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Lady Florence Packer passed away at her home in Monte-Carlo on Saturday 22nd December 2012. The funeral takes place on Friday 4th January 2013 at 11 a.m. here at Saint Paul's Church. Click here to see notices about Lady Packer including her obituary published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 29 December.
Many hands made light work on Christmas Eve in the morning as 60 Christingle oranges were prepared and decorated (with candy!) for the annual Christmas Eve Children's Christingle service. According to tradition, one little boy in Bethlehem wanted to bring a gift to the baby Jesus but he was so poor all he could do was bring an orange from his father's garden. The oranges are surrounded by a red ribbon: ring of unending love, and toothpicks pointing in the four cardinal directions are crammed with candy.
Cover Story again !
For the second year in a row, the children of Saint Paul's are featured in the cover photo of the European Anglican, our diocesan news magazine. The photo is from the 2010 production of the annual Nativity Play. Click here or on the photo above for the online edition of the European Anglican Winter 2012.
Crypt Choir of King's School Canterbury
The Crypt Choir of King's School Canterbury (the oldest operating school in Britain) gave a wonderful performance for the audience of about 90 attending the choir's only recital in Monaco on Sunday 9 December 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Evening. The concert was free but the audience responded enthusiastically to the invitation to give donations for children's charities, with 900€ the result of this collection.
Copies of the choir's newest CD can be ordered online. Click on the photo for more information.
Nativity Play 2012
The children from the Saint Paul's Sunday Club presented an entirely new Nativity Play on Sunday 9th December as part of the 10:30 Family Communion service. Click here or on the photo above for more photos and a video clip from this wonderful production. Many thanks to Alastair & Sarah Walton, directors, Nikki Johnson, stage manager, and a fabulous team of parent volunteers.
Saint Paul's has been given the use of a beautiful Provencal styled nativity scene or "crêche" featuring colourful "santons" figurines representing villagers, tradesmen and craftsmen of old Provence. This magnificant "crêche provencale" was formerly displayed at the Princess Grace Dance Academy in Monaco. Madame Anne Marie Bolla, a regular member of the Monday afternoon quilting group, worked with Liesbeth Tinker to set up the crêche in its new home, the Lady Chapel of Saint Paul's Church.
Celebrating Confirmation at Saint Paul's
180 adults and children attended the Confirmation service at Saint Paul's on Sunday 2nd December 2012. Click here or on the photo above for more pictures from the Confirmation service and click here to listen to Bishop David's sermon
Kermesse 2012 raises €66,000 for charity
Click here or on the photo for more pictures from Kermesse 2012.
Bishop David was moved to see so many members of our chaplaincy community hard at work, as always, in support of the Ecumenical Kermesse. Here we see some of the volunteers from Saint Paul's who cleared tables and washed dishes.
Bishop David gives paper on Vatican II
Bishop David Hamid's diary for his time in Monaco was full to say the least. He is pictured here with Monsignor René Giuliano and Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco after presenting a paper on the impact of the Second Vatican Council on relations between the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church. The paper was given as part of a Colloquium organised by the Archdiocese of Monaco to mark the 50th anniversary of the convening of the Vatican II.
Celebrating the life of France Ametis
On Sunday, 25th November the chaplaincy community at Saint Paul's, Monte-Carlo, gathered to pay tribute to Madame France Amétis who died peacefully on 28th October in her 93rd year.
In his opening remarks, Clive Tinker (pictured above) explained the presence of memorial flowers on the chair where France Amétis used to sit -- when a member of the community died, France had the custom of placing flowers at their usual place in the congregation. Clive's image is reflected in the newly refurbished and updated Amétis Family Memorial plaque which bears the text:
Following Clive Tinker's opening remarks, Megginson shared a reflection by Mary de Vachon about France, Frank Megginson read a testimonial from former chaplain Father Barry Thomas -- click here to read the testimonial -- and Father Chad Coussmaker concluded the tributes with a reflection of his sacramental relationship with France Amétis.
