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17th October, 2021

  • On Monday, 18th October, we remember St Luke, who wrote the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. St Luke is usually identified with the doctor who was one of St Paul’s companions and he is often linked with the Church’s ministry of healing. Anyone who knows someone who is in particular need of healing in mind or body, is asked to contact the chaplain, so that they can be remembered by name in the prayers. Anyone who knows that they are in need of a sacramental assurance of God’s healing presence is warmly invited to attend the service and to receive anointing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • Those who have already signed up for their own personalised service-book can take it today. Anyone who would like their own copy to take home and bring to church each Sunday, is asked to add their name to the list on the table or contact the chaplain. From 1st Sunday in November onwards we will no longer be printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but members of the congregation will still be able to download each Sunday’s service from the church website or Facebook page onto a phone or tablet.
  • There is another list on the table, for the names of loved ones who have died to be remembered at the All Souls’ Day service on 2nd November. Please write on that list the name of anyone to be remembered by name at that service, or contact the chaplain.
  • At the end of this year, from 28th December until New Year’s Day 2022, the annual gathering organised by the Taizé Community for young people from across Europe will take place in Torino. Anyone who would like to know more about this, is asked to contact the chaplain or check the information on the FB page and the website.
  • Next Sunday is our church’s official birthday, when we give thanks for Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to Genoa in 1872 to dedicate this building. The celebrations will include an aperitivo after the Eucharist.

‘Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil!’

Halim Nachman Bialik (Jewish Poet, 1873-1934)

To join this event please register with Revd. Elizabeth Bussmann.


10th October

  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. we remember Edward the Confessor, the last English king of England (apart from Harold Godwinson) and the country’s former patron saint.
  • On 18th October we remember St Luke, who wrote the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. There will be a Eucharist that day at 12.30 p.m. St Luke is generally identified with the doctor who was one of St Paul’s companions and he is often linked with the Church’s ministry of healing. Anyone who knows someone in need of God’s healing presence is encouraged to write their name on one of the leaves in the basket and add it to the prayer tree at the back of the church so that they can be remembered them by name in the prayers that day. Anyone who knows that they are in need of God’s healing is warmly invited to attend the service and to come forward for anointing.
  • The monthly Taizé Prayer takes place at 9.00 p.m. this evening at the church of San Marco al Molo, by the Porto Antico.
  • At the end of this year, from 28th December until New Year’s Day 2022, the annual gathering organised by the Taizé Community for young people from across Europe will take place in Torino. Anyone who would like to know more about this is asked to contact the chaplain or check the information published on the church’s Facebook page and here.
  • Personalised copies of the service-book are now available. Anyone who would like their own personalised copy to take home and bring to church with them each Sunday, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • We have received warm greetings from Fr Clifford Owen, one of our former locum chaplains, now retired in the UK.

3rd October

  • Despite the unpleasant weather, enough people were in church to make our Harvest Thanksgiving a memorable experience. Members of the congregation helped set the table at the beginning. We returned to singing as a congregation. John will continue in his role as cantor, and we thank him for his ministry during these last months, but each Sunday the Gloria, Alleluia, Sanctus and Benedictus will be sung and there will be at least one hymn in which all present can join*. Kenjiro read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 beautifully, despite his little sister’s repeated attempts to distract him. Hanako led us in prayer. Several gifts for the food-bank were received. The socially-distanced aperitivo after the Eucharist was a much appreciated part of our Harvest celebration. *Today’s hymn was “We plough the fields and scatter”.
  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. we shall remember William Tyndale, whose translation of the Bible into English nearly 500 years ago has influenced almost every English version since, and Faith, a child who was killed toward the end of the third century because she believed in Jesus and would not sacrifice to the official gods of Rome.
  • We congratulate Saturday Akhigbe on his new job working in the kitchen at KFC in Torino and we pray for him as he settles in.
  • We have recently rediscovered the Sunday service-books which were tidied away at the time of the first lock-down. Under the various regulations and guidelines which are in force at present we cannot hand them out each Sunday as we did before the pandemic but they are being individually sanitised for personal use. Anyone who would like their own personalised copy to take home and bring to church each Sunday, is asked to add their name to the list on the table. The books will be available from next Sunday.

26th September

  • During the coming week, please pray for Fr Kirk Weisz, who is being ordained priest by Bishop David in Bergen today.
  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. we remember St Michael and All Angels, and we give thanks to God for those unseen powers of good which have protected us and brought us safely to this time and place.
  • Next Sunday is our Harvest Thanksgiving. We shall offer our thanks for God’s good gifts in the harvest of earth and sea. We shall pray for all who work on the land and in fisheries around the world. And we shall re-commit ourselves to caring for God’s earth. Contributions for the food-bank will be gratefully received.
  • Next Sunday will be different. We begin to return to singing as a congregation at the Sunday Eucharist. John Wesley Ephraim will continue in his role as cantor, and we thank John for his ministry during these last months, but each Sunday there will be at least one hymn in which all the congregation can join. There are also plans to involve young people more actively in next Sunday’s service, in reading and leading the prayers, with roles for younger children, too.
  • There will also be a socially-distanced aperitivo after the Sunday Eucharist, as part of our Harvest celebration. This will include a bring-and-share finger-buffet, and contributions of finger-food on the day will be very welcome.
  • The Sunday service-books which were tidied away at the time of the first lock-down have recently been rediscovered. Under the various regulations and guidelines which are in force at present they cannot be handed out each Sunday as before the pandemic but they are being individually sanitised for personal use. Anyone who would like their own personalised copy to take home and bring to church with them each Sunday, is asked to add their name to the list on the table or contact the chaplain. The books will be available from 10th October.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Wednesdays and Sundays.

19th September

  • On Tuesday we remember St Matthew, apostle and evangelist. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • The Archdeaconry Synod begins on Wednesday morning. Fortunately the timings of the sessions are such that it will be possible for us to celebrate the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • Wednesday is an Ember Day, one of those days on which we pray for those who are about to be ordained, those training for ordained ministry, and those who are exploring the possibility that God might be calling them to service in this way. Please pray particularly for Kirk Weisz, who is to be ordained priest by Bishop David in Bergen next Sunday.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Tuesday and Wednesday this week as well as on Sunday.

STOP PRESS

At the meeting of the Church Council on 19th September it was agreed:

  • to return to congregational singing of the Sunday Eucharist, including at least one hymn, with effect from the beginning of October.
  • to reinstate the aperitivo after the Sunday Eucharist, beginning at the Harvest Thanksgiving on 3rd October. As part of our Harvest celebration, this will include a finger-buffet. Contributions of finger-food on the day will be very welcome.
  • to offer anyone who would like one their own personalised copy of the Sunday service-book. These will be available from 10th October.
  • to hold a “bring-and-share” lunch on one Sunday each month.
  • A number of other projects were also agreed. Further information about these will be published within the next few weeks.

12th September

  • This evening the monthly Taizé Prayer resumes after the summer break. It begins at 9.00 p.m. at San Marco al Molo, beside the Porto Antico, and lasts for about an hour. It is an excellent opportunity to encounter God in a different way.
  • On Tuesday we keep Holy Cross Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • There will not be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday. Instead there will be Midday Prayer at the usual time of 12.30 p.m.
  • The food-bank is open today and on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Next Sunday the church council will meet after the Eucharist. The agenda and other papers will, it is hoped, be with members by the end of today.
  • There is a great deal to occupy our prayers at the moment. The pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. The extreme weather events around the world continue to leaving lasting havoc behind them. Conflicts flare up within and between states. Afghanistan is in the headlines, and many of us have personal knowledge of what is going on in Nigeria, but there are many other places which also need our prayers.

5th September

  • Today is the deadline for submitting material to be included in our planned history of this church to be published next year as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.
  • On Wednesday we celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • The food-bank is open on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Next Sunday the monthly Taizé Prayer resumes after the summer break. It begins at 9.00 p.m. at San Marco al Molo, beside the Porto Antico, and lasts for about an hour. It provides an excellent opportunity to bask in the love and mercy of God.
  • On Tuesday 14th September we keep Holy Cross Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • There is a great deal to occupy our prayers at the moment. The pandemic isn’t going away any time soon. The extreme weather events around the world continue to leaving lasting havoc behind them. Conflicts flare up within and between states. Afghanistan is in the headlines, and many of us have personal knowledge of what is going on in Nigeria, but there are many other places which also need our prayers. Don’t let the size of the problems this world faces overwhelm you. There’s a German song, based on an African proverb, which reminds us that “many little people in many little places by taking many little steps can change the face of the world.” They can do that because God’s blessing accompanies them.

