SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Bishop of the Diocese of Springfield is giving Catholics a dispensation, allowing the faithful to eat meat this Friday for St. Patrick’s Day.

Bishop William Byrne told 22News members of the Diocese of Springfield will be allowed to indulge in corned beef this holiday. Traditionally, Catholics are not allowed to eat meat on Fridays, during the season of Lent.

Bishop Byrne suggests making a sacrifice on a different day to make up for St. Patrick’s Day. “With also the stipulation that maybe another day during the week you make a special sacrifice that day, so sort of transfer it, but then everyone can celebrate the great patron saint of Ireland.”

We’re in the middle of the 40 day season of Lent in which Christians around the world make personal sacrifices and help those in need all in preparation for Easter.