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All Souls Service

The yearly service of remembrance for those whom we have loved but see no longer takes place on Monday, 2nd November at 18:00. If you would like your loved ones to be included by name in the prayers at that service, please contact the chaplain by e-mail, WhatsApp, or direct message (on either Facebook or Twitter) before 30th October. There will also be an opportunity at the service for those who wish to light a candle in their memory.

Important information

A summary of the latest regulations from the Italian Government can be found on our Covid-19 page. Information about residence in Italy after the end of the transition period can be found on the Registration/Information for UK Citizens page.


Sunday, 18th October

  • First, some very good news: Wonder gave birth on Friday to twin girls, daughters for her and Israel Dominic, and a sister for Isaac. Please keep the family in your prayers.
  • Our midweek Eucharist takes place at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food are available.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • At the Eucharist next Sunday we give thanks for the dedication of this church building in 1872. This is the church’s “official” birthday. The real anniversary was on 4th June, but to celebrate then risks cutting across Eastertide. In two years’ time we will be celebrating the church’s 150th birthday. It would be good if we could start celebrating in June 2022 and end in October. We will need exciting ideas for events during those months, so if you have any thoughts, please let the chaplain or the wardens know – but please bear in mind that we may still be in the middle of a pandemic.
  • Please note: Next Sunday is not only the day when we celebrate the Church’s official birthday: it is also the day when the clocks go back one hour, so don’t forget, or you will miss out on an extra hour’s sleep.

Sunday, 11th October

  • The new Church Council met today after the Eucharist.
    • Alexia Piaggio was co-opted as Treasurer
    • Flora Capostagno will continue as Lay Vice-Chair
    • Callina Temperini will continue as Safeguarding Office
    • Hanako Semini will continue as Electoral Roll Officer
  • This evening at 9.00 p.m. there will be the monthly gathering for prayer in the style of the ecumenical Taizé Community at San Marco al Molo.
  • Our midweek Eucharist takes place at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • The annual gathering for elections at the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale takes place at 2.00p.m. on Saturday. It will be at the hospital and not, as previously announced, at the Chiesa Valdese.
  • At the Eucharist next Sunday we remember St Luke the Evangelist.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed is asked to contact the Chaplain.
  • Mary Wellington and Lisbeth Watkins have officially taken up the office of churchwarden for a further year and have made the declaration required of each churchwarden. We are very grateful to them both for the way in which they have shouldered their responsibilities during what has been a very difficult time, not only for us as a congregation in the middle of a pandemic, but for each of them personally.

Sunday, 4th October

  • The results of the elections at the annual church meeting have been published (see notices for 27th September below). It is good to be able to announce that Mary and Lis will continue as our churchwardens for the rest of this this rather foreshortened year. They will be sworn in on Sunday 11th October.
  • The new Church Council meets in church on Sunday 11th October after the Eucharist. Members will receive their papers by e-mail later today.
  • Our midweek Eucharist takes place at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please remember to maintain social distancing as you wait.
  • The regular gathering for members of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale takes place at 3.00p.m. on Saturday 17th October at the Chiesa Valdese in Via Assarotti. The meeting will be socially distanced with a video link to the Sala Luthero next door if there are more people attending than the church can hold. Members are asked to let Denise Dardani know on 11th October if they plan to be present.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed at some point in the coming months, is asked to contact the chaplain.




Sunday 27th September

  • Our annual church meeting took place today after the Eucharist. We received a report about what happened in 2019 and took some thought about the future. There were also elections. which produced the following results:
    • Churchwardens: Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins.
    • Representatives on the Italy and Malta Archdeaconry Synod: Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins.
    • New members of the Church Council
      • Godstime Idu and Ruth Oteri Pfaffhauser to serve for one year
      • Ruth McGroary and Hanako Semini to serve for three years
    • Peter Asemwota and Flora Capostagno (elected last year) will continue to serve until the Annual Church Meeting in 2022. Denise Dardani continues to be a member ex officio in her capacity as Honorary British Consul.
  • On Tuesday (29th September) we keep the Feast of St Michael and All Angels, sometimes known as Michaelmas Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Our regular lunch-time Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. This week we remember St Jerome, one of the great Biblical scholars of the early Church.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church.
  • On Sunday 4th October we celebrate Harvest Thanksgiving. Gifts for the food-bank as well as traditional harvest offerings will be gratefully received. We will also be celebrating the baptism of Lucy Ndidi to life in Christ.
  • Anyone who is interested in the possibility of being baptised or confirmed at some point in the coming months, is asked to contact the chaplain.

