Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter

Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D. 
Bishop of Rockford

 Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.


The Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter

On Dec 8th Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, opening the celebration of a year of mercy. 

Pope Francis explained the purpose of this extraordinary year in this way:

“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: ‘Merciful like the Father’. . . I present this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.”

“. . . to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage.  This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.  May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”  (from Misericordiae Vultus)

The designated Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter is the main door on Church Street at the south end of the Cathedral.  This entrance will be closed off on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21/22.  The door will be solemnly opened for the Holy Year at the end of a Mass on 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th

This Holy Year is a strong call to repentance and to the experience of God’s grace in the sacraments, especially through Reconciliation.  It is also a special time to live out the call to mercy and forgiveness in the Church, in our families, and in our society and world. 

 Join us for the 2nd annual

Cathedral of St. Peter Parish Picnic

on August 27th benefitting the School Assist A Student program.  Tickets are $10 for high school students and adults, and $5 for children and are available through the contribute now button on this website or through the school office.  If you are unable to attend, donations are gratefully accepted.  Watch the bulletin for more information.


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There are openings available for the 2016/2017 school year.

Check out our vanishing tuition plans:

Families will receive $500 for each new family it recommends to attend our school for 2016/2017.  For a person to receive the Vanishing Tuition a recommended family must enroll and attend at least one semester.  A great way to reduce your tuition costs and help a friend get a great education!

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