France lived in the Verger's Apartment, below the Library, for 68 years and was the last member of the Amétis family to serve as Verger or Sacristan at Saint Paul's Church. France's father-in-law Marius Amétis was the first Verger in the family and took up his duties in 1898 before the construction of St Paul's Church, when the Anglican community was still based in the former St Cyprian's Anglican Church (on the site of the current "Salle des Fêtes" in Beausoleil.)
France is particularly remembered for the warmth and enthusiasm she shared with generations of children who have attend Saint Paul's over the years. When her husband Maurice Amétis died in 1993, France took up the duties of Verger with great determination and generosity. This Sunday the chaplaincy community will honour the memory of France Amétis and give thanks for her many years of service, and that of the Amétis family, to our church in Monaco.
Another Amazing Chamber Concert
The first Chamber Music Association concert of the 2012-2013 season received a warm and enthusiastic reception from an audience of about 70 on Friday 23 November. In this photo, Professor Frédéric Audibert (Monaco's Académie de Musique) introduces Borodin's romantic String Quartet No. 2 in D-minor, while the association's music director Pauline Litvin (left), and fellow musicians Lois Ott and Sofia Sperry look on.
Rabbi Daniel Torgmant
On Tuesday 13th November, Nahum and Sheila Gelber hosted the first meeting of Rabbi Daniel Torgmant and Father Walter with coffee, pastries and delicious homemade carrot cake. The meeting took place early on the day Rabbi Daniel was leaving for Jerusalem to receive his final accreditation as a Rabbi from the Chief Rabbi there. It was a very friendly and informative meeting and the two religious leaders look forward to future exchanges and inter-faith collaboration.
Remembrance Sunday at St Paul's
On Remembrance Sunday 2012 -- which coincided with Remembrance Day (11 November) this year -- the service began with a parade to the Churchill Monument in Winston Churchill Square, just up the street from Saint Paul's Church. At the short ceremony there, Commander Michael Healy (retired) gave a brief talk focusing on the great statesman himself, Sir Winston Church. More than a 100 adult and children gathered for this year's Remembrance service.
Monopoly Tournament 2012
The competition at this year's Monopoly Tournament was good humoured as always, with nearly €1,000 raised for Bishop Geoffrey's Advent Appeal -- the final figure will be announced on Sunday 2nd December (it's not to late to make a contribution!) Click here for more information about the Bishop's Advent Appeal (to help Syrian refugees in Turkey and to support the Sudanese White Nile congregation in Finland.) This year's Monopoly Champion was Stuart Flint-Johnson (pictured left) with Clive Tinker (right) coming in second.
Handel's Messiah at Saint Paul's
On Saturday 10 November, an audience of 180 were treated to a majestic performance of Handel's Messiah involving 90 musicians, choristers and soloists. It was remarkable concert, a first in the history of Saint Paul's Church. Click on the image above for more photos, story and a video of "Hallelujah".
France Ametis 1920-2012
France Ametis -- Sacristan Emeritus at Saint Paul's Church -- slipped peacefully from this world shortly after midnight, early Monday morning 29th October. France took up residence in the Sacristan's apartment in the church building on "D Day" (6 June 1944) and continued to live there through the years until she was taken to hospital on 13 October 2012 suffering from cancer that had spread to her brain, for the most part unconscious for the last few weeks of her life.
Church Raffle and Community Luncheon
On Sunday 21st October, lunch was served and prizes drawn for our church raffle to raise funds for the chaplaincy's "local beneficiaries" -- providing support to people in our local community in times of difficulty and need.
Liesbeth Tinker (pictured right) organised a delicious luncheon menu with the help of her wonderful volunteers Diana Tedeschi, Helen Tugman & Dani Carew.
