Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo

2010 News

Christmas Eve Christingle for the Children

The happy Christingle work crew

The Saint Paul's Choir worked hard to prepare this year's Carol Service which took place on Sunday, 19 December 2010, with over 200 in attendance: the largest congregation of the year. Click on the image above for more photos.

The Annual Carol Service: 19 December 2010

The magnificent choir warms up before the service

The Saint Paul's Choir worked hard to prepare this year's Carol Service. Click on the image above for more photos.

Christmas Nativity Play 2010

Click on the collage below to see the Nativity Play photos.Nativity Play Collage

On Sunday 12th December 2010, the children of Saint Paul's staged a wonderful production of the Christmas Story. The cast made up primarily of children who regularly attend the chaplaincy's Sunday School, charmed an audience of parents and parishioners, setting the tone for a glorious celebration of the Saviour' birth this Christmas 2010.

Sunday School's Foster Child

The Sunday School collected 126 Euro to support the Sunday School's foster child at the reception following this year's Nativity Play (12th December)

Sunday School's foster child

Saint Paul's Christmas Card

Saint Paul's Christmas Card 2010

The Scott family commissioned a painting of Saint Paul's Church as their family and business Christmas Card for this year. They have very generously made the card available for sale to our community in order to help raise funds in support of the St Paul's Sunday School and its new helper. If you would like to order  cards -- perhaps in view of Christmas 2011 -- send an email to Father Walter at with the number of cards you would like to order. Cards with envelopes sell for 2€ each.

Parish Baptisms on the Second Sunday of Advent

One of our chaplaincy children with parents and friends.
photos Tim Humphreys

Our chaplaincy celebrated the Baptism of two candidates from our church community. One, a nine-year-old is pictured above (in white) with parents and friends. The other candidate, Alain Prauly can be seen below (beige suit) just after receiving the Sacrament.

Baptism on Advent II

The Ecumenical Kermesse 2010, a great event!

Happy wash up crew at this year's Kermesse.
photo Bruno Scaramella

The 2010 edition of the Ecumenical Kermesse, an annual charity bazaar organised by local churches and organisations, drew large crowds of bargain hunters on Saturday 4th December 2010. Members of the Saint Paul's community staffed several of the stands and services, including the wash up depot with its cheerful staff of volunteers (pictured here.)

Advent Sunday Communion Class Graduation

St Paul's Sunday School - November 2010 

Five children completed the Early Communion preparation programme in November (4 are pictured here with the Sunday School children) and received certificates on Advent Sunday (28 November) acknowledging that they are now welcome to share in the sacrament of the Lord's Table at Saint Paul's Church.

November Communion Class

Anglican Chaplaincies Gather for Advent Evensong

Anglican Chaplaincies on the Riviera Reception

Following a traditional celebration of Book of Common Prayer Evensong on Advent Sunday evening (28 November), representatives of the Anglican Chaplaincies on the Riviera enjoyed fellowship and a bounty of "bring & share" delights in the Saint Paul's Library. Click here to listen to the choir anthem sung during Evensong: "Wake, O Wake" (Wachet Auf by J.S. Bach)

Advent bounty

In Memoriam: Monica Saville-Sneath

Monica SAville-Sneath 1915-2010

Saint Paul's chaplaincy community celebrated the long life of Monica Saville-Sneath at our main Sunday Service on Sunday 21st November. Friends and family joined the chaplaincy community to honour Monica on what would have been her 95th birthday. Monica was a devoted member of Saint Paul's for decades, serving for many years as a member of our Chaplaincy Council.

Remembrance Sunday 14th November

Remembrance Sunday at the Churchill Monument

The Sunday School class listens attentively as Commander Michael Healey, Royal Navy (retired), explains the importance of Remembrance Sunday and the Poppy Appeal. Our Remembrance Sunday observance began with a short procession to the Winston Church Monument down avenue de Grande Bretagne from St. Paul's Church. Click here or on the photo for more.

Monopoly Tournament 2010

Monopoly Tournament 2010

Dani Carew's annual Monopoly Tournament  took place on the afternoon of 13th November in the Library to raise funds in response the the Bishop's Advent Appeal. A good number turned out for the event, the action was quite brisk at times, all in good humour and raising more than 900 Euros for charity.

Children's Communion Class: November 2010

Children's Communion Class November 2010

On Sunday 28th November five young people from the chaplaincy community will receive Holy Communion at Saint Paul's Church for the very first time. At one of the Saturday sessions, the children were invited to try on the robes worn by the priest at the Communion Service. The children have been meeting with Father Walter on Saturday mornings to prepare for their first Communion. Early first Communion represents an effort in today's Church to ensure that baptised children are recognised as members of the Christian family, sharing in the sacred banquet so central to our faith.

The Annual Armistice Memorial at Monaco Cemetery

Armistice Ceremony 2010

Father Walter, Association President Frank Megginson, BAM (British Association of Monaco) representative Vanessa Ilsley, and Martin Stansfeld (pictured above centre) were among the members of Saint Paul's attending the annual Armistice Day ceremony at the majestic "Monument des Morts" in the cemetery of Monaco.

Ayoe's 90th Birthday Party

Ayoe's Birthday Party group

Ayoe Karonias (centre) celebrated her 90th birthday on 14 October 2010 in the company of friends from near and far in the lovely setting of the Hôtel de Paris.

Ayoe with Japanese visitors.

Ayoe (right) was pleased to share some of her birthday cake with Japanese visitors at a neighbouring table who joined in the singing of "Happy Birthday".

Mary de Vachon attends Lay Reader Seminar

Mary de Vachon attends seminar

From BIshop David's EuropBishop Blog: From 6th to 8th October several of our licensed Readers and some readers-in-training gathered at St Columba's House, Woking, for a workshop to explore a theological theme together. The topic was "The Mystery of the Trinity" and the facilitator was the Revd Elaine Labourel, Assistant Chaplain of Versailles. Monaco Lay Reader Mary de Vachon attended the workshop and is pictured (above) the third from the right.

The Director of Training, the Revd Canon Ulla Monberg is delighted that our Readers and trainees wish to spend time deepening their theological knowledge. Past training events have tended to focus on some practical aspects to the ministry of Reader, such as preaching and funeral ministry, but our Readers take very seriously their role as lay theologians and enjoy the opportunity to hone these skills as well through engaging in theological exploration together.

There are over 100 licensed readers in the diocese and about a further 40 in training. They offer invaluable help to the clergy in parish ministry, particularly in leading services of the word, preaching and teaching. The preparation to be a Reader, following selection for this ministry, normally takes three years of theological study and practical learning.

Blessing the Animals

Even toy doggies get blessed.

On Sunday, 3rd October -- the eve of St Francis Day -- a  large congregation, including about a dozen four-legged worshippers, participated in the first ever "Blessing of the Animals" at Saint Paul's, Monte-Carlo. As the community sang "All things Bright & Beautiful", Father Walter, assisted by our preacher Lay Reader Mary de Vachon and the children of the chaplaincy circulated around the church stopping to offer prayers of blessing for each or the animals (all dogs) in attendance.

Blessing the animals

Monaco Girl Guides Celebrate 100 years

Princess Caroline greets David Waters

Princess Caroline -- seen here greeting our own David Waters with his son Gabriel looking on (second back left) -- joined Girl Guides past and present, on Saturday 25th September, to celebrate the international movement's 100th anniversary. Boy Scouts started up in Monaco in 1923 and the Girl Guides about 10 years later. Scouts & Guides are now merged into a single organisation. Other members of St Paul's present for the celebration: former Girl Guides Sara Megginson & Christine Tagher.

Picnic in Sospel

Communion in Sospel

On Sunday, 19th September, 60 members of the Saint Paul's Community travelled up the twisty road to Sospel on Sunday to attend the first Chaplaincy Picnic in several years. The picnic began with the celebration of Holy Communion in the beautiful surroundings of the Fenwick-Smith country home. Then followed a sumptuous meal of pizza, quiche, barbe-juan from the local boulangerie in Sospel -- compliments of our host -- and a generous array of salads and desserts offered by those attending. The meal was very much in keeping with the Gospel passage of the day: Jesus Feeds the 5,000!

Picnic in Sospel

There were 15 young people along for the trip and the large swimming pool worked its magic luring them into an afternoon of water fun and frolic. The adults attending the picnic had opportunity to renew old friendships and make new friends all while enjoying a beautiful day in the midst of Sospel marvelous countryside.

Picnic in Sospel

Heartfelt thanks to Brian Fenwick-Smith for organising and hosting this superb time together in God's country!

Groote Family Wedding

The Groote's with granddaughter and her new husband.

