Days of Fasting and Penance

Ash Wednesday, February 18 and Good Friday, April 3 are observed as days of fast and abstinence. The Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.

According to the practice and traditions of the Church, fasting is observed by those 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is eaten; two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, are taken according to each one’s needs, but together should not equal another full meal. On fast days, eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence, no meat is eaten. Note that when health and ability to work would be seriously affected, the discipline does not oblige. Consult Father John with any questions and concerns.

Fasting, almsgiving and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful are urged to take these disciplines seriously in a spirit of penance, in preparation for baptism or the renewal of baptism at Easter.


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