History of Saint Peter
Saint Peter Parish was founded in 1963, however, Mass was originally celebrated at Saint Mary Chapel in Elverson, until the church building was complete in 1967. It was always difficult times early on as there were only 89 families to start the parish, buy the land, and build the church building. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia often negotiated the purchase of the original land through the services of others since Catholics were not always accepted in the area at the time. Once the land was purchased, much of the early construction was not outsourced and parishioners spent weekends digging the basement, building the foundation, and setting the building. After many hours of manual labor, the church building was complete. On Saturday, December 9,1967, the parish’s first church building was dedicated with the pastor, Father Hoy, and Cardinal John Krol in attendance. This moment of joyful celebration was short lived since the original building was intended to eventually become a parish school when more construction was feasible. After father Hoy was transferred to another parish, the new pastor, Father Cox, started raising money to build a more permanent church.
Planning stalled in the year 2000 with the establishment of Saint Elizabeth Parish in Uwchlan which caused one third of Saint Peter Parish families to be assigned to the new parish. To make matters worse, it was discovered that the property at the time could not sustain the necessary facilities due to updated EPA and Waste Water standards. After many prayers, Archdiocesan land became available on Route 82 for a regional Catholic School and a new Saint Peter Church building. On March 18, 2008 the parish vacated the original Saint Peter Church and Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, dedicated the first permanent church building. Today, our 89 original families have grown to nearly 2,000 families!
The Parish Office is located to the left of the vestibule, or narthex, of the church.
Parish Office hours are:
Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Parish Office & Facilities are closed on Fridays.
(except for appointments)
Meeting rooms can be scheduled for Parish organizations by calling the Parish Office: 610-380-9045
The Parish Religious Education Office is located in the Pope John Paul II Regional School.
Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) Office: 610-384-3145
Saint Peter Parish is located in West Brandywine Township, Chester County, PA, and is a member of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Normal Mass Times
5:00 p.m. Saturday
7:00 a.m. Sunday
9:00 a.m. Sunday
11:00 a.m. Sunday
8:30 a.m. Monday – Saturday (No Wednesday 8:30 a.m.)
9:30 a.m. First Friday
Check bulletin for Holy Day Mass Times
The chapel remains open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
The rosary is prayed after the 8:30 AM Mass in the chapel; Sunday after the 7:00 AM Mass for Respect Life intentions
Tuesday Liturgy of the Hours ~ Evening Prayer and Benediction
Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle coincides with parish office hours in the chapel daily
Tuesday the Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament on the altar of the chapel will extend from the end of the 8:30 AM Mass until Evening Prayer and Benediction at 7:00 PM. (Confessions at 6:15 PM)
Gethsemane Prayer Group: Intercessory prayer and recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 PM
Miraculous Medal Novena after 8:30 AM Mass
Stations of the Cross Overcoming Racism
See the bulletin or Sacraments main menu heading