Is the First May Thursday a Big Deal for Catholics?

I saw an internet clip of a Fox News woman speaking with a Protestant minister about the “unconstitutionality” of a National Day of Prayer. She was getting frustrated that the minister was inclined to support the ruling, noting that Christians don’t need government to tell them to pray.

CNS picks up on the story. But I wonder how much Catholic traction this day has. Help me out here: do any of your parishes or Catholic prayer groups utilize this day in any way? The CNS piece notes it’s been part of the American landscape since 1953. For me, it’s been way in the distance, if it’s been on the horizon at all.

I can’t see the difference if, say, all the Christians, Jew, Muslims, and other religious folk in the US just got together and declared the day a shared religious holiday. Good for ecumenism and interfaith relations. Dodges the fuss about constitutionality. Promotes limited federal government. Win-win-win, right?

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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