History of our Parish
Most Precious Blood Parish, formerly the Parish of St. Peter in Tulsa, Oklahoma was founded in 1995 at the request of Catholics in the diocese of Tulsa who were attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Holy Mass. Since its inception, priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), with occasional help of priests from the Diocese of Tulsa, have staffed it. The parish initially offered Masses at the Chapel at Holy Family Cathedral. After several years, we were graciously allowed to share facilities at St. Augustine Church (North Tulsa) by Bishop Slattery. There we remained until April, 2013 when we purchased our own building in Berryhill (West Tulsa). On October 28, 2013, we were granted status as a full parish (vs. a quasi-parish ) with the name Most Precious Blood Parish.
Six FSSP priests have served as our pastors. The longest-serving was Fr. Peter Byrne, who remained with us for five years before being transferred by the Fraternity. Parish leadership has been congenial, with an emphasis on community between priest and the faithful. Due to the size of the parish, it has been possible for the priests to maintain close relationships with each of the parishioners, and this has led to a flourishing of Catholic identity and social development. We have also had the privilege to have two ordinations at our parish, Fr. Chad Ripperger and Fr. Paul Roman.
We’ve been blessed with countless weddings, baptisms, confirmations and first Holy Communions. Most of our parishioners are under the age of fifty and large families are both common and welcome. Thanks to the quality of the priests we have been fortunate to receive, pastoral care has been excellent!
Our parish tends to be very friendly, welcoming and highly community-oriented. Many members are active in the larger diocese, participating in the “40 Days for Life”, monthly Solemn Vespers at the Cathedral, and other events. Additionally, our parishioners have contributed to the support of the Clear Creek Abbey, including supplying new dishes and beds, cleaning and providing housekeeping services, and attending the annual workday.
Several traditions have come about over the years. These include feasts for High Holy Days, annual missions and retreats, the May Crowning and Marian procession, the Corpus Christi procession, the offering of First Fridays and First Saturdays, the All Saints festival, and the St. Nicholas Christmas party which includes mothers from the Catholic Charities’ Madonna House. Since obtaining our own parish, we’ve been fortunate to have potluck lunches (third Sundays of each month) after the High Mass, serving to bring everyone closer.