St. Patrick’s Day
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life. Keeping everyone safe may require a 6-foot distance and no group gatherings, but we can still have fun! St. Patrick is a favorite patron saint of many of our Residents and Little Sisters of Irish (and all other) descent. Each year, we joyfully celebrate with a feast of corned beef and cabbage. We usually have Irish dancers and musicians entertain us.
Since the restrictions on communal dining due to the coronavirus, we have set up individual tables in each Resident’s room doorway where they can eat their meals. Smiles and waves send greetings across the hallways. Conversation may be a little louder, but we are adapting.
This year St. Patrick’s Day was a bit more subdued, but the Irish spirit still shone through. Dressed in our favorite green attire, we feasted on a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner with Irish soda bread. Our Lucky Leprechaun and some of his staff helpers danced and sang through the hallways. Mother Margaret was close behind with ready to pour us some delicious “Irish Coffee” or a delicious ‘Grasshopper Ice Cream drink”.
Christ be with me, Christ before me
Christ behind me, Christ within me
Christ below me, Christ above me
Christ be with me – at my right hand, at my left hand
As I lie down, as I rise up
As I stumble, as I fall down Christ
As I stand Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me