St. Patrick's Day dispensation
Bishop Richard Pates made the following statement: "A dispensation from Lenten abstinence from meat and fasting on Friday, March 17, 2017 is hereby granted to all to whom it is applicable in the Diocese of Des Moines. This is a tribute to St. Patrick, Patron of Ireland. May the day be blessed for all. Some have indicated that a superb fish fry at one of our parishes would also be a marvelous way to commemorate this feast."
Thank you, Your Excellency! I had planned on saving my corned beef and cabbage until Sunday if you did not grant a dispensation!