29th August

  • There will not be a midweek Eucharist on Wednesday 1st September. The church is closed all this week while the roof timbers are treated to protect them against infestation by wood-boring insects.
  • Normal services will resume with the Sunday Eucharist at 10.30 on 5th September and a celebration of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 12.30 on Wednesday 8th September.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in a book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. Anyone who has memories to share, is asked to email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them to church, by next Sunday (5th September) at the latest.
  • The food-bank will be open next Sunday.
  • Please keep the people of Afghanistan in your prayers during the coming days, remembering those who have been accepted by the Italian government as refugees, and those who have been unable to escape, especially members of the small Christian community. And pray for the Taliban, that they may be mindful of the mercy and compassion of God as they take over government.
  • Please also continue to pray for the people and communities who have been affected by extreme weather in recent weeks, not only those whose homes and livelihoods have been washed away in floodwaters, but the people around the world who have seen their homes, and sometimes their whole community, go up in flames as wildfires spread. Pray, too, for firefighters and members of the other emergency services, trying to cope with these catastrophes.

22nd August

  • On Tuesday, we shall remember St Bartholomew. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. Anyone who has memories to share, is asked to email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them to church, ideally by the end of August.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday.
  • Please keep the people of Afghanistan in your prayers during the coming days, and remember the Christians who have been murdered in Nigeria this year.
  • Please also continue to pray for the people and communities who have been affected by the recent floods and storms, not only in Northern Europe, but here in Italy. Please remember, too, the people in this country and around the world who have seen their homes, and sometimes their whole community, go up in flames as wildfires rage out of control.
  • We have recently learned of the death earlier this year of Fr Robert Britton, at the age of 96. Fr Robert was the last resident chaplain in Alassio, ministering there in the 1980s. He eventually retired to Bristol in the UK, where he was active in ministry until his early nineties.

15th August

Buon Ferragosto a tutte/i!

  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday 24th August, we shall remember St Bartholomew. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. as there will on Wednesday 8th September when we shall give thanks for the Blessed Virgin Mary on her official birthday.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church, ideally by the end of August.
  • The food-bank will continue to open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • We are now able to provide more detail about the walk-in clinic run by Croce Bianca in Piazza Palermo (see link below). The clinic is staffed by a nurse practitioner and does not charge, although it does ask for a donation from those who can afford it.
  • Please continue to pray for the people and communities who have been affected by the recent floods and storms, not only in Northern Europe, but here in Italy. Please remember, too, the people in this country and around the world who have seen their homes, and sometimes their whole community, go up in flames as wildfires rage out of control.

8th August

  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. we shall remember St Clare of Assisi and John Henry Newman.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church, ideally by the end of August.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Our attention has been drawn to the walk-in clinic run by Croce Bianca in Piazza Palermo, a couple of blocks down from Corso Buenos Aires, as you head toward the sea. It’s run by a nurse practitioner, who offers injections and all sorts of tests. It’s open from 8.30 to 11.00 a.m. Monday to Saturday, except for public holidays. The clinic doesn’t charge, although it does ask for a donation from those who can afford it.
  • As you continue to pray for the people and communities who have been affected by the recent floods and storms, not only in Northern Europe, but here in Italy, please remember, too, the people all round the world who have seen their homes, and sometimes their whole community, go up in flames as wildfires rage out of control.

1st August

  • The midweek Eucharist takes place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Friday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration or our Lord. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank is open today, as it will be after the Eucharist on Wednesday and Friday.
  • Finally: please continue to pray for the people and communities who have been affected by the recent floods and storms, not only in Northern Europe, but here in Italy, especially for those who have lost loved ones, or homes, or livelihoods to the waters and the landslides. According to news reports all of the maize and vegetable harvest between Como and Lecco has been destroyed by a combination of high wind, heavy rain, hailstorms and landslides. It will take a long time for all the damage to be repaired and for lives to return to normal.

25th July

  • Congratulations to Jeffrey and Sarah who were formally married under Italian law on Thursday, and whose wedding blessing took place here on yesterday. Please keep them, and Brenda, in your prayers during the coming days.
  • The midweek Eucharist will take place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays, after the Eucharist, and on Wednesdays.
  • Please continue to pray for the people and communities in northern Europe who have been affected by the recent floods, especially for those who have lost loved ones, or homes, or livelihoods to the waters. It will take a long time for all the damage to be repaired and lives return to normal – even pandemic normal.

18th July

  • This evening at 9.00 p.m. the postponed Taizé Prayer will take place at at San Marco al Molo. All are welcome.
  • The midweek Eucharist will take place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Thursday the Church remembers St Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ most faithful followers and the first witness to the resurrection. In the Eastern Church she is known, for that reason, as “the Apostle to the Apostles”. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Also on Thursday Jeffrey and Sarah will be formally married under Italian law, and their wedding will be followed by a blessing here on Saturday. Please keep them, and Brenda, in your prayers during the coming days.
  • We are still open for stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost to be included in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank is open today, as it will be after the Eucharist on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • We have received greetings from Fr Douglas in the USA and from Elizabeth Cordone and the rest of the congregation in Bordighera. The border between the USA and Canada has reopened so that Fr Douglas is finally able to return home with his brother’s ashes.
  • There has been widespread flooding in northern Europe. Bishop Robert and Bishop David have written to ask all congregations to pray for the people and communities who have been affected, especially for those who have lost loved ones, or homes, or livelihoods to the waters. There is a copy of the bishops’ letter here.

11th July

  • The midweek Eucharist will take place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. This week we remember John Keble, another in the line of Anglican poet-priests which stretches from John Donne and George Herbert in the 17th century to Malcolm Guite and Rowan Williams today.
  • Our attention has been drawn to a concert at 9.00 p.m. on Wednesday at the former Psychiatric Hospital in Via Maggio. It will be given by the soprano Stefania Pietropaolo with the string orchestra of l’Accademia del Chiostro. Those who wish can book a buffet supper beforehand. Further details, including how to book your supper, on the flier below.
  • On Friday morning this week we shall welcome Fr Benjamin from the community at Santa Maria in Castello. He is bringing a group of young adults to learn something about the life of this church and about the Anglican tradition generally.
  • We are now receiving a trickle of stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost for inclusion in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them to the chaplain or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church. We are still waiting for that stream of recipes from around the world to be included in the other book that has been suggested. Again, if you have a recipe to share, then please send it in via e-mail or WhatsApp.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and on Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • The July gathering at San Marco al Molo for Taizé-style prayer has been postponed to next Sunday (18th July), still at 9.00 p.m.
  • Please remember in your prayers Sarah and Jeffrey as they prepare for their civil marriage at the comune next week and for the blessing of their marriage in church two days later.

4th July

  • The midweek Eucharist will take place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • We are now receiving a trickle of stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost for inclusion in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them to me or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church. We am still waiting for that stream of recipes from around the world to be included in the other book that has been suggested. Again, if you have a recipe to share, then please send it in via e-mail or WhatsApp.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • On the table in the porch there is a pile of English-language magazines. They are there for people to take and read and pass on to friends.
  • Please remember in your prayers Robert Morley, Martin George Valdis Teraudkalns and Roxana Teleman, ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan today. Please remember, too, all those who are being ordained deacon and priest this weekend.

27th June

  • On Tuesday we remember St Peter and St Paul. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • The midweek Eucharist will take place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • At the Eucharist next Sunday we shall celebrate St Thomas.
  • We are now receiving a trickle of stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost for inclusion in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have memories to share, please email them to the chaplain or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church. We are still waiting for that stream of recipes from around the world to be included in the other book that has been suggested. Again, if you have a recipe to share, then please send it in via e-mail or WhatsApp.
  • The food-bank is open this week after the Eucharist on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • On the table in the porch there is a pile of English-language magazines. They are for people to take and read and pass on to friends.
  • Please remember in your prayers Robert Morley, Martin George Valdis Teraudkalns and Roxana Teleman, to be ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan next Sunday. Please remember, too, those to be ordained deacon and priest in St John’s Ghent on Saturday.

