Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo

2011 News

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Saint Paul's Children: TEA Cover Story

Cover of The European Anglican Winter 2011-12

Click on the cover above to access the Winter edition of the TEA (The European Anglican) with a photo of children from St Paul's (Christingle '09) on the cover.

Children's Christingle on Christmas Eve

Lots of oranges to go around!

Children and their families, in Monaco for the holidays, celebrated the annual Children's Christingle service on Christmas Eve. Click here or on the image, above, for more photos from this year's Christingle celebration.

Preparations for a Children's Christingle

Christingel Kitchen Crew

The largest Christingle kitchen crew ever gathered in the Chaplain's apartment on Christmas Eve morning to prepare and decorate the Christingle oranges that will be blessed and distributed to the children attending the Christmas Eve Christingle service held each year at Saint Paul's Church at 5 p.m. Click here or on the image, above, for more photos from this year's Christingle celebration.

Largest Congregation at the Carol Service

The annual Carol Service draws the largest congregation of the year.

Each year Saint Paul's welcomes its largest congregation for the annual Carol Service (18 December 2011) with representatives of the British Association o Monaco, the Canadian Club de Monaco and Monaco-USA taking readings. (Click here or on the photo for more pictures and story from this year's service.)

One of the best every Nativity Plays

Cast of this year's Nativity Play

The cast of this year's fabulous Christmas Nativity Play, presented at St Paul's on Sunday 11 December at 10:30 a.m. A congregation of more than 100 were delighted by the performance and all agree the plays one of the all time best.

This year's Christmas Decoration Team

This year's decoration team

A good group of volunteers came out to decorate the church for Christmas on Tuesday, St Nicholas Day, 6 December. The church is splendid as a result!

Valerie Haxton: family & St Paul friends

Valerie Haxton welcomes family & friends

Valerie Haxton (second left), our delegate to the Archdeaconry Synod, was pleased to welcome a small group of visitors from St Paul's on Sunday 4 December, in her home overlooking Nice. Valerie's brother Albert and his wife Monique (standing beside Valerie) also dropped in for a visit. Smiles abound!

42nd Annual Ecumenical Kermesse

St Paul's volunteers lend helping hands at the Kermesse.
Click on the image (above) for more photos from this year's Kermesse.

Saturday 3 December 2011: This year's 42nd annual Ecumenical Kermesse (charity bazaar) was another great success thanks entirely to the generosity of so many volunteers from the six church and community groups who organise the Kermesse each year. Here are some photos from the day featuring members of the Saint Paul's chaplaincy community and friends.

Advent Sunday Begins: Christmas soon!

Advent Sunday candle lighting

Advent got off to a great start with the lighting of the first Advent Candle, the Candle for Hope. The Sunday School children took a break from their Nativity Play rehearsal to light the first candle and lead the Advent Sunday congregation in prayer: Loving God, as we enter this Advent season. We open all the dark places in our lives and memories to the healing light of Christ. Show us the creative power of hope. Prepare our hearts to be transformed by you, that we may walk in the light of Christ. Amen.

Princess Stéphanie: AIDS Memorial Quilts

Princess Stéphanie attended the unfurling of the first (3) AIDS Memorial Quilts crafted in Monaco by Fight AIDS Monaco. The Riviera Reporter reports that there are 3,800 cases of "full-blown AIDS" in the 2 departments of the Riviera.

Mad Hatters at Saint Paul's

Commander Healy & Fr Walter in Mad Hats

This year's Royal Legion Poppy Campaign came to an exuberant close with a Mad Hatters' Tea on Sunday 20 November, organised by JoAnn Keable with the help of Regina Healy and Vanessa Ilsley and many others. Hopes are high that the final results for this year's Poppy Campaign will set a new record for funds raised to support wounded UK veterans returning from Afghanistan.

No Finish Line gets St Paul's on the move

Prince Albert & Princess Charlene at the closing ceremony for No Finish Line 2011
Prince Albert & Princess Charlene award the champion who ran over 1,000 km

Many members of the Saint Paul's community participated in this year's "No Finish Line" -- a charity event that raises funds to provide heart surgery for third world children. This year's event drew 6,840 participants (800 more than 2010) who covered a total of 223,644 kilometres (thus €223,644 raised!): walking or running the 1.6 kilometre circuit along Monaco's Port Hercure!

No Finish Line 2011

Remembrance Sunday 2011

Remembrance Sunday Procession

More than 90 participated in this year's annual observance of Remembrance Sunday at Saint Paul's Church. The service began with the traditional procession up Avenue de Grande Bretagne to the Sir Winston Churchill Monument at the head of "Square Winston Churchill" in Monte-Carlo.

Remembrance Sunday at the Churchill Monument

A brief ceremony took place at the Churchill Monument (with the bust of Sir Winston Churchill, left, watching over the proceedings). Commander Michael Healy, Royal Navy (retired) gave a moving speech on the meaning of the day, Mrs Chrissie Courtney, President of the British Association in Monaco (BAM) placed the traditional wreath of red poppies, and Father Walter led the prayers.

Remembrance Sunday service

The Remembrance Sunday service continued in the church, during which Father Walter preached on the task of remembering (click here for the sermon). At the close of the service, following a hearty rendition of "God Save the Queen", the military standards were removed as the Choir intoned the "Nunc Dimitis", after which the congregation adjourned to the Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

The 15th Annual Monopoly Tournament

Monopoly Tournament kids' table
Young people enjoyed a lively round of Monopoly at the Kids' Table.

Dani Carew is pleased to report that the Monopoly Tournament celebrated its 15th year with a record result on Saturday 12th November 2011. As usual, funds raised at the tournament are given in response to the Bishop's Advent Appeal -- this year in support of Anglicans in Palestine-Israel. This year's tally rose €300 over last year's record to a total of €1200 collected for the 2011 Advent Appeal.

Monopoly Tournament in the heat of the action!

Three tables were organised for the tournament: two tables for the grown ups and a lively kids' table. Above: veteran champion Clive Tinker (centre) gives advice on how to avoid bankruptcy, but in the end it was Jeremy Swales who dominated the game with Liesbeth Tinker coming in second.

Here are the champions!

A final round matched the two top players from both of the adult tables. Mark Hillsdon (left) took first prize, Tim Humphreys, came in a close second, while Jeremy Swales finished fourth lamenting that his run of luck had sadly run out!

Anglican Clergy on the Riviera Meeting

Father Gabriet & Anna Maria Amat visit St Paul's

The Wednesday evening congregation welcomed Father Gabriel Amat, the Anglican Chaplain in Marseille, and his wife Anna Maria who came to Monaco to attend a lunch for Anglican clergy and spouses serving on the Riviera the following day. Fr Gabriel offered a homily at the Wednesday service. The group shared a meal of Indian food in the Chaplain's Apartment after the service.

Anglican clergy lunch on Thrusday 20 October

Clergy and spouses serving churches on the Riviera gathered for lunch at the bistro "Events My Way" in Monte-Carlo on Thursday 20 October. The group represented the Riviera chaplaincies of Marseille, Saint Raphael, Montauroux, Cannes and Monaco. This is largely a social gathering that seeks to build strong ties among the clergy serving in the region. The next lunch is in March 2012.

Senior members of the Anglican clergy on the Riviera.

Sisters Jean & Cécile CGA, from Montauroux are pictured here with Anna Maria & Father Gabriel Amat, who serve in Marseille. Sisters Jean & Cécile have decided to retire from their ministry here and return to their community, the Community of the Glorious Ascension, in Devon. Father Gabriel will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination as an Anglican priest in May 2012.

Sunday School Family Meeting

Sunday School Parents
Sarah, Katharina, Candida, Juulia, Lisa, Tim, Vanessa Ilsley, Rupert & Helen.

A cheerful group of 24 attended the Sunday School dinner meeting on Tuesday, 18 October in the Chaplain's Apartment . The group was evenly split between parents and children and represented 8 of our Sunday School families.

Sunday School mums.
Lisa, Vanessa Turco, Sarah & Candida.

