Monday, March 17, 2008

Did you wear green today???

If you did, then the jokes on you! Apparently, today is not St. Patrick's Day at all. I only know this because my daughter came home on Sunday and said that her little friend announced during the Palm Sunday procession that St. Patrick's Day was moved to last Friday. I asked her who had the right to move this holiday and she said, "Our church does." So today, I went out and looked it up. I was totally floored to find out that the Catholic church actually has proclaimed that St. Patrick's Day is NOT today. Their reason? It's Holy Week and we should not be doing anything fun. What about non-Catholics? Catholics don't care about them because the world should apparently revolve around us and our beliefs.

I think to counterbalance this proclamation, I will have a party every day this week and a big juicy steak on Good Friday. If my blogging mysteriously stops you'll know I've been struck by lightening.

The list of things my church does to make me crazy is growing .......

6 comments:

Seamus O'Malley said...

Ok. Why shouldn't the Catholic Church have a say when this saint's day is?! They made him a saint. They decided on the day. They can move it.

I think if you wanted to celebrate it on the 17th, you should just call it Patrick's day.

Life Junkie said...

They have every right to move it but that's not the point. The point is that, in today's world, this is no longer holiday celebrated only by Catholics and we should be sensitive to that. Why not leave it on the 17th like everyone expects and just remind Catholics to keep it subdued so it only effects them.

I think calling it Patrick's Day is an excellent idea. I plan on celebrating it with the seculars from now on.

Seamus O'Malley said...

Why don't the seculars make up their own holidays? If the whole point is to drink green beer, any day will do.

Life Junkie said...

I think they already have. It just happens to be called St. Patrick's Day and fall on the same day as the Catholic's celebration.....

Anonymous said...

Throughout the history of the Catholic church, the church has taken over several pagan holidays and made them Christian. The reason for this was to make it easier to convert pagans to Christianity. Unfortunately, this tactic is now being used by secularists in order to make it easier to convert Catholics to secularism. I'll bet you most people who celebrate St. Patrick's day can't tell you anything about him. Same thing goes for St. Nickolas and St. Valentine and the meaning behind Halloween. The days are no longer about the Saints, Jesus, God, or even religion. They are about drinking, presents, candy, fun, costumes... I don't think the Catholic church has anything against having fun, but can you really blame them for wanting us to keep our eye on the ball? On Good Friday, we commemorate the day that Jesus died on a cross for our sins. On Easter Sunday, he rose from the dead so that we may have eternal life. This is the most important holy day for all Christians. Knowing what happens on St. Patrick's Day, it doesn't surprise me at all that the church would want to create a bit more of a buffer between it and Easter.

From your upside-down brother.

Seamus O'Malley said...

Well said upside-down brother!