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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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  • Went here as part of the heritage opening days. It was decorated as it would have been in Victorian times with palm trees near the alter. We were very impressed at how this cathedral looks, the origin...  more »
  • Tucked down a small side street is this fantastic Catholic cathedral. Last November Pope Francis announced that this year was the Year of Mercy and he named a few churches around the world to visit. T...  more »
  • This is a Catholic Church. It is very beautiful inside & out. Situated right in the middle of city centre. Great to have picnics just outside. Come & light a candle and take a tour around the building...  more »
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  • Cathedral Church of St Marie is a fantastic building, Just had to get the camera to take some great shots.
  • Beautiful Cathedral. An oasis of peace
  • A beautiful place for spiritual reflection.
  • A beautiful example of Victorian Gothic architecture. Mass, Confession, and the Divine Office celebrated daily.
  • Lovely piece of architecture in the centre of Sheffield.