SHEFFIELD’S Catholic Cathedral has closed for a £2 million facelift - and the congregation has moved to a hair salon next door.
The renovation of the Cathedral Church of St Marie - a project 15 years in the making - means for the next year worship will be conducted from what was formerly Saks hairdressers on Norfolk Row.
Confessions, quiet prayer, and three-times-daily weekday masses for over 100 regulars will all now take place in the old post office building, which has been kitted out with cathedral fittings.
Baptisms, funerals, and most weddings, however, will move to St Matthew’s Church on Carver Street.
Father Chris Posluszny, aged 50, admitted: “The hair salon chapel may seem unusual. But things are up and running, and it’s already being well used.”
Ester Celia, 37, called into the temporary cathedral to pray as she does most weekday afternoons after work. The mum of one, originally from Italy, said: “I used to call into the proper cathedral but this week I have been praying in here.
“For me, anywhere really can be the house of God. It is fine here.”
Passer-by Joyce McKenzie, 46, from Handsworth, said it was “certainly a bit unusual”.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it before,” she said. “But they certainly seem to have made a nice job of it. It’s important that the cathedral makes sure it has somewhere for people to go to right here in the city centre.”