Hello! Saints Peter and Paul Parish is a vibrant Catholic community on Milwaukee’s East Side. You are welcome here!
We are known for a strong sense of community, a joyful, life-giving spirit, engaging liturgies, and a commitment to living our faith in Christ through action.
How to Find Us
Our address is 2490 N. Cramer St., Milwaukee, WI 53211. The church is located at the corner of North Cramer Street and East Bradford Avenue. Find the parish offices at the corner of North Murray Street and East Bradford Avenue.
Some parking is available in a small lot off North Cramer Street, just south of the church building, and in the lot behind Catholic East Elementary. Most people find street parking in the neighborhood around the church.
Get to Know Us
- Join Us at Mass. Our engaging weekend liturgies are known for beautiful music and talented homilists. Attending Mass is one of the best ways to get a feel for our parish.
- Talk to Us. Contact us by phone or email. Or drop in during regular parish office hours.
- Meet Us. We offer frequent opportunities to socialize outside of Mass, including the coffee hour held monthly after the 9:30 am Sunday Mass. Apostles’ Café, with music and refreshments, is held periodically after the 7 pm Sunday Mass. Throughout the year we also hold welcome dinners for new members in our family of four parishes. But this is just a sample of the events held each month.
How to Join Us
- Fill Out an Interest Card. Please pick up an interest card found in the pew holders at church, fill it out, and give it to a hospitality minister after Mass. You may also return the interest card in the collection basket at Mass or return it to the parish office. A member of our parish welcome team will contact you soon.
- Contact the Parish Office. You may contact us via phone, email, our contact form, or stop by in person.
Our parish has a long history, dating back to 1889, when Benjamin Harrison was president, the Eiffel Tower opened in Paris, and Milwaukee’s main industries were milling, tanning, meat packing, brewing, and iron making.
That year, Monsignor Leonard Batz dedicated a temporary chapel for the new Saints Peter and Paul Parish, and commissioned plans for a permanent church building designed by noted architect Henry Messmer. The cornerstone of this larger church was laid on June 1, 1890. Two years later, the church was solemnly consecrated, a step that required the church to be free of debt. This was accomplished through the generosity of Monsignor Batz, who underwrote most of the expenses with his own money!
On July 1, 2010, the Archdiocese established what is called an “In Solidum Team,” in which the pastoral care of four parishes, including Saints Peter and Paul, was entrusted to three priests.
Today Fr. Tim Kitzke serves as pastor and Fr. John Baumgardner serves as associate pastor of this family of four parishes, which includes Old Saint Mary, Our Lady of Divine Providence, Saints Peter and Paul, and Three Holy Women. They currently rotate from parish to parish for weekend Masses.
More about Worship at Saints Peter and Paul
The church parking lot includes two handicapped spots. At most Masses, greeters are stationed by the church doors to open them for worshippers. The stairs to the church narthex (there are 7 steps) are equipped with a chair lift, and hospitality ministers can assist you in operating the lift.
Worshipping with Children
Babies and children of all ages are welcome at all Masses! In addition, the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday includes Children’s Liturgy of the Word for kids in grades K4 to fifth grade.
In warm months our church is air-conditioned.