Fasting is to be observed by all 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday.

Here is the recipe for a fast day:
~ One (1) full meal is allowed.
~ Two (2) other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each 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 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.

The days of fasting and abstinence are:
~ Ash Wednesday, February 10
~ Good Friday, March 25
~ All the Fridays of Lent (2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18)

Fasting and abstinence join almsgiving, and prayer as the three traditional disciplines of Lent. We undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for Easter.

When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence check with a parish priest.