20th June

  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. we shall remember St Etheldreda of Ely.
  • On Wednesday afternoon at 4.00 p.m. we are hosting a book launch. Oriana Danieli will present her new book “Nell’Ighilterra di Beatrix Potter: un viaggio nell’incanto del Lake District”. All are welcome.
  • On Thursday we celebrate the Birth of John the Baptist. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • We are beginning to receive stories about life at The Church of the Holy Ghost for inclusion in the planned book to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. If you have special memories to share, please email them to me or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church. I am still waiting for that stream of recipes from around the world to be included in the other book that has been suggested. Again, if you have a recipe to share, then please send it in via e-mail or WhatsApp.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • On the table in the porch there is a pile of English-language magazines. They are there for people to take and read and pass on to friends.
  • On Tuesday 29th June we will celebrate the feast of St Peter and St Paul. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Please remember in prayer all those to be ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan on Sunday 4th July:
    • The Revd Professor Dr Martin George (to continue to serve as assistant curate, St George’s, Berlin)
    • The Revd Dr Valdis Teraudkalns (to continue to serve as assistant curate, St Saviour’s, Riga)
    • The Revd Robert Morley (to continue to serve as assistant curate, All Saints, Milan)
    • The Revd Roxana Teleman (to continue to serve as assistant curate, All Saints, Marseille)

13th June

  • This evening the monthly meeting for prayer in the style of the Taizé Community will take place at San Marco al Molo. Now that we are in zona bianca and no longer subject to curfew the gathering will begin at its traditional time of 9.00 p.m.
  • There will be the regular Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. This week we remember two very different English bishops, Richard of Chichester and Joseph Butler of Durham.
  • On Wednesday evening our online discussion group for young adults meets again. It’s open to anyone aged between 18 and 35. Please contact Francesco or John Wesley for further details.
  • Next year we mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. Ideas for events to celebrate this will be very welcome. Two suggestions that we have received already are: producing a book telling the story of this church and its people; and compiling book of recipes from around the world. If you have a story about the church and about what it means to you, the church council would love to hear it. If you have memories to share, or a recipe to share, then please share them. Email them to the chaplain or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • We have recently received two generous donations of shoes and clothing from super-yachts in the Porto Antico. The shoes have been sorted. The clothes will, we hope, be ready for inspection next week.
  • Please remember in prayer Robert Morley who will be ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan on Sunday 4th July.
  • On Wednesday 23rd June, at 4.00 p.m. Oriana Danieli will present her book about Beatrix Potter and the English Lake District here in church. All are welcome.

6th June, 2021

  • On Wednesday our regular Eucharist will take place at 12.30 p.m. We shall remember two very different poet-saints, Columba of Iona and Ephrem of Syria.
  • On Wednesday evening the online discussion group for young adults meets again. It is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35. Please contact Francesco Cevasco or John Wesley Ephraim for further details.
  • Next year we mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this building. Ideas for events to celebrate this will be very welcome.
  • We are hoping to produce a book telling the story of this church and its people. If you have a story about the church and about what it means to you, the church council would love to hear it. If you have memories to share, then please e-mail them to the chaplain, or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • Another project is a proposed book of recipes from around the world, reflecting the dozen or so nationalities in our congregation. If you have a recipe to share, then please share them. You can e-mail them to the chaplain, or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Clothing bank has recently received a generous donation of shoes and clothing from one of the boats in the Porto Antico. Our thanks to Alexandra Talbot and the super-yacht “Symphony”.
  • Please continue to pray for Solomon Uche Ike, who was ordained deacon by Bishop David Hamid last Sunday in Madrid, where Solomon is now serving as assistant curate. And please remember Robert Morley who will be ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan in four weeks’ time, on Sunday 4th July.
  • On Friday we remember St Paul’s fellow-apostle, Barnabas. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.

30th May, 2021

  • We have received greetings from Archdeacon Joe Ajaefobi and Fr Lawson Nagel in London, from Fr Douglas Greenaway and our friends at St Paul’s, Rock Creek, and Bishop David, and from Dorothy Perks, who also sends the sad news that her husband, Fr David Perks, died 18 months ago.
  • Tomorrow, as we follow St Luke’s journey towards Bethlehem, we remember the Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday at 6.30 p.m. there will be an ecumenical gathering for prayer at San Lorenzo. All are welcome.
  • On Wednesday there will be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Ideas about what we might do to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the church building will be very welcome. Two suggestions we have received already are about books: one a book telling the story of this church and its people, the other a book of recipes from around the world. If you have a story about the church and about what it means to you, the church council would love to hear it. If you have memories to share, or a recipe to share, then please share them. Email them to the chaplain or send a WhatsApp, or write them down and bring them with you to church.
  • The food-bank continues to open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Please remember in your prayers this week Solomon Uche Ike, who was ordained deacon by Bishop David today in St George’s Church, Madrid, where Solomon will serve as assistant curate. And during this month please remember Robert Morley who will be ordained priest in All Saints’ Milan five weeks today, on Sunday 4th July.
  • Greetings to Samuel Ohakwe on his birthday.

Sunday, 23rd May

  • We have received greetings on the occasion of the church’s Patronal Festival from Fr Bernard Fray, from the Revd Dr Clifford Owen, and from Fr Gordon Bond.
  • In today’s sermon dreaming was mentioned and linked with our anniversary celebrations next year. Ideas about how the Church might mark this 150th birthday will be very welcome. There have been two suggestions for books:
    • An international recipe book.
    • The story of this church and its people since 1872. Contributions from anyone who has a story about the church and about what it means to them will be welcome.
  • Recipes and memories can be emailed to the chaplain, or sent via WhatsApp, or written down and brought to church.
  • On Wednesday there will be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. This week we commemorate Philip Neri, John Calvin and Augustine of Canterbury.
  • The food-bank continues to be open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • Next Sunday is Trinity Sunday, the last big celebration before the Church moves into what our Catholic neighbours call “ordinary time”, those Sundays when the church and the chaplain wear green, rather than red or white (or purple).
  • Two dates for the diary:
    • The ecumenical gathering for prayer at San Lorenzo on Tuesday, 1st June, at 6.30 p.m.
    • The Eucharist on Monday, 31st May, at 12.30 p.m. to mark the Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth.

Sunday, 16th May

  • The new Church Council met for the first time today.
  • This week we are back to normal on Wednesday. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. at which we shall remember St Dunstan of Canterbury, one of the greatest of English archbishops and a man of many talents, musician, craftsman, adviser of kings, reformer of the Church.
  • The church in Bordighera sends its greetings, and its thanks for releasing the chaplain last Wednesday to preside at the first Eucharist that they have been able to celebrate since last October.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • Next Sunday is the feast of Pentecost, the end of Eastertide and our church’s patronal festival.
  • On Monday, 1st June, there will be an ecumenical gathering for prayer at the Cathedral at 6.30 p.m. It will be a celebration of Pentecost, which is sometimes described as “the Church’s birthday”. During the service the chaplain will talk about the importance of Pentecost for the Church of the Holy Ghost.

Thursday, 13th May (Ascension Day)

From Ascension Day to Pentecost Christians around the world are praying “Thy Kingdom Come”. Each day during this period a video will be appearing on the church’s Facebook page. The first one features Archbishop Stephen Cottrell of York.


Sunday, 9th May

  • A reminder that today is “Europe Day”. The network of Christian movements “Together for Europe” is putting on an online event: “Per la Terra e per l’Uomo”, (For the earth and for people). You can take part on Zoom or follow LIVE on YOUTUBE.
  • Tonight at San Marco al Molo from 8.00 p.m. for about an hour there will be the usual monthly gathering for prayer in the style of the Taizé community. The worship is mainly in Italian, but it takes in a number of other languages, including English. If you haven’t tried it, it is something well worth exploring.
  • There will not be a Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Ghost on Wednesday. The chaplain will be in Bordighera, presiding at the Eucharist for the community there. It will be the first time they have been able to gather for worship since last autumn.
  • There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on both Thursday (for Ascension Day) and Friday (for St Matthias). Those who would normally be at the Eucharist on Wednesday are warmly encouraged to attend one of these alternatives.
  • The food-bank will be open this week after the Eucharist on Thursday and Friday.
  • The Church Council meets next Sunday after the Eucharist.

Sunday, 2nd May

  • The midweek Eucharist takes place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • Next Sunday the monthly Taizé prayer will take place at San Marco al Molo at 8.00 p.m. The worship is mainly in Italian, but it takes in a number of other languages, including English. Those who haven’t tried it, may find it something well worth exploring.
  • There are still one or two people who have yet to pay their annual membership fee as soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale. It would be appreciated if they could let the chaplain have their €10 as soon as possible.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins were formally admitted to office as the Churchwardens for 2021/2022 at the end of today’s Eucharist.

