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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the Service Times?
Service times can be viewed here.

What are the Disabled Access facilities at the Cathedral?

  • A staircase and lift situated in the lower porch provide access to the Cathedral from the underground car park to Cathedral level. These are both accessible from the car park. Externally there is a sloping path through the garden. The entrance to this path is via a gate at the pavement end of the car park approach road.
  • The Crypt is accessible via a lift situated in the Rotunda sited to the right of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (underneath the pipes of the Grand Organ).
  • Accessible toilets can be found in the lower porch and at Crypt level also.
  • Wheelchairs are available from the Security Office, which is located in the Cathedral car park.
  • A loop system is fitted in the Cathedral and in the Crypt Chapel.
  • Large type service sheets are avilable at Sunday services and all choral services and special services.

Are there parking facilities?
There is an underground car park which is open to all visitors from 7.30am – 6.00pm daily. There are also spaces for disabled drivers which are clearly marked.
Parking charges are £1.00 for 1 hour; £2.00 for 2 hours; £5.00 all day to 6.00pm.
The height restriction for the Cathedral Car Park is 7 foot 6 inches.

Is photography permitted inside the cathedral?
Yes, but not during Services. Photography is not permitted in the Crypt.

Can we be married at the Cathedral?
Owing to the large number of requests received from couples wishing to get married at the Cathedral, it is necessary that at least one of the parties must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a baptised Catholic
  • Reside within the Cathedral Parish or St Vincent’s Parish
  • Attend weekly mass at the Cathedral or at St Vincent’s
  • Or be closely associated with the Cathedral or St Vincent’s in some way

The Cathedral Parish area comprises approximately one to two square miles in the immediate vicinity of the Cathedral.

If a couple satisfies the above criteria they should then contact Ms Claire Hanlon, the Assistant to the Dean, to discuss their wedding arrangements further either by email or by calling 0151 709 9222.

If the couple does not satisfy the criteria we ask that they contact the parish priest of the parish in which they reside to discuss their marriage arrangements.

Can we get our baby baptised at the Cathedral?
Many requests regarding baptism are received at the Cathedral every day of the week. If you would like your child to be baptised at the Cathedral, it is necessary that one of the following criteria are met:

  • The child’s parents must either live within the Cathedral parish boundaries
  • The parents must be closely associated with the Cathedral in some way

The Cathedral Parish area comprises approximately one to two square miles in the immediate vicinity of the Cathedral.

If you meet the above criteria please contact Ms Claire Hanlon, the Assistant to the Dean, to discuss the baptism arrangements further either by email or by calling 0151 709 9222.

If you do not meet the above criteria please contact the parish priest of the parish in which you reside.

When and what time is the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) given at the Cathedral?
Confession is heard directly after the 12.15pm Mass in the Crypt, Monday – Friday.
Please note that when there is a Requiem Mass at 12.15pm confessions are not heard.
Confession is heard in the Cathedral on Saturdays from 11.00am – 12noon and also between 3.30pm – 4.30pm.

How much does it cost to enter a name in the Golden Book of Remembrance ?
The usual offering is £10. See the Golden Book page for more information.

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