Question from Jeff on 2/23/2008:
Does the Church have a unified position on celebrating St. Patrick's Day during Holy Week? Our bishop has asked us to refrain while I note that other dioceses have received the approval of their bishops.
Answer by Catholic Answers on 2/26/2008:
So far as I know, there is no one edict from the Church on the issue. As a matter of prudence though, it would seem better for Catholics to place Holy Week observances above St. Patrick's Day and not organize their own St. Patrick's Day parades or events until the Easter season. However, if a parade is scheduled as a cultural observance by secular officials, it is not wrong for a Catholic to participate if he wishes.