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Field Trip

October 1st, 2009, Promulgated by Choir

All blog readers are invited to take a tour of Saints Peter and Paul’s Church on West Main Street. We will be given a guided tour of the interior of the Lombard Romanesque Church. There will be no charge. This is one of the oldest church in the diocese. It was sold to the Egyptian Coptic Church in early February of 2007. The tour will be October 18 at 3 p.m. This offer will also be extended to the Tridentine Latin Mass Community at Saint Stanislaus Church. A major portion of the interior design was executed by Professor Gonippo Raggi. The belltower was modeled after the Cathedral of Lucca, Italy. See below.

If you can come, please leave a message in the combox so I can give the tour guide an approximate number of interested people.

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12 Responses to “Field Trip”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    this is how excited I am – the steelers/browns game will be getting into the 3rd/4th quarter, but I will be there. Great idea!

  2. Anonymous says:

    West Main near what? Thankyou.

  3. Dr. K says:

    Ss. Peter & Paul is a little east of the intersection of West Ave, West Main, Chili Ave, Brown, and Genesee. So if you're heading from the west, go past St. Mary's Hospital (or Unity, whatever it's called now), and it will be on your left within half a mile. If you're coming from the east, keep driving down West Main towards the end, and you'll see the large church on your right. Parking can be accessed behind the church. You'll need to go down Brown Street to get to the lot.

    ~Dr. K

  4. The bigger parking lot is accessed from Brown Street. However, you can park in the semi-circle in front of the church on West Main Street too.

  5. Bernie says:

    The bell tower you show is Siena's Duomo tower, not Lucca's. I will be leading a small group tour to Italy at the end of the month that will include Siena (Venice, Florence, Rome –16 days). So, if you can't make the Oct. 18th one…

    Sts. Peter and Paul, however, is a stunning church; beautiful.

  6. I must have grabbed the wrong picture. But in the search engine I put Lucca Cathedral, I didn't put in Siena Duomo. I dunno what happened. But is this one the correct Cathedral, Bernie?

  7. Bernie,

    I got the picture from this link:

    Let me know if this is messed up too.

  8. Bernie says:

    Yes, you now have the correct tower and the link you provided is the Duomo in Lucca. Somehow you got the wrong image. Perhaps you pasted a previous grab? I do that rather regularly. It's not unusual, however, for a website to have a mismatched photo. I run into it all the time.

    I'd love to make the tour on the 18th but there is an afternoon Mass that day for Council 11411 to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Damien of Molokai. The council is named after him.

  9. Bernie says:

    Actually, a bell tower in Italy is called a campanile; a cathedral is called a Duomo. If you think by this that I speak Italian, you would be wrong. Ciao!

  10. Anonymous says:

    At the moment I am on crutches. Are there many stairs? thank you

  11. Dear Anon: Not many stairs at all. There is also a handicapped ramp on the West Main Street side. We can help you in. Would be our pleasure.

  12. christian says:

    SS. Peter and Paul Church is a magnificent church! The first time I was there, it reminded me of St. Andrew Church, and with goo reason. A parishioner at St. Andrew Church who was brought up at SS. Peter and Paul Church, and had generations of relatives who had gone there, including founding members, told me that her relatives had known that St. Andrew Church,(the second church with the 1926 cornerstone which is presently used), was built on the plans of SS. Peter and Paul Church. There were a few things modified, but structurally, it looks like a mirror image of SS. Peter and Paul Church. If you notice the front of St. Andrew Church from Portland Ave., you can see the decision to put in the magnificent stained glass rose window, which is actually a window of martyred apostles. The large rose glass window is in the choir loft. The window is spectacular when the sun shines through. Much has changed regarding the sanctuary from years ago, especially pre-Vatican II. There are many beautiful features unique to St. Andrew Church which can be seen inside.
    But compare sketches and photos of SS. Peter and Paul Church and St. Andrew Church and see for yourself.

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