Fast & Abstinence

Lenten Regulations and Recommendations:

In accordance with the provisions of Canon law (cf. Canons 1249-1253) as implemented by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops for the United States, the following regulations are to be observed by the Catholics in the Diocese of Orange in the penitential practices:

  1. It is to be noted for all that the faithful are bound to do penance and, as a specification of this obligation by the Church, some form of abstinence by those 14 years of age and older is to be observed on all Fridays throughout the year.
  2. Everyone 14 years of age and older is bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays of Lent. If for some serious reason a person must eat meat on a Friday in Lent, some other form of self-sacrifice should be performed.
  3. Everyone who is at least 18 years of age and not yet 60 is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
    1. On these two days of fast only one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength may be taken, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals on these days is not permitted, but liquids are allowed.
    2. Where health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.