Catholic Schools “Wear the Green”

BRIDGEPORT— Students from diocesan Catholic schools “put on the green” yesterday and marched in the noontime parade through the streets of downtown Bridgeport.

The St. Patrick’s Day observance began when the Most Rev. Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, celebrated 8 a.m. Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.

In his homily the bishop said that in a world that looks for answers in the wrong places and falls short of true greatness, St. Patrick.

“St. Patrick is the father of Ireland and one of the greatest saints in the life of the church because everything he did was done in humility, in truth,” the Bishop said to those who gathered for the 8am that began St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Bridgeport.

Catholic school students from Bridgeport and surrounding towns marched in the parade and carried schools banners.

Schools that joined in the parade include Assumption, Fairfield; Catholic Academy of Bridgeport; Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, Shelton; Kolbe Cathedral High School, Bridgeport, Saint Catherine Academy, Fairfield; St. Catherine of Siena School, Trumbull; St. James School, Stratford; St. Joseph High School, Trumbull; St. Mark School, Stratford; St. Theresa School, Trumbull; St. Thomas Aquinas School, Fairfield.

David and Ann Marie Curtin, daily communicants at St. Pius X church in Fairfield, served as Grand Marshals of the parade.

Photos by Amy Mortensen