The website of the Diocese of Shrewsbury has an article on the Papal Blessing for the grand opening of the Shrine Church of Ss Peter and Paul and St Philomena, New Brighton, Wirral, this Saturday March 24. There is a plenary indulgence attached for all those who attend the ceremony. The indulgence is extended as follows:
“Those faithful unable for a reasonable cause to be present at the sacred rites may devoutly receive this Papal Blessing and the Plenary Indulgence, according to the norms, if they follow the rites with a pious intention of mind by means of radio or television broadcast. Nothing to the contrary withstanding.”Being in the USA, or perhaps even being in Blackfen might well be a "reasonable cause" though I know that one of my families is determined to leave early on Saturday and drive up to the Wirral. (See: defénde nos in proélio: Bigger than the Beatles. Cooler too.) Sadly I will have to miss even the broadcast since I will be celebrating Mass and hearing confessions - but I will get a partial indulgence for my prayers for the occasion.
The Shrine has been entrusted to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. It will be a place dedicated to the adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist and will be a centre for the celebration of the Holy Mass and other sacraments according to the usus antiquior. The photo above shows Canon Olivier Meney of the ICKSP, celebrating Mass in the Weekday Chapel. Canon Meney is already resident at New Brighton and will be the Rector of the Shrine. It is good to see a photo like that on a diocesan website!
May God bless the work of the Institute and the far-sighted generosity of Bishop Mark Davies in entrusting them with this work in his Diocese.