Community Cathedral Celebrates Milestone
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is about to celebrate half a century of existence.
This cathedral has been a cornerstone landmark in Rapid City for generations. And this week, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrates a big milestone.
Mary Coates, Parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, says, "We are a community church, as well as bringing people in to let them see what our faith is about. Let them see and share the artwork and the structure of the building. We've had about a half-and-half on our tour. We've had about half the people who are Catholic and about half who are not, and they've asked a lot of great questions, and it's kind of opened that up."
On Tuesday, May 7th, the cathedral is celebrating its 50th year anniversary. The church used to teach at the Immaculate Conception Church on 5th Street, which is also still around. And into the early 60s, they built the larger cathedral to hold their increasing mass. As part of the celebration, the church offered a number of tours to anyone and everyone who wanted to view the incredible artwork inside and out.
Coates says, "The cathedrals of old were built because they were before printing presses, before people had books, before people could read. The Catholic Church has always promoted those things – to be able to read – but they wanted to give people visual cues of what was being said in the gospel."
The community church is open to anyone who wishes to join and become a part of their community. A community that embrasses the stories that every individual has to offer.
Coates says, "We have beautiful artwork. Our Lady of Perpetual Help graces the front altar, and it's got an interesting story in the way that this was built by Bishop McCardy. He was a Redemptionist priest from the east coast, and he actually wanted the cathedral, the portrait, to be flown to Rome, and touched the original portrait."
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help will be holding a special mass Tuesday celebrating their 50th anniversary.