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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Fall 2006

Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193

We welcome Father David La Plante as pastor of St. Patrick’s Chapel, Town of Erin and St. Kilian Parish, Hartford. Father David grew up in Green Bay and Fond du Lac. After his ordination Father David spent much of his time in the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska, where he served seven years at a rural parish, which he stated at a recent funeral Mass could be described as St. Patrick’s “twin.”

Even though Father David has a huge responsibility with a large parish and school, he informed us that he has visited the St. Patrick’s grounds on numerous occasions. He requested that our St. Patrick Preservation Group submit suggestions for areas of attention, which we have done.

The Fall Walk-Around Meeting of the St. Patrick Cemetery Committee is scheduled for late this month and will be followed by the semi-annual St. Patrick’s Cemetery Meeting to discuss ongoing gravestone restoration.

Our 148-year old St. Patrick’s Altar Society Meetings resumed in September. Even though the group’s original purpose was to clean the church monthly, including floor waxing at Easter and Christmas, friendship is the common thread at the heart of the Society’s longevity. The ladies still meet the second Wednesday of each month September through May at 1 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall. If you would like to be a part of the camaraderie and spirituality, please call President Marge Van Beckum at 262/673-2097.

There are still a few copies left of the 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church. 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 flrlkpsk@nconnect.net.

With the opening of Erin Hills Golf Course, we are aware that there is a potential for many visitors to Erin Township. Our goal is to keep 151-year old St. Patrick’s Church and our even older cemetery in excellent condition. The establishment of the new Town of Erin Historical Society is another great sign that people understand the importance of maintaining our historic buildings in Erin Township.

For continued updates, 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. 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.