Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence. Fasting is obligatory for all from ages 18 to the completion of their 59th birthday. Fasting allows a person to eat one full meal. Two smaller meals may be taken, not to equal one full meal. Abstinence (from meat) is obligatory for all persons 14 years and older. Every Friday in Lent is an obligatory day of abstinence.
Other forms of “fasting,” especially regarding alcoholic drink, needless television, video games, internet use and social entertainment – are of true spiritual value and are strongly encouraged.
In order to deepen one’s love for Christ, Catholics are urged to spend time in spiritual reading (especially Sacred Scripture), to study the catechism, to participate in devotions offered by the parish, and to pray more fervently. The faithful are exhorted to pray the rosary, to make private visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and to pray especially for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross devotions are scheduled for all Fridays during Lent after the 12:15 and 6:30 pm Masses.