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St Michael and All Angels


Did you know …………St Michael and All Angels was one of the first Vatican II-inspired churches in the Diocese, designed to focus the attention of all who entered on the central altar. Its design was also a response to the need to provide a landmark at the end of a long axial avenue through the centre of the planned settlement of Woodchurch. The form of the building with its open plan, high tent-like roof clad in aluminium, and horizontal base of ribbed concrete was a bold and innovative statement that symbolised the progressive spirit enshrined in the new liturgy. It is a Grade II listed building.

The parish of St Michael and All Angels was founded to serve the Catholic community of Woodchurch and Prenton in 1952, and for the first four years, the Mass was said at the chapel of Landican Cemetery. After the opening of the school buildings at Woodchurch in 1956, the school hall became the centre of parochial activity until the opening of the church in September 1965. The building was awarded an RIBA Bronze Medal in 1967.

The church was designed by Richard O’Mahony of the F. X. Velarde Partnership, and was commissioned in 1962. The site of the church at the end of a wide avenue almost one mile long through the planned settlement of Woodchurch, led to the concept of a building with a certain dominance, placed symmetrically on the axis of the avenue.

Dominance is achieved by the lines of the great tented roof, which springs from the four corners of the nave in a series of folded planes that culminate in a point above the altar. The roof, which is steel framed and clad in sheet aluminium, rises to a height of 26 metres and is louvred on the west face to throw light onto the sanctuary below. A horizontal slot in the east face of the roof casts light into the Blessed Sacrament chapel. The enclosing walls are of ribbed reinforced concrete, with the roof lifted above a horizontal clerestory to provide a sensation that it is floating.

On entering the church, attention is centred on the altar, set in a spacious sanctuary and lit from above. The congregation gathers on three sides of the altar, the main nave, and two transepts of unequal size, one used by the choir, and the other now a day chapel. Behind the sanctuary, and separated by a textured concrete screen within inset glass blocks is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, whose altar supports the tabernacle. The tabernacle, which is of silver, was designed by the late F. X. Velarde, and was made so as to be clearly visible on entering the church.

The altars, font and lectern are constructed of Mourne granite, with polished tops but left matt on the vertical surfaces. A black brick tower to the west of the day chapel, framed by glazed slots in the roof, was intended to act as an organ loft, but the organ was never built. Instead a nineteenth century organ in a discordant Gothic organ case was introduced in the 1990s. A small concrete base projects from the lower part of the tower's north wall and is surmounted by a life-size sculpture by Norman Dilworth entitled 'Mother and Child' with gold-coloured, textured, abstract backdrop panels behind.

The church was designed to accommodate 650 people, and is the largest Catholic Church in Wirral. The contractors were Mohin of Bebington, and the cost excluding fees was £75,000. All the sanctuary and sacristy furniture and fittings were designed by the architect and cost a further £6,900.

Sources of information –

“Taking Stock – Catholic Churches England and Wales” Website

“British Listed Buildings” Website  

-edited by John Birch

Local Pastoral Area Web Site

 St Joseph, Birkenhead.



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St Michael and All Angels

New Hey Road


CH49 5LE

Parish Priest

Fr. Chris Matthews

Deacons:   Patrick Regan &

        Paul D’Ambrogio

Sister:       Mary Hill CSN


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Regular Services

Morning Prayer of the Church (at both churches):  9.00am, Monday to Friday.

Charismatic Prayer (St Joseph’s) Friday 7:30 – 9:00pm. ———————————————————————————

Holy Hour  (St Michael’s)  1st Friday of the month at 7pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament   

(St Joseph’s) Saturday 11am to 12 noon

(St Michael’s) Weds 8.30am to 9am

Sacrament of Reconciliation   

(St Joseph’s) 11am -12noon on Saturdays.   

(St Michael’s)  5.15-5.45pm on Saturdays.

Syro-Malabar Rite Mass

every 2nd & 3rd Sunday of the Month  at 3.30pm in St Joseph’s Upton


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Lenten Stations of the Cross join us for Stations of the Cross each Friday throughout Lent at 7pm in Saint Michael’s church. Everyone is welcome.

ADLENT Calendar the Wirral Foodbank have produced a calendar with suggestions of items you might set aside for them each day of this Lenten season. Please pick up a copy from the back of church and by a small action make a big difference to the lives of others.

Lenten journey at Saint Joseph’s during Lent we are inviting you to pray for another member of our parish family. Sister Catherine will explain more at the end of Mass today. From next Sunday please write your name on a prayer card as you come into church and as you go home please take out a prayer card and pray for the person named during the coming week. Also see the flyer for a weekly action to help us grow and to reach out to others during this Lenten season.

