Please find here all details to book your scaffolding tour!
Please pray for the 2020 Annual Chapter of the Canons of the ICKSP.
This will occur from Monday 24th August until Friday 28th August. Pray especially for the Canons, who, due to the currentcircumstances, won’t be able to attend this important event of the Institute’s life.
As a result of the Chapter, there are no Masses at the Shrine during this coming week.
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.
From Sunday 5th July 2020, due to the building works for the restoration of the Dome and the Sanctuary, we have to temporarily amend our schedule. To see our usual schedule please click here.
8.30am: Low Mass
10.30am: Low Mass
5.30pm: Vespers, Rosary & Benediction
Mondays – Fridays
5.30pm: Adoration (Confessions during)
6.30pm: Low Mass
9.30: Rosary &/or Confessions
10am: Low Mass & devotions to St Philomena
In March 2020, Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena Catholic Church was awarded a much-coveted ‘Heritage Grant’ of £362,900 by National Lottery, to complete the restoration of the roof and dome. As the country begins its recovery from Covid-19, we have been given permission to start this project, our biggest one yet. The contractors will begin to scaffold the Dome and main sanctuary roofs at the end of June and the regeneration will be seen for miles across Wirral.
Project manager, Anne Archer, said, “Some of the planned project activities to engage with the heritage will be slow to start, especially the planned visits by Care Homes, while the church reopens for individual visits. They will happen and we will become much more dementia friendly, but the bulk of this work will be when the building works have been completed.”
“However, we are still hoping to arrange scaffolding tours for the public as part of the Heritage Open Days in September, and a conference for Heritage professionals. Work on New Brighton’s memories for a very special book will start remotely with some of our partners. Our great team is working on keeping this church open for everyone and would welcome more volunteers.”
Thanks to the help of Wirral Borough Council, The Dome of Home has been able to implement social distancing guidelines and reopen to the public for 2 hours daily. ‘Wirral Together’ Fund awarded £337 for hand sanitisers, notices and PPE for volunteer stewards. At the moment, the church is open for 2 hours every day from 1-3pm. This will change from 24th June to 5-7pm when the building work begins.
Canon Montjean, Rector of the church said, “We are delighted to reopen our church so that local people can pay a visit to our sanctuary, safely. Please check our website for updated times.”
Dear friends of the Shrine,
Our church is due to reopen for private prayer on Monday the 15th June from 1pm-3pm daily. We are looking forward to opening our doors to visitors once again, but we need enough volunteers to help on a rota basis.
Volunteer stewards are required to welcome visitors and to ensure that they comply with diocesan social distancing and safety guidelines.
All stewards need to be under seventy years of age and free from any health issues that could compromise their personal safety.
Stewards will need to wear disposable face masks and gloves whilst on duty in church, these will be provided.
They will need to ensure that all visitors use hand sanitiser on entry and exit from the church.
No more than ten visitors are allowed to be in church at a time. The maximum length of time for a visit is fifteen minutes. Visitors must adhere to the two metre social distancing guideline during their visit.
Toilet and hand washing facilities will be available for stewards. If you feel able to volunteer and can spare an hour to two every week please get in touch and let us know the time/ day that is most convenient for you to enable us to add you to our Volunteer Rota.
Thank you for your support, it is very much appreciated.
If you wish to sign up, please contact Joyce:joyceashton1(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)btinternet.com
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
May God bless you all, your Canons are praying for you,
Your Canons of the ‘Dome of Home’
The collection envelopes for 2020-2021 are now available. If you would like to give your offering this way please fill out a form and hand it to the presbytery and Canon Poucin will give you a box of envelopes. Forms can be collected at the Presbytery, or downloaded here.