Holy FamilyThe New Holy Family Catholic Church located at 8th and Birch St. (Photo courtesy Kim Neis)

On Sunday December 6, Holy Family Catholic Church in Eudora officially opened the doors to the new church they built at 8th and Birch St.  Archbishop Joseph Naumann, head of the Kansas City Kansas Archdiocese, presided over the church dedication ceremony in front of a packed house.

The church has been under construction since September of 2015 and is expected to serve the Catholic community in Eudora, De Soto and Linwood for many years to come.


Archbishop Naumann at the Holy Family Church Dedication on Dec. 6 (photo courtesy Julie Stewart)

The new church features works done by artisans both locally and around the world. Much of the artwork was done by local artist Jeannie Pflumm and carpenter Randy Eaton made the alter base and many other tables and altar pieces. The Stations of the Cross came from Spain while the crucifix hanging above the altar was crafted in Italy.

In every Catholic Church, a relic of a saint is placed in the altar. The new altar at Holy Family features a relic of St. Philippine Rose Duchesne, a Catholic nun who ministered to the Potawatomi tribe in eastern Kansas in the 1840’s. Duchesne was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II in 1988.

For all those that want to see the inside of the church, an open house will be held on Sunday, December 27 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to look around the new worship center and the newly christened Rev. Pat Riley Religious Education Center to be located in the lower portion of the new building.

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Christmas Carolers

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The annual Community Christmas Caroling sing along is set for Sunday Dec. 20th at the original Holy Family Catholic Church located at 9th and Church Streets in Eudora.  The evenings festivities will begin at 5:00 PM.

The sing along is sponsored by the Eudora Ministerial Alliance which helps provide assistance to those in need throughout the year.  All faiths are welcome to this event which has become a long standing tradition during the Christmas season in Eudora.  Donations to Ministerial Alliance will be greatly accepted at this event.

The ladies of Holy Family will be providing cookies and snacks along with hot chocolate and other goodies.  This is a wonderful event every year that the entire family can enjoy.

The Ministerial Alliance helps those in need throughout the year who need a hand up.  Please consider donating to the Ministerial Alliance to continue their works of charity for those less fortunate.

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The Eudora Ministerial Alliance will hold their annual Thanksgiving Community Worship service at 5:00 P.M. on Sunday November 22. The service will be held at the Eudora United Methodist Church.  This service is a non denominational service for those of and and all faiths.

An offering will be collected during the service which will go to  to the Emergency Assistance Fund. This fund was established for those who seek help from the area churches with food, rent, utilities and other needed assistance.  Along with a Good Friday service,  this service is the main fund raising effort so that the churches can continue to give back to the community they serve.

Refreshments will be served following the service.

Eudora United Methodist Church is located at 2084 N. 1300 Road, just south of K-10 and slightly west of Winchester Road.  THe entire community is encouraged to attend and help support the Emergency Assistance Fund.

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The 19th Annual Eudorafest gets underway this Saturday (October 3) with a multitude of events.

Most events for Eudorafest will be centered on the intersection of Main Street and 8th Street in downtown Eudora. The festivities will start at 9:00am when the vendor area opens and other activities will also commence. For a detailed list of all the activities and festivities planned for Eudorafest, visit their Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/EudoraFest/108894429162885, or their page on the City of Eudora website: http://www.cityofeudoraks.gov/index.aspx?NID=84.

All day long from 9:00am until Eudorafest closes at 5:00pm, you will have the chance to stroll up and down Main Street listening to musicians and wondering through the various vendor tents finding many locally made products and many of the Downtown businesses will also have their doors open to welcome visitors.

Very close to all the Eudorafest festivities will be the Open House at the Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main Street. The Open House will give visitors a chance to see this very recently opened museum, and all the treasures from Eudora’s history on display. In front of the museum, a 19th century horse-drawn hearse will be on display for the public. This hearse comes courtesy of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The museum will host a craft sale inside the property at 720 Main Street. Historic books, and craft items (including rustic birdhouses) will be for sale. All proceeds generated will fund future rehabilitation work at the 720 Main Street property. The Open House and Craft Sale at 720 Main Street will be from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday October 3rd.


One item for sale includes a piece of Eudora history! For only $10, you will have a chance to own a piece of Eudora history! The bricks pictured above have been recovered from 720 Main Street and will be sold for $10 each. These bricks were formed at the Eudora Brickyard (owned by the Stadler and Seiwald families) over 130 years ago!



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Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin, Commissioner Ruth Hughs and Ben Terwilliger 


At the Eudora City Commission meeting on Monday night (September 14), Eudora Mayor Tim Reazin honored his colleague Ruth Hughs, for her accomplishment serving as the first female Mayor in Eudora, Kansas’ history. Mayor Reazin presented ex-Mayor and current City Commissioner Hughs with a picturesque shadowbox commemorating Hugh’s tenure as Mayor. The shadowbox contains a lovely gold inscription, a photo of Hughs and the gavel used by Hughs during her tenure as Mayor from 2013-2014.

The shadowbox was next presented by Mayor Reazin to Ben Terwilliger, the Executive Director of the Eudora Community Museum. The shadowbox has been added to the museum’s historical collections and is already on display in a prominent location in the Eudora Community Museum as a means to honor Hughs’ achievement. Based on the historical records owned by the Eudora Community Museum, it is estimated that Hughs was Eudora’s 48th Mayor. That means all 47 Mayors before Hughs were men. Hughs’ tenure as Mayor reflects a changing society where more and more opportunities are becoming available for all people. Hughs is a groundbreaker, a pioneer because she was the first female Mayor, and it’s safe to assume, she won’t be the last either.


Close-up of the shadowbox 

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