Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all our wonderful supporters! Thank you for being with us as we support families with sick children.
So what is St. Patrick’s Day all about anyway?
That’s a good question. St Patrick’s Day observes the death of the patron saint of Ireland. In the 17th century this celebration began as a religious feast but has since grown into festivals around the world with special foods, dancing, music, and drinking.
St. Patrick was born an aristocrat in 386 and his family owned a large estate. They were Christians but he was not all that involved with his family’s faith. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped by Irish Raiders and was taken to Ireland to work as sheep herder. He was in captivity for six years. He was alone and scared and turned to his family’s religion to find solace. He became a devout Christian and claimed to hear God speaking to him, telling him to leave Ireland. He walked 200 miles to the coast where he found passage back to Britain on a ship. An angel then appeared to him in a dream telling him to return to Ireland as a missionary.
He spent several years in study before he became a priest and returned to Ireland. Over forty years, he turned many pagan lands into Christian ones. He died on March 17, 461.