If you’re planning to take your date out for a steak dinner on Valentine’s Day and either you or your beloved is Catholic, you’ll have to rethink your plans.

For the first time in 73 years, Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season for Christians. No meat is permitted for Catholics on Ash Wednesday or on Fridays during the 40-day Lenten period leading to Easter.

The Catholic Diocese of Columbus says no dispensation will be granted to Catholics to ignore the meat ban even though it’s Valentine’s Day.

And if someone is giving up chocolates for their Lenten penance, a Valentine’s candy box won’t be a good gift either.

The Rev. Joe Ciccone, director of the St. Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio State encourages Catholics to celebrate Valentine’s Day in ways that also acknowledge the beginning of Lent.

"Maybe candy will be exchanged, but its consumption will be put off until the weekend — a restraint that acknowledges patience in love," he said.

But just because you’re being asked to choose reflection, self-sacrifice and carrying out extra acts of charity over steak and chocolates doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your love for your sweetie at the same time you celebrate your love of Christ, many faith leaders say.

"Combine the themes of love and Ash Wednesday. It really is all about love," said the Rev. David MacDonald, a Methodist and chaplain at Ohio Northern University in Ada, in northwestern Ohio.

MacDonald says he’s hosting an Ash Wednesday service on campus during the day and going out with his wife to a play that night.

The Rev. Jennifer Casto, pastor at Epworth Church, a United Methodist Church on Karl Road on the Northeast Side, said couples can "put your faith first, together as a couple."

She said the church is hosting a drive-through Ash Wednesday service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., an option that might be particularly attractive to couples trying to celebrate both holidays this year.

If you’re not part of a couple, you still get to enjoy being loved if you observe Ash Wednesday, Casto said.

"Valentine’s Day is about romantic love and as the church we want to focus on the unconditional love of God and God’s forgiveness and God’s acceptance of all people and that we are loved no matter what," she said.

If the Ash Wednesday-Valentine’s Day calendar coincidence isn’t quirky enough, Easter this year falls on the same date as April Fools’ Day: April 1.