Fasting and Abstinence Regulations for Lent

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Ash Wednesday, February 22nd and Good Friday, April 7th are both days of Fasting and Abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all who are 18 years of age through age 59. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all who are 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note, that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the Parish priest should be consulted.

Fasting, Almsgiving, and Prayer are three disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism, or of renewal of baptism at Easter.