The Season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. All Catholics are encouraged to practice prayer, sacrifice and almsgiving. In this season, we prepare our hearts and minds to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ by entering into deeper communion with his saving love evidenced through his life, death and resurrection.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence – one full meal and two smaller meals for persons 18 thru 59 years of age; no meat for persons 14 years and older.
All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence – no meat for persons 14 years and older. There is no obligation to fast during the weekdays of Lent; however voluntary acts of self-denial are encouraged.