Happy St. Paddy's Day ... unless you're an Irish Catholic, in which case you best stop your shenanigans now. The church apparently decided at some point that the holiday had to be celebrated last Saturday so as not to conflict with Holy Monday. From the article ...
In a letter last fall, the Catholic Diocese of Columbus told the Shamrock Club, the group that organizes the parade, that Bishop Frederick Campbell wanted "all observances honoring St. Patrick" -- religious or otherwise -- removed from Holy Week.Just so we're clear ... our Catholic fathers basically said, "Hey, go out and get as trashed as you want ... but ... could you do it two days earlier? That'd be great. Thanks." I've never been more proud.
"It's not a sin to celebrate your Irish culture," countered Mark Dempsey, the club's president.
"Actually, you're born Irish first," he said, "and then you're baptized Catholic."
With our blood on fire
When we ain't at Sunday mass
We'll look any man straight in his eyes and say
Kiss my Irish ass!
You better kiss my Irish ass!
Flogging Molly - Kiss My Irish Ass