Sunday 20th September

  • Bishop John Orina Omangi recently rang from Kenya to find out how we are and to send his good wishes to everyone at the Church of the Holy Ghost.
  • On Monday 21st September we keep St Matthew’s Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30
  • The regular lunch-time Eucharist takes place on Wednesday 23rd May at 12.30 p.m. This week there will be special prayers for those newly ordained or about to be ordained.
  • Provided there isn’t another lock-down, our annual church meeting, will take place next Sunday, immediately after the Eucharist. At that meeting there will be elections. There are vacancies for :
    • Two churchwardens (both current wardens are eligible for re-election).
    • Two representatives on Archdeaconry Synod (both current representatives are eligible for re-election).
    • Four members of the Church Council
      • two to serve for one year (completing the term of mermbers who have moved to the UK)
      • two to serve a full term of three years
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and on Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • Anyone interested in being baptised or confirmed at some point in the coming months is asked to talk to the chaplain.

Sunday, 13th September

  • On Monday 14th September we keep Holy Cross Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday 15th September there will be a Memorial Service at 3.00 p.m. for Ann Haigh Maselli, for many years a faithful member of this congregation and our church’s representative on the Board of the Ospedale Evangelico for a quarter of a century.
  • Our regular lunch-time Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. This week we remember St Ninian and Edward Bouverie Pusey.
  • Provided there isn’t another lock-down, our annual church meeting, will take place on Sunday, 27th September, immediately after the Eucharist.
  • The church’s Electoral Roll has now been revised. That is the list of all the people who can vote at the annual meeting and are eligible to stand for office in the church. The revised list is in the porch. Please check whether your name is on it (and spelled correctly). If it isn’t, and you think it ought to be, please contact the chaplain, the electoral roll officer (Hanako Tshushima Semini) or one of the wardens as soon as possible.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food will be available at the back of the church.
  • Next Monday (21st September) we keep St Matthew’s day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • We congratulate Kathleen on the birth a week ago of her daughter Esther, a little sister for Elisa. Mother and baby are doing well.

Sunday 6th September

  • On Tuesday 8th September we celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday there will be our regular lunch-time Eucharist. This week we shall remember Charles Fuge Lowder.
  • On Tuesday 15th September at 3.00 p.m. (please note change of time) there will be a memorial service for Ann Haigh Maselli, for many years a faithful member of this congregation and our church’s representative on the Board of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale for a quarter of a century.
  • We have reached the point when we can hold our annual church meeting. Provided there isn’t another lock-down, it will be on Sunday, 27th September, immediately after the Eucharist. If you wish to have a vote at the annual meeting, you must be on the church’s Electoral Roll. The qualifications for membership of the roll are:
    • that you are baptised
    • that you are over 16 years of age
    • that you regard the Church of the Holy Ghost as your church and are a regular worshipper here.
  • You can apply to be on the roll online by filling in the form here and emailing it to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org, or you can pick up an application form from the porch, complete it, and return it by Friday, 11th September.
  • The church’s food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food will be available at the back of the church.


  • The chaplain will be away for a few days this week, so that on Wednesday 2nd September there will be midday prayers in place of the usual Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • We have reached the point when we can hold our annual church meeting. Provided there isn’t another lock-down. It will be on Sunday, 27th September, immediately after the Eucharist.
  • If you wish to have a vote at the annual meeting, you must be on the church’s Electoral Roll. The qualifications for membership of the roll are:
    • that you are baptised;
    • that you are over 16 years of age;
    • and that you regard this church as your church and are a regular worshipper here.
  • You can apply to be on the roll online by filling in the form here and emailing it to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org, or you can pick up an application form from the porch, complete it, and return it by Friday, 11th September.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food will be available at the back of the church.

Sunday 23rd August

  • On Monday 24th August we keep the feast of St Bartholomew, a day on which we remember one of those who were close to Jesus and on which we lament one of the bloodiest episodes in the French Wars of Religion five centuries ago. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday there will be our usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Peter and Nancy Whitfield have been in touch to let us know that they have arrived safely in England and are settling into their new home. They send their greetings. Please keep them in your prayers during this time of transition.
  • The food-bank is open at the usual times on Wednesdays and Sundays after the Eucharist. Pre-packed bags of food will, as usual, be available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Finally: at the Eucharist next Sunday we shall celebrate the baptism of Brenda Aluefua, please keep her, and her parents Sarah and Jeffrey, in your prayers as they prepare for this great day.

Sunday 19 JULY:

  • We have heard from Fr Moses Adesina that he is to become priest in charge of the parish of St Joseph, Berbice, on 1st August. Please keep him, and the people of St Joseph’s and the three daughter churches attached to the parish, in your prayers.
  • Fr Tony Bell, a retired priest from Kent, will be acting as Chaplain from the end of July until mid-August.
  • On Wednesday our regular midweek Eucharist will be replaced by Midday Prayer at 12:30.
  • Our daily “thought” will continue on the Facebook page. On Wednesday, we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and I hope that there will also be a short reflection.
  • The food-bank will be open on Wednesday after the Prayers, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Next Sunday’s service (26th July) will be Morning Prayer. The following Sunday there will be a Eucharist, as normal.

