Celebrating 125 Years
The Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul
The Jewel of the Diocese of Providence
In 2014 we are preparing to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the consecration of our Cathedral. As we do so, we are turning another page in the book which is the history of our parish. We are venturing forth and, in doing so, we are Realizing the Dream of ensuring that the treasure we have received from others will be preserved so that those who follow after us will be able to gather here to learn, to pray, to share faith, to celebrate all that we have and all that we are. New ventures are always a little frightening and they certainly bring a level of anxiety. As a community of faith, however, we remember those comforting words that the Lord Jesus spoke just before he returned to the Father - Remember - I am with you all days until the end of time. We remember what the two disciples learned on the road to Emmaus that first Easter Sunday morning - we do not journey alone. The Lord walks with us and we walk with each other.
In this brochure you will have the chance to read what we hope to accomplish as we move forward with this campaign. I sincerely hope that, in reviewing the various aspects of the dream we hope to realize, you will accept the invitation - and the challenge - of ensuring that we will show how much we care. We want future generations who will be a part of the Cathedral family to have what we have been so fortunate to have a place to thank the Lord, a home where they can join in prayer as we have done, to offer praise to a God who loves us and guides us.
May God's peace and the guidance of the Holy Spirit be with us all.
In the Lord Jesus,
Monsignor Anthony Mancini
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
In 1878, the cornerstone was laid for our present Cathedral, the place where we gather each Sunday to celebrate the Eucharist and to be united as one around the Table of the Lord. Parishioners at that time sacrificed to ensure that future generations would have a place to worship - to share the Eucharist and to celebrate the other Sacraments essential to the life and faith of any parish community.
The Cathedral will undergo many repairs during the renovation, listed below are just some of the projects that will be completed during this renovation.
Repair of the three Majestic Rose Windows.
$50,000 Each Window
Renovation of the lighting fixtures.
Individual Fixture $25,000
Removal and replacement of the
deteriorated flooring under pews.
Purchase of new Bronze sign
for facade of Cathedral.
Cleaning and Restoration of the
paintings in the Sanctuary.
Repair of the grand doors at
the entrance of the Cathedral.
Repair of the Cathedral Bells. In the Cathedral tower there are four mighty bells, each bell is inscribed with the name of one of the four evangelists: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
As an acknowledgement of your gift, Memorial plaques will be placed in the Cathedral .
You may dedicate in your own name or the name of a deceased loved one.
If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Msgr. Mancini at the Cathedral Office (401)331-2434.
The success of our campaign rests upon the generous support of every member of our parish.. Giving to the work of God is a very personal decision that requires prayerful consideration.
Our success can only come from support by the entire congregation. How much you give must be decided after reflection and prayer. Give within your means. Give because of your faith. Give because you are a responsible steward of God's gifts and an enthusiastic follower of Christ's way. Whether your ability to give is great or small, your personal sacrifice is necessary if this campaign is to be successful.