Liesbeth Tinker, Lucy Abbott, Patricia Cerrone, Clive Tinker and Betty Calder admire the prizes. Gina Waters won Patricia's painting, Clive Tinker was delighted to win the quilt, Mike McKee & Mike Ferrier won prizes as well.
Ayoe celebrates another Birthday
Ayoe (pronounced EYE-oh) Karonias celebrated yet another wonderful birthday, at the home of her great friend Jane Roffe on Sunday 14 October. A small group of her friends, including family from Denmark, toasted her good health.
The Blessing of the Animals 2012
Click here for Father Walter's sermon on Blessing of the Animals Sunday.
Father Walter introduces the Blessing of the Animals and the children stand ready to help as the procession makes its way through the church to visit and bless all of the animals present. Click here or on the photo (above) for more ...
Quilting group provides Quilt for Raffle
A group of volunteers meet each Monday afternoon to create beautiful quilt blankets for charity. The group is completing work on a quilt that will be given to Saint Paul's as one of the main prizes in a church raffle to take place 21st October during a festive lunch.Tickets for the Raffle cost €4 each or 3 tickets for €10. Contact Liesbeth Tinker for more information or for raffle and/or luncheon tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org or 93 30 12 48
Harvest Sunday 2012
The chaplaincy community celebrated Harvest Sunday on 30th September 2012 with the collection of food items and cash donations of more than €1,000 for the "Fourneau Economique" a hot lunch ministry for the needy in Nice. Funds were also raised for the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund and "Local Beneficiaries" -- people from our local community in difficulty.
The Annual Church Picnic 2012
The annual picnic began with the celebration of Holy Communion under the grape vines of the ancient cloister of the former priory that is now the Easun family's country home. As usual four legged friends joined the congregation!
A group of about 35 adults and 12 children travelled up behind La Turbie to attend this year's church picnic. Click here for more photos and story.
Emmy Award Winner to attend Picnic
The Emmy Award winning documentary producer Joyce Mitchell will attend the annual Church Picnic this Sunday. Joyce is Father Walter's cousin and is visiting Monaco with her husband Dr. Eric Reininga. Joyce was baptised at Saint Paul's in June 2011 and won her most recent Emmy Award last May for her news documentary "Collision Course: Teen Addiction Epidemic" -- click here to watch a trailer for this award winning documentary.
Susan and Carlo Rossi's grandson Ryan smiles as his parents Tanya & Vincent Di Giacomo (centre) present him to Father Walter to be Baptised on Sunday 9 September with friends and family joining in the joyous celebration.
Following the Baptism at Saint Paul's, baby Ryan's family and friends attended a special reception at the Café de Paris that featured a giant Baptism cake. Carlo & Susan Rossi are pictured here with their children Tanya & Dino.
Baby Ryan is pictured here in his Nonno Carlo Rossi's arms on the day of his birth in March of this year. Proud Nonna Susan looks on.
2012 Confirmation Classes underway
12 young people from the chaplaincy community have begun work preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation when Bishop David Hamid visits Saint Paul's in early December this year. Most of the young people, including the 9 pictured here, took part in a four day intensive preparation program at the end of August. Father Walter offered the series of classes in the Chaplain's Apartment with the help of parent volunteers. Short clips from popular movies helped stimulate discussion. The young participants were very positive and helpful; and thanks to Samantha Stirling, Hope Swales, Tim Hutchinson and Sara Colonghi they enjoyed delicious lunches at the end of each daily session!
Canadian Organist enchants St Paul's
Canadian organist and composer Andrew Ager provided the musical accompaniment for Sunday worship at St Paul's on 19 August. Andrew will make his performance debut in the Principality with a free organ recital at Église St-Charles on Sunday evening, 26 August at 5 p.m. Click here or on the photo above to see a YouTube video of Andrew playing the organ at St Paul's. Click here to listen to the sermon Father Walter and Andrew Ager offered together: Orpheus vs Sirens.
Mr & Mrs Christopher & Samantha StirlingClick here or on the photo above for more photos and recordings of the choral singing.
