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Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, our church year has been substantially interrupted by lockdowns and other special government restrictions. We have been making public worship available whenever permitted.  Most of our special events were canceled or postponed.  We are working to welcome the public back to our annual celebrations and special events in 2021-2022.  Watch this space for updates and follow us on Facebook.

Weekends in Oct

7 November

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This classic cultural experience of Palermo comes to Holy Cross. On the Saturday and Sundays of October explore our historic building with Le Vie guides. Your purchase of tickets helps support the vital work and ministry of Holy Cross Anglican Church.  Find out more by clicking here :

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We welcome the Rev'd Dr James Hadley as he is licensed as the next chaplain of Holy Cross at our 10.30 Holy Communion service.  Special guests include Bishop David Hamid, suffragan bishop of the Diocese in Europe, Archdeacon of Italy and Malta, David Waller, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Palermo, Corrado Lorefice, and Leoluca Orlando, mayor.   

14 November

4 December 10-6.30pm


On Sunday November 14 we celebrate a special service of remembrance for the fallen soldiers of World Wars I & II, as well as the armed forces of the United Kingdom and the United States. Join us as we welcome the military commander of the US forces in Sicily, and a special bagpiper.  

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Join us for our Annual Christmas Market in the nave of our historic church. Here you can buy an assortment of homemade gifts and treats for family and friends. Your generosity shown through this event helps sustain us throughout the year.

19 December 18.30
22 December 20.30


Join us for a wildly popular Christmas event in Palermo - our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.  Because of Covid19 we are offering the service twice - each occasion with a maximum of 80 persons. Sing your most beloved English Christmas hymns by candlelight in our historic church as we listen to the story of Christmas. A family event you will not want to miss.

Sunday 19 December 6:30pm



Wednesday 22 December 8:30pm

10 Seats Remaining

Merry Christmas!  Please join us for three services this Holiday Season as we celebrate the birth of our Saviour Jesus the Christ.

December 24

Christmas Eve     11.30pm     Carols with Organ

December 25

Christmas Day     10.30am     Carols with Organ

December 26

St Stephen Day    10.30am     Carols with Organ

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Join us 19 February 2022 for a new lecture series on faith hosted by Holy Cross Anglican Church - Faith at the Crossroads.

Join us as we explore themes on:

"Spirituality and the Contemporary Person:

God and the Outsider".


A parish like Holy Cross is capable of attracting some exemplary names in the world of theological teaching, ministry, and writing. I am very pleased that Bishop David Hamid has accepted the invitation to preach the Easter Triduum in 2022. 


I am also aware that inviting preachers from a range of theological traditions and backgrounds is an important way of valuing the spectrum of opinions represented in our congregation. I want to ensure all theological integrities feel included and represented in this important ministry.


Inviting preachers from churches abroad can also be a way of making and sustaining connections between our chaplaincy and the larger church, so I hope hearing a wider range of clergy will also be a good thing. The list of the preachers I have invited below for the next ten months offers an interesting opportunity for us to learn and grow as we seek to help God’s word take root in our lives.  - Fr James

17 October 2021

The Venerable Canon Jonathan Boardman

Pastor - St Pauls, Clapham

Diocese of Southwark

February 2022

Father Stephen Stavrou

Pastor - St Michael and All Angels, Barnes

Diocese of Southwark

June 2022

The Right Reverend Karin Johannesson

Bishop of Uppsala

Church of Sweden

7 November 2021

Most Reverend Corrado Lorefice

Roman Catholic Archbishop of Palermo

March 2022

The Rev'd Margaret Whitaker

Director - Upper Room Retreat Centre

Diocese of Norwich

December 2021

The Right Reverend Robert Innes

Bishop of the Diocese in Europe

Church of England

April 2022

The Right Reverend David Hamid

Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese in Europe

Church of England

January 2022

May 2022

The Venerable Jonathan Smith

Archdeacon of St Albans (retd)

Diocese of St Albans

The Rev'd Dimitrios Maroulis

Pastor - The Church of St Philip, Athens

Greek Orthodox Church

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29 October 2021

We welcome back the monthly reading group with the hope that we can meet in person. And for those at home, join us via Zoom as we read Gli Ancalicani.  The author Gianluigi Gugliermetto, an Italian priest in the Episcopal Church of America, provides the reader with an review of the history of the Church of England, and the subsequent development of Anglicanism.  We read about the Anglican theological tradition, and what sets it apart from other Christian denominations.  The reader comes to clarify many misconceptions: The English Monarch nor the Archbishop of Canterbury is the equivalent of the Bishop of Rome (The Pope); Anglicanism is not faith 'fai di te', but has a strong ecclesial and theological tradition. Join us, and discuss what it means to be an Anglican in Italy. 

Author: Gianluigi Gugliermetto
ISBN: 978-88-6099-437-0
Pages: 244
Published: 2020

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November 2021

Brother John of Taizé, an American raised in Philadelphia, joined the Taizé community in 1974 where he has spent years giving talks on the Bible to pilgrims. He has also become known as an accessible theological writer. In his new book Metanoia Br John seeks to answer the question as to how one can live an authentically Christian life?  The answer he suggests is captured in the greek word metanoia. It describes a total reorientation and transformation of our being, never accomplished once and for all, through the action of the Spirit of the risen Christ. Metanoia takes us out of our self-centered outlook and our limited and self-interested actions and brings us into God's today, where we become witnesses to a real Presence, that of the universal Body of Christ.

Author: Br John of Taize
ISBN: 9781725297951 
Pages: 92
Published: 2021

December 2021

Join us as we read this classic work of the renowned Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner. One of the classics of modern spirituality, Encounters with Silence is one of Rahner’s most lucid and powerful books. A book of meditations about humanity's relation with God, it is not a work of dry theology, but rather a book of prayerful reflections. The immense success of this moving work is a tribute to its practicality and the ability of the great theologian to speak simply and yet profoundly to ordinary men and women seeking an inspiring guide to the inner life, one that never forsakes the world of reality. The book is cast in the form of a dialogue with God that moves from humble but concerned inquiry to joyful contemplation.

Author: Karl Rahner
ISBN: 9781890318222 (English)
           9788839914392 (Italian)
Pages: 96
Published: 1960



Please join us on Sunday September 12 for our 10.30am service as we reopen the church and celebrate the feast of Holy Cross. Fr. James will be presiding and preaching for the first time. 

We are happy to announce that the Rev. Dr. James Hadley will be our next chaplain. Fr. James will take up residence at the end of August after completing his curacy in the Diocese of St Albans. A native of Illinois in the USA, he first moved to Europe in 2009 to begin doctoral studies in Paris. He has subsequently lived in Ireland, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Fr. James holds various advanced degrees in theology and previously lectured in Rome for various universities, during which time he was received into the Church of England at All Saints Anglican Church.  He is ecumenical at heart, and an adamant believer in a church that looks outward seeking to engage the world where it is. Pastoral initiatives he has worked on in the past include a pub church, nature services, and museum pilgrimages.   

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