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Christmas Eve preparations began with the annual work party to decorate the oranges that are given to the children at the Children's Christingle service at 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
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"The Little Donkey" is the title of Sarah & Alastair Walton's original script written for the annual children's Nativity Play that priemiered on Sunday 15 December at Saint Paul's. The performance was splendidly done much to the delight of the more than 100 attending the morning Nativity Play service.
Nikki Johnson and the other parent volunteers, who made the performance possible, were particularly thankful for the help of our artist-in-residence, Spencer Hodge. Spencer worked with the children to produce spelendid masks to complete the costumes of the Little Donkey and the sheep in the play.
Click here or on the photo above to visit the archive of photos taken during this year's Nativity Play at Saint Paul's.
A congregation of nearly 200 enjoyed a splendid celebration of Christmas Lessons & Carols on Sunday 15 December. Archbishop Bernard Barsi was in attendance -- offering the Apostolic Blessing (a bishop's blessing) to close the service -- as was Pastor Didier Meyer of the Église Réformée. The choir sang a full programme of beautiful music for the service: click here for a video of the choir singing Mozart's "Laudate Dominum".
Click here or on the photo above for the archive of photos taken at this year's Carol Service.
Ecumenical Patriarch in Monaco
In between the Nativity Play and the Carol Service on Sunday 15 December, Father Walter was honoured to attend a colloquium on "Politics & Religion" at the World Policy Conference, meeting in Monaco. The keynote speaker for the colloquium was the "green Patriarch" His Holiness Bartholomew I, the Ecumenical Patriarch (Constantinople) leader of the Eastern Orthodox chruches.
Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem - Monaco
Friday & Saturday, 13 & 14 December, Saint Paul's welcomed the officers, knights and associates of the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem (OSLJ) for services in the church. On Saturday morning, 14 December, the Grand Priory of OSLJ in Monaco was formally inaugurated during an ecumenical service. St Paul's lay reader Frank Megginson (above, second right) was elevated in rank in the Order, and Father Walter was installed as a Chaplain of the Order. Also pictured here, Grand Master Emeritus of the Order: HRH Prince Charles-Philippe d'Orléans, Duc d'Anjou (centre), and the first Grand Prior of the Order in Monaco: Commander Jean-Pierre Campana (3rd left). The others pictured here are members and associates of the OSLJ Grand Priory of Monaco.
Christmas Crèche & Decorations
Madame Anne-Marie Bolla has been working very hard over the past couple of weeks preparing this year's display of Christmas "sentons" in a beautiful Christmas crèche, set up in the Lady Chapel of Saint Paul's Church. Anne-Marie's mother began the collection many years ago and this is the second year that Anne-Marie has very generously shared the collection with us at Saint Paul's.
A team of volunteers were caught up in the Spirit of Christmas on Monday evening, 9th December, when they attended to the annual decoration of Saint Paul's Church for the festival of Christmas. Many thanks to Humprhreys, Swales, Brodie, Brady, Robertson, and Rolfe families for their help in getting our church ready for the great feast of Christmas!
A Warm Welcome to Lemuel Visitors
We celebrated a special "Mission Sunday" at Saint Paul's, Monte-Carlo, on 8th December welcoming visitors from Lemuel Ministries in Haiti. Samuel Schaefer (pictured, above) gave a short report on progress in building the new roof for the Lemuel Ministries school in Haiti. This new roof was entirely funded thanks to money raised at Saint Paul's last winter and spring.
Petion Dumel (above) gave moving testimony to the power of God working through the "investment cycle" where human lives are transformed thanks to the generosity of Christian mission. Petion, the Founding Director of the new Lemuel School on the Plateau of Haiti, was himself the beneficiary of Christian generoisty extended when he was a small boy to his own family. This generosity made it possible for his own family to break the cycle of poverty, and the "investment cycle" has now come fully around as Petion and his brother work to change the lives of another generation of impoverished children.
Father Walter (left) and St Paul's council member John Watton (right) were pleased to welcome Christian, Petion and Samuel representing Lemuel Ministries in Haiti.
Click on the image (above) to watch the YouTube video of the Lemuel Ministries' Mission Sunday presentation at Saint Paul's (14 mins).
Click here or on the photo (above) to read the Lemuel Ministries blog with photos from the school and updates on the building project.
"Pastorate" ... A new study group launched at Saint Paul's
A new study, discussion and prayer group was launched in early November at Saint Paul's. Members of the group gather around 6:30 p.m., order pizza dinner, and then proceed to study scripture, discuss issues of our Christian faith, and engage in prayer focused on issues and people on the hearts and minds of the participants.
The next session of the Pastorate takes place on Tuesday 10th December and newcomers are very welcome to join the group. If you'd like to join the group or have any questions, contact Father Walter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 06 43 91 69 58
The Monaco String Quartet featuring violinist Zhang Zhang, cellist Thierry Amadi, and other members of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic presented a benefit concert on Monday 2nd December.
A small but very fortunate audience was treated to a marvelous recital of chamber music featuring the Tchaikovsky First String Quartet (Opus 11) with its legendary "Andante Cantabile" said to have brought tears to the eyes of Leo Tolstoy when he attend the Quartet's premier in 1871.
The appreciation of the audience was confirmed with the collection of 1,200€ at the end of the concert, on behalf of the Saint Paul's Church Charity Fund's Philippine Typhoon Relief campaign.
