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Archbishop Thomas Wenski grants dispensation on St. Patrick’s Day

Miamiā€¦(March 8, 2017) Fridays of Lent are days of fast and abstinence.  However, the third Friday of Lent, March 17th, falls on Saint Patrick’s Day. While only an optional memorial on the Church’s liturgical calendar, the feast of St. Patrick, patron Saint of Ireland and Nigeria, is of great significance to great numbers of the faithful in the Archdiocese and beyond. 

Therefore, at the request and concurrence of the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council, I am happy to grant a dispensation to those required by Church law to fast and to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17th so that they might observe St. Patrick’s Day in a more festive manner. 

Those not celebrating St. Patrick are urged to keep Friday as a Day of Fast and Abstinence. Those celebrating St. Patrick are encouraged to substitute another day in place of March 17th to observe this hallowed custom of fasting and abstinence during the Lenten Season. 

The Archdiocese of Miami
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Comments from readers

David C. Savage - 03/17/2017 12:37 AM
Thanks you Archbishop Wenski for the St.Patrick's Day dispensation!
Fr. Joseph Maroor - 03/15/2017 12:03 PM
Let us thank Archbishop Wenski for granting dispensation on St Patrick's day so that we all can sit with our Irish friends And feast on corn beef and cabbage. praise the Lord
Brendan Doyle - 03/09/2017 05:08 PM
Would like thank Archbishop Thomas Wenski for granting dispensation on St. Patrick Day. Will keep the Archbishop and the Diocese's in our prayer Kindest Regards, Brendan Doyle

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