Guidelines on Lenten Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday, March 6, and Good Friday April 19, are days of fast and abstinenceAll Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence from meat.

Fasting is to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics between the ages of 18 years and 59 years (inclusive).  On a fast day, one full meal is allowed.  Two small meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.  Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
Abstinence from meat is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age and older.  Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and Good Friday are days of abstinence.
Note:  If a person is unable to observe the above regulations due to ill health or other serious reasons, they are urged to practice other forms of self-denial that are suitable to their condition.
Fasting, almsgiving and prayer are the three traditional 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.