Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days are almost upon us again and this year, Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena has two events that we hope you will find of interest. They are free of charge, although we will not refuse a donation toward the restoration of this unique Wirral landmark church.

Heritage Open Days at the Dome of Home feature Scaffolding tours and the Organ recital. We also seek volunteers to help make the events a success.

Scaffolding Tour – Saturday 18th September

Explore the inside of the Church in a unique way – using the scaffolding! Also meet the Architect overseeing the current interior refurbishment works.

High level tours 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm – Accessible to physically able with alternative low level discussion
Low level discussion 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm & 4.30pm – for the less physically able.

A display of the works programme and a film by Liverpool TV on our project will be available to watch in the narthex.

Due to the limited number of people being permitted on a tour, free tickets must be reserved via Eventbrite here:

Organ recital – various dates below – all performances start at 4pm

19 September 2021   French Organ Mass (F. Couperin Messe pour les paroisses)
17 October 2021   Italian Organ Mass (Frescobaldi Fiori musicali)
14 November 2021   Lutheran Organ Mass (J. S. Bach Clavier-Übung III)
12 December 2021   Bach & Daquin for Advent & Christmas
23 January 2022   Gregorian Chant in Lutheran Liturgy & Organ
27 February 2022   Music for Lent
27 March 2022   Magnificat: Music for Our Lady
24 April 2022   Music for Easter
22 May 2022   Lutheran Hymnody
19 June 2022   Veni, Sancte Spiritus: Pentecost

Featuring:

Mr. Christian Spence (organist)
the Canons of the ICKSP and the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus (singers)

Free of charge.

All followed by a National Lottery ‘thank you’ cuppa!

Volunteers

Volunteers are required to help with these events, if you can help with :

Refreshments
Preparing the hard hats between tours
Welcoming visitors and answering questions about our church
Distributing posters and flyers to the local area

To volunteer, contact us here.

Publicity posters:

Scaffolding Tours flyer click here.
Organ Recitals flyer click here.

Christmas Schedule

Christmas Schedule 2020
Thursday 24th December
Vigil of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8.15am Divine Office of Prime with Chant of the Martyrology for Christmas
9am Low Mass of the Vigil
4.30pm First Vespers of the Nativity
6pm Matins of the Nativity
9pm Procession to the Crib and ‘Midnight’ Sung Mass
10.30pm Procession to the Crib and ‘Midnight’ Sung Mass
To balance social distancing and anticipated demand, there will be two Midnight Masses.
The first at 9pm is now fully booked, the second is at 10.30pm.
Pre-bookings are required.
Maximum capacity is 80 seats at each Mass
Friday 25th December
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8.30am Low Mass (Missa secunda or the Dawn Mass)
10.30am Sung Mass (Missa tertia or Mass during the Day)
5.30pm Vespers and Benediction
Saturday 26th December
St Stephen’s Day
10am Low Mass
Sunday 27th December
Sunday within the Octave
8.30am Low Mass
10.30am Sung Mass and blessing of wine in honour of St. John
Thursday 31 December
9pm Adoration and & singing of the Te Deum
in thanksgiving for the past year (Plenary Indulgence attached).
Friday 1st January
10am Singing of the Veni Creator Followed by Low Mass
(Plenary Indulgence attached).

External Solemnity of St Philomena

The 1030 Mass this Sunday (16th August 2020) will be a Missa Cantata to celebrate the External Solemnity of our co-patron Saint, the glorious Martyr, St Philomena. We will be joined by the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus.

First High Mass of a Newly Ordained Priest

On Sunday 26th July at 10.30am, the First Solemn High Mass celebrated Canon Stephen Sharpe followed by first blessings of a newly ordained priest will take place at St Peter & Paul and St Philomena.

A plenary indulgence is available under usual conditions: Confession, Holy Communion & Prayer for the Sovereign Pontiff for those receiving the first blessing.

We intend to provide a gift for the new Canon. If you would like to participate please contact Canon Poucin.

Holy Saturday and Easter Day Schedule

The schedule for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is as follows:

Saturday 11th April – Sabbato Sancto

7pm Easter Vigil and Sung Mass

Sunday 12th April – Dominica Resurrectionis

9.30am Sung Mass and Sermon
11.30am Rosary
5.30pm Second Vespers of Easter Sunday
6pm Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7pm Compline

You can view all these events via our Live Stream service here.

Holy Week at the Dome

All Offices will be live streamed from the main church. 
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Sunday 5th April: Palm Sunday
9.30am: Sung Mass

Thursday 9th April: Maundy Thursday
9am: Gregorian Matins – ‘Tenebrae’
7pm: Sung Mass 
Adoration until Midnight

Friday 10th April: Good Friday
9am: Gregorian Matins – ‘Tenebrae’
2pm: Stations of the Cross
3pm: Mass of the Presanctified

Saturday 11th April: Holy Saturday
9am: Gregorian Matins – ‘Tenebrae’
7pm: Easter Vigil & Sung Mass

Sunday 12st April: Easter Sunday
9.30am: Sung Mass
5.30pm: Vespers & Benediction

Epiphany Masses

8.15am at Birkenhead Carmel
9.30am at Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena
12 noon at St Anthony of Egypt, Scotland Road, Liverpool
7pm at Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena (Sung Mass)

Successful Recital at The Williamson

A very well attended recital took place at The Williamson Gallery in Birkenhead yesterday afternoon

The concert featured a wide repertoire of music and poetry with classical piano, Gregorian chant and sacred music being amonst the feast that entertained a packed crowd in excess of 100 people.

The Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus together with Helen Neilsen Scott performed pieces that made up a varied programme.

Below are a selection of photography capturing the event.

Male Voices from the Shores of the Volga


Nikolsky Ensemble Russia
A Concert of Russian Sacred Music will take place at Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena on Tuesday 8th October at 7pm

Tickets at £10 each and are available from Ronnie: phone: 07821 054044 or Atie: phone: 07738 370827

A taste of what you can expect can be viewed below: