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St. Patrick Church launches first activity in celebration of its 150th anniversary

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St. Patrick’s Church of Arlington has launched its first activity to commemorate its 150th anniversary. The church will be selling a series of cards produced by the St. Bede Abbey Press and include the church’s exquisite stained glass windows. Pictured are members from the Sesquicentennial Committee including Jo Alyce Hewitt (from left), Lauren Koch, Lynne Bonnell and Ruth Pommier.

ARLINGTON — To commemorate its 150th anniversary, St. Patrick Parish of Arlington will be launching a year-long series of activities, starting with the sale of notecards and Christmas cards featuring the church’s prominent stained glass windows.

The Sesquicentennial Committee recently invited Father Dominic Garramone, O.S.B., to photograph the church’s stained glass windows for the notecards. Garramone is known for his extensive experience in photographing church windows.

According to committee member Ruth Pommier of Arlington, the windows have been widely recognized as among the finest in the Peoria Diocese.

“The Arlington windows have long been recognized as one of the church’s greatest assets so with the 2013-14 year marking the sesquicentennial of the parish, it seemed like a good way to launch a number of activities we have planned to commemorate the important milestone in the history of our church,” she said.

The history of St. Patrick’s stained glass windows is quite admirable as they were commissioned in the mid-1920s. The 20 windows in the set were designed and crafted by artists in the Tyrolese Art Glass Co. of Innsbruck, Austria. The church’s windows in the sanctuary were the creation of McLaughlin Co. and represent the Dublin School of Art. They were once featured in “Ireland of the Welcomes” as an example of the finest art produced in that period.

Pommier assured the primary purpose of this project was not to raise funds, but to produce a treasure for church members and friends of the church to identify with and enjoy.

“A portion of profits will be returned to the St. Bede Academy’s general education fund, in appreciation for the many decades the monks of St. Bede Abbey staffed the Arlington parish,” she said.

A set of blank notecards, which include all 20 windows, are priced at $20. A set of 10 cards are priced at $12.50. The sale also features Christmas cards, which portray nativity scenes from the collection and include interior messages.

To secure an order form, contact Pommier at 618-833-0073. Checks should be made payable to the St. Bede Abbey Press. Order forms are mailed to St. Bede Abbey Press, 25 W. U.S. Highway 6, Peru, IL 61354.

Orders will be accepted through mid-November and the cards will be available for pick-up at St. Patrick Church, or can be mailed to individuals at the price of shipping.

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