The annual Nativity Play was the main topic for discussion at the meeting. Casting slated to begin immediately. The parents also expressed appreciation for the excellent Sunday School programme and the parent volunteers and Sunday School Helper Robie Angeles who together make it all happen. Other topics included fund raising for the 2 Third World children sponsored by the Sunday School, plans for Christmas Movies in English at the Sporting Cinema, the Mad Hatter Royal Legion Party (20 November), and the annual Sunday School ski trip (27-29 January.)

Movie night for Sunday School kids.

While the parents enjoyed dinner and meeting, the children watch a great film.

The Annual Blessing of the Animals

Father Walter blesses the lady bug

For the second (almost annual) Blessing of the Animals (2 October 2011), six dogs, two turtles and a variety of stuffed animals -- including the lady bug Father Walter is holding here -- were presented for the blessing. Click here or on the photo above for more photos.

Father Phil Brochard preaches at St Paul's

Father Phil and sons Jonah (left) and Ben.

Father Phil Brochard served as our guest preacher for the Blessing of the Animals, is pictured here with his sons Jonah & Ben and their new friend Sparky. The Brochard family are on sabbatical leave from Fr Phil's parish work as the Rector of All Souls' Episcopal Church in Berkeley California. Click here to listen to Father Phil's sermon.

Church Picnic 2011 in Priero Pietmonte

Picnic table al fresco

A happy group of picnickers from Saint Paul's enjoyed reasonable weather (the full range, but mostly clement) for the annual church picnic on Sunday 18 September. Our hosts Candida (pictured left) & Tim Humphreys welcomed us to their country home in Priero, Italy. The Humphreys purchased an abandoned and long neglected Pietmontese farm house & property 4 years ago which they have lovingly restored, refurbished and redesigned into the splendid country home it is today. Click here or on the photo above for more pictures and story.

Celebrity Wedding at Saint Paul's

Olympians Edwina Alexander & Jan Tops marry at St Paul's.

Their Royal Highnesses Princess Caroline and Princess Alexandra joined celebrities from the world of international show jumping for the wedding of equestrian champions Jan Tops (Olympic gold medallist) and Edwina Alexander (current leader, Global Champions Tour). The happy couple are seen here surrounded by family and friends before leaving St Paul's in a grand Excalibur.

Memorial to mark 10 years after 9/11

Memorial Service at Monaco Cathedral of 9/11 anniversary

Several hundred gathered at the Cathedral Sunday 11 September 2011 to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The service included reflections on the repercussions of 9/11 including two major wars (Afghanistan & Iraq) with nearly one million fatalities in all. A reception for the American community in Monaco followed the service at the official residence of the Ministre d'État, Monsieur Michel Roger.

Our Gift for Their Serene Highnesses

Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco

The chaplaincy community raised €10,000 for a wedding gift that was offered to the princely couple for Monaco's Collectif Humanitaire. This amount represents the amount of funding required to provide life saving heart surgery for an African child to take place at the heart clinic in Monaco.

Saint Paul's celebrates a Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding Flowers at Saint Paul's

Jane Roffe took great pains (including a very early trip to the Ventimiglia flower market on Friday morning) to provide festive flowers to celebrate the wedding of Their Serene Highnesses Price Albert II & Princess Charlene of Monaco.

One of the liturgical colours allowed for Sunday 3rd July was red (for St Thomas the Apostle) with the result that our sanctuary was in bright Monaco colours on Sunday, the day after the wedding.

Father Walter with Pastor Didier & Carole Meyer at the Wedding.

Prince Albert II -- at Archbishop Barsi's behest -- was very generous in including Father Walter and Pastor Didier & Carole Meyer on the guest list for the wondrous wedding celebration in the  Cour d'Honneur of the Palais Princier.

Wedding Gift Delivered

Prince Albert II of Monaco & Miss Charlene WittstockOn Sunday 26th June, the St Paul's chaplaincy community came very close to reaching its fund raising goal for the gift it has decided to offer H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco & Miss Charlene Wittstock on the occasion of their wedding this weekend in Monaco (1-2 July).

