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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


and All Angels



Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind... and love your neighbour as yourself









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Word and Communion

Vigil Mass

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


Usual Mass times

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Ladies Group

Welcome Ministry

Minister Rotas

Saturday Mass Sunday Mass
 Welcome to St Michael and All Angels
Workshop Easter2018tenth.pdf

Shrewsbury Diocese -

Registered Charity Number 234025

Saints Club Winners March   1st St Eric                          L Allen                    2nd St Stanilaus                  Eileen Conyer      3rd St Catherine                  Diane Williams

St Michael & All Angels

Catholic Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs S Ralph

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Children’s Missals: There are now a number of children’s Missals available at the back of both churches to borrow during Mass. Why not borrow one and help your child grow in understanding of the Mass?

Looking Ahead Why not pick up a copy of Wednesday Word from the back of church and take an opportunity to reflect upon next weekend’s scriptures.

CTS The CTS book stand at the back of Saint Joseph’s church has been restocked: please do have a look.

Church Cleaning St Joseph’s church cleaners are in action again on Saturday 28th April from 9,30am. Why not come and join in and help give glory to God by keeping his house clean? More hands make light work!

St Michael's Ladies' Group Next meeting is on Thursday 3rd May at 7 - 7.30. We will meet for chat, tea and hand massages from our visitor. All welcome.

Deepening our Faith—Knowing Jesus Better are opportunities to learn more about our shared faith and to grow as disciples of the Lord. Throughout our lives we continue to develop in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Please see the flyers and poster at the back of church and put the dates in your diary. The Creed is a six session look at the profession of faith continuing this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Saint Joseph's Parish Centre. Our Alpha course continues on Thursday at 2pm in Saint Michael's Parish Room. Why not seize these opportunities?

Smartie Time Not quite had enough Chocolate? Why not pick up a free tube of Smarties at St Michael’s . Instead of throwing the tube away please fill it with 20p coins and bring it back to church when full as a donation in aid of the Youth to Lourdes.

Fish 'n' Chip Supper Come and celebrate Saint George at Saint Michael & All Angels this Friday (27th April) from 7.30pm. Tickets £6 to include musical entertainment provided by Blackthorn Root. Bring your own drinks!

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

Cambridge Rd, Carlaw Rd, Cecil Rd, Elm Rd, Everest Rd, Fairview Rd & Fieldway.

Youth Ministry Following Our Mission Together in St Michael’s the decision was made to employ a Parish Youth Minister. This post is now being advertised in conjunction with St Maximillian Kolbe Parish Runcorn. The successful candidate will be working closely with Shrewsbury Youth Mission Team and the individual Parishes to provide a positive Catholic role model enabling young people to see their lives though the gospel lens. This is to be a fulltime post with a salary between £19,00 and £22,000. If you are or know someone who may be interested in this position please see the posters in church or contact the Diocese for more in depth information.

“The Eucharist and…..” Holy Apostles & Martyrs Wallasey are, in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress, presenting a series of talks by invited guests that are designed to reflect upon the connection between the Eucharist and Prayer, Charity, Shakespeare, and Human Rights. These will take place on 15th, 29th April and 13th, 29th of May in the evenings between 6-8pm. Please see the poster if you are interested.

Have you listened to the call? Father Denis McBride and David Wells are coming to our Local Pastoral Area on Saturday 5th May to talk about Discipleship. The day begins at 11am and will be finished for 2.30pm. Please contact Chris Malone via email if you intend to go along. ( Please see the poster for further details.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2018 will take place from 26 July - 3 August overland and 27 July -2 August by air. Brochures/booking forms can be downloaded from or from the Pilgrimage Office: St Alban's, 30 Mill Lane, Wallasey, CH44 5UD.

Fruitful Discipleship Living the Mission of Jesus in the Church and the World. "Jesus wants to love with our heart and serve with our hands" - St Theresa of Calcutta.

SHERRY WEDDELL SATURDAY 12 MAY 2018 St Ambrose College, Hale Barns, Altrincham WA15 0HE (9:30am for) 10:00am—3:30pm Please bring lunch. Coffee and tea provided. To find out what it means to be a fruitful disciple please come along.

All enquires to Barbara Davies: 0151 648 7286 or

Registration - Helen Jones: 0151 652 9855

Vocations Sunday is today! We are asked to pray especially for vocations to the priesthood on this day (although we should be praying for an increase in vocations each and every day!). We have over twenty priests to retire in the next two or three years and although we have seen a great increase in the number of young men exploring a vocation to priesthood we need more to hear God’s call. Please keep praying! Also say a prayer for our priests especially our Parish Priest—he admits he needs all the prayers he can get!!!



Please pray for the repose of the souls of

David Healy who’s funeral service will be held in St Michael & All Angels on 25th April at 11.30 am.

Mary Jedynakiewicz who died last week, details of the funeral Mass will be made available shortly


In Case of Emergency: If you are hospitalized and need a priest please contact the priest on call through the switchboard at Arrowe Park. The staff will not call for a priest automatically. It may not be our parish priest who calls as there is a rota system in place. Remember just because you know you are a Catholic it does not mean the hospital does!

The Catholic Chaplain may not know that you or your family member have been admitted as patients so if you wish to be visited then please ask for him to visit you through the ward staff or by phoning the chaplaincy office on 6785111 ext 2275