SAINT MARY OF THE ANGELS
Friday 5th April 2005 marked the 93rd anniversary of the sinking - with great loss of life - of the Liverpool registered (White Star Line) R.M.S. Titanic, after she accidentally collided with an iceberg off the coast of New Foundland on her maiden voyage.
For over 4 years Kay Kelly has remembered this anniversary date by placing flowers on the railing gate of St Mary of the Angels Church, Fox Street, Liverpool 3. It was the adopted daughter of William Imrie (co owner of the White Star Shipping) who in 1910 funded for building St Mary of the Angels church, and filled it with treasures from Italy to give the poor of Liverpool a glimpse of the Rome. The church was closed in 2001 as part of a reorganisation of inner-city parishes.
Kay believes that the history associated with the church and the White Star Shipping line should be fully recognised and be included in plans to celebrate Liverpool's Capital of Culture status in 2008.
Kay says that the church could help Liverpool residents and visitors to Liverpool appreciate the Titanic's story as does the Monument at the Pier Head, and the former White Star Line HQ in James Street.
ST MARY OF THE ANGEL'S FUTURE'S GROUP
Kay Kelly is photographed with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Frank Roderick when he officially opened the BBC Radio Merseyside's history festival on Saturday 19th February.
Kay had a stand at the history festival and over the two days (Sat 19th and Sun 20th) her stand attracted many hundreds of people who shared Kay's hopes that St Mary of the Angels Church will have a viable and sustainable future. They also hoped that it's future will be a vital part of plans when Liverpool celebrates its Capital of Culture status in 2008.
Over 200 people signed a letter to the Editor of the Liverpool Echo which asked the Echo to continue its coverage of the efforts made by Kay Kelly to ensure that the history, heritage and culture of St Mary of the Angels Church is promoted and protected for future generations. The letter also asked for the City Council to secure a sustainable future for the church so it can play a vital role in events leading up to and following Liverpool's European Capital of Culture status in 2008.
Kay wishes to thank all who wished her every success and thanks the Vauxhall Neighbourhood Council for their help with the setting up of her display of photographs. These pictured the outside and inside of St Mary of the Angels Church and the history of the Imrie family and their association with the famous White Star Shipping Line.
You can read more about Kay's campaign to give St Mary of the Angels Church a future by visiting our website Projects section, St Mary of the Angel Church webpage.
DID YOU ATTEND THE FRIARY SCHOOL OR WERE YOU A PARISHIONER AT ST MARY OF THE ANGELS CHURCH?
Readers will be aware of the efforts of Kay Kelly to try to secure a viable and sustainable future for St Mary of the Angels Church, Fox Street, Liverpool 3.
As part of her efforts, Kay has embarked on putting together a history of the church and Friary school. Kay would like to include in this work details of former pupils with if possible class photographs, first holy communion photographs, football team photographs and indeed other photographs taken of events at the School. Equally so, Kay would like to include photographs of events that took place at or in the church.
If you would like to help Kay’s efforts, please send your information, photographs etc c/o
LILIES PLACED ON CHURCH RAILINGS IN SUPPORT OF 3 YEAR CAMPAIGN TO ENSURE CHURCH CAN PLAY A ROLE IN LIVERPOOL'S FUTURE
On Sunday 13th June people made individual trips to, or gathered together outside, St Mary of the Angels Church (The Friary), Fox Street, Liverpool to place a Lily on the railings of the church as a show of support for the campaign to secure ways by which this church built in 1910 can play a role in Liverpool's future.
St Mary of the Angels church was closed as part of Pastoral Regeneration in 2001 but has been granted a Grade 2 listing which means that the exterior and interior of the church are protected whilst the campaigning continues.
Former parishioners of St Mary of the Angels (from across Liverpool and Merseyside) were joined by parishioners from St Michael's church in Ancoats Manchester.
Their visit to the church follows on from a trip made by parishioners of St Mary of Angels (Liverpool) and from St Joseph's (Belfast) to St Michael's (Manchester) on 21st March to show support for a campaign by parishioners of this church which has also been closed as part of pastoral regeneration. The same is true for St Joseph's in Belfast, and parishioners from this church sent a message of support.
The campaign for a future for St Mary of the Angels Church has been led by Kay Kelly who was in position outside the church from 9.30am on Sunday to greet everyone who came to place a Lily on the railings.
Kay said that she was delighted with the response which is a testament to affection in which the church is held and to the cherished memories that a great many people have of when they either attended regular services at the church or who may have come to the legendary Tuesday evening St Anthony Novena devotions. Sunday 13th June was the Feast Day of St Anthony and Kay said it was the perfect opportunity for people to show their support for the campaign that hopes to have the church brought back into use.
Kay is keeping the campaign in the public eye by having special posters designed which she will distribute for display. Kay also hopes to travel over to Manchester in July to take part in a 'Walk Of Faith' with parishioners of St Michael's church. Kay will be taking with her a Banner which she has had designed and which is featured in the photograph picturing Kay with parishioners of St Michael's church, Ancoats, Manchester.
For further information please contact Kay Kelly on 0151 207 1830 or visit our Projects section 'St Mary of the Angels' webpage - click here to visit now.
CHANCES THAT CHURCH COULD HAVE NEW LIFE
The campaign to save the invaluable architecture of St Mary of the Angels (Friary) church has been boosted following a decision of the Government's Planning Inspectorate.
An application to extend the tenancy by the Whitechapel Project beyond 2005 has been denied by the Government's Planning Inspectorate and this opens up the chances that the church could have a new life post 2005.
Kay Kelly, leader of the campaign that secured the church's Grade ll listing said she was confident that St Mary's of the Angels (Friary) church will survive and can hopefully be returned in some way to the success the church was prior to its closure in 2001. Kay said that she is delighted by the decision of the Government's Planning Inspectorate to reject the application by the Whitechapel Project for additional tenancy time beyond 2005.
Kay also said that she welcomes hearing from people who may be able to suggest ideas that can assure St Mary of the Angels (Friary) church has a viable and sustainable future and that that future makes full use of the history & heritage of this magnificent church. Mindful that Liverpool will be Capital of Culture in 2008, Kay says there has to somebody who has the vision and ability to see this church used in ways that would be for the benefit of the people of Liverpool and world-wide.
You can contact Kay be telephoning 0151 207 1830.
You can read more about Kay's campaigning to save St Mary of the Angels (Friary) church by accessing the St Mary of the Angels webpage click here.
ST MARY OF THE ANGELS PARISHIONERS SHOW THEIR SUPPORT FOR PARISHIONERS CAMPAIGNING AGAINST CLOSURE OF MANCHESTER AND BELFAST CHURCHES
Kay Kelly is photographed with parishioners from St Mary of the Angels Church, Fox Street, Liverpool who are supporting parishioners from St Michaels Church, Ancoats, Manchester who are campaigning to seek the reopening of St Michaels Church which closed in January 2004. Also photographed are parishioners from St Joseph's Church, Sailorstown, Belfast who also seek the reopening of their church which in 2001.
The photograph was taken on Sunday 21st when parishioners from the three churches met outside St Michaels Church, Manchester, for an open air service and to register their determination to continue their campaigns against the closure of their churches. The strong show of faith is hoped will encourage others to come and join them.
Parishioners from St Mary of the Angels, Liverpool and from St Michaels, Manchester are planning to travel to Belfast in the near future to show their support.
For more information about the St Michaels, Manchester, Campaign click here
For More information of the St Joseph's, Belfast, Campaign click here