Business Feature: Our Lady of Lourdes

  • Published: July 14th, 2016
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Business Feature: Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is a beautiful Roman Catholic parish church located in the heart of Northeast Minneapolis. It was built in 1857 and is the oldest continuously used church in Minneapolis, as well as the highest point in Northeast. It was also the first in the U.S. with the name “Our Lady of Lourdes”. Our Lady of Lourdes is a historic entity in a historic district and known as the “little French church with a big heart”. The church is a community asset, not just a Catholic entity. It is embracing with lots of diverse people including students from the University, newly weds and empty nesters. 

The church baptizes 2-3 babies a month, hosts around 30 weddings a year and offers classes called faith formation for all ages. The church has been staying relevant and membership has been up 40% in the past 3 years and have around 1,200 households. Not only do they offer church service, they host events like Saturday Night Live and the annual Block Party.  The parish is actively involved in ministries to address hunger relief and homelessness, including volunteer activities at Sharing and Caring Hands, located in Minneapolis. The Church also has a commercial kitchen that can host wedding receptions, fundraisers, funerals, young kid programs and more.  

Another interesting fact is that nothing can be built in front of church and the stairs lead straight down to river. It has a presence on the hill, and not to mention, one of the best views for the Aquatennial fireworks!

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Pastor Daniel Griffith and Deacon Thomas Winninger continue the tradition of creating a welcoming parish community in a vibrant neighborhood. Our Lady of Lourdes church was designated a U.S. historic landmark in 1934 and shares deep historical roots in Northeast Minneapolis. The parish has a front row seat to enjoy the great summertime festivals in the area where parishioners, friends and neighbors come together. Everyone is invited to join them on July 23rd for the third annual Lourdes Northeast Block Party!

Next year for their 140th anniversary they will have a public mass on the river followed by a reception. The parish invites people of diverse backgrounds to join them for mass and educational and/or volunteer opportunities. Check out their website and like them on Facebook

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