St. Peter The Apostle Catholic Church
St. Peter the Apostle Parish in
Hoover, Alabama was established in 1962 to serve the southern portion of Jefferson County. The newly constructed
church, with seating capacity of 300, held its first Mass on December 16, 1962
By 1970 the growing community required
additions to the church which could then accommodate 520 people at each Mass. By this time, too, a "daughter"
parish - Our Lady of the Valley - had been a established a few miles south of St. Peter's
By 1980 parish growth necessitated
beginning construction on a larger facility to seat approximately 1000. Dedication of the new facility was held
on August 9, 1981. With the Catholic population in the area continuing to grow, another "daughter" parish
- Prince of Peace - in Bluff Park was established in the mid - 1980s
In June 1989 the fifth, and
current pastor, Rev. Patrick J. Sullivan, was appointed to serve the people of St. Peter's.
As the parish entered the
1990s and neared its 30th birthday, the church rosters listed over 2200 families. Father Pat's vision, determination,
and leadership led the parish's expansion program - calling for the Phase I construction of a large gymnasium and
12 Religious Education classrooms completed in 1995. Phase II - completed in 1997 - saw the completion of a sizable
parish hall, a state-of-the-art Child Development Center; a youth activities center, and a refurbishing of the
church with its outstanding features of a beautiful steeple, stained-glass windows, and elegant altar furnishings.
The new complex was dedicated on February 1, 1998.