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While St. Peter Claver church and its buildings complete our structure, it is the many individuals and households that make up our family of faith.
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Ministering together in Christ,
Fr. Paul, Tri-Parish Pastor
St. Peter Claver's History
As you explore the many diverse and exciting ministries here at St. Peter Claver, you will find yourself wrapped in a rich history that began in 1888. Founded by German Immigrants, our parish was organized under the patronage of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit missionary, who had been canonized that same month by Pope Leo XIII. We continue to build on the courageous faith of those that went before us as we experience a growth and excitement that, with the help of God, will carry us into the future for generations to come. To date, nearly 3,000 people are members of St. Peter Claver parish. (top)
Founded by German Immigrants, our parish was organized under the patronage of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit missionary, who had been canonized that same month by Pope Leo XIII on January 15, 1888. Peter Claver was born at Verdu in Catalonia, Spain in 1581. He was assigned a missionary to Cartagena,Colombia, in South America in 1610. For the rest of his life he dedicated himself to the material and spiritual needs of the black slaves who were being imported into Cartagena from Africa. Peter Claver taught them basic prayers and tried to assure them of their human dignity and God’s saving love. In a period of 40 years, he is known to have baptized 300,000 persons. He died Sept. 8, 1654. CLICK HERE to watch a video on the life of St. Peter Claver. (top)
Bishop Richard Sklba upon returning from a pilgrimage to Cartagena in January 2006 writes the following.
"A visit to the tomb of Saint Peter Claver, encased in glass under the main altar of the parish church on San Pedro Claver in Cartagena, Colombia, is a compelling experience of confronting all forms of racism then and now. To stand at the very window of his small bedroom where he awaited the monthly arrival of the Spanish slave ships from Africa is also a chilling realization of the horror which those boats brought to our hemisphere. One cannot engage the memory of San Pedro without the grace to confront that sin in our contemporary society as well. His ministry was one of gentle compassion and charity for he perceived that the entire society was somehow tainted with the disease." (top)
The Hmong Commission meets the special needs of our Hmong parishioners through formation and the liturgy. They help the Hmong to become active and accepted members of our faith community and enlighten our parish with the gifts and talents of the Hmong and Hmong Culture. Find our more! (top)
We, the family of St. Peter Claver Catholic Church, inspired by our Baptism, strengthened by the Eucharist and guided by God's Word, dedicate ourselves to ongoing growth in grace and wisdom. With respect for every person, we share our faith, hope and love; respond to the needs of others; practice stewardship; work for justice and peace; collaborate with other Churches and set a good example in our daily lives. (top)
SPC Parish Library and Religious Articles store has many books available for loan or donation. We also have religious articles such as rosaries, bibles, and religious pins. Open Sundays after all Masses on the first and third weekends of the month. The store is located in the Gathering Space. (top)
Our parish is handicapped accessible via the parking lot entrance. There is a cut out section of pews as you enter the church for those in wheelchairs. Family may sit in the pew within this section. There is also the first row of chairs in the main body of pews that is reserved for those that have difficulty walking. The Eucharist will be brought directly to those sitting in both areas. A view of these areas is available by clicking here. (top)
St. Pete's is equipped with a hearing assistance system. Devices are available in the Gathering Space after you enter from the parking lot entrance. If you need assistance please ask an usher. (top)
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