Sam & Chris are getting married
Samantha Lewis will marry Christopher Stirling in Monaco with the Blessing of their civil marriage to take place at St Paul's on Saturday 14th July at 4:30 o'clock. Friends of Sam & Chris in the St Paul's chaplaincy community are welcome to attend the church service and the couple will offer a champagne reception for the chaplaincy community following the 10:30 service on Sunday 8th July. Every blessing to Samantha & Christopher and their children as they found, in God's good grace, a new family together.
A great friendship has formed between Ruth, Mary & Ayoe, residents of the new home for seniors in Monaco: A Qietudine near the Condamine Market. Recently , Father Walter enjoyed visiting with the three over lunch at the residence. The food and service were excellent and the company superb!
Pam Hanson has worked with the children at St Paul's through much of the past year teaching them new songs and forming a fledgling "children's choir". On Sunday 20th May (see below), the children under Pam's direction performed to pieces one of which is an entirely new composition from Pam herself. The response to this new piece, entitled "Use your voice" was so positive that Pam decided to have the children produce a recording of the tune.
On Saturday, 23rd June, Pam took a group of a dozen children, with some parents along to help with the supervision, to a recording studio set up in a private home. Pam reports that it took 2 1/2 hours to complete the recording and that the children, despite sweltering heat, performed very well.
The CD, featuring St Paul's Children's Choir will be released in July with copies available for purchase by any and all interested in supporting (and enjoying!) our St Paul's Children's Choir.
(From Bishop David's blog Eurobishop) 50 Readers and readers in training, from Trondheim to Athens, descended on Kardinal Schulte Haus in Cologne on from 15 to 18 June for a three day conference. The theme of the event, the first ever diocesan-wide conference for lay ministers, was "Bearing the Word".
Although we have had two diocesan clergy conferences since 2005, there has never been a similar event for our lay ministers. However, it simply would not be possible to continue to provide worship in the over 300 congregations of the Diocese in Europe, and to continue to provide quality pastoral engagement without the ministry of our Readers. There are now over 110 who exercise this ministry seek by week and close to 20 others in stages of training. Clearly the time was right to give the Readers an opportunity to meet each other and to engage in some time of learning together. Whereas the clergy conferences have been fully funded, enabling virtually all clergy to attend, the Readers' Conference had to be self-financed, and attendees paid their own cost, although, Continuing Ministerial Education funds from Archdeaconries were available to some, as well as direct support from their parishes to attend.
The Conference was designed to enable the Readers to explore some of the most important aspects of their ministry: biblical study, liturgics, spirituality, communicating the Gospel and working as bridge builders and reconcilers.
The Diamond Jubilee in Monaco
The English speaking community organised several quality events in Monaco to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The British Association hosted an Jubilee Tea; the Royal Legion, a Garden Party Cocktail; the "Friends of St Paul", a Gourmet Beach Party; and Saint Paul's Church pulled it all together with a glorious service of Thanksgiving in honour Her Majesty's 60 year reign followed by a plentiful Big Jubilee lunch. Many thanks to all who gave so generously of their time and resources to make the Jubilee celebrations in Monaco unforgetable! Long live Queen Elizabeth!
Ascension Sunday Children's Choir
Pamela Hanson (photo, lower right) helped our Sunday School children practice and perform 2 songs for our Ascension Sunday service, 20 May at 10:30 a.m.
Prince & Princess express appreciation
A formal response from the Prince & Princess of Monaco arrived in mid-May acknowledging the kindness of St Paul's wedding gift: €10,000 to complete the financing for an African child to visit Monaco for open heart surgery.
