its library.