BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Archbishop William E. Lori has granted a dispensation allowing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to eat meat on St. Patrick’s Day, which lands on a Lenten day of abstinence in 2017.

The Archdiocese made the announcement Friday on its Facebook page.

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1 and ends on Thursday, April 13.

St. Patrick’s Day is on Friday, March 17.

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Archbishop Lori has granted a dispensation allowing Catholics in the Archdiocese of Baltimore to eat meat on St. Patrick’s day which lands on a Lenten day of abstinence in 2017