Ash Wednesday - Beginning of Lent

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Wed, February 17
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Ash Wednesday - First Day of Lent 

Day of Fast and Abstinence

1. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of abstinence from meat and fasting. (Meat is considered red meat (beef, lamb), poultry (chicken, turkey) and pork. Fish is acceptable to eat.

2. The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat (canon 1250 – 1253). (See above on what is considered meat.)

3. The observance of abstinence from meat applies to all Catholics 14 years of age and older (canon 1252).

4. The observance of fasting applies to all Catholics 18 years of age and older, but not yet 59 (canon 1252). *A Catholic tradition of fasting is one main meal per day, along with two small meals which do not equal the main meal.


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