The chaplaincy community set the target of raising €10,000 for a wedding gift to be offered on behalf of the princely couple to Monaco's Collectif Humanitaire. This represents the amount of funding required to provide life saving heart surgery for an African child, to take place at the heart clinic in Monaco.

At its meeting on 14th June, the chaplaincy's Association Council voted to cover any shortfall so that the complete wedding gift can be provided in time for the wedding. Fund raising efforts will continue until the full amount is raised.

Baptism at St Paul's: Cousin Joyce

Fr Walter's cousin Joyce was baptised on Sunday 26th June 2011

Father Walter had the pleasure of formally welcoming his cousin Joyce Mitchell of Sacramento, California, into the Christian fold through the Sacrament of Baptism, at Saint Paul's on Sunday 26th June.  Despite the delay in her Baptism, Joyce has lead a distinctly Christian life most notably in her profession as a television news documentary producer and winner of 3 Emmy awards for the excellence of her television work focused on social and humanitarian topics.

A recent news report produced by Joyce demonstrates the quality of her television work. Click on the image below to watch a short film on "A Chance for Bliss Animal Sanctuary and Wellness Institute" in California.

Chamber Music Association Concert

Chamber Music Association Concert

A near capacity audience  was treated to a superb concert of chamber music on Wednesday evening, 15 June, at Saint Paul's Church. Pauline Litvin, member of our community -- pictured left, lead a team of musicians in the performance of two of Mozart's chamber compositions: the Quartet in C Major (KV387) and the sombre yet majestic Quintet in C Minor (KV516) composed as Mozart's father was nearing his death. Pauline's husband Kristof Kielbasiewicz, Patricia Cerrone & Bob Killian lead a group of chaplaincy workers in organising and staffing this wonderful cultural event, another in a series of outstanding chamber concerts.

Prince Albert admires Spencer's Work

Prince Albert admires Spencer Hodge's newest work.

Prince Albert, attending the opening of Monacology 2011-- an environmental education village in the Port, stopped to admire Spencer Hodge's current "work in progress". Spencer will be working on this and other paintings throughout the week as part of the Monacology event 13-17 June (10:00 to 20:00 daily).

Spencer Hodge and John McLaughlin

Spencer is seen here with jazz guitarist John McLaughlin who has commissioned the lounging leopard project.

Pentecost with and Ecumenical Friend

Archbishop Nareg blesses the children.

St Paul's welcomed a special visitor on Pentecost Sunday, 12th June 2011: Archbishop Nareg Alemezian, Ecumenical Officer for the Armenian Orthodox Church (based in Beirut). Armenia was first evangelised by the Apostle Thaddeus (also known as Saint Jude) and, as a bishop in the Armenian Orthodox Church, Archbishop Nareg stands in the "apostolic" heritage of Armenia. Archbishop Nareg presented bookmarks with prayers in English and Armenian to the Sunday School children before offering the Apostolic Blessing in Armenian for our Community here at Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo.

Pentecost with the Children

After Communion, the Sunday School children helped Father Walter extinguish the Pascal (Easter) Candle to signify that the light of Christ, the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, now burns within each one of us.

Archbishops at the Cathedral Centenary

Archbishops Barsi (Monaco) & Nareg (Armenain Orthodox)

Archbishop Nareg Alemezian. Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church (Lebanon) was pleased to attend the Centenary celebrations a Monaco's Notre-Dame Cathedral on Saturday 11 June, 100 years to the day after the consecration of the Cathedral. Archbishop Nareg is pictured here with Monseigneur Bernard Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco.

Grand Prix Vigil Football Party

Grand Prix Vigil group

Members of the  Saturday evening congregation (Grand Prix vigil service, 28 May) gathered in the Chaplain's apartment for curry dinner and to watch the Champions League football final. A friendly & cheerful atmosphere prevailed despite mixed football loyalties!  Pictured here: (front row l-r) Gemma Watts, Valerie Haxton, Judy & Robert Wyckham, (back row l-r) Sparky, Fr Walter, Marcus Watts, Tess Pugh, Hannah & the Revd Simon Butler, and Tom Wells.

