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Bishop Issues Decree for the Feast of St. Patrick
Bishop Steven J. Raica has issued a decree granting a dispensation from the discipline of Abstinence on Friday, March 17, 2017 (St. Patrick's Day) to Catholics in the Diocese of Gaylord. Those who choose to utilize the dispensation, are to perform another suitable penance on the day before or the day after. Below is the full text of the decree:
Dispensation from Abstinence for Friday, March 17, 2017, the Feast of St Patrick
During Lent, Fridays are days of abstinence obligating one to abstain from eating meat and meat products as a common sign and witness of penitence in the Catholic community. Abstinence applies to all Catholics who are 14 years of age or older.
This year, St Patrick’s Day occurs on Friday, March 17, 2017. It is a feast that is celebrated in a culturally significant way for many within the Diocese of Gaylord. Having received several requests from various sectors of the Diocese for a consideration of a dispensation from abstinence to commemorate the memorial of St Patrick within the Irish tradition, and for the spiritual good of the faithful who celebrate this feast, I hereby grant a dispensation from the discipline of Abstinence on Friday, March 17, 2017, to all Catholics who celebrate this great event, whether domiciled or visiting in the territory of the Diocese of Gaylord.
Furthermore, those who choose to utilize this dispensation, are to perform another suitable penance on the day before or the day after St Patrick’s day to express their penitential solidarity with the Catholic community.
Given in Gaylord, Michigan on this the 22nd day of February in the year of our Lord, 2017, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter the Apostle.
+Steven J Raica
Most Reverend Steven J Raica
Bishop of Gaylord
A copy of the decree may be downloaded by clicking on the link below.