To mark the Year of Mercy, a group of ten members and friends from the Union of Catholic Mothers, Holy Rood, Barnsley, travelled to Sheffield, passed through the Holy Door of St Marie’s Cathedral and were privileged to be given a guided tour of the building and details of its history.
One feature which particularly impressed them was the new baptismal font – so designed that a baby may be placed in it, and also adaptable to be used for adult baptisms. It was fascinating to be shown the antique tiles which had been uncovered during restoration work in some of the shrines, and which are being preserved and incorporated into the refurbishments. In the new Sanctuary the Bishop’s Chair was of great interest, along with the Cathedral’s original altar, which is being retained and stands at the rear of the Sanctuary.
The beautifully refurbished Norfolk Chapel had a special attraction for the group of ladies as the depictions of saints ornamenting it are all female!
An extremely knowledgeable guide – Gerry – who was able to answer every query, was much appreciated by the group.
Highly recommended by the Holy Rood ladies, tours of the Cathedral for groups (maximum 20) may be booked by ringing the Cathedral Office, 0114 2722522.