Buddhist Teacher leads workshops

Father Walter and Geshe (teacher) Sonam

A small group of people interested in Tibetan Buddhism attended workshops over the weekend of 21-22 May in the Library at Saint Paul's Church. Geshe Sonam, a respected teacher (pictured here with Father Walter) from the Tibetan Buddhist monastery Narlanda, near Toulouse, gave very interesting talks on the "Four Noble Truths of Buddhism"

In his sermon that morning (22 May) Father Walter referred to our good relationship with Buddhists while exploring the meaning intended when Jesus says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6) Click here to listen to this sermon.

Archdeaconry Synod

Dani Carew & Valerie Haxton, our Synod delegated

Dani Carew & Valerie Haxton (pictured here) joined Father Walter to travel to Brittany (18-21 May) to attend the annual Archdeaconry Synod, a gathering of clergy, lay readers, and elected delegates from all of the chaplaincies in France. Click here or on the photo above for more story and photos.

Christians celebrate Common Easter

Christians celebrate common Easter

Representatives of many of the major Christians traditions in our region gathered on Easter Monday, at Monaco's Cathedral, to celebrate this year's "Common Easter". Common because this is one of those rare years when all Christians celebrate Easter on the same date. (The  older Julian calendar, considered traditional among the Eastern churches, normally sets a different date for Easter than does our own Western Gregorian calendar.) This special celebration, rich with expressions of the Easter gospel from many different languages and traditions, included representatives of the Anglican community: Dani Carew, Father Walter, and Archdeacon Kenneth Letts.

Easter Children Light & Hunt

Easter Sunday children lighting the Easter Candle.

Nearly 30 young people and children joined our Easter Sunday celebrations, seen here lighting the Easter Candle before going on to the annual Easter Egg hunt.

Easter Flowers

Easter Sunday flowers: entrance cross

The Groote family provides the Easter flowers for Saint Paul's including the glorious Easter cross, now a tradition, that graces the entrance to the church.

Easter Flowers: the sanctuary

Particularly resplendent, our the sanctuary and its joyous flowers bathed in the Easter Sunday morning sunlight.

The Annual Blessing of Holy Oils

Chrism Mass Geneva

On Tuesday in Holy Week (19 April), Mary de Vachon and Father Walter travelled to Geneva to attend the annual Blessing of Holy Oils which took place this year at Holy Trinity Churchy, Geneva. Each year during Holy Week, the ministers of the church gather with their bishops to celebrate the "Chrism Mass" during which the oils used in the sacramental ministry of the church are consecrated. In addition to blessing the oils that are used in the rites of Baptism, Confirmation, and in the Ministry to the Sick, the licensed ministers of the church (Lay Readers, Deacons, Priests and Bishops) renew their vows of commitment to their respective ministries. Bishop David Hammid, Suffragan in Europe, celebrated the Chrism Mass in Geneva while Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, presided at a Chrism Mass in Antwerp.

Palm Sunday Children

Palm Sunday children 2011

Children attending the Palm Sunday service were delighted to lead the Procession of the Palms around the church while the congregation sang an energetic rendition of "Ride on, ride on in majesty!"

Palm Sunday kids 2011

Margaret's iPad

Margaret's iPad

Not only is Margaret a new grandmother but she is now the delighted owner of a new iPad which she is holding in this picture (her dog Keyla looking on!) The children in the Sunday school raised the money needed to purchase the iPad which is much easier for Margaret to use than a standard computer. (Margaret sustained serious spinal injuries in her career as a ballerina which preventer her from sitting upright or standing for more than a few minutes at a time.)

Margaret joins the Grandmother Club

New grandmother Margaret McLaughlin

Margaret McLaughlin, leader of the prayer ministry team at Saint Paul's, was delighted to meet her newborn and first grandchild, born 15 March in Marseille. Margaret is pictured here with her son Sean Blair and the baby grandson Liam.

Annual General Meetings 2011

AGM 2011

The Chaplaincy AGM took place on Sunday 3rd April, following the Mothering Sunday service, with a strong turn out of members of the Saint Paul's Church community. Liesbeth Tinker, pictured right, was elected to the Council seat vacated by Tim Humphreys who resigned due to work demands, and she was subsequently selected to serve as Warden.

