Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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The Cathedral of St. Paul is gearing up for its second annual "Festival of Lights," a key fund-raising event which helps pay for restoring the nearly century- old Catholic church.
During the festival -- which this year takes place Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. -- the cathedral’s stained glass is illuminated with bright lights, giving off a warm glow for many to see.
The landmark church sits on the hill overlooking downtown St. Paul and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1974.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will be supporting the restoration fundraiser by his attendance at the event, according to a released statement from the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, which hosts the event.
"The cathedral belongs to all of us. It’s an iconic landmark which gave the city its name and we must dedicate our support to preserve this valuable asset in Minnesota," said festival co-chairman Stanley S. Hubbard in the released statement.
The cathedral, which hosts nearly 200,000 visitors a year, is open without charge from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Guided tours are given year round Monday through Friday at 1 p.m. except on holy days and civil holidays. For more information, check out www.cathedralsaintpaul.org.