THE reopening of St Marie’s Catholic Cathedral has been announced after almost 12 months of restoration work.
The Victorian Grade II listed building has undergone a £1.9million restoration, including reconstruction of the ceiling and new underfloor heating.
The cathedral will reopen with a rededication mass on Friday, November 23. Dean of St Marie’s Father Christopher Posluszny believes it will be a very special occasion.
He said: “I think it will be a tremendous time for our church. It will be good for us to be back in our own place. It has been a big project but we can now begin to see what it will be like.”
The cathedral makeover also includes new sound and lighting systems as well as a specially designed loop system for the hard of hearing.
A new altar, pulpit and bishops chair will complete the restoration, the first sine the 1970s.
The Rededication Mass is limited to 50, but others can attend evening prayer the night before.