PILOTTOWN — They will gather this Saturday morning, as the faithful had done for generations at Saint Patrick’s Chapel, and worship together.
It’s time once again for the Annual Mass for the 200 year old chapel built by Irish immigrants on Pleasant Town Road in what is now known as Conowingo.
“Of course it will also be the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11 so we’ll remember that,” said Christopher Quinn, spokesman for the St. Patrick’s Chapel Historical Society.
Quinn said the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, Most Reverend William E. Koenig, has not yet visited St. Patrick’s Chapel as have his predecessors. Koenig was installed in July.
“We’re letting him get his feet under the table first,” Quinn said.
Father Jay McKee with Church of the Good Shepherd in Perryville will lead the mass, which begins at 10 a.m. Because of the pandemic, last year’s Annual Mass was held virtually. This year they will come together under a tent, with small groups allowed inside the chapel before or after the mass.
“It’s just a beautiful little church,” Quinn said, still awestruck by the little unassuming wooden building surrounded by ancient stones.
“When you walk through the graveyard you see a lot of people there from Ireland and they were all so young,” he said.
After the mass is finished, all those attending will be invited for a time of refreshments and fellowship.