St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation


In accordance with the prescriptions of the Code of Canon Law, canons 87 §1 and 91, I hereby officially dispense those faithful domiciled or physically present in the territory of the Diocese who would ordinarily be bound to observe abstinence on the Fridays of the season of Lent from the requirement to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17, 2023, who are participating in observances of the Memorial of Saint Patrick.

The reason for this dispensation is that March 17, a Lenten Friday, is also an important celebration within, at least, the Irish-American culture.  Thus, a recognition of this feast day is particularly significant for our many parishes named under the patronage of Saint Patrick as well as many other persons of Irish heritage or persons appreciating the spiritual aspects and influence of the saint.

With due regard for the penitential character of Lent, those who receive and exercise this dispensation are to adopt another day of abstinence in place of March 17 or substitute a suitable penitential observance, such as prayer, fasting, or almsgiving, in its place.

Given at the Chancery, Kansas City, Missouri, on this 20th day of January, in the Year of Our Lord 2023.


Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Jr., JCL, DD

Bishop of Kansas City – St. Joseph


Very Reverend Kenneth A. Riley, JCL

Vicar General – Chancellor

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