Eiolie Planning

Please complete the attache form and return by Sunday 26th June so that we can order the teeshirts. Thanks … James & Tucc

Pasta Night

As mentioned in the latest newspiece we are having a Pasta Night on the 15th July after the Blessing of the Shells for the Camino Primitivo and the Tochar Phadraig. Evening mass is generally at 18:30; so the Pasta Night can start by 19:30. The event is open to all XirCammini members, their spouses, partners, friends etc (not just for those embarking on the Caminos). It is an opportunity for us to get to know each other better and to enjoy each others company.

We will also be distributing the Universal Peace Walk certficates on that evening.

Cost is 15 Euros for Pasta and water. Feel free to bring own wine, beer or soft drinks.

To help us manage logisitics and food requirements can you please fill in the form below:

All sauces will be lactose/dairy free.

Trek | Swim | |Travel

Valle delle Ferriere, Amalfi

Updated Itinerary

We are updating the itinerary to include our Q3-2022 events.

These are the upcoming events between the end of June and the end of August 2022 in the run up of the last overseas trek for this summer – Isole Eiolie from the 7th to the 14th of September 2022:

For the trek and swim of the 25th June 2022, we can all bring some fruit, nibbles, wine or soft drinks to share after the trek. We can leave these in the car next to Selmun Palace and – those who wish to hang around afterwards – we can spend some time together after enjoying the trek and swim. Those intending to swim, please bring a drybag so that we attempt to cross to the Gzejjer ta San Pawl jelly fish permitting.

In addition to the above calendar of events, we will still be adding other mid-week evening walks like the ones led by Don and John recently. These will be uploaded by them on the XirCammini Group on Facebook. The next one should be on Thursday 30th June since Wednesday is a feast-day. Check the XirCammini Group on Facebook for more information.

Blessing of the Shells | Overseas Caminos

On Friday 15th July we will be celebrating mass and blessing of the shells for the Camino Primitivo, Spain and the Tochar Phadraig, Ireland. Followinig mass we will have a Pasta Night get-together (more information to follow), This event is open to all XirCammini members and their spouses, partners and friends. We will also be distributing the Universal Peace Walk Certificates during this social evening.

On 18th July some of us will embark on the Camino Primitivo and on the 14th August on the Tochar Phadraig,

Our last overseas trek for the Summer season will be the Isole Eiolie.

Because Life is a Journey: Pillow Talk & Icebergs!

Good morning. A short piece on three topics, hopefully succinctly presented:

Pillow Talk

It seems that less people nowadays understand the value of being able to lay our head on a pillow and sleep without worrying that they have cheated, lied or supplanted their way to money or power. Greed, whether for money or power, is addictive and the proportion at which we’ve seen it grow in recent years in Malta is phenomenal. Maybe there are reasons for it, such as a wholesale societal loss of moral compass (dampened by the ‘outbursts of conscience quenching generosity’ whenever there is national charity campaign) or a wholesale breakdown of in the family unit/values that traditionally (in the words of Mons. J. De Piro) provided,”the cradle of one’s education” (“Give me a child for the first 5 years of his life and he is mine forever,” V. Lenin)

The recipe for a good night sleep – for the benefit of those seem to have lost or conveniently forgotten it – contains just eight ingredients:

  1. Matt 22:37-39: Love your neighbour as yourself. If we truly love and respect ourselves, only then can we love and respect others.
  2. Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” Jim Rohn.
  3. Exodus 20:15, “Do not steal.” There are no shades of grey in this statement. Actions have consequences, if not on us, on others. “It is difficult, but not impossible, to conduct strictly honest business,” Mahatma Ghandi
  4. Fortitude is the guard and support of all other virtues,” John Locke. Intestinal capacity is the cousin of faith when “faith is the assurance of things hoped for and conviction of things unseen.” (Heb 11:1)
  5. And the salt – or main ingredient – of this recipe of “sound sleep” is contentment. “True contentment is not having everything but being satisfied with everything that you have,” Oscar Wilde.

