St Patrick News

December 21, 2021

Myrna Daughtry

The St. Patrick community lost another treasured member, Robert Kirchner.  Robert, and his wife, Rita, were active members of the Shrine of St. Patrick and were committed each year to honoring the Veterans in the Shrine of St. Patrick cemetery with flag placement for the Memorial Day commemoration.  A few years ago, they asked if we could carry on the tradition without their help and we were honored to take up the cause and hope he knows that he will be honored each year for his military service.   

The Shrine of St. Patrick was honored to host the Annual Wreaths Across America ceremony on December 18 at 11:00AM.  The ceremony included Mary Lindsey leading the attendees in singing the National Anthem and God Bless America.  Several young people of the community assisted in the presentation of the Memorial Wreaths for each Branch of Service and was blessed by Fr. Rob Fields.  The names of the 90 veterans that are laid to rest in the Shrine cemetery were read by John Wheeler and Marcia Hardin.  The Shrine parishioners would also like to thank everyone who joined us for the Soup/Sandwich luncheon immediately following the ceremony.  It was a blessed day for such a good cause!

Carol Hinkebien, Marcia Hardin, Leslie and Bria Moon, and Kristen, Sylas and Andrew Daughtry all gathered last Saturday at Myrna Daughtry’s for the annual “Christmas Baking Day”. The kids all enjoyed making their own Gingerbread House’s, and everyone enjoyed the memories of baking our Mom’s – Nancy Kirchner – Christmas cookies.   We love making our Christmas memories every year!

The Shrine of St. Patrick is open every weekend in the month of December from 9:00AM – 5:00PM for Historical tours of the grounds, the Shrine Museum, and the beautiful decorations.  The Shrine has also scheduled their Christmas Eve mass for December 24 at 4:00PM and hope everyone can join us in the celebration. (Please note the time change of Christmas Eve mass has been changed to 4 p.m., earlier than originally scheduled.)

Dan and Myrna Daughtry, Edd and Marcia Hardin, Teresa Woodworth, and Bruce and Melody Uhlmeyer all enjoyed a day of shopping going to the Dutchman’s Store in Cantril, Ia. Everyone enjoyed lunch at AJ’s in Mt. Sterling and taking the scenic route home stopping in Wyaconda for a beverage.

The St. Patrick Betterment Group has donated a wheelchair to the Shrine of St. Patrick.  There has been a need for a wheelchair to help parishioners and visitors be able to attend the weekend mass services and events at the Shrine.

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather last week as I’m sure that is going to change shortly!