Sts. Peter and Paul Parish began to exist in 1907, when a small number of Croatian descendants met with Father John Zaplotnik in the home of Nicholas Mickells to celebrate Mass in their native language.
Permission to build a church in Omaha, NE on the corner of 36th and “X” Streets was given to Fr. John Zaplotnik on March 15, 1917. St. Peter and Paul was incorporated by the State of Nebraska on April 17, 1917. The first Mass was celebrated on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1918.
Over the past 103 years, our historic church has aged gracefully but has recently required some repairs that were imperative to the well being of the church and to the congregation.
Unfortunately, the parish must now raise an additional $90,000 to make up the funds that were not realized due to the cancellation of the annual parish festival and other events that were post postponed due to the COVID pandemic. In order to pay for the replacement of the boilers and HVAC units for the church the parish had to borrow money.
While our parishoners have generously contributed to the Boiler/HVAC replacement fund with both financial support and prayers, we are still facing a deficit. Had these planned activities not been cancelled, the proceeds raised would have covered much of the outstanding balance of the loan.
May 6, 2021 Update
Our additional collections and fundraising efforts are making an impact. The most recent report indicates that $112,630.00 of $200,000 has been raised; this leaves only $87,370 yet to secure. This sounds like a lot but we have come a long way in paying this debt down!
Thank you to everyone for your generous donations.
We continue to greatly appreciate your support through any amount you can spare.
We also trust that God, who has supported us thus far, will always support us.