Free Dementia Training

Home Instead will be visiting on Monday 17th June to give free dementia training between 2 and 3.30pm.

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK and the figure is growing at an unprecedented rate. By 2051, over 2 million people will have been diagnosed with a type of dementia. These are not just statistics; they represent the millions of families with loved ones who require support to live a fulfilled life with dementia.

Anyone who would like to come along will be made to feel very welcome. Further details call Rachel Buckley on 07770266679.

Our Lady is Crowned May Queen

As is the custom at Ss Peter & Paul and St Philomena, Our Lady is crowned on the nearest Sunday to the 13th May (First Fatima Apparition, 13th May 1917).

The origins of the May Crowning are hard to pinpoint, although devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary originates in the earliest days of the church. Concerning the significance of the month of May, toward the end of the 18th century, Father Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus (in Rome) instituted the practice of dedicating this month to our Blessed Mother. His desire was to promote devotion to Mary among the students as a way to counteract infidelity and immorality. From Rome, the May devotion spread throughout the Jesuit colleges, and eventually throughout the whole church. Pope Pius VII in 1815 granted a partial indulgence for participating in either a public or private devotion honoring Mary during the month of May; Pope Pius IX made the indulgence plenary in 1859.

Immediately after the Mass and procession, the sun shone brightly through the high windows of the Dome and the bright rays fell upon the statue of the Blessed Virgin ……


Mayoral Visit to Church

In connection with the recent launch of our Calendar campaign to help raise much need funds for the restoration of the Shrine, the Mayor and Mayoress of Wirral, Councillor and Mrs Watt visited on Monday 29th April 2019.

Both enjoyed a fascinating tour of the Church and took tea with Canon Montjean and others in the Presbytery after which Councillor Watt said “I’d like to encourage our talented Wirral residents to contribute their beautiful images of the locality for this new calendar initiative. This kind of local support will really help this church gain the funding they need to complete the restoration of the Dome.”

Calling Photographers, Artists and Poets!

The restoration of our Shrine Church is now in its fourth phase and needs your help. 

The church is producing a calendar, to help raise match-funding for a National Lottery Heritage Grant to repair the dome. In keeping with Wirral as Liverpool City Region’s ‘Borough of Culture 2019,’ the calendar, entitled All You Need Is Love’, will showcase local talent and our beautiful Wirral.  Monthly themes will be based on St Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians – ‘Love is Patient, Love is Kind’, with a different aspect on love for each month. 

Project Manager Anne Archer said, “Initially, we are looking for twelve stunning images, hopefully some funny ones, some historical ones – great if they have the Dome in them too!  The competition is open to all ages, so we hope local children will also contribute. And we have secured exhibition space in Wallasey Central Library and The Williamson Art Gallery Café to display more works.

Our other aim, subject to funding, is to produce a coffee table style hard-backed ‘reflection’ book which will include yet more of your stunning images along with inspirational words – verses that either make us smile or inspire us – so please do also send us your poetry, either with your image or separately. We are keen for this book to appeal to a wide audience, including people with dementia. So, for the poets among you, please stick with simple language and short sentence structure.”

The Calendar will be sold at many local outlets including: The Post Office, Victoria Rd,

The Sea Shanty Café, Atherton St, Literally Bookshop, Atherton St, The Light Cinema,

Cafe Creme on the promenade, Vale Park Café, the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, the Floral Pavilion Theatre, Cards Galore, Victoria Rd, Heritage Centre, and St James Church, Albion St.

The reflection book would be free of charge to libraries, care homes, day centres, schools and on request.

The artwork and photos will be chosen by a panel of judges including: Cathy Roberts (aka ‘Tugboat Cath’, local author and illustrator), Wirral Globe’s Peter Grant and Dave Peddie from The New Brighteners. Selected works will be displayed at Wallasey Central Library from the 3- 27September 2019 inclusive and at the Williamson Art Gallery during November 2019. There will be a recital session of music and poetry at The Williamson one Sunday afternoon in November 2019, date to be confirmed.

