This year the Feast of Saint Patrick falls on a Lenten Friday. Since Saint Patrick is the principal patron of our diocese, I hereby grant a dispensation from Friday abstinence to all Catholics who reside in the diocese and all who are present within the Diocese on March 17th. Those who take advantage of this dispensation are urged to substitute another suitable form of personal penance, possibly choosing another day within the Second Week of Lent as a Day of Lenten abstinence.
~ Most Reverend Ronald W. Gainer, Bishop of Harrisburg
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