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A brief history of St Patricks




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We are pleased to report that the St. Patrick Church and grounds were in beautiful shape for the US Amateur Open at Erin Hills the week of August 22, 2011. A fresh coat of gleaming, white paint, a new roof on the Rectory and a new metal roof on the rectory garage have been done thanks to the fine care of St. Kilianís in Hartford. We are excited to showcase our Town of Erinís historic church when the US Open comes to Erin in 2017!

Pat Nickols of California, whose family donated well over $100,000 to Old St. Patrick Cemetery, met with a representative of St. Kilianís Parish on July 26, 2011. She stated growth this year in the cemetery fund has been miniscule but should allow for a few headstones to be repaired in Old St. Patrickís Cemetery. The cemetery committee along with Gehl Monument will be meeting this fall to determine what headstones are most in need of repair. Again, if you have a family member buried at St. Patrickís and would like to contribute to headstone repair, please contact St. Kilian Parish Office at 262/673-4831. Marge Van Beckum and Maureen Fitzsimmons-Vanden Heuvel continue their effort to photograph and document every headstone in the Old Cemetery and post it on the St. Patrick Preservation website.

The 154-year old St. Patrickís Altar Society commenced meetings in September after their summer hiatus. The ladies continue to meet at the Erin Town Hall the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m., September through May. The Society helps support the Hartford Food Pantry and the Pregnancy Help Center through donations and also has memorial Masses said for deceased parishioners. If you would like to join in the socializing (always a yummy dessert) and spirituality, please call President Marge Van Beckum at 262/673-2097.

At the urging of the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin, we have begun the nomination process for having St. Patrickís Church listed in the national and state register of historic sites. This listing puts no burden on the Archdiocese or St. Kilianís but rather would be a well-deserved honor considering the Church is still standing after 156 years of existence. I guess our Irish ancestors really knew how to build a church to last!

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 former parishioners, friends and neighbors following the meeting. 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. Remember all donations to the St. Patrick Preservation Fund are tax deductible. To get a copy of the 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrickís Church, please contact Nancy Henke at 262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at mary.weddingday@att.net.

We again thank you for your ongoing support during the past TWELVE years, as we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrickís Chapel--an important part of the history of the Town of Erin.