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Archdiocese waives meatless requirement for St. Patrick’s Day


If you’re Catholic in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and you’re enjoying your annual St. Patrick’s Day bite of corned beef and cabbage, you won’t need to grab a pass this year, even though 2023 falls on a Friday during Lent.

Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori granted Catholics in the archdiocese a dispensation from abstinence from eating meat on March 17. He joined the Archbishop of Washington and the Bishop of Arlington, Virginia in offering the reprieve.

Catholics engage in fasting and abstinence as penitential practices that unite Catholics with the redemptive suffering and death of Jesus. Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent in remembrance of the day Christ died.

Instead of abstaining from meat on St. Patrick’s Day, Bishop Lori encourages the faithful in the Archdiocese to engage in an additional act of prayer, service to the poor or almsgiving.

If you still want to abstain from meat on March 17, parishes in the Archdiocese of Baltimore will have plenty of options available with a slew of fish fries offered at local parishes on Fridays during Lent. For a list of parishes offering fish fries, visit https://www.archbalt.org/lenten-resources/directory-friday-fish-fries/

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