Harriet and Wilfred Groote welcomed a large group over the weekend of 18th September, for the marriage of their granddaughter Céline, pictured here with the Grootes and her new husband Lee. Céline and Lee make their home in San Francisco, but over the years Céline has come to consider Monaco her second home -- where she spent many a summer in her youth. Attending the wedding were friends and family from all over the USA and Europe: truly a splendid international celebration.

The Baptism of Abigail Scott

Abigail's Batism

On Sunday 5th September, the Community of Saint Paul's Chaplaincy celebrated the Baptism of a true daughter of the Chaplaincy, Abigail Scott (pictured here with her parents and God parents.

Farewell Father Roger Greenacre, Beaulieu

Bishop Geoffrey Rowell & Father Roger Greenacre

Father Roger Greenacre (picture right, above, with Bishop Geoffrey Rowell) is leaving his ministry as Chaplain of St. Michael's Church, Beaulieu, to take rooms in his retirement at the old Charter House School in London.

St. Michael's, Beaulieu celebrates Father Roger's ministry with a special Evensong service followed by a Garden Party on Friday, 23rd July at 6 p.m. -- all are welcome to attend.

Children and Families join in Worship

Children in Worship

On Sunday, 27th June, the Children of Saint Paul's with their parents and other members of the congregation joined in songs of worship and praise with the Choir of St. Joseph's Church. This took place during a special Children's Service organised by the parent volunteers of our Sunday School.

Young people reading the Gospel story of the Prodigal Son

Young people from St Paul's took parts in a scripted reading of the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15). From left to right the youngest and oldest brothers, the father, Jesus, the servant. Pandora Godfrey (not pictured) also did a marvellous job as narrator for the Gospel story.

St Joseph's & St Paul's worship together

 St Joseph's worship choir

The Filipino congregation of St. Joseph's (Charismatic Episcopal Church) has been worshipping at Saint Paul's for 2 1/2 years now. On Sunday, 27th June their church's worship choir, pictured above, joined the Sunday morning congregation at Saint Paul's (10:30 a.m.) for a special children's service. The service opened with "worship and praise": gospel hymns and choruses sung in succession and this will be accompanied by Father Fernando (above left) and the spirit dancers from the St. Joseph's Church congregation. The St. Joseph's worship choir also sang during the administration of Holy Communion.

Canon Giles Williams: New Chaplain in Cannes

Christine & Canon Giles WilliamsThe Anglican Chaplaincy of Holy Trinity Church, Cannes, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Canon Giles Williams (pictured here with his wife Christine in 2004). Canon Williams comes to Cannes from Woking in the Diocese of Guildford where he served as Vicar of St. John's, Woking and Rural Dean of Woking.

Archdeacon will formally institute Canon Williams as the new Chaplain of Cannes on Saturday, 26 June at 11 a.m. Please let Father Walter know if you would like to attend and if you can offer or would require a ride to the service. "Anglicans together on the Côte d'Azur."

France Ametis celebrates her 90th Birthday

France Ametis at 90

Our beloved "Sacristan Emeritus", Mme France Ametis celebrated her 90th birthday on Tuesday, 11th May when the above photo was taken. France has lived in Saint Paul's House since her marriage to Maurice Ametis in June 1944.

Council reminds Chaplaincy to use the Envelopes!

Stewardship at Saint Paul's

At its monthly meeting on 10th May, the Chaplaincy Council voted to encourage the members of the Chaplaincy community to be diligent in the use of the Sunday stewardship envelopes. The Chaplaincy of Saint Paul's depends on the regular, weekly donations from our members. The annual budget is based on estimations of our faithful generosity. In planning summer holidays, the members of our community are asked to remember that the operating costs of the chaplaincy never take a vacation. Let's all strive to offer our weekly donations, using the stewardship envelopes, even when we are away!

Our Treasurer, Mr. Damien Wan, invites those who find the envelope system cumbersome and inefficient to consider placing a standing order at the bank so that donations to support the work & ministry of St. Paul's are deposited automatically in the Chaplaincy's bank account. For more information contact Damien at

The African Children's Choir in Concert at Saint Paul's

African Children's Choir "Thank You"

The African Children's Choir delighted us with a wonderful visit on Tuesday evening, 4th May, that included a hot turkey meal prepared and served by chaplaincy volunteers. Click here to watch a short video of the "Thank You Song" the choir sang for their supper. Click on the pictures (above & below) for information about "Music for Life" and the African Children's Choir.

