St. Patrick’s to celebrate 200 years this weekend

Pictured is St. Patrick’s Church in Ruma

Two great events marked the year 1818 – Illinois was admitted into the Union of the United States as the 21st state and the town of Kaskaskia, in Randolph County, became the first capital of Illinois.

To the north of Kaskaskia, the second event occurred – the establishment of the O’Hara Settlement and the Church of St. Patrick. This marked the beginning of the oldest English speaking Catholic parish in Illinois.

To celebrate the parish’s 200th anniversary, an event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m. at the church. All are invited and welcome to come celebrate.

The festivities start with a celebration mass at 10 a.m., followed by a procession to the cemetery at 11 a.m. A parade will be held at 11:30.

For more on St. Patrick’s 200thanniversary, please see this week’s print edition.