HISTORY OF ST. PETER`S CHURCH Before South Dakota was a state, German and Irish Catholics in the territory now Sisseton were served by priests who came on horseback. The first resident priest came in 1898, the year their first church was built. The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate came to Sisseton in 1923. The continue to serve St. Peter`s parish and the neighboring Indian missions. In spite of hard times and short money, these Catholics built a strong religious community for themselves and their children. In 1936, they remodeled their church and opened a parochial school. The Sisters of the Divine Savior were the teachers. A new grade school, built in 1958, operated until 1965. The present St. Peter`s Church, built in 1955, continues to serve some 800 parishioneers as it approacches a new century. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PEOPLE OF ST. PETER`S Many of us are elderly, a significant number of us are young couples with families, and only a few of us are young, single adults. All of us are concerned that the youth among us will persevere and grow in strong faith. Converts have increased our strength and numbers. Our occupations are farm and service related. Many of us are active in civic affairs. We believe still more talents are untapped. Friendly within our own groups, we are reserved with newcombers. We would like to reach out more freely. NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF ST. PETER`S Reflecting with pride on our Catholic heritage, we recognize the need for healing of social and economic hurts. We need to encourage involvement of parishioners of all ages and social backgrounds in building the Body of Christ through spiritual renewal and worship that is truly an expression of faith. Through prayer and study, we hope to prepare ourselves to reach out to those who feel neglected or rejected. In preparing for the future reality of the Church, the leadership role fo the laity takes on greater importance both in the parish and in the diocese. DREAMS OR IDEALS OF THE PEOPLE OF ST. PETER`S It is our dream to bring the redeeming message of Christ to all peoples in our area. We seek to become a loving, caring, sharing family with the Eucharist as our source of strength!