Happy St. Patrick's Day!    Why St. Patrick's Day?
March 14, 2005
Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish:
anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck.  Most importantly, to
those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a
traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries
worldwide.

So, why is it celebrated on March 17th?  One theory is that is the day
that Saint Patrick died.
 
Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out
around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations.  The
biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of
restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th.  Being a
religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the
traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious
celebrating begins.
In North American cities with a large Irish population, such as New York City and Toronto,
St. Patrick's Day is a very big deal.  Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades,
"wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as
crafts, coloring and games.  Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams
green!  Oh, and lets not forget - beer!

From a true Irishman, I wish you all – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Barry Kennedy
National Council 4000
© 2004-2005
Mountain Region

Saint Patrick is believed to have been born in the late fourth century,
and is often confused with Palladius, a bishop who was sent by Pope
Celestine in 431 to be the first bishop to the Irish believers in Christ.

Saint Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who
is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.  Most of what is known
about him comes from his two works, the Confessio, a spiritual
autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British
mistreatment of Irish Christians.