Additional Examinations of Conscience
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In 2017 St. Patrick's Day falls on a Lenten Friday. The bishops of Wisconsin have decided to grant people a dispensation from the law to abstain from meat that day. Click here for Bishop Morlino’s Rescript Granting Dispensation. The dispensation is for the “faithful who reside in the Diocese of Madison, as well as anyone actually present in the Diocese of Madison” on March 17, 2017.
In this rescript he asks that the faithful celebrate with “moderation and temperance” and that they “perform some salutary work of penance or charity that day so that they might unite themselves more perfectly with the suffering and death of our Lord.”
Starting Time for Easter Vigil 2017: Sunset on Holy Saturday, April 14, 2017, will be at 7:39 p.m. in Madison. Generally, nightfall occurs about one half hour after that time. In the Diocese of Madison, the Easter Vigil may begin at 8:00 p.m. (or later).
Faculties for Confirmation of Catholics for the Easter Vigil: According to the Faculties for Priests and Deacons in the Diocese of Madison (March 20, 2008), the Bishop grants permission to pastors and parochial vicars to administer validly and licitly the Sacrament of Confirmation to adult Catholics within the parish at the Easter Vigil without the written permission of the Bishop.