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St. Pat's celebrates 150 years

Eau Claire (WQOW) - 2015 marks the 150th anniversary for an Eau Claire church. Saint Patrick's Church is the oldest catholic church building in the city.  It was built in 1885. 

There was a Saint Patrick's church 1884, but that one burned down.  Some of the original ashes and rubble are still underneath the current building.  The church is decorated with stained glass windows that are just as old, and a series of original oil canvas paintings that are just as rare.  Saint Patrick's also takes pride in having a twenty-rank sonorous pipe organ from the 1920's.  They say it's one of the last of its kind. 

"And as you walk up to this building it is more than just a pile of bricks.  It is a place where we celebrate people's lives at all stages of their lives.  We have baptisms of infants.  We have weddings and we also have funerals as a celebration of life," says Larry Agema, Deacon for Diocese of La Cross.

The church has a few events planned in the upcoming year to celebrate it's history.  Tours of the church will begin in April.
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