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Alumni of St. Benedict High School
Thursday, June 25, 2009
St. Mary’s Parish will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary on Sunday, September 27, 2009. Archbishop Naumann will say a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11:00 a.m. followed by a dinner. The Parish is marking the celebration with the publication of an Anniversary Book.
“St. Mary’s Parish: A Proud Past -- A Future of Hope” is being finalized. This book will describe the lives of early pioneer settlers, lead you through their struggles to establish St. Mary’s Parish and then, to construct a church, and another and yet another and finally, in 1889 to 1893, to build one of the 8 Wonders of Art in Kansas -- beautiful St. Mary’s Church.
This book will also contain photos of nearly all former pastors and other religious serving St. Mary’s Parish. It describes the work of early parishioners, their struggles and triumphs. It describes the huge undertaking of the Restoration of the church interior in 1980-1983. It includes photographs of the many groups and committees who serve the parish today.
But what will be most unique are photos taken of present parishioners and their families. Some are at work in their yards, others may be leaning up against a combine tire. These photos are unique in that they will be printed in larger format with each page devoted to one family or parishioner.
Another section of the book will feature color photos of present St. Mary’s Church. Words do not describe the beauty of this place which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also a Kansas Historic Site. The book will have approximately 220 pages.
What’s the cost?
The cost is projected to be $40 each. The book will be hard cover bound with a dust cover.
How to reserve books?
To reserve copies, download and complete the “
Book Reservation Form
” and mail it to the address on the reverse side. Or, you may also reserve books through
. Payment is not requested until the books are delivered or shipped to you. Also, if you attend Mass at St. Mary’s Church, you may place the complete “Book Reservation Form” in the Sunday collection basket. Requests for books should be submitted by August 1, 2009 to assist in providing an estimate of the number of copies to be printed. The books will be available on the day of the Celebration, September 27, 2009, or for pickup after that day.
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A Summary of German Immigrants to Northeast Kansas
The 14 Stations of the Cross, 37 statues and 79 Angels . . .
The Rules in 1905 . . .
Repairing Rotting Rafters and “Talk of a New Hall”
Our Parish Tidbits: Electrical lighting -- and litghting!
Our Parish Tidbits – Excerpts from Fr. Cyril Bayer's Composition Book, August 5, 1934: “It is our intention to charge 25 c for the picnic supper.”
Our Parish Tidbits – Excerpts from Fr. Cyril Bayer's Composition Book, August 19 and September 2, 1934 -- The Sisters return; movies in church basement . . .
Our Parish History Tidbits -- An Excerpt from Fr. Cyril Bayer’s Composition Book, Feb. 11, 1934
An orchestra for $9 -- and an invitation to "Two Days to Marry!"
Interior Restoration Project 1980 – 1983: 8,000 hours and 217 gallons of paint!
Beginning the Massive Interior Restoration . . .
Restoration of the Interionr
More church maintenance and finally, better water!
Cafeteria and Gym Constructed in 1952
Hinners Pipe Organ Installed in 1916
A Lightning Strike -- And the St. Benedict Light & Power Company
The Nemaha County Federation of Catholic Societies Tours St. Mary’s Church
George Satory Paints Interior in 1901
Statutes of St. Boniface and St. Patrick represent the German and Irish make-up of the parish.
Nomination Application to National Register Describes St. Mary’s Church . . .
Satory Embelishes St. Mary's Church With Symbolic Art . . .
Our Parish Tidbits ... A Festive Dedication Celebration, Nov. 14, 1894
Our Parish Tidbits -- Finishing the Construction . . .
Building of the Fourth Church
Our Parish Tidbits . . .
The People of the Parish
Heritage Trust Grant helps restore windows, masonry
Maintenance of the church
Restoration of the Interior: September 1979 - January 1983
St. Mary's Church, a repository of art
Furnishing the church
Dedication and consecration of the Church
Building a house of worship...
Founding of the Parish
Cemetery Improvement Project
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