Lent is Starting
- I went and got myself a couple grocery bags full of fish yesterday.
Does anