Here in Lansing, our bishop has given us special permission to have meat on this Friday even though we are smack dab in the middle of Lent. The reason? So that we Irish folk, and those who are Irish one day a year, can celebrate St. Patrick's Day properly. Of course, we are to pick another day during the week to make our Lenten sacrifice.
An interesting aside, I will be travelling to Pittsburgh on Friday so I wrote to Pete Vere, canon lawyer, with the following question:
St. Patrick's feast day falls on a Friday in Lent this year. Our bishop here in Lansing lifted the no meat restriction for St. Pat's Day. But I'm going to be in Pittsburgh. If the Pittsburgh bishop hasn't lifted the restriction, can this Irish lass still have corned beef?
And Pete's response:
Yes. But your friends in Pittsburgh can't. On the other hand, if your friends
in Pittsburgh were visiting you in Lansing, they could! Basically, as a traveller from another diocese, you come under whatever law is less restrictive.
It's nice having a canon lawyer for a friend. Thanks Pete!!!