Lenten rules for fast, abstinence
Catholics are to keep the Lenten fast and abstinence according to
Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to
abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all the Fridays of Lent and
Good Friday. On these days of complete abstinence, meat or soup
or gravy made from meat are not to be eaten.
Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to
abstaining from meat, are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday, Feb.
28, and Good Friday, April 13. Fasting means eating only one full
meal per day. Smaller amounts of food may be taken at two other
meals, but no food should be eaten between meals. The obligation
to fast ceases with one's 59th birthday.
In the spirit of Lent, the faithful will not lightly excuse
themselves from these obligations.