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Fasting and Abstinence

During this holy season of prayer and penance Catholics offer a small sacrifice to God to remind ourselves of our complete dependance on His mercy and goodness. This brief outline of the Church's guidelines is here to help you discern your obligation as a Catholic.

During Lent The Church and Canon Law asks Catholics to:
  1. Abstain on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays during Lent. Abstinence means to refrain from eating any meat.


  2. Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one's strength. Two smaller, meatless, and penitential meals are permitted according to your needs, but they should not equal one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

Catholics 14 years and older are expected to abstain, and Catholics between the ages of 18 to 59 are also expected to fast on the appointed days. Those who are ill, pregnant, or nursing infants are exempt from these obligations.


Abstinence on Fridays Throughout the Year

Fridays throughout the year are also considered days of penance. The Code of Canon Law states that Friday is a day of abstinence from meat throughout the year. The American Bishops have allowed us to choose a different form of penance rather than abstaining from meat, but there must be some form of penance.

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