Friends of the Cathedral
DIOCESAN FRIENDS OF THE CATHEDRAL
Since this group was formed by Bishop Colli in 2002, ‘Friends of the Cathedral’ has dedicated itself to the artistic beautification of the Diocese’s Mother Church.
This small community of voluntary benefactors includes parishioners and individuals from the Diocese who annually contribute their ‘membership’ donations solely for the refurbishing and the artistic enhancement of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
These donations have made it possible for us to transform areas in our Cathedral into inspiring spaces for liturgical worship, devotion and prayer.
The annual membership donation of $250. is tax deductible.
Some major projects that were made possible
by your donations to ‘Diocesan Friends of the Cathedral’
1. A complete set of large Nativity statues was purchased for use in the Christmas crèche.
2. The former Baptistry was completely remodeled to house our new Memorial Chapel, dedicated to the deceased members of the Cathedral Parish. It was fitted with a large oak cross, pews and kneelers, votive candle stands and`four `Books of Life`.
3. With added donations from the Catholic Women`s League, a large replica of Michelangelo`s Pieta was purchased and installed in our new Memorial Chapel.
4. Two beautifully furnished Reconciliation Chapels were built to replace two of the former enclosed confessionals in the Church.
5. Our Children’s Chapel was moved, enlarged and redecorated with artifacts, extra pews and shelving.
6. Two new display racks for complimentary Catholic literature were purchased and placed in the Cathedral foyer. The pamphlets are purchased and donated to the Parish by Fort William Council #1447 of the Knights of Columbus.
7. Renovations to the Sanctuary floor area, to the Altar of Sacrifice and to the credence table were completed.
8. With added donations from our Catholic Women’s League, a new presider’s chair and six matching oak chairs were placed in the Sanctuary for all Liturgical Services.
9. All six side prayer chapels were painted and redecorated with coloured drapes and appointed with new oak prayer kneelers and new spotlights.
10. Dedication plaques were engraved and placed in each devotional area of the Cathedral.
11. With added Catholic Women`s League donations, a new display cabinet for historic memorabilia was built and installed in the narthex of the Cathedral.
12. A new light entry system for the two Reconciliation Chapels were installed.
13. Improvements were made to the sound system in Our Lady’s Chapel and in the Cathedral Auditorium.
14. Two sets of new glass doors for the Cathedral side entrances were installed and the outside elevator door was retrofitted with glass panels.
15. Needed repairs were made to the large stained glass window of St. Patrick in the narthex.
16. With added donations from the Catholic Women`s League of the Parish, a modern Baptismal area was installed, complete with a new ceramic tile floor, statuary and a display cabinet (Ambry) for the Holy Oils.
17. An enclosed and raised ‘Handicap’ area for wheelchairs at the elevator entrance was built and furnished.
18. A complete restoration began of the original Cathedral steeple bells system (nearing completion).
19 The Sanctuary was completely redecorated, including the painting and renewing of the entire space and ceiling, the repairing and refurbishing of the wooden reredos behind the Altar, and the installation of a life-sized decorated devotional Crucifix.
20. Two new large banners were purchased; one of the risen Christ, to be used in the Sanctuary during the Easter Season and the other of the Baptism of the Lord for the Baptistry.
21. A large donated statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was professionally restored and decorated to its original beauty for placement in one of our side Chapels.