Dispensation from Abstinence for The First Day of the Lunar New Year, Feb 16, 2018

I am pleased to inform you that Bishop Patrick J. McGrath has granted a dispensation from the Lenten discipline of abstinence from meat to all the faithful of the Diocese of San Jose who will be observing Friday, February 16, the first day of the Asian New Year.

I would ask that word of this dispensation be shared with your parishioners at a date early enough to allow them to make plans for their New Year celebrations.
Thank you for your attention to this memorandum.

Best wishes to all for your upcoming celebrations.

Monsignor Francis V. Cilia

From San Jose Diocesan website.

Ash Wednesday trumps Valentine’s, Chicago archdiocese says

Occasionally, the liturgical calendar has a curious intersection with secular holidays.

This year, Ash Wednesday-which begins the penitential season of Lent with a day of fasting, abstinence, and prayer-falls on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day.

The Archdiocese of Chicago has clarified that Lent is more important than candy hearts, and suggested that Catholics pick some other day for paper hearts and Cupid’s arrows.

A statement released by the archdiocese explained that Catholics will not be dispensed from the laws of fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, and suggested that Catholics planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day could do so on Feb. 13th, which is also Mardi Gras.

“The obligation of fast and abstinence must naturally be the priority in the Catholic community,” said the statement.

Full story at Crux.