- St. Patrick was born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland in AD 387.
- At age 16, he was sold into slavery by a group of Irish marauders that raided his village and took him back to Ireland. During his captivity, he came closer to God.
- He escaped from slavery after six years and went to Gaul where he studied in the monastery under St. Germain, bishop of Auxerre for a period of twelve years.
- His wishes were to return to Ireland, to convert the native pagans to Christianity. But his superiors instead appointed St. Palladius. But two years later, Palladius transferred to Scotland. Patrick, having adopted that Christian name earlier, was then appointed as second bishop to Ireland.
- His mission in Ireland lasted for thirty years. After that time, Patrick retired to County Down. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since.
A fresh start and new beginning.
The new year means different things to different people, but overarchingly, most find the beginning of a new year a way to say goodbye to the old and embrace the new.
For most, New Year’s Resolutions are the topic of the week, as we celebrate the beginning of 2017. As we celebrate with fireworks and merry-making at midnight, the morning of January 1 many begin their personal development goals. Over black-eyed peas for lunch, many share what they want to accomplish in the new year. For others, it is more personal.
Friends and family on Facebook and Twitter responded to the question, “What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions for 2017?” Many interesting answers were given showing that most would like to be more thankful and mindful in the new year, of themselves and those around them.
“Like anything you buy once a year for many years, it doesn’t take long to have a big collection,” Dance said.
Whether it was a special toy or a meaningful tradition, Christmas makes everything special.
We asked a few residents to share some of their favorite holiday memories or traditions and received many fun responses.