Sunday, 25th April

  • Our Annual Church Meeting took place after the Eucharist today. Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins were re-elected by acclamation to serve as Churchwardens for another year. Kallina Temperini and John Wesley Ephraim were elected to the Church Council in place of Godstime Idu and Ruth Oteri Pfaffhauser, who stood down at the end of their term of office.
  • For Advent 2020 until Christ the King 2021 we are journeying through the year with Mark’s Gospel, with occasional interruptions from St John. This year we keep the feast of St Mark on Monday, 26th April, instead of on 25th April, because this year 25th April is the Fourth Sunday after Easter – and Sundays after Easter take priority. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • The midweek Eucharist takes place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. At that service we shall remember Peter Chanel, the first person in the South Pacific Islands to be killed for his faith in Christ.
  • On Saturday 1st May we remember St Philip and St James. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Thanks to everyone who has paid their annual membership fee as soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale. Those who have not yet done so are asked to let the chaplain have their €10 as soon as possible.
  • The food-bank is open this week after the Eucharist on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. There are plans for a sort-out of the clothing bank very shortly, so if anyone who needs new clothes for the summer is asked to take a look as soon as possible.

Thursday, 22nd April

On the eve of the third Festa della Bandiera to celebrate St George’s day there was the following exchange of messages between the Chaplain and the Mayor’s Office:

“Alla vigilia del giorno di San Giorgio, The Church of the Holy Spirit, la storica chiesa inglese di Genova, fa i migliori auguri al Sindaco Marco Bucci e a tutti/e genovesi che si preparano a celebrare la Festa della Bandiera.

“Domani alle 12.30 nella nostra chiesa in piazza Marsala verrà celebrata la messa di San Giorgio.

“Distinti saluti,

“The Revd Canon Tony Dickinson

“Anglican Chaplain in Genoa”

To which the Mayor responded:

“Carissimo Reverendo,

“grazie per il suo messaggio: siamo tutti onorati per la vostra partecipazione alla Festa della Bandiera e di S.Giorgio.

“Abbiamo molti legami in comune nella storia, nel presente e li avremo anche in futuro, e la bandiera è e sarà uno di questi.

“A presto

LOGO_BELLO_SCRITTA

 Il Sindaco

Marco Bucci

It was accompanied by a cordial greeting from Antonio Eroi of the Segreteria Gabinetto del Sindaco in Palazzo Albini, Via Garibaldi, 9


Sunday, 18th April

  • The midweek Eucharist takes place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. At that service we shall remember Anselm of Canterbury, one of the most profound thinkers of the Middle Ages and a man of deep prayer.
  • Friday is St George’s day, a saint’s day important for both English people and Genovesi. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Those who have signed up as soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale but who haven’t yet paid their €10 membership fee for this year are asked to let me have their money as soon as possible.
  • Our Annual Church Meeting takes place after the Eucharist on Sunday, 25th April. All are welcome to attend, but only those whose names appear on the revised Electoral Roll are entitled to vote in the election of new members to the Church Council. We need two, to replace Godstime Idu and Ruth Oteri Pfaffhauser, who are standing down at the end of their term of office. We also have to elect two churchwardens. There are nomination forms at the back of the church. Please think about who you wish to represent you and hand in completed forms before the meeting! All candidates must be baptised, over 16 years old, on the Electoral Roll, and actual communicant members of the church.
  • An on-line discussion group for young adults (18-35) has recently begun to meet on MS Teams. Its sessions are normally held at 18:00 on Wednesdays. The group is currently working its way through some of the material produced in connection with the “Living in Love and Faith” process of the Church of England. For further details, please contact either Francesco Cevasco or John Wesley Ephraim.
  • The food-bank and clothing bank are open on Sundays after the Eucharist as they will also be on Wednesday and Friday this week. In the past ten days, we have received generous donations of clothing and linen from the super-yachts “Baton Rouge” and “Dar”. There are shoes of all sizes and clothing of all kinds, from fleeces and work trousers to floaty dresses.
  • On 26th April we celebrate St Mark’s day, a day later than usual, because this year his day falls on a Sunday, and Sundays in Eastertide take precedence over every other commemoration. There will be a Eucharist that day at 12.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 14th April

On Friday 16th April at 1730cet/1630bst there will be a service of Prayer and Reflection across the Diocese in Europe marking what is the eve of the funeral of the late Prince Philip.

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Contributions to the service will reflect HRH’s European lineage and global links across our diocese. The zoom invitation is below.

The liturgy will be on slides on screen.

Please be online 10-15 minutes in advance.

Join Zoom Meeting here

Meeting ID: 957 2515 8111

Find your local number here.

Please note that there are limited numbers on zoom but anyone can join on YouTube.

Anyone who is interested can join the relay of the service on You Tube here:


Sunday, 10th April

  • Congratulations to Jeffrey and Sarah Alefua, whose traditional wedding took place by proxy in Nigeria yesterday. We look forward to celebrating their civil marriage in Italy later in the year.
  • The monthly Taizé prayer will take place at San Marco al Molo this evening. It begins at 8.00 p.m. so that people can get home before the curfew begins.
  • Because of the pandemic, we are not opening a book of condolence for Prince Philip. Anyone who wishes to express their sympathy for Queen Elizabeth and her family as they mourn is encouraged to use one of the online pages here or here. There is also information on the Church Facebook page.
  • The midweek Eucharist takes place as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • Those who have signed up as soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale but who have yet to pay their €10 membership fee for this year are asked to let the chaplain have their money as soon as possible.
  • The Annual Church Meeting takes place in two weeks’ time. Those whose names are on the revised Electoral Roll will receive their papers electronically later today.
  • The food-bank is open today as it will be after the Eucharist on Wednesday. We have received a further generous donation to the clothing bank from the superyacht “Baton Rouge”. There are shoes (mainly Nike trainers and deck shoes) of all sizes and there is clothing of all kinds, from fleeces to floaty dresses.

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We share the sadness of people in the UK at the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and we pray for HM Queen Elizabeth and all the Royal family as they come to terms with his dying. May the kingdom of heaven be his.

The Church will be open for prayer tomorrow (Saturday 10th April).

We have been advised that in these difficult pandemic times anyone wishing to pay their respects should be encouraged to use the Royal family’s on-line condolence facility here. A public condolence book is also available electronically here.


A prayer for use by anyone touched by the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh:

God of our lives, we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip, for his devotion to Her Majesty The Queen, for his dedication to global community and God’s creation, and for his long life of loyal service. We entrust him now to your love and mercy, through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Sunday, 4th April

  • A very happy and blessed Easter to all visitors to our website. May the joy of the risen Christ be yours.
  • We have received Easter greetings from Fr Gordon Bond and Fr David Emmott in the UK, from Fr Moses Adesina in Guyana, from Marisa, who is working, and from Ruth Oteri, Denise Dardani, and Hanako and Claudio and their children.
  • As our celebration of the Lord’s resurrection continues, from tomorrow until Friday there will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. Please spread the word, especially to anyone who was worried about coming to church today. They can still make their Easter Communion.
  • At 8.00 a.m. on Friday morning at the Capitaneria there will be a commemoration of the sinking of the SS London Valour 51 years ago. This is not to encourage you to be present, but to ask your prayers for those who lost their lives in the sinking, for their families and all who still mourn them, and for those who played a part in the rescue operations and their families.
  • Those who have signed up as Soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale but who have not yet paid their €10 membership fee for this year are asked to let the chaplain have their money as soon as possible.
  • Anyone who missed any of this year’s Lent Talks, or the three Holy Week Addresses, can catch up with them through the website, below (scroll to the post between the notices for 28th and 21st March) or here (looking under 29th, 30th and 31st March), or through the Facebook page.
  • The food-bank is open each day this week.
  • Finally: a reminder that this is the time of year when we revise our Electoral Roll. If your name isn’t on the published list in the church porch but you are 16 years of age or older, baptised and think of the Church of the Holy Ghost as your church, please link to the application form here, complete it and either print it and return it to church or e-mail it to info@anglicanchurchgenoa.org. The deadline for return either way is Friday, 9th April.

