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John Kinsella

It is Not too late for a Musical St. Patrick's Day.

By Robert Reilly • Catholic Online • 3/30/2014

The quality of these four works by John Kinsella is such that the fact that all 10 symphonies are not available in recordings constitutes some kind of scandal. There is no room here to give individual impressions of the four symphonies. In general, I would say that Kinsella offers a potent ...


On the Day after St Patrick: We Need Saint Patrick's for a New Missionary Age

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/18/2014

Patrick teaches us some effective strategies for our work in the contemporary culture of the West.  When Patrick once again landed in Ireland in 432, tasked by the Holy Spirit with evangelizing a pagan people, he drew from a deep, living, dynamic faith. He understood the challenges he ...


St. Patrick is a Model for this new missionary age

St. Patrick: Saint for the New Evangelization and Missionary Model for Today

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn from this great missionary for our work in a Pre-Christian West. Patrick saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the true faith. He won the next generation, preaching the Gospel without compromise ...


Saint Patrick in blue vestments.

Bet you didn't know these 10 things about St. Patrick and Ireland!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

The most kids know of St. Patrick 's Day is that you must wear green or you'll get a pinch from your friends. Adults see the day as an occasion to celebrate, sometimes with green beer and other assorted alcoholic beverages. However, few really know what they are celebrating or why the holiday is so ...


After the Corned Beef: St. Patrick Challenges Modern Christians to be Missionaries

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

We need to learn a lesson from this great missionary. He saw what was good in the culture and "baptized" what could be redeemed. He respected the civil order, but never compromised the faith. Then, he went for the next generation with all his efforts, preaching the Gospel without compromise and ...


Saint Patrick not the first to bring Christianity to Ireland, but it is Patrick who is said to have encountered the Druids at Tara and abolished their pagan rites.

Who was the man named Saint Patrick?

By Catholic Online • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

Saint Patrick - remembered with parades, the wearing of green and feasts throughout the world wherever there are people of Irish descent, or wish to be -- was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the country. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ...


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 Greg Goodsell • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

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 ...


Because he responded to the invitation contained in that vision, this wonderful man was used by the Living and true God to literally change the history of not only Ireland but the rest of the world.

St. Patrick: Champion of Life, Model of Courageous Faith

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2014

He was raised in an age much like our own, gripped by a "culture of death" and filled with a spirit of lawlessness. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - He was raised in a Christian home in Britain toward the end of the fourth century. This was an age much like our own, gripped by a "culture of ...


Check out these amazing FUN FACTS about St. Patrick and Ireland!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/15/2014


Let us pray for the Church of Jesus Christ which Patrick helped to plant in Ireland

A New Springtime for the Church in Ireland: Who is Saint Patrick and Why Does it Matter?

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2013

His story still inspires us for a reason. It needs to be heard once again and written in the lives of contemporary saints for the Third Christian millennium, a new missionary age. Let us pray for the Church of Jesus Christ which Patrick helped to plant in Ireland. Let us ask the Lord ...


Catholic first, a Valentine second.

Why it's an inconvenient Lent: St. Valentine's and St. Patrick's

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM) • Catholic Online • 3/15/2013

For some, this will be an inconvenient Lent. St. Valentine's Day, typically celebrated with sweets, falls a day after Lent begins.However, for Irish Americans who like corned beef and suds on St Patrick's Day, that holiday which often falls on a Friday, which is a day of abstinence, the get a ...


St. Patrick of Ireland

St. Patrick calls us to live in the Heart of the Church for the Sake of the World

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2011

Patrick cultivated a lifestyle of deep, constant and abiding prayer which bore the fruits of ongoing conversion. He learned to discern the voice of the Lord in his daily life, developed the eyes of faith and received the power of the Holy Spirit through which he was able to respond to the call ...


St. Patrick's Prayer against Paganism

Catholic Online • 3/17/2011

This prayer of St. Patrick called "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate" was composed as he prepared for his most important battles against the paganism of the Druids. CHESAPEAKE, VA. (Catholic Online) - This prayer of St. Patrick called "St. Patrick's Breast-Plate" was composed as he prepared for ...


St. Patrick: Pilgrim, Patron and Model

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 3/17/2011

The Pilgrim Patrick is a model for our age and for the new evangelization that we so desperately need. We live in a new missionary age. LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - He was raised in a Christian home in Britain toward the end of the fourth century. This was an age much like our own, gripped by a ...


St. Patrick’s legacy much more than as a cultural symbol, Irish primate says

Catholic Online • 3/17/2011

ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (Catholic Online) – St. Patrick is much more than a symbol of Irish history and heritage, and celebrations that reduce him to that distort the truth and fail to do justice to his legacy, said the primate of all Ireland in a St. Patrick’s Day message. Archbishop Sean Brady ...


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 • 3/16/2011

(The Christian Science Monitor) - 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 ...


ST. PATRICK – St. Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, is depicted in this stained-glass window at the Crosier Community in Anoka, Minn. Legend says that he used the shamrock to describe the Trinity to those he sought to convert. His feast day is March 17. (CNS photo/Crosiers Photography)

Corned beef Catholic fast? When St. Patrick’s Day is a Lenten Friday

By Joseph Pronechen • National Catholic Register • 3/16/2011

BOSTON, Mass. (National Catholic Register) – When March 17 falling on a Friday in Lent, can corned beef and cabbage make its way to the dinner plates of Catholics celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? For many, the answer depends on location. While some dioceses grant dispensations from the Lenten ...


