St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation

With St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) falling on a Friday during Lent this year, Archbishop William E. Lori has granted Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore a dispensation from abstinence from eating meat that day. Catholics practice fasting and abstinence as penitential practices which unite Catholics to the redemptive suffering and death of Jesus.  Catholics abstain from meat on Fridays during Lent in remembrance of the day Christ died.  In lieu of abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, the Archbishop encourages those members of the faithful of the Archdiocese to engage in some additional act of prayer, service to the poor, or almsgiving.