Lenten Fast/Abstinence Regulations

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Ash Wednesday is February 18

Lent 2015 begins with the observance of Ash Wednesday. The Catholic Church asks each member to preserve the penitential character and purpose of Lent by attending to the following fast and abstinence regulations. Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent, including GoodFriday. Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday and are under 60 years of age are bound to fast on AshWednesday and Good Friday.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Fasts: only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other meatless 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. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.