Can Catholics observe Lent AND eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?

Published: Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 11:17 AM


            Photo courtesy of Dorothy Lane Market
Photo courtesy of Dorothy Lane Market

We wondered: Can Catholics who are abstaining from meat while observing Lent receive the equivalent of a one-day pass that would allow them to enjoy corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day?

The answer, it turns out, is yes — under certain circumstances that are, well … complicated.

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We know the issue has come up in Dayton-area parishes, since this is the first year St. Patrick’s Day has fallen within Lent since 2006, according to this story from catholicnewsagency.com that explores the issue in great depth.

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The Catholic News Agency story shows that more than 80 dioceses in the U.S. have announced some form of dispensation on St. Patrick’s Day this year, but cautions that Catholics should check with their local diocese before partaking in “the celebratory meats.”

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So we posed the question to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, which includes the Dayton, Hamilton, Middletown and Springfield areas. Here was the answer we received from Lisa J. Weber, Secretary to the Chancellor for the Archdiocese:

“If a Catholic in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati wishes to request a dispensation from the abstinence of meat on St. Patrick’s Day, we ask them to write to the Archbishop by postal mail. He will then consult with their pastor.”

So it might be a bit too late for this year. But now you know for the NEXT time the beloved Irish holiday falls on Lent.

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By the way, the best line from the Catholic News Agency story comes from J.D. Flynn, a canon lawyer and Special Assistant to Bishop James Conley in Lincoln, Neb. When the story’s author asked about her own extremely proud Irish grandmother who declared a dispensation for herself and all her Irish kin on St. Patrick’s Day, regardless of where they reside, Flynn’s response was:

“Your grandma was, with all due respect to her Irish brilliance, mistaken.”

7 dessert recipes to boost Easter meals

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

WARMINSTER, PA - APRIL 18:  Pink and yellow Marshmallow Peeps are seen April 18, 2003 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Just Born, the manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps, and now produces more than one billion individual Peeps per year. Last Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies were consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States. Strange things people like to do with Marshmallow Peeps: eat them stale, microwave them, freeze them, roast them and use them as a pizza topping. Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies come in five colors. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
William Thomas Cain/Getty Images
WARMINSTER, PA - APRIL 18: Pink and yellow Marshmallow Peeps are seen April 18, 2003 in Warminster, Pennsylvania. Just Born, the manufacturer of Marshmallow Peeps, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Marshmallow Peeps, and now produces more than one billion individual Peeps per year. Last Easter, more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies were consumed by men, women, and children throughout the United States. Strange things people like to do with Marshmallow Peeps: eat them stale, microwave them, freeze them, roast them and use them as a pizza topping. Marshmallow Peeps and Bunnies come in five colors. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)(William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)

For those who are running late or need some different ideas for desserts to bring to Easter get-togethers, we’ve got you covered. 

» Easter consumers to spend $2.6B on Peeps and other candy

» Easter: When is it; what is it; why isn’t it on the same date every year?

Below we have listed a few recipes that are sure to be a hit: 

Peeps

Make use of seasonal peeps to add extra decoration and make your dessert stand out.  

» Easter brunch guide in Dayton area 

» Roundup of Easter egg hunts in Dayton area



Hot Crossed Buns

Hot crossed buns isn’t just a song a you had to play on that recorder in fifth grade, but a traditional treat this time of year. A 12th-century monk was the first to mark the buns with a cross when he was baking them on Good Friday. The buns gained in popularity in England until they became a symbol for the holiday weekend, according to Smithsonian.com.



Easter Bunny

No Easter is complete without a visit from the Easter Bunny. With these sweet treats family members and children are sure to have a hoot. 



Rice Krispie Nest

Add some color to your dessert table with these festive colorful nests. 



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Marshmallow Bark

For those who have a sweet tooth and love four-ingredient recipes, this is the one for you.



Chocolate Lasagna

Any family get together is not complete without having a little chocolate (or a lot). This dish is sure to have your family talking for years to come. 

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35-pound cat joins adopted family for adorable wedding photos

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 @ 8:52 AM

Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.
Humane Rescue Alliance
Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.(Humane Rescue Alliance)

The cat formerly known as Symba has had a busy time since he went viral in June for his eye-popping girth. 

The 35-pound orange tabby has since been adopted by a couple who got married on July 8.

Like many wedding guests, the cat, now named Vito, wanted to look his best. His new owners have placed him on a strict diet and a regular exercise regimen.

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The newlyweds posed with Vito in a series of photographs taken by Kristi Odom. Vito still has a ways to go to reach a healthy weight, but he looks like he's happy and content in his new home. 

35-pound cat named Symba seeking forever home

Published: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 3:08 PM

Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.
Humane Rescue Alliance
Symba the cat seen here with Humane Rescue Alliance staff.(Humane Rescue Alliance)

Staff at the Humane Rescue Alliance in the nation’s capital say they’ve seen a lot, but Symba is a first.

The 35-pound orange tabby cat is drawing lots of attention on social media.

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Symba is six years old, sweet, mellow and available for adoption, according to Humane Rescue Alliance officials. They posted photos of the portly feline on their social media pages on Thursday. The cat will need owners who are dedicated to helping the overweight cat shed some pounds. 

The cat's weight loss regimen has already started. In a tweet posted by the Humane Rescue Alliance, Simba is introduced to an exercise wheel, where he gingerly takes a few steps before taking a break.

If raccoons could talk: ‘Well, thanks, I think you’re cute, too’

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 5:32 PM


            Priscilla Mutter took this photo of a raccoon in Clayton on July 4. Her description says, “Young raccoon.” We’ll take Priscilla’s word for it that the animal is indeed young. And because it was July Fouth, we’ll also give the critter credit for being patriotic.
Priscilla Mutter took this photo of a raccoon in Clayton on July 4. Her description says, “Young raccoon.” We’ll take Priscilla’s word for it that the animal is indeed young. And because it was July Fouth, we’ll also give the critter credit for being patriotic.

Share your photos of life in the Miami Valley by season.

Dayton Daily News reader Priscilla Mutter sent in this accompanying photo.

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Please send a high-resolution image to the following address: Neighbors@coxinc.com.

Important: Use the email subject line “Seasons photo” (without the quote marks). Submissions should include the date the photo was taken, the location the photo was taken and a brief description of the photo. The photographer should include his/her first and last name and specific town of residence for a photo credit.