Visitor Information

Our church is easily reached from both State Highway 55 and US Route 12, one block east of County Road 19 in Loretto at 150 Railway St. E. in Loretto, MN.  

The Church

The church building is open during scheduled activities.  Please see the Mass and Confessions schedule for open times.

  • Except for infants and the youngest toddlers, please do not bring food or drink other than water into the church building. 

  • A cry room is available just inside the church to the left as you enter.  Children in the cry room must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Restrooms are available in the Parish Center.

  • Only authorized persons are permitted in the sanctuary and sacristy. 

 

We appreciate your respect and understanding. 

Parish Offices

Parish offices are accessible through the main doors at the corner of Railway St. E. (Google calls it Church St.) and Loretto St. during office hours.  The south doors near the church are open during planned activities only.  Street parking near the front doors is advised except during planned activities.

Our Lady of Loretto Adoration Chapel

The adoration chapel is located in the former convent opposite the church and parish center.  Please contact the office for the door combination if you would like to drop in for a visit.  

Parking

Ss Peter and Paul has ample parking behind the church and an overflow lot on the south side of the of the campus.  Handicapped parking is available directly next to the church on the south side and near the toddler playground on the east side of the church.  Please observe the reserved parking signs for the Our Lady of Loretto Adoration Chapel and priest.  

Parish Office visitors are encouraged to use street parking near the main office doors, as the south doors of the parish center are only open during scheduled events in the church or parish center.


For Catholics
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.

For our fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 §4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 §3).

For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.

For non-Christians
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer their prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.
 
© 1996, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Guidelines for Receiving Holy Communion in a Catholic Church 
 
Ss Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery

The cemetery is located at the site of the first church buildings south of Loretto at the corner of County Highway 19 and Hamel Rd.   For information about our cemetery, click here.