Last Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of the Purification of Our Lady as an external solemnity having already observed the feast on the proper feast day on the 2nd February.
Besides commemorating the presentation of Christ in the Temple, this feast has another meaning, for it is called Candlemas Day. The candle is one of the most widely used sacramentals in the Church; one blessed in a special Mass.
We use candles at Baptism, at Mass and other church services, at the ordination of a priest, the consecration of a bishop, at Easter, at Christmas to signify the coming of Christ. Blessed candles should be in every home, to use in times of sickness, death, storms and calamities!
In the blessing of candles the Church reminds us that the candles signify light; they are blessed for the service of men, for health of body and soul, for those who desire to carry them in their hands with honour. Christ, the true Light and Fire of Charity, is asked to bless these candles; to dispel the darkness of night, to free us from the blindness of vice and to discern what is pleasing to Him and profitable for our salvation.
Canon Poucin de Wouilt made the short journey to Holywell in Flintshire, North Wales to celebrate the monthly Mass for the Latin Mass Society. After Mass, Canon visited Holywell and the Shrine of St Winefride for the first time.
The ancient shrine of Holywell has the distinction of being a place of uninterrupted pilgrimage for 13 centuries. Situated in the beauty of North Wales, this special place of spiritual unbrokenness stood up to the torments of the Reformation and the early years of the Protestant schism.
Our first Community Chat is about to begin!
If you would like to share a morning of memories and nostalgia with some cake and coffee come and join us on Wednesday 13th February at 10.30am at the Presbytery of the Dome of Home, 7 Atherton Street, New Brighton CH45 9LT
Each month we will have a speaker and a different theme
We would be delighted to see you! and don’t forget to bring along any photos or memories you can share with us!
Your presence will help us gain the Heritage Lottery funding we need to improve our beautiful Shrine church.
Everyone is very welcome!
For further details contact Rachel on rachelbuckleydoh(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com or by telephone on 07770266679
It is a traditional practice and an act of piety to have your home blessed between Epiphany and before the feast of the Presentation, the true end of the Christmastide period.
Chalk previously blessed is used to inscribe the formula:
20 + C + M + B + 19
The 20 and 19 at either end clearly relate to the year in question with the C, M and B referring to Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar – the three Magi.
To arrange for your house to be blessed, be contact a priest at the Shrine.
We need a team of people who can welcome amd engage visitors in the rich heritage of the Dome of Home.
During January 2019, there will be two sessions of training we would be delighted to welcome you to one of those sessions.
The sessions will be on
Tuesday 15th January 2019 10am-12noon or Thursday 17th January 2019 7pm-9pm
If you haven’t already got a copy of our Guide Book, Anne Archer can deliver one for you to read BEFORE the training. Just let her know by return email if you need a free Guide book and which session you wish to attend in order to book your place.
contactus(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)domeofhome.org or call Rachel on 07770266679
24th December: Vigil of Christmas
5.30pm: First Vespers of the Nativity
7pm: Matins of the Nativity (Gregorian chant)
10.30pm: Traditional Christmas Carols (Organ & Trumpet)
11pm: Procession to the Crib and ‘Midnight’ High Mass
25th December: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
8.30am: ‘Dawn’ Low Mass
10.30am: Sung ‘Mass of the Day’
5.30pm: Vespers & Benediction
26th December: Feast of St. Stephen
10am: Low Mass
27th December: Feast of St. John the Evangelist
9am Mass (blessing of wine in honour of St. John after Mass)
31st December: New Year’s Eve
9pm: Adoration & Te Deum in thanksgiving for the past year (Plenary Indulgence)
French onion soup afterwards!
1st January: New Year’s Day
10am: Veni Creator (Plenary Indulgence) followed by Sung Mass
The Novena in preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will begin at 6pm on Friday 30th November and will continue each evening at 6pm through to Saturday 8th December.
Daily there will be a decade of the Rosary, followed by a sermon, Benediction, the Novena Prayer and Tota pulchra es.
Help us win new, substantial new Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) funding in a Heritage Grant to restore the Dome and main Sanctuary of Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena Church by completing our new survey to prove to HLF that we have local support.
Chasing funding to restore Wirral’s landmark buildings and heritage is arduous at best of times. So far, we’ve achieved much after three successful HLF projects. There is much more to do – our work is not done!
For funding to complete the roof restoration, we need to consult YOU about the proposed activities. This next project focusses remedial works on the Dome itself, in a project worth over £500,000.
Encourage 5 other friends/family/acquaintances who don’t attend Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena to do likewise. Survey closes 31st December 2018.
We’d love to hear what you think!
By HLF standards, successful projects don’t just mean good quality restoration work but outstanding activities to engage the Community. In 2018, the Dome won the Marsh Award for Innovative Church Projects, for its World War II Audio Tour for schools.
Free of charge HLF Activities might include:
• extending successful primary visits to secondary schools;
• producing a photographic ‘Reflection Book’ helping housebound and isolated reconnect with personal heritage;
• making an Interactive Photo Album to record heritage for future generations;
• developing an accessible Community Peace Garden.
Do you live near New Brighton or Wirral? Would these Activities engage you?
We have produced a community survey to help us make a good Second Round Application to win a substantial HLF Heritage Grant.
As a BIG THANK YOU, you will be entered for our free prize draw to win £50 which will be drawn on Epiphany, Sunday 6th January 2019 at the social following Mass.
If you are a younger person, we would also like to hear your views!
A special version of the survey can be completed by clicking the link below. (N.B. you will not be asked for any personal details).
In September 2018, we won HLF funding for Development to prepare a second round Application by November/December 2019
This second round pass is highly competitive, but funding would restore the Dome, drum and Sanctuary roofs, to improve New Brighton. Local councils and museums have large teams of people working on Heritage Grant applications. We will not succeed in getting this funding without your help!