A congregation nearly as old as the city itself still meets every week in the city of Perry. In Perry, not only has Catholic faith aced the test of time but the congregation and teachings have grown an adapted to target the Christians of today in Dallas County. Take a walk back in time by attending a Sunday morning service at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Painting the picture
The township of Perry was founded in 1869. The framework of St. Patrick’s faith came together two years later, though not as it may be recognized today. A mission priest held the city’s first Mass. The tradition was welcomed in the homes of practicing Catholics throughout the area until plans to construct a church were laid into place.
It took two tries before a building large enough to meet the demands of Perry’s sprawling Christian community came to be. But if you’re driving through downtown Perry, you might not know that the high steeples are all apart of one of the nation’s most historic houses of worship.
A famous architect, most known for his contract work with the Catholic church, was the mind behind the beautiful structure where Mass is held every Sunday morning in Perry. George Stauduhar lended his expertise in the Late Gothic Revival style to design over 200 churches, including Perry’s St. Patrick Catholic Church. According to church officials, the Perry Advertiser described the new church as “perhaps the most magnificent church in the state outside of the larger cities.” It wasn’t only the locals who came to appreciate the newest update of St. Patrick, but the nation. St. Patrick Catholic Church became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 2011.
Then and now
The stone church has been open for service since 1901 and has seen several renovations, but the mission behind the building is one thing that hasn’t changed. Each square inch of St. Patrick Catholic Church represents the faith and passion of the Perry community and their dedication to leading a God-filled life.
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1312 3rd St.
Sunday Mass: 9:00 (English) & 11:30 a.m. (Spanish)