YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV)– Catholics around the world are celebrating the Feast of Pentecost, also known as the “birthday” of the church.
At Saint Patrick’s in Youngstown, parishioners honored the feast with mass and a parade.
Led by their pastor Father Ed Noga, they held up flags of nations that make up the worldwide Catholic Church.
Catholics believe the Holy Sprit visited the disciples of Jesus on Pentecost, encouraging them to spread the message of the Gospel.
“We try processions outside because like i said in the land of the free we’re allowed to profess our faith and celebrate our religion and our beliefs so we try to incorporate what goes on inside the church with what’s happening in the community,” said Father Ed Noga, St. Patrick’s Day Church pastor.
The word Pentecost is a Greek word meaning 50 days after Easter.
St. Pat’s also honored the feast day by displaying a massive American Flag on the steps of the church.