Washington Goes Green Early This Year: Archbishop Wuerl Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day Mass on March 14

March 12, 2008

St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated a little early this year! Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl will celebrate the annual Mass to honor the feast day of Ireland’s patron saint:

Friday, March 14, 2008
11:30 a.m.
St. Patrick’s in the City
619 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, DC

Before Mass, bagpipers from the DC Emerald Society will provide music outside the church. Following Mass, Irish dancers from the O’Neill-James School of Dance will perform outside the church (approximately 12:30 p.m.).

Guest musicians for the Mass will be the choir and orchestra from Alexandra College, Milltown, Dublin and Sanford Park School, Ranelagh, Dublin.

The observance of St. Patrick’s Day was moved to March 14 this year because the saint’s actual feast day, March 17, falls within Holy Week. Under Church guidelines, the Holy Week observance takes precedence over the saint’s feast day. Those churches under the patronage of St. Patrick were allowed to move their celebration of their patron’s feast day to March 14. In the Archdiocese of Washington, this includes two parishes: St. Patrick’s in Washington, DC and St. Patrick’s in Rockville, Maryland. (St. Joseph’s feast day has also been moved this year – from March 19 to March 15.)

St. Patrick’s Church, the oldest Catholic parish in the original District of Columbia, was established in 1794. The church is located at 10th and G Streets, NW. Metro: Metro Center (11th Street exit) or Gallery Place (9th Street exit). For more information, call 202-347-2713 (Media contact: 301-853-4517).

Susan Gibbs
Office of Communications
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