Photos: ŻAK reunion marks Catholic Action’s 90th anniversary

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Catholic Action will be celebrating its 90th Anniversary of its official initiation in Malta, in February 2020.

A number of events to celebrate this Anniversary will be held between October 2019 and October 2020. As part of these celebrations, a reunion was organised for those who were members prior to 2010, on October 19.

The reunion was organised at ŻAK House in Birkirkara.

More than 100 adults and over 20 children attended this event. The majority of those who attended were young couples, married couples or families with young children. At 6pm the former members started arriving, meeting and greeting each other with smiles and hugs. Josef Debono, the President of the Maltese Catholic Action said a few words to welcome them and then mass commenced.

Mass was celebrated by 3 important persons in the history of ŻAK, Fr Michael Bellizzi who was the ŻAK Spiritual Director until 2009, Fr Reuben Gauci who was appointed the Spiritual Director of ŻAK in 2010 to date and Fr Bernard Micallef who started as member in ŻAK around 15 years ago and who is a priest today.

The premises were decorated with a number of photos of past events, newspaper cuttings published along the years and open luggage bags with different t-shirts that commemorate different activities. Those who attended were also given a luggage tag with the logo created for the 90th Anniversary, to not only remember the Reunion organised, but also because each and every person has a luggage bag full of memories and experiences gained from their membership in ŻAK that they will continue to carry throughout their lives.

Restructuring and renovation of ŻAK House

Restructuring and renovation of ŻAK House commenced at the end 2010 and were finished by the end of 2013. This premises today serves as a place where meetings can be held. During its renovation it was also converted into a space that accommodates 44 persons and therefore is ideal for Live-Ins and youth exchanges. This means that a good number of persons present during the Reunion had never set foot in ŻAK House after its refurbishment and reopening.