Patrick’s Day celebration on March 17, 2014, was a little low-key this
year. Because of Father David LaPlante’s health issues, our annual St.
Patrick’s Day Mass was cancelled at St. Patrick’s Church. We heard from
so many of our attendees from previous years expressing their
disappointment at the cancellation—thank you for letting us know.
Hopefully with Father LaPlante’s continued healing, March 17 of 2015
will be a very special occasion at our 160-year old historic church.
pleased, though, to see the number of folks who braved the elements on a
cold Monday morning for the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day
Parade. We cannot thank Jeff Kraft of the Erin Inn enough for
convincing Randy Ehrenberg to provide our parade vehicle and Scott Henke
(former Hartford mayor and nephew of Ev and Nancy Henke) to be our St.
Patrick complete with flowing, white beard. We heard that “convincing”
them took place AFTER drinks at the Erin Inn but that is just a rumor .
. . Randy and Scott were invaluable in the float decorating department
as well. We warned Scott that he would be called many things other than
St. Patrick (the Pope, Archbishop Listecki, Archbishop Dolan, etc.)
along the parade route—maybe next year our float will read—“WHO AM I?”
We hope Randy and Scott will make their participation an annual event.
Hasslinger (daughter of Evarist and Nancy Henke) has finished
photographing Old St. Patrick Cemetery. Next step is to merge
gravestone information with pictures and linking the information at our
Preservation elections were held in May. The results:
President/Secretary – Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden
Heuvel, Vice President – Robert Schwengel, and Co-Treasurers – Margaret
Van Beckum and Joan Coffey. The Board of Directors also includes
Wilhelm and Joyce Weber.
renewals began June 1, so if you would like to renew your membership or
become a member of the St. Patrick Preservation Fund, Inc. (reasonably
priced at $5/Single and $10/Family), please contact Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden
Heuvel at 262/670-0975 or E-mail her at
SaveStPats@aol.com. Remember all donations to the St. Patrick
Preservation Fund are tax deductible. To get a copy of the 150th
Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church, please contact Nancy
Henke at 262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at
updates, please visit our newly updated web site (thank you Joe Van
(check out the latest pictures) or join us the second Tuesday of each
month at 7 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall.