Irish Language Mass at St Patrick's OLD Cathedral

Let's start celebrating St. Patrick's Day a week early, with this unusual event at the venerable St. Patrick's Old Cathedral! This Mass will be said not in English, but in Irish.

Here's an excerpt from the website: "For the sixth consecutive year, the New York Irish History Roundtable, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, Sir Patrick Charities, and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral will celebrate an Irish-language Mass....  There will be Irish liturgical music by Cantor Paddy Connolly with accompaniment by Jared Lamenzo on the Cathedral's historic 1868 Erben organ.  Following the Mass, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra will entertain the crowd with live ceili music and the Niall O'Leary School of Dance will perform.  So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, and refreshments. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!"  Sounds like a fun afternoon!

Just to clarify: St. Patrick's Old Cathedral was the original St. Patrick's Cathedral, built in the early 1800s, years before the influx of immigrants due to the Irish Potato Famine.  When the larger uptown cathedral was finished in 1879, the older one became a regular parish church, and is referred to as St Patrick's Old Cathedral.  Anyone who has  gone on my "When New York Held Slaves" walking tour may remember our discussion of Pierre Toussaint, the Haitian emancipated slave who may one day be canonized. He was originally buried at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral. You can read more about this historic church at http://www.oldcathedral.org/stpatricks-old-cathedral-history

How to meet us: Meet us at 11:30am just inside the church vestibule. Please be prompt for this one, as we'll want to go inside quickly to be seated before the service starts at 12 noon. I will be holding my hand-scrawled MEETUP sign. 

Admission: No admission fee per se to St. Patrick's Old Cathedral, but there might be a collection or request for free will offering, so be prepared for that.  We do also have our own $1 fee to help defray the costs of maintaining this meetup group, payable to the organizer.

 

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  • Donna T.

    I went downstairs to use the ladies room. It was a mess with peeling paint. I am glad you posted this Linda. There is a whole lotta history going on down there......Scorcese is a pretty famous congregation...

    March 21, 2013

  • Linda

    I was just sent this link to a YouTube video of St Patrick's Old Cathedral as part of a series called "Tourist in Your Own Town". You can see some old drawings of the cathedral when it was first built, as well as how it looks now. Hope it works! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ687-mbEUg

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • Margaret B.

    We had a wonderful time.

    March 9, 2013

    • Maria T.

      The basilica is beautiful and the service was most enjoyable

      March 10, 2013

  • Donna T.

    I live nearby the Uptown St Patrick's and have given it a fair shot. It reeks of NYC elite. I have sat in all areas of the cathedral during services. There is a permanent echo. It takes from the message. This little church has a great sound system that adds to the mass and ceremony. Did I detect a smile in the voice of the clergy? It was a happy day. . .

    March 10, 2013

  • Donna T.

    The priests were very mild mannered and easy to listen. There were bits of English language. I understood much of what they said.

    March 10, 2013

  • Bradley

    Mom would be proud! I attended mass without having it to be a family function. I love the Basilica even though this was only the second time that I attended Mass there,. the parish inspired me to volunteer to teach GED classes at the Bowery Mission to the homeless a few blocks away. The service was great and it seems to be a little lower frills than similar services that I attend in NJ and the Cathedral.
    It was interesting to meet some very old friends at the meetup unintentionally and make a few new ones.I really enjoyed the conversation after the service itself at the restaurant.
    This meetup, again, reinforces my decision to take a few steps away from my own meetups and to attend others. It so much easier and much more enjoyable. :)
    I look forward to attend some of your future meetups
    BTW...After meeting up for the last 14 hours, I can tell you that my belly's still full of Irish food, my soul has been cleansed, and the corner of Wall and Front is definitely haunted...

    March 10, 2013

  • Leslie S.

    Thanks everyone for your comments! Since I had to leave right after Mass was over I missed all the answers to questions, not to mention also - the FOOD!!! Thank you Susan about the Glucksman Ireland House at NYU! That meet up at the 1st St. Patricks's was SO interesting! I mean, who else knows about the "other", "first" St. Patricks?, and the living Irish language!?! I sure didn't! The Mass brought up a lot of questions about, mostly the development of the Irish language that I know some of those who attended already know the answers to!!! I'll have to be there again NEXT YEAR!!!!!!!!!!

    March 9, 2013

  • Sandy

    Lovely service in a wonderful cathedral.

    March 9, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Sorry -- hit send too fast! I just posted the site for Ireland House for those I was talking with earlier. Linda I'm sorry I didn't get to say goodbye -- I got separated while watching the dancers and then missed you! Had a great time -- and thanks again for an awesome meetup!

    March 9, 2013

  • Susan M.

    Ireland House -- www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu

    March 9, 2013

  • Susan M.

    What a terrific meet up. Thanks again to the fabulous Linda for another great one! I so enjoyed it. For those asking about Glucksman Ireland House at NYU --I'll post the website in the next comment.

    March 9, 2013

  • Linda

    I had a really good time today! First, it was so interesting to hear the Irish language--no Latin cognates there. Then, there was the traditional corn beef and cabbage, plus soda bread in the front yard. Great as always to see Donna, Arleen, Susan, Leslie, Sandy, Glenn, Bradley, and GA again. A few of us then went off to a trendy (read: loud and crowded) place for a bit more chat and chew. Hope for more of the same later!

    March 9, 2013

  • Donna T.

    Will the celebration after the mass be held in the church? It gets more exciting every time I read your introduction.When I see Celtic and dancing I think flat dancing.... so fun... I bet I am all wrong. I live on Second Avenue in Irish pubville. The holiday brings all the bag pipers/ music over here after the parade. So you will start the festival of Irish music for me....we are all Irish for a short time.. happily.

    March 8, 2013

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