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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Winter/Spring 2007
Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!
St. Kilian's Congregation of Hartford will host a Mass on St. Patrick's
at 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Chapel in Erin. All are invited to begin
the day’s celebration the way the Irish in Ireland actually commemorate
this important feast day—in church!
As we go to press, we aren’t sure if Part II of St. Patrick’s Day—the
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being planned. If there is a parade,
rest assured “St. Patrick” will be there.
The 149-year old St. Patrick’s Ladies Altar Society had a December
luncheon/meeting at the Mapleton Rustic Inn with 14 people in
attendance. Even though the group’s original purpose ceases to exist,
spirituality and friendship is the common thread at the heart of the
Society’s longevity. The Society helps support the Hartford Food Pantry
and the Pregnancy Help Center through donations and also has memorial
Masses said for deceased parishioners. The ladies still meet the second
Wednesday of each month September through May at 1 p.m. at the Erin Town
Hall—December and May meetings are held at restaurants. If you would
like to be a part of the camaraderie and spirituality, please call
President Marge Van Beckum at 262/673-2097.
As spring is just around the corner, don’t forget about gravestone
restoration at St. Patrick’s Cemetery—especially if you have a loved on
buried there. 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’s Parish at 262/673-4831.
Yes, there are still a few copies left of the 150th Anniversary History
Book of St. Patrick’s Church—a wonderful gift for your favorite Irish
relatives. If you haven’t already done so, please think about purchasing
a copy—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is requested. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For continued updates, please visit our web site at
www.savestpatrick.com (check out the latest pictures) 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 ongoing support during the past seven years, as we continue our
goal to preserve St. Patrick’s, an important part of the history of the
Town of Erin.