African Children's Choir dancing at St Paul's

Click here to watch a short video of the African Children's Choir in performance at Saint Paul's Church on Tuesday, 4th May 2010

Archdeaconry Synod in Brittany

The annual meeting for the Anglican churches in France (Archdeaconry Synod) took place this week in St-Jacut-sur-la-mer in Britanny (near Dinard). The churches in France were very well represented with more than 80 delegates in attendance. It was particularly encouraging to find most of the delegates displaying enthusiasm and heartfelt support for the mission and ministry of the Diocese in Europe.

Archdeaconry Synod for France 2010

Our diocesan bishop, the Right Reverend Geoffrey Rowell was on hand for Synod and is seen in the photo, above, addressing the assembled delegates at the closing Eucharist which took place in the Roman Catholic parish church in St-Jacut.

Ash Sunday: Chaplain grounded in Rennes

Synod Delegates Monaco & Mento

The cloud of volcanic ash that has closed airports across Europe played havoc on the travel plans of many of the Archdeaconry Synod Delegates when they left for home at the close of Synod on Saturday, 17th April. Our own lay delegates Dani Carew and Valerie Haxton (right & left above) had arranged return transportation in two stages, TGV to Paris then Air France to Nice. They managed to complete the first leg of their journey only to discover that the airports were closed and all flights cancelled. Thinking quickly, they made their way to the Gare de Lyons and managed to find space on the TGV to Nice, though the only seating available for the 7 hour journey was on the stairwell between levels on the train! Still, they arrived a dozen hours after leaving Brittany, safe and sound in Nice and Monaco.

As for me (Father Walter) and Menton delegate Valerie Aucoutourier (centre above), we had other travel arrangements and a very different experience. Arriving at the airport in Rennes at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday for the cancelled return flight to Nice, we were first in line at the Air France ticket counter and managed to pick up the last two seats on the next direct flight to Nice, scheduled for Monday afternoon, 19th April. Told the trains were full (if running at all) we opted to stay on in Rennes and wait for the Monday flight. At this writing, it is uncertain as to whether the airports and flights will be operating again on Monday, in which case we hope to find seats on one of two TGVs that go directly from Rennes to Marseilles each day ... and then squeeze onto a local train to make our way home ... and so, for us, the adventure continues. Please pray for "travelling mercies" for us on Monday! Fortunately, I have had the comfort of knowing that our Lay Readers Mary de Vachon and Frank Megginson(Frank & Sara's holiday flight to the US was cancelled on Friday!) were on hand to lead worship at Saint Paul's on Sunday morning (18th April).

Easter Sunday 2010 at Saint Pauls

Early Communion Class 2010
The Children pictured here made their First Communion on Easter Sunday and received certificates to mark the completion of the Early Communion Preparation Programme.

The Sanctuary decorated for Easter 2010
The Easter Sunday Sanctuary, full of beautiful flowers for Easter Sunday.

Palm Sunday Procession & Choir

Palm Sunday Children in Procession
The Children processed around the church on Palm Sunday to cries of, "Hosanna, Jesus is our King!" Many of the children are part of this year's Early Communion Class and will receive Holy Communion for the first time on Easter Sunday.
The Choir singing the Lukas Passion
The centrepiece of the Palm Sunday service was the singing of the Lukas Passion attributed to J.S. Bach. Derek Fletcher (left) sang the major role of the Evangelist, Kristof  Kielbasiewicz sang the role of Christ and Gottfried Kappen, Organist and Choir Director at Saint Paul's, sang the role of Pontius Pilate.

Saint Paul's 90+ Club

St Paul's 90+ Club

Saint Paul's has a quite a wonderful group of role models when it comes to aging gracefully in Monaco. Pictured above, left to right:

Monica Saville-Sneath, long time resident of Monaco, former member of the Chaplaincy Council. She enjoys life today under the watchful eye of her daughter Jenny, other caregivers and her many friends.

Doris Perrottet, another long time resident of Monaco, overlooks the Port and Palace from her rooftop garden on Blvd de Belgique. Her live-in care giver Aurore organises regular visits to the Metropolitan Shopping Centre and other activities including the occasional afternoon tea with the Anglican chaplain.

Lady Florence Packer has lived a dazzling life on three continents. Widow of Australian press magnate Sir Frank Packer, Lady Florence remains as active as age and health allow with regular bridge parties, charity diners and other engagements.

