The theme for the 251st Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia is Saint Patrick, Let There be Peace.
Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the Saint Patrick’s Day Commemorative Mass on Sunday, March 12, 2023 prior to Philadelphia’s 251st Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Reverend Kevin Gallagher, Pastor of Saint Denis Parish in Havertown (Delaware County), will concelebrate. The Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band and Bishop Shanahan High School Choir will lead a procession from Saint Patrick Parish Rectory to the Church at 9:15 a.m.
Sunday, March 12, 2023
Saint Patrick Parish
20th and Locust Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Following Mass, Father Gallagher, who serves as parade Chaplain, will join marchers in the 251st Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The theme is Saint Patrick, Let There be Peace.
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Editor’s Note: For more information about the Saint Patrick’s Day Observance Association, please visit www.philadelphiastpatsparade.com. Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 2:00 a.m., also marks the beginning of Daylight Savings. Mass goers and parade watchers should be reminded to move their clocks ahead one hour.
The Memorial of Saint Patrick (March 17th) falls on a Friday during the Season of Lent this year. In accordance with the Code of Canon Law (canon 87), Most Reverend Nelson J. Pérez has granted dispensation to all Roman Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from the obligation to abstain from meat on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Additional information regarding the dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on the Memorial of Saint Patrick can be found at the following link:
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Alaina N. Longo
Deputy Communications Officer