Fr. Tom Collins – Grand Marshal 2012

WHITE PLAINS ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE AND CULTURAL TOUR CELEBRATES THE IRISH 

 

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 2/10/2012 – Saturday, March 10th marks the 15th annual White Plains St. Patrick’s Parade.

 

Father Tom Collins of Archbishop Stepinac High School will be the Grand Marshal and lead the parade along with his Aides. All the Aides are residents of White Plains. The Aides are: Kathleen Cooney Bonistall,  Dennis Doherty, Timothy Donohue, Debbie Bodnar Kennedy Flooks, Michael Henderson, and Maura Henderson Lynch.

 

Father Collins who grew up in White Plains is a 1979 graduate of Archbishop Stepinac HS and received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Iona College.

 

Father studied at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers and was ordained to the priesthood in 1992. He will be celebrating his 20th anniversary this year.

 

In 1995 he was named to the Faculty at his alma mater. In addition to teaching and coaching the golf team, Father has served as the Dean of Students, spear headed a successful Capital Campaign in 2010, and continues to be a major fund raiser for the school. In 2011, the Board of Trustees named Father Tom the 9th President in the school’s 64th year history.

 

Father continues to celebrate Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows, Resurrection Church in Rye and Holy Rosary in Hawthorne. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Archbishop Stepinac HS and the School of the Holy Child in Rye.

 

The installation of the Grand Marshal and Aides will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15th at Vintage Bar & Restaurant, 171 Main St in White Plains, starting at 6:30 pm. Refreshments will be offered from 6:30 – 7: 30 pm.  A program will follow from 7:30 – 8:30 pm.  A $20 donation is requested at the door.

John Martin is the chairman of the White Plains St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and he may be contacted at 914-686-0239 for further details on the reception or the parade. Information about the parade can be answered on the newly launched White Plains St. Patrick’s Day web site. Visit it at http://www.whiteplainssaintpatricksday.com.

Parade Day will begin with 9 am Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 920 Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains.  The parade will begin promptly at 12 noon on Mamaroneck Avenue and proceed to Main Street.

After the parade there will be an Irish Cultural Tour featuring Irish music, dance, bar sports and food at various downtown pubs.

The Stepinac High School Band will march in that parade on March 10 as well as in the St. Patrick’s parades in Yonkers on March 4; Throggs Neck, March 11 and in New York City on March 17.