SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Catholic Diocese of Spokane is allowing its faithful followers to eat meat this Friday during Lent.

Bishop Thomas Daly is making the exception for Spokane Catholics so they can partake in eating corned beef on Friday for St. Patrick’s Day. He asking people that do eat meat that day to engage in some other comparable act of penance.

Every Friday during Lent, Catholics are obligated to refrain from eating meat for an entire day.