Ash Wednesday and Good Friday: Days of Fast and Abstinence.
Fridays of Lent: Day of Abstinence, except on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on Friday, March 19.
The pandemic has imposed sacrifices. However, the Lenten disciplines are offered in memory of the Lord Jesus' passion & death. Penance expresses sorrow for our sins.
FASTING: Catholics age18 to 59 are obliged to fast. Only one regular meal is taken. Two smaller meals may be taken to maintain strength. No eating between meals.
ABSTINENCE: Catholics age 14 & older are obliged to abstain from eating meat except for seafood. Eggs, milk products, or condiments of any kind (even if animal fat is an ingredient) are allowed.
EXCEPTIONS: Catholics are obliged to fast unless it would endanger their health. For example, persons with diabetes, women who are pregnant, employees enngaged in physical labor must take enough food throughout the day. Those who have eating disorders must eat. Be prudent without concern about violating the obligation.
PURPOSE: These disciplines are in memory of the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ for our salvation, Intentionally failing to observe these obligations in a substantial way is a serious sin.