Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Catholics Are In The Clear, Too!

Richard Root
March 17, 2017 - 5:47 am

Today is St. Patrick's Day, and while that's excellent news for anyone who enjoys green beer and corned beef, it's the beef part that might have a lot Irish Catholics a little concerned.

No need to worry, Bishop Malone was one step ahead of the holiday, releasing this statement on the Diocese of Buffalo's website last Wednesday:

"In honor of the upcoming feast of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17, Bishop Richard J. Malone hereby grants a commutation of abstinence to all Catholics in the Buffalo Diocese. Bishop Malone does not grant dispensations from abstinence, but rather commutations. A commutation means that the obligation to abstain from meat must be fulfilled on another date of the individual's choosing preferably during that same week. This call to abstinence on the Fridays of Lent is a centuries-old custom intended to help Christians honor Christ's redemptive death on Good Friday."

So, all that means is that you get to have your fish-fry twice in one week.  I can handle that!

In case you forgot what St. Patrick's Day is all about, let me refresh your memory...

St. Patrick's Day was originally a day to commemorate Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, and has broadened since its origins to celebrate Irish heritage generally.  March 17 is the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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