Fast and Abstinence

Fasting is restricting eating to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of a single day, and prohibits eating between meals. Adults who have not yet reached their sixtieth year are bound by the Canon Law to fast. Pregnant women and people who are sick are not obligated to fast.

Abstinence is refraining from eating meat. People who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the Canon Law to abstain. Anyone who feels that they cannot fulfill the law of abstinence or the law of fasting should consult a parish priest or confessor.

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