Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo a community of Light on the Côte d'Azur
St Paul's Church Community Newsletter 20 March 2018 .
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Palm Sunday through Easter Day
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In the early years of the Christian Church, what we now call Holy Week was called
'The Great Week' when in heart and mind all Christians walked with Christ through
the last days of his earthly ministry, his trial and crucifixion culminating in the glorious celebration of Christ's Resurrection on Easter Day. The Gospel accounts tell us, in great detail, how Christ spent that last week. So, on Palm Sunday the Liturgy enacts
the story of Christ's entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, met by the crowd spreading palms and olive branches at his feet. In the course of the Liturgy this is followed by
a dramatic reading of the Passion Gospel.
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On Maundy Thursday evening, the Liturgy re-enacts the Washing of the Disciples' feet and the institution of the Eucharist in the Upper Room, and on Good Friday the Liturgy or Stations of the Cross tells the whole story from the arrest of Christ, through to Christ's crucifixion and death on the cross.Then in so far as we have in faith drawn close to Christ 'in the likeness of his death,' so we then on Easter Day take to ourselves all that Christ's Resurrection from the dead signifies in that new and abundant life which we share with him through our baptism into Christ and faithful discipleship.
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The whole narrative of Holy Week belongs together from Palm Sunday through to Easter Day. I would urge as many as possible to make an extra effort this year to walk together through the week attending the two extra services of Maundy evening and Good Friday at 6.30. There will be no Healing service on Wednesday evening of the
28 March these will start again immediately after Easter.
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'It wasn't nails that held Christ to the Cross, but Love'
Bishop Michael Marshall
Fr. Soon Han Choi

SPRING FORWARD INTO SUMMER TIME
Sunday 25 March 2018
put your clocks forward 1 hour" .. in Spring, you spring forward.

                  Earth Hour 2018       


This year's Earth Hour will take place on 24th March between 20:30 and 21:30 local time in Monaco. During this hour you are encouraged to switch off all your lights, televisions and other electrical devices as part of the world's largest annual environmental show of support for the preservation of the of the world's precious
resources.
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Please click on the link for more information about this important event, which is supported by the World Wildlife Fund, and sign up as a supporter of Earth Hour:
                              https://www.earthhour.org/celebrate-the-hour


                                     We will send out a special edition of the
                               St Paul's Newsletter on Saturday to remind you 

Eco Logo Competition Deadline Looms: Act Now! 
 
This is a reminder about the competition to create the new St Paul's ECO logo that will be used to support our Eco Church campaign to achieve bronze, silver and gold awards for our environmental performance. This competition is open to all parishioners of all ages so let your creativity flow and email your designs to
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A very cool prize will be given to the person (be they young or less young) who designs the winning logo. The closing date is 29th March and the winner will be announced at the Easter Day service.

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The detailed programme
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PALM SUNDAY, March 25th
10.00: A brief Liturgy of the Blessing of the Palms
For this brief ceremony, we will join with the congregation of
St. Charles Catholic Church, 4 Avenue Saint-Charles,
on the steps leading up to the entrance to the church
(or in the case of rain inside the entrance to the church). 
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  back to St Paul's Church
10.30am : Sung Eucharist of Palm Sunday
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MAUNDY THURSDAY, March 29th
Liturgy of the Last Supper at 6.30pm
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GOOD FRIDAY, March 30th
Stations of the Cross at 6.30pm
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EASTER DAY, APRIL 1ST
8.00am : Holy Communion (Traditional Rite)
10.30am : Easter Sunday Sung Eucharist
(The Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children)
Rev. Canon Elaine Labourel to Lead
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Cyara Oasis Retreat
 
Paul and Muriel Geraghty have invited the Rev. Canon Elaine Labourel to lead their CYARA OASIS retreat on Pastoral Care the weekend of 23-25 March, to be held at Bodighara. Memebers of St. Paul's may remember that Elaine gave a widely appreciated, two weekend Lenten study on Pastoral Care at St. Paul's several  years ago. Elaine is the Director of Layreader Training so is constantly giving training, conferences and direction in the Diocese. She is witty, loving, compassionate, dedicated, spiritual, knowledgeable and makes theology a reality and fun. You will not regret a weekend with her. Add Paul and Muriel to the equation and the weekend is guaranteed to be a spiritual uplift. Call Paul, sign up
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      For details on time, location, cost and reservations, please click here   
 
BISHOPS LENT APPEAL 2018
Sustaining a Ministry of Hope for Refugees in the Calais area of France

Bishop Robert Innes has chosen for 2018 to aid the plight of unaccompanied child migrants in the Calais area. The funds raised will be shared between two projects. Firstly, a safe house and outreach ministry to welcome the children run by an Old Catholic monk, Br. Johannes Maertens, who is a member of the Anglican congregation in Calais. Johannes asks us to help in the following words:
"The average age of refugees is youth to young adults, some from 14-16 years. These are very vulnerable to being trafficked as they are often unaccompanied minors. We need an urgent Christian response to this inhumane situation."
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In partnership with Canterbury Diocese and the USPG, a priest is being recruited to serve as Chaplain to the Pas-de-Calais congregations and as a refugee project officer to give pastoral support and assistance. The second purpose of the Appeal is to raise funds to support this priest with financial resources for helping the children and supporting small projects.
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        During Lent an urn will be at the back of the church to receive your donations.
For more information click here and checkout  the website for updates
Volunteer Rota 2018
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Time to organise the next Rota for  Sunday Volunteers
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  For the months of April and May 2018
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Thank you all for your continuing willingness
to serve the church.
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Please include in your reply the dates that you are
available to serve along with a brief indication of the
roles you are willing to fulfil.
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If you would like to join us as a Sunday Volunteer please contact us
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Thank you for your help in planning the next
Rota  for Sunday Duties at St Paul's 
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please reply to this message at
rota@stpaulsmonaco.com
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Final Lenten SPA Wednesday evening at 6.30 pm
                       BIBLE STUDY, HEALING MINISTRY & EUCHARIST 
The healing ministry of Christ then and now' 
 
The final Lenten study, Scripture, Prayer and Action, with the traditional Healing Eucharist takes place at 6:30pm Wednesday evening. A simple, shared buffet supper with discussion that follows the service. Music by Rev'd. Soon Choi on guitar,
Pauline Litvin on violin and Bishop Michael Marshall on piano. We invite you to a spiritual, uplifting, prayerful evening.
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                    21st March         Acts 3: 1-10        'A crippled beggar  
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                      6.30pm to 7.00pm : SPA (Scripture Prayer Action)
                                                     bible study instead of Liturgy of the Word .
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7.00pm to 7.30pm: Eucharist with the Healing Ministry
Calendar Forthcoming Events
                     20 March   Church Committee Meeting 18:30
                     25 March   Palm Sunday               10:30
                     29 March   Maundy Thursday       18:30
                     30 March   Good Friday                18:30
                       1 April      EASTER SUNDAY     10:30
Weekly Services
Sunday Mornings
Holy Communion (traditional language) at 8:00 a.m.
Family Communion at 10:30 a.m. with Sunday Club for Children
Wednesday Healing Service with Holy Communion 6:30pm

Saint Paul's Church, Monte-Carlo
Chaplaincy +377 93 30 71 06
      Mobile  06 43 91 69 58 
Email:    chaplain@stpaulsmonaco.com
  Website :  www.stpaulsmonaco.com