From a reader:
I am a newly registered member of a parish […] for whom the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is that of the principle patron. Hence, that should be 1st class (solemnity) for the archdiocese. In the traditional calendar, that feast falls on Friday, 22 August, but not, of course, in the new calendar.
My question, then, is this: do I observe this coming Friday [Sorry, this is a few days late!] as a patronal solemnity owing to my membership in a traditional personal parish in this specific diocese, or do I merely observe the feast liturgically, but orient the rest of my day towards the sense of penance that characterizes a Friday?
According the principle favorabilia amplianda – that favors are to be amplified (Regulae Iuris 15), I say that the Feast should have been celebrated on Friday 22 August, with ribs, steaks, and porkchops aplenty. Or, given that you are in the south, I suppose also hog jowls, possum, etc. I haven’t been to Atlanta. Do you have your own style of BBQ there? I digress.
Furthermore, we are permitted, under the present Code for the Latin Church, to substitute penances for abstinence on a Friday.
Keep in mind that in these USA Catholics are not obliged under the norms outlines by the conference of bishops to abstain from eating meat on Fridays. Catholics in England and Wales are, however, and I am sure that they are much the happier for it.