Not pictured here,  Oswald "Ossie" Shanks who divides his time between his wife's family home in Hyères and his apartment in Monte-Carlo.

Soon to join the club, our Sacristan Emeritus, France Ametis who turns 90 on 11th May and Ayoe Karonias who reaches the same age later this year. Are there any other 90+ club members in our community not mentioned here? Please let the chaplain know at

Swami Purnatmananda visits Saint Paul's

On Monday evening, 15 March 2010, Swami Purnatmananda offered a short introduction to Hinduism and his own life long commitment to helping the needy in India and around the world. A companion and follower of Mahatma Ghandi in the 1940s, "Swamiji" became involved with the poor when conflict between Muslims and Hindus in India erupted in 1946 leaving thousands homeless and destitute. In the face of such suffering, Swamiji felt compelled to leave the contemplative life of the Hindu monk, and he set out to bring active assistance to the suffering -- a mission he has continued to the present day.

Some of the group gathered to meet Swamiji

Topics covered in the Swami's presentation ranged from the similarities in the basic beliefs of Christians and Hindis to the complexity of the Hindu principle of Karma. In common with Christians, Hindus believe in only one God, however they understand God as manifest in numerous forms or deities, "Water is still water whether we find it in the ocean, the lake, the porcelain cup or the spoon." Krishna and Christ are terms with a common Indo-European etymology and the Lord Krishna for Hindus is one of many manifestations of God incarnate who  comes into the world, at important junctures throughout history, taking human form to show humanity the way through particularly difficult times.

Mothering Sunday at Saint Paul's

Mothering Sunday Children

The Children at Church on Mothering Sunday offered praise, prayers and blessings for all of our mothers during Sunday's Mothering Sunday Communion service. The service was shortened to make room for the Annual General Meeting that followed in the Library. A congregation of 80 celebrated Mothering Sunday at Saint Paul's with most of the adults staying on for the annual meeting.


Groote Family Monaco Gathering

The Monaco Groote Family

Wilfred & Harriet Groote (pronounced growt) are pictured here -- front row left -- with their Monaco family celebrating the arrival of granddaughter Celine and her fiancé Lee from San Francisco -- Lee and Celine are standing, 2nd and 3rd from the left.

The young couple are in Monaco to do some on-site planning for their upcoming wedding scheduled for September 2010 at Saint Paul's Church.

Wilfred & Harriet have lived in Monaco for many years. They are proudly Monégasque (Prince Ranier III honoured them with Monaco citizenship); and they have always been faithful members of Saint Paul's, supporters of the arts, and active in the local community.

Website make-over

New website March 2010
In February 2010, the Saint Paul's website underwent a complete makeover (click on the image for a larger copy.)

Church Roof Damaged in Windstorm

Broken roof over Baptistery

A neighbour with a view overlooking the west end of the church building stopped damage caused by recent high winds in Monaco. Tiles knocked off of the upper roof crashed down on the church's lower roof (over the Baptistery) punching a hole in the tile roofing.

Pancake Queen Liesbeth Tinker

Pancake Supper at Saint Paul's

Liesbeth Tinker, pictured here, and her team of volunteers welcomed a hungry group of Mardi Gras revellers on Shrove Tuesday (16 Feb) this year. Tasty fillings were plentiful for the pancakes, ranging from the savoury to the sweet and a splendid time was had by one and all. the success of the evening was particularly measured in the generosity of donations received for the Bishop's Annual Lenten Appeal (this year for Christians in Myanmar.)

With hearts and tummies full, members of our chaplaincy community headed out to prepare for the dawn of this year's holy season of Lent, many attending Ash Wednesday services at Saint Paul's and determined to make the best of this time of preparation for the Great Feast of the Resurrection -- more than 40 days hence -- Easter Sunday.


Church Youth skating to raise funds for Haiti.
Young people in the Joint Youth Group (St Paul's & Monaco Christian Fellowship) raised 5,000 Euro for Haiti through skating and skiing marathons in January.

Chamber Concert
The newly formed "Chamber Music Association" offered its first concert at Saint Paul's on Tuesday, 2nd February (Candlemas) to the delight of the more than 100 in attendance.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
18th to 25th January 2010

Ecumenical Service at the Circus
The Annual Ecumenical Service under the Big Top (International Circus Festival) Monday 18th January.

Father Patrick Kappel
Father Patrick Kappel, Service Organiser

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