History of St. Lambert Parish

The Beginning

St. Lambert Parish began in 1955 when Bishop Brady, acting for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, purchased ten acres of land on Hilltop. Originally a mission parish of St. Therese Parish, it came into existence on the Feast of All Saints Day in 1958. The parish was founded Bishop Lambert Hoch and was named for his namesake – St. Lambert of Maastricht, a bishop of the 7th century.

The first house of worship had been a church on the Sioux Falls Air Base during WWII. Leaving the air base, this building was ultimately moved and used by the congregation of St. Mary Parish. When they built their own new church, St. Mary’s gifted the people of St. Lambert with the building.

This original St. Lambert Church sat on the area of what is now the east-side parking lot–and after the current church was built, it was used as a parish social hall for church events.

With the expansion of St. Lambert, that “old” church was sold and moved to the southwest corner of 14th and Phillips Avenue downtown where it serves as an office building today.

About 50 people attended the first Mass at St. Lambert. Father Casimir Mocium, the founding priest, was a carpenter. He and his brother with the help of parishioners, built the rectory and convent–on the north side of 16th Street–directly across from the church property.

 New Church and School are Built (and Expanded)

The first grade school was completed and opened in September, 1959. The present church building and four additional classrooms were completed in 1966. They were consecrated by Bishop Hoch on June 12th, 1966. Two pioneer, identical twin brothers, Edward and Fred Muller, bequeathed their estate which provided much of the funding for constructing the new church.


In 1982, a chapel, kitchen, gymnasium, family social area, and offices were added to the existing church and school. In 1995, a large addition was built increasing usage space for the church and school. The new rectory on the south side of 16th Street was built in 1998, and the sanctuary flooring was replaced in 1999.

Present Day Improvements

In 2003, St. Lambert became a diocesan pilot program in the Stewardship Capital Campaign.

The East Foyer was upgraded and family-social area remodeled in 2005. The entire kitchen was remodeled in 2006. A new addition in 2008 greatly improved the Bahnson Street entrance making it handicap accessible. New offices, a youth room and St. Raphael Conference Room were added.

The St Gabriel Faith Formation room was remodeled in the winter of 2008. A beautification of the sanctuary was undertaken in 2010, adding marble flooring, a new altar, ambo, tabernacle stand and baby grand piano.

The brick background of the sanctuary was sheet rocked and painted and the wall behind the tabernacle was painted to look like marble by Marianne Mason. New Stations of the Cross, Baptismal Font, tile flooring, padded pew seats and Icons have greatly improved the nave.

The generosity of many people shows in countless other areas of our parish home. We are proud of St. Lambert. . . and hope always to meet the goals outlined in our Mission Statement.

St. Lambert sanctuary through the years


Christmas 1970 with the orange shag carpet

Prior to 2010 beautification projects

Sanctuary Before

As it appears today



Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at the Cathedral of St Joseph Collection

February is St Lambert’s month to supply necessary items to the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at the Cathedral of St Joseph.  We ask you to take a slip with an item listed, purchase the item

40 Days for Life – St Lambert Day is Saturday, March 3rd

40 Days for Life is a time of quiet prayer for the sanctity of all human life - from conception to natural death. St Lambert Parish will cover Saturday, March 3rd from 7am—7pm in front


THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT A lot of people, especially kids, give up candy for Lent – and then devour it at Easter till their stomachs almost burst.   I read a story online about a

March 18, 2018 – First Sunday of Lent

Parish Bulletin - February 18, 2018

March 2018

March Daily Mass Schedule March Daily Mass Server Schedule March Weekend Ministries


Everyone is welcome to join our parish on Friday evenings in Lent for a Fish Fry or Lenten Supper followed by Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.  Here is the schedule for our meals:

From Father Joseph Scholten

THE SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME You have to begin with the end in mind. Renovating their home, no one starts to knock out walls without a new floor plan ready. In painting, each brushstroke


THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Catholic Family Sharing Appeal – One Faith, One Family!  This weekend gives us a chance as a parish to look back on Catholic Family Sharing Appeal (CFSA) from 2017