March 2, 2017 --- (Wilmington, Delaware) --- Corned Beef & Cabbage on Saint Patrick’s Day? No problem for area Catholics this year.
Bishop Malooly dispenses meatless Friday obligation for March 17.
The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, has granted Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore, a dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17, 2017. Catholics who take advantage of the dispensation, are encouraged to perform some other penance, such as abstaining from meat another day.
For Catholics, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence from meat. The norms concerning abstinence are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards. In addition, Ash Wednesday (March 1, 2017) and Good Friday (April 14, 2017) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from meat for Catholics.
More information about Lent is available on the Diocese of Wilmington’s website – www.cdow.org.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are over 244,000 Catholics in the diocese.