Laughter and good cheer filled the Saint Paul's Library on Monday 2nd December during the annual Mother & Baby Group's Christmas Party.
Mother & Baby Group coordinator, Amanda Messant, was pleased to welcome the group's founder, Sandra Coleridge who joined the festivities on Monday -- no doubt taking great pride in the ongoing popularity of the Mother & Baby Group, now in its 25th year.
The group hosts a drop-in programme for mothers (and fathers) with very small children on Mondays & Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 11:45.
Surprise, fascination (and a few tears) greeted the arrival of the party's famous visitor ... Father Father Christmas!
Advent got off to a luminous start with the lighting of the first Advent Candle at the beginning of the Advent Sunday service. Father Walter introduced this fresh start to the Christian year with a sermon focused on St Matthew's Gospel (from which most of our Gospel readings will come over the next 52 weeks) and with a message focused on Jesus' warning to get ready for the Day of the Lord.
Enthusiasm abounded when the children returned from the Advent Sunday Club where they had rehearsed their parts in the upcoming Nativity Play (15 December at 10:30 a.m.) and explored the meaning of the different Advent Candles.
Smiles abounded Saturday at the annual gigantic Ecumenical Kermesse. Ruth Knight, seen here with Lucy Abbot & Tim Humphreys in the background, worked all day long on the Saint Paul's Wash-Up Brigade!
Candida Humphreys, pictured here with her daughter Marina, was delighted to report that her fabulous team of volunteers served up so much coffee, tea (at 1€ a cup) and baked goods (new this year) that they managed to break a new cash record for the stand (1,270€ in total) which is 360€ more than the year before! Well done team!
Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco joined Pasteur Didier Meyer (Église Réformée de Monaco) and other colleagues for the annual Clergy Lunch, a MUCH appreciated part of the Ecumenical Kermesse!
Philippines Typhoon Reconstruction: 100 roofs
The Saint Paul's Association President, Mrs Liesbeth Tinker has announced that the association's "Charity Fund" is raising money in response to the devastating typhoon that wrecked havoc in the Western Philippines. The Saint Paul's Charity Fund will send money directly to the Philippines, with the help of Father Fernando Malari, to purchase sheet metal to replace damaged or destroyed roofs in the area hardest hit by the typhoon in early November.
It is estimated that 60€ will provide enough sheet metal to replace the roofing on a damaged house, and our goal is to find the funding to replace or repair 100 roofs.
Please give and give generously to this worthy project. Make your cheque payable to Saint Paul's Church and mark "Philippines Typhoon Relief" on the cheque.
Holy Lands & Jordan in October 2014
Father Walter invites everyone interested in making a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands and Jordan next October 17-30, 2014, to let him know. Click here or on the image above for a proposed itinerary for the tour. The cost of the pilgrimage (land only, air fare extra) will be approximately 2,000€ for shared twin first class accomodation (an additional 785€ for single occupancy).
Emily finishes First at No Finish Line
Emily Rolfe complete 100 kilometres during the week long No Finish Line charity event in the Port of Monaco. This put her in first place among the 140 in her age group and gave a great boost to the efforts of her team "Pussy Footing Around" which finished 11th overall. All-in-all the event raised more than 300,000€ for the charitable association Children & Future -- which, among other things, brings chidren to Monaco for major medical procedures such as open heart surgery and club foot correction and reconstruction.
Candida celebrates a half century
Tuesday 19th November was not only Monaco's National Day (La Fête du Prince) but also Candida Stille-Humprheys' birthday. In additon to a big birthday party on the weekend, a dozen friends and members of Candida's family celebrated Candida with a lunch hour curry feast on Tuesday, to mark her 50th birthday!
Many of the families in our Sunday Club (Sunday school) enjoyed a simple lunch (pizza, salads and puds) after the Sunday service on 17th November in Father Walter's apartment. The children were excited following the first "read through" of the new Christmas Nativity Play that will be presented on Sunday 15th December at 10:30 a.m.
While the Sunday Club children enjoyed a movie, the parents met together to make plans for the Nativity Play and to discuss projects for the Sunday Club in the new year. SarahWalton (above, second left) has accepted a leadership role in the organisation of the new "Sunday Club" and the joy of the children attending is the real measure of the club's success.
Monaco Christian Fellowship (MCF) was delighted to welcome its new spiritual leader, Pastor Dave Akerman (above, left) at a powerful celebration of Communion, Word and Spirit at their Sunday evening service on 17 November, in the Temple Réformée on avd. Louis-Notari. Joining MCF for the celebration, former MCF Pastor Jim Beerly (now serving in Canada) offered an important sermon on surrendering our own ambitions and agenda to the Lord, saying that something new was happening in Monaco with Pastor Dave's arrival. MCF is an international community of Evangelical Christians worshiping in English and ministering in the Principality of Monaco for more than 25 years.
More than 200 tickets were sold for 2 wonderful concerts that were presented at Saint Paul's during the week of 10th November. On Tuesday 12th November, Pauline Litvin (above, left) lead a quartet made up of principals (lead orchestra musicians) in a magnificent recital celebrating the string quartet as a musical idiom, with music composed for string quartet by Mozart, Beethoven and Bronner.
On Saturday 16th November, Maestro Errol Girdlestone (below, right) directed his new musical formation "Ensemble Vocal et Instrumental Ristretto" in an all Bach evening of remarkable music including a cantata (BMV64), a concerto (BWV1060), and a truly joyous motet (BWV225) based on Pss 149 & 150, and all composed by J.S. Bach.