Image requirements and consent agreements are available when you submit your work online. 

To submit artwork, photos or reflections, please go to
or email  contactus(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) Deadline for all submissions is Friday 28 June 2019.

 Get creating!

Our Public Access Defibrillator replaced

After our life saving defibrillator was stolen from its exterior cabinet sometime ago we hoped that perhaps someone would step forward either with information on its location or even return it. Sadly, that did not occur.

The vital life saving equipment was fitted in May 2016 but it went missing in December but has now been replaced after our loss was drawn to the attention of the Oliver King Foundation who have provided a replacement.

The Wirral Globe covered the replacement installation and the full article can be read here.

(Photo credit: Wirral Globe)

Shrine featured on BBC Radio Merseyside

The recent award of match funding from the Allchurches Trust was covered in the weekly faith programme from BBC Radio Merseyide ‘Daybreak‘ on Sunday 17th March.

The show, whose usual host is Helen Jones, was presented on this occasion by Paul Beesley and the feature on our church can be heard here (forward the play slider to 1:08).

[You will need to be either a registered BBCi user or be prepared to register]

Important Match Funding secured

The restoration of our church, has received a significant boost this week from Allchurches Trust.

Architecturally ambitious and built in 1933, our church dominates Wirral’s skyline. It was nicknamed ‘The Dome of Home’ by merchant seamen returning to Liverpool during The Battle of the Atlantic in the Second World War.

This restoration project initially began with National Lottery Heritage Funding in August 2018. A grant of £12,200 from Allchurches Trust to The Institute of Christ the King, who care for the church, means that over half of the match-funding support for 2020 work has now been secured.

Great plans are taking shape to complete the restoration of the majestic dome, drum and main Sanctuary of this beautiful landmark church including activities for the whole community linked to Wirral’s Borough of Culture 2019.

Since 2013, two-thirds of the roofs of this basilica-like building have been restored. 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 watertight.

Canon Montjean, Rector of the church, said, “This grant from Allchurches Trust is a substantial contribution towards our match-funding for our most ambitious project yet! Thank you so much to Allchurches Trust and National Lottery players. We’ve launched a new ‘Friends’ group to help fundraising and they will be delighted at this massive help towards our target in November 2019 when we must submit the next HLF application.”

Allchurches Trust is one of the UK’s largest grant-making charities and gave £16.9 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.

Allchurches Trust grants officer, Paul Playford, said: “This project is a true celebration of this heritage gem, but also of the rich history of the local community, and the church’s continuing and growing role within that community. It’s wonderful how this project is bringing together local people of all ages to share their reminiscences and collective experiences, with the aim of preserving them for future generations and improving wellbeing. We’re delighted to be able to support such an ambitious
and innovative project.”

Canon Montjean added, “We’ve planned our heritage activities to welcome new people, stimulate nostalgic memories but keeping the church’s primary function, open all day, every day, accessible for everyone to enjoy the oasis of traditional worship and Gregorian chant.”

Teams of volunteers are planning a varied Activity Programme for the whole community. It includes a dementia-friendly inspirational ‘Reflections book’, with contributions from local artists, photographers, poets and schoolchildren. There will be a digital photo album collecting and archiving personal heritage associated with the church, musical activities to bring the community together, a Secondary Education Pack and Continued Professional Development for Heritage professionals: something for all ages and abilities, and all happening in this wonderful building. Project Manager, Anne Archer commented, “Things are coming together. We’ve begun to collect family photos of events at the church for our new digital Photoalbum archive, to be completed in 2020, during the second phase of the project; and we’re just about to launch publicity to collect stunning local images from artists and photographers with inspiring reflections interspersed with memories of the church, to make people stop and ponder. It’s really exciting.”

If anyone has photos, artwork or reflections to contribute to this project, would like to join some volunteers to help or just book a volunteer-led Guided Tour or school visit, email contactus(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign) or follow us on Facebook Dome of Home, Twitter @domeofhome or phone 0774 323 5046.