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Wednesday October 18, 2017
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March 17 Dispensation from Abstinence from Easting Meat

In view of the fact that St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Friday of Lent, I hereby grant a dispensation from the Church's law of abstinence for all in the Diocese of Yakima. I also request that all who avail themselves of this dispensation perform some other work of penance, for example:

  • a prayerful visit to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament
  • fasting from watching a television show
  • visiting someone who is sick or in prison

We do penance in imitation of Jesus' fast of 40 days in the desert, eager to draw nearer to him in love.

Most Rev. Joseph J. Tyson
Bishop of Yakima

March 1, 2017