Frank Megginson & Jean Pierre Campana introduced the evening, on behalf of the charity (Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem, Monaco to build a medical dispensary in Madagascar). Given the very impressive turnout, they simply expressed thanks for the generous support of those attending the evening performance. More than 6,000€ were raised for charity at this concert.
We will remember them 2013
More than 100 members of the chaplaincy community were on hand for the observance of Remembrance Sunday at Saint Paul's Church. The Remembrance service began with the traditional walk up the street for prayers and a wreath laying at the Churchill Monument. The congregation returned to the church for the 2 minutes of silence at 11 a.m. and a very moving sermon delivered by Lay Reader Frank Megginson.
Several members of the English community attended the Remembrance Day ceremony at Monaco's Cemetery on Monday 11th November at 11 a.m. Leaders from the Prince's government assisted Archbishop Bernard Barsi in offering prayers of remembrance for the victims of war.
A small but cheerful group of competetors clashed on Saturday afternoon 9th November, at this year's annual Monopoly Tournament for the Bishop's Advent Appeal. Click here for more information about this year's Advent Appeal.
The contestants played in two groups, youth and adult, with nearly everyone walking away a winner, thanks to the several great prizes Dani Carew managed to find for the tournament.
Father Walter was pleased to finally win a Monopoly Tournament, Clive Tinker came in second.
Church Luncheon yields 1,150€ for Charity
More than 50 members of the Chaplaincy Community and friends squeezed into the Church Library for a festive luncheon on Sunday 20th October, organised by Association President Liesbeth Tinker and her team. Champagne and hors d'oeuvres were provided by Sigrid Sola & Pete Bott who formally betrothed at the main Sunday morning service.
Liesbeth Tinker looks on as luncheon helpers Victoria, Bianca & Alyssa test the delicious fudge dessert at the luncheon: a question of quality control "bien sur!" The girls also did a fabulous job passing around the "charity cooking pot" collecting donations for two charities: the Fourneau Economique (a hot lunch ministry in Nice) and Father Walter's discretionary fund (to help people known to him or who contact him, in times of need.) €1,150 were raised in donations for the luncheon.
Click here or on the photos for more photos from Sunday's luncheon.
Congratulations Sigrid & Pete
Sigrid Sola & Pete Bott, sometime members of the Saint Paul's Chaplaincy community, were formally betrothed during the 10:30 Family Communion service on Sunday 20th October. Sigrid and Pete are a lovely couple and they look very much forward to their wedding day.
Young Adults take on Mount Chauve
The Saint Paul's Young Adults Group joined Father Walter for a hike around Mount Chauve (from Aspremont) on Saturday 19th Ocotber. The group's next hike is on Saturday 9th November, let Father Walter know email@example.com if you'd like to join the group (all hikers welcome!!) (Click here or on the photo, above, for more pictures from the hike.)
Happy Birthday Mrs Ayoe Karonias
Ayoe Karonias celebrated her 93rd birthday on Monday 14 October with a festive lunch at the Address Restaurant in the Condamine, and only a few steps from her residence the A Qietudine. Joining Ayoe for this festive lunch were (photo, left to right) Father Walter, Christina Oakley and Ayoe's long time friend Jane Roffe.
Betrothal: Sigrid & Peter
During the main Sunday service (10:30 a.m.) on 20th October, Sigrid and Pete (Harold) Bott will make a commitment to marry each other, this engagment or betrothal will be blessed during the service and later celebrated at the Church Luncheon in the Library.
Message from the Fourneau Economique Nice
Pictured: Young Volunteers at the Fourneau Economique, Nice
Carol Michelot reports on the delivery of the Harvest
food collection to the Fourneau Économique (a hot lunch programme for
the needy in Nice): "Just a note to let you know that
the food arrived safely and without any problem at the Fourneau
And from Jean-Pierre Jullien, tresurer of the Fourneau: "Une
nouvelle fois, nous avons été très touchés par votre générosité envers
les démunis de l'oeuvre du Fourneau Economique de Nice ce dont nous vous
remercions du fond du coeur. ... Nous vous exprimons toute notre
gratitude, que vous saurez transmettre à la fidèle communauté de Saint
And from Jean-Pierre Jullien, tresurer of the Fourneau: "Une nouvelle fois, nous avons été très touchés par votre générosité envers les démunis de l'oeuvre du Fourneau Economique de Nice ce dont nous vous remercions du fond du coeur. ... Nous vous exprimons toute notre gratitude, que vous saurez transmettre à la fidèle communauté de Saint Paul."
Connie Cheng and Philip Lamotte (London) celebrated the Blessing of their civil marriage with tremendous panache on Saturday 12th October and supported by a congregation of family and friends numbering 180. The couple recruited the help of professional musicians and choristers to fill Saint Paul's with splendid music. Click here to listen to the singing of "Praise my soul the King of heaven". Christopher Hammond-Davis and his team from Woodbrown Limited (London) provide a sumptuous array of floral decorations for the wedding and returned the next day with special floral arrangements for our Sunday services at Saint Paul's. Click here for more wedding flower photos.
A beautiful celebration of the life of Valerie Haxton took place on Wednesday 9th October at Holy Trinity Church in Nice where Valerie served in many roles, from Sunday School Teacher and Warden, before becoming a member of Saint Paul's, Monte-Carlo. Pictured here Valerie's brother Albert (with cane) joined by family and friends from Nice and England present attending the service.
