The following are regulations for fasting and abstinence from the Archbishop’s office:

  • Abstinence from meat is observed on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and all the Fridays of Lent by all Catholics 14 years of age and older.
  • Fasting is observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all Catholics 18 years of age but not yet 59 years of age. Those bound by this rule may take only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted as necessary to maintain strength according to one’s needs. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.
  • During the season of Lent, we are called to embrace penances and to perform works of charity that reflect our willingness to conversion of heart. Recommendations for self-denial and personal penance include: daily participation in the Mass; prayers for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life; personal service to the aged or the sick; fasting at least once a week as a way of identifying with the poor and starving of the world; and prayer for peace.

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