Bishop Matano grants dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day - Catholic Courier
decorative shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day are seen in the foreground of a parish celebration Decorations celebrating St. Patrick's Day hang in the parish hall of St. Paul of the Cross Church in Honeoye Falls in this 2018 file photo. (Courier file photo)

Bishop Matano grants dispensation for St. Patrick’s Day

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Lenten Friday this year, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano has granted a dispensation from abstinence for March 17.

Fridays during Lent are normally days of abstinence from meat for Catholics ages 14 and older. However, Bishop Matano cited that the Code of Canon Law, No. 87.1, which states, “A diocesan bishop, whenever he judges that it contributes to their spiritual good, is able to dispense the faithful from universal and particular disciplinary laws issued for his territory or his subjects by the supreme authority of the church.”

In a statement, Bishop Matano encouraged the faithful to abstain from meat on another day during the week and to attend Mass on St. Patrick’s Day.

Bishop Matano further noted that the Solemnity of St. Joseph, normally observed on March 19, has been transferred to the following day, March 20, since March 19 falls on the Fourth Sunday of Lent this year. No dispensation for that day is required, he added.

Tags: Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Catholic Beliefs
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