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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Summer 2006

Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193

Ah yes, the luck of the Irish was with us once again at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17. The weather certainly cooperated as evidenced by the very enthusiastic crowd along the entire route. A big Irish “go raibh maith agat” (thank you) to John Kaczor for once again making us believe that St. Patrick lives, to Gary and Kay Ebert for the use of their green pickup truck and also to Valerie Weigman and Allie Vanden Heuvel for their artistic contributions and foregoing school to be a part of this important cultural event.

We are very pleased to announce that we have received final approval from the IRS and have been officially designated as a publicly supported tax-exempt organization. This was a five-year process, and we wish to thank all of our members and donors—this status would not have been possible without your continued support. Recognizing the historic significance and sense of community that St. Patrick Church brings to the Town of Erin, the members of the St. Patrick’s Preservation Fund, Inc will forever embrace our continued mission to protect, maintain and sustain St. Patrick Church, both cemeteries and related buildings.

This month we welcome the new pastor of St. Kilian and St. Patrick’s. In March, we wrote to Archbishop Dolan expressing our thoughts and hopes. We received a wonderful letter back where the archbishop expressed his gratitude that our group would be a “unifying presence in the community.” We look forward to meeting with the new pastor to discuss ideas that would be mutually beneficial to St. Kilian and St. Patrick’s, especially during these times of financial uncertainty.

We are also hopeful that our St. Patrick Preservation Group will continue to be a strong and active presence on the St. Patrick Cemetery Committee—of special importance-- ongoing gravestone restoration. 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 Parish at 262/673-4831.

If you haven’t already done so, please think about purchasing a copy of the 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church—suggested donation of $30 or $35 if shipping is required. 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.

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 support during the past seven years, and we continue our goal to preserve St. Patrick’s, this important part of the history of the Town of Erin.