Sunday, 28th March

  • Holy Week begins today. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. each day from tomorrow until Wednesday, the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday at 6.00 p.m. and the Liturgy of the Passion, sometimes called “The Last Hour”, on Friday at 2.00 p.m.
  • At each of the midday Eucharists the usual short reflection on the day’s Gospel will be replaced by an address about the spiritual journey, based on the “Commedia” of the great Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, who died 700 years ago this year.
  • The chaplain will be available in church each day after the Eucharist for anyone who would welcome help in sorting out any problems in their relationship with God.
  • The Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday evening will be followed by the stripping of the altar in preparation for Good Friday.
  • The Liturgy of the Passion on Good Friday will be a Service of the Word. Normally there would be Communion from the reserved sacrament at this service, but sadly that is not allowed under current regulations.
  • The Eucharist on Easter morning will begin with the blessing of the Easter candle – and our splendid new candle-stand. Please remember that we will be in lock-down all through Easter week-end, so anyone attending worship will need to carry a completed autodichiarazione form, in case they are stopped by the police or the carabinieri. The key details required are name and address, the address of the church and “celebrazione religiosa” as the reason for being out and about.
  • All of this year’s Lent Talks are now available on YouTube. There is a link immediately below.
  • The food-bank is open in Holy Week each day until Wednesday.
  • This is the time of year when the church revises its Electoral Roll. Anyone who is 16 years of age or older, baptised and think of this church as their church, may want to take one of the forms from the rack in the porch, complete it and return it to church on or before Friday 9th April.

The last of our Lent Talks by Canon Tony Dickinson, on the “Psalms of the Passion”, can be found here.

The previous talks, exploring the “Four Ways to the Cross” can be found here (John), here (Luke), here (Matthew) and here (Mark).

Next week there will be three Holy Week Addresses examining the “Commedia” of Dante Alighieri as a spiritual journey. They are offered as a contribution to this year’s commemorations of the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death.


Sunday, 21st March

  • Material for study and reflection is continuing to appear during Lent on the church’s Facebook page and on the chaplain’s page of this website.
  • The Lent talks at Wednesday lunchtime are being recorded and published on YouTube. The first four, exploring each Gospel’s accounts of the suffering and death of Jesus, are now available via links on the Church’s FB page and elsewhere on this page. The final talk, at midday this coming Wednesday, will explore the ways in which three of the Psalms provide background commentary to the story of Jesus’s suffering and death.
  • After Wednesday’s talk there will be the regular midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. at which we remember three special people, Walter Hilton, who lived in England 7 centuries ago, Paul Couturier a French priest who died nearly 70 years ago, and Oscar Romero, the Latin American archbishop murdered in 1980 as he celebrated Mass in a hospital chapel.
  • On Thursday we break out of the austerity of Lent in order to celebrate the beginning of the good news of Jesus in the angel’s message to Mary. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Friday afternoon the church will be open for our last “drop-in quiet day” this Lent. It begins with midday prayer at 12.30 p.m. and ends with evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. In between there will be opportunities for private prayer and reflection. You don’t have to stay for the whole afternoon. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. I shall be there for anyone who needs to talk about anything that is concerning them in their faith journey.
  • The food-bank is open this week on Wednesday and Friday as well as Sunday.
  • Next Sunday, Palm Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week, when we follow Jesus along the way of the cross. It’s also the day when summertime begins, so don’t forget to put your clocks forward an hour.
  • There will be special services during Holy Week. Details can be downloaded from the “Calendar” page of this website. At each Eucharist from Monday to Wednesday there will be a short address about our spiritual journey, drawing on the “Commedia” of the great Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, who died 700 years ago.

Today’s exploration of St John’s account of the suffering and death of Jesus, is our last journey along the “Four Ways to the Cross” – but NOT the last Lent talk!

The previous talks can be found here (Luke), here (Matthew) and here (Mark). Next week’s talk will round this series off by focusing on the Psalms of the Passion.


14th March, 2021

  • We have received greetings from Fr Gordon Bond in the UK.
  • The monthly Taizé Prayer at San Marco al Molo is running again this evening at 8.00 p.m., an hour earlier than usual, in order to allow people time to get home before the 10.00 p.m. curfew.
  • Are you making the most of the material for study and reflection which is appearing during these weeks of Lent on the church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” and on this website?
  • A reminder for those who can’t get to the Lent talks at Wednesday lunchtime that they are being recorded and published on YouTube. The first three are now available. There is a link below. The next talk, at midday on Wednesday, 17th March, will explore how St John tells the story of Jesus’s suffering and death.
  • Wednesday is also St Patrick’s Day. There will be a chance to celebrate him at the regular midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. after the Lent talk.
  • Each Friday afternoon in Lent the church is open for prayer. This week, because Friday is the day when we give thanks for St Joseph, it begins with a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m., rather than the usual midday prayer, and ends with evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. In between there will be opportunities for private prayer and reflection and material to help people pray. You don’t have to stay for the whole afternoon. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. The chaplain will be there throughout for anyone who needs to talk about anything that is concerning them in their faith journey.
  • The food-bank is open in Lent on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as on Sundays.
  • Next Sunday marks the beginning of Passiontide and our thoughts will turn from the wilderness to the cross. The Church Council meets that day. The agenda and other papers will be sent out later today.

The third of our Lent talks, “The Way to the Cross in Luke’s Gospel”, has now been published on YouTube. You can find it here.

The first two talks in this series can be found here (Matthew) and here (Mark).

Next week’s talk will explore St John’s account of the suffering and death of Jesus. Anyone wanting to follow this talk live on-line can find the link to Zoom here


7th March, 2021

  • This afternoon at 3.00 p.m. there will be an online act of worship, marking the World Day of Prayer, which has been postponed from its usual place on the first Friday in March because of the pandemic. You can join it on Zoom. The link is provided below.
  • Are you making the most of the material for study and reflection which is appearing during these weeks of Lent on the church’s Facebook page and on this website?
  • A reminder for those who can’t be in church at Wednesday lunchtime that the series of talks “Four Ways to the Cross” is being recorded and published on YouTube. The first two, on Mark and Matthew, are now available. The next talk, at midday on Wednesday 10th March, will explore how St Luke tells the story of Jesus’s suffering and death. It will be followed by the regular midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Each Friday afternoon in Lent the church is open for prayer. There is a short service of midday prayer at 12.30 p.m. and the afternoon ends with evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. In between there are opportunities for private prayer and reflection and material to help people pray. You don’t have to stay for the whole afternoon. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. The chaplain is present throughout for anyone who needs to talk about anything that is concerning them in their faith journey.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and on Wednesdays and Fridays during Lent.
  • Next Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, is the sometimes known as “Refreshment Sunday” or, more often, “Mothering Sunday”. It is also the third anniversary of the first occasion when Canon Tony Dickinson presided at the Sunday Eucharist here in Genova. Bishop David has relicensed him to serve here, God willing, for a further two years, until April 2023.

This year, because of the pandemic it has been very difficult to keep the World Day of Prayer on its usual date, the first Friday of March.

The Italian national committee for the Day of Prayer, together with FDEI (Federazione Donne Evangeliche in Italia), SAE (Segretariato Attività Ecumeniche) and the Clarisse di Lovere has arranged an act of worship online. It will take place on Sunday 7th March at 15.00.

You can link to it here.


The second talk in our Lenten series exploring how each of the Gospels describes the suffering and death of Jesus (“The Way of the Cross in Matthew’s Gospel”) is now available here. The first talk (“The Way of the Cross in Mark’s Gospel”) can be found here.


28th February, 2021

  • All are encouraged to make the most of the material for study and reflection which is appearing during these weeks of Lent on the church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” and on the Chaplain’s page of this website.
  • Those who can’t get to the Lent talks on Wednesday at lunchtime may like to know that they are being recorded and published on YouTube. The talk about “The Way of the Cross in Mark’s Gospel” can be found here. The next talk, at midday this coming Wednesday, will explore how St Matthew tells the story of Jesus’s suffering and death. It will be followed by the regular midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Each Friday afternoon in Lent the church is open for prayer. The afternoon begins with a short service of midday prayer at 12.30 p.m. and ends with evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. In between there will be opportunities for private prayer and reflection, with material provided to help people pray. You don’t have to stay for the whole afternoon. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. The chaplain will be there throughout the afternoon for anyone who needs to talk about whatever is concerning them in their faith journey.
  • Friday is also the annual World Day of Prayer. However, because of the pandemic there will not be a local gathering that day. All are invited to join in a national gathering for prayer (in Italian) on Sunday 7th March at 15:00 on the Facebook Page “Confronti”. This year’s Day of Prayer has been prepared by the Christian women of the Pacific island of Vanuatu.
  • During Lent the food-bank is open on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

21st February, 2021

  • Lent has begun. There is material for study and reflection on the church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” and on the Chaplain’s page of this website.
  • Our “Poems for Lent” project is under way, in addition to the regular pause for thought each day on Facebook and the weekly reflection on a passage from one of the Gospels.
  • On each of the next four Wednesdays at midday there will be a short talk about the way in which one of the Gospels tells the story of Jesus’s suffering and death. We begin this week with Mark. We hope to be able to publish each talk on YouTube.
  • This Wednesday is also an “Ember Day”, one of those special days when we pray for people to be called to ministry in God’s Church and for those who have been called and are preparing for ordination as deacons and priests in the coming weeks. We also play for those exploring whether God is calling them to ministry. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Each Friday afternoon in Lent the church is open for prayer. There will be midday prayer at 12.30 p.m. and evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. In between there will be opportunities for private prayer and reflection. You don’t have to stay for the whole afternoon. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. The chaplain will be there throughout, for anyone who needs to talk about particular problems in their relationship with God or with other people.
  • During Lent the food-bank will be open on Fridays, as well as on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • On Friday 26th February it will be one year since the first death in Liguria from Covid-19. To mark this sad anniversary there will be an interfaith act of remembrance at 9.00 a.m. that morning at the Pantheon in the cemetery at Staglieno.

Archdeaconry Open Forum

Archdeacon David Waller has issued an invitation to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 

It’s to the Italy and Malta Archdeaconry Open Forum on Friday, 12th February and it is open to any members of the congregation, especially those who are part of the church’s leadership team (church officers and church council members, particularly).

Time: 11:00 AM Rome 

Click here to join this Zoom meeting

Meeting ID: 963 9876 9164


Zoomed Services

During the current restrictions there will be a Eucharist at the Church of the Holy Ghost each Sunday at 10.30 a.m. as usual. These services will be Zoomed. If you are unable to come to church, please make use of the information below:

Topic: Church of the Holy Ghost’s Zoom

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14th February, 2021

  • The news that the whole of Liguria is back in zona arancione means that people are unable to travel outside their home comune. Anyone who cannot come into the city during this time is reminded that they can join worship on Zoom through the above link or via the “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” Facebook page.
  • Lent begins on Wednesday. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. It will include the imposition of ashes as a sign of the seriousness with which we plan to keep this special time of year.
  • In addition there will be a Diocesan service at 7.30 p.m. to mark this important day. It will be streamed live on the Diocesan YouTube channel and also available on the Diocesan Facebook page so that as many people as possible can take part. Sam Van Leer, the Archdeacon of North West Europe, will lead the service and Bishop Robert will preach.
  • On Friday we will be holding the first of our Drop-in Quiet Days for Lent. It will begin with midday prayer at 12.30 p.m. and end with evening prayer at 5.30 p.m. You do not have to stay for the whole of that time. Drop in when you can for as long as you can. The chaplain will be available throughout the afternoon for anyone who needs to talk about particular problems in their relationship with God or with other people.
  • News of what is happening in Lent will appear on this page very shortly. There will be poetry and talks, as well as the regular pause for thought each day and the weekly reflection on a passage from one of the Gospels. We will also, at last, begin preparation for this year’s baptisms and confirmations.
  • Anyone who is interested in becoming a supporter of the Evangelical Hospital is asked to contact the chaplain.

Sunday, 7th February.

  • After last week’s minor crisis it is good to be back together to share in the sacramental presence of our Lord. The family’s test results were, by God’s grace, all negative, but what happened was a powerful reminder of the need for everyone to be careful and follow the rules, for other people’s sake as well as for our own.
  • There will be a Eucharist as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. At the service we shall remember St Benedict’s sister Scholastica, who was, like her brother, a person of deep and powerful prayer.
  • The food-bank will continue to be open on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • A week on Wednesday Lent begins. There will be a service in church at 12.30 p.m. There will also be a Diocesan service at 7.30 p.m. to mark this important day in the church calendar. The service will be streamed live on the Diocesan YouTube channel and hopefully also on the Diocesan Facebook page so that as many people as possible can take part. Sam Van Leer, the Archdeacon of North West Europe, will lead the service and Bishop Robert will preach.
  • Please look out for news of what is happening in Lent here on the website and on the church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”. There will be poetry and talks, as well as our usual features: the daily pause for thought and the weekly reflections on a passage from one of the Gospels. We will also, at last, begin preparation for this year’s baptisms and confirmations. we currently have four names of candidates. Anyone interested in joining them is asked to contact the chaplain.

31st January, 2021

  • We learned yesterday that a member of one of our church families has been in contact with a family that has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. The family will be tested themselves tomorrow, and we should know the result by Wednesday. We hope and pray that the result will be negative. However, one member of the family was in church on Wednesday and spoke to the chaplain and churchwardens after the service. As a precaution, in order to reduce as much as we can the possibility of spreading any infection, today’s service did not include communion and there was no procession. We did, however, light our candles as a sign of hope and confidence in God.
  • Again, as a precaution, there will not be a Eucharist on Wednesday 3rd February and the foodbank will not be open that day.
  • We hope that everything will be back to normal next Sunday, but it is possible that it may not and that we may need to close the church for a couple of weeks. Please look out for news of the latest developments on this page and on the church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”.
  • It is a little over two weeks to the beginning of Lent. There will, we hope, be a service in church on Ash Wednesday (February 17th) at 12:30. There will also be a Diocesan service to mark this important day in the church calendar, an online service of Evening Prayer with a Homily on at 19:30. Sam Van Leer, the Archdeacon of North West Europe will lead the service and Bishop Robert will preach. The service will be streamed live on the Diocesan YouTube channel and hopefully also on the Diocesan Facebook page so that as many people as possible can take part.

24th January, 2021

  • Yesterday members of the Anglican congregation from Bordighera were taking part in the service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in the Catholic co-cathedral in San Remo. They sent their best wishes to all of the congregation in Genova.
  • Tomorrow (25th January) the Week of Prayer for Unity comes to an end. Tomorrow is also the day on which we give thanks for the Conversion of St Paul. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Anyone who missed last Sunday’s conversation between the rabbi and the professor about the book Ecclesiastes, or the service of prayer for unity last Monday in the Cathedral here, can catch up with both on YouTube. There is a link from this page (following the entry for 17th January) and from the church’s Facebook page.
  • The Eucharist will be celebrated as usual on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Wednesday evening at 19:00 there will be a Zoom meeting about the serious environmental problems caused by plastic waste and ways of tackling this. It has been organised by the Revd Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton in conjunction with the Christian environmental organisation A Rocha. Anyone who is interested can join the meeting using the link from this page (see the entry for 22nd January) or the church’s Facebook page.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • Next Sunday (31st January) we shall celebrate the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. The Eucharist will end with a socially distanced candle-lit procession.

22nd January, 2021

We have just received from Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton, the Diocese in Europe’s Environmental Adviser, an invitation to a two-part Zoom meeting next Wednesday (27th January) on Reducing Plastic Waste.
Elizabeth is known to members of the congregation of the Church of the Holy Ghost as a former locum chaplain and occasional summer visitor.

Zoom meeting between A Rocha/Anglican and other denominations

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99994527139

Wednesday 27th January, 18.00 GMT /19.00 CET
Producer, Reverend Rob Kean

PROGRAMME

  • Sir David Attenborough: Introduction
  • Steve Allen (the Bard of Ely) Challenge song: ‘Where does all the Plastic Go?’
  • Introduction – Chris Wells
  • Opening prayers – Reverend Rob Kean

Part 1 The problem with plastic

  • Chair – Chris Wells
  • Robert Sluka ‘The Global Plastic Problem’
  • Reverend David Bookless ‘Environment, from Creation to New Creation, with a Focus on Plastic’
  • Marcial Felgueiras ‘A Rocha Portugal and Plastic’

Discussion and questions

  • Reverend Reid Hamilton Environmental song on guitar ‘Big Yellow Taxi’

Part 2 What can we do in the future?

  • Archdeacon David Waller – Chair
  • Isabel (Bébé) Soares ‘Plastic Free February’
  • Reverend Elizabeth Bussmann-Morton
  • Dame Helen MacArthur
  • ‘Plastic Reduction through Lent’
  • ‘Breaking the Plastic Wave’

Discussion- the way forward – all

  1. What individuals can do, and how to do it
  2. Bébé’s plan
  3. Lent
  4. Working together
  • A leaflets
  • B lobby plastic over-users
  • C help for industry (website)
  • D publicity, papers, radio, TV, social media
  • E Greenpeace

Learn About Plastic Pollution

Future Action Plan

Closing prayer – Archdeacon David Waller


From the Royal British Legion to the Church of the Holy Ghost:
THANK YOU
Thank you very much for your kind gift of £25.00 [raised by the sale of poppies for Remembrance Sunday] to the Royal British Legion.
Your donation will help us continue to provide serving and ex-Service men and women and their dependants in need with practical, financial and emotional support.
The Royal British Legion was first formed in the aftermath of war in 1921. A century on from the First World War, those serving in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families still call on us for help with almost every aspect of daily life. The problems facing First World War veterans when they returned to the UK continue to affect serving personnel and veterans today: whether living with bereavement or disability, seeking employment, or coping with financial stress.
Thanks to generous people like you, the Royal British Legion can keep giving much needed help and support to the many thousands of people who call on us in their hour of need.
You can read many of the stories of people we have helped, if you visit our website. They are of all ages and from all different backgrounds, but they are determined to LIVE ON, and we are proud to support them however we can, with your assistance.
If you have any queries about your donation, please contact our Supporter Care line via email, or telephone us on 0345 845 1945.
Once again, thank you for your kindness.
Yours sincerely,
Claire Rowcliffe
Director of Fundraising
info@britishlegion.org.uk
The Royal British Legion, Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA | Registered Charity No 219279
The Royal British Legion is the UK’s leading Service charity. We provide practical care, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families.


