Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Patrick's Day/Holy Week Conflict

St. Patrick's Day and Holy Week fall on the same week for the first time in 68 years. The BBC News explains why the Catholic Church in England and Wales is not on the calendar of feast days this year.

NCC News Videographer Jordan Bernfield visited Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub & Restaurant, Colemen's Authentic Irish Pub and Nibsy's Pub to check out the St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Several people danced for Bernfield and even asked him to post the footage on YouTube. Just as Bernfield set up to shoot, he witnessed a women collapsing outside Coleman's Pub. Then people cheered.
Pastor Joe Bloscz of the Plymouth Congregational Church expressed frustration over conflicting agendas of St. Patrick's Day and Holy Week. "Saint Patrick's Day has become a celebration that's linked with over-indulgence and celebrating to excess," Bloscz told NCC News Reporter Courtney Carter. "That's always a challenge."
Carter will have more in the NCC News 4:30 Newscast.

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