Mothering Sunday 2011

Mothering Sunday blessing of the flowers.

Children from St Paul's Sunday School lead a short ceremony to bless the long stem roses presented to the mothers in the congregation on Mothering Sunday.

Mothering Sunday flowers distribution.

Father Chad Coussmaker visits St Paul's

Father Chad Coussmaker & Clive Tinker

Father Chad Coussmaker (pictured here with Clive Tinker) and his wife Jean visited Saint Paul's on the Third Sunday in Lent, 27th March in response to an invitation to preach. Father Chad & Jean are long-time friends of our chaplaincy and have ministered here as locum (replacement clergy) on a number of occasions. The congregation enjoyed a wonderful sermon from Father Chad which featured the story of his visit to Jacob's Well in Nablus several years ago while leading a pilgrimage in the Holy Land. Click here to listen to the sermon.

Shrove Tuesday Pancakes edition 2011

Pancake Supper kitchen crew
Click here or on the photo for more images from Pancake Tuesday.

Liesbeth Tinker and her pancake crew (Laura Rugeroni & Dani Carew) took great delight -- and delighted all !! -- in serving pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 8th March. The Library was crowded with pancake aficionados, who contributed generously raising 410€ for the USPG (United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel -- the Anglican aid organisation that founded Saint Paul's Monaco).

Choir Party

Choir Lunch before Lent

The Saint Paul's Church Choir enjoyed a bring-and-share lunch in the Chaplain's Apartment on Sunday Next before Lent, 6th March 2011. Pictured here, David Waters, Ruth Knight, Derek Fletcher, Ian McNab, Patricia Cerrone, Laura Rugeroni, Pauline O'Neil and Dani Carew. Absent from the photo Gottfried and Liesel (Jürgens) Kappen who had to leave early and Sheila McNab recovering from recent illness. Many thanks to our fabulous choir for their wonderful contribution to Sunday worship at Saint Paul's.

Canadians sighted in large numbers!

Canadians at Saint Paul's

Saint Paul's was pleased to welcome a group of Canadian visitors spending the month of March in the region. Pictured here Judi Wyckham (Robert absent), Archdeacon Malcolm & Beulah Evans, Derek Osler, our own Lorrie Scott, and Heather Osler.

Welcome Father Peter

Father Peter Bustin instituted in Beaulieu-sur-mer

Father Peter Bustin was instituted as the Priest-in-charge of St Michael's Anglican Church in Beaulieu-sur-mer on Saturday, 5th March 2011. Fr Peter follows Fr Roger Greenacre who retired from the ministry in Beaulieu last summer. Picture here with Fr Peter, Isabelle Letts (wife of Archdeacon Kenneth Letts, Holy Trinity, Nice) and our own Jane Roffe.

Dani Carew launches first novel!

Dani Carew signing copies of her new book.

A large and enthusiastic crowd assembled to celebrate the launch of Dani Carew's literary career, at the restaurant Fusion in the Port of Monaco on Friday 18th February 2011. The cheerful group of friends and supporters gathered for the occasion represented the the fullness and diversity of the English speaking community in Monaco. Enthusiasts worked quickly to snap up the 120 copies of Dani's new book Redefining Amber and waited in line for the author's signature.

For information about Dani's first novel and to order a copy, click here or on the photo above.

Vows renewed

The Machados 2011

The Wednesday night congregation was delighted to witness Denise & Fabio Machado renew their wedding vows on 16 February. The family is preparing for the arrival of a new baby to be born in the USA in a few weeks' time.

Sunday School Ski Trip

Fun in the snow.

A record number (about 65) had tons of fun at this year's Sunday School Ski Trip. Many thanks to Tim & Candida Humphreys for organising this year's edition of this great annual (20+ years now) event.

More fun in the snow.

Circus Time! Prayer for Christian Unity

Circus parade for Unity

Christians from along the Riviera filled the big top of the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo on Monday 24 January for the annual Ecumenical Prayer Service at the Circus. Bishop David Hamid joined fellow bishops from Germany, France, Italy and Monaco, and pastors from throughout the region -- including Archdeacon Kenneth Letts (pictured right) from Nice -- for this very popular event on the local worship calendar. Circus acrobats, horses and clowns invigorate this annual service of scripture readings, hymn singing and prayer.

