Regulations for Fast and Abstinence
During Lent, the Church asks each member to preserve the penitential character and purpose of the season. To accomplish this, the following regulations apply:
· Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday of Lent.
· Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Only one full meal should be eaten on those days. Smaller quantities of food may be taken at two other meals, but no food should be consumed at other times during those two days. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one’s 59th birthday.
Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.