Click here for more photos from Valerie's Requiem.
Blessing the Animals at Saint Paul's
A good congregation of people and their 4-legged friends joined in the celebration of Saint Francis and the animals of God's creation at the annual Blessing of the Animals service at St Paul's on Sunday 6th October. Click here or on the photo above for more photos from the Blessing service.
Harvest Thanksgiving with the Children
A congregation of more than 100 celebrated Harvest Thanksgiving at Saint Paul's Church on Sunday 29th September. This was the first in a series of services throughout the year, approximately once a month, that feature the participation of children and youth from our chaplaincy community. Young people gave the readings from Scripture, lead the Prayers, took up the collection, and brought forward some of the food that was collected on Sunday for a hot meal programme for the poor in Nice.
Picnic Sunday 22 September
More than 60 members of the Saint Paul's Chaplaincy community took advantage of the excellent weather on Sunday 22 September and attended the annual church picnic. Our hosts William & Irene Easun welcomed the group most generously to their wonderful country home in Saint Martin de Peille, about a half hour drive up from Monaco in the mountains behind La Turbie.
At the Sunday Communion service that began the picnic, Father Walter preached on the miracle of the feeding of 5,000 and used our church picnic as an example of how this miracle is current even today -- with more food offered in the "bring and share" (potluck) lunch that than it would be possible to eat) and all thanks to the generosity of those who follow Jesus!
Click here or on the photo (above) for more photos from our day in the sunshine.
MACHADO BOYS MEET FALCAO
Fabio Machado (photo right) was delighted to introduce AS Monaco FC's Radamel Falcao to his boys Sabastiao (6) and Henry (2) when the star player and other members of the team (from the left: Abidal, Moutino, & Rodriquez) visited Fabio at his office last week.
Juulia & Jyrki Engaged to be Married
Jyrki Sandelin & Juulia Siikala were pleased to announce their recent engagement to be married, after the morning service at Saint Paul's on Sunday 15th September. Jyrki and Juulia are childhood friends who re-discovered each other a year ago at a school reunion. Jyrki (pronounced Yurki) has a daughter from a previous marriage and Juulia has 2 daughters of her own. The happy couple are sorting through the logistics but hope to be married before the summer of 2014 with a blessing ceremony at Saint Paul's.
Joanne & Darren: Husband & Wife
Darren Taylor and Joanne Newman celebrated the Blessing of their Civil Marriage at Saint Paul's on Saturday 14th September. They are pictured here at their wedding rehearsal. Darren & Joanne have been attending services at Saint Paul's for several months and are thankful for the welcome they've received here.
A congregation made up of family and friends from Monaco and Nice gathered at the Crematorium of Nice on Saturday 14th September, for the funeral of Valerie Haxton, a long time member of the Riviera English community and a member of our Chaplaincy Council and Synod Delegate for Saint Paul's.
In an article for the next edition of the Riviera Reporter, Michael Healy reports: One of the most valuable personalities in the British community on the Riviera, Valerie Haxton passed away September 10th aged 77 in Centre Lacassagne cancer hospital in Nice after many months of increasing suffering.
London-born Valerie arrived here over 30 years ago from Canada with her husband Jim whom she met while working there. They quickly became involved in Church affairs, Jim as Treasurer of Holy Trinity Nice; and both took a leading part in saving that church from closure in the 1990’s. More recently she was much involved with St Paul’s and the Anglican Diocese in Europe. But a wider public knew and appreciated her for many years as the inspiring Chairman of the British Associations in the Alpes Maritimes – Cannes, Nice, Menton and the Var – which took her full attention after the death of her husband. Yet she still found time for much direct Welfare work in the community.
She is survived by her brother Albert in Nice. Cremation was in Nice on September 14th; and a Requiem service will be held for her in Holy Trinity Nice (rue de la Buffa) at 10h30 on Wednesday October 9th.
Testimonials have flown in from many quarters including condolenceses from Bishop David Hamid and Canon Peter Allen. Hugh Mitford-Raymond had this to add to Michael Healy's comments: Valerie dedicated her life to the church and the British Association and provided help and assistance to hundreds of expatriates. Also, the kitchen you see, to this day, at the Holy Trinity Church, Nice, was installed and donated by Valerie. She baked the most wonderful carrot cake!
àResidence A Qietudine Summer Party
A lovely late summer evening greeted party goers on the roof-top terrace ofr the A Qietudine seniors residence in the Condamine, Monaco. George Katz (left) and Ruth Knight (pictured below) invited friends from the English community to join them for the festivities that took place on Friday evening 13th September.
"Thank you Sandra!" say Monaco Mothers
(From www.monacolife.net) For many mothers arriving in Monaco and area it was a life saver, when in 1990 Sandra Coleridge set up a small group that soon became a phenomenon. She called it the Mother & Baby Group and with a small number of volunteers the group provided a safe and stimulating setting for toddlers to play and mothers to meet, make friends and share all the practicalities of starting a new life in a new place...
Early meetings took place in the chaplain's apartment at St Paul's Church in Monaco with only four mothers coming to meet twice a week. Soon the numbers increased rapidly by word of mouth and the group was facilitated by the spacious St. Paul's church library, where it still meets today.
