St Patrick parade a time of levity, outreach for Rolla parish

St. Patrick parishioners resurrected an old tradition this year, taking part as a group in Rolla’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The event was held on Saturday, March 18, the morning after the parish’s feastday.
Members of the parish youth group made shields for people to carry, each adorned with a historical fact about St. Patrick’s life.
Participants handed out baggies with candy donated by parishioners and a St. Patrick prayer card, which also had information about how to find out more about the Catholic faith.
Their theme was “God Bless America — St. Patrick, Pray For Us.”
After the parade, parishioners gathered in the parish hall for a potluck meal, with corned beef and cabbage provided by the parish.
“The idea was generated in the parish council, where I try to emphasize ‘reaching out to people and connecting with people’ over ‘dealing with the things of the parish,’ stated Father David Veit, pastor.
They thought participating in the parade, which the Missouri University of Science and Technology has been holding each year since 1908 to honor the patron saint of engineers, would be a fun and community-oriented way to honor St. Patrick.
“Americana” was the theme for this year’s parade.

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