Fast, Abstinence & Other Acts of Penance During Lent

The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as minimal obligation, that all persons who are fourteen years of age and older are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and on all Fridays of Lent. Further, all persons eighteen years of age and older, up to and including their 59th birthday, are bound to fast by limiting themselves to one full meal on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, while the other two meals on those days are light. All the faithful are encouraged to participate at Mass and to receive the Holy Eucharist daily, to celebrate frequently the Sacrament of Penance, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of the Sacred Scriptures, and to  participate in parish Lenten devotions as well as Lenten Education Programs.