The historic South Boston Saint Patrick's Day Parade will go on as planned once again this year, but without a blessing from Saint Patrick, himself.
After more than 20 years, IHM School's iconic float bearing the majestic Saint and a bevy of irish children and angels (IHM students) will not be seen waving and smiling on West Broadway this year due to the controversial presence of a gay activist group which will be marching.
We will sadly miss participating in the annual event. See photos and footage below of past years at the South Boston Parade; and join us in prayer as we pray for Saint Patrick's blessing and intercession to change the hearts of his people once again.
Below is the offical news release of March 3, 2014.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School pulls out of the Saint Patrick‚Äôs Day Parade in South Boston
Immaculate Heart of Mary School of Still River, MA has decided to pull out of the South Boston Saint Patrick‚Äôs Day Parade after learning that a homosexual advocacy group will be allowed to march in this year‚Äôs parade. For almost 25 years the school band has been happy to march in the parade and to provide a float depicting the culture and Faith of the Irish people around the central figure of ‚ÄúSaint Patrick.‚ÄĚ
Br. Thomas Dalton, Principal of the school, stated, ‚ÄúThis float has become the Icon of the Saint Patrick‚Äôs Day Parade in South Boston appearing in all types of media whenever the parade is mentioned. The familiar scene of Saint Patrick joyfully giving his blessing to the crowds has, sad to say, come to an end. In the footsteps of Saint Patrick, IHM does not condone and will not appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle.
‚ÄúWe must stand firm with the Church which states in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope John Paul II, that ‚Äėhomosexual acts are acts of grave depravity‚Äô and ‚Äėare intrinsically disordered‚Ä¶Under no circumstances can they be approved.‚Äô(#2357)‚ÄĚ
Dennis Maney whose eight children attended twelve years at IHM stated, ‚ÄúI had the honor of portraying Saint Patrick a number of times on the school‚Äôs float. This parade is meant to honor him and should not be used as political leverage for any special interest group. It‚Äôs a shame that Saint Patrick and what he stood for can no longer be respectfully represented in his own parade.‚ÄĚ
The school stated that it sympathizes with the Allied War Veterans and the pressure they have been under ever since the US Supreme Court gave them the authority to invite whom they wanted. ‚ÄúWe have been with Wacko Hurley from the beginning of this struggle to keep the parade family oriented,‚ÄĚ said Br. Peter Brackett, the director of IHM School Band. ‚ÄúWe testified in Superior Court in 1991 and explained why we pulled out of the parade that year. Ever since, we have admired Wacko and the Veterans for their courageous defense of traditional family values despite vilification and sparse support.
‚ÄúThis would have been the band‚Äôs 25th time in the parade; you can imagine the disappointment of the students on not going and yet they are happy to stand up for their Faith. They believe that the Veterans and the loyal Irish of South Boston, with the help of Saint Patrick, can turn things around once again.‚ÄĚ