Archbishop Hebda, acknowledging the significance of Saint Patrick and the Irish immigrants indebted to him in the history of our Archdiocese, has granted a dispensation from the abstinence of meat on March 17. All, however, who choose to enjoy the favor of the dispensation by partaking in the eating of meat on the Memorial of Saint Patrick this year, are exhorted to undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Third Week of Lent.
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"Through the intercession of Saint Patrick, may Christ be in the heart of everyone who thinks of us, in the mouth of everyone who speaks of us, in every eye that sees us, and in every ear that hears us. Glorious Saint Patrick pray for us!"