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It's food for the soul: Belfast parishioners adamant nothing compares to worshipping in pews

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Maureen McMahon, parishoner at St Mary’s

Maureen McMahon, parishoner at St Mary’s

Bridget Burns, parishoner at St Mary’s

Bridget Burns, parishoner at St Mary’s

Maureen McMahon, parishoner at St Mary’s

Worshippers at a historic Belfast church say while they understand the fears of those who have yet to return to the pews, for them that day could not come soon enough.

Lunchtime at St Mary's on Chapel Lane yesterday was a hive of activity as a large number of the faithful gathered - at a safe distance - for the 1pm daily Mass.

St Mary's dates back to 1783 and was the first Catholic church in the city centre.