Please either click on this link or focus on the QR code to access Sunday’s service sheet.

However, if you can’t get to church tomorrow, for whatever reason, the Church of the Holy Ghost is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Eucharist on 19th July

Please join us in live streamed worship together at 10:20 AM (Rome time) by following this link

Meeting ID: 750 2615 0812

Passcode: 0qynWW


Sunday 12 JULY:

  • The monthly Taizé meetings for prayer have begun again at San Marco al Molo in the Porto Antico. The next one will be at 21:00 tonight (12th July). Social distancing applies and masks will be worn.
  • On Wednesday our regular midweek Eucharist will take place at 12:30.
  • Yesterday, Archbishop Marco Tasca was ordained as chief pastor of the Catholic archdiocese of Genova. There are some pictures from the ordination service on the Church Facebook page. Please keep Archbishop Marco in your prayers as he gets to know his diocese and comes to grips with his responsibilities.
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page. On Wednesday, we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection. This will also appear, as usual, on the chaplain’s page of the website.
  • Finally: The food-bank will be open on Wednesday after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.

Please either click on this link or focus on the QR code to access Sunday’s service sheet:

Sunday 5 JULY:

  • On Wednesday our regular midweek Eucharist will take place at 12:30.
  • On Saturday, Archbishop-designate Marco Tasca will be ordained at a special mass in Piazza della Vittoria at 18:00. Please keep him in your prayers during this week.
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page. On Wednesday, we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection. This will also appear on the chaplain’s page of the Church website.
  • The food-bank is open as usual today, as it will be again on Wednesday after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Finally: the monthly Taizé meetings for Prayer have begun again at San Marco al Molo. The next one will be at 21:00 next Sunday. Social distancing applies and masks will be worn.

Please either click on this link or focus on the QR code to access Sunday’s service sheet:

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Sunday 28th June

  • Tomorrow (29th June) we commemorate St Peter and St Paul. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday at the regular midweek Eucharist we shall remember Henry, John and Henry Venn, leading lights of the Evangelical movement in the Church of England during the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • On Friday (3rd July) we shall remember St Thomas. There will again be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page. Tomorrow, and on Wednesday and Friday, we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection. These will also appear on the chaplain’s page of the Church website.
  • The food-bank is open as usual today, as it will be again on Wednesday after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices. Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Finally: next Sunday we shall welcome Brenda Aluefua, born five months ago. We shall give thanks for her safe arrival asnd we shall ask God to bless here and to bless and guide her parents, Sarah and Jeffery in their care for her during the coming years.

EUCHARIST – Sunday 28th June

(Trinity 2)

We are continuing to respect the protocol for safe worship and so to enable you to follow the service safely we offer the following oprtions:

Please click on this link to follow our Sunday service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet or if you prefer, print your own copy:

Scan this QR Code and follow the service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet. Hold your phone still until it has “grabbed” the code then click on the link.

21st June 2020

  • Wednesday is the day when the Church remembers the birth of John the Baptist.  The regular Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. will celebrate this.
  • Also on Wednesday, at 5.00 p.m., there will be a farewell service in the Cathedral for Archbishop Angelo. 
  • Looking ahead: a week tomorrow (29th June) we shall remember St Peter and St Paul. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Friday, 3rd July we shall remember St Thomas. There will again be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page.  On Wednesday we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection.  These are also appearing here.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices.  Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.

EUCHARIST – Sunday 21st June

(Trinity 2)

We are continuing to respect the protocol for safe worship and so your usual pewsheet and Communion booklet will not be waiting for you in church. Instead:

  • Please click on this link to follow our Sunday service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet or if you prefer, print your own copy:
  • Scan this QR Code and follow the service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet. Hold your phone still until it has “grabbed” the code then click on the link.

14th June, 2020

  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday 17th June we shall remember Samuel and Henrietta Barnett.
  • The talk about Dietrich Bonhoeffer which was scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed until the autumn. 
  • Looking ahead: on Wednesday week (24th June) we shall remember the Birth of John the Baptist at the midweek Eucharist.
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page.  On Wednesday we will, as usual, be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection.  These will also appear on here on the Church website.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices.  Prepacked bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.

EUCHARIST – Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa – Sunday 14th June

(Trinity 1)

We are respecting the protocol for safe worship and so your usual pewsheet and Communion booklet will not be waiting for you in church.Instead:

  • Please click on this link to follow our Sunday service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet or if you prefer, print your own copy:
  • Scan this QR Code and follow the service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet. Hold your phone still until it has “grabbed” the code then click on the link.

