March 17, 2009

Rivers of Green (Envy)


As a Catholic of French-Canadian ancestry, I continue to be upset that the Irish Catholics have their Patron Saint’s Feast day on the secular U.S. calendar. Rise up my French-Canadian brothers and sisters! This lack of diversity and inclusion cannot be tolerated!

I call for October 19th to be a reserved spot on the U.S. calendar for Saint Jean de Brebeuf-a patron Saint of Canada!!

On October 19th, everyone in the U.S. may feel free to engage in stereotypically French behavior like: wearing scarves and berets, smoking unfiltered cigarettes wherever they darn well please, be snooty with anyone who does not speak French, drink lots of Burgundy and eat Blue Brie with baquettes.

This shamrock emphasis is not fair! Does it have ANYTHING really to do with the Trinity or is it some Leprachaun thang?

Outrageous? Hey, it's not like the day has anything to do with the actual Saint Patrick anyway!

In any event, look at St. Brebeuf, he's SO ready to party! Just look at him! Those Jesuits throw the best parties! Ask
Terry!

12 Comments:

OpenID theluminousmiseries said...

While Saint Jean de Brebeuf is *a* patron of Canada the (as in THE) patron saint of Canada is Saint Joseph and his day follows two days after the big green. There's plenty of Irish heritage here as well but as the Irish priest at the parish we visited this past Sunday said, I'd be happy to see Catholic Canadian's put even half the focus into March 19 the feast day of our countries patron Saint as do on St. Patrick's day. What the US does is, I suppose, nothing I can really comment on.

March 17, 2009 3:32 PM  
OpenID theluminousmiseries said...

P.S. A Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario, Frank Klees is putting forward an private member's bill to declare April 2 Pope John Paul 11 Day on the secular calendar here in Ontario. Passage of the bill has met with little success but he's continued to bring it forward since December 2007.

From the member's web site: ""It was apparent from the broad support when this Bill was first introduced in the last session of Parliament that people recognize Pope John Paul's contribution beyond that of a spiritual leader. He is remembered for his tireless efforts to bridge religious, racial and cultural divides and for that his life is celebrated by people of all faiths.""

March 17, 2009 3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best thing about having a celebration on October 19 is that it does not occur during Lent or Advent!

As a practical matter, I would imagine that most of those out celebrating on March 17 aren't Irish or even Catholic.

But woe betide the bishop who does not give an indult to his sheep on those occasions when October 17 falls on a Friday. No Fast or Abstinence Necessary on those days (to ward off schism!).

Ray

March 17, 2009 5:03 PM  
Blogger Mairin :o) said...

Yes, I can see how that will be a rip-roaring success. I think any of the behaviors you describe will not nearly be embarrassing enough to surpass the green hair, green food and drunkness that people associate with St Patrick's day. Unless people start acting like mimes, then that'd be funny. I hate mimes.

March 17, 2009 7:13 PM  
Blogger Mairin :o) said...

* drunkenness . Ahem, and I wasn't drinking, truly!

March 17, 2009 7:13 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

luminousmiseries: I made the changes.

Sure, Mairin, sure...:-)

March 17, 2009 7:34 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I'll come to the partee!!

March 17, 2009 10:38 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I know nothing.

March 18, 2009 8:14 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adrienne: Come on anytime! You are always welcome-even if there is no party. Terry may even condescend to show up. He appears to have emptied himself for Lent. :-)

March 18, 2009 8:27 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

Terry has a secret crush on me...

March 19, 2009 12:44 AM  
Blogger firebrand said...

I move we initiate the "Neglected Euro-Ethnicities Celebration Day", during a pleasant season, with cook outs, outdoor fun and a complete ban on down town bar festivities--especially in new York, Boston and Chicago.

We could write a litany of saints for people like the Scots (St. Andrew) the FrenchCanadians (Brebouf and companions) etc. BTW--who's the patron saint of Andorra?

March 19, 2009 12:17 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Adrienne: So secret, even Ter doesn't know it! :-)

firebrand: No, who?

March 19, 2009 8:59 PM  

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