Saint Paul, MN, Saint Patrick’s Day in Saint Paul was simply grand!
We had a nice sunny day; mid-40’s by parade time (not bad for mid-March) and a wonderful turnout.The festivities started at 9:30 am Holy Mass sponsored by Archbishop John Ireland Division 4, AOH.
Mass was celebrated at the beautiful Cathedral of Saint Paul by Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche – French, but as he noted in his homily, Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day. The Mass included an Irish piper leading us in with the great piece “Slane” and ending with “A NationOnce Again”. At Mass, the AOH Division 4 recognized our annual scholarship students who hail from three Catholic high schools in Ramsey County.
We also presented the Archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis with a $1000 donation to the Saint Paul Seminary. Our AOH members teamed up with the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus (whom we share members) preparing a terrific brunch in Hayden Hall (parish hall located in the basement of the Cathedral).After Mass, we were off to the 49th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Saint Paul which started at noon.
The Archbishop John Ireland Division 4 marched with our fellow Hibernians from Minnesota’s Shamrock Division 1 along FifthStreet while the Brian Boru Bag Pipers (marching in front of us) provided arresting Irish “trad” tunes all the up the paraderoute for the thousands of onlookers. The parade ended at historic Rice Park where parade marchers and onlookers intermingled for a good old-fashioned Irish hooley