Cardinal Wuerl to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Mass

March 14, 2012

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

Friday, March 16, 2012
11:30 a.m.
St. Patrick
619 Tenth Street, NW
Washington, DC

Before Mass, a bagpiper from the DC Fire Department’s Emerald Society Pipes and Drums will provide music outside the church. Following Mass, Irish dancers from the O’Neill-James School of Dance will perform outside the church.

Brass instrumentalists from Ireland will perform traditional Irish hymns with the choir, accompanied by the pipe organ.

Saint Patrick lived from approximately 385-461. 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. St. Patrick was a missionary considered responsible for spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. The feast day of Saint Patrick is March 17.

A Novena to Saint Patrick has been said from March 8 through March 16, recited at all Sunday Masses and the 12:10 daily Masses.

St. Patrick’s Church was canonically established in 1794, primarily to meet the needs of Irish immigrants at work on the White House and the Capitol building. Bishop John Carroll appointed an Irish Dominican, Fr. Anthony Caffry, as its first pastor. The initial structure on the present property was a simple frame chapel/residence, one of the first church buildings in the new Federal City. For more on the history of St. Patrick Parish, please click here.

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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