Guidance on Fasting and Abstinence During Lent
When do I…?
Fast and Abstain:
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday
All Fridays during Lent
Who has to…?
Fast: Catholics who are 18 years of age, but not yet 59, are obliged
Abstain: Observed by all Catholics 14 years– old and older
Fast: eating one full meal, as well as two small meals that together are not equal to a full meal
Abstinence: refrain from eating meat
Note: Persons that are exempt from fasting include: the physically or mentally ill, individuals with chronic illness, and those pregnant or nursing.