I use the picture of St Peter's Basilica in Rome to give a flavour of what is hoped can be achieved at the Shrine of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena in New Brighton aka 'The Dome of Home'.
Known as the ‘Dome of Home’ to returning sailors because it is a recognisable beacon approaching the port of Liverpool, the Roman Catholic Church of Saints Peter, Paul and Philomena stands at the top of Atherton Street and proudly looks down on Liverpool Bay.
Subject to funding, the latest project in the ongoing programme of restoration of this beautiful Wirral landmark will be to illuminate the impressive dome.
However, this will cost and whilst some grant funding via Wirral Borough Council's 'Love Wirral' initiative is being sought, the Shrine is seeking the support of all, particularly from the commercial sector, to help achieve something similar to St Peter's (or St Paul's in London) - For more information, please read the attached letter which was distributed after Mass yesterday and if you can help please do respond.
At the excellent Shrine Christmas luncheon today, we were chatting about the prominence of the dome on the Wirral skyline. I can see it clearly on my northbound journey on the M53 from Chester - I'm uplifted by the sight of it each morning as I make my way to work. It can also be seen over in Liverpool, Bootle and Waterloo. it would be spectacular to see it illuminated at night - not only to promote the Shrine and the work of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, but also as a fairly unique means of promoting Wirral as a destination to visit.
Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena - pray for us!