NEW ORLEANS - Catholics in the Archdiocese of New Orleans have been given a reprieve if they decide to consume meat this coming Friday - St. Patrick's Day.

However, the dispensation comes with a slight catch.

Aymond said Catholics who choose to eat meat on St. Patrick's Day need to pick another day to abstain or perform an act of penance that is a greater sacrifice.

St. Patrick’s Day “dispensations,” or special changes to church laws, have been popping up in dioceses across the country in recent weeks. The diocese originally made the announcement in an email to local parishes last week.

In addition to green beer, St. Patrick's Day celebrations often include corned beef or other meat.