Cardinal Wuerl Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Mass

“Do not be afraid to live out our faith even in surroundings where it is challenged and even ridiculed.”

March 16, 2012

Traditional Irish music and dance filled the streets of downtown Washington in honor of Saint Patrick, as Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, celebrated Mass to honor the patron Saint of Ireland.

Saint Patrick lived from approximately 385 to 461. According to tradition, he used the shamrock to explain the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. Just as the one plant consisted of three leaves, so does the one God consist of three Divine Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In his homily, Cardinal Wuerl talked about St. Patrick who was a bishop of the Church and apostle to Ireland who went out into a world that had yet to come to know and embrace Christ. “He landed on the shores of Ireland with the daunting task of converting a people who knew not Jesus or his Church. Patrick took seriously the command of Jesus, put out into the deep, don’t be afraid, proclaim the word, stand up for the truth, be my disciple, be my apostle, even if it is unpopular and the polls show that not everybody accepts your teaching.”

“…We pause in the midst of our Lenten pilgrimage to draw inspiration from Saint Patrick and celebrate his life, his achievements and above all his example of closeness to God – holiness…Lent and Saint Patrick’s Day provide us a time to reflect not only on the cross, Christ’s love for us, but also on the great gift of the outpouring of the Spirit that has anointed us and given us the courage to put out into the deep, to accept the challenge, to not be afraid and to live out our faith even when it is challenged and ridiculed.”

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s .

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