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Rapid City church celebrates golden anniversary

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A Mass was held  at the Cathedral of Our Lady Of Perpetual Help here in Rapid City. But this mass was like no others.

This was an anniversary mass commemorating the cathedral's 50th anniversary.

"It's special this year because it's the 50th anniversary" said Father Michel Mulloy.

Special because of the festivities planned.

Father Mulloy says "Anytime a cathedral is dedicates that feast day, in our case May 7th becomes a solemnity of our church which means we celebrate it with special mass".

And a special mass it was.

"The cathedral was completed or finished in 1962". said Father Mulloy. "It was completed in 1962 and dedicated in 1963 and what we are doing now is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the cathedral."

Many of the members that joined the church in 1962 still live in Rapid CIty and Members from the very first communion were invited to participate.

Keith Jackson, member of the church from its opening in 1962 said, "I've been invited to participate in the first 1963 first communion class and along with the 2013 first communion class. So that's kinda neat hopefully I see some of the old class mates."

As the first 50 years have come and gone those that are involved with the church look to the future.

Father Mulloy said, " I think the cathedral parish will continue to be a vibrant and alive parish family. I think it will continue to lead the next 50 years. It's a very strong well built building and I think it will be here long after all of us are gone."

Jackson said, "well I would hope the church and membership continue to grow."

Father Mulloy says he expects the church will continue to take on new members.

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