17th January 2021

  • The annual interfaith exploration of the scriptures which we share with our Jewish brothers and sisters takes place at 4.00 p.m. on 17th January in the Sala Quadrivium at Santa Marta. Those who are unable to be there, or who are worried about being part of a large gathering, will be able to watch it on YouTube. There is a link below.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Monday 18th January. Because of the pandemic there will be only one service service this year, in the Cathedral tomorrow evening at 6.30 p.m. Again, this will be live-streamed on YouTube (see link below).
  • The Eucharist here on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. will include prayer for unity. We will also remember Richard Rolle, a 14th-century hermit, poet and writer on prayer.
  • The church will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 12.30 p.m. for a short service of prayer for the unity of all Christ’s people.
  • Liguria is again an orange zone as of 17th January, but attendance at church is still allowed and the church council at its meeting on 17th January reaffirmed a commitment to “in-person” worship, with the provision of live-streaming for people for whom worshipping in person is difficult or potentially dangerous.
  • The food-bank is open for anyone who needs it on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • The Week of Prayer for Unity ends on Monday, 25th January, which is the day on which we give thanks for the Conversion of St Paul. There will be a Eucharist that day at 12.30 p.m.

Here’s a plug for the first of two events which will be coming up shortly on the YouTube channel of “Il Cittadino” (the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Genova). On Saturday, 17th January at 16:00 there will be an interfaith discussion of the book “Ecclesiastes” (in Hebrew “Qoheleth”) live-streamed from the Sala Quadrivium at Sta Marta. The speakers will be Dott. Rav. Giuseppe Momigliano, Senior Rabbi of the Jewish Community in Genova and Prof. Don Davide Bernini, Dean of the Facoltà Teologica dell’Italia settentrionale.


The second event takes place on Monday, 18th January at 18:30, when the ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be live-streamed from the Cathedral.


10th January 2021

  • In addition to the list of people mentioned last Sunday, we have received New Year greetings from Fr Douglas Greenaway in Washington. A statement from him about the events there on Wednesday has been posted on the church’s Facebook page.
  • Sadly, last Sunday’s notice about the agreement between the Church of England in Italy and the Italian government was not wholly accurate. The Cabinet has approved the agreement, but it still has to be formally accepted by parliament in Rome. So we’re not quite there yet.
  • At the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday 13th January we will remember three very different people, separated in time by more than a thousand years: Hilary of Poitiers, one of the great teachers of the Western Church,who lived in the fourth century, Kentigern, a missionary bishop in 6th-century Scotland, and George Fox, the 17th-century founder of the Religious Society of Friends, otherwise known as the Quakers.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • The church council meets after the Eucharist on Sunday 17th January.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Monday 18th January. Because of the pandemic there will be only one service service this year, in the Cathedral on 18th January at 6.30 p.m.

3rd January 2021

  • We have received New Year greetings from Bishop David, from Archdeacon Joe Ajaefobi in London, from Fr Moses Adesina in Guyana, from Fr Jean Gisore in the Democatic Republic of Congo, from Canon Amos Osarompke and his congregation in Padova, from Joachim and Christina Reiffert, from Elizabeth Cordone and our friends in San Remo and Bordighera, and from Pastor Ronald of the Ecuadorian congregation.
  • Those who weren’t in Church at Christmas may have missed the announcement that the Italian Government has now approved the bill for the Treaty (Intesa) with the Associazione Chiesa d’Inghilterra. This means that the Church of England now has full legal status in Italy. It is really good news for which we thank God.
  • Because we are celebrating the Epiphany today, the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday will be part of the regular cycle for Christmastide. But because Wednesday is the 12th Day of Christmas we will be taking down the decorations and tidying away the Advent wreath (but not the crib, which remains in place until the end of Christmastide on 2nd February). Offers of help will be welcome.
  • While church services in Christmastide are excluded from the current restrictions, the usual safety regulations still apply, with the extra requirement that when you come to church you carry a completed self-declaration form in case you run into the police or the carabinieri.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, is asked to contact the chaplain.

31st December 2020

1st January 2021 is the 54th World Peace Day. There will be an event at 1530 in the Annunziata. You can take part either in person (but don’t forget your autodichiarazione) or online (following this link).


27th December, 2020

  • An addition to our list of Christmas greetings is Roma Julian in Australia. Mary Wellington also sends greetings. She is making good progress after her recent surgery and hopes to be back with us soon.
  • There will be a Eucharist tomorrow at 12.30 p.m. at which we shall remember the Holy Innocents, and all blameless victims of powerful and ruthless men. There will be the normal midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. and on Friday we invite everyone who can to join us in celebrating not only the beginning of a new year but also the naming and circumcision of Jesus, also at 12.30 p.m.
  • The food-bank remains open for business on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • For other notices, please see Christmas Day [immediately below].

Christmas Day

  • We have received Christmas greetings from Bishop Robert and Bishop David, from our Archdeacon David Waller and from Archdeacon Joe Ajaefobi in London, from Fr David Emmott and Lyn, from Fr Gordon Bond and Kevin, from Fr John Bennett and Rita, from Fr Douglas Greenaway and the people of St Paul’s, Rock Creek, from Elizabeth Cordone and our friends in San Remo and Bordighera, from Rebecca Boardman at USPG, from Pastorin Elisabeth Kruse of the Lutheran Church, and from the management of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale.
  • We heard yesterday that the Italian Government, following Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte’s proposal, has now approved the bill for the Treaty (Intesa) with the Associazione Chiesa d’Inghilterra. All being well it will come into effect at the beginning of the New Year. This means that the Church of England now has full legal status in Italy and will have other knock-on effects.
  • There will be a Eucharist for St Stephen’s day tomorrow at 12.30 p.m.; on Sunday we shall give thanks for St John the Evangelist with a Eucharist at the normal time of 10.30 a.m.: and on Monday at 12.30 p.m. we shall remember the Holy Innocents, and all blameless victims of powerful and ruthless men.

20th December, 2020

  • This week the last of the Advent resources for reflection and prayer will be posted on the church’s Facebook page and on the website. We hope that you have found them helpful and fruitful. There will be further seasonal material appearing in Christmastide.
  • Sadly, we didn’t make it into the next round of FAI’s “luoghi del cuore” this year. We won 74 votes and came in just outside the top 2000. Our thanks to everyone who did vote. Better luck in 2022, perhaps?
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • On Thursday the church will be open for the Crib Service at 5.30 p.m. This year it will be followed by a short Eucharist for those who will be otherwise engaged on Christmas Day.
  • The Eucharist on Christmas morning will be at 10.30 a.m. Anyone who wants to attend that, but lives outside the Genova comune, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • During Christmas week the service on St Stephen’s day (Saturday) will be at 12.30 p.m., the service for St John’s Day (Sunday) will be at 10.30 a.m. and the service for the Holy Innocents (Monday) at 12.30 p.m.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • If you have been taking part in this year’s Reverse Advent Calendar project, you can bring your gifts to church on Wednesday, on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day itself – but if you can’t bring them in until after Christmas we will certainly not turn them away!

13th December, 2020

  • There is a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page during Advent, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular posts. New material is being posted each day. Some is also appearing on this website, .
  • It is not too late to support the church foodbank by creating a reverse Advent calendar, one where you put something in instead of taking it out. There is more information on the church’s Facebook page and elsewhere on this page (scroll down to 29th November) about how to do that, with a link to suggestions about what you might include.
  • The Church of the Holy Ghost has been entered as one of FAI’s “luoghi del cuore” this year. We have 57 votes. We need at least 2000, so if you haven’t done so already, please visit the FAI webpage and vote – and ask all your friends to do the same. The closing date for voting is Tuesday, 15th December.
  • There will be the normal midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday
  • On Friday the church will again be open for prayer in the morning. The doors will be open from roughly 9.30 a.m. until noon.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • This year’s Christmas Carol Service takes place next week-end, at 5.30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Because of the pandemic the number of people in the congregation will be strictly limited and advance booking is necessary. You can do that quite straightforwardly here.