CAFOD Family Fast Day is on 23rd Feb this year. CAFOD envelopes will be given out this week with your newsletter. Our contributions are vital to support the developing world. Make your efforts part of your Lenten alms-giving.

Alpha continues this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Saint Joseph's Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome and don't worry if you haven't managed to get to weeks one or two. Please continue to pray for our Alpha course.

Ministry Group Meetings Many thanks to those who were able to come to the meeting for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion yesterday. Notes of the meeting will be available to collect next week.

Our next Ministry meeting is for those are or would like to be Welcomers and will take place next Saturday (24 February) at 1pm in Saint Joseph's church. This is one of the most important ministries in our parishes and one that needs to grow, so please consider joining the team of Welcomers at both our churches. Could you be the welcoming face of Saint Joseph’s or Saint Michael’s???

Wednesday Word is a great scripture reflection sheet - helpful to Ministers of the Word and all of us. Pick up a copy this Sunday to reflect on and prepare next Sunday’s readings. Available at the back of church today.

Saint Michael & All Angels From today the Minister of the Word will proclaim the Psalm and as a congregation we will respond to each verse with the response. Also from today Deacon Pat or Deacon Paul will proclaim the Universal Prayer (if there is no Deacon, the Minister of the Second Reading will proclaim the Universal Prayer).

Women’s World Day of Prayer An annual ecumenical time of prayer and reflection takes place across the Prenton churches. This year Saint Joseph’s will host on Friday 2nd March at 1.45pm this gathering. The event is open to all, please consider joining us. If you would like to take part by reading or an action, then please contact Mary Heaney on 0151 608 4225.

Churches Together In Saint Joseph’s parish we are praying this week for those in the following roads:

Grainger Ave, Gressford Ave, Holm Hey Rd, Kirkland Ave, Landican Lane, Larch Rd & Laurel Rd.

Saint Michael’s Parish Pastoral Council will meet on Thursday 1st March at 7.30pm in the Parish Rooms.

Come and Be Sociable Do you enjoy knitting, sewing, quilting, crochet, card-making, embroidery, etc? Would you like to learn a new craft or share your expertise with others? To find out more then come along to our new craft group at St. Joseph’s Centre, Greenbank Road on Wednesday mornings, 10:00 – 12 noon. Bring your craft work with you and enjoy a relaxing morning over a cuppa with friends. For more information contact Mary Arch.

Into the deep—Parish Youth Leaders Training and Retreat Day. The new Diocesan Youth Mission Team are offering a day to encourage, equip and empower parish youth leaders on Saturday 17th March from 10am to 3pm at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Ellesmere Port. For more info or to reserve your place, email

Diocesan Symposium on The Eucharist Saturday 3rd March at Saint Ambrose College Hale Barns and Sunday 4th March at Shrewsbury Cathedral. Father Oliver Treanor is the main speaker on the theme ‘The Eucharist, Maelstrom of Love: Source and Centre of the Sacramental Life. See poster for more details. A great way to prepare for the national Eucharistic Congress happening in Liverpool in September.

First Holy Communion Candidates please pray for our young people preparing to receive the great sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

Grand Unveiling Saint Joseph's Primary School have recently had the entrance area painted with a mural depicting Christ, our parish church, and children learning and playing. Bishop Mark has kindly agreed to bless and unveil the mural on Friday 2 March at 10am. It would be fabulous to have representation from the parish community present. Space is a little limited, but there are a number of (free) tickets available to parishioners. If you would like a ticket, please sign up on the list at the back of Saint Joseph’s church.

From 6.30pm to 8pm on the same day there will be another opportunity to see the mural and to share refreshments with the school community - to help with catering please also sign up at the back of Saint Joseph’s church. You will be especially welcome if you are an old boy/girl of the school.

Someone's birthday! Father Chris will be 40 on Sunday 18th of March and we are holding a parish party to celebrate from 12.30pm until 5pm in the Parish Centre. If you would like to join in the fun please sign up at the back of church so we can organise the catering. Many thanks.

Open Evening St Anselm’s College will be holding a 6th Form Open Evening for boys in Year 11 on Wednesday February 28th from 7pm to 9pm.


LPA Lenten Holy Hours

“Could you not keep watch with me for an hour?"

Tuesday 20th February Saint Joseph’s Upton 7pm

Tuesday 27th February Saint Joseph’s North Road 7pm

Tuesday 6th March Holy Name of Jesus 7pm

Tuesday 13th March Saint Michael and All Angels 7pm (Reconciliation Service)

Tuesday 20th March Our Lady’s 7pm

Join us and prayer for each other, for your own families and for the family of the Church, especially in Birkenhead.