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St. Patrick Preservation Update – Winter/Spring 2007

Contact Person: Joan Coffey, 262/673-2193

St. Kilian's Congregation of Hartford will host a Mass on St. Patrick's Day
at 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Chapel in Erin. All are invited to begin the day’s celebration the way the Irish in Ireland actually commemorate this important feast day—in church!

As we go to press, we aren’t sure if Part II of St. Patrick’s Day—the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being planned. If there is a parade, rest assured “St. Patrick” will be there.

The 149-year old St. Patrick’s Ladies Altar Society had a December luncheon/meeting at the Mapleton Rustic Inn with 14 people in attendance. Even though the group’s original purpose ceases to exist, spirituality and friendship is the common thread at the heart of the Society’s longevity. The Society helps support the Hartford Food Pantry and the Pregnancy Help Center through donations and also has memorial Masses said for deceased parishioners. The ladies still meet the second Wednesday of each month September through May at 1 p.m. at the Erin Town Hall—December and May meetings are held at restaurants. If you would like to be a part of the camaraderie and spirituality, please call President Marge Van Beckum at 262/673-2097.

As spring is just around the corner, don’t forget about gravestone restoration at St. Patrick’s Cemetery—especially if you have a loved on buried there. 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’s Parish at 262/673-4831.

Yes, there are still a few copies left of the 150th Anniversary History Book of St. Patrick’s Church—a wonderful gift for your favorite Irish relatives. 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.

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 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.