Holy Family Parish

Holy Family Parish (HM1HKQ)

Location: Little Falls, MN 56345 Morrison County
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N 46° 2.034', W 94° 20.304'

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Little Falls Historic Landmark

— Belle Prairie · Founded 1852 —

The First Parish In The Diocese Of St. Cloud
Addition & Remodeling
Dedication - June 2000
Built c.1877
This property recognized by
Heritage Preservation Commission
1852-1877 · 1877-1916 · 1916-1999
In 1853 Fr. Francis Xavier Pierz, missionary to the Indians, established the oldest permanent parish in the Diocese of St. Cloud at Belle Prairie. St. Andrews Church was built on land purchased from the Bisson family. In 1857 the land deed was granted to Bishop Cretin. In 1872 the name of the French speaking Parish of St. Andrews was change to Holy Family Parish.
In 1877 under the direction of Father Buh, parish volunteers started building Holy Family Church. Farmers hauled the stone needed for the construction from the rapids of the nearby Mississippi River. On October 10, 1880 the stone and concrete church was dedicated by Bishop Seidenbusch. A succession of 13 priests served the parish through 1920.
From 1916 to 1949 while Fr. Pellet was pastor, many immigrants settled in the area. Masses and records were now done in English. The French church became known as the Church on the Prairie. From 1949 to 1956, pastor Father Smith said masses in Latin and English. During this time the basement was dug out and the beams reinforced. From 1937 to 1973 a number of priests served this parish. Father Harold Kost served Holy Family Parish as its spiritual and inspirational leader from 1973 until his death in 2000.
The construction of Project 2000 began in 1999 by parish volunteers. A gathering room at the entrance, a meeting room on the west end and an elevator were added making more room for funerals, weddings and fellowship. This new addition was dedicated to Father Kost by Bishop John Kinney on June 3, 2000.
Placed ByHoly Family Parish and Little Falls Heritage Preservation Commission
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Date Added Friday, October 31st, 2014 at 9:47pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 396428 N 5098684
Decimal Degrees46.03390000, -94.33840000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 2.034', W 94° 20.304'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 2' 2.04" N, 94° 20' 18.24" W
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Area Code(s)320
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18775-18827 Riverwood Dr, Little Falls MN 56345, US
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