Happy observance of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick is depicted in a stained-glass window at St. Patrick Church in Smithtown, N.Y. (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz)I’m wearing my green tie today even though, liturgically, today is not St. Patrick’s Day because of Holy Week. But that doesn’t mean that we have to go as far as the Canadian blogger who suggested over the weekend that we had to send back the green beer since the Irish bishops had the liturgical celebration moved to last Saturday. That didn’t happen here in the States because the Vatican already had decided to move the feast of St. Joseph to that day for everyone else.

But fear not: the next time St. Patrick’s Day will be liturgically homeless because of Holy Week will be in 2160 (scroll down to the final paragraph of this story), and I doubt any of us will still be alive 152 years from now to worry about it.

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