At this time of year we are beginning to prepare for our St. Patrick’s Day festivities; however, we must not forget our patron, St. Brigid, whose feast day is February 1st. She does not get the notoriety of St. Patrick but St. Brigid was known for the many ways she helped those in need. It seemed she always was able to provide for anyone who needed help. As LAOH members, we carry on her works today. There is no end of the amount of charities that our members are involved in as we continue to help others as our patron saint did centuries ago. I hope that you all receive special blessings as you celebrated St. Brigid’s feast day.
As Sister and Brother Hibernians, we came together once again to help with the relief effort for the Hurricane Sandy victims. I know that everyone will continue to as generous as they can be to help with this cause. This will be an ongoing relief effort; it may not all be monetary but our members are there to help one another any way they can. We can all be proud to say we are Hibernians.
As March approaches it will be a busy time for many St. Patrick feast day celebrations. Please remember that this is a holy day for us. We celebrate St. Patrick and we are Irish 365 days a year, unlike those who all just want to be Irish on March 17th. Keep an eye out for offending materials that are sold at this time of year. None of us want to be portrayed in a bad light. I do not see any other nationality being portrayed in as many offensive tee shirts, cards etc. as the Irish. Stand up against this; these people are only trying to make money off of defaming us at our expense. I look forward to seeing many of my Hibernians sisters and brothers at many gatherings this March. I pray that you have a safe and holy St. Patrick’s Day.
Yours in Friendship, Unity and Christian Charity,