Why do the Irish so enjoy parades? True, everybody loves a parade, and we’re blessed to have an abundance of them here in New York City, but nothing seems to rival the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This year alone I was invited to eleven of them just in the archdiocese alone, and another dozen from around the country!
Let me share with you a copy of Edwin Cardinal O’Brien’s homily from St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Here is an excerpt:
It was Archbishop John Hughes, Irish born, who to the consternation of many laid the cornerstone for this Cathedral on August 15, 1859. The City and the Nation were at that time in a deep financial depression: bank closures and unemployment were rampant. And the site he chose to build was well north of the then bustling heart of New York. His whole plan was called Hughes’ Folly, so unrealistic were the finances as well…
+ Timothy M. Dolan
Archbishop of New York
The Altar and the Confessional:
A Pastoral Letter on the Sacrament of Penance
17 March 2011
Patronal Feast of Saint Patrick
My dear friends in Christ:
On this Feast of Saint Patrick, I wish the entire Archdiocese of New York an abundance of God’s blessings. May our great patron saint intercede for us, obtaining from the Almighty Father all the graces that we need as disciples of His Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ!
Is there one particular grace which we can ask Saint Patrick to obtain for us? Might I suggest this year a return…
Saint Patrick’s Day Letter to the Archdiocese of New York
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan
17 March 2010
My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ in the Archdiocese of New York!
This is the day which the Lord has made,
let us be glad and rejoice in it! (Psalm 118:24)
I have been eagerly looking forward to my first St. Patrick’s Day as the Archbishop of New York – there are few places that celebrate it as we do here. We observe it with the Mass, parades, festivals and maybe even the pouring of a celebratory pint! All that is good, for Saint Patrick is the…