Decree of Dispensation
The disciplinary practice of abstaining from meat on the Fridays in Lent is an important dimension of the penitential nature of the season. This year, the Feast of St. Patrick, March 17, 2017, falls on a Friday in Lent. Given the many celebrations that occur on this day, in accord with the norm of the law, I herewith grant to all Catholics of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, as well as all present here that day, a dispensation from abstinence from meat and meat products.
I encourage all who make use of this dispensation to engage in another sacrificial or charitable act that day.
Given in Anchorage, this 2nd day of March 2017.
In the Heart of Christ,
†Paul D. Etienne, D.D., S.T.L.
Archbishop of Anchorage
DECREE of DISPENSATION (.pdf)