Church Refurbishment and Shrine Restoration
The church building is over 113 years old and is in need of a facelift and repair. The Shrine has existed in the church for over 55 years. This also needs repairs before the proposed artwork highlighting the history of the shrine can be added.
This Church Refurbishment page links to the architect’s plans for repairs to the exterior of the church. Alongside these are the proposed modifications and redecoration of the interior:
Church external repairs: fabric-final
Church internal modifications and redecoration: olsa-final-floor-plan-and-palette-2
Details of the proposed work on Shrine Restoration can be found under the The Shrine tab, or by clicking here.
Find out more about the plans from three homilies given by Fr Paul Martin when the project began:
- 1. The history of the church and how the Shrine of Our Lady of Caversham came to be part of the Church of Our Lady and St Anne: Homily for 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016
- 2. The work needed to the fabric of the church. This includes the vision for redecoration and highlights the need for serious fund-raising: Homily for 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2016
- 3. The Diocesan Art and Architecture Committee has agreed to the parish beginning the work which will need about £600k. Hopefully, much of this will be raised from external sources but the parish aims to raise around £100k : Homily for 21st Sunday (Shrine Update)
A visual version of the shrine history : shrine-history-timeline
Donations towards the Refurbishment of the Church are welcome. If you would like to make a donation, contact the parish office.
There is a message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales which may be accessed …
There is a Pastoral Letter for the Fourth Sunday of Easter which may be accessed here: Pastoral Letter 3rd May …
The proclamation of the Easter Exsultet, sung by our chorister David Webb, with video of the 2020 Paschal candle alight …
Fr Patrick’s weekly video Reflections, and his Thoughts for the Week, for past weeks may be found in the Gallery.