Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cancel all Saint Patrick's Day Parades

This year there has been several disputes on over whether LGBT groups should openly march in the South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The politicians are boycotting the event because the organizers stand for traditional marriage.

First of all, the Parade is celebrating a canonized saint: Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland and the First Archbishop of Armagh. How would St. Patrick feel if anti-Catholics would be disrupting an event in his honor on his feast day?

Secondly, St. Patrick's Day always falls during Lent. He died and went to heaven on March 17th, 461. March 17th always falls during Lent. Because of his heavenly birthdate, his feast is commemorated liturgically. During the month of March, St. Casimir (4th), St. Thomas Aquinas (7th), St. Gregory the Great (12th), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (18th), St. Joseph (19th), St. Benedict (21st), St. Catherine of Sweden (22nd), St. Gabriel the Archangel (24th), and The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (25th) are always commemorated during Lent because they are very important saints.

Because St. Patrick's Day always falls during Lent, it should be noted that he spent the night in an ice tub as his penance before meeting to convert or baptize pagans. We should observe it as a day of penance as well.

For a long time, Ireland was 100% Catholic, and the Irish immigrants were chiefly responsible for bringing Catholicism to America in the early 19th century. The Irish were peasant railroad workers who had no food back home. They came to America just to eat.

Eventually, when Irish America became a political power, their cultural influence was seen at every level. (Irishmen were eager to become firefighters, cops, ambulance drivers, soldiers, and later politicians.) The Shamrock (which represents the Holy Trinity) was placed on all firetrucks and firemen's helmets, and eventually they began to march in parades on St. Patrick's Day.

Because of the significant Irish-American population in Boston, St. Patrick's Day is a holiday in Suffolk County. Liturgically, because St. Patrick is one of the patron saints of the Archdiocese of Boston, his feast is to be celebrated as a Double of the First Class (except Sundays in Lent or during Holy Week), and therefore the obligation to fast and abstain from meat is suspended. So eventually, the Parade route got longer and beer sales skyrocketed, courtesy of Irish Catholics who got away with one day with corned beef and cabbage.

Today, St. Patrick's Day has been secularized so much that most people (even of Irish decent) have no clue who he really was. They don't know that his feast is supposed to be a religious one.

Today, most Catholics in Ireland don't practice the Faith, and if they do, it is blended with New-Age spirituality. Most of the baptized Catholics in the Archdiocese of Boston are of Irish decent, as so as most of the priests. Most of the politicians support the pro-gay and pro-death agenda because they belong to the party that most of their ancestors belong to, whether or not they would do these things themselves. It is the Boston curia whom made this a secularized holiday, and it is the people who bought into the Spirit of Vatican II who destroyed the local church.

Cancel the Parade and make Saint Patrick's Day a Holy Day of Obligation.  

1 comment:

  1. Well put. I grew up on the West Coast- though there is still drinking associated with St Patrick's day (from general Protestant and secular American culture which badgers Catholics in one breath then warps our holidays in the next [SAINT Valentines, "Mardi Gras" which they are always surprised to find is not a real thing though we might eat a little extra meat. and of course SAINT Patrick's day]). I never grew up with Saint parades and from what I understand its much more common on the East Coast.

    Though we DO pull out the awesome candles for Saint Blaze's Feast to get our throats blessed. I always look forward to that! A simple solemn blessing - no drinking or partying or ethnic associations. Its about the saint and God. Yes sometimes feasts can be joyful but we should be mature enough in our faith (in our adulthood in general) that we can go all of Lent without drinking and partying.

    Thank you. This is a much welcomed reminder of what the Feast is truly about and you have provided me with some answers that I can give in response to questions like- you're Catholic? Are you drinking tonight?