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Posted on February 05, 2018 21:53

BISHOP ROBERT BAKER has issued the following statement about Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday:  “For the first time since 1945, Valentine’s Day this year falls on Ash Wednesday.  Some have wondered whether a dispensation from the standard laws of fast and abstinence would be granted.  Out of respect for the importance of Ash Wednesday and the way this custom underlines the importance of the Lenten season at its outset, a dispensation will not be given.  Those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day may do so the day before (Mardi Gras) or on another non-penitential day.”

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