St. Patrick’s Day a blend of faith, festivity for Flint’s Irish-Catholic community

The Flint community came together to celebrate St. Patrick's day with several Irish events. (Photo Credit: Jasmyn Durham)

FLINT, Mich. --If you left your house Saturday, you probably noticed a lot of people in green.

Green clothes, green rivers and in some cases - green beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

But for people of Irish decent in Flint, the holiday has a deeper meaning.

At St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Flint, Saint Patrick’s day was more than just a celebration.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Lansing, which includes Flint, stops by every year.

"We're not going to get rid of the party, that's for sure. So kind of take that and embrace it, but at the same time try to instill in it a little bit of our faith as well," says Bishop Earl Boyea.

Bishop Earl Boyea says Saint Patrick was quite the character and although he loved to party, his life meant more than that.

"The idea that Patrick was someone who went into an environment which was kind of hostile, kind of against him and yet followed what God was telling him to do, followed the truth proclaimed the truth, proclaimed the joy that he had inside and made it external for people,” says Bishop Boyea.

Following the Mass there was a Irish family walk from the church to McFarlan Memorial Park to honor those who fought for our country. Alex Lee served as the grand marshal.

"On a day like today, everybody's kind of Irish, but usually that Irish cheer just continues on throughout the year,” says Lee.

The cheer continued with the Ancient Order of Hibernians party where a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner was served along with Irish dancing.

"People come every year and there kids have come and now the kids have grown up and they've got grand kids and so it is important to see what we've done along the way," says Peter Hogan.

Aside from the party, it was also a fundraiser for Catholic Charities.

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