Posts Tagged ‘Pulaski Day Parade’

Columbus Day – 10.12.09

Monday, October 19th, 2009

On Monday, October 12, I had the privilege of celebrating Mass in honor of Christopher Columbus, prior to the annual Columbus Day Parade. These parades – the Pulaski Day Parade, the Hispanic Day Parade, the Columbus Day Parade – have been new and joyful experiences for me. I am especially happy that these parades are preceded by prayer, as people come to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for Mass, to thank Almighty God for all of His blessings.

A number of people asked me for a copy of my homily from the Columbus Day Mass, which can be found here:

small image of PDF IconColumbus Day Homily

Hispanic Day Parade

Hispanic Day Parade

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

Bishop Arias and I meet a future bishop!

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

John Slattery of WCBS-TV interviews me during the Columbus Day Parade

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

With Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, Cardinal Egan, and I admire a float.

The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade
The cast of The Catholic Guy Show from The Catholic Channel broadcast from the Cathedral during the Columbus Day Parade

Photos by Joseph Zwilling

Pulaski Day Mass Greeting – 10.04.09

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

It is an honor and a joy for me as your archbishop to welcome so many from our beloved Polish community as they gather for Sunday Mass before the Pulaski Day Parade.

I’ll see you all at that, too, but right now I simply wanted to praise God, here in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, here at Sunday Mass, for the inspiration of durable faith — the inspiration of durable faith — brilliantly given us by Poland and her children in America.
You teach us that one’s faith is the “pearl of great price.” You trace it back to Poland, the land of Saints Stanislaus, Hedwig, Casimir, the land of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, who reigns from Jasna Gora. You trace it to a culture which preserved the faith in feastdays and music, liturgy and poetry, and learning, family and home. You have tenaciously clung to it through years of oppression by those who detested your faith and your culture; you have shared it with the world through John Paul the great, and you enriched America by bringing it here.
Your durable faith: we thank God for that inspiration, we thank God for you, sons and daughters of Poland, on this Pulaski Day.