On October 10th, 2009 Holy Family Celebrated 150 years as a parish. Click below to see some pictures of the event and pictures of our history.
In the early years of Eudora, Catholic settlers traveled by horseback or foot to Lawrence to attend Mass. In 1859 an appeal was sent to Bishop John Miege asking him to send a priest to Eudora. It was granted that year.
In 1861 with a Catholic population of 20 families, work began to erect a small sandstone church, 40’ X 48’ which was to cost not more than $3000. It was to bear the name “Holy Family Church”. To this day, that original Church stands at 9th and Church Street. Once the church was complete, a bell was needed. Every citizen in town donated toward the purchase of the bell, since the town’s only whistle (at the sawmill) moved to Lawrence leaving the town with no whistle to sound the time of day. The parishioners promised that the Angelus, would be rung 3 times daily at 7am, noon and 6pm. In the time following a school, convent and rectory were built.
This original Church remained in use until 1963, when the current church and school were completed and dedicated. In 1981, a group of citizens launched a restoration project for the Old Church, adding air conditioning and restoring the inside of the church.
The early 1900’s found a steady growth in Eudora and the parish. The “Old Holy Family Church” was outgrown and a new church/school combination building was dedicated in 1963. While built as a “temporary” church, this facility is still in use today. The Catholic school was closed in 1972.
In the spring of 2010, the results of an all parish meeting determined, among other things, that we needed a larger and a permanent church; the addition of more classrooms and a larger and handicapped accessible parish hall. In the fall of 2011 a Master Site Planning Committee was established to work with an architect to devise the plan. After approval from the Archdiocese, the Master Plan was presented to the parish in the spring of 2012. Again after Archdiocesan approval, the Steier Company was retained to lead a parish wide feasibility study in the summer of 2012. The Study gave extremely positive support of the project and a Capital Campaign took place in the fall of that year. 2013 began with pursuing final design plans for a new church which includes parish volunteers completing the classrooms below the new church and remodeling the current church into the new parish hall.