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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Summer 2006
Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193
Ah yes, the luck of the Irish was with us once again at the annual St.
Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. The weather certainly cooperated as
evidenced by the very enthusiastic crowd along the entire route. A big
Irish “go raibh maith agat” (thank you) to John Kaczor for once again
making us believe that St. Patrick lives, to Gary and Kay Ebert for the
use of their green pickup truck and also to Valerie Weigman and Allie
Vanden Heuvel for their artistic contributions and foregoing school to
be a part of this important cultural event.
We are very pleased to announce that we have received final approval
from the IRS and have been officially designated as a publicly supported
tax-exempt organization. This was a five-year process, and we wish to
thank all of our members and donors—this status would not have been
possible without your continued support. Recognizing the historic
significance and sense of community that St. Patrick Church brings to
the Town of Erin, the members of the St. Patrick’s Preservation Fund,
Inc will forever embrace our continued mission to protect, maintain and
sustain St. Patrick Church, both cemeteries and related buildings.
This month we welcome the new pastor of St. Kilian and St. Patrick’s. In
March, we wrote to Archbishop Dolan expressing our thoughts and hopes.
We received a wonderful letter back where the archbishop expressed his
gratitude that our group would be a “unifying presence in the
community.” We look forward to meeting with the new pastor to discuss
ideas that would be mutually beneficial to St. Kilian and St. Patrick’s,
especially during these times of financial uncertainty.
We are also hopeful that our St. Patrick Preservation Group will
continue to be a strong and active presence on the St. Patrick Cemetery
Committee—of special importance-- ongoing gravestone restoration. There
are many more gravestones that still need to be repaired. Although money
is set aside each year for this purpose, the work could be completed at
a faster pace if more money was available. If you have a loved one
buried at the cemetery and would like to donate to this cause, please
contact St. Kilian Parish at 262/673-4831.
If you haven’t already done so, please think about purchasing a copy of
the 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church—suggested
donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is required. The 187-page book packed
with memorable information, very interesting facts and over 250
pictures. To get your copy, please contact Nancy Henke at 262/673-5219
or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at email@example.com.
For continued updates, please visit our web site at
www.savestpatrick.com (check out the pictures from the 150th
celebration) or join us the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at
the Erin Town Hall. Coffee, dessert and catching up with family, friends
and neighbors follow the meeting. Prior to the meeting, the Rosary will
be prayed (weather permitting) from May through October at 6:35 p.m. on
the front steps of St. Patrick’s. If you would like to become a member
of the St. Patrick Preservation Fund, Inc. (reasonably priced at
$5/Single and $10/Family), please contact Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden
Heuvel. We again thank you for your support during the past seven years,
and we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrick’s, this important part
of the history of the Town of Erin.