Milwaukee Remembers True Meaning of St. Patrick's Holiday

Patron Saint of Ireland


by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE---It is a long, engaging and complicated story. But, even the casual observer of St. Patrick's day should know that he was a real man.

He was enslaved in Ireland, escaped his captors as a teen but then returned as an adult, a priest, and used the native shamrock with its three leaves to explain the Catholic concept of the Trinity.

He remained in Ireland until his death at 70 around 457.

It's with these religious roots in mind that the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin invites the public, each year, to attend a special mass the morning of the parade at St. Patrick's Church on Milwaukee's south side near 7th and Washington.

It is one of those rare occasions where you'll actually hear scripture read in the Irish language. The mass begins at 8:00 a.m. So, there is plenty of time to make it downtown for the parade which begins at noon.

"It really is a family event,"  Stacie Callies of the Westown Association tells CBS 58 News. "There are plenty of spots along the parade route where families can gather."

Don't forget the post parade party at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center at 21st and Wisconsin where there will be four stages of entertainment including a story teller for the little ones.


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