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March 17

Saint of the day:

Saint Patrick

The Peoples' Patron Saint of Ireland & the world!
 Archdiocese of New York, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark,

 Boston, Puerto Rico,  engineers, paralegals, invoked against snakes, sins


Saint Patrick's Story

St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

Saint Patrick was born in Bannavem Taberniae, Roman Britain which is modern day Norton, Northamptonshire, England....or was it Dumbarton, Scotland? Maybe it was Banwen, Wales!!!
Most people think he was from England but then there is the theory that he must have been near water when he was kidnapped. Regardless of where he was born he was loved and still is.

When he was around 14/16, he was captured by Irish pirates during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. At the time, Ireland was a land of Druids and pagans but Patrick turned to God and wrote his memoir, The Confession. In The Confession, he wrote:

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same. I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain and was reunited with his family.

A few years after returning home, Patrick saw a vision he described in his memoir:

"I saw a man coming, as it were from Ireland. His name was Victoricus, and he carried many letters, and he gave me one of them. I read the heading: 'The Voice of the Irish.' As I began the letter, I imagined in that moment that I heard the voice of those very people who were near the wood of Foclut, which is beside the western sea-and they cried out, as with one voice: 'We appeal to you, holy servant boy, to come and walk among us.'"

The vision prompted his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years, and was later ordained a bishop and sent to take the Gospel to Ireland.

Patrick arrived in Slane, Ireland on March 25, 433. There are several legends about what happened next, with the most prominent claiming he met the chieftan of one of the druid tribes, who tried to kill him. After an intervention from God, Patrick was able to convert the chieftain and preach the Gospel throughout Ireland. There, he converted many people -eventually thousands - and he began building churches across the country.

He often used shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity and entire kingdoms were eventually converted to Christianity after hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first Irish church. He is believed to be buried in Down Cathedral, Downpatrick. His grave was marked in 1990 with a granite stone.

In His Footsteps:

Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. So complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission, he feared nothing -not even death.

"The Breastplate," Patrick's poem of faith and trust in God:

"Christ be within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ inquired, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger."

Saint Patrick's symbol to

explain the Holy Trinity


Saint Patrick's Bell

Saint Patrick's Bell




Prayer Sung

Saint Patrick's Breastplate made into a song
also known as Deer's Cry or I Arise Today


Saint Patrick!

Down Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, is a Church of Ireland cathedral located in the town of Downpatrick in Northern Ireland. It stands on Cathedral Hill overlooking the town. 

Address: 35 English St, Downpatrick BT30 6AB, UK

Opened: 1818

Province: Ulster

Phone: +44 28 4461 4922
(it was catholic but now it is an
Anglican Church)

Did beer save St. Patrick's cathedral?
In short, yes it did. The Guinness Restoration was made possible by generational support by the Guinness family.
So have a Guinness & raise your pint to St. Patrick on this day!

~May the roof above us never fall in,

and may we friends beneath it never fall out.

Is St. Patrick's Cathedral Catholic?
No, Saint Patrick's Cathedral is Anglican.
Was it ever Catholic, yes it was...complicated, just a little.

Historic Time Line

  • Customary in the Celtic churches of early times, in Ireland as well as Scotland, to keep Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, as a day of rest from labor. They obeyed the fourth commandment literally upon the seventh day of the week. Sabbath starts a few minutes before sunset on Friday and runs until an hour after sunset on Saturday, so it lasts about 25 hours. (seventh day or Saturday as God’s holy rest)

  • Saint Patrick did not scorn the Celtic people because of their traditions but he gracefully merged them into his faith, he introduced the Irish to a loving a merciful god and the ideas of selflessness. His teachings and acceptance of the Irish lead him to convert almost the entire country.  

  • 432 - Saint Patrick came from a catholic family, his father was a deacon & his grandfather Potitus was a Catholic priest.

  • 453 - Saint Brigid was born and died in 524

  • 521 - Saint Columbo was born and died in 597

  • 1192 - John Comyn, Archbishop of Dublin, elevated a Dublin Celtic parish church, to a collegiate church, which is now St. Patrick's Cathedral. Comyn's charter of 1191 or 1192, which allowed for a chapter of thirteen canons, of which three held special dignities

       (as Chancellor, Precentor and Treasurer), was confirmed by a Papal Bull (of Pope Celestine III) within a year. {Catholic!}

      The Christian religion of the land started as catholic, then the English Reformation led to a split in the church in Ireland.


