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To All Parishioners and
Friends of St Patrick Parish.
July 20, 2000 - "Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and
evidence of things not seen."
Hebrews 11: 1-2
To All Parishioners and Friends of St. Patrick Parish,
We are sure by now most of you are aware that Judge John Franke
dismissed our civil lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on July
10, 2000. The
judge spoke of the difficulty of making this determination, as there
wasn't a single previous Wisconsin case on which to base his decision.
In the end he cited a case from California in making his ruling.
So what does this mean
for further civil action? Presently, we have a corporate law
attorney studying the judge's decision, and we will have 45 days to
decide whether to file an appeal.
Although we were all praying for a different outcome, please do not be
disheartened. As the old saying goes, "When God closes a door
. . . "
We are pleased to report that on May 2, 2000, an appeal against the
closing of St. Patrick Parish was filed at the Vatican. American
Canon Lawyer Alan R. Kershaw is handling our case, and he is one of only
a few Americans
authorized to appear before the Vatican courts. We will forever be
indebted to Lori Mitchell from St. Leo's in Columbus, Ohio for her
assistance in securing Alan's help on our behalf.
Also in May, a second request was forwarded to the Archdiocese of
Milwaukee requesting "Landmark" status for our beautiful,
historic 145-year old St. Patrick Church. We are sure many of you
will remember an initial request was made in 1998, with the archdiocese
refusing this request due to a monetary concern. However, after
St. Patrick Church was named to the Wisconsin Trust
for Historic Preservation's list of the 10 most endangered properties in
Wisconsin in March, Archbishop Weakland gave assurances that an
endowment fund (St. Patrick Parish savings account) had been established
upkeep. Unfortunately, as of this writing there has been no reply
from the archdiocese on this matter. Those interested in voicing
their approval for this most worthy honor may write to: Archbishop
Rembert Weakland, Cousin's Catholic Center, 3501 S. Lake Drive, P.O. Box
07912, Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912.
The end of June brought more good news with the filing of St. Patrick
Preservation Fund, Inc. as a not-for-profit corporation. This
means that donations now made to the St. Patrick Preservation Fund will
be tax deductible just as your church donations. You may send your
contribution to: St. Patrick Preservation Fund, Inc. c/o Mrs. Joan
Coffey, 1480 Highway 83, Hartford, WI 53027.
We hope all of you had an opportunity to read the beautiful article
about our 142-year old (still in existence) St. Patrick's Ladies Altar
Society in the Daily News and Times Press. If you would like
copies of this article, you may contact Nancy Henke at 262/673-5219.
We would also like to thank the Erin Fest Committee, who allowed us to
sell our "Save St. Patrick" T-shirts at the festival for a net
profit of over $200! If you are in need of a T-shirt for your
favorite "loved one" contact Vivian at 262/673-3507.
There will be a Rosary Service on the steps of St. Joseph's Church in
Cudahy (4970 S. Swift) on Tuesday, August 1, at 7 p.m., where we will
pray for the reopening of all viable parishes throughout the U.S. and
also for an end to
abortion, especially partial-birth abortion. Those interested in
attending but in need of a ride or directions, may contact Maureen at
262/670-0975. We hope to see many of you there!
PLEASE ALSO JOIN US ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, AT 6:30 P.M. FOR A SPECIAL
MASS AT ST. PATRICK CHURCH. As there are only five special Masses
scheduled for the next 12 months, it would be great to see as many of
you there as possible as we gather as a faith community.
We thank you for your past and continued support through prayers,
letters and donations. "Save St. Patrick Parish"
meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Erin
Town Hall, 1846 State Highway 83. Starting in September we will
begin work on our 150th Anniversary Book of St. Patrick Parish (just
five short years away!) Refreshments follow the
meeting. All are welcome so come join us as we work to make a
"Save St. Patrick Parish" Preservation Committee