Perhaps the best kept secret in the city centre of Sheffield is St. Matthew’s church situated in Carver Street. The church was built to serve a densely populated area of what we would now call ‘Victorian slums’, although if you talk to older members of the congregation who were brought up in the locality, it was almost heaven itself! The foundation stone of the church was laid on June 1st 1854, the consecration taking place on June 6th 1855. The church celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2005. Since its foundation St. Matthew’s has seen many changes and has had an interesting, and even distinguished history. A flagship of the Anglo-catholic movement offering rich elaborate ceremonial, today serving a bustling city centre, with a multitude of shops, offices, bars, restaurants and night clubs in its immediate proximity, a far cry from its surroundings 150 years ago when Mass was said to the accompaniment to the pounding of machinery in the nearby ‘mesters’ and small factories often making cutlery from Sheffield steel. St. Matthew’s has survived many threats to its existence. During the Second World War it survived the bombing which ravaged the city, and, despite the war, the church was ‘blacked out’ so that worship might take place daily. Much of the surrounding area was lost or damaged. In August 1956 it survived a fire which damaged the organ, destroyed choir robes and damaged the Lady Chapel which had been restored merely two weeks previously. In the 1970’s. Matthew’s was again threatened, this time by redevelopment of the city centre, but plans for a proposed road were changed and the church and its buildings remain on the same site. In the next few years St Matthew’s will be in the centre of the new retail quarter and will be open daily for services, welcoming visitors and for those who want private prayer.
Cathedral Church of St Marie – Norfolk Street
The Church Wardens and PCC are pleased to welcome the priests and congregation of St Marie’s during the restoration and renovation work which begins in two month’s time. The installation of new heating, lighting and sound system together with dismantling, cleaning and restoration of their 1875 Lewis Organ are some of the work that will be undertaken during their time with us.
Cathedral Dean – Father Chris Posluszny
Father Solomon Ghebray & Father joseph Aylookunnel
Director of music – Philip Jakob
Masses and Confession times
Saturday –Sacrament of Reconciliation 5.45 – 6.15pm
Vigil Mass – 6.30pm
Sunday – 8.30am, 9.30am, 12.45pm, and 6.30pm.
A meeting has taken place to discuss mass times and other issues and it was agreed that there may be ‘teething problems’ but that these could easily be resolved by prayer, mutual co-operation and meetings as necessary..
Joining the Parish Choir
New members of the Parish Choir are always welcome, especially each autumn as students arrive in Sheffield. The Choir sings a varied and interesting repertoire which complements and enhances the church’s rich liturgy. It sings at Solemn Mass every Sunday plus monthly Choral Evensongs (usually with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament) and at major festival services. There also regular trips (most recently to Guildford Cathedral and Selby Abbey), concerts, and special events. The choir has a lively social life and is deeply involved in the wider life of the church and city. Scholarship funds are available to facilitate singing lessons and other opportunities for musical development. Prospective new members are invited to speak to any member of the choir or to contact Fraser: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07801 496735.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Mark McCombs as the Fr James Wheatley Organ Scholar. As well as having served as a choral scholar of St Matthew’s since Jan 2009, Mark is a former member of the renowned SFX Boys’ Choir in Liverpool and a graduate of the University of Sheffield. Now pursuing PhD studies in composition, Mark is also Student Associate Composer and Conductor of the University and Musical Director of Hallam University’s Drama Society. Mark’s new role will see him leading our musical worship through organ-playing, conducting, and much other work. Congratulations and good wishes to Mark, and sincere thanks to Mary Wheatley for her generosity in offering the Scholarship.
Car Drivers Wanted (as well as others!)
The Ecumenical Soup Run begins again in September. St Matthew’s is due to ‘host’ the soup run on the 23rd September. We have lost both of our car drivers from the project, we are urgently in need of at least two – one to take the equipment to Eldon Street car park and another to collect it the previous week and return it to St Matthew’s where it is stored until it is needed the following week. Similarly, we are always glad of volunteers to make and donate sandwiches and to serve them to the needy. If you are able to help with the soup run on a regular or occasional basis, or would like more information, please have a word with Pat West.
News about St Matthew’s House & Rooms redevelopment