From a reader…
This doesn’t really apply to next year, but I was filling out a family liturgical calendar and got to thinking. My wife and I have recently started abstaining meat on Fridays. We were married on the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica. Next year this will fall on a Friday, and knowing that is a not solemnity would my wife and I have dispensation as it is a family feast that we share?
No, I’m afraid not. If it were your parish patronal feast, perhaps (and you would be in Rome). Keep in mind that other penances can be substituted and that your pastor can commute your penance to another work or dispense you.
However, the interesting thing for me in this email is that you were filling out a family liturgical calendar.
Our family homes should be “domestic churches”, filled with prayer. Holy Church in her wisdom gives us the liturgical year and presents us with the mysteries of our salvation. We should tie our lives into these beautiful, mystery laden cycles.