SAN ANGELO, TX – Roman Catholics in the Diocese of San Angelo must continue to observe lent despite St. Patrick's Day, confirms Bishop Michael Sis, the head of the local Diocese.
The following is the full message from Bishop Sis:
Since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday of Lent, some are wondering whether I will be offering a diocesan dispensation from the obligation of abstinence from meat on Friday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day. In West Texas, there is not a broadly practiced local cultural tradition of eating corned beef and cabbage. There are many beautiful and joyful ways to honor St. Patrick on his feast day without consuming meat. Therefore, I will not be granting an overall diocesan dispensation from the obligation to abstain from meat on St. Patrick's Day. Local pastors already have the ongoing faculty to dispense individuals on a case-by-case basis. Through the intercession of St. Patrick, the apostle and patron of Ireland, may God bring a new wave of evangelization to the Irish people.