Because a man is poor, do not
therefore cheat him, nor, at the city gate, oppress anybody in
for the Lord takes up their cause, and extorts the life of their
(Proverbs 22, 22-23)
Kateri, felis quaerens pompam in die sanctae patronis
Last Monday (14 July), Kateri strolled down to Main Street to
watch the parade. She waited a few hours and came
back home confused and disappointed. What happened?
she asked me. There was no parade! Parade?
I said What parade? She said, The annual Girardville
St. Kattys Day Parade! Are you out of your
mind? I said. Theres no St. Kattys Day
Parade. Youre thinking of the St. Pattys Day
Parade. Thats in March! Well, why does St.
Patrick get a parade and St. Kateri doesnt? she asked.
I dont know I said. Maybe because St.
Patrick was Irish and St. Kateri was Mohawk and there are more
Irish in Girardville than there are Mohawks. Well,
they sure rained on my parade! she said.