Supporting Organizations

Pastoral Council The Parish Pastoral Council is consultative to the pastor and operates under the principles of shared responsibility and accountability. Contact: Pat Ellis, Chairperson – 656-0707 pellis@rgare.com Finance Council The Finance Council advises the pastor in all church and school financial matters. Its mission is to have open communication with the entire parish about our financial situation. Other goals include setting monetary policy and procedure, analyzing current and past financial reports and making recommendations to ensure financial stability. Contact: Mike Benker – 345-4343  

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Parish History

In 1856 the first frame building church was built on land still owned by the parish. From these beginnings, we have seen this parish grow from a struggling Mission Church to the large parish it is today. From that frame church there came a beautiful church, a large school, a convent, a rectory/parish office and a parish center, but even more important than the buildings, from that mere handful of dedicated Catholics, the parish has grown to become one of the outstanding parishes in the Springfield Diocese. Our parish continues to grow spiritually and physically. In the early years of

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Ss. Peter & Paul Cemetery

In 1865, Rev. Anthony Rustige purchased the first land for the cemetery at the end of East Main Street. The last land acquisition was a gift of the Hedden family in 1962. As late as 1890 the cemetery was still outside the city limits. Orient Street was the boundary. Over 4,000 people are buried here, including five priests: Rev. Francis Sheila and Msgr. B. N. Manning, both born in Ireland, Rev. Charles Muskus, Rev. Vincent Jalinsky, and Rev. Ron Nesbitt. Burials also include veterans of every war since the Civil War. A special mass is said at the cemetery on Memorial

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Parish Staff

    Rev. John Beveridge Pastor 618.345.4343, Ext. 100 | frjohn@saintspeter-paul.org   Deacon Jimmy Ghiglione Permanent Deacon, Faith Formation Director 618.345.4343, Ext.101 | jghiglione@saintspeter-paul.org   Deacon Jim Hill Permanent Deacon 618.345.4343, Ext. 104 | deaconjim@saintspeter-paul.org Patricia Kirk School Principal 618.345.4343, Ext. 200 | pkirk@sspeter-paulschool.org Camille Emig-Hill Human Resources and Communication Director 618.345.4343, Ext. 102 | chill@saintspeter-paul.org Maggie Brennan Pastoral Care Director 618.345.4343, Ext. 111 | mbrennan@saintspeter-paul.org Nick Robinson Music Director Teri Lesicko Finance and Development Director 618.345.4343. Ext. 105 | tlesicko@saintspeter-paul.org   Leslie Duff Facilities Coordinator 618.345.4343, Ext. 108 | lduff@saintspeter-paul.org   Michelle Trimble Accounting Manager 618.345.4343, Ext. 106 |

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Pastor’s Welcome

Welcome to Ss. Peter & Paul: A parish of intentional missionary disciples. Our mission: Be. Grow. Make Disciples – offers us all the opportunity to live a life of true Christian discipleship that is deeply rooted in the person of Jesus Christ. At Ss. Peter & Paul, we believe it is of utmost importance to meet members’ spiritual needs and help them grow as disciples by develop a personal relationship with Jesus.  We focus on Hospitality, Prayer, Formation and Service as ways to grow as disciples. Our Parish’s ministries and programs can help us focus on renewing and growing our

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