The thousands of spectators attending the annual Independence Day parade in Glenside, Montgomery County, will see a reminder of Catholic education in their community, in addition to the flags and patriotic colors.

Families and the school communities of 10 area Catholic elementary and high schools in Montgomery and Bucks counties plus Philadelphia will walk in the parade that begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. The 112th annual celebration in Glenside is said to be one of the oldest in the nation.


The Catholic school marchers in the parade will carry banners for their school and wear T-shirts bearing the image of Pope Francis, showing their support for the coming World Meeting of Families and papal visit, and to support the theme “A Gift of Catholic Education.”

The Catholic school participation in the event is spearheaded by Debbie Cauterucci, advancement director at Our Lady of Mercy School in Maple Glen and Leon Wisniewski, a parent at the school.

The following schools will march in the parade in support of Catholic education:

Our Lady of Mercy, Glenside; Our Mother of Consolation, Chestnut Hill in Philadelphia; St. Joseph the Protector, Glenside; Queen of Angels, Willow Grove; Nativity of Our Lord, Warminster; Presentation B.V.M., Cheltenham; Good Shepherd, Ardsley, St. Albert the Great, Huntingdon Valley; Archbishop Wood High School, Warminster and Bishop McDevitt High School, Wyncote.