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Part Two of A History of St Marie’s Church and Parish has just been produced.  It is on sale at the back of St Marie’s Cathedral or directly from bill.burleigh1@btinternet.com or 0114 246 2367.

Belgian refugees 1914

Belgian refugees 1914

This book continues from Part One of this history of Catholicism in and around Sheffield which covered from 1549 until 1850.  The new publication tells the story of the Catholic life in Sheffield from the opening of St Marie’s in 1850 until 1920.  So this 65 page history, with lots of old sketches and photographs, covers the poverty of Sheffield in Victorian times and the growth in Catholic life and involvement in the emerging city.  Importantly, in these centenary years, this book provides, for the first time, information about each of the parishioners killed in World War One and listed on the memorial within St Marie’s.

Deacon Bill Burleigh, the author, explained that he has deliberately gone beyond a history of buildings and priests and tried to capture the conditions of parishioners, the contribution to Sheffield life of lay people living out Catholic faith for others and the big issues for Catholics of the times, especially Catholic education.

Deacon Bill confesses that he’s already working on Part Three which will cover the period from 1920, through the Great Depression and Second World War and right up to the founding of the Diocese of Hallam in 1980.  He is keen to meet and talk with anyone who has memories or pictures of parish life at any time between 1940 and 1980.