St. Patrick Church marks 100th anniversary
COALTON — Parishioners and guests of St. Patrick Church in Coalton commemorated the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the establishment of St. Patrick Church as a parish on Oct. 28.
The event was attended with a “packed house” at the 2 p.m. Mass with Fr. Jim O’Connor, Fr. Giles LaVaseur, Fr. Jim McCafferty, Fr. John Dibacco and Msgr. Jeremiah McSweeney co-celebrating, along with Deacon Ray Godwin assisting.
The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard, dressed in full regalia, gave a special air of reverence to the Liturgy. Making the Mass complete, was the wonderful music, liturgical ministers and beautiful decorations.
During the Mass, Fr. Jim spoke of how those who have gone before, shared a “vision of faith,” which gave both endurance and hope to their “long and winding road,” of settling and building a strong and vital Catholic community in Coalton, as well as the surrounding area. He also spoke of the “faithfulness of today’s St. Patrick parishioners, continuing that generational witness of their faith, as they, like the “Blind Bartimeus,” did, continue to follow Jesus up the road of life, sharing God’s presence with neighbors, family and friends.”
Following the Mass, a special, catered dinner was served in the parish hall. Like the church, the parish hall was beautifully decorated, as friends and family gathered to enjoy an afternoon of fellowship, fun and food.
Concluding the dinner, Fr. Jim gave a brief history of the parish, which included the names of the 27 priests who have served St. Patrick’s over the more than 100 years.
Sr. Mary Ella Morrison, OP, of the religious center, who was in attendance at the Mass and dinner, had this to say:
“The 100th anniversary celebration of St. Patrick Parish was truly a tribute to the parishioners of St. Patrick’s. For years, they have been a community that has worked and prayed together and Sunday’s celebration attested to that fact. It was a joy-filled event that spoke of their love and their caring for one another.”
The ethnic demographics of the community began with Irish, Italian immigrants that grew into the multi-ethnic population of today, maintaining the fabric of their roots.
The refrain to the song, “A New Beginning,” which Fr. Jim shared at the dinner, says it all: “We will sing God’s praises loud and clear, for all to hear, both far and near! We will sing God’s praises loud and clear for God has blessed us so!”
Fr. Jim ended his talk with, ” I wish to extend my sincerest thank you to all who made this celebration both special and memorable! St. Patrick Parish has been, is now and will always be blessed and a blessing!”