Happy St. Patrick’s Day

There was not much need to travel to my most recent visit. I spent Sunday at St. Christina on the south side of Chicago, not far from our home in the southwest suburbs.

I chose this past weekend due to its placement on the calendar. Sunday was the date of the South Side Irish Parade, and St. Christina is a traditional Irish parish. My mom, dad and the entire Markham and Hogan clans going back as far as we can figure would have been delighted by my choice.

It was my first parade, and the first one in the city in three years, since the last two events were COVID casualties. And, if you follow the photos below, you’ll see this year’s parade included a special guest.

I’m heading out to the nation’s capital this weekend, then off to the Pacific Northwest the following weekend. “May the road rise up to meet me and the price of gas drop down to please me.” I believe that’s the modern update on the old Irish blessing, or at least the one I’ll be reciting.

The St. Christina parade contingent.
The altar at St. Christina

A statue of Mary bathed in light
Father Tom Conde processes into Mass
The waver on the left is none other than my wife, Kem, joining other Catholic educators at the front of the parade. Please do not tell her I shared this.

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