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Diocese News 3.7.2023


Bishop offers dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Lenten Friday this year, Bishop Edward J. Burns has issued a dispensation from abstinence on March 17, allowing the faithful to enjoy the American Irish tradition of eating corned beef (or ham) and cabbage in good conscience.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Lenten Friday this year, Bishop Edward J. Burns has issued a dispensation from abstinence on March 17, allowing the faithful to enjoy the American Irish tradition of eating corned beef (or ham) and cabbage in good conscience.

In the announcement, the bishop noted that Catholics are not required to utilize the dispensation and may continue the laudable practice of abstaining from meat on this Friday of Lent. If one chooses to make use of this dispensation, he or she is strongly encouraged, though not required, to alternate or substitute another penance in place of abstinence from meat.

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