Saints Peter & Paul Ukrainian Catholic Church was founded in 1901. by the first Ukrainian immigrants who settled in the Auburn area in the 1870s. Stephen Kaschak was the first Ukrainian who came to Auburn in 1882. Soon other families came to Auburn. These were the Krupa, Namisniak, Bazarnick, Rotko, Melnyk, Balash, Halaiko, Pytel, Polanski, Tykanych, Perry, Zyban, Zazula and others.
Most were from Galicia (Ukraine). Some came also from the region of Transcarpatia (Ukraine) which was under Austro-Hungarian occupation.
Most of them, when they came to the United States, worked in various industries being employed by local successful companies for many decades to come, such as Goodrich Quarry, Columbian Rope, Auburn Twine, D.M. Osborne etc. Others established groceries, meat markets, and restaurants in the newly settled neighborhoods.
One of the priorities these first Ukrainian immigrants had, was to live their faith following the Ukrainian Catholic Rite. Before the parish has been established, they attended services at the old St. Alphonsus Church on Water Street. However, by the 1900 the group started to worship at a house at 14 Clark Street. When the number of members are to around 75, they were urged by a missionary priest, Fr. Zaklinsky to establish their own church.
In 1901, the new established parish started to worship in their newly built church at 128 Washington Street. Father Leo Giretsky was the first resident pastor.
In 1905-1906 because of the increase in church members, initiatives was made to start to build a new and larger church.
On September 5, 1910 the present church was consecrated to serve the spiritual needs of the continually increasing parish community. The dedication of the church was presided by Bishop Soter Ortynsky of Philadelphia.
Early gathering of St. Nicholas Society (Brotherhood). This was the first Ukrainian organization in Auburn and soon after its creation they planned the formation of a parish and church.