An invitation from Bishop Robert and Bishop David:

“An invitation to come together for prayer, scripture, silence of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, and blessing, in solidarity with BAME communities around the world [on Friday, 12th June]. This will be a brief service (15 minutes) at 12 noon CET, the hour our Lord hung upon the cross. Please bring a candle to light. This candle can be brought later to our churches which are now open, or in the process of reopening, as a visible commitment to racial justice.

We very much hope you will be able to join us for this brief offering of prayer and deep reflection. 

Please join from 1145 CET onwards so we are ready to start at 1200.

At the same time, we know that our friends across the length and breadth of the diocese will want to feel part of this act of worship on Friday even though they will not be able to join virtually. In sharing this information further within your chaplaincies, we ask that you invite them to join us in prayer where they are at 12h00 CET.  There will be a note on the website, and a short order of service posted, so that everyone has the opportunity to follow how we, as a diocese, are engaging in our worship.”


7th June, 2020

  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday. This week is what they call an “Ember Week”, which means that at that service we shall be remembering all who are preparing for ordination at the end of this month, all who are training for the ordained ministry, and all who are exploring where God might be calling them.
  • On Thursday the Church remembers St Barnabas, one of the leading figures of the first Christian communities in Jerusalem and Antioch and a colleague of St Paul in spreading the Gospel across the cities of the eastern Mediterranean.  There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. that day also. 
  • Our daily “thought” is continuing on the Facebook page.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will be posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection.  These will also appear on the chaplain’s page of the website.
  • The food-bank is open as usual today, as it will be again on Wednesday after the Eucharist, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices.  Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Finally: next Sunday the season of “Sundays after Trinity”, sometimes known as “ordinary time”, begins.  The colour, for most of the next few months, will be green.

EUCHARIST – Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa – SUNDAY 7th June

(Trinity Sunday)

We are respecting the protocol for safe worship and so your usual pewsheet and Communion booklet will not be waiting for you in church.Instead:

  • Please click on this link to follow our Sunday service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet or if you prefer, print your own copy:
  • Scan this QR Code and follow the service on your phone (on silent mode) or tablet. Hold your phone still until it has “grabbed” the code then click on the link.

The Eucharist will also be live – streamed. To join us, simply click on this link to start or join a scheduled Zoom meeting.

31st May, 2020

  • A reminder that although restrictions on public worship in churches have been lifted, social distancing and other precautions remain in force.  These are set out in detail on the church’s Facebook page and elsewhere on this website, as well as on the church door and the external notice-board.  
  • Our thanks to Lovely Uduojie (and assistant cameraman John Obues) for live-streaming this morning’s service on Zoom. We hope that it will be possible to repeat this each Sunday, at least during this transitional period.
  • Tomorrow we keep our celebration of the Virgin Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.  There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday we shall remember the Martyrs of Uganda. 
  • The daily “thought” continues to appear on the Facebook page as does the gospel for the day and a short reflection on Wednesdays and major Holy Days.  These also appear here.
  • We are beginning to plan for our Annual Church meeting, though we still don’t have a date for it.  To take full part in the meeting when it happens, your name must be on the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen, baptised and think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please pick up an application form, or download one here, fill it in and return it as soon as possible, either by e-mail to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org or, as hard-copy, in the church’s mailbox in Via Goito.
  • The food-bank is open, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices.  Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait to pick it up.
  • Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday.  After that the season of “ordinary time” begins.

24th May, 2020

  • It was good to welcome people back to the Eucharist today. Although restrictions on public worship in churches have been lifted, social distancing and other precautions remain in force.  These are set out in detail on the church’s Facebook page and on the website, as well as on the church door and the external notice-board.  
  • Lovely Uduojie is live-streaming our Sunday Eucharists for those who cannot yet return to church.  The daily “thought” continues to appear on the Facebook page as does the gospel for the day and a short reflection on Wednesdays and major Holy Days.  These also appear on the Church website (chaplain’s page).
  • People are encouraged to take part in “Thy Kingdom Come”.  Information about this world-wide prayer initiative can be found on the church’s Facebook page.
  • We are beginning to plan for our Annual Church meeting, though we still don’t have a date.  To take full part in the meeting when it happens, your name must be on the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen, baptised and think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please pick up an application form, or download one from the church website, fill it in and return it as soon as possible.
  • The food-bank is open, but because of the continuing restrictions it is not possible to allow people to make their own choices.  Pre-packed bags of food are available at the back of the church. Please take one if you need one – and please remember to maintain social distancing while you wait your turn.
  • Finally: next Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost, which marks the end of Eastertide and is also our Patronal Festival.  Sadly, we can’t hold the usual bring-and-share lunch, but we hope that everyone will still be in church to celebrate

17th May, 2020

Restrictions on public worship in churches are being lifted as from Monday 18th May, but social distancing and other precautions remain in force.  The Church of the Holy Ghost re-opens for public worship with the Eucharist on Wednesday 20th May, but subject to a number of conditions and restrictions.  These are set out on the church’s Facebook page (here) and on the “Corona-virus” page of this website.  

