The St. Patrick’s Day festivities ahead of the saint’s March 17 feast day took place Sunday, March 12 in Philadelphia as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput was the main celebrant and homilist at a morning Mass at St. Patrick Church in Rittenhouse Square.
Concelebrants of the Mass includes Father Kevin J. Gallagher, pastor of St. Dennis Parish in Havertown (Delaware County), as well as other priests in the archdiocese. The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band led a procession from St. Patrick’s rectory to the church at 9 a.m.
Following Mass, Father Gallagher and Sister James Anne Feerick, I.H.M., served as parade chaplains and were joined by hundreds of marchers in the 247th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The theme was “St. Patrick, Protect and Guide our Police Officers.” (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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