The Archdiocese of Hartford has released the following statement regarding dispensation on Valentine's Day from Ash Wednesday fasting and abstinence:
"This year Ash Wednesday falls on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14th.
Unlike a Friday in Lent, when a dispensation is sometimes given from fast and abstinence on St. Patrick’s Day, Ash Wednesday is a more solemn and universal day of prayer and penance for Catholics and many other Christians as well.
So there is no dispensation from fast and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, February 14, in the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Catholics may wish to anticipate St. Valentine’s Day the day or evening before, on February 13."