Iceberg Effect

What prompted this piece today? I’m tired of a decade-long tsunami of news involving ministers, members of parliament (across the whole Maltese political spectrum), government /authority officials, business people, ‘persons of trust’ (what does this phrase really mean?) and permeating all echelons of Maltese society that exposes crime (murder, theft, money laundering, trading in influence) and glorifies all that is wrong (greed, self-conceit and populist myopia). This is also often hurtful towards others because actions always have consequences. But we do not seem to care.

What is even more scary is the iceberg effect. Statistically, the persons serving time for their crimes are only the tip of the iceberg. The overwhelming majority of criminals cross our paths and share our path on a daily basis and do so often with an air of inpunity because there ins’t enough evidence or fortitude to convict, or they they have law or justice in their pockets or because they ‘gentrified’ themselves through layers of legal oblivion.

Conclusion: Because Life is a Journey ..

Very often I find it hard to believe Proverbs 21:21, “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour.” But, I do not have to, because I believe that our purpose in life is not to seek prosperity and honour. Our purpose in life is to add value. It is to leave the world a better place than we found it. Whoever learns this lesson in hindsight generally learns it too late!

And, in trying to walk the talk I also try to learn from the best,”Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalms 119)

Because life is a journey | keep walking | keep smiling | do good | have faith.

Photo Competition

Have you walked or are you walking the Camino de Santiago (any route) during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022?

XirCammini is running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023.

In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

Please note that payments will only be accepted via electronic transfer to the XirCammini bank account. We are not accepting cheque or cash payments. When settling, please also add your name and write Photo Competition in the payment reference field.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Still More May 2022 News (Updated 17th May)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD | Volunteers

I want to thank all of those who put their names forward as volunteers to assist in the Universal Peace Walk 1543AD effort. We will be in touch with you later on in June to start working on the project together in July.

I’m pleased to inform you that the local councils have also, in the main, responded positively and we have meetings scheduled with most of them who are on the route.

I am conscious that we have missed the date to distribute the Universal Peace Walk  certificates since these were delivered after the social event. We’ll plan another event towards the end of June (or merge it with our end of season trek and swim event) to distribute the certificates as well.

Overseas Treks | Food Intolerance & Teeshirt Size Form

Amalfi (June 2022), Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) and the Tochar Phadriag (Irish Camino, Aug 2022) are fully booked. All those who are coming are in the respective WhatsApp Group.

Those who have not yet settled their dues please do so by internet banking to XirCammini (IBAN: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018). For those who prefer to settle by mobile banking or Revolut, it is also possible to direct your payment to the said IBAN number (the process is explained under the Membership section below). Please quote your name and what you are paying (e.g. Joe Borg Amalfi) in the payment reference box so that we can allocate the payment. Thanks.

Can the participants of each of these event please fill in the attached forms?:

Amalfi:

Primitivo

Tochar Phadraig (Irish Camino)

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary until the end of May:

Wed 18th MayP14619:00Rabat loop/ Rabat / Wied Hazrun/ Dingli Cliffs / RabatModDominican Priory in Rabat
Saturday 21st MayP14714:00Mellieha / Selmun Palace / down path to Mistra Bay/ along coast facing St Paul Island/clay slopes/Mgiebah Bay/ up to MelliehaModWellbees supermarket (ex-Bellevue), Mellieha
Wed 25th MayP14819:00Wied Qannotta loop/ into valley behind Scotts/ left up to small chapel/ on to ridge/ turn on to rd/ turn L/ then sharp L in from Castello dei Baroni/…Mod.Scotts supermarket /Burmarrad
Saturday 28 MayP14916:00Siggiewi / Salib tal Gholja / Gebel Ciantar / Bronze Age Silos/Fawwara/Mt Carmel Chapel/Tal Providenza Chapel /SiggiewiModSiggiewi Parish Church

In early June we do not have walks because some of us will be travelling to Amalfi. We will write to you again before we meet for our final Trek (and Swim) for the season.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo
Click or drag files to this area to upload. You can upload up to 5 files.
Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

More May 2022 News (Updated)

I’m pleased to update you on membership news and activities.