6th December, 2020

  • A reminder that in this season of Advent there is a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular daily and weekly offerings. New material is being posted each day. Some is also appearing on this Church website.
  • This Advent we are encouraging anyone who can to support the church foodbank by creating a reverse Advent calendar, one where you put something in instead of taking it out. There is more information under the entry for 29th November on this page, and on the church’s Facebook page, about how to do that, with a link to suggestions about what you might include.
  • Wednesday is an Ember Day, when we pray for those preparing for ordained ministry and for those newly ordained. There will be the normal midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Friday the church will be open for prayer in the morning, but not in the afternoon, because the chaplain will be taking part in the Zoom meeting of Diocesan Synod. The doors will be open from roughly 9.30 a.m. until noon.
  • As you can see below, The Church of the Holy Ghost has been entered as one of FAI’s “luoghi del cuore” this year. We need a great number of votes, so if you haven’t done so already, please visit the website and vote for us – and ask all your friends to do the same.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • After the Eucharist and a meeting of the Church Council the church was decorated in preparation for Christmas. Our thanks to the churchwardens and other members of the Church Council, and to John Obues and John Ephraim, who stayed behind to do this. Special thanks to Alexia Piaggio and Lis Watkins for providing a tasty picnic lunch for the workers.

The Church of the Holy Ghost, Genoa – A Place of the Heart

This year the FAI (the Italian Environment Fund) is again promoting the national campaign “I Luoghi del Cuore” (“The places of the heart”), a census dedicated to Italy’s artistic, cultural and landscape heritage. Between May and November it is possible to participate in this campaign by proposing a place for inclusion in FAI’s list of places to protect and promote.

This year the Church of the Holy Ghost has been included in the FAI campaign, as a hidden architectural gem in the heart of one of Italy’s historic cities and a living reminder of the centuries-old links between Genoa and Britain, not least of which is England’s borrowing the Genoese flag of St George 700 years ago to protect its merchant shipping.

You can vote for the church (even from outside Italy) here. So, please log in and vote, and encourage everyone you know to do the same. The sites that receive the highest number of votes will be included in the FAI list of places to be protected and promoted.

You have until 15th December!

Thank you!


29th November, 2020

  • The season of Advent begins today, with the good news that we are now in “zona gialla”. We are planning to keep the church open for public worship on Sundays and Wednesday as usual, and on Fridays for private prayer. In addition, there is a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular daily and weekly offerings. New material is being posted each day. The first items are already on our Facebook page. Some will also appear here.
  • Today we also begin a year in the company of St Mark’s gospel.
  • This Advent we are encouraging anyone who can to support the church foodbank by making a reverse Advent calendar. There is more information on the church’s Facebook page and elsewhere on this page about how to do that, with a link here to suggestions about what might be included.
  • Tomorrow we keep St Andrew’s Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. Please share this news with anyone you know who is of Scottish heritage – or with anyone from Barbados, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine, all countries which honour St Andrew as their patron saint.
  • Tomorrow evening there will be a special diocesan service to mark the beginning of Advent. It begins at 6.00 p.m. and it features Lis Watkins as one of the readers. All are invited to join this pan-diocesan service which will be livestreamed on the Diocesan YouTube channel.
  • There will be the normal midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • We have received greetings from Fr David Emmott and Lynn, from Fr Gordon Bond and Kevin, From Fr Ed Hanson (currently ministering in Portugal), from Elizabeth Cordone in San Remo and from Hanako and Claudio, who have been isolating at home, from Denise who is convalescing after her recent surgery.

22nd November, 2020

  • Today we are saying good-bye to St Matthew at the end of our year in the company of his gospel. Next Sunday we begin a year with St Mark, whose gospel is generally thought to be the earliest to be written.
  • At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday lunch-time we shall remember the 18th-century hymn-writer Isaac Watts and the 4th-century martyr, Catherine of Alexandria.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and on Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • Advent begins a week today. Despite the current restrictions we are hoping to keep the church open for public worship and for private prayer throughout. In addition, there will be a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular daily and weekly offerings. New material will be posted each day, starting next Sunday. Look out for it on our Facebook page. Some will also be available here.
  • This Advent we are encouraging anyone who can to support the church foodbank by making a reverse Advent calendar. There is more information on the church’s Facebook page and elsewhere on this page about how to do that, with a link here to suggestions about what might be included.
  • One week tomorrow we shall keep St Andrew’s Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. Please share this news with anyone you know who is of Scottish heritage – or with anyone from Barbados, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine (all countries which revere St Andrew as their patron saint).

15th November, 2020

  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember St Elizabeth of Hungary.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • Advent begins in two weeks’ time. Despite the increased restrictions we are hoping to keep the church open for public worship and for private prayer throughout. In addition, there will be a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular daily and weekly offerings. New material will be posted each day, beginning on 29th November. Look out for it on our Facebook page. Some will also be available at the Chaplain’s Page on this website.
  • One of the traditions of Advent is the Advent calendar, you open a door in the calendar each day from 1st to 25th December and take out a goodie (usually a chocolate). This year, we are encouraging anyone who can to make a reverse Advent calendar. This works similarly to an advent calendar but instead of receiving a treat each day you donate an item of food a day to the foodbank. There are many ways of organising a reverse Advent calendar. It can be as simple as a box in the kitchen into which you put a daily contribution of your choosing. However, if you are not sure what to include, Micah Liverpool ( a charity linked with the church that the chaplain’s daughter attends) has created an advent calendar which can be downloaded here. It lists some items which are regularly included in our bags along with a few Christmassy treats for foodbank users. If you decide to make a calendar, then please bring your donation to church at Christmas, either on the day itself or one of the days around Christmas when the church is open, and we will sort them and pack them up for distribution.

8th November, 2020

  • Our thanks to the church cleaning team of Godstime, Peter and Samuel, who did a brilliant job yesterday, both indoors and out!
  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember St Martin of Tours.
  • The food-bank is open after the Eucharist on Sundays and Wednesdays.
  • On the table in the porch there is a small pile of back numbers of the international Catholic weekly “The Tablet”. These are for people to take and read. There are some interesting articles, including an interview with a recently retired senior black police officer in London.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • Advent, the season of preparation for Christ’s coming, begins three weeks today. Despite the increased restrictions we are hoping to keep the church open for public worship and for private prayer throughout. In addition, there will be a lot happening on the church’s Facebook page, with seasonal resources for reflection and prayer over and above the regular daily and weekly offerings. New material will be posted each day, beginning on Sunday 29th November. Look out for it on the page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost.” Some, but not all, of it will also be available on this website.

1st November, 2020

  • Tomorrow is All Souls’ Day, when we remember before God people who have been important for us and who have died. There will be a special Eucharist tomorrow evening at 6.00 p.m. which will include the Commemoration of the Departed. Please contact the chaplain (by e-mail or message) with the names of the people to be remembered by name in the prayers.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • The food-bank is open on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday. The Eucharist will include an Act of Remembrance for all those who have died in the wars of the past century. If anyone wishes to follow the British custom of wearing a poppy they will find poppies, and a donation box, on the table at the back of the church at both services this week.

25th October, 2020

  • We have given thanks today for the dedication of this church building in 1872, which means that two years from now we will be celebrating its 150th birthday. We are beginning to plan now. The hope is that celebrations will start in June with the actual anniversary and end in October. We need 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 throes of a pandemic.
  • At our midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember St Simon and St Jude.
  • The food-bank is open as usual on Sundays and Wednesdays after the Eucharist.
  • If anyone is interested in being baptised or confirmed when Bishop David next visits, please contact the chaplain.
  • Poppies for Remembrance Sunday (8th November) are available at the back of the church.
  • Next Sunday is All Saints’ Day when we remember all those people through whom the light of God’s presence has shone in the world.
  • On the day after All Saint’s Day we remember the people who have been important for us and who have died. Normally there would be a list for people to write down their names so that they can be remembered by name in our prayers at the Eucharist that day. That isn’t safe in a time of pandemic, so please contact the chaplain by e-mail, message (on Facebook or Twitter) or WhatsApp before Friday with the names of the people you wish to be remembered.

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