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For anyone who is concerned about possible risks to church congregations arising from the Coronavirus outbreak (now officially known as COVID-19), here is the advice from Dr Brendan McCarthy, the Church of England’s Adviser on health issues. It is based on official guidelines issued by the UK government:

The threat posed by COVID-19 has been assessed by the Chief Medical Officer as ‘moderate’. This permits the Government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.Current Government advice is that individuals should follow good hygiene practices including:

  • carrying tissues and using them to catch coughs and sneezes, and binning the tissue;
  • washing hands with soap and water (for 20 seconds) or using sanitiser gel to kill germs.

Advice has also been issued to travellers who have returned… from a number of countries.

Anyone who has returned to [this country] from any of these areas in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu;
  • call [your doctor] to inform them of your recent travel to the country.

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishioners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during The Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only.

At present, there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended.

It is also best practice for churches to have hand-sanitisers available for parishioners to use.

In addition, priests presiding at the Eucharist, communion administrators and servers should wash their hands, preferably with an alcohol-based (minimum 60%) hand-sanitiser.

Intinction is not recommended (even by celebrants or communion-administrators) as this represents an infection transmission route.

Best hygiene practice should continue to be observed in all pastoral contacts.

Brendan McCarthy

Note: Long-standing government advice has been that ‘In a pandemic, it makes good sense to take precautions to limit the spread of disease by not sharing common vessels for food and drink.’ COVID-19 has NOT been declared a pandemic.

Further information can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/news/guidance-parishes-coronavirus-covid-19?fbclid=IwAR11GZuWndpTS-Pz6eRAi3ea25NtIUgnSB5j5uGeFxhsqPd-l-AQmCYUTuM

9th February 2020

  • There will be a rather different shape to the monthly Taizé gathering at San Marco al Molo later today. Two of the brothers from the community in Taizé will be there talking to people from 5.30 p.m. That will be followed by a “bring and share” meal. The gathering for prayer will begin, as usual at 9.00 p.m.
  • Tomorrow (10th February) Jill Morris, the British Ambassador in Rome, will be holding a Town Hall meeting for UK citizens here in Church from 4.45 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.
  • There will be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • Our programme of talks “English Voices in Genoa” starts again at 5.30 p.m. on Thursday (13th February).  Peter Whitfield begins the new season with a talk on “Illustrating Shakespeare”. The full programme can be found in the Church Calendar.
  • The Eucharist next Sunday (16th February) will be rather different from usual.  It will be a united service in English and Italian at which we will be joined by members of the Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Waldensian congregations.  The service will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.
  • Lent begins soon.  Ash Wednesday this year falls on 26th February. Those who still have last year’s palm crosses are asked to bring them to church before Sunday 23rd February so that they can be turned into ash for the Ash Wednesday Eucharist.
  • Each Thursday in Lent there will be a drop-in quiet day.  This is something for anyone who has free time at some point between 9.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. and would like to spend it consciously in God’s presence.
  • On four Wednesdays in Lent, beginning on 4th March, there will be a talk about the different ways in which each of the Gospels describes the suffering and death of Jesus.  It is part of this year’s “Spirituality Series” of talks under the umbrella of “English Voices in Genoa”.

2nd February 2020

  • There will be midday prayers instead of the usual Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • Next Sunday there will be a rather different shape to the monthly Taizé gathering at San Marco al Molo. Two of the brothers from the Taizé community, John (who is from the USA) and Xavier, will be in town and they will be talking to people about Taizé, and about the Christian life, from 5.30 p.m. Young people are especially welcome. That will be followed by a “bring and share” meal. The gathering for prayer will begin, as usual at 9.00 p.m.
  • At midnight on Friday the UK officially left the EU.  There is some practical information from the UK government and other sources, and some reflections by Bishop Robert, on the table at the back. UK citizens are invited to help themselves.
  • On Monday 10th February, the Ambassador, Jill Morris, will be holding a Town Hall meeting at the Church of the Holy Ghost from 4.45 p.m. to 6.15 p.m.
  • Our programme of talks “English Voices in Genoa” will be starting up again soon.  Peter Whitfield will be kicking off the new season with a talk on “Illustrating Shakespeare” on Thursday, 13th February, at 5.30 p.m.  The full programme can be found in the Church Calendar.
  • A reminder that the Eucharist on 16th February will be a united service in English and Italian at which we will be joined by members of other congregations.  That will also be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.

28th January, 2020

One of our oldest church members, Marjorie Barclay Temperini, died in her sleep last night. She was full of years and faith and had received Communion on Saturday. Her funeral will take place at the Church of the Holy Ghost on Thursday 30th January at 9.00 a.m., followed by burial in the Protestant section of Staglieno cemetery. Please keep her family (especially Kallina and James, whose life she had shared since last autumn) in your prayers during the coming days.

Those who would welcome a lightening of mood, following the above news, may enjoy the hymns for our celebration of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas) on Sunday 2nd February (which will be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch)
Angels from the realms of glory:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mADXwC6bplg
At the name of Jesus (Camberley)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4d4UXSJXig
Born in the night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O41w7tFMkOI
This little light of mine:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBwJik2FKW0

26th January, 2020

  • There will be the usual mid-week Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • On Friday the UK will officially leave the EU.  The church will be open that day from 9.00 a.m. until 7.00 p.m. for prayer and reflection.  There will also be practical information from the Italian and UK governments available. Please share this information widely with any British citizens in Liguria with whom you are in touch.
  • Mary is still looking for offers of help with hospitality after the Eucharist during the coming weeks.  Please talk to her if you can help.
  • At next Sunday’s Eucharist we shall celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, which marks the end of Christmastide.  There will be a candle-lit procession at the end of the Eucharist and it will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.  Please add your name to the list on the table if you planning to be there, and it would be very helpful if you would let us have an idea of what you are bringing to the table.
  • There will be a rather different shape to the monthly Taizé gathering at San Marco al Molo in two weeks’ time. Two of the brothers from the Taizé community, John and Xavier, will be in town on 9th February and they will be talking to people about Taizé from 5.30 p.m. That will be followed by a “bring and share” meal. The gathering for prayer will begin, as usual at 9.00 p.m.
  • The Eucharist on 16th February will be a united service in English and Italian at which we will be joined by members of other congregations.  That will also be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.

19th January, 2020

  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues. There will be services at 8.00 p.m.  on Tuesday, at the Chiesa San Tommaso in Via Almeria, and on Thursday at the Romanian Orthodox church in Sestri Ponente at 6.30 p.m.  On Wednesday there will be a talk on “The Ecumenism of Love” at 5.45 p.m. in Sala Frate Sole at the Annunziata and on Friday, at 6.30 p.m., there will be a talk about the Charta Oecumenica in the Sala Quadrivium.
  • This church is not hosting any events during this year’s week of Prayer for Unity but the reading, reflection and prayer for each day are being posted on the church’s Facebook page (“Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”), so that those who cannot get to any of the events can still take part in the prayer.
  • There will be the usual mid-week Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday. We will remember St Vincent of Zaragoza, the first martyr of Spain, and there will be prayers for unity.
  • At next Sunday’s Eucharist we shall remember the Conversion of St Paul.
  • Looking further ahead:
    • On 31st January the UK will officially leave the EU.  The church will be open throughout that day for prayer and reflection.
    • On 2nd February the Presentation of Christ in the Temple marks the end of Christmastide.  There will be a candle-lit procession at the end of the Eucharist and it will be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.
    • The Eucharist on 16th February will be a united service in English and Italian at which we will be joined by members of other congregations.  That will also be followed by a bring-and-share lunch.
  • Mary Wellington is still looking for offers of help with hospitality after the Sunday Eucharist during the coming weeks.  Please contact her if you can help.

