According to brochures distributed in the church:
In 1871 the church building began and by 1872 the construction was completed. The bricks were made from the clay from what now is the cemetery at Holy Family, and the work was done by the parishioners.
From 1871 to 1908 the Mass was celebrated at Port Hudson once a month on a Monday by a Jesuit missionary priest from Washington. Mass was in German.
In 1918 the present choir loft and sacristy were constructed. In 1932 the steeple was built to replace a bell tower that stood in front of the church.
The school was built in 1936.
The wood altar which had a larger table to the front of it was installed in 1953. Because of changes in the liturgy the altar was remodeled in 1965.
Our church is presently decorated with the liturgical symbol of the anchor. This ancient Christian symbol proclaims (Hebrews 6:19) that Jesus is our anchor in every generation, keeping us steady with God in an unstable world.
Atop the tower is a nice golden botonée (or budded) cross with solar monstrance-like symbol superimposed.
I was unable to determine the origin of the community's name; Port Hudson is a very unlikely Missouri place name, and it is not actually a port, nor could it be. Perhaps it was named after the Siege of Port Hudson, a major battle in the Civil War.
This church is very small, with 18 pews. According to the 2007 parish census, this church has approximately 311 Catholics.
The holiest place in the cosmos.
A wonderful little statue of Mary, shown here crushing the serpent's head.
Station of the Cross, carved out of wood.
The anchor-cross symbol, "as an anchor of the soul, sure and firm".
Rejoice In The Awesome
Wonder of the Lord
In Loving Memory of
Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.
Saturday (Vigil): 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.
Prior to Saturday evening Vigil Mass.
124 Holy Family Church Road
New Haven, Missouri 63068