Since March 17th, the Feast of Saint Patrick, falls on a Friday this year, many bishops (including Boston's Cardinal O'Malley) have dispensed the requirement to abstain from meat that day to eat corned beef and cabbage. I totally disagree, and hereby republish previous-years' posts on St. Patrick:
2016: Please sign petition to stop dishonoring St. Patrick!
Please [sign this petition] sponsored by Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts to the Allied Veterans War Council of South Boston to STOP DISHONORING SAINT PATRICK!
This year's parade, like last year's, will be LGBT inclusive at the request of Mayor Marty Walsh. This has caused Faithful Catholics to boycott St. Patrick's Day Parades all over the world. Additionally, this year's parade route has been shortened by two miles.
Most persons in today's dark world, and many in the Church, have no clue that St. Patrick's Day always falls during LENT. This year's South Boston parade is scheduled for PALM SUNDAY, where there should be a procession of palms instead. Lenten feasts take precedent on the liturgical calendar, and St. Patrick's Day is only a commemoration on weekdays of Lent.
Unfortunately, because St. Patrick is a principal patron of the Archdiocese of Boston, his feast day is a Double of the First Class, where white vestments and the Gloria are sung. Any parish named after St. Patrick (Natick, Stoneham, Watertown, Roxbury; Rutland and Whitinsville in the Worcester Diocese, to name a few local examples) celebrates March 17th the same way (unless it falls on Sunday or Holy Week).
In my personal opinion, there should no parades for St. Patrick because his day falls during Lent for a reason. I've never been to one since I marched in one as a kid and have no future plans to continue.
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.
Happy St. Patrick's Day to all who are of Irish decent! I am not Irish, so I do not apply for a dispensation to eat corned beef and cabbage, since March 17th falls during Lent all the time.
Now for my ex-parish, they had a special mass this morning for St. Patrick's Day for the AOH club, the group that "requires Catholic" members and does not observe Lent or meatless Fridays. What such favortism, that non-members could not go?