Progress at The Dome of Home

Building works

Despite our current building works programme, the church remains open everyday for personal visits, 8am-8pm, even if sometimes people must use the side door as the contractors work at the entrance. Progress of our second Heritage Lottery Funded Project is well underway. Most of the work is on the West gable end roofs, brickwork repointing with lime mortar for breathability and windows. Loose plasterwork has been removed and concrete repaired. The windows being restored include the large rose window above the choir loft and ground floor windows in the porch, baptistery and one confessional.

One of the big improvements will be the addition of a large glazed screen below the choir loft making the main church warmer and a smaller screen in the porch to form an Information Point/Piety shop. Once completed, we will need volunteers to help organise and run the shop. Completion of this project is due end October 2015.

Activities and volunteers

Part of the project is organizing activities to engage more people in the building. We rely very heavily on our wonderful volunteer workforce who help welcome people to the church and give guided tours. This is particularly important during the Heritage Open Days from 5th-13th September, but at other times too when many groups arrange visits to the church. If you are interested in either visiting or helping, please email or phone 07743235046.


People don’t have to visit in person to engage with our church. We have a website which is updated regularly, see and have engaged Wirralcam to fix live webcams on the roof of the church to see the views. At the moment there are 3 test cameras that were put in place for the Three Queens May Bank Holiday Event. We saw over 15,000 hits in one day. For the best vantage of the river, click on our website picture on the home page to link to the three cameras. Watch carefully for a high definition view in October.

Film collecting oral histories

Heritage doesn’t have to be just dates and facts, but the most interesting is people’s personal heritage. We have had lots of fun collecting oral histories about The Dome of Home to make a film for our website and new Information Point. Thank you to all those people who have contributed to our film about the Past/Present/Future of the church. If you have a fascinating story that you don’t want to lose, please or phone 07743235046.

New English priest

The church of Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena is staffed by an international order of young priests called The Institute of Christ the King. This year, 11 young men were ordained to the priesthood at their mother-house in Florence and we are delighted to welcome our own newly-ordained Englishman, Canon Scott Tanner, to The Dome, as curate to help our rector, Canon Montjean. Canon Tanner will be celebrating his first Solemn High Mass at Ss Peter, Paul and St Philomena’s on Saturday 31st October at 10am in the company of his superior and founder of ICKSP, Mgr. Giles Wach. All are welcome to this very special event, which will be followed by a social.

Groups you might be interested in:

  • Group to support married couples
  • Youth group
  • Choir to sing polyphony and Gregorian plain chant
  • Faith formation and catechism classes
  • Traditional house and car blessings

All welcome. Please contact Canon Montjean or Canon Tanner on or 0151 638 6822 or 07972128097