LentAbstinence from meat and fasting are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

On all other Fridays of the year the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any of the following:

Prayer – for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to the church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary.

Self-denial – for example, not eating meat; not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend timewith the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor.

Helping others – for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened.

All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed

their fourteenth year are bound to abstain.