■ By Arlene Lehtone / Contributed
The following bands will play for the month of March:
March 7 – Rhonda and the Showdown.
March 14 – Rainbow Cottage. St. Patrick’s Day theme.
March 21 – Skyline Express. Dancing Through the Decades theme, from the 40’s.
March 28 – Dave Ambrose.
St. Patrick is recognized as the patron saint of Ireland. Although not born Irish, he became part of Irish heritage, mainly through his service across Ireland in the 5th century. Born in the 4th century to a wealthy Romano-British family, his father (a Roman-British army officer) and grandfather were deacons in the Christian church. Patricius was his Roman name, but he became known as Patrick. A brigand of Irish raiders came ashore one day, kidnapped 16-year-old Patrick and others and sold Patrick into slavery in Ireland for six years.
Patrick dreamed of seeing God. Legend says that God told him to escape on a ship, and return to Britain, which he did, thence to France. He joined a monastery, studying under St. Germain (the Bishop of Auxerre), spending about 12 years training to be a priest. As a Bishop in 432 A.D., he dreamed the Irish were calling him back to Ireland to tell them about God.
Traveling around Ireland, he founded monasteries, schools and churches, which helped him with conversions. Developing a native clergy, he encouraged the expansion of monasticism, established dioceses, and held church councils. After nearly 30 years of evangelism, this beloved Irish saint died March 17, 461 A.D., and was buried at Down Cathedral. That day has been honored as St. Patrick’s Day, to celebrate the universal baptizing of Ireland.
These popular Wednesday Night Dances for seniors are from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and open to the public. Admission is $6 per person. Proper attire is required, and alcohol is not allowed. Opportunity drawings offer free tickets. Tables have snacks, pitchers of water, and freshly brewed tea and coffee is available.
For further information about these weekly dances at Hemet West, 5001 W. Florida Ave., Hemet. For more information, contact Kathy Perry at 951-692-0891.