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Guidelines for Fast and Abstinence

Soon we will be amidst the Season of Lent.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence.

Buy at Art.comFasting – is to be observed by all Catholics who are 18 years of age or older and who have not celebrated their 59th birthday yet. On days of fasting one full meal is allowed. Two smaller meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be eaten (according to each person’s needs), but together these two meals should not equal another full meal. Liquids (such as milk and juices) are allowed throughout the day, but eating between meals is not permitted.

Abstinence – is to be observed by all Catholics who are 14 years of age or older. On days of abstinence meat is not allowed.

Note: When health issues or the ability to work might be seriously affected, the law does not apply. If in doubt, consult your parish priest with questions and concerns regarding the rules for fast and abstinence.

The three traditional disciplines of Lent are fasting, almsgiving and prayer. All faithful Catholics and catechumens undertake these practices in the spirit of penance and to prepare for baptism or the renewal of baptism at Easter.

Articles and Resources to Enrich Your Lenten Journey

Journey Through Lent - As we travel through this penitential season, some Lenten reflections from your editor.

Ash Wednesday - Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The Season of Lent is a season of penance, reflection and fasting. Learn why we use ashes on this first day of Lent.

Prayer for the Lenten Season - Prayer is an important part of the Lenten Season. Is your prayer life where you want it to be? Read on for ways to strengthen your daily prayer; plus a prayer I wrote to enrich our Lenten journey.

Parish Missions - Parish Missions, sometimes called parish retreats, are valuable tools in renewing our spiritual life and are often offered during the Lenten season.

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