Universal Peace Walk 1543AD

I’m pleased to inform you that work on the walk continues unabated. The waymarks have been delivered and shortly we will be adding signs and emblems to the waymarks.

If anyone can spare a few hours this summer to help us with fixing emblems and other tasks around assembling the Unversal Peace Walk waymarks please reach out on information@XirCammini.org.

The certificates for the first group Camino (12th March 2022) have been received from the Archbishop’s Curia, signed by H.E. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna. Discussions continue with the Archbishop’s Curia to work closely together on the Universal Peace Walk 1543 AD.

We will also pursue discussions with the local councils to consolidate their involvement in this endeavour.

Overseas Treks

Amalfi (June 2022) and Camino Primitivo (Jul / Aug 2022) are fully booked. There are still some spaces available on the Celtic Camino – Tochar Padraig (Aug 2022) and Isole Eiolie (Sept 2022). We will shortly (before the end of May ) be writing to those who have expressed interest (and or have booked the flights/paid deposits) for the Tochar Padraig (Ireland) as we are finalising the program this week with Ballintuber Abbey. Thank you for your patience.

By early June we will also be finalizing and reverting on the Isole Eiolie treks of September.

Local Treks Itinerary

This is the itinerary of local treks until the end of June 2022. I look forward to seeing you on Saturday, 7th May 2022.

This week we have the following two walks. Please note that the Gozo walk has been changed from the 7 hills to a slightly more moderate walk from Mgarr Quay to Dahlet Qorrot in view of the fact that the weather is expected to be relatively warm. We will then either loop back to Mgarr or to Rabat and take public transport to the Quay.

ed 11th MayP14419:00Xemxija/out to Majjistral Park and straight out to Cliffs (structure on 4 columns)/ Znuber Tower/rd down and path on Left/ straight back / cross valley/ on to rd tp oldest carob tree and bee hives/ XemxijaModXemxija  (near kiosk)
Saturday 14th MayP1458:30Mgarr – Dahlet Qorrot Coastal LoopModMgarr quay, Gozo

Tucc and I will be waiting for you in Mgarr, Gozo, terminal for a 08:30 a.m. start. We suggest that you take either the 07:30 a.m. or 08:00 a.m. ferry crossing. Regrettably we would not be able to wait for anyone who misses either ferry and comes up with a later one. We endeavour to be back in the Mgarr port 16:00ish.

Membership Dues

As you are aware membership is split between a June and a December tranche. The June tranche is coming up for renewal.

Regrettably Din L-Art Helwa are increasing their fees in 2022 and, as a result, we will not be contributing our membership towards din the l-Art Helwa Foundation since XirCammini will not be increasing its fees. We will maintain the Euros 20 per person per annum.

The following are the changes with respect to membership:

  • All memberships due in June will be automatically extended to December 2022 at no extra fee. All memberships will expire/ be due in December.
  • The annual fee will remain Euros 20 per person.
  • It will no longer be tied to Din L-Art Helwa membership. The cards you have are valid until expiry, New cards will be issued for all members in December 2022.

Another very important change is that we will no longer be accepting cash or cheques whether for membership or for any activities that we have. All payments must be submitted via internet banking.

Many are familiar with mobile and Revolut payments. These are still possible modes of payment to our bank account. For example, with Revolut one just has to follow these simple instructions: For Revolut users: tap ‘Payments’ → ‘Transfers’ → ‘Send’ → ‘+ New’ → ‘Add a bank recipient’. You’ll be asked to add the bank transfer details. In this case these are name: XirCammini Bank: APS Bank, Address: you can input just Malta if requested. The important thing to input is the IBAN number: MT43APSB77013000000042921110018

Similar instructions apply for other mobile banking devices such as APS Bank.

The reason why we are adopting this approach is because it reduces the risk of human error and delays in processing payment. Above all, payments processed through a single electronic source also greatly improve governance. As an NGO we are audited and this improves our diligence processes without imposing a strain on our volunteer resources.

