Parish Mission Statement and Goals
We, the people of St. Peter the Apostle, a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Joliet, a faith-filled people, united in the Holy Spirit and nourished by the Eucharist, strive to be the Body of Christ. We manifest our unity through the celebration of the Sacraments.
We pledge to use our gifts and resources to live the Faith, preach the Word, and Service others as we welcome all into our faith community.
Worship and Community
Improve opportunities to bring parishioners together in worship, religious formation, mutual support, activity and growth
in an effort to foster an environment of hospitality where our celebration of community can thrive.
Leadership (Shared Responsibility)
Develop dedicated lay leadership to help parishioners fulfill their Baptismal call, so that the Body of Christ may flourish.
Service and Stewardship
Provide and publicize opportunities within parish ministries for parishioners to share their gifts and resources in the
same spirit of generosity as modeled by our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Evangelization (Effective Communication)
Improve our methods and effectiveness of proclaiming the good news at St. Peter’s to promote an environment of
inclusion and participation for all parishioners.
Word (Education and Religious Formation)
Enhance spiritual growth and educational opportunities for parishioners of all ages.
St. Peter The Apostle Parish History
St. Peter the Apostle was founded by Bishop Martin McNamara on June 11, 1956, assigning Father Sylvester Mulloy also pastor of
St. Joseph parish in Addison, the task of organizing this new parish.
Fr. Mulloy used the gym of Peacock Middle School (formerly, North School) for Sunday liturgy and the faith community of
St. Peter the Apostle in Itasca was born. An assembly of 200 filled the gym to capacity when the first parish Eucharist was celebrated.
Plans for the present church building, intended to be a temporary one, were begun and ground was broken in 1957. A rectory was purchased and the school and convent were built so that by 1963, Pastor Fr. Paul Bensen and the people had established a strong and growing Roman Catholic parish in Itasca.
Today, St. Peter the Apostle, a parish of approximately 1,000 families, forms a vibrant community of faith with expanding ministries
by which parishioners can answer the call of Christ to serve each other and to live the Gospel message within the parish, as well as, their wider communities.
St. Peter the Apostle Parish is one of approximately 130 parishes in the seven county areas that comprises the Diocese of Joliet, canonically established in 1949. The diocese, currently under the administration of Bishop Robert Daniel Conlon, is centered in the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, Illinois.