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Dispensation from abstaining from meat on St. Patrick's Day


Msgr. Michael Shugrue, diocesan administrator, has provided the following message regarding the observance of the Memorial of Saint Patrick this year:

In celebration of the Memorial of Saint Patrick on Friday, March 17, 2017 (a Friday in the Lenten season this year), a commutation from the Lenten observance of abstaining from meat on that day is granted. This commutation means that in order to maintain the Lenten spirit of prayer and penance, the faithful are directed to transfer the abstinence from eating meat to some other day during that week.