Photo Competition

As advised earlier we are running a photo competition to collect photos from pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago during the Jubilee Years 2021 or 2022 for a XirCammini Calendar 2023. In addition to the pleasure of having a photo featured in a 2023 Calendar a Euros 50 voucher will be gifted to each winning entry selected for the Calendar.

The closing date of submissions is November 20th, 2022.

Interested persons are requested to complete the following form and submit their photos by or before the 20th November 2022:

please add international prefix preceded by +
Please add a description (or location) of each photo

Camino Photos

Please upload a maximum of 2 photos (10 Euros) or 5 photos (20 Euros) from your Camino Experience. The closing date is the last Sunday of the Iiturgical year 2022 (i.e. 20th November 2022).

Comino Trekking April 3rd, 2022

We will meet in Cirkewwa (details of which quay will be provided on Friday 1st April to anyone who registers (below).

We aim to depart at 07:30 and return at around (leave Comino) 14:30.

We will let you know how much it costs on Friday (once we have an idea of numbers attending. Tpyically the price would be between Euros 10 and Euros 12 per person depending on number of persons.

Needless to say, you need to stock up on food and refreshments since we will be on Comino.

registration form:

Good Friday Walk | Smiling with Jerome

Our Christmas Initiative – where we collect goodie baskets for inner harbour areas – has gained ground and helps many families every year, thanks to your generosity.

We have also always had (except for the Covid-19 lockdown period) a Good Friday walk that served as a morning of quiet recollection while still connecting with our circle of friends and trekking buddies. This year we intend to walk again on Good Friday – and also add a touch of generosity and positivity to it.

We will be teaming up with Smiling for Jerome and on the day of the walk members from the foundation will be collecting your donations. These go towards the work that they do with true heroes that walk with us in our everyday life.

Jerome’s mission is to put a smile on everyone’s face. The Foundation takes care of a closed group called TRUE HEROES across Malta and Gozo. This currently consists of around 425 members. The majority are parents whose children have serious illness (including cancer), acute disabilities, or special needs. Many of these children have life threatening conditions which have no cure available.

Smiling with Jerome Foundation volunteers undertake this work with a lot of love and without any salary, proving to the world that from thorns grow roses. And, we are all enriched by it. More information about Smiling With Jerome can be found here.

On 15th April, Good Friday, we will be meeting next to the Xarolla Windmill for an 08:30 a.m. departure. Please have your donations ready to hand to Smiling with Jerome volunteers then. We’ll walk through Carmel Street to the Zurrieq Parish Church where we allow 5 minutes for those who wish to visit the church. From there we’ll proceed through St. Catherine Street to Blue Grotto Avenue and cross over heading towards the Hal Millieri chapels of St. John the Evangelist and the Annunciation. From the Hal Millieri Chapels we’ll walk past ic_cimiterju ta’ l-Ars (a plague cemetary that has been lovingly restored by the Qrendi Local Council), Chapel of St. Katerina tat-Torba, Il-Gnien tal-Kmand (the Luitenant’s Garden given by King George III), Kappella tas-Salvatur (Redeemer Chapel), it-Torri tal-Kaptan, the Parish Church of St. Mary, Chapel of St. Anne, Chapel of St. Matthew of Maqluba and then we loop back to Zurrieq via the Sanctuary of Madonna tal-Hniena. The Mayor of Qrendi, Mr. David Schembri will be accompanying us on this walk

We should reach our cars by 13:30.

This event is open to members and non-members. Join us and donate for a great cause. However, we kindly ask people who will be joining us to register, using this link:

We require registration for the wlak to be able to manage numbers in view of the prevailing Covid-19 situation.
You can either donate in cash on the day. Members of the Foundation will be joining us. Or you can send your donations directly to the foundation,Smiling with Jerome, via Revolut or BOV Mobile Banking on 99872002 or IBAN IBAN MT30 VALL 2201 3000 0000 4002 5276 992