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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  • August 19, 2017
    It's a very nice cathedral. Seems a lot of locals go in. It's very close to the other cathedral and in comparison is quite small, but still very beautiful.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The cathedral has been renovated recently and the whole interior is now beautifully coordinated. The space is light and airy with delightful acoustics and provides an excellent experience.  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    A lovely oasis of peace in the centre of a busy city. Upon entering the building is cool and slightly dark with many beautiful artifacts.  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

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