Memphis Catholic Diocese dispenses Lenten obligation

Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, SVD, Bishop of Memphis has dispensed Catholics from the Lenten obligation to abstain from meat and meat products on Friday, March 17, in honor of St. Patrick's whose feast is celebrated that day.

For Catholics, abstinence on Friday's during Lent means not eating meat or meat products. Abstinence from meat on Fridays is an ancient custom honoring Jesus whose death occurred on a Friday.

While dispensing Catholics of the Memphis Diocese from the obligation of the Lenten Friday abstinence in honor of St. Patrick, the Bishop pointed out that Catholics should think about other sacrifices that might be made to honor Jesus on Friday, and to be particularly conscious of the need to give alms.