Got a hat?

Circus performer, Bello Nock -- winner of a Cloun d'or at the Festival -- asked Bishop David if he could borrow the bishop's hat (the mitre, see "A Sunday Full of Celebration" below)!

Ecumenical Lunch

Mgr Barsi, Bishop David & Father Walter

Father Walter was pleased to host a lunch gathering for local clergy on Monday 24 January as part of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Archbishop Bernard Barsi (above left) of Monaco and our own Bishop David Hamid joined a small group of clergy representing five different Christian traditions in Monaco.

Bonjour Madame Ametis

France Ametis and Bishop David

Our Sacristan Emeritus, Mme France Ametis, was delighted to greet Bishop David when he stopped to say hello on Monday 24 January. Bishop David first met France when he visited her in hospital in November 2008, and he was  quite pleased to find her in such great spirits, enjoying life in her 91st year, nearly 68 of which as an integral part of our community here at Saint Paul's.

Sandra Coleridge welcomes Bishop David

The Mother and Baby group

The Mother and Baby group welcomed a special visitor on Monday morning, 24 January when Bishop David Hamid dropped in to acknowledge the importance of this 21 year old ministry at Saint Paul's.

A Sunday full of Celebration

Bishop David with Confirmation Candidates

The Rt Revd David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in Europe, visited Monaco for the annual Patronal Festival, the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, celebrated on Sunday, 23rd January 2011. The highlight of this celebration was the Confirmation of three adults members of the Saint Paul's Chaplaincy community, pictured here with Bishop David at the end of the Confirmation Service. Click here to listen to Bishop David's sermon "God calls us by name."

A joyful moment at Saint Paul's

The choir performed splendidly under the direction of Liesel Jürgens, wife of our organist Gottfried Kappen. Liesel, a member of the Nice Opera Company, proved particularly effective when she took the soprano lead in singing Mozart's Laudate Dominum -- a recording (not great quality) is available here.

Candidates Lunch

Shortly after Bishop David's arrival in Monaco on Saturday, 22 January, the three Confirmation candidates gathered at the Chaplain's Apartment for an informal lunch. Crowns were awarded to Alain & Bishop David who each found a "feve" in their portion of the traditional Galette des Rois. Pictured here, back row Fr Walter, Frank, Alain, Fr Fernando, Mary, Abigail and her papa Matthew; front row: Nina, Bishop David & Lucie.

Chaplain's Birthday Party

A chorus of children delighted Father Walter with a very jolly rendition of Happy Birthday when he came into the Library for the Sunday reception following the Confirmation Service.

Monaco Girls returns as Guest Preacher

Revd Jasmine Chandra at Ettori-Romeo Baptism

The Revd Jasmine Shantz-Chandra (Anglican priest in Canada) returned for a short visit to Monaco where she spent the first 14 years of her life. She returned to celebrate the Baptism of the daughter of one of her former schoolmates (pictured right) during which another schoolmate (second left) took on the responsibilities of Godmother. Revd Chandra preached for us at Saint Paul's on Sunday, 9th January, and was joined in the Sanctuary by her husband the Revd Terrence Chandra. Click here to listen to her sermon.

 Congresswoman Visits Saint Paul's

Congresswoman Diane Watson at St Paul's
Congresswoman Watson (centre), with Laura & Donald Malcolm (left & right), Michael Healy, Merrily  Lustig-Tornatore, and Anne Fafoutakis.

US Congresswoman Diane Watson (Los Angeles) lead a delegation of 30 visitors who attended Sunday services at Saint Paul's on 2nd January. Congresswoman Watson's career in public service spans four decades beginning in 1975 when she became the first African-American woman to be elected to the Los Angeles Board of Education. She served as a California State Senator (1978-1998) and was elected to the US Congress in 2001 where she served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Congresswoman Watson retired from Congress on Monday, 3rd January 2011.