Music for the Eucharist on Sunday, 19th January

Epiphany 2

Lead us heavenly Father https://youtu.be/PGsvbqErM2A

Just as I am, without one plea https://youtu.be/kcFp0-4RZzc

Rock of ages https://youtu.be/gM7gt_cSxjw

 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: https://youtu.be/0a6T6OaOC2Y

12th January, 2020

  • On 12th January at the Palazzo Ducale there will be a discussion about faith and sexuality led by Jewish, Waldensian and Catholic speakers.  It begins at 5.30 p.m.
  • There will be the usual mid-week Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday 15th January.
  • On Thursday 16th January there will be an evening of Jewish-Christian Dialogue, focussing on the Song of Solomon, in the Sala Quadrivium beginning at 6.30 p.m.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Saturday 18th January with a service at the Waldensian church in Via Assarotti at 6.30 p.m.  It will be led by Bishop Anselmi and the preachers will be Padre Filip Sorin of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Sestri and Pastorin Elisabeth Kruse.
  • Information about talks and services during the Week of Prayer can be found on the notice-board in the porch. This church will not be hosting any events this year, but the reading, reflection and prayer for each day will be posted on the church’s Facebook page. The material this year has been prepared by Christians in Malta, including colleagues from our own archdeaconry.
  • We are now into the second printing of the Chaplaincy Calendar for 2020. There are copies in the rack on the table in church.  It has already been updated with new information about events during the year.
  • Mary Wellington is still looking for offers of help with hospitality during the coming weeks.
  • The Eucharist on 16th February will be a united service in English and Italian at which we will be joined by members of the Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Waldensian congregations.  More details about that nearer the time.
  • A notice chiefly for British citizens. On 31st January the UK will officially leave the EU.  The church will be open throughout that day for prayer and reflection

5th January, 2020

A very happy New Year to everyone!

  • There will be the usual mid-week Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday. The calendar of the Book of Common Prayer commemorates St Lucian on that day. Who he? Come on Wednesday and find out.
  • The Wise Men have finally reached Bethlehem.  They will remain there, with the other crib figures, until Candlemas in four weeks’ time.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins in just under a fortnight. Advance notice of the various events, talks and services can be found on the notice-board in the porch. The Church of the Holy Ghost will not be hosting any of the services during this year’s Week of Prayer, but we will be hosting a united service for our friends in the Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Waldensian congregations on 16th February.  More details about that nearer the time.
  • A few copies of the first version of the Chaplaincy Calendar for 2020 are available in the rack on the table at the back of the church.  It contains information about services during the year and any other events which are already in the church diary. It will be updated at intervals during the year. 
  • Next Sunday we remember the Baptism of Christ.  During the Eucharist there will be an opportunity for worshippers to renew their baptismal promises.

Here’s the updated programme for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18th-25th January)

  • Saturday 18th January at 18.30 at the Chiesa Valdese in via Assarotti: Service of Prayer led by mons. Nicolò Anselmi – Auxiliary Bishop of Genova
  • Preachers: Elisabeth Kruse (Lutheran Pastorin in Genova and Sanremo) and Padre Filip Sorin (Priest of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Sestri Ponente)
  • Tuesday 21st January at 20.00 at S. Tommaso in via Almeria: Service of Prayer. This is aimed at younger people and will include a meal.
  • Wednesday 22nd January at 17.45 in Sala Frate Sole (Piazza Bandiera): Talk on “The Ecumenism of Charity” (i.e. “Love”) by Archpriest Aleksei Uminskii of the Moscow Patriarchate
  • Thursday 23rd January at 18.30 at the Romanian Orthodox Church in piazza Aprosio, Sestri Ponente: Service of Prayer
    Preachers: Card. Angelo Bagnasco – Archbishop of Genova and Eleonora Natoli – Pastora of the Methodist Church in Sestri Ponente and Savona
  • Friday 24th January at 18.30 in the Sala “Quadrivium” in piazza Santa Marta: Talk on “The Charta Oecumenica – a dream of the Churches in Europe” by don Giuliano Savina,
  • Director of the National Office of the Italian Bishops’ Conference for Ecumenism and Dialogue

NB: All of these events will be in Italian