The parish dates back to 1883, when the first Mass was celebrated in settlers’ homes. That continued, as frequently as once a month or only every three or four months, until 1909, when the number of faithful was large enough to require the use of the town’s opera house.
A brick church was completed in 1910, with the first Mass offered on Christmas morning. The church was financed by donations, including dinners, picnics, appeals to neighboring parishes and the sale of bricks. The parish history notes that Louise Bonaly received a gold rosary for selling the most bricks, at six for 25 cents.
The church features nine-foot-tall stained-glass windows imported from Belgium
During redecoration of the church in the mid-1950s, the altar railing and pews from the old Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina were refinished and installed.
An addition to the church was completed in 1964 and a parish hall was added in 1981.
Except for the period from 1951 to 1969, the parish has been a mission. Oblate fathers served the parish from 1916 to 1928.
Saints Peter & Paul Parish
730 Court Street
Clay Center, KS 67432
Mission ParishesSaints Peter and Paul Parish - Clay Center
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