Cardinal Justin Rigali will be the celebrant and homilist for the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Mass on March 14, the Sunday before the feast for the patron saint of Ireland. The Mass will be followed by Philadelphia’s 240th St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in which the cardinal will march.
At 8:45 a.m., the Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Ban will lead a procession from St. Patrick Parish Rectory to St. Patrick Parish at 20th and Locust Streets.
Mass will begin at 9 a.m., the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reports. Concelebrants include Auxiliary Bishop Joseph P. McFadden and the chaplains for the St. Patrick’s Day Observance Association, Rev. Christopher M. Walsh and Rev. Kevin J. Gallagher.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin after Mass. Cardinal Rigali will join marchers from over 215 groups. The theme of the event is “St. Patrick, Model of Unity for the Church and the World.”
Philadelphia’s first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1771, according to the parade’s website. It is the second-oldest parade in the United States after New York City’s, which began in 1766.
The archdiocese noted that Daylight Savings Time begins early March 14 and reminded participants to account for the time change.