Century Old Church Doors get Face-lift and Bishop's Blessing
Saints Peter and Paul Church closes 125 year Anniversary with Refurbished Door Blessing.
On the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the namesake church in Hoboken closed the celebrations of its 125th Anniversary year with a blessing of their refurbished church doors by Bishop Thomas A Donato, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark.
Founded in 1889, the Catholic Community of Saints Peter & Paul built a first church at the corner of Fourth and Hudson Streets in Hoboken which soon became too small for the growing congregation. In 1928, the present church was built featuring six magnificent white oak doors adorned with artistic brass fixtures. After nearly a century, the doors were in dire need of substantial restoration. Therefore, the community recognized the need to fund the refurbishment in recognition of the anniversary year.
Church doors hold significant symbolic meaning. A lasting feature in changing times, they stand for Christ, welcoming the faithful and the newcomers alike across generations. The refurbishment of the antique doors mark the community’s commitment to a vibrant Church, materialized through the complete funding of the project from parishioners and benefactors.
The parish raised the funds through a campaign earlier this year, playfully illustrated with giant band aids covering the old doors. “People realized that the doors were in terrible condition, said Louis Scarpa, Director of Stewardship for the parish. “Therefore they quickly mobilized to raise the funds necessary to repair the sentimental doors.”
Saints Peter & Paul’s doors are open when other church buildings are often closed. The church makes a point of staying open through the day so locals and visitors can spend a few minutes in the colorful light through its stained glass in the silent presence of the Lord. Mr. Scarpa explained, “We received one donation from a man who isn't even part of our parish, but he told us he works nearby and likes to come and pray at lunchtime, so when he saw our call for funding, he responded.”