St. Patrick Day Party

Catholic Online • 2/17/2011

St. Patrick's Day Party The Knights of Columbus will be holding the Second Annual St. Patrick's Party on Saturday, March 12th.  Tickets are on sale in the narthex.  Tickets can also be purchased online at www.oloh-council.org/stpats.


Cardinal Brady Calls for Renewal of Irish Church on St. Patrick's Day

Catholic News Agency • 3/17/2010

'There is true freedom in humbly acknowledging – like the wounded healers Peter and Patrick – the full truth of our sinfulness.' ARMAGH, Ireland (CNA/EWTN News) - Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, spoke about renewal in his St. Patrick´s day homily at St. Patrick´s Cathedral in Armagh, ...


1st Annual St. Patrick's Day Party

Catholic Online • 2/8/2010

Join your fellow parishioners (adults-only) for a St. Patrick's Day Party in the parish hall on Saturday, March 6th from 7-11 p.m.  Enjoy good food, drink and entertainment.  Local legend, Ted Garber, will be performing as well as Irish dancers from the O'Neill-James School of Irish ...


Dear people of God, faithful Catholics of this archdiocese, you indeed are the “living stones” spoken of by Peter this evening, who give a smile, a voice, an embrace, a heart to the mystical body of Christ we call the Church, as you love faithfully in marriage, obey the “law of the gift” by caring for your children, who take the identity of Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation so seriously, and who never fail to open up to the Jesus who stands and knocks at the doors of your homes, parishes, schools, offices, farms, factories, and professions. Thank you for your vocations, for sensing the universal call to holiness.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral Opened to Archbishop Timothy Dolan

By Randy Sly • Catholic Online • 4/15/2009

On Wednesday, The Most Reverend Timothy Dolan will be officially installed as the 10th Archbishop for the See of New York. The complete text of his Vespers homily is included in our article. WASHINGTON, D.C. (Catholic Online) – Archbishop Timothy Dolan knocked on the doors of St. Patrick’s ...


Cardinal Calls Irish to the Faith of St. Patrick

Zenit News Agency • 3/17/2009

Remember the man who described himself as an ambassador for God and who prayed that it might never happen that he should lose the people which God had won for himself at the end of the earth. ARMAGH, Northern Ireland (Zenit) - An Irish cardinal is calling for a renewal of faith among his country's ...


Bishop Martino: Politicization of St. Patrick's Day Event

Catholic Online • 3/15/2009

HB 26, proposed state legislation, would put a government agency in charge of settling labor disputes involving private, religious entities. SCRANTON, Pa. (Catholic Online) - The Bishop of Scranton, the Most Rev. Joseph Martino, has expressed concerns in the past over the possible misuse of the ...


Joined by the Archbishop of New York, Edward Cardinal Egan, (red hat, standing), Pope Benedict XVI prays at the altar dedicated to Saint Louis IX behind the main altar, before the Blessed Sacrament at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York April 19, 2008.

Heaven Touches Earth: Papal Liturgy at Saint Patrick’s

By Deacon Keith Fournier • Catholic Online • 4/19/2008

The Pope used the structure of the great Cathedral as the symbolic framework for addressing the interior meaning of the Christian vocation and mission. NEW YORK, NY (Catholic Online) - Pope Benedict arrived at the historic Cathedral of St. Patrick’s, in the heart of New York, City, greeted by ...


CLIMBING CROAGH - A man made a barefoot ascent of Croagh Patrick to mark St. Patrick's 5th-century fast on the mountain's summit. (Haydn West)

Conquered by St. Patrick’s Mountain: Irish peak proved more difficult than anticipated

By F. Anthony D'Alessandro • The Christian Science Monitor • 3/27/2008

WESTPORT, County Mayo, Ireland (The Christian Science Monitor) - Running with the bulls triggered more terror, but climbing Ireland's Croagh Patrick proved tougher. While I carefully planned strategies for a year in advance to successfully run in Pamplona, Spain, my climb of Croagh Patrick (St. ...


Conquered by St. Patrick's Mountain

By F. Anthony D'Alessandro • The Christian Science Monitor • 3/17/2008

Running with the bulls triggered more terror, but climbing Ireland's Croagh Patrick proved tougher. While I carefully planned strategies for a year in advance to successfully run in Pamplona, Spain, my climb of Croagh Patrick (St. Patrick's Mountain) in Ireland was totally impromptu. My wife, ...


Catholics to celebrate feast of St. Patrick two days earlier in 2008

By Michael Kelly • Catholic News Service • 7/19/2007

DUBLIN, Ireland (CNS) - Catholics worldwide will celebrate the feast of St. Patrick two days earlier next year after the Vatican gave permission to move the feast day to avoid a conflict with Holy Week. Traditionally St. Patrick and all things Irish are celebrated March 17. However, in ...


St. Patrick: Man, Myth & Holiday

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St. Peter Chrysologus

St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Feast-July 30) Born at Imola, Italy in 406, St. Peter was baptized, educated, and ordained a deacon by Cornelius, Bishop of Imola. St. Peter merited being called "Chrysologus" (golden-worded) from his exceptional oratorical eloquence. In 433, Pope Sixtus III consecrated him bishop of Ravenna. He ... continue reading



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St. Therese of Lisieux

Generations of Catholics have admired this young saint, called her the "Little Flower", and found in her short life more inspiration for own lives than in volumes by theologians. Yet Therese died when she was 24, after having lived as cloistered Carmelite for less than ten years. She never went on missions, never founded a religious order, never ... continue reading


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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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