Parish History

Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church was founded in July 1984. A mobile home, which served as a rectory, was set in a previously purchased five acre parcel of land west of the elementary school. Fr. Nicholas Zimmer was appointed the first pastor by Bishop Speltz. Sunday Services were celebrated in the Braham High School. The First parish council consisted of two trustees, Fran Nordeen and Kenneth Ethen as well as Joseph Rajkowski, Henry Hasser, and LaVerne Anderson. The first baptism was that of Jammie Johnson, on July 8, 1984.

Religious education classes began in fall of 1984. the classes met at the high school. the teacher were Sandy White, Mary Kay Bodeen, Geneva Fix, Jan Sward, Kathy Anlauf, Roberta Bistodeau, Judy Torgeson, Carol  Faber, Janice Neville and Joan Shockman. 

Early in 1985, a women's group was organized. The first officers were Arlene Katchmark, Barb Hilson, Evie Maslow, and Debbie Brokke.

The parish council chose a building committee including Mary Gelhorn, Thomas Hilson, Marie Meyer, Al O'Brien. and Mark Vidor on May 1, 1985. In early 1986, a twelve acre parcel of land was purchased and became the present site of the church and cemetery. Southview Avenue was constructed to the church property. 

Ground breaking for the building was held on April 13, 1986. The church building was used for the first time on October 25, 1986 for a luncheon after the funeral of Arlene O'Brien. The next day, it was used for a chicken dinner and bazaar. The building still not complete, but over 600 meals were served ana a profit of $5,500.00 was realized. Though the building was still incomplete, the first Sunday service was held on December 21, 1986. Father Zimmer and his housekeeper, Judy Schneider, moved into the rectory on June 18, 1987. The building was gradually completed as funds became available. The total cost was $690,000 for building and furnishings. Bishop Jerome Hanus dedicated the building on June 19, 1988.   

The Knights of Columbus were started in the parish on April 1, 1989. there were forty plus members.

Our parish community has sent many youth on pilgrimages to visit the Pope. They represented our parish at the World Youth Day ceremonies in Denver, Rome, Toronto, and Germany.

In July 2001, Father Zimmer retired and Deacon Don Tzinski joined our parish. He was the first deacon in the diocese to become a Parish Life Coordinator. Deacon Don and his wife, Jan, were active in many ways around our parish. With the help from these two many new activities and organizations had been started such as Rosary making for missions, a Squires group for young boys, a Little Flowers group for young girls, a prayer group for all as well as a parish library.

In the spring of 2003, Deacon Don introduced plans to make a shrine on our church property - The Mercy Walk: Spiritual and Corporal Works of Marcy. The shrine was completed with lots of hard work and help from all. On October 10, 2003, Bishop John Kinney came to bless the Mercy Walk. 

After five years of faithful service by Deacon Don Tzinski and his wife, Jan, Deacon Tom Pinataro was appointed as our second parish life coordinator by Bishop Kinney on August 1st, 2006. Deacon Tom , his wife Lucy and their three sons Thomas, Christopher, and Charles moved into the rectory August, 2006. The entire family is active in our church. 

Several capital improvements have been made in the years: construction of a new Knights of Columbus double garage on the north parking lot for storge and the Lenten fish frying, replacement of the roof on the Church Building, installation of comprehensive security system and new hardware on the main doors and ramp doors to improve security following a break-in. A New original sculpture created by resident artist Anna Mae McCallum was commissioned as a processional cross. Permanent edging and perennial plantings were installed along the stations of the Mercy Walk, and the original cement markers of the cemetery were brought back to the surface and painted for locating individual plots. 

The Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul and the Sacrament of Confirmation were celebrated on June 27, 2009 followed by a special catered banquet to mark the 25th Anniversary. We commemorated Father Nicholas Zimmer's 50 years as an ordained priest with a special mass and reception following in Zimmer Hall.

On September 19, 2009 was our First Annual Fall Festival and Auction which included: auction, farmers market /  white elephant / bake sale, bounce house, dunk tank, DJ, Karaoke, Beer Garden, and a Pork Chop dinner. 

For many years we have regularly provided shelter for the homeless in our parish hall through Pathways program Our parishioners make all their evening meals for the entire week.