• Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. 
  • All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence.
  • Fasting means only one full meal with two smaller meals, which together do not equal the full meal. No snacking or eating between meals is allowed. Fasting obliges all Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59.
  • Abstinence means eating no meat, and no soup or gravy made from meat. Abstinence obliges all Catholics over the age of 14.
  • Sickness, hard manual labor, pregnancy, etc. automatically excuses a person from these obligations. Nevertheless, it should be pointed out that these are serious obligations. In cases of doubt or question, consult your priest.