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A brief history of St Patricks




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We never dreamed that for the second year in a row, God would bless us with amazing weather on St. Patrick’s Day. March 17, 2010, was once again a sunny and warm day. There was a great turnout at 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Church, where Father David LaPlante of St. Kilian Parish presided and former Pastor of St. Patrick Church, Father Wally Vogel, co-concelebrated. Along with another spirited Homily by Father David, there was the beautiful music of Audrey Thimm Rinehardt and Steve Tennies, son of Frank and Grace Tennies. Father David once again made sure that there were plenty of cookies for all in attendance. Many thanks to Larry Hanson of the Washington County Daily News for his front page story, who was impressed at the interior beauty of St. Patrick’s even though the church officially closed in 1999 and is only used for occasional Masses.

After a one year hiatus, John Kaczor returned as our “St. Patrick” for the 30th Annual Town of Erin Parade. John had the crowd believing he WAS St. Patrick—decked out in the beautiful costume provided by Jeff Kraft of the Erin Inn. Many thanks, John, for making the day memorable for all the parade watchers and for your most generous donation! We thank PrintHaus for our awesome banner celebrating 30 years (on short notice) and for Rick Knabe of Suburban Construction who donated his time and truck. We really didn’t know Rick had such an artistic flair. It truly was great to see so many people turn out for our special Erin Township Parade.

At our May 2010 Meeting Elections were held for Officers: President – Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel, Vice President, Robert Schwengel, Secretary – Peggy Kenealy and Co-Treasurers – Margaret Van Beckum and Joan Coffey.

We are committed to continuing our work in St. Patrick’s Cemetery and thanks to Nancy Henke and Mary Hasslinger (Nancy’s daughter) we were able to connect with Bob & Sue O’Keane, who have posted cemetery information for St. Columba’s on the Internet. They had many good suggestions for taking headstone photos and ideas on how to merge headstone photographs with headstone information.

As we are sure many of you know, Gerry Russell, long time parishioner of St. Patrick’s and resident of Erin Township passed away on April 7, 2010. We will always remember Gerry for her outgoing personality and spirit, including the legacy of a new library, which will serve Hartford and the surrounding areas including Erin. When we think of St. Patrick’s, Gerry and Jack Russell’s names are certainly part of our many happy memories.

For continued updates, please visit our web site at www.savestpatrick.com (don’t forget--check out the latest photos and articles from St. Patrick’s Day) or join us the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall. Have a birthday, anniversary or special occasion and in need of a unique gift? The 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church will bring hours of enjoyment especially for your favorite Irish relative. If you haven’t already done so, please think about purchasing a copy—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is requested. To get your copy, please contact Nancy Henke at 262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at mary.weddingday@att.net. 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 at 262/670-0975 or E-mail her at SaveStPats@aol.com. We again thank you for your ongoing support during the past ELEVEN years, as we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrick’s Chapel--an important part of the history of the Town of Erin