After almost a quarter of a century being the irreplaceable organiser in charge, Sandra decided to hand over the baton this year to Amanda Messant, one of the key volunteers, and although she will still be a part of the group, not being in charge will allow her to spend more time travelling with her family.
Although Sandra helped many young mothers, some of whose children are now bringing their own children to the group, she says it is her who benefited the most. "I have met many wonderful people here and made a lots of friends. It has been a great privilege and joy to come to such a lively place and meet happy children..." For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Ruby Rae Kendall
Kate & Rob Kendall are very pleased to announce the birth of their daughter Ruby Rae on 25th July of this year. Congratulation, Rob & Kate!
Commemoration: Liberation of Monaco
British Association President Vanessa Ilsley, Father Walter, and Commander Michael Healy, Merrily Tornatore attended the annual cermony at Monaco Cemetery to commemorate the Liberation fo Monaco on 3rd September 1944. Chris Sladden & Joe McBreaty served in the honour guard carrying the colours of the United Kingdom and the British Royal Legion.
Sunday Club has a new look!
The Saint Paul's Sunday Club has adopted a new teaching programme for the children at Saint Paul's.
"Light" programme is produced by the Scripture Union (UK) which
publishes quarterly magazines with weekly lessons aimed at
different age groups. The mainstay of our Sunday Club teaching
programme is "Splash" with material targetting children from 5
to 8 years old -- enriched and adpated for the older children as
On Wednesday evening 21st August, Father Walter celebrated the blessing of a new motor boat at the invitation of Martin Osborne and his family. The blessing took place in the Port of Monaco -- just before the final display in the annual fireworks competition -- with a festive group of Osborne family friends in attendance.
Member of St Paul's appointed honorary consul
Prominent in the world of fine fashion, the Mozambique-born Canadian top model, actress, humanitarian and member of Saint Paul’s, Tasha de Vasconcelos has been appointed Malawi’s Honorary Consul in Monaco. In addition to representing the African country in the Principality, Tasha continues her humanitarian work as the European Union’s official ambassador for humanitarian causes. Click here or on the photo above for the article in Monaco-Matin on Monday, 12 August, about Tasha’s appointment as Honorary Counsul. Congratulations Tasha!
Isabel Letts R.I.P.
A Requiem Mass on Tuesday, 30th July, in Holy Trinity, Nice celebrated the life of Isabel Letts, wife of the former Archdeacon of France, the Venerable Ken Letts. Bishop Geoffrey attended the Requiem and said, “ Isabel was a wonderful generous and faithful Christian and a marvellous support to Father Ken for over 40 years of marriage.” (Ken and Isabel are pictured together above)
Isabel died on 24 July following a recurrence of cancer. Dani Carew and Valerie Haxton represented Saint Paul's in a packed congregation, including representatives from other French chaplaincies, and over twenty ecumenical representatives, including Mgr Lous Sankalé, the Bishop of Nice, was a tremendous tribute to the warm appreciation not only of Fr Ken’s almost twenty years of ministry in Nice, and to the very significant part that Isabel played in that ministry.
Click here or on the photo (above) for the full article from the Diocese in Europe website.
Sheila McNab R.I.P.
The Saint Paul's Chaplaincy community was saddened to learn Sunday of the death of Mrs. Sheila McNab, who passed away peacefully in the night, early Saturday monring 20th July. A celebration of Sheila's life takes place at Saint Paul's Church on Wednesday 24th July at 2:30 p.m.
Young adults from Saint Paul's Church joined Father Walter for a hike in the hills above Eze-Village and La Turbie in early July. Joing the group were two young women from Fr Walter's former church, the Anglican Cathedral in Quebec City. The group plans regular Saturday morning hikes this Autumn, let Father Walter know if you'd like to join the hiking group!
Youth Group Dinner Meeting
As the current school year draws to a close and dreams of summer holiday fill the air, a large group gathered for a pizza dinner meeeting in the Chaplain's Apartment on Tuesday 2nd July to plan for the revival of the St Paul's Youth Group in September. Among other things, the group decided to take on the sponsorship of Saint Paul's 2 foster children (one in Nepal the other in Sri Lanka) setting a fund raising goal of approximately 600€ for ths purpose in 2013-14. Watch out for bake sales and other "fun raising" activities in the new school year!
The meeting also set the dates for the first 2 meetings of the Youth Group, meeting on Sunday evenings in 2013-14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the St Paul's Church Library. The first 2 meetings will take place on Sundays 29th September (Michaelmas) and 20th October. Young people at Saint Paul's and their friends, between the ages of 11 and 15 ("6e au Second" levels in school) are asked to save these 2 dates in the new school year!
Sunday School Summer Break
The children of Saint Paul's enjoyed an active last session of Sunday School on 30th June building versions of the desert Tabernacle (Exodus). Sunday School returns on 8th September.
Father Ken's Retirement
The ecumenical community in Nice gathered for Evensong on Sunday 30th June 2013, to bid a fond farewell to Father Ken Letts who is retiring from active ministry in the Diocese in Europe. Father Ken has served as Chaplain of Holy Trinity Church, Nice, for more than 18 years and the Anglican community in Nice came out in great numbers to give thanks for his ministry. Sadly, Father Ken's wife Isabel was in hospital and thus unable to attend Sunday's Evensong service.
The Chaplaincy Council offered a lovely reception on Sunday 23rd July for those who have joined our community in the past year. The Newcomer's Reception was very well attended, the array of tastey treats was much appreciated (especially by the many 4 legged friends attending!) and many new friendships begun and old friendships strengthed.
First Communion Children
Rupert Katritzky, member of our Chaplaincy Council, was pleased to join Father Walter in welcoming his children to the sacrament of Holy Communion at Saint Paul's Church. Click here for more about the Admission of Children to Holy Communion at St Paul's.
Casey Family Birthdays
Anne & Philippa (Pippa) Casey celebrate birthdays in June: Anne celebrated her 94th birthday on Saturday 22nd June and her daughter Pippa on Monday 24th June. Happy birthday to you!
Raise the Roof Campaign Update
Thanks to a very generous contribution from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, we are now very close to reaching out goal of raising €30,000 to fund the roof needed to cover the school building in Haiti pictured here and complete the building.
Bishop Geoffrey to Retire
Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, has announced that he will retire in November this year. He was given a warm send off at the close of our Diocesan Synod, his last, after 12 years as our Diocesan Bishop. Dani Carew, who represents the Archdeaconry of France at the Diocesan Synod, reports that Bishop Geoffrey, well known for his love of hats, was presented with about 20 hats in various shapes and styles, much to the delight of Bishop and his people gathered at Synod.
Another Cryptic Crossword
Patricia Cerrone, Secretary of the Chaplaincy & Association Council, has published yet another cryptic crossword puzzle in the Church Times (Friday, 14 June 2013). Click on the image above for a larger (printable) copy of this newest puzzle! (Answers next week in the newsletter!)
Grand Prix Vigil: Confirmation
Bishop David Hamid celebrated the Confirmation of three adults at the Trinity Sunday Vigil service on Saturday evening 25 May -- the main service Sunday, cancelled due to the F1 Grand Prix. Candidates for Confirmation were Laura Newman (left) from St Michael's, Beaulieu; and Joann Keable and Adam Lydiksen from St Paul's, Monte-Carlo. Also pictured, Father Philip Robinson from St Michael's Beaulieu, & Commander Michael Healy (centre background).
First Communion at Saint Paul's
One of the children from the Saint Paul's Sunday School made her First Communion on Pentecost Sunday. In 2006, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to welcome children, who have not yet been confirmed, to be admitted to Holy Communion. This decision reflects common practice many Christian communities where all of God's children are welcomed to share in the Lord's Supper. In the Diocese in Europe, children from the age of 7 can so be admitted, provided that they undergo suitable preparation to ensure they have some sense of the dignity of the Sacrament. Children at Saint Paul's, Monaco have been welcomed to Holy Communion since November 2008 and, to date, 23 children have been admitted to Holy Communion in our church. If you know a child, seven years or older, who would appreciate admission to Holy Communion at Saint Paul's Church, please contact Father Walter.
Lay Leaders featured in Radio Broadcast
Laurence Moachon, a member of the Saint Paul's Community, anchors the monthly radio programme "Anglican Magazine" on the French radio station "Fréquence Protestante" (Paris 100.7 FM). Click here or on the photo (above) to listen to the 11th May broadcast during which she interviews Liesbeth Tinker, Frank Megginson and Lenten Workshop leader the Revd Elaine Labourel on the important ministry of lay people in our church.
Chaplaincy Council 2013
The new St Paul's Chaplaincy Council was dedicated on Ascension Sunday, 12th May, with (left to right) Cyril Badaro, Rupert Katritzky, John Watton, Liesbeth Tinker, Mary de Vachon, Dani Carew and Patricia Cerrone formally accepting the responsibilities of leadership in our chaplaincy community.
New Ballet: From Darkness to the Light
On Wednesday 8th May, several members of the Saint Paul's Chaplaincy
community travelled to San Remo, Italy, to attend the world premier of a
new ballet, "From Darkness to the Light". The ballet has a clear
Christian focus and was produced and designed by Donald & Laura Malcolm,
both members of our chaplaincy community, in collaboration with Marcello
Alegeri and the San Remo Proballet dance company. The premier took place
in the Ariston Theatre.
Click here or on the photo for a description of the ballet and more photos.
Canadian folk violinist Jocelyn Pettit (pictured centre), accompanied by her father Joel and her mother Siew, was delighted to offer a benefit concert at Saint Paul's Church on Tuesday evening, 7th May 2013. Jocelyn and her family presented a mixed program of Celtic music in the French Canadian, Irish and Breton traditions, The audience responded generously to the performance with a collection of 693€ offered in support of the people of the Anglican Chaplaincy of All Saints, Marseille, who are raising funds to repair the roof of their church. The Canadian Club de Monaco hosted a much appreciated champagne reception following the concert where members of the audience had the opportunity to meet the Pettit family musicians and talk about the Celtic music tradition.
A Message from Carol Thatcher
On the recommendation of our Association President, Liesbeth Tinker, Father Walter addressed a letter to the Thatcher Family to express the condolences of our community on the death of Margaret Baroness Thatcher in April. Members of the chaplaincy community attending services on Sunday 14th April were invited to add their signatures to the letter.
Oriana Choir of London in Concert
The Oriana Choir of London presented a concert of English Choral masterpieces (Purcell to Stanford) and excerpts from the Rachmaninoff Vespers much to the delight of a small but enthusiastic audience. Click on the photo (above) to see a short video of an "Alleluia" from the Rachmaninoff Vespers.
