Yesterday someone asked when the feast of St Patrick was to be celebrated in England and Wales.
This year he is not to be celebrated, as 17th March falls in Holy Week, the Passion and death of his Lord takes precedence over his feast, in the liturgy mere feasts are not transferred. In Ireland where it is a celebrated as a Solemnity, I understand it is being kept on Saturday. Obviously the faithful will immediately end their celebrations as soon as the Church bell rings to announce the First Vespers of Palm Sunday on Saturday evening, or as soon as the first Mass of Sunday is celebrated.
St Joseph which should be celebrated 19th March, which is a Solemnity in England Wales cannot be celebrated in Holy Week, nor during the Easter Octave has to wait until the 31st March.
The Annunciation, another Solemnity is celebrated on the 1st April.
In our diocese, however, those churches which are dedicated to St Patrick celebrate there Patronal feast on 2nd April!