  • All services for the foreseeable future will be said, with no hymns.
  • We recognise that there are members of our congregation who are advised not to attend public worship because of their age or medical condition.  To keep them in touch we are planning to live-stream the Sunday Eucharist on the church’s Facebook page. In addition, a thought for the day will continue to appear on the Facebook page and we hope to continue posting the gospel for the day and a short reflection on Wednesdays and major Holy Days, usually with a link to a piece of music.  These will also appear on the Chaplain’s page of the website.
  • There will be a Eucharist on Ascension Day (21st May).   The church will be open from 0930 to 1800 as part of the global prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come”.  Information about “Thy Kingdom Come” can be found on the church’s Facebook page during the next few days.
  • We are receiving requests for help from people whose lives have been seriously disrupted by the recent lock-down.  You can support our church’s work of practical care for them in these challenging times by donating through the Diocese in Europe’s “Just Giving” page , specifying that your donation is for the Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova.
  • Please watch this space for news about the Annual Church Meeting.  To take full part in the meeting, your name must be on the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and you think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form from the “News” page (http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/news/), fill it in and return it to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.  Alternatively, hard-copy forms can be left in the church’s mailbox in Via Goito.

Church Reopening

The church will reopen for public worship on Wednesday, 20th May, with the 12:30 Eucharist.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

  • The maximum number allowed in the church building is 45.
  • If you have flu-like or respiratory symptoms, please do not come to church.
  • If you have a body temperature equal to or greater than 37.5º C, please do not come to church.
  • If you have previously been in contact with people who have tested positively for SARSCoV-2 (Covid-19) please do not come to church.
  • When you come into the building, please use the hand sanitiser provided.
  • Please respect the safety distance (at least 1 metre) at all times.
  • Please use a mask that covers your nose and mouth (otherwise you will not be allowed in).

More detailed information about the conduct of worship can be found on the page http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/novel-coronavirus-covid-19/


We have received this message from the Communità di Sant’ Egidio:

Prayer, Fasting and Service

Some young Muslims have asked to share with us the service to the poor on 14th May [see below]. They will be with us in the Centro, at Sampierdarena and Cornigliano for the distribution of foodstuffs to people in need.

The commitment is for Thursday afternoon from 15:00 onward.

If there are any young people (viz under 35) from our church who would like to take part the Communità would be delighted to welcome them.

Further information from Luciano Rosasco (elle_i@libero.it) or Sergio Casali (casali.sergio@gmail.com)

“Since prayer is a universal value, I have accepted the proposal of the Higher Committee for Human Fraternity for believers of all religions to unite spiritually this 14 May for a day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity, to implore God to help humanity overcome the coronavirus pandemic. Remember: 14 May, all believers together, believers of different traditions, to pray, fast, and perform works of charity”.

Pope Francis


10th May, 2020

  • Restrictions on public worship in churches have been lifted as from Monday 18th May, but social distancing and other safety precautions remain in force.  The Standing Committee will meet on-line later this week to discuss how to make the transition out of lock-down.  Further information will be shared as soon after that as possible.
  • In the meantime services will continue to be suspended, as will all other Church activities except the food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
  • A virtual Eucharist will appear on the Church’s Facebook page on Sunday 17th May.
  • A thought for the day is continuing to appear on the Facebook page during Eastertide. Each Wednesday, and on red-letter Saints’ days, we continue to post the gospel for the day, a short reflection from the chaplain, and a link to a piece of music.  This material is also appearing on the Chaplain’s Page of this website (http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/haplains-page-3/).
  • You can support our church’s mission and work of practical care in these challenging times by donating through the Diocese in Europe on the diocese’s Just Giving page (https://www.justgiving.com/diocese-ineurope), specifying that your donation is for the Church of the Holy Ghost, Genova.   
  • Please watch this space for news about the Annual Church meeting.  To take full part in the meeting, your name must be on the Church’s Electoral Roll.  To qualify you must be over sixteen, and baptised. If you think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form from the Church website “News” page (http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/news/), fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.

