The Parish of Saints Mary and John, Snowhill Wolverhampton is celebrating after raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to restore the crumbling church.

High level masonry started to crumble in the 160-year-old building, causing concerns for safety. With the help of the Archdiocese's development team, the church secured £241,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund and £20,000 from National Churches fund for an extensive restoration project. The parish and parishioners pulled together to raise a further £45,000 towards the £310,000 required.

The church also put in a new access ramp and glass panels so people can see inside the church when the doors are shut.

The work is now complete, removing the building from Historic England's risk register and a Mass of celebration will take place on Saturday June 16th at 4pm, with Archbishop Bernard Longley, the Mayor and Mayoress and the local MP.

This will be followed by a social event in the parish hall, with refreshments and entertainment.

SS Mary and John's vibrant, multicultural congregation truly reflects the Universal nature of the Catholic Church. Holy Mass is celebrated there every day by the Pauline Fathers (OSPPE), who faithfully serve the Parish. Visitors and new Parishioners are always welcome.

Steve Baylis, head of development, said: “Our hard work in building an effective team to secure funding for projects and helping parishes to maintain and improve the buildings that they worship in is bearing fruit.

“We are keen to do everything we can to keep our most historical buildings in the best condition possible and will continue to work hard to further improve our buildings. It is vital we protect our heritage for future generations.”

Deacon Paul O’Connor, head of planning, said: “The Archdiocese is taking a positive attitude to all of its buildings, but especially its Listed Buildings. Our Catholic heritage is part of what we are and is rightly being maintained for this and future generations to enjoy and inspire their worship.”