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St. Mary’s / Holy Cross dinner is Feb. 8

Holy Cross church in Keuterville is seen here, covered by a rainbow, in August 2014.

Credit: Contributed photo / Grace Vopat
Holy Cross church in Keuterville is seen here, covered by a rainbow, in August 2014.

KEUTERVILLE — The annual St. Mary’s/Holy Cross parish dinner is set for this Sunday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Keuterville Hall.

The community of Keuterville, rich with history, is tucked away in the foothills of the Cottonwood Butte. Holy Cross Chapel has the claim to fame of being the first Catholic church on the Camas Prairie. Building began in 1885 and finished in 1886, the first structure measuring 26 by 36 feet and 16 feet high. Having a Catholic church in the area enticed many Catholic German farmers to immigrate to the area from the Midwest states.

Initially the church was a Jesuit mission called “St. Peter’s.” When the bishop at the time blessed the new building, it became “Sacred Heart Church.” In 1897, a second church was built but burned down in May, 1911. The same year the dedicated parishioners built a third building which is the current church in use today. When it came time to bless the new church, the bishop claimed there were too many Sacred Heart Churches in the diocese, and renamed the church “Holy Cross.”

In 1997, Holy Cross parish combined with St. Mary’s Parish of Cottonwood in order to share the same priest. Today, the building is used for weddings and funerals and special occasions throughout the year. Keuterville residents and other parishioners from across the Prairie enjoy using the old church. They appreciate the beauty of the antique altars which were made in Germany and shipped to Idaho.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the dinner. Enjoy the beautiful scenic view of the Seven Devils, meet up with some friends, play some bingo, win a raffle prize, and enjoy a homemade dinner,” said volunteer Maureen Munger. “Your support will help maintain this charming and nostalgic structure. Keuterville is one of the hidden treasures in the rich history of Idaho County, so don’t miss out!”

Dinner will include roast beef, ham, homemade potatoes, rolls and desserts. Cost is $9 each for adults; $4 apiece for grades one through six; and kindergarten and younger eat for free.


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