Archdeaconry Synod 2012
The annual meeting of the Archdeaconry of France (Church of England, Diocese in Europe) took place from 9 to 12 May in St-Jacut de la mer (near Dinard) in Brittany. More than 100 delegates and guests attended Synod representing all of the chaplaincy communities in France. Synod honoured Archdeacon Kenneth Letts (foreground) who will soon retire and return to Australia. Synod offered him the gift of a beautiful Russian Orthodox icon and Bishop David Hamid was among many to extol Father Ken's devotion to duty and the depth of Spirit he has brought to his ministry as our Archdeacon's over the past several years. Click here for more photos from Synod and here for our report to Synod.
Valerie Haxton, Dani Carew and Father Walter Raymond represented St Paul's as our members of the Archdeaconry Synod. It was particularly wonderful that Valerie was well enough to travel to Brittany to participate at Synod this year after several months of chemotherapy and fragile health.
France Ametis celebrates 92 years
France Ametis celebrates her 92nd birthday on Friday 11 May and takes delight in her newly refurbished Verger's Apartment on the lower floor of the St Paul's building. France is the Verger Emeritus and is the last of the Ametis family that has served St Paul's ever so faithfully as Vergers for more than a century.
The Annual General Meetings 2012
On Sunday 15 April, pproximately 40 members of the Chaplaincy community gathered for the annual general meetings (the Chaplaincy & its civil "association"). Members were pleased to receive the various reports presented in the print document provided for the AGM (click here for a copy of the reports), and most were pleased to note that the Chaplaincy now has more money in the bank and that once again in 2011 givings and donations rose well above the budget projections for the year.
Easter Sunday Glorious & Eggs too!
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The children of the chaplaincy brought Easter greetings to the Easter congregation before going on to enjoy the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
The Annual Chrism Mass
As is customary each year, clergy and lay readers from around the Church of England's Diocese in Europe gathered for one of two celebrations of the "Chrism Mass" celebrated in Zurich (with Bishop Geoffrey) and in Brussels (with Bishop David) this year. Father Walter flew to Brussels to attend the service there during which the "chrism" or holy oil used in Confirmation was consecrated along with oils for Baptism and for the Healing Ministry. During the service it is also the tradition for the various estates of the Church of Christ to rededicate themselves to their respective ministries in the Church: bishop, priests, deacons, lay readers and the laity.
Palm Sunday 2012
More than 20 children joined the celebration of Palm Sunday at Saint Paul's Church this year. They were happy to help with the blessing of the Palms, singing "Hosanna to the King", and walking in procession carrying olive branches around the church before going off to attend Sunday School.
One of the most powerful segments in the Palm Sunday service is the reading of the Passion Gospel, this year from St Mark, telling the story of the last hours of Jesus' life from his Last Supper to his death on Calgary's Cross. Many of the volunteers who regularly take turns with the readings at St Paul's joined forces, taking the various spoken parts, in a group reading of the Gospel narrative. Click here to listen to Fr Walter's Palm Sunday sermon.
Gerry Williams (pictured left) celebrated his his 90th birthday (2nd April) with his daughter Naomi offering a Champaign reception following the Palm Sunday Service. Joining him with birthdays on or near Palm Sunday this year were Wilfred Groote, 88 on Friday 30 March, and one of the Sunday School children, 10 years old on Palm Sunday! (Please note: It is our policy not to post the names of children on the web.)
Maundy Thursday Recital: Monaco-Matin
Another Scott Family Baptism at St Paul's
The extended Scott family and friends joined our Sunday congregation on the Feast of the Annunciation (Sunday 25 March) for the celebration of the Baptism of Lucie & Matthew's new daughter, 10 months, with her big sister looking on.
AGM Reports for 2012 available Sunday
Click here or on the image (above) for the report on church activities in 2011.
Sunday School volunteer Juulia Siikala and her daughters preparing the flowers.
The mothers in our Chaplaincy community (and those with mothering instincts) were celebrated on Mothering Sunday (18 March 2012). Operatic tenor William Joyner (who joined our congregation while in Monaco rehearsing and performing in the opera "Francesca da Rimini") sang an aria from Mendelssohn's "Elijah" after the wonderful sermon offered by lay reader Mary de Vachon (recording available here). At the end of the service, the children from the Sunday school, under the leadership of Pam Hanson, sang a couple of lovely tunes for their mothers and then distributed the Mothers' Day flowers.
