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St. Patrick to Offer 2013 Pictorial Cancellation

St. Patrick to Offer 2013 Pictorial Cancellation
A pictorial cancellation will be available at the St. Patrick, Missouri USA Post Office March 1-30, 2013. The date changes daily. Scrolling lines with a Shamrock and “Happy Saint Patrick’s Day Station, March  — – -, 2013, Saint Patrick, MO 63466”, will be on the cancellation.
Stamped, self-addressed envelopes requesting the pictorial cancellation may be mailed to Postmaster, St. Patrick, Missouri 63466 USA. There is no charge for the cancellation. Any day between March 1 and March 30 can be placed on the pictorial cancellation and your envelope will be mailed that day. Please specify your mailing date. Customers who want the postmarked envelope returned under protected cover should include a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope. If you want the shamrock cachet (designed by Father O’Duigan in 1936) on your envelope, please mail to: Shrine of St. Patrick, Box 34, St. Patrick, MO 63466 USA, and ask for the cachet. Shrine volunteers will hand stamp the green shamrock cachet on your envelope, and mail the envelope on your requested mailing date. The St. Patrick Post Office will be open on Sunday, March 17.
The Shrine of St. Patrick will sell a specially designed
envelope with a greeting card inside. The commemorative envelope has the outline of Ireland and Missouri with the Hands of Claddagh design on it. The greeting card has a photo of St. Patrick and an Old Irish Blessing. The envelope sells for $1.00. In 2014, it will cost $1.25. The envelope price will include the envelope, first class postage, pictorial cancellation, shamrock cachet, and a St. Patrick’s Day Greeting Card. Shrine volunteers will address the envelope, write the return address of the sender, sign the card for you and mail it on the day in March you specify, if you request it. The envelope can be mailed only on the day listed on the postmark, unless it is mailed under separate cover. Please tell us your postmark mailing date. Please make all checks and money orders payable to the Shrine of St. Patrick, as all proceeds go to the Shrine. Envelope orders may be mailed to: Shrine of St. Patrick, Box 34, St. Patrick, Missouri 63466 USA. A different card, envelope and postmark are offered each year.
The five Shrine postcards may be addressed, stamped, postmarked and mailed for you by Shrine volunteers for 50 cents each in 2013; 65 cents in 2014. An unstamped postcard sells for 25 cents each in 2013; 35 cents in 2014.
A limited supply of previous March 17 postmarked envelopes are available for $1.00. The 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1988 envelopes are sold out. These old envelopes must be mailed under separate cover so a large, stamped, self-addressed envelope should be included with your order.
The St. Patrick Novena will be March 9-17. Novens are prayerful nine-day preparations for an important feast day. Shrine of St. Patrick parishioners will pray the novena at their homes and the novena will always be prayed when the faith community of the Shrine gathers for Mass, Work/Communion Services and parish meetings. Names to be included in the Novena will be placed on St. Patrick’s altar during the novena. The Novena names may be mailed to the Shrine address listed earlier.
Coffee and donuts on March 17 will be available at 9:00 am at the church hall.
If you pre-register by March 6, 2013 for the March 17 Leprechaun 5K Race and Walk, which begins at the Shrine Hall basement at 10:00 am, you will be guaranteed a t-shirt the day of the race. Registration and Liability Waiver forms can be obtained at St. Michael Rectory, 622 W. Exchange, Kahoka, MO 63445, or call 660-727-3472, or St. Joseph Rectory, 812 Lewis St., Canton, MO 63435, or call 573-288-3198, or contact John Wheeler at, or call 660-342-1011, or Melody Uhlmeyer at, 660-341-3119. Make your $10 check payable to Shrine of St. Patrick. You can register for the Leprechaun 5K Race and Walk on March 17 the day of the race from 9-9:45 am, at a cost of $15, but a t-shirt cannot be guaranteed to those who register after March 6.
Roger Watson and sons will begin playing special musical selections at 9:30 am. Bingo will begin at 10 am in the church hall. Free tours of the interior of the church and the museum will begin at 10:30 am and last until 2:30 pm.
A delicious roast beef and ham dinner will be served from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the church basement at a cost of $9 for adults; $5 for children ages 6-12; and age 5 and under eat free.
Throughout the day you can purchase grab bags at a cost of 50 cents and get an Irish surprise. Envelopes, postcards, religious goods, and souvenirs will be available all day in the church basement. The Daughters of Isabella will be raffling off a quilt. There will be a 50/50 drawing. The Shrine is also having an Easter Drawing raffle, $10 a tickets, with 500 tickets to be sold. Prizes will include $500; $250; $100; $100; $50.
Irish music will be playing all day long. Fr. Nicholas Reid, sacrament minister, will celebrate Mass and the conclusion of the novena in the Shrine of St. Patrick at 3:00 pm.
All events of the day will be at the Shrine of St. Patrick, except for the pictorial cancellation and postal mailings at the St. Patrick post office.
For additional information, contact Kristin Roth, Pastoral Administrator Shrine of St. Patrick, 622 W. Exchange, Kahoka, MO 63445, phone 660-727-3472, or