Opening the doors for tradition
Old Holy Family Catholic Church open Sunday for community caroling
In holidays past, LaDonna Ballock remembers caroling with 4-H and other groups, driving from house to house to visit friends and neighbors and sing Christmas songs.
"We don't do that much anymore," Ballock said.
One Eudora event upholds that tradition each December, although carolers will have the comfort of staying in one place. The old Holy Family Catholic Church, at Ninth and Church streets, will open its doors at 6 p.m. Sunday for caroling.
Ballock, who is helping organize the Eudora tradition, said the bell choir from the Eudora United Methodist Church would perform as is customary at the caroling event. She said a slate was shaping up of other local vocalists and musicians to accompany carolers' voices.
Ballock said the caroling event was ecumenical, and everyone in the community -- especially those new to town -- was invited to come along and sing with their neighbors.
"If they're here for the first time, invite them over," she said.
St. Theresa's Society of Holy Family will serve refreshments following the caroling. The community caroling event takes place each year in Holy Family's limestone, steepled building constructed in 1864.
Previously, the church was open for a few special occasions throughout the year. The church now opens its old building at 8 a.m. the first Saturday of each month for a short Mass followed by refreshments.
Yet the old church has offered visitors a peek with the community caroling each year.
"It's a good way to get inside of it," Ballock said.
St. Paul United Church of Christ has a door-to-door caroling event for Eudora's youth planned Dec. 19. See Page 5B for more information.