Cathedral Mass Begins St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations


Cardinal Dolan will serve as principal celebrant for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral Thursday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m.

Bishop Robert Brennan of Brooklyn will deliver the homily.

The Mass honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of the archdiocese. The Mass will be televised live by Catholic Faith Network and livestreamed on

Following the Mass, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 11 a.m. and will be televised by WNBC and livestreamed on The parade has thousands of marchers and spectators lining Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street

The parade, the oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the world, dates back to 1762 and is operated by volunteers.

James T. Callahan, general president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, returns as grand marshal for a third consecutive year as parades with few marchers and without spectators were held in 2020 and 2021.

Cardinal Dolan (2015), and his two immediate predecessors as Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan (2002) and Cardinal John O’Connor (1995), were among the previous parade grand marshals.

Michael Deegan, superintendent of schools in the archdiocese, will serve as one of this year’s aides to the grand marshal.


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