Regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent - Catholic Courier
Ashes used during an Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Cross Church in Charlotte March 5, 2014. (Courier file photo)

Ashes used during an Ash Wednesday Mass at Holy Cross Church in Charlotte March 5, 2014. (Courier file photo)

Regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent

Ash Wednesday (March 2) and Good Friday (April 15) are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.

For members of the Latin Catholic Church, the norms on fasting are obligatory from age 18 until age 59. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal. The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Latin Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.

For more information, go to www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year-and-calendar/lent/catholic-information-on-lenten-fast-and-abstinence.

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