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.”
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,
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.
If you have a smart phone, it is likely that you will have a facility called QR (Quick Response) in the phone which reads a bar code and opens up a preprogrammed link to a website. If your phone does not have a QR reader, there will be several free ones at your app store/
We have set up two links to help you reach our streams:
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.
Our beloved landmark church has been awarded £362,900 by The National
Lottery Heritage Fund to complete the restoration of the majestic dome
and main sanctuary.
This architecturally ambitious basilica, built in 1933, the church
dominates Wirral’s skyline, and was nicknamed during the Second World
War. Its distinctive green dome has been lovingly known as ‘The Dome of
Home’ since mid-20th century, when sailors would see the church from the
River Mersey. ‘The Dome of Home’ is one of the last iconic Art Deco
buildings to survive redevelopment in New Brighton, whilst still
retaining its original function, and continues to open its doors for
everyone to enjoy.
Alongside the structural restoration work that will take place, the
funding will also ensure that there will be exciting activities to
enable specific members of our community to discover this historic gem
for themselves. Working with partners such as Williamson Art Gallery,
Wirral Borough Council, multiple care homes, community centres, and
local schools and libraries, activities including a dementia friendly
heritage package, a memory book and heritage talks will be delivered.
Other activities include a Reformation Workshop for students, continued
professional development for heritage workers, a conference for other
churches interested in applying for funding and Heritage Open Day
scaffolding tours and lectures. There will be something for all ages and
abilities, and all happening in this wonderful building.
Previous projects have been phased since 2013 and supported through
the National Lottery’s Grants for Places of Worship programme, restoring
two-thirds of the roofs. However, concrete bursting from the Dome ring
is putting previous investment at serious risk, and water ingress
threatens the historic fabric. During the last project, a large lump of
concrete fell onto a repaired chapel roof, confirming urgency.
Fortunately, contractors were able to ‘patch’ repair onsite. This new
project will cover the Sanctuary barrel roof with a membrane, repoint
brickwork, restore steel windows and cast-iron rainwater goods treating
the structural concrete problems, making the whole church safe and
Canon Amaury Montjean from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign
Priest and Rector of the church is delighted. He said: “This is our
biggest project yet, which has taken 18 months of careful planning by a
committed team of people! Thank you everyone, from the architect and
structural engineer, to the wonderful volunteers, supported by prayers
to ‘Our Lady of Good Success’ from the congregation. We have a special
‘Thank You cuppa’ for all National Lottery players planned to accompany a
recital of church heritage at The Williamson Art Gallery near the end
of the project, so watch this space!”
Canon Montjean added, “Match funding is going well, but not yet
complete. AllChurches Trust awarded £12.5k in March 2019 for this
project and we have received £15k in private donations. We still have
another £17k to raise and launch a further fundraising campaign today.”
Manager, Anne Archer, was overjoyed with the news. She said, “Our
volunteers have worked extremely hard planning this project, proving
that we have the capacity to succeed. It is these people who have won
this award for our church. The grant will ensure the dome becomes a
living, lasting legacy for the New Brighton community.”
David Renwick, Director, England, North at The National Lottery
Heritage Fund, said: The commitment of the Dome of Home’s volunteers is
to be applauded, as is their drive to share the fascinating heritage of
the landmark church with the wider community through a carefully
considered activity programme. Encouraging communities to discover their
history is positive not only for safeguarding the heritage itself but
also for increasing wellbeing and strengthening community pride. We are
delighted to support this worthwhile project, with thanks to National
Lottery players for making it possible.”
The Dome of Home is recruiting more people to get involved in the
activities, with the aid of Community Action Wirral. This contributes to
helping Wirral become a Dementia Friendly Borough as part of their
Action Plan pledge to help older people live well. Anyone interested in
helping and joining the fun, please email contactus(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)domeofhome.org ”
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