March 8, 2013

Archdiocesan Catholics may eat meat on Friday, March 15

Many Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Indianapolis will take part in St. Patrick’s Day activities on the weekend of March 15-17. In Indianapolis, the city is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Friday, March 15.

Recognizing that this is a traditional day of celebration for many Catholics and that a person cannot celebrate and do penance at the same time, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin has commuted the obligation for Catholics of the archdiocese to abstain from meat on Friday, March 15.

Commutation means that those persons in the archdiocese who wish to eat meat on March 15 are free to do so, but Archbishop Tobin is encouraging people to abstain from meat on some other day during the week of March 9-16. †

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