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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

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
Wednesday, July 11, 2012     Parish News

2011 Summer Social Nets $25,245

Summary of the Annual Picnic
Wednesday, June 29, 2011     Parish News

8 Wonders Exhibit

St. Mary’s Church included in 8 Wonders of Kansas Exhibit at Eisenhower Library:
Saturday, January 22, 2011     Parish News
Monday, July 19, 2010     Parish News

2010 Summer Social

Sunday, June 27
Tuesday, June 1, 2010     Parish News

Anniversary Books, Video Tour, Genealogy

See information about the 150th Anniversary Books.

Monday, November 23, 2009     History Parish News

2009 Summer Social

Parish Picnic nets $21,907
Wednesday, July 22, 2009     Parish News

Purchase Professional Photographs

St. Mary's Parish is pleased to offer professional photographs of the church for purchase.

Friday, June 26, 2009     History Parish News

Book Request

Reserve a copy of the 150th Anniversary Book!
Thursday, June 25, 2009     Parish News

Fr. Edward Oen C.P.P.S. appointed pastor

Fr. Ed appointed pastor; read about Missionaries of Most Precious Blood
Saturday, January 24, 2009     Parish News

8 Wonders of Kansas Art Winner!

8 Wonders of Kansas Art Announced

Wednesday, October 29, 2008     Parish News

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