Some of our mothers and their families were colourful participants in the Pink Ribbon Walk to raise funds for breast cancer research, also on Mothers' Day.
Work began a few weeks ago to completely retro-fit the Sexton's Apartment where our Sexton Emeritus, Madame France Ametis has resided for nearly 70 years (she moved in on her wedding day which happened to be D-Day as well!) The electrical wiring and plumbing in the apartment were dangerously inadequate and the improvements, which include redecoration, long overdue! The Association Council estimate costs for this work will reach €60,000 and while funds are available for this in a special reserve (the Fabric Fund) donations are welcome to help cover this very necessary expense.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2012
The annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper provided a great opportunity for young and old to enjoy each other's company and a delicious meal. Liesbeth & Clive Tinker and Dani Carew staffed the event with a variety of toppings (savoury and sweet) available for Liesbeth's homemade crêpes. A freewill offering was taken in support of the Bishop's annual Lenten Appeal with €420 collected (compared to €410 last year). The 2012 Lenten Appeal goes to support a Somali refugee congregation in Finland & for relief work in Lima, Peru.
The Sunday School children closed our service on Sunday 19 February with a rousing chorus of praise, "Sing hosanna, sing hosanna to the King of kings!" Many thanks to Pam Hanson, children's choir leader, and to our Sunday School Helper, Robie Angeles who accompanied the children on the piano.
Michael McKee receives artful thanks
Spencer Hodge (photo right) honoured his recently retired patron Michael McKee, a faithful member of our 8 a.m. Sunday congregation, presenting him with a drawing of a tiger mother with her cubs. Michael recently closed his art gallery "Monaco Fine Arts" after 35 years as a major dealer of art in the Principality representing important artists including our own Spencer Hodge.
Annual Ecumenical Clergy Lunch 2012
On Monday 6th February, clergy and pastors representing most of the Christian communities in Monaco enjoyed a 2nd annual Ecumenical Lunch hosted by St Paul's Church at the restaurant "Events My Way" (avenue du Berceau). Attending the lunch ( clockwise from front left), Monsignor René Giuliano, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Monaco; Father Michel Philippenko, Archpriest of the Russian Orthodox Church in Nice; Father Carlo Adams, Pastor of St. Charles Church, Monte-Carlo; Father Michel Seiniotakis, Archpriest of the Greek Orthodox Church, Monaco & Nice; Father Patrick Keppel, Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Monaco; Pastor Didier Meyer, Église Réformée de Monaco; His Excellency Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco; and Father Walter. The lunch began with champagne to celebrate the birth, early the same morning, of a new baby son for Father Michel Philippenko. The lunch was made possible thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor who is a member of the chaplaincy community at St Paul's Church.
Sunday School Ski Trip 2012
A record number of Sunday School families and friends enjoyed this year's Ski Trip to Valdeblore in the French Alps, about an hour north of Nice. The season's first major snow fall was the main event in this week's trip: and lots of fun too!
Click here or on the photo for more pictures from the Ski Trip.
Week of Prayer for Unity joins the Circus
The annual Ecumenical Service under the Big Top in Monaco must rank among the most spectacular celebrations that take during the international Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January). The service on 23 January this year, featured performances from the Monte-Carlo Circus Festival and attracted record numbers of clergy and laity from all along the French & Italian Rivieras.
Feast of Saint Paul: Community Luncheon
A festive community luncheon was easily the highlight of this year's celebration of our "patronal feast", the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul (transferred to Sunday 22 January) Approximately 50 members of the community attended the luncheon and contributed €1156 for the hot meal programme for the homeless in Nice, le Fourneau Economique, in thanksgiving for the meal.