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Lenten regulations
February 20th, 2017

Ash Wednesday is March 1, and Easter is April 16. Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday. Everyone 18 years of age and older but under the age of 60 is also bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these two days, the law of fast allows only one full meal a day, but does not prohibit taking some food during the day, so long as this does not constitute another full meal. Drinking liquids during the day is permitted. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. In doubt concerning fast or abstinence, a priest assigned to pastor ministry or confessor should be consulted. In the spirit of penance, the faithful should not lightly excuse themselves from this obligation.


From February 23, 2017 issue of Catholic San Francisco.






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