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.

Masses and Offices temporary schedule

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.

Sundays

8.30am: Low Mass
9.30: Confessions
10.30am: Low Mass
5.30pm: Vespers, Rosary & Benediction 
7pm: Compline 

Mondays – Fridays

5.30pm: Adoration (Confessions during)
6.30pm: Low Mass
7.15pm: Compline

Saturdays

8.30am: Adoration
9.30: Rosary &/or Confessions
10am: Low Mass & devotions to St Philomena
5.30pm: Vespers

Restoration work to start

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.”

Church reopening – Volunteers

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’

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

Important Information

Your Canons will prioritise your Sacramental life here at the Shrine in New Brighton during this unprecedented crisis. 

His Eminence Cardinal Nichols, together with the Bishops Conference of England and Wales have accordingly decreed that all public Masses in our country be suspended from 8pm on Friday 20th March until further notice. 

Our community needs to cooperate in avoiding mass gatherings, which spread the virus, but our priority is to preserve and continue fostering the spiritual life and access to the Sacraments.

Therefore, there will be no public Masses or other services until further notice. Your priests will continue to celebrate Mass in private. Daily Mass at 9.30am (including Saturday and Sunday) and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6pm will be live streamed on the ICKSP Dome of Home Facebook page and on ICKSP Dome of Home YouTube channel for you to watch (you do not need a Facebook account).

Confessions available on request: please contact us to arrange a meeting. The confessional will be slightly reordered as well. 

Daily Adoration & Benediction: 6pm to 7pm, in the main church, respecting distancing rules whilst praying.

We strongly recommend that you make a daily spiritual communion, with your families if possible, and that you receive the Sacrament of Confession at least as often as you usually do. Feel free to contact us to arrange confession at any time.

Given the current restrictions, Holy Communion cannot be received at the Shrine Church. We shall nevertheless do our best to answer individual requests. It is heart-breaking for priests to write such words to his flock, but the root of our sorrow is the loss of the public celebration of the Holy Sacrifice, which should never be separated in the minds of the faithful from Sacramental Communion.

The church will be open for prayer daily from 8.30am to 7pm: please feel free to come for personal prayer. We have left some Holy Water at the back of the church to fill your own bottle to take with you. We will also leave some blessed candles to use at home.

Regarding a more materialistic matter, we still depend entirely on your generosity.

We would be very grateful if you could continue your financial help, by leaving your offertory envelopes at the door of the presbytery. Thank you for this support as well.

Please be assured of our prayers in these most difficult times for the Church and the world.

God bless you

Your Canons of the ‘Dome of Home’
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Canon Amaury Montjean         Canon V. Poucin de Wouilt