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Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield

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The Cathedral Church of St Marie is the Roman Catholic cathedral in Sheffield, England. It lies in a slightly hidden location, just off the main shopping street in the city, but signals its presence with a tall spire. It is an especially fine example of an English Roman Catholic Church, with much fine interior decoration. Re-ordering of the Sanctuary following the Second Vatican Council, has been sensitive. There are several particularly notable side altars, as well as statues and painted tiles.HistoryThe ReformationBefore the English Reformation the Church of England was part of the Roman Catholic Church, and Sheffield's medieval parish church of St. Peter (now the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul) was the principal Catholic church in the district. In 1534, during the reign of Henry VIII, the Church of England split from Rome, and Catholic worship was outlawed. Until the 18th century, Catholics faced fines, loss of property and social exclusion, and Catholic Priests were hunted down, imprisoned and martyred. The main landowners in Sheffield were the Dukes of Norfolk, and the Shrewsbury Chapel in the now Anglican parish church remained Catholic until 1933. During the reordering of St Mary's in 1970, at the invitation of the Anglican Cathedral, Mass was celebrated on the altar of the Shrewsbury Chapel once again. The Altar still retains its Catholic consecration crosses, and relics, making this possible. Mass was celebrated in a few houses of gentry in Sheffield, including in a house on Fargate that belonged to the Duke of Norfolk, which had a hidden chapel in its roof.
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  • Visited St. Marie's for the first time since it has been refubrished. Open nearly all day. Check times on Google. The Altar, Chapels and icons represent catholic belief, in an unpretentious manner. Si...  more »
  • Although not catholic, I do like to look at local places of worship. Some lovely stained glass and victorian tile.  more »
  • In spite of this cathedral opening in 1850 it's pretty wheelchair accessible. It's not a big place so you can see most of it in a short space of time. The entrance looks new and very Accessible with s...  more »
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  • This church is a sanctuary of peace in a busy city. Stunning Victorian art and more recent additions. A stained glass from 1980 opposite a Polish chapel dedicated to servicemen stationed in Sheffield during WWII. A copy of the Black Madonna is a touching tribute to the shrine at Jasna Gora.
  • Beautiful church been my place of worship since I was a small child.
  • Lovely building and there's seating outside, right in the middle of the sitting centre yet somehow really peaceful.
  • Cathedral Church of St Marie is a fantastic building, Just had to get the camera to take some great shots.
  • Very nice church