Thursday, March 18, 2010

St. Joseph's Day... tomorrow, March 19. Normally Catholics have to abstain from meat on Fridays in Lent, but St. Joseph's Day is a solemnity, which means it's such an important feast that it trumps the fast. (A canon lawyer gets technical about it here.) So tomorrow we can chow down on red meat if we please. :)

This is darn convenient, because my boss is taking our whole lab out for dim sum at lunchtime tomorrow, and I'd hate to have to pass up the barbecue pork buns!

What's more, tomorrow evening I'll be going out with a group from church, to have a farewell dinner for two of our OMVs, and to celebrate the feast day. We'll be eating pupusas, an El Salvadorean food I've never had before. Should be fun!

Here's a bit of trivia I liked: back when Catholics had to abstain from meat on all Fridays (not just the ones in Lent), Pope Pius XII granted a dispensation to American Catholics for the Friday after Thanksgiving, so they could eat their leftover turkey. :)

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