St. Patrick Church in Kennett Square is celebrating its 150th anniversary with a series of festive events that are running throughout this year, writes Chris Barber for the Chester County Press.
The church was founded largely by Irish immigrants in 1869, with the first Mass held on Dec. 25 that same year.
Father Chris Rogers appointed a two-man committee of Bert Bertrando and Horace Scherer in 2015 to put together events to help celebrate the milestone.
“They really put it out there, and the parishioners were able to get on board,” said Rogers.
The festivities started in December last year, with a concert by an Irish tenor. After the opening celebration, the events began in earnest.
Among the numerous activities was a parish pep rally in March, a pilgrimage to Ireland by a group of 25 parishioners in April, and a picnic/school reunion in Anson B. Nixon Park in May.
Many more events are planned over the following months, including a baseball day at the Phillies, a family movie night outside, and a free day at the Kennett YMCA for all St. Patrick parishioners.
Read more about St. Patrick Church in Chester County Press here.