Management of the Parish of St Marie’s

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

There are two groups at St Marie’s that are integral to the smooth running of the Cathedral of St Marie’s. They are:

  • the Finance Committee, and
  • the Parish Pastoral Council.

Both groups strive to use their collective experience and talents for the benefit of all users and stakeholders of the Cathedral, and its parish community more widely.

Stained glass in the West Window of The Cathedral Church of St Marie, Sheffield, showing the Virgin and Child.

The Finance Committee:

Canon Law requires each Parish to have a Finance Committee to assist the Parish Priest in the administration of the goods of the Parish. While this is a voluntary role, members are selected and appointed to the committee by the Parish Priest.

More about the Finance Committee

At St Marie’s, the members of the Finance Committee are the Cathedral Dean (as Parish Priest),3 lay Catholics appointed by the Dean, the Parish Health and Safety representative, and a Secretary to take the minutes. The Committee meets at least 6 times throughout the year.

The Finance Committee is responsible for annually setting the budget for the day-to-day expenses associated with running and maintaining the Cathedral, house and clergy. The Committee monitors spend against this budget throughout the year, and is required to consider and approve any large expenditure. The members support the Dean in the planning of any large maintenance and repair projects, and assist the Dean in the management of all Parish properties. They also support the Dean with staff recruitment, and by preparing and presenting the annual accounts for the Parish.

For further information about ways to support the Parish financially, please contact the Chair of the Finance Committee on: Finance1889@gmail.com

The Parish Pastoral Council:

The Parish Pastoral Council, or PPC, exists to support and build the Parish community within St Marie’s. It actively supports the endeavours of the Cathedral’s clergy, as well as seeking to encourage all parishioners to play a part in the life of the Church.

More about the Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC is composed of members of St. Marie’s congregation, and the Cathedral Dean. We seek to reflect the diversity of our large parish community, as well as the range of weekend Masses typically on offer at the Cathedral. All members work entirely voluntary, and seek to use their talents and experience for the benefit of the Parish.

The work of the PPC can be broadly organised into 5 key areas: Worship, Faith Development, Evangelisation, Service and Parish Communication.  The PPC also gets involved in the heritage side of the Cathedral, and in fundraising too. To find out more about the work of the PPC at St Marie’s, please download this annual update:

AGM LEAFLET FOR 2019

As a large, inner-city Cathedral parish, there are particular challenges – and rewards – to life as a PPC member. As a Catholic community, the Parish is large and diverse, with parishioners from all the main continents. The Cathedral itself is a place of significant historical interest, architectural beauty and national heritage, and attracts many from outside the Catholic community for secular events, such as Heritage Open Days. It is also the mother church of the Diocese of Hallam, and hosts many large Diocesan events. The PPC is an essential source of support for the effective mobilisation and planning of such liturgical events.

If you would like to make a contribution to Parish life at St Marie’s, please contact the Secretary, Niall Corroon, on: ppc@stmariecathedral.org

PPC Meetings Minutes