3rd May, 2020

  • Many restrictions are being eased from tomorrow (Monday 4th May), but those on church services have not been lifted.  Services at this church will continue to be suspended until further notice, as will all other Church activities except the food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
  • Virtual Eucharists will continue on the Church’s Facebook page (“Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”) each Sunday as long as the current restrictions on public worship apply.
  • A thought for the day is continuing to appear on the Facebook page each day during Eastertide. Each Wednesday, and on red-letter Saints’ days, we continue to post the gospel for the day, a short reflection from the chaplain, and a link to a piece of music.  This can also be found on the Chaplain’s Page of the Church website (http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/haplains-page-3/).
  • UK nationals will find important information from the British Embassy in Rome on the Facebook page and lower down this page.
  • We still have no news about a new date for the Annual Church meeting.  This will be arranged when there is firm news about the ending of restrictions.
  • The postponement of the Annual Meeting means that the revision of the Church’s Electoral Roll will be extended.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form from this page, fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.

Did you know that you can support our church’s mission and work of practical care in these challenging times by donating to the Diocese in Europe? It is easy to make a donation on the diocese’s Just Giving page (link below), specifying that your donation is for the Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa.

Please help us by giving what you can to: https://www.justgiving.com/diocese-ineurope

Visitors to this website may not realise that since the beginning of the lock-down the Church of the Holy Ghost has had no income. There have been no offerings at the Sunday Eucharist, because the Eucharist has been on-line. There has been no rent income from the Ecuadorian congregation who use our building on a Sunday evening, because their acts of worship, like ours, have had to cease under government restrictions. And there have been no casual donations because the church building has been open for only one hour twice a week so that people in need can have access to the food and clothing banks.
However, the church still has regular outgoings. Money has to be spent on energy and water bills and other utilities, on the rent for the chaplain’s flat, and, for the time being, on topping up the food bank because at present donors cannot easily bring in gifts of food.  At the moment these expenses are being met from our very limited reserves, but that cannot continue indefinitely. We therefore ask all who visit these pages to consider making a donation on-line through the Just Giving website.


19th and 26th April, 2020

  • With the extension of the current restrictions into next month, services will continue to be suspended until further notice, as will all other Church activities except the food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
  • A thought for the day will continue to appear on the Church’s Facebook page each day during Eastertide. Each Wednesday, and on red-letter Saints’ days, we will continue to post the gospel for the day, a short reflection from the chaplain, and a link to a piece of music.  This will also appear on the Chaplain’s Page of this website. The most recent posts mark St George’s Day and St Mark’s Day.
  • With the extension of the current restrictions, the Annual Church meeting has been postponed.  A new date has not been fixed because of the continuing uncertainty about how long the present degree of lock-down will continue.
  • The postponement of the Annual Meeting means that the revision of the Church’s Electoral Roll will be extended.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form (available elsewhere on this page), fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.
  • Our virtual Eucharists will continue on the Facebook page each Sunday as long as the current restrictions apply.

16th April, 2020

Easter greetings and good wishes have been received from Bishop David.

12th April, 2020

  • We wish everyone a happy Easter, despite the lock-down, remembering that the risen Christ makes his presence felt behind locked doors and in the hearts of those who are fearful and grieving.  We have received greetings, and the assurance of prayers from people around the world.
  • With the extension of the current restrictions into May, services will continue to be suspended until further notice, as will all other Church activities except the food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
  • A thought for the day will appear on the Church’s Facebook page each day during Eastertide. During Easter Week we are also posting a reflection by Fr Richard Rohr OFM, the gospel for the day, a short reflection from the chaplain, and a link to a piece of music. These can also be found on the Chaplain’s Page of the website.
  • All the talks about the different Gospels’ approach to Jesus’ suffering and death are now also available on the Chaplain’s Page.
  • With the extension of the current restrictions, the Annual Church meeting has been postponed.  A new date has not been fixed because of the continuing uncertainty about how long the lock-down will continue.
  • The postponement of the Annual Meeting means that the revision of the Church’s Electoral Roll will be extended.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form from elsewhere on this page (you can find the link under the entries for 15th and 29th March or under the heading “Notice of Electoral Roll Revision”), fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.
  • Our virtual Eucharists will continue on the Facebook page each Sunday as long as the lock-down continues.  We hope to be able to resolve the current technical problems shortly.

5th April, 2020

  • Services remain suspended until after Easter, as do all other Church activities except the food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
  • A thought for the day appears each morning on the Church’s Facebook page. During Holy Week and Easter Week we are also posting the gospel for the day, a short reflection, and a link to a piece of music.  Occasional reflections appear on the Chaplain’s page of this website .
  • The church building is closed during Holy Week, but services and reflections can be found on the church’s Facebook page at the following times:
    • Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week (6th-8th April) at 12:30
    • Maundy Thursday (9th April) at 18:00
    • Good Friday (10th April)
      • at 14:00 Reflections on the Passion
      • at 18:00 Music for Holy Week performed by the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica
    • Easter Day (12th April) at 10:30
  • All the talks about the different Gospels’ approach to Jesus’ suffering and death are now on the Chaplain’s Page of the Church website.
  • The Annual Church meeting has been postponed.  We will do our best to keep everyone informed of the new date, which has not been fixed because it depends on how long the current lock-down continues.
  • The postponement of the Annual Meeting means that the revision of the Church’s Electoral Roll will be extended.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form from elsewhere on this page, fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org as soon as possible.
  • Next Sunday is Easter Day. There will be a virtual Eucharist for Easter on the Facebook page. There will also be special posts for each day of Easter Week.

