2019 St. Patrick's Day Resources

As we celebrate the legacy of St. Patrick and our own Catholic faith, keep up to date with everything you need to know to faithfully celebrate this important Feast! 

2019 St. Patrick's Day Message from Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

My Dear Friends,

Peace and all good things!

The main chapter in local Irish history began in the 1830s with the arrival of the first wave of Irish to build the Central of Georgia Railroad. A second wave of Irish immigrants followed two decades later when the potato famine in the old country forced many to seek new shores.

The influx of Irish immigrants into South Georgia brought scores of priests and religious to serve in parishes, schools and hospitals. Currently over a dozen priests and religious who were born in Ireland minister here.

One of them is Monsignor John A. Kenneally, who will join me at the altar March 16th as a concelebrant and the homilist of the Mass for the Feast of St. Patrick.

Monsignor Kenneally, a native of Cork City, Ireland, was ordained at All Hallows College in Dublin in 1969 and has served in the Diocese of Savannah ever since. He currently serves as pastor of St. William Parish on St. Simons Island.

Today the second, third and fourth generation Irish in Savannah like myself join the Irish-for-the-day to continue the 195-year old tradition of honoring St. Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee deserves credit for not only sponsoring the parade but also hosting the Sergeant William Jasper Ceremony, the Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony and other family friendly events.

Whether or not you can trace your heritage back to the Emerald Isle, everyone is a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. I wish you the same joyful connection to family that all Irish descendants feel today.

Sincerely yours,

Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.
Bishop of Savannah
 

2019 Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony Highlights

The Celtic Cross Mass and Ceremony, held on the Sunday before St. Patrick’s Day, is a special time for those of Irish Catholic ancestry to gather at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and process to Emmet Park in downtown Savannah to remember those whose gift of faith inspires us today. Take a listen to Fr. Tom Murphy’s homily and you’ll understand why this season is so special for so many!

Local Coverage

WTOC-TV will air the St. Patrick's Day Mass live from the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist beginning at 8 a.m.

You can also watch the Mass live at diosav.org/livestream.

Check out these stories on St. Patrick's Day:

Savannah’s Irish re-affirm legacy with traditional Celtic Cross Mass

Why is St. Patrick’s Day parade not held on Sunday?

St. John the Baptist’s choir fill halls with music as St. Patrick’s Day approaches

How did St. Patrick's Day become so big in Savannah? 

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