St. Patrick's Day and Catholics

Colorado Springs Catholics are getting a break this Saint Patrick's Day.

Colorado Springs Bishop Michael Sheridan is granting a special dispensation to Catholics in his diocese, allowing those who attend church functions or fundraising events to enjoy corned beef and cabbage on Saint Patrick's Day.

Tomorrow is the second Friday in Lent.

Catholics typically are required to abstain from eating meat on Friday's during the 40 day period leading up to Easter.

Sheridan's parishioners must make up for eating meat tomorrow by abstaining from it another day.

Hundreds of other dioceses across the country, especially those with large Irish-American populations are doing the same tomorrow, though neither the Denver nor Pueblo diocese is offering blanket exceptions.