Dispensation on March 17, 2017
Since Saint Patrick Day, March 17th, falls on a Friday during Lent this year, Bishop George Murry is
granting a dispensation for Catholics in the Diocese of Youngstown from the obligation to abstain from
eating meat on that day. In granting this dispensation, he is requiring the faithful, if they take advantage of
the dispensation to undertake the Friday abstinence on another day that week of their choosing.