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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Fall 2005

Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193

The official celebration for the 150th Anniversary of St. Patrick Church took place on June 26, 2005 at St. Patrick Church in the Town of Erin, Wisconsin, with visitors from as far away as California, Arizona, New York and Ohio and many an Irish name in attendance! The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. A very special “thank you” goes out to Father Michael Petrie, Pastor of St. Kilian’s Parish of Hartford and St. Patrick’s Chapel, who concelebrated a 3 p.m. Mass at our historic church along with former pastors, Father John Rausch and Father Walter Vogel. The music provided by the St. Kilian Choir, with Steve Tennies as Cantor and organist Audrey Rhinehart, were wonderfully—Gaelic, Celtic and Irish--in melody, lyrics and composer. In addition, Kathleen & Charles Jeffords brought the chalice of their brother, Father Robert Jeffords, to use at the anniversary Mass. Father Jeffords, who served at both St. Kilian and St. Patrick Churches, died of cancer in 1973 at the age of 35 and is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery. A 5 p.m. buffet dinner catered by Marty’s of Rubicon and social attended by over 150 people followed the Mass with St. Patrick Preservation President, John Collins as Masters of Ceremony. Father Vogel, Father Rausch and the Jeffords and Weber families shared many wonderful stories. Joan Coffey’s cake decorating prowess was on display along with many other delicious desserts provided by the St. Patrick’s Ladies Altar Society. We wish to extend a big thank you to all St. Patrick Preservation members and St. Patrick’s Ladies Altar Society members who worked so hard for the past two years to make this historic day a reality.

The 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church is still available for purchase—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is required. The 187-page book packed with memorable information and over 250 pictures. To get your copy, please contact Nancy Henke at 262/673-5219 or E-mail Mary Hasslinger at flrlkpsk@nconnect.net.

As reported in our last newsletter, we are pleased to announce that the gravestones in need of the most repairs at Old St. Patrick’s Cemetery have now been reset. PL Gehl finished the work in time for the 150th celebration. Many people enjoyed walking through this historic cemetery, which dates back to the early 1850’s. 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 Father Michael Petrie at 262/673-4831, Ext. 401 or E-mail him at petriemj@archmil.org.

For continued updates on our progress, 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. The Rosary will be prayed (weather permitting) from May through October at 6:35 p.m. prior to the meeting on the 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 continued support to preserve an important part of the history of the Town of Erin.