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Our Parish Tidbits -- Finishing the Construction . . .

On April 30, 1893 the Rt. Rev. Bishop Fink laid the cornerstone. Although nothing is recorded about the event anytime the bishop shows up there is sure to be a celebration of some note. Three and a half months later on August 11, 1893, the Seneca Courier-Democrat carried this news item: "The immense church structure at St. Benedict is up now to about three feet above the windows, or in other words 32 feet high. It puts on an imposing appearance.

Friday, November 26, 2021     HomePage History

Seneca - Baileyville KofC Breakfasts

Sunday, November 28 at SPP Parish Hall from 7am to 12:30pm
Dine in or carry out. Call ahead on carry out: Rick at 799

Sunday, November 28 at SPPS Parish Hall, 7 a.m. to 12:30 plm. Dine oin or carr out. For carryout call Rick at 799-5466.
Sunday, December 5. Sacred Heart Parish Hall. 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free will offering.

Friday, November 26, 2021     Events
Saturday, November 13, 2021     History

Our Parish Tidbits . . .

St. Joseph and Grand Island Railroad brings settlers to the area --

Friday, November 5, 2021     History

"The Veil Removed"

The Veil Removed is a short film that helps us understand the coming together of heaven and earth at Mass, revealed by scripture and in the catechism of the Catholic Church. See it here:

Monday, September 20, 2021     HomePage

See this video of St. Mary's Church

When Mr. Monty Jury of Oklahoma City took the side road (Hwy 178) to St. Benedict on July 19, he had no idea of what a beautiful church he was about to visit. As a tribute, he created this amazing video and provided for use on the St. Mary's Church website.

Enjoy it here:

Thursday, September 2, 2021     Parish News

Church Picnic Has Net Income of $44,052.04

Auction has record of $16,974

St. Mary's Church Picnic, held Saturday, June 26, had a record net income.  There were 566 dinners served and 263 "to go" dinners for a total of 829.
Click on the title above (article title) to see the results of the various stands, chances and dinner.

Thursday, July 8, 2021     Parish News
Saturday, June 19, 2021     Parish News

Dispensation Announcement

Dispensation from attending Mass being lifted

Saturday, May 8, 2021     Parish News

Summer Social, Saturday, June 26

Church Picnic, 2021

The Parish Council and Altar Society Officers have decided to move forward with the summer picnic. It will be held Saturday, June 26. Parishioners who may be unable to work because of health or other reasons are encouraged to contact an officer of the Altar Society.

Saturday, March 20, 2021     Parish News
Sunday, February 28, 2021     Parish News
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     HomePage 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

New Roof Complete!

Read the Project Summary
Saturday, May 13, 2017     Parish News

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

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