Lent Regulations for Fast and Abstinence
February 8, 2024

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Good Friday, March 29, are days for fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics, 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal.

Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.

Abstinence is observed by all Catholics 14 years of age and older. On days of abstinence no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt, the parish priest should be consulted. (Code of Canon Law, canons 1251-1252)


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