Omaha, Nebraska Holy Cross Church, located in the heart of Omaha’s largest Irish community, has long been known for its rich Irish tradition. In 1986, Monsignor Edward O'Donnell instituted the annual, city-wide St. Patrick's Day Mass. The Mass has always been preceded with a sing-a-long of Irish music, led by the Holy Cross choir. People from all around the city attended, wearing green outfits and decorated hats. It is a tradition that is in existence today, sans the head gear.
In 2004, Holy Cross held their first major dinner/auction fundraiser for the parish. It is held every March and is called the "Gaelic Gala". Each year a parishioner is selected for outstanding service to the parish and is awarded the Celtic Cross in appreciation for their support. We were fortunate enough to honor Monsignor O'Donnell as one of our first recipients.
This September, it’s half way to St. Patrick’s Day and time to dust off your kilts! Follow the bagpipes to the Holy Cross Festival. Come celebrate the Irish culture in the big “O” with our 8th Annual Holy Cross Irish Festival. Holy Cross Irish Festival will be a two day event Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th. To reflect our Irish heritage, Holy Cross Catholic Church has transformed their annual church festival into the Holy Cross Irish Festival.
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