  • 1533 - King Henry was raised very catholic. He was very loyal to Catholicism and he suppressed Protestantism with his standard brutality – BUT around 1533 he wanted a divorce from his 1st wife Catherine. Catherine was Catholic and she raised their daughter, Mary, to be Catholic. Henry needed a male heir! Henry wanted his 24 years of marriage to Catherine be annulled. Pope Clement refused to annul the marriage, and Henry responded by assuming supremacy in his realm over religious matters.
    Thus forming the Church of England, which is Protestant

  • 1555 - After King Henry died his catholic daughter, Queen Mary aka Blood Mary, restored the religion to Catholicism in 1555.

  • 1558 - After Queen Mary passed away her half sister Queen Elizabeth I, who was Protestant, changed the religion back to Protestant.

  • 1688 - During King James II time the religion was restored to Catholicism (1688-90).

  • 1690 - The Battle of the Boyne ended Catholicism for St. Patrick's church.
    King James’s was defeated by William of Orange. King William III declared the church Protestant.
    We also know King William III as William & Mary!


*Interesting Note: most Protestants who live in Ireland come from English descent.... 

**BLUE? The original color associated with St. Patrick is blue, not green as commonly believed. In several artworks depicting the saint,
he is shown wearing blue vestments. King Henry VIII used the Irish harp in gold on a blue flag to represent the country. 
Green was associated with the country later, presumably because of the greenness of the countryside, which is so
because Ireland receives plentiful rainfall. Today, the country is also referred to as the "Emerald Isle." 

Aside from the color green, the activity most associated with St. Patrick's Day is drinking.
However, Irish law, from 1903 to 1970, declared St. Patrick's Day a religious observance for the entire country
meaning that all pubs were shut down for the day. That meant no beer, not even the green kind, for public celebrants.
The law was overturned in 1970, when St. Patrick's was reclassified as a national holiday - allowing the taps to flow freely once again.


Saint Patrick's Cathedral Church

Traditions Around of the World:

There is a well known Irish expression...
Luck of the Irish....more like the love of the peoples' saint! 
Yep, that's right, the peoples' saint, Saint Patrick was never canonized, therefor he was never formally made a saint.
Some people might argue that he wasn't formally made a saint because that was before pre-canonization (canonization started in 993 A.D.)

But that doesn't stop people from celebrating his feast day.
On March 17th the WORLD turns green, really!



Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen


International Space Station

The Great Wall of China






And in America where there is the biggest population of Irish people outside of the UK....
Ohhhhhhhh how Saint Patrick is loved!
The first meeting of Irishmen on American soil to honor St. Patrick took place in Boston on March 17th, 1737.

The very first, and I mean ever, the very first Saint Patrick's Day parade was in New York City in 1762.
(*side note the American Revolution's famous date for independence was the year 1776!)


And the honorable mention for parades goes to Scranton, PA! (My husband's home town area.)
Scranton has the 6th largest parade in the US and 2nd largest if you are looking at population vs. attendance ratio,

with 110k spectators and the city population is 76k. Not bad Scranton!

NYC St. Patrick's Cathedral

Washington DC St. Patrick's Cathedral

Savannah, GA


Me and my baby

at the San Diego, CA parade! 

In my home town of Pensacola, FL...
Well, lets just say almost the entire town comes out for Saint Patrick's Day and the McGuire's Fun Run.
It is a fun run so people dress to impress...and to have a good laugh!

Pensacola is a big military town so the bases come out in full force too.
At the end the day people celebrate at the pub with some libations & cheer!

Don't forget to Kiss the Moose!!!

Me and my baby,

when we are in Pensacola we always visit!

Can you tell I love this amazing pub!

I actually worked there after high school for a little while.

I wore a very long plaid skirt, which meant I was a hostess.

My favorite was the prime rib, which is smoked on site, and onion rings.

Once a week I would order this meal to go and shared it with my father who practically licked the take out boxes it came in!
There are so many little hidden gyms at this restaurant...
There is a private dining hall for "special members," themed rooms...

like the Irish Links room, the Wine room, the Norte Dame room,

the Bar where there is live music, a moose, a mermaid, and a skeleton....yep!.....
Take my word, visit McGuire's and if you are there for Saint Patrick's join the race!

PS....If you order too many Irish Wakes from the bar be careful of which restroom you go to, it might be a little confusing!


Perfect Irish Meal!
Most people would say Corn Beef but we love a nice
Nut Crusted Pork Roast, Champ, & Soda Bread at our house.




  • 6 to 8 unpeeled Yukon Gold Potato

  • 1 bunch scallions

  • 2 TBSP freshly chopped parsley

  • 1 1/2 cups milk

  • 4 to 8 tablespoons butter

  • salt and freshly ground pepper



  1. Scrub the potatoes and boil them in their jackets.

  2. Finely chop the scallions & fresh parsley.

  3. Cover the scallions with cold milk and bring slowly to a. Simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to infuse.