Margaret: Alive and well in Marseille
Father Walter was very pleased to find Margaret Blair-McLaughlin very much alive and well when he visited her in Marseille on Monday (29 April). Margaret has made marvellous recovery from the stroke she suffered in early March. Her speech and dexterity are pretty much back to normal, though she reports that her ability in French is lagging still (and curiously her German has re-emerged!) Margaret was cheerful and full of life (as always) and pleased to show off her new apartment home in Marseille, a few minutes from her son Shawn's home. She moved to Marseille from Monaco in January 2012.
International Herald Tribune:
Going to church is good for you
Click here to read the article "Going to church is good for you from the Tuesday, 23rd April edition of the International Herald Tribune.
Photo: Jack Brodie - www.monacolife.net
The 2012-13 season of French classes closed on Thursday 25th April with a champagne reception featuring home made treats. Some brought their children along, on school holiday, to join the year-end party. French classes return in October with the first session scheduled for Thursday 3rd October at 2 p.m.
On Saint George's Day, Tuesday 23 April, Fatherr Walter visited the new offices of "Audi Gestion Capital" (capital management) across from the Bureau de Tourisme on Blvd des Moulins. There he celebrated the "Blessing of a Workplace" at the request of Cyril Badaro (pictured here with Father Walter) a financial advisor at the bank and Warden at St Paul's Church.
Harriet & Wilfred: A Diamond Anniversary
Harriet and Wilfred Groote celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on Thursday, 18 April. Plans are underway for the entire Groote clan to gather this summer to celebrate this Diamond Anniversary together. Harriet & Wilfred have spent most of their married life in Monaco with 2 of their 3 daughters and grandchildren living here. The Groote's have always been active members of Saint Paul's, and Harriet's flower arrangements especially appreciated.
TELELOOP SYSTEM NOW AT SAINT PAUL'S
In the course of the winter, a new teleloop system was installed in Saint Paul's Church, thanks largely to the efforts of Liesbeth and Clive Tinker with the help of Jeremy Swales. A teleloop system allows sound to be transmitted directly from a microphone to a hearing aid (with a telecoil). This makes it easier for hearing aid users to enjoy religious services -- and listen to sermons! -- without the distraction of background noise. People with hearing aids having difficulty connecting with the new teleloop system during services at Saint Paul's are asked to contact Mr William Brion at Monaco Surdité (188.8.131.52) for assistance in calibrating their hearing aid with the system.
Patricia Cerrone & Gillian Johnson-Flint presented a public showing of their art work at the Mairie in Beausoleil and in its nearby "cyberspace". The show ran for three weeks in April (April 4-25). Ruth Knight is pictured here (left) visiting Patricia and Gillian to have a look at and admire the wonderful work they do!
Easter Sunday 2013: Baptism & Egg Hunt
After weeks of dark rainy weather, the sun broke through for a glorious Easter Sunday in Monte-Carlo. The community gathered to celebrate the Resurrection with an Easter Communion service that began with the lighting the Paschal Candle and the Baptism of one of our younger members. The children, following the Baptism, gloried in the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Once again, Harriet Groote gave us a wonderful blessing by arranging and organising the Easter flowers. Click here or on the photo (above) for more ...
The Annual Chrism Mass in Europe
The annual "Chrism Mass" was celebrated in two locations within the Diocese in Europe on Tuesday in Holy week (26 March 2013), Bishop Geoffrey Rowell presided at the celebration at St. George's, Paris, and Bishop David Hamid, at St. Mark's, Florence. Bishop David is pictured here with clergy from the Italy, Malta, Switzerland and Monaco. During the annual celebration, those in ordained ministry, along with licensed lay readers, renew their vows in ministry. The holy oils used in the ministry of the Church (held in by the vested deacons) are also consecrated during the service.
Clive & Nicole D'Eath return to St Paul's
Long time members of our choir were delighted to welcome Clive and Nicole D'Eath who attended the Palm Sunday service at Saint Paul's. Clive D'Eath served for many years as the director of the choir before leaving Monaco to settle in Central France about 6 years ago. Pictured here, left to right, Dani Carew, Pauline O'Neil Clive & Nicole D'Eath, and Patricia Cerrone.
Palm Sunday 2013 at Saint Paul's
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Raise the Roof Campaign Bake Sale
Two of our young people at Saint Paul's took the initiative to offer a bake sale to collect funds for our "Raise the Roof" campaign (a project to finance a roof for a new school in Haiti.) Emily & Bianca, pictured here, made delicious chocolate cupcakes which the sold at their school raising 141€ for the charity! Bravo! Click here for more information about the "Raise the Roof" campaign.
Saint Paul's Chaplaincy AGM 2013
Most of the St Paul's Chaplaincy Community (Electoral Roll and Association members) gathered in the Library for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday 17th March following a shortened 10:30 Sunday service. Click here or on the photo (above) for more ...
At the close of the AGM, Liesbeth Tinker and Jeremy Swales expressed the gratitude of the entire Chaplaincy community with a gift offered to Frank Megginson who for some 24 years, has served as a member of the committee and for the past 5 years as President of the Association Council. While stepping down from active membership on the Council, Frank remains, as a licensed lay reader, an ex-officio member of the Chaplaincy Council.
This year's Lenten Study closed with a second weekend retreat in the Chaplain's apartment. All of the participants were very grateful for the leadership and ministry of the Revd Elain Labourel (front row centre) who also served as the guest preacher for the main Sunday service on AGM Sunday 17th March.
