The Church of Saints Peter and Paul

Richmond, MN

Located in the heart of Central Minnesota, Saints Peter and Paul Parish is a vibrant catholic community in Richmond, MN.

The Churches of Saints Peter and Paul, Saint Boniface (Cold Spring, MN) and Saint James (Jacobs Prairie, MN) were joined on July 2017 to create the Rich Spring Catholic Community.

Saints Peter & Paul has always been a center of the Richmond community, and its members continue to mold a vibrant parish that nurtures Christian virtue. Scroll down to read more about our history.

160
Years

Serving Richmond

The Church of Saints Peter and Paul has been serving the Richmond Community since 1856.

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Romans15:4

Bulletins:

All of Saints Peter and Paul bulletins can be found at the RSP Catholic Community website.

Have an announcement to submit? Email bulletin@rspcatholic.com to submit information for next week’s bulletin (entries due Monday for that week’s bulletin; bulletin selections will be made at our discretion).

Mass Times:

  • Monday – 8:00 AM
  • Wednesday* – 8:00 AM
      *8:30 AM during school year
  • Friday – 8:00 AM
  • Saturday – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday – 10:00 AM
  • First Saturday of Month – 8:00 AM
  • Confession: Saturday – 4:00 PM

Current Prayer List:

Prayer Requests

Carol Bauer, Nell Bechtold, Ben Bernard, Richard Braegelman, John Brinker, Nancy Chirhart, Liam Current, Kay Donabauer, Eileen Dingmann, Juletta Dingmann, Marcella Dingmann, Alice Drontle, Betty Ehresmann, Theresa Ehresmann, Arnie Eisenschenk, Dorothy Eisenschenk, Bernice Evens, Mary Ann Frank, Joe Froehle, Jerry Gertken, Gilbert Hagemeier, Annette Heinen, Mardell Hendricks, James Johannes, Maddy Keaton, J.J. Laverne, Linda Liebl, Philippa Lindquist, Rudolph Lorenz, Mary Ann Moser Maus, Werner Maus, Ann Meyer, Jackie (Holthaus) Mueller, Dennis Nack, Lisa Peine, Jerome Rausch, Josephine Rausch, Cynthia Rothstein, JoAnn Rothstein, Martin Rothstein, Melvin Rothstein, Dot Ruegemer, Joseph Ruprecht,Norbert Schueller, Norb Silvers, Carol Spoden, Jill Spoden, Alphonse “Al” Theis, Delores Torborg, John Tschumperlin, Ralph Vogt, Dorine Voit, Monica (Blasius) Wallace, Cindy Weeres, Joan Weeres, Leona Willenbring and all ill or suffering.

Please contact the Parish Office to add to the prayer list (320.597.2575 or parish@ssppr.com).

If you know of anyone in need of a visit (i.e home bound, hospital stay, retirement home, etc.), please call

  • Deacon Jerry 320.774.7291
  • Renee Theis 320.597.2749
  • Deacon Larry 320.685.3280 Ext. 605
  • Renee Buerman, 320.685.4335
  • Or your Parish Office

Art & Architecture

As one approaches Richmond from any direction the 139 foot steeple can be seen on the horizon.  The present church was built in 1884, the forth church building of the parish.  It is a classic German Gothic style church with a single projecting tower centered on a façade.  Its exterior is made of red brick and has a distinctive medal clad roof with curved flared corner edges on the steeple.

Unlike most German Gothic style churches, it does not have any pillars on the interior, leaving a large open space for the nave.   There is a large protruding choir loft with a Lorenz trackere organ.  The church has no center isle, but rather a large center section of pews with two outside rows of pews.  In total there are 110 pews, and the church seats up to 700.

The major interior feature is the series of framed oil paintings depicting the Stations of the Cross and arched stain glass windows.  The church interior is defined by decorative patterns painted on flat surface.  The ceiling is decorated by oil paintings of the Fourteen Holy Helpers (or Fourteen Auxiliary Saints) by Count Berthold John Von Imhoff.  The saints were called upon from the Middle Ages for intercession for everything from safe childbirth, to disease and fire prevention, to aid in the hour of death.  They would have had great meaning in the frontier history of the parish community.

Adjoining the church is a Gathering Space constructed and dedicated in 2013.  It was made with a matching red brick exterior and compliments the larger church building.  It has a large open area to host parish functions, basement classrooms and open space for faith formation, and the parish offices.

Across the street from the church is the parish school and parish center, completed in 1959, the forth school building to occupy the parish property.   It has a large gym, cafeteria, seven classrooms, office space, and a library.

Behind the church is the parish rectory, built of the same red brick in 1898.

More details of the church interior can be found in The Art Treasures of Saints Peter and Paul by Robert Solinger.

You are my People: I am Your God

You are my People: I am Your God

You are my People: I am Your God is a 212 page history of Saints Peter and Paul Parish from 1856-2006, written by Mary Alice Wedl Keenan and Sr. Janice Wedl, OSB. It surveys the church’s history from the immigrant experience of German settlers and life on the frontier, through the key historical developments of the parish and school, to the shape of current parish organizations. A copy can be purchased if you contact the parish office.

History of Saints Peter & Paul

Settlers from Germany followed the Sauk River into Richmond from the 1850s and continued to flow in through the ensuing decades.  They were drawn by the vast farm land and encouraged by Homestead Act and the declaration of Statehood for Minnesota in 1858.  Father Francis Xavier Pierz envisioned an agricultural, Catholic community in the region and sent word to the old country of a “land of milk and honey” in Central Minnesota.  He invited the Benedictine monks of the newly founded St. John’s Abbey to the pastoral care of Richmond, and Benedictines have served the parish since.

The community of Richmond grew rapidly and became a center for the region.  As settlers continued to come the parish was forced to rebuild and enlarge their church three times, from the initial log church, built in 1856, until the present church was constructed in 1884.  Legends has it that the entire community was asked to stand in the area designated for the church site, and the church dimensions were drafted accordingly.  The current German Gothic style church can accommodate up to 700 people and includes a large choir loft with a tracker organ and Romanesque style paintings of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, of middle age German piety and intercession, produced by Count Berthold Von Imhoff.

Following worship of God, education was given second priority by the German settlers.  Along with sponsoring district schools throughout the region, the first church was converted into a school building in 1860.  It is survived today by the Saints Peter & Paul Parish School, which has its home in the forth building constructed on parish property.  The school has inspired faith and educational achievement through quality Catholic education for generations in the Richmond community.

Saints Peter & Paul has always been a center of the Richmond community, and its members continue to mold a vibrant parish that nurtures Christian virtue. Saints Peter & Paul was twinned with St. Martin in 2011.

Significant dates in the history of Saints Peter & Paul

  • 1856  The parish is founded and the first church built.
  • 1858  A first rectory is constructed.
  • 1860  A frame church is completed to replace the original log church which had been outgrown.
    The old church was converted into a school.
  • 1864  The parish is assigned its first resident pastor, Fr. Cornelius Wittmann O.S.B.
  • 1866 A second frame church is completed, as the community again outgrew the church.
  • 1867  A second school, built from granite boulders, is constructed.
  • 1884 The current Church building is constructed and consecrated.
  • 1897  A third school building is completed.
  • 1898 The present rectory is completed.
  • 1909 A convent for the Benedictine sisters is added.
  • 1931 The Fourteen Holy Helpers, painted by Count Verthold Von Imhoff, are added to the ceiling.
  • 1959 The present school building (the forth on parish property) is completed.
  • 1971 Renovations are made to the church following the Second Vatican Council
  • 2013 The Gathering Space is dedicated.

Full History of Saints Peter and Paul can be found here.