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4th 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