ASH WEDNESDAY and GOOD FRIDAY are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence from eating meat (Catholics aged 18–59). Only one regular meal is taken. Two smaller meals may be taken if needed to maintain strength. No eating between meals.


Catholics are obliged to fast unless it would endanger their health. For example, diabetics must be prudent in taking enough food throughout the day. Women who are pregnant and employees engaging in heavy physical labor must be prudent in eating what they need without being concerned about violating the obligation.   


EVERY FRIDAY OF LENT is an obligatory day of abstinence from eating meat (Catholics aged 14 & older). We abstain from eating any meat except seafood. Eggs, milk products, or condiments of any kind (even if animal fat is an ingredient) are allowed. 

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.