Some Catholics are wondering if they can still enjoy some Valentine’s Day sweets while they fast for the beginning of Lent.
For locals, this question has already been answered by the Archdiocese of Hartford.
The Archdiocese suggests that Catholics celebrate Valentine’s Day on Feb. 13.
“Unlike a Friday in Lent, when a dispensation is sometimes given from fast and abstinence on St. Patrick’s Day, Ash Wednesday is a more solemn and universal day of prayer and penance for Catholics and many other Christians as well,” the Archdiocese of Hartford said in a statement. “So, there is no dispensation from fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, February 14, in the Archdiocese of Hartford.”