Hi Franks. — Good morning. Welcome to
St. Patrick’s on our Feast Day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s, the
Basilica, has a lot of history. — It does. It does. — Could you talk to us about that
history, which is so precious and so important for the Diocese of Montreal?
— In 1847, the Basilica was built and it is exactly during that year that the famine
established itself in Ireland and so there were boats filled of Irish people
arriving in Montreal, at the port, and all of the clergy, and even the vicar general
of the diocese, went down to help them, and if you look at the walls of the
Basilica, you will see that there is a fleur de lys and there is the shamrock,
and that is why we got together very closely with the Quebecois and the Irish.
“On s’entend très bien” from years ago. They helped us, especially that we were Catholic
as well, and we shared the same religion. We are all brothers and sisters.
We know it’s not easy, worldwide, just these days a mosque a was attacked
and Muslims were killed. Let’s become more and more friends of the Cross,
friends of Jesus Christ on the cross, who will give us the strength to see in
everyone the dignity of being a human being created in the image and likeness
of God, and brothers and sisters in humanity And as we are on March the 17th,
— yes, — it is not every year that St. Patrick’s Day is on a Sunday, — yes,
— so you’ve been here 20 years So how has the Feast of St. Patrick
evolved in those 20 years? Oh, it’s become multicultural. A lot of
the Irish, you know, have past away and moved on to the West Island or
Ontario, but we still get the Irish. They come home for this Mass, but during
the regular Sundays, it is very multicultural, because now we call this the Mother
House, the mother Church of all English speaking in Montreal. — Okay.
— So we gather every nationality. — What fascinates me about St. Patrick’s
Day is how it has this power to gather people, from all places and
from all beliefs, a in a certain way, and so it’s a powerful, beautiful and
powerful feast, — it is, — to gather people — it is, and at the lunch, as you read and
you heard Brian Mulroney, the former prime minister, mentioning that in New
Zealand, the hate that was there, unfortunately, but that
St. Patrick’s Day unites all people and that Canada unites
all people, and that’s wonderful. For the victims and the survivors of
the New Zealand shooting, we pray. Lord, hear our prayer.