St. Patrick's Day

liturgical clarification.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Jim Lackey at the Catholic News Service has responded to my post from yesterday on what the decision of Irish bishops moving the liturgical celebration of St. Patrick’s Day to last Saturday means for green beer enthusiasts here in Canada.

So, you are still safe to enjoy your green beer today with a clear conscience (though if you’re like me they’ll be plenty of guilt to go around tomorrow morning…). Jim also points out that the next time St. Patrick’s Day will find itself in the same week as Easter will be in 2160.

(ES also offers some St. Patty’s Day reflections)

Also, I wish I had one of these…

St. Patrick's Day

send back the green beer…

… because we apparently already missed St. Patrick’s Day.

Irish Catholics to celebrate St. Patrick two days earlier in 2008

By Michael Kelly
Catholic News Service

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) — Catholics in Ireland will celebrate the feast of St. Patrick two days earlier next year after the Vatican gave permission to move the feast day to avoid a conflict with Holy Week.

Traditionally St. Patrick and all things Irish are celebrated March 17. However, in 2008, March 17 falls on the Monday of Holy Week and, according to church law, the days of Holy Week and Easter rank above all others, so the solemnity of St. Patrick must be moved to another date.