“Hymns and Carols of the Christmas Season” was presented Sunday, December 16th and we enjoyed hearing a variety of music by very talented parishioners! Folk music, solos, chants, and sweet singing by children made the concert a blessing. Father Jim “emceed” the concert telling the origin of the songs, composer, and the year it was written to help the audience understand its context. Frank Cuda even got the audience involved leading several “sing-a-longs on the accordian. Thanks to Michelle Luddy, Craig Stihler, Anne Madden, Deacon Raymond, and Frank Cuda for putting the program together.
Then on Wednesday, December 19th, Deacon Raymond played and sang Christmas songs at a free "Bag Lunch" lunchtime concert at the Randolph County Creative Arts Center open to community members.
Special thanks to Michelle Luddy for the first four concert pics, Pat Mayes for the Creative Arts Center pics, and Craig Stihler for the rest of the concert pictures!
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St. Patrick Church in Coalton Celebrates 100 Years
St. Patrick Parish celebrated 100 Years with a special mass on Sunday, October 28, 2018. The mass was celebrated by Father Jim and 5 other priests. After the mass concluded, a group picture was taken of all the parishioners and guests who attended. Then everyone enjoyed a delicious catered dinner in the Fellowship Hall next door where they also shared memories, watched a video slide show of pictures from over the years, and listened to Father Jim read a history of the church and showed an altar cloth from the church's past.
The history of St. Patrick Church can be traced back to 1858 to 1859 when the Irish Catholic settlers first came into this section of Randolph County to settle down with their families and establish a life among the hills of West Virginia. After building their homes, they made plans for a Catholic Church and securing a priest to minister to their spiritual needs and celebrate the Sacraments. St. Patrick Church and Parish grew from this humble beginning.
St. Patrick Parish now looks forward to its next 100 years!
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