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The 25 March (Feast of the Annunciation) was a memorable occasion in the life of the local church when Catholics in the Diocese of Hallam joined the church universal with Pope Francis for the collegial consecration of Russia & the Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
As part of their preparation and following solemn Mass at the cathedral, Bishop Ralph Heskett and priests from Sheffield city centre churches joined more than 100 faithful from all over Hallam Diocese to pray the Rosary at the war memorial at Barker’s Pool, Sheffield.
This was a historic occasion, not least that the rosary was prayed as an act of public witness by the faithful seeking the intercession of Our Lady at this time of conflict in the Ukraine.
Following this precedent the rosary has continued to be prayed monthly outside Sheffield city hall, besieging the patronage & protection of Our Lady.
This group that gathers fluctuates in numbers, but is part of a wider national group – www.ukprays.org – which prays the rosary outdoors in towns & cities across the UK, notably outside Leeds & Westminster cathedrals.
The group says its primary intention is to “pray for the needs & wellbeing of our country and for our bishops, priests & religious, and to advance the new evangelisation and the kingship of Christ in the national life of the UK.”
The Sheffield group meets to pray the outdoor rosary outside the city hall following Mass at the cathedral at 1330 hrs on the second Wednesday of the month, and all are welcome to join.