Cathedral revamp close to finish

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WORKMEN were this weekend due to put the final touches to the £2 million restoration of Sheffield’s Catholic Cathedral of St Marie.

The church, which has been shut for 14 months while undergoing extensive renovations, will be officially reopened with a re-dedication service on Friday.

Father Chris Posluszny said: “The work is going right to the wire but we have faith it will be finished with time to spare for the reopening.”

Changes include new sandstone flooring, under-floor heating, a new cathedral lectern, altar and font, and improved lighting.

The confessional booths are being relocated, mosaic artwork installed and various features – some decades old - being restored.

The self-funded makeover is the most extensive in the Norfolk Row cathedral’s 152-year history. It has been such a huge job, a decision was made to shut the building and hold daily worship, confessions and quiet prayer in a temporary centre set up in a former hairdressers next door. Baptisms, funerals and weddings have been taking place at St Matthew’s Church in Carver Street.

Fr Chris said: “We’re looking forward to being home again now. This work has been 15 years in the planning and the cathedral is going to look great and be far more suitable to the demands of worship in the 21st century.”

n See The Star next week for exclusive first pictures from the completed cathedral.