Catholic leaders in Nebraska are telling parishioners they may eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day, despite the traditional Lenten Friday fast.
The Catholic Church typically refrains from eating flesh meat on Fridays during Lent, because they say Jesus sacrificed his flesh for them on Good Friday.
Troopers will be working overtime across the state this St. Patrick’s Day. Troopers will be performing high-visibility patrols throughout the state from Thursday evening through Saturday morning as part of this operation.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on roadways across the country. From 2016 to 2020, 287 people were killed across the country in drunk-driving related crashes on St. Patrick’s Day.
Originating from the Feast of St. Patrick, the holiday falls on March 17 every year, said to be the day the patron saint of Ireland died. Beyond the religious significance, the holiday is more commonly known for its partying, parades and recognition of all things Irish, including cabbage, corned beef and beer.
So how are Catholics supposed to reconcile the holiday traditions with their Lenten obligations?
According to countless dioceses around the country including in New York — the corned beef wins out this year.
“Instead, Catholics who find themselves at an event where meat is served in celebrating St. Patrick may in good conscience substitute the general rule of abstinence with another form of penance or a significant act of charity that benefits the poor,” the Archdiocese of Chicago wrote in a statement. “Regardless, it is important to take seriously the obligation to observe Fridays in Lent as a way of uniting ourselves to Jesus who died on Good Friday. That should not be undervalued as we reflect on his sacrifice on the Cross for the salvation of the world in this holy season.”
Frontier Division Finals: Helena Bighorns vs. Gillette Wild – 3/17 (and 3/18 if necessary) – 7 p.m.
The Helena Bighorns will be playing for its second straight Frontier Division title and bid to the Fraser Cup Championships against the Gillette Wild. The final series of the Frontier Divison season kicks off in Gillette on Wednesday and will end in Helena on Friday, and Saturday if necessary. Tickets for Friday and Saturday can be purchased in person at Play It Again Sports in Helena or online.
HACF Community Night at On Broadway – 3/20
On Monday, On Broadway will be hosting the Helena Area Community Foundation for a fundraiser where a portion of the proceeds will go to the HACF. HACF will also be holding a silent auction to raise even more money to go back into the community.
The coincidence of a Friday falling on a special feast day is a reason for a bishop to suspend the obligation.
This year, two important events fall on a Friday of Lent. The first one the feast of St. Patrick, and the second one is the ordination of the first auxiliary bishop of El Paso, Rev. Tony Celino.
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