Father Walter and Pope Francis the First
Father Walter spent 3 days in Rome with friends and colleagues attending a course at the Anglican Centre there. On the last day of his stay, the newly elected Pope Francis I paid a surprise visit to the International Clergy House where Father Walter was staying. He came to collect his suitcase and pay his bill! Father Walter was very pleased to catch this photo of the new pontiff.
Mothering Sunday Flowers
At the close of the Mothering Sunday Service (Lent 4) on 10th March, flowers were blessed and distributed to all of the women present in the congregation in thanksgiving for our mothers and for the gift of the mothering instinct. Click here to listen to Father Walter's sermon "Mother of the Prodigal Son"
Words simply cannot describe the delight and inspiration Errol Girdlestone and his choral and instrumental ensemble "Ristretto" inspired in the hearts of the audience attending the choral concert at St Paul's Church, on Saturday evening 9th March. The choir presented Buxtehude's baroque masterpiece "Membra Jesu Nostri" -- considered the first Lutheran oratorio -- along with selections from the English Cathedral repertory including motets by Byrd and Taverner. Click here to see the video clip of the final movement from the Buxtehude oratorio.
Thanks to the generosity of a patron who covered the professional costs involved, the performance was offered as a benefit concert in Saint Paul's "Raise the Roof" campaign with 1,625€ collected in a free-will offering at the conclusion of the concert. All of this will go towards building a roof for a new school in much neglected back country region of Haiti.
The Walton Family joined Alastair's mum Carol in London on Thursday 7th March to witness the presentation of her MBE at Buckingham Palace. Thankfully, the rain (mostly) held off, and Carol is pictured here in the Palace grounds shortly after the ceremony, at which a number of Olympic stars also received their awards including Seb Coe, Ben Ainslie, Katherine Grainger, David Reid and Charlotte Dujardin. George and Victoria were both back at school in La Turbie the following morning, with a great story to tell their friends!
Lenten Study Weekend: Pastoral Care
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All agreed that the first of two Lenten Weekends held 1-2 March was truly valuable and enjoyable. The Revd Elaine Labourel offered conference talks, interspersed with prayer, smaller group discussion, periods of silent meditation which served to create a stimulating retreat atmosphere for this year's Lenten Study focused on our shared ministry of caring for one another, pastoral care.
Elaine offered the Sunday sermon (3 March) as a reflection on the theme of Care - click here to listen to her sermon.
Restoration: Communion Rail Cushions
Henny Wickes & Countess Nina del Bove are pictured here tracing the designs on the communion rail cushions at St Paul's Church. Nina created the cushions over 50 years ago when the Revd Bruce G. Beale, retired Royal Army Chaplain, was the Chaplain at Saint Paul's. Henny is a member of the Monaco needlework guild "De Fil en Aiguille" which has generously agreed to undertake the project to restore the communion rail cushions.
The written reports for the year ending on 31 December 2012 were published on Sunday 24 February at Saint Paul's. Members of the Chaplaincy listed on the Electoral Roll and/or the Association Membership list have received copies of the AGM Reports by hand on Sunday or through the post this week.
Members of our Chaplaincy Community who are not now listed on the Electoral Roll and/or the Association Membership list are encouraged to apply for formal membership. Click here for a copy of the membership forms. For an electronic copy (pdf) of the Annual Report for 2012, click here or on the image above.
Click on the following image for more information on the project to put a roof on a new school in the back country of Haiti.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 2013
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Liesbeth Tinker was delighted to see such a fun group from Saint Paul's turn out to enjoy her delicious crêpes at our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. There was a fabulous response to our Pancake Supper appeal for donations to help put a roof on a school in Haiti with 670€ raised at the Pancake Supper!
The Annual Family Ski Trip
A good base of snow and a mound of good cheer made this year's annual Family Ski Trip one to remember. It was wonderful to welcome 3 new families to the ski trip and a joy to see the bond of friendship grow in the course of the weekend.
SAVE THE DATE: Next year's Family Ski Trip is set for the
14-16 February 2014. A Saint Valentine's Day tour of the ski slopes!
Church Service under the Big Top
The Big Top (Chapiteau de l'Espace Fontvielle) was filled nearly to capacity for the 12th annual Ecumenical Celebration, part of the 2013 edition of the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival. The celebration is the featured event in the regional observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with representatives from the major church traditions along the Côte d'Azur in attendance.
The Best Birthday Presents Possible
Sue Rossi (pictured left) celebrated the best possible birthday ever on Sunday 20 January, with the birth of her first granddaughter in the early morning and the Baptism of her infant grandniece during the main Sunday service at Saint Paul's. Sue is pictured here with her two grandsons and her daughter Tanya.
A Thank You Message from the Queen
The new Crèche with Three Kings
Pictured above, the Epiphany Crèche depicting the arrival of the Three Kings at the stable in Bethlehem. A Monegasque family has lent this beautiful "Crèche Provencal", with its dozens of "sentons", to Saint Paul's for our use in the years to come. Click here or on the photo above for more pictures of this fabulous new part of our Christmas tradition at Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo
Tim Humphrey's Carol Service Photos
Our own Tim Humphreys applied his skills as a photographer to capture some of the moments that together made for another fine Carol Service on Sunday, 16 December, at Saint Paul's. Missing: photos from the lovely Christmas reception!