Fort Worth’s St. Patrick Cathedral celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by honoring its namesake 

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Fort Worth’s St. Patrick Cathedral celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by honoring its namesake 

St. Patrick Cathedral, located at 1206 Throckmorton St, is known as the “mother church” of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, which encompasses 91 parishes. The cathedral will host a special service and potluck March 16 in honor of St. Patrick, whose feast day is March 17. (Marissa Greene | Fort Worth Report)
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The historic church in downtown Fort Worth is opening its large wooden doors March 16 to allow parishioners and guests to celebrate the saint for whom it was named. 

To honor its namesake, the cathedral plans to pay its respects to St. Patrick through prayers to one of his relics and giving thanks to God for the saint. Following the service, a potluck will include brisket and other dishes, which the cathedral is asking guests to bring. 

Despite St. Patrick’s Day making its way into popular culture, most festivities are not indicative of the way Catholics around the diocese celebrate the day, said Michele Baker, director of liturgy for St. Patrick Cathedral. 

It is a significant day at the cathedral mainly because the parish bears the saint’s name. 

“It’s more like a simple ‘family’ gathering. I wouldn’t say that our celebration of St. Patrick’s Day is any different than any other parish’s feast day celebration,” Baker said. 

Similar celebrations happen at other parishes during their patron saint’s feast day, such as St. Bartholomew Catholic Church in Fort Worth and St. Michael Catholic Church in Bedford.

“These may be lesser-known saints in popular culture, but the type of celebration is the same — and it’s almost always particular to and confined to the members of the parish,” Baker said. 

If you go

What: St. Patrick’s Day celebration

When: March 16 

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Where: St. Patrick Cathedral’s parish hall, 1206 Throckmorton St

Time: 6-8 p.m.

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About St. Patrick’s feast day: 

Michele Baker, director of liturgy for St. Patrick Cathedral, said St. Patrick’s Day is recognized not as a holy day but as a feast day in the Catholic faith. 

Unlike holy days such as Christmas or Easter, where Catholics are required to go to Mass, feast days are days or periods of time used to commemorate or celebrate events or people with significant meaning to a religious community, according to Britannica. 

St. Patrick Cathedral was dedicated in 1892 and is known as the oldest continuously used Catholic church in Fort Worth, said Maria Rosales, the director of faith formation for the cathedral. It is known as the “‘mother church” of the diocese,  which includes 91 parishes. 

The church’s tall limestone walls, wooden doors and stained-glass windows have drawn the attention of tourists and non-Catholic visitors. St. Patrick’s feast day is just another way for Catholics and non-Catholics alike to honor the cathedral’s namesake, Rosales said. 

“Knowing that the cathedral is a foundational part of Fort Worth’s history, we always welcome all visitors who wish to learn about the Catholic faith and the beauty of the cathedral,” Rosales said. “The cathedral has been a fixture to many Catholics throughout the Fort Worth Diocese and beyond.” 

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Marissa Greene is a Report for America corps member, covering faith for the Fort Worth Report. You can contact her at marissa.greene@fortworthreport.org or @marissaygreene.  At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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