Our parish is commemorating its 50th anniversary this Saturday (moved because the actual day falls on Sunday). Of course, our patron is St. Patrick, whose feast day is March 17. As I understand it, the parish ‘dedication anniversary’ or patron feast day is a solemnity within that parish, and Lenten restrictions are relaxed on solemnities.
A few questions… since the day is not on a Friday this year, normal abstinence rules are not a conflict. But if the day does fall on a Friday some year, does this solemnity (if it does indeed rise to that level) dispense parishioners from the abstinence from meat?
Next, may the Gloria be sung during this commemorative Mass? We will have 3 bishops concelebrating with our priests… it’s my understanding (perhaps faulty) that the rule of thumb goes, 'If the Bishop celebrates the Mass at your parish, you do the Gloria-- but not the Alleluia (during Lent). What is the actual ‘rubric’ in this case?
Finally, what are some general ‘rules’ that apply to the celebration of a parish’s dedication anniversary or patron saint’s feast day when it falls during Lent?