Are You Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day?

Andrea JoinesIreland

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Saint Patrick’s Day is often associated with overindulgence and festive celebrations. With a cry of “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!” people flood local pubs and drink Guinness and green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, watch parades and dye rivers green. These customs are quite different from historical celebrations of this holy day and … Read More

Cardinal Dolan summarizes Tekton Ministries’ mission and vision at Our Lady of Knock during his Ireland Pilgrimage

Richard SontagIreland, New Evangelization

Cardinal Dolan posted to his blog: “This comes to you from the Shrine of Knock, in Ireland, on a pilgrimage with 150 others from the archdiocese and elsewhere.  It was here, on August 23, 1879, that our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, and the “Lamb of God” appeared to dozens of stunned, … Read More

Annual pilgrimage up Ireland’s Croagh Patrick mountain cancelled for first time in recent history due to treacherous weather

Richard SontagIreland

(Catholic Herald) Ireland’s most celebrated annual pilgrimage, the Reek Sunday ascent of Croagh Patrick in County Mayo, was cancelled because of severe weather on Sunday. Local residents could not remember the pilgrimage ever being cancelled. Each year on the last Sunday in July, some 30,000 pilgrims ascend the rocky mountain overlooking Clew Bay in commemoration … Read More