Fasting and Abstinence during Lent

Fasting and Abstinence during Lent

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting (one normal sized meal and two smaller meals that do not equal one meal) and abstinence for Catholics. This is required for those ages 18-59 except those whose health and ability to work would be seriously affect.

Abstaining from eating meat is required on all Friday’s during Lent for those ages 14 and up.

If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.