Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree
Live mystical, magical leprechauns
Who are clever as can be
With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green
The leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen.
Only those who really believe have seen these little elves
And if we are all believers
We can surely see for ourselves…
14 March 2007
There is a lot of Irish folklore that surrounds St. Patrick’s Day. But not much of it is really true. St. Patrick was a saint alright. He was a patron saint of Ireland. His date of birth is not clear, but is estimated by most to be around AD385. Born with the given name of Maewyn, his past includes being sold into slavery at the age of 16 in which he escaped six years later and studied in the monastery for a period of twelve years. His calling was to convert the pagans to Christianity. He further adopted the Christian name “Patrick.” Eventually, he was appointed as the second bishop to Ireland. He traveled across Ireland establishing monasteries, setting up schools and churches. His mission in Ireland lasted for 30 years. He died on March 17 in AD 461. That day has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day ever since. There are many icons associated with St. Patrick’s Day - Leprechauns, the Blarney Stone, the wearing of green, and many others. But there is one traditional icon we today associate with luck. It’s very real, very green, and is much more than an Irish tale. It’s history has nothing to do with luck, but rather Trinity.
Booster Club Meeting, tomorrow night (Thursday, March 15th) at 7pm.
Junior Youth Fellowship Fundraiser! March 18th, 5pm, at the Christian Church. Come see local talent, eat chili dogs, and just have, well, plain fun! Donation at the door. These funds will be used to support future mission trips and other spiritual activities for the church youth. Everybody is welcome!
Meningitis Peak Season: Late winter and early spring is the peak season for meningococcal disease (meningitis). This bacterial infection can affect anyone, but particularly teens, young adults, and college students. Meningitis can occur throughout the year, but the most common time of year is late winter and early spring. This is a vaccine (shot) preventable disease and many people don’t realize there even is a shot for it. The disease is easily transmitted through respiratory secretions, kissing or sharing glasses. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends routine immunization for 11-12 year olds, those about high school age, age 15, and college freshmen if living in dormitories. Immunizing can prevent up to 83% of disease cases. This disease is often mistaken for the flu, but can progress very quickly, usually within hours, resulting in serious or fatal consequences, including brain damage. Early symptoms include high fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and rash. The vaccine is very effective against four of the five major strains of the disease with minimal side effects – usually soreness at the injection site and mild fever. Educate teens not to share utensils and water bottles. To learn more, contact your family physician or visit www.nmaus.org.
March 17th (Sat) – Wear your Green to the Morning session! 10:00-12:00 (free basic lessons at 9:30)
March 17th (Sat) Evening 6:30 – Midnight! Everyone is Irish! Skate/Dance. $5 admission. Have your friends arrested?!
March 23rd (Friday) – Rookie skate night. Learn, re-learn, or practice makes perfect!
*Graduation is coming fast! Don’t want to clean, paint, carpet, and do all those household chores that go along with having graduation at your house? Call Flying Wheels and reserve for your graduation party! (What a Great idea, Gina!) Call Julie or Vince now before somebody else books your date! (402)994-6655 or (402)867-4123.
Corned Beef Brisket Recipe
1 (8-10 lb) beef brisket
4 garlic cloves, peeled and cut in thirds
1/2 cup white vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar
2 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
3 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 pinch ground cloves
1 teaspoon peppercorns
The Simmering Liquid
water, to come up 3/4 to side of brisket
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1/4 teaspoon whole cloves
1 teaspoon peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
4 garlic cloves, sliced
Combine all of the brine ingredients and bring to a boil, then cool. Place the beef brisket, the cooled brine, and the 4 garlic cloves in a huge plastic roasting bag. Make sure that all of the meat is covered by the brine, tie off tightly, place in a pot large enough to hold it all, and refrigerate for 6 to 7 days, turning occasionally. After the 6 to 7 days, discard the brine after removing the brisket from the brine. The meat should be thoroughly rinsed and then placed in a Dutch oven or other large pot. Add enough water to come up 2/3 to 3/4 of the way up the side of the meat. Add the rest of the Simmering Liquid ingredients (peppercorns, mustard seeds, allspice, cloves and garlic), bring to a boil and skim off any foam. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, covered, for at least 3 hours. 6-8 servings.
A traditional icon we closely associate with St. Patrick’s Day nowadays is the shamrock. It represents good luck to the person wearing it. But the shamrock has much deeper roots (pardon the expression) than that. St. Patrick used the three leafs of a shamrock in his sermons to demonstrate how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing the shamrock. Ireland may be the birth site of the St. Patrick’s Day celebration, but it made its way to America in 1737 where it was publicly celebrated in Boston. The day is believed to have evolved into one of celebration because it takes place just a few days before the first day of spring – the first “green” of spring the story goes. Now that’s certainly something to celebrate!
May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
And may trouble avoid you wherever you go.
Don’t forget to wear your green, Saturday, March 17th!
Top O’ the Day!