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Provisional Plans to celebrate 150th Anniversary of St Peter's Church

 

On the 16th of April St Peter’s Church is going to celebrate its 150th anniversary .

Since 1863 the Italian church represents an important religious, cultural and social landmark for the Italian community.

The idea of building a church for Italian immigrants was conceived by St. Vincent Pallotti and his right-hand man Don Raffaele Melia, with the blessing of Pope Pius IX.

The project and its realisation was an event of great importance not only because it was the largest Catholic church of the time in Britain, but also because its style “Roman basilica”, its location near the Cathedral of Saint Paul and his dedication to St. Peter challenged a contest still very hostile to the Catholic religion.

The St Peter’s 150 anniversary committee, composed of Padre Carmelo Di Giovanni, Padre Riccardo Wrobel, Vittorio Heissl, Roberto Cardinali, Adriano Morini, Paolo Franchi, John Losi, Michele Morena, Mauro Ongeri, Peter Bertoncini, Angela Silva, and Pietro Molle worked hard to plan and organise commemorative and fund raising events all through the year.

The anniversary represents an ideal occasion to undertake some repairs and renovation works. The provisional cost of the works and the sponsorship of the church’s social activities is about 300.000 pounds.

The restoration and renovation works include:

RESTORATION AND REDECORATION OF THE TWO SIDE AILES, MAIN EXTERIOR PORCH AND FOUR NICHES.

GILDING OF 416 DENTALS ALONG THE COVING AND 12 ROSETTES.

ALL NECESSARY SCAFFOLDING, CLEANING AND POLISHING OF MOSAICS, IRON GATE, CLEANING OF STATUES AND MARBLE, PAINTING OF RADIATORS AND SKIRTING BOARD OF ALTAR.

CLEANING, REPAIRING AND SEALING OF MAIN ALTAR STEPS.

CLEANING REPAIRING AND SEALING OF EXTERNAL FRONT TERRAZZO THRESHOLD AND STEPS.

SUPPLY MUSEUM GLASS (6 x 4 ft)FOR THE ENGRAVING OF THE LAST SUPPLY AND GILDING OF CARVED FRAME FOR THE ENGRAVING OF THE LAST JUDGEMENT (by Pieter de Jode, 1570-1634).

CLEANING OF TWO LARGE BRONZE CANDLESTICKS (Italian, late 17th/early 18th century, in Baroque style).

SUPPLY OF CARVED GILT FRAME FOR THE PAINTING OF MADONNA AND CHILD WITH ST DOMINIC AND ST CATHERINE OF SIENA (Oil on canvas, Roman School 18th century).

CLEANING, RESTORATION AND GILDING OF THE THREE GLORIA FRAMES.

CLEANING, RESTORATION AND GILDING OF THE FRAME OF THE PAINTING OF THE MADONNA OF POMPEI CLEANING, RESTORATION AND GILDING OF THE FLORENTINE FRAME.

CLEANING, RESTORATION AND GILDING OF THE FRAME OF THE PAINTING OF MADONNA WITH CHILD (Roman school, 18th century).

CLEANING AND RESTORATION OF GILT GESSO FRAME OF OIL PAINTING OF CRUCIFIXION by Cyril Mount (1975).

RESTORATION OF 96 WOODEN PEWS.

RESTORATION OF WOODEN LID OF ALABASTER AND MARBLE FONT (Italian, 17th/early 18th century, Baroque style).

RESTORATION OF THE STATUE OF MADONNA DELLA PIETÁ AND OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL RESTORATION OF EDWARDIAN SIDEBOARD (early 20th century).

RESTORATION OF A DRAW LEAF DINING TABLE (20th century) AND A SET OF TWELVE MAHOGANY DINING CHAIRS (George III style, 20th Century).

CLEANING AND IN GOLD FINISH OF THE CROWNS OF THE MADONNA AND SPONSORSHIP TO THE CHURCH’S SOCIAL ACTIVITIES.

Pietro Molle and Padre Carmelo, who we thank for providing all this precious information, are collecting all the documents connected to St. Peter’s Church from its original ideation up to now.

If you have photos or videos related to the church’s activities you are invited to get in touch with Padre Carmelo.

We publish below the provisional calendar of the activities to be held in 2013 for the 150th anniversary of St Peter’s church (please note events and timings may differ from these published below).

MARTEDÍ 22 GENNAIO - ORE 19.00

Festa San Vincenzo Pallotti

Celebrazione Santa Messa

DOMENICA 27 GENNAIO

Lunch pro-Chiesa presso locali parrocchia

SABATO 9 FEBBRAIO

Dinner & Dance pro-Chiesa

Organizzata dall’Associazione Amici Casanova

DOMENICA 17 MARZO

Lunch pro-Chiesa presso locali parrocchia

MARTEDÍ 16 APRILE 2013 - ORE 19.00

Apertura e celebrazione della Santa Messa

Padre Tonino Lotti, Provinciale della Provincia Italiana

Padre Gerard Duer in rappresentanza del Generalato

DOMENICA 21 APRILE - ORE 11.00

Celebrazione della Santa Messa

SE Vincent Nichols, Archivescovo di Westminster

SABATO 27 APRILE - ORE 19.00

Celebrazione della Santa Messa e Cresime degli adulti

SE Cardinal Martino

DOMENICA 28 APRILE - ORE 11.00

Celebrazione della Santa Messa e Cresime dei più giovani

SE Cardinal Martino,

LUNEDÍ 29 APRILE - ORE 19.00

Celebrazione della Santa Messa ufficiata da

SE Vincent Nichols, Archivescovo di Westminster,

con la partecipazione di:

- Vescovi (Nottingham e Cardiff),

- Sacerdoti di Westminster, Religiosi, Religiose e Cappellani stranieri presenti a Londra

- Preti e suore irlandesi pallottini

- Pime, Scalabriniani, ecc.

DOMENICA 5 MAGGIO - ORE 09.55

Celebrazione della Santa Messa in diretta RAI

Inizio previsto alle ore 9.55 e termine alle ore 10.50

SABATO 25 MAGGIO – ORE 19.00

Incontri e Dinner & Dance organizzate dall’Associazione Piacenza Insieme

DOMENICA 26 MAGGIO – ORE 11.00

Santa Messa celebrata per l’Associazione Piacenza Insieme ed altre autorità.

DOMENICA 9 GIUGNO - ORE 11.00

Santa Messa delle 11.00

Padre Generale dei Pallottini, Padre Jacob Nampudakam

Partecipano le Madri Generali delle Suore Pallottine

DOMENICA 16 GIUGNO -

Lunch pro-Chiesa presso locali parrocchia

DOMENICA 21 LUGLIO - ORE 15.30

Processione della Madonna del Carmelo

Sagra

Con la partecipazione delle Ethnic Chaplency

Da invitare anche

-un personaggio ecclesiastico

-delle bande

-Royal Guards

DOMENICA 6 OTTOBRE

Lunch pro-Chiesa presso locali parrocchia

DOMENICA 10 NOVEMBRE

Lunch pro-Chiesa presso locali parrocchia

DOMENICA 5 OPPURE 12 GENNAIO 2014

Celebrazione dell’Epifania con la partecipazione dei bambini

BAZAAR

Giornata dello sport con i ragazzi dell’ OGI, campioni olimpici e giocatori italiani di serie A

Domenica dedicata ai giovani

Domenica dedicata alle famiglie con bambini

Domenica dedicata a tutti quelli che lavorano in parrocchia

Servizio ecumenico con rappresentanti di tutte le religioni.

I festeggiamenti si concluderanno ad aprile 2014.

Giulia Lombardo

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