We are grateful to all who help us celebrate holidays and events throughout the year, enlivening our regular routines. But none more so than the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Foley Road who help us turn St. Patrick’s Day into St. Patrick’s Weeks.
The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Glee Club began our extended celebration again this year with a concert on Monday, March 2. With more than 40 members, their voices filled our auditorium with Irish standards ranging from Tooraloora to the Old Irish Blessing, and then spent time visiting with the Residents and Sisters. We were especially interested to hear of their performance for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Dublin this past summer.
Foley Road closed our St. Patrick’s Day festivities with a concert on March 21. Foley Road offers exceptional renditions of Celtic and folk music in the acoustic tradition using instruments like the hammered dulcimer, gothic harp, various guitars, flutes and whistles, and percussion instruments like the bodhran.
In between the visits from these wonderful friends of St. Paul’s Home, we keep the celebration alive with the wearing of the green as well as smaller activities ranging from homemade shamrock shakes, Irish trivia, and movies like The Secret of Roan Irish.
To our friends and benefactors who generously support St. Paul’s Home throughout the year, we offer the following Irish Friendship Wish:
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two,
May the sun always shine on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain,
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.