If you were gearing up for St. Patrick's Day celebrations that included corned beef and cabbage but then checked the calendar only to realize that the holiday falls on a Friday during Lent, it's OK.
Pates said Thursday he offered the dispensation after a number of parishioners inquired as to whether they would be able to indulge in meaty stews and other fleshy fare on St.
With St. Patrick's Day this Friday, people are preparing and excited to eat traditional foods including corned beef and other savory treats. Ecclesiastical law is essentially set up by the Church hierarchy, and thus can be "dispensed" under certain circumstances.
"It has been noted, however, that Friday of the second week of Lent this year corresponds with St. Patrick's Day (March 17), which has traditionally been an occasion for joy-filled celebrations in this Archdiocese", according to a February 22 letter from Chancellor Susan Mulheron to church members and clergy. But during this time of Lent, many Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays posing a culinary conundrum this St. Patrick's Day. No provision is made for a "conditional" or "do it if you insist" dispensation such as Bishop Braxton has promulgated.
Don't worry, local Catholics.
This was done because St. Patrick is the diocese's patron saint, and "Friday is the patronal feast day of the diocese", the Rev. James O'Blaney, pastor of St. James Roman Catholic Church in Lititz, explained Monday. "Fish on Friday, even this Friday, is certainly not a bad thing".
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