• Fasting & Abstinence

    Fasting & Abstinence

    Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics.  In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

    For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59.  When fasting , a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two small meals that together are not equal to a full meal.

    The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 on wards.

    If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil(on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.

  • Tim Francis Presents: Do You Believe in Miracles?

    Tim Francis Presents: Do You Believe in Miracles?

    Sunday, February 25th
    at St. Teresa of Avila

    Tuesday, February 27th
    at Church of the Holy Cross

    Click the link below and watch Tim explain what you can expect to see:

  • Mass Times

    Mass Times

    Monday 7:00 am
    Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 8:00am
    Wed.: 6:30pm

    Saturday: 5:30pm
    Sunday: 9:00am and 11:00am

    Saturdays: 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Weekdays 30 minutes before Mass

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  • 22 Feb
    Faith & Sharing 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
  • 22 Feb
    RCIA 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
  • 23 Feb
    Fr. Bob Presentation on Holiness 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM
  • 23 Feb
    Stations 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
  • 24 Feb
    Confession 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • 25 Feb
    Marian Devotion 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM
  • 22 Feb - 25 Feb
  • 25 Feb - 27 Feb
  • 28 Feb - 01 Mar
  • 01 Mar - 04 Mar

This dream of the new Church of the Holy Cross began many years before the Bishop proclaimed a third parish for Hutchinson. The love of Christ and Catholicism is evident as early as 1541 when Father Juan Padilla was murdered on Kansas soil by hostile Indians. A monument to him stands near Council Grove, Kansas.

  • It was Father Charles de la Croix who is recognized as one of the first priests to enter Kansas as a missionary. He came on horseback from Missouri to work in the mission fields.

  • A Jesuit, Father Van Quickenborne established the first mission in Kansas to serve the Kickapoo Mission in 1836. The first Bishop was sent to Kansas in 1851. The Reverend John Miege, S.J. arrived in SI. Mary's, Kansas, to establish his Pro-Cathedral.

  • It was Father Paul Ponziglioni who established twelve stations in south central Kansas. The first Mass on record in the city of Wichita was celebrated in 1869.

  • In the fall of 1872, the Reverend Felix P. Swenbergh organized the first Catholic congregation in Hutchinson. Father Swenbergh resided in neighboring Newton and came to Hutchinson on weekdays to say Mass. The first church services in Hutchinson were reported to have been held in a granary. When the old courthouse was built in Hutchinson, Father Swenbergh held Mass there every fourth Sunday.

  • In 1878 Father Swenbergh began to build the first Catholic church. Reverend Joseph Hartman was appointed the first resident pastor in 1882. During his three years in the ministry, the parish rectory was erected, the church finished and the debt paid.

  • In 1898, the Reverend M. Heitz purchased the lots for St. Teresa's Church. The wood structure was moved to the site of the present rectory. I! was on May 18, 1911, that the distinctive, brick SI. Teresa's at 5th and Poplar was formally dedicated by Reverend M.G. O'Farrell.

The importance of a Catholic education was not lost on early Kansas settlers. Reverend J.F. Kelly, the fifth priest to serve St. Teresa's, began a Catholic School in a two-story house at 210 East Fourth.

Reverend J.A. Pompeney, the pastor from 1899 to 1904 built the first school for the early Catholic settlers in Hutchinson. The school was completed on the site at 213 East 5th. In 1919, the freshmen were added on to the school of the age. In 1920, the sophomores were added until finally in 1923, six students graduated from St. Teresa's High School.

In the early years, the dreams of Catholics in Hutchinson assumed various forms. One of these dreams resulted in the establishment of Our Lady of Guadalupe parish.  On July 21. 1927, Father Patrick Nagle, pastor of SI. Teresa's, sought permission from the diocese to build a chapel for the Spanish people. At the time of his request, a total of $3,000 had already been collected to build the chapel.

A year later on July 23, 1928, Father Gabriel Perez, an Augustinian Recollect, took possession of the church. The first baptismal record is dated August 11, 1928. The parish grew and in 1938, the Precious Blood order took over the parish.

A new parish church was built in South Hutchinson in 1964. Presently the parish of 300 to 400 families is shepherded by Father Colin Boor. He was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe on June 23, 1973.

This is the love of the Catholic faith that continues to inspire the present Holy Cross parishioners who, like their forefathers, have followed a dream.

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