Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, almsgiving and service to the poor. In addition, the following rules of fast and abstinence apply in our diocese:
1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of strict fast and abstinence; only one full meal can be taken and no meat may be eaten.

2. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence; no meat may be eaten.

3. The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older. The obligation to fast (only one full meal and two smaller meals in the course of a day) binds Catholics from ages 18-59.

4. Fridays of the year outside of Lent are days of penance.

NOTE: Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from the above-prescribed penitential practices.