Diocesan Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Regulations

Diocesan Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Regulations

Ash Wednesday, February 26, and Good Friday, April 10th are the fast of fast and abstinence.  Fridays during Lent are also days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age through 59 years of age.  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 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 abstinence and fasting, a parish priest should be consulted.

Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent.  The Faithful, and especially Catechumens, should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and preparation for Baptism or the renewal of Baptism at Easter.