  4. Peel and mash the freshly boiled potatoes and, while hot, mix with the boiling milk and greens.

  5. Beat in some of the butter.

  6. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.

  7. Serve in one large or four individual bowls with a knob of butter melting in the center.


Brown Butter Soda Bread

  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper plus additional for topping

  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk

  • 1 egg white, beaten to blend


  1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 375°F. Stir butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until melted and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir flour, oats, sugar, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper in large bowl to blend. Pour buttermilk and melted browned butter over flour mixture; stir with fork until flour mixture is moistened.

  3. Turn dough out onto floured work surface. Knead gently until dough comes together, about 7 turns. Divide in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten each into 6-inch round. Place rounds on ungreased baking sheet, spacing 5 inches apart. Brush tops with beaten egg white. Sprinkle lightly with ground black pepper. Using small sharp knife, cut 1/2-inch-deep X in top of each dough round.
    Don't forget to mark the X, legend has it that the X will release the devil!

  4. Bake breads until deep golden brown and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. Cool breads on rack at least 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

    Baker's Wisdom:

    1. You'll get the most tender soda bread by kneading the dough gently and briefly, just until it comes together, so the gluten is minimally developed.


Hazelnut Crusted Pork Loin

  • 1 1/2 lbs organic or grass fed pork loin

  • Olive oil

  • 1/2 cup white onion – fine dice

  • 1/2 cup celery – fine dice

  • 1 cup Granny Smith apple – diced

  • 1 tbsp fresh sage – chopped

  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme – chopped

  • 1 cup toasted breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken/veg broth

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 oz Hazelnuts (Filberts) – pulsed in food processor to breadcrumb consistency


  1. Preheat saute pan on medium heat for 1 minute. Add 2 tbsp olive oil along with onion and celery. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced apple and herbs and continue sauteing for another 3 minutes. Once softened add breadcrumbs and broth and mix everything together. Taste and season with S&P. Remove to a plate to cool.

  2. Place pork loin on a clean cutting board and using a sharp knife slice along the side opening the loin like a book. Do not separate the top from the bottom. Once the “book” is open lay some plastic wrap on top and using a mallet (or in my case a pot) flatten the loin. Season the loin with S&P.

  3. Cut 5 equal length pieces of kitchen twine, approx 12 inches. Lay them parallel to each 2″ apart. Place the seasoned loin on top and spoon the filling in the center. Fold the top over the bottom. Tie each string tightly. Any excess filling that falls out, stuff it back in. Season the outside and drizzle with olive oil. This will help the hazelnuts to stick to the outside. Rub the seasoning in.

  4. Preheat oven 350°F.

  5. For the crust: Pulse the hazelnuts and place on a plate. Gently roll the loin in the hazelnuts to coat all sides.

  6. Lay on foiled oven tray and pop in the oven for 1 1/4 hours approx or until internal temp 160°F.

  7. When ready remove and let rest for 5 minutes to let the juices redistribute in the meat.

We love making red lip sugar cookies
Kiss me I'm Irish!

The Legend: 

It was said that Saint Patrick ran out all the snakes in Ireland.
The snakes are metaphor and refer to non-christians at the time of St. Patrick.
The “snakes” that Patrick drove out of Ireland were the Druidic priests, who had serpents tattooed on their forearms.
Saint Patrick even converted some of the Druidic priests & many of the native Irish to Christianity.

This metaphor is about transformation. Paganism wasn't wiped out but Christianity was here to stay.
Because of Saint Patrick's courage catholicism is now the predominant religion in Ireland.

One last little note...
The many names of Saint Patrick
The only name that Patrick uses for himself in his own writings is Pātricius,

which gives Old Irish Pátraic and Modern Irish Pádraig,

English Patrick 

Welsh Padrig Cornish Petroc.

If you looked at Saint Patrick grave marker you will see it states Patr...
But there is a plaque next to his stone, it states there are two other saints resting there with him.
The Three Saints of Irland
Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid, & Saint Columba

I will say goodbye with some amazing videos of Saint Patrick's, NYC, DC, & Dublin
& Irish Music

NYC - Catholic

Washington DC - Catholic

Dublin -  Anglican

Sinead O'Connor - Molly Malone

U2, from Milan, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"...It's Irish!

Irish Dance Off!

Jackie Evancho: Danny Boy (w/ Chris Botti on Trumpet)

The High Kings - The Star of County Down

"The Unicorn" by The Irish Rovers

Irish Rovers-Drunken Sailor

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