Holy Family Catholic Church

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.

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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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Fr. Jim Sichko

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Holy Family Catholic Church will be hosting author and speaker Fr. Jim Sichko on March 8th, 9th and 10th.  The programs begin each evening at 7:00 P.M.

Fr. Jim serves as a pastor in the diocese of Lexington, KY. He has written the book Among Friends: Stories from the Journey.  The book contains a series of short stories and lessons from his experiences traveling the country as both a priest and motivational speaker.

Fr. Jim weaves everyday life experiences with the rooted messages which lie within the Gospel. He completed his undergraduate work at New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance and received a Master of Divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology.

All faiths are welcome to the event.  Refreshments will be served following each evenings presentation.

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Christmas Carolers

 

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The annual Community Christmas Caroling sing along is set for Sunday Dec. 14th at the Old Holy Family Catholic Church 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.  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. We are hoping for some good wassail as well.

 

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Holy_Family_GroundbreakingParishioners from Holy Family Catholic Church watch as as Archbishop Joseph Naumann,  Adam Hermanson of Integration Design Group Design Group,  Holy Family Pastor Fr. Pat Riley, Doug Pickert Building Committee Chairman and Michael Blackledge, Piper-Wind Architects turn the first shovels of dirt for the new Holy Family Catholic Church. (Photo courtesy Holy Family Catholic Church)

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Bulldozers and land movers have already moved into the neighborhood of 8th and Birch Street to begin work on building the new Holy Family Catholic Church. Last Sunday, Archbishop Joseph Naumann of the Kansas City Kansas Archdiocese was in Eudora to break ground for the new church.

“The Archbishop said he’s been to many groundbreakings, but this was the best one he’s been to,” Pastor Fr. Pat Riley said.

Not only did the church hold the traditional groundbreaking ceremonies, the morning included fireworks, an airplane flyby and an appearance by the Eudora Fire Department with an honorary water arch.

Parishioners were standing on an outline of where the walls will be for the new church once construction is completed.

Crews began on Tuesday of this week clearing trees and preparing the land for the foundation of the building. The parking lot that was behind the building has been mostly torn out and the baseball diamond has seen it’s final baseball game. The land where the ball field was will become the parking lot for the new building.

Construction is expected to continue for several months. An opening date of the new church has not been determined, but it is expected to be in late summer or early fall of 2015.

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