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Saturday, February 27, 2021     Parish News

Adoration on Lenten Sundays

Adoration on Lenten Sundays

Saturday, February 13, 2021     Parish News
First sections of the Cemetery Fence

First sections of the Cemetery Fence

First sections of new cemetery fence were installed on Saturday, April 24, 2020. The project involves 1,430 feet of fence and numerous gates.

Sunday, May 3, 2020     Parish News

Fund raising

Except for a short time in the 1930's the parish has always been debt free. All large expenditures were paid by assessments.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

The People of the Parish

Since the church was dedicated there have been more than 2000 baptisms and more than 700 marriages in the church. Almost 50 members of the parish have become priests, brothers, or sisters.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Heritage Trust Grant helps restore windows, masonry

In 1993, the parish was successful in receiving funding in the amount of $96,500 from the State of Kansas Heritage Trust Fund Grant to relead the transept windows and install two new exterior windows on the west side of the church. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Heating plant

The heating plant is in a near-by boiler house. The records show that a new heating system was installed in 1895; another completely new system in 1911 cost $3600.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Steeple repair

Also in 1991, several new rafters were installed in the steeple.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Maintenance of the church

Any building 100 years old has been painted, shingled and repaired many times. The ferocious Kansas weather with its extremes in temperature, thunderstorms and high winds have relentlessly assailed the structure for the past century.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Restoration of the Interior: September 1979 - January 1983

In 1977, there were many sections of plaster that needed to be repaired and repainted. The ceiling and walls were generally very grimy with dirt. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Symbolic art

Satory decorated the church based on the fifteen mysteries of the rosary which are inscribed in Latin around the church.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

St. Mary's Church, a repository of art

St. Mary's Church is best described in these quotations from the nomination form in 1980 to the National Register of Historic Places: "The architectural style can be termed 'late Romanesque'; the exterior appears simple but not stark; it is carefully detailed, not overworked

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Furnishing the church

The church cost $40,000 and was paid for upon completion. Another $40,000 was gradually spent to finish the interior. In 1895 a used organ was bought in Atchison.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Dedication and consecration of the Church

The Seneca, Kan. newspaper, The Courier-Democrat, Nov. 23, 1989, describes the dedication of the church which took place Nov. 14, 1894.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Building a house of worship...

The first church, built in 1859, was a wood frame building measuring 12 by 25 feet. Having been outgrown, it was replaced in 1864 with a building 18 by 35 feet. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Founding of the Parish

St. Mary’s Parish was established in 1859, some eighteen months before the Kansas Territory entered statehood on January 29, 1861.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020     History

Cemetery Improvement Project

The St. Mary’s Church Cemetery Committee developed plans to install new fence along the north, south and east sides. Anyone wishing to donate may provide to Church Secretary Mary Beth Haverkamp or a member of the Committee.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020     History Parish News

Annual Church Picnic Results 2014 - 2019

This table shows results for the Annual Church Picnic from 2014 - 2019.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019     Parish News

West Side Project

Making St. Marys Church More Beautiful and Accessible 

Monday, August 26, 2019     Parish News

Auction Items - 2018

Here are some of the Auction Items for the 2018 Church Picnic, June 24
Sunday, June 3, 2018     Parish News

Letter to Parishioners by Fr. Regie

Dear parishioners of  Baileyville and St. Benedict, Greetings!   My name is Reginald Saldanha. My family and friends call me ‘Regie’, and so you can call me Father Regie. I am excited to be starting as your new pastor. Having grown up in a farming family in Southern India, I am very happy to come to Baileyville and St. Benedict.  

Monday, October 23, 2017     Parish News


Quilts and items on 2017 auction
Friday, May 26, 2017     Parish News

A recap of the New Roof project in 2017

Read the Project Summary

Saturday, May 13, 2017     HomePage

2016 Auction Exceeds more than $10,000

This file shows the donors, items, purchasers and prices of 2016 Auction Items

Friday, July 15, 2016     Parish News

Picnic Results 2014-2016

This chart shows income by stand for 2014 - 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016     Parish News


Quilts and items on 2016 auction
Tuesday, May 31, 2016     Parish News

Recital to Celebrate 100th Anniversary of Organ

Kevin Kissinger to present recital, Sunday, June 5 at 4 p.m.
Saturday, May 28, 2016     Parish News

2015 Picnic Results

Results of the 2015 Church Picnic and Auction
Monday, July 20, 2015     Parish News
Wednesday, July 1, 2015     Parish News

2015 Quilts and Items

Quilts and item on 2015 auction
Friday, June 5, 2015     Parish News

2014 Summer Picnic Nets $28,210

See quilts and other auction results
Wednesday, July 2, 2014     Parish News


Genealogies of area families available

Monday, June 30, 2014     Parish News

Quilts for 2014

Preview of the Quilts for 2014...
Wednesday, May 14, 2014     Parish News

2013 Picnic Nets $26,082

Another success -- thanks to all those who supported this effort
Sunday, June 23, 2013     Parish News

Quilts 2013

Preview of the Quilts for 2013...
Saturday, April 20, 2013     Parish News

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