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St. Patrick: Man, Myth & Holiday

St. Patrick's Story

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints. Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. Many legends and stories of St. Patrick exsist, but this is his story.

St. Patrick's Day Quotes

St. Patrick's day quotes that help sum up this rowdy and revered holiday

Irish Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish style with "the freshest of food and oldest of drink."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/18/2015

Fr. Alan on Our Lord's Cure on a Sabbath at the pool of Bethesda and how physical curing is related to spiritual curing from sin.

Tuesday, March 17 - Homily: Missionary Healing of St. Patrick

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/17/2015

Fr. Alan on Our Lord's Cure on a Sabbath at the pool of Bethesda and how physical curing is related to spiritual curing from sin. He connects this with the great missionary work of St. Patrick in Ireland and his prayer called the Breastplate of St. Patrick that he prayed at a difficult time ...

Saint Patrick used the three-leaf clover to spread the message of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

Wear the green on Saint Patrick's Day

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/17/2015

In many schools across the nation, students who forgot to wear green on March 17 received a nasty pinch from friends. St. Patrick's Day evolved from a Catholic holiday to honor the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, to a secular holiday celebrating Ireland and Irish culture. The holiday is ...

COLCANNON DELIGHT - Everyone thinks of corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day, but this unique Irish dish made with potatoes and kale can become the hit of the meal.

Green potatoes? Must be St. Patrick's Day

By Augusta Scattergood (The Christian Science Monitor) • The Christian Science Monitor • 3/17/2015

My younger daughter was born one day shy of St. Patrick's Day. We named her Kate for her Great-Aunt Kitty because we loved the name, not because she was Irish. I didn't understand then that a strong ancestral link could be forged with a country across the sea. My family hails from a part of the ...

Author Alex Basile serves as the Religion Department Chairman at Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale, NY and has written nine books for Saint Pauls Publishing.

A Glorious and Holy Saint Patrick's Day

By Alex Basile • Catholic Online • 3/17/2015

How do we bring holiness to a day that seems to have lost its religious significance? After participating in many Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in an Irish band, author Alex Basile has some ideas. This year marks my 25th anniversary with The Irish Mist, a band that still plays in the New York ...

St. Patrick in the Catholic Encyclopedia

The Catholic Encyclopedia (1907) is the most comprehensive resource on Catholic teaching, history, and information ever gathered in all of human history.

Complete listing of St. Patrick

Croagh Patrick, i.e. St. Patrick's mountain. This mountain was one of his places of retreat and stories state this is where his ministry to Ireland began.

St. Patrick's Purgatory, one of his chosen places of solitude and retreat was the island of Lough Derg.

Patrician Brothers, founding the Religious congregation of the Brothers of Saint Patrick.

Maynooth College, the National College of Saint Patrick, at Maynooth in County Kildare, about twelve miles from Dublin, founded in the year 1795.

Marie de France contributions to French literature consist of lays, the "Ysopet", and a romance published by Roquefort under the title, "Legend of the Purgatory of Saint Patrick"

Aubrey Thomas Hunt de Vere traces the progress of spiritual thought in the development of the nations, notably Ireland, in "The Legend of St. Patrick" (London, 1872)

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Bl. Ralph Milner

English martyr. He was born at Stocksteads, Hampshire, and was a convert. He was arrested the day he received his first Communion. A husbands man by trade, Ralph was allowed a leave from prison and aided priests and Catholics. He was executed at Winchester on July by being hanged, drawn, and quartered for giving assistance to Blessed Roger Dickenson. He was ... continue reading



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St. Angela Merici

When she was 56, Angela Merici said "No" to the Pope. She was aware that Clement VII was offering her a great honor and a great opportunity to serve when he asked her to take charge of a religious order of nursing sisters. But Angela knew that nursing was not what God had called her to do with her life. She had just returned from a trip to the Holy Land. ... continue reading


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St. Gabriel, the Archangel

St. Gabriel, the Archangel

The name Gabriel means "man of God," or "God has shown himself mighty." It appears first in the prophesies of Daniel in the Old Testament. The angel announced to Daniel the prophecy of the seventy weeks. His name also occurs in the apocryphal book of Henoch. He was the angel who appeared to Zachariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptizer. Finally, he ... continue reading



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During his visit to the United States this coming September, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the heroic 'Apostle of ... continue reading

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