Our Lenten Sacrifice
*Days of Abstinence – Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday for 14 years old & up, no meat.
*Days of Fast & Abstinence- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday for 18-59 years old, a limit of one full meatless meal, no meat from 14 onwards.
*Weekdays of Lent – No obligation to fast; however, voluntary acts of self-denial are recommended.
*Self Denial – Is encouraged on a voluntary basis. Acts may include daily Mass, spiritual study, Lenten Devotions, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross and deeds of mercy and kindness.
*Abstinence – No meat
*Fast and Abstinence – permitted to eat 1 full meatless meal (18 through 59), no meat over 14 years old
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent. It is also when we begin to do penance for Lent. Penance is an act of religious devotion performed to show sorrow for having committed a sin. We do this to improve our relationship with God and others. The Church suggests remember three practices for Lent:
Pray - pray more
Fast- going without food or eating less. It can also mean giving up a certain food or treat.
Almsgiving- means doing good for others. That can be giving gifts of money or help to others.