St. Patrick’s Day causes spats as it falls during Holy Week

Posted on February 28, 2008 

St. Patrick’s Day causes spats as it falls during Holy Week

For the first time since 1940, St. Patrick’s Day will fall during Holy Week, the sacred seven days preceding Easter.

Because of the overlap, liturgical rules dictate that no Mass in honor of the saint can be celebrated on Monday, March 17, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. But a few Roman Catholic leaders are asking for even more moderation in their dioceses: They want parades and other festivities kept out of Holy Week as well.

“Actually, you’re born Irish first,” he said, “and then you’re baptized Catholic.”

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