29th March, 2020

  • Services and (with two exceptions) all other Church activities remain suspended this week and almost certainly next.  We continue to pray that it will be possible to pick up the threads of our life together in time for Easter, but this is looking increasingly unlikely.
  • The two exceptions to the suspension of Church activities are:
    • The food-bank, which remains open as usual for those in need.  Food can be collected on Sundays (10:30-11:30) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
    • The series of drop-in quiet days on Thursdays during Lent. The church will be open from 09:30 until 18:00 for private prayer and meditation.  If you drop in, please respect the need to keep at a distance from others.
  • A thought for the day is appearing each morning on the Church’s Facebook page, and on Wednesdays we are also posting the gospel for the day, a short reflection, and a link to a piece of music.  
  • The last of the Wednesday talks about the way each of the Gospels tells the story of Jesus’ suffering and death will appear this week on the Chaplain’s page of this website. It deals with St John’s Gospel. Mark, Matthew and Luke are already available.
  • The Church’s Electoral Roll will be revised this week.  If you are over sixteen, baptised, and think of Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If it isn’t, please download an application form here http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Electoral-Roll-Form-2020HGG.pdf fill it in and return to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org by Saturday.
  • We hope that the Annual Church meeting will take place as planned on 19th April.  We will keep everyone informed by social media, WhatsApp and email of any changes if the current lock-down continues beyond the beginning of April.
  • Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. If the lock-down continues, there will be a virtual Eucharist, including the blessing of palms, on the Facebook page. There will also be special posts for each day of Holy Week.

If the Church is closed during Holy Week SERVICES AND REFLECTIONS can be followed on the FACEBOOK page Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost from the following times:

  • Palm Sunday – 5th April at 10:30
  • Monday in Holy Week – 6th April at 12:30
  • Tuesday in Holy Week – 7th April at 12:30
  • Wednesday in Holy Week – 8th April at 12:30
  • Maundy Thursday – 9th April at 18:00
  • Good Friday – 10th April
    • at 14:00 Reflections on the Passion
    • at 18:00 Music for Holy Week performed by the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica
  • Easter Day – 12th April at 10:30

Notice of electoral roll revision

Those who can’t easily get to church may like to know that the Electoral Roll of the Church of the Holy Ghost parish will be revised by the Parochial Church Council beginning on Wednesday 1st April 2020 and ending on Saturday 4th April 2020. A notice to this effect has been posted on the church door.

After the revision, a copy of the Roll will be published by the Parochial Church Council on near to the principal door of the Parish Church for at least 14 days, as well as on this website, and a copy of the Roll will be available for inspection on a reasonable request being made to the Council.

Under the Church Representation Rules a lay person is entitled to have his or her name entered on the roll if the person –
(a) is baptised
(b) is aged 16 or over, and
(c) has made one of the following three declarations and duly applied for enrolment;

  • The first declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England and is resident in the parish.
  • * The second declaration is that the person is a member of the Church of England or of a Church in communion with it, is not resident in the parish, but has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.
  • * The third declaration is that the person is a member in good standing of a Church which is not in communion with the Church of England but subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and is also a member of the Church of England and has habitually attended public worship in the parish during the preceding six months.

Application Forms can be obtained from the Church Electoral Roll Officer and are also available on-line here http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Electoral-Roll-Form-2020HGG.pdf . In order for a person to be entitled to attend the annual church meeting and to take part in its proceedings, an Application Form must be returned before 4th April.

Any error discovered in the roll should at once be reported to the Electoral Roll Officer.


