The following comes from a Feb. 13 posting on the Facebook page of the San Francisco archdiocese.

LUNAR NEW YEAR DISPENSATION: Archbishop Cordileone has announced that the faithful who wish to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 16, and to eat meat, may transfer their obligation of abstinence to the following Wednesday. Otherwise, the normal Lenten regulations apply, including that everyone fourteen years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Join us for the Archdiocesan Chinese New Year Mass on February 24 at 2:30 pm in St. Mary’s Cathedral.

In a Feb. 14 posting from the same page:

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent. ARCHBISHOP CORDILEONE’S Lenten message encourages us in our increased attention to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “I would invite our good Catholic people, then, to see the season of Lent as a teaching tool of the Church that instructs us on how we can live virtuous Christian lives all throughout the year. We redouble our efforts during Lent, in a very focused way, in order to develop our spiritual stamina for living our faith well throughout the year…” May you have a blessed Lent.


San Jose Catholics who want to eat meat on Friday are not asked to transfer the abstinence, according to a California Catholic story on February 9.