22nd March, 2020 

  • Services and (with two exceptions) all other Church activities remain suspended this week and almost certainly next.  We continue to pray that the pandemic in Italy may peak during this period of national self-isolation and that it will be possible to pick up the threads of our life together in time for Easter.
  • Don’t forget that a thought for the day is appearing each morning on the Church’s Facebook page, enriched on Wednesdays by the gospel for the day, a short reflection, and a link to a piece of music. As today, there will be a “virtual Eucharist” each Sunday, posted in sections on the Facebook page from 10:30.  
  • The Wednesday talks about the way each of the Gospels tells the story of Jesus’ suffering and death are appearing on the Church website.  Mark, Matthew and Luke are already there. John will follow in ten days’ time.
  • There are two exceptions to the suspension of Church activities:
    • The food-bank, which remains open at its usual times for those in need.  Food can be collected on Sundays (10:30-12:00) and Wednesdays (12:00-13:00).
    • The series of drop-in quiet days on Thursdays during Lent, when the church will be open from 09:30 until 18:00 for private prayer and meditation.  If you drop in, please respect the need to keep at a distance from others.
  • It is now time to revise the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen years of age and baptised, and if you think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If you are not sure whether your name is on it, please check with the chaplain or one of the wardens. If it isn’t, please download an application form from the Church website, fill it in and return it to the church.
  • We hope that the Annual Church meeting may be able to take place as planned on 19th April, but it is possible that it might not.  We will keep everyone informed by social media, WhatsApp and email of any changes which may be necessary if the current lock-down continues beyond the beginning of April.

15th March, 2020 

  • Services and (with one exception) all other Church activities remain suspended this week and next.  We pray that the pandemic in Italy may have peaked during this period of national self-isolation and that it will be possible to pick up the threads of our life together in time for Holy Week and Easter.
  • In the mean time a thought for the day is appearing each morning on the Church’s Facebook page, enriched on Wednesdays by the gospel for the day, a short reflection, and a link to a piece of music. As today, there will be a “virtual Eucharist” each Sunday, posted in sections on the Facebook page from 10:30.  The Wednesday talks about the way each of the Gospels tells the story of Jesus’ suffering and death will appear at http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/haplains-page-3/.  Mark and Matthew are already there. Luke and John will follow.
  • The one exception to the suspension of Church activities is the series of drop-in quiet days on Thursdays during Lent.  The church is open from 09:30 until 18:00 for private prayer and meditation on these days.  If you drop in, please respect the requirement to keep at a distance from others.
  • We hope that the Annual Church Meeting may be able to take place as planned on 19th April, but it is possible that it might not.  We will keep everyone informed by social media, WhatsApp and email of any changes which may be necessary if the current lock-down continues beyond the beginning of April.
  • A reminder that it’s nearly time to revise the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen years of age and baptised, and if you think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  If you are not sure whether your name is on it, please check with the chaplain or one of the wardens. If it isn’t, please download an application form here, fill it in and return it to the church.

Keeping Lent in a time of Lock-down

Because of the governmental  measures to deal with the Covid-19 crisis, as mentioned below, we have been giving thought to ways in which members of the congregation of The Church of the Holy Ghost can be sustained spiritually during this Lent. The provisional answers can be found under the heading “Time in the Wilderness” on the Chaplain’s page (http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/haplains-page-3/):

Go to our dedicated page for our latest Covid-19 update

Read the full text of Canon Tony’s letter to us all …… “we have to announce, with great regret, the SUSPENSION OF ALL ACTIVITIES OF THE CHURCH OF THE HOLY GHOST UNTIL 3rd APRIL.”

8th March, 2020

Our experiment in producing a “virtual Eucharist” last week has become one of the top stories on the home-page of the Diocese in Europe website (https://europe.anglican.org/).  It was also the subject of an article in last week’s “Church Times” (https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2020/6-march/news/uk/chaplain-of-virus-hit-area-devises-rites-for-a-crisis). 

PLEASE NOTE: the corona-virus crisis and the emergency ordinance of the regional government have made most of the notices about events this week null and void.

All public gatherings between now and midnight on Sunday 1st March have been banned. (Please see the next post for further details and health advice.)

  • This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday. There will be a Eucharist, as usual, at 12.30, but it will be different from our usual midweek service in that it will include the opportunity to be marked with the sign of the cross with ash made from last year’s palm crosses as a sign of our penitence – and our awareness of mortality. Thanks to those who have brought palm crosses to be turned into ash.
  • On Thursday there will be the first of our drop-in quiet days during Lent.  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.  You don’t have to be there all day, or even an hour or two.  Just drop in for a few minutes.
  • Also on Thursday, at 6.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza, there will be the first in the new series of Bible Studies in the Acts of the Apostles.
  • Starting next Wednesday, 4th March, there will be a talk about the different way in which each of the Gospels describes the suffering and death of Jesus.  These are the launch pad for this year’s “Spirituality Series” of talks under the general heading of “English Voices in Genoa”.
  • Friday 6th March is this year’s World Day of Prayer.  There will be a special service of prayer at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza that day at 6.00 p.m.
  • It is approaching the time of year when we revise the Church’s Electoral Roll.  If you are over sixteen years of age and baptised, and if you think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as “your” church, your name ought to be on the roll.  There’s a copy in the porch.  If your name isn’t on it, please take one of the forms from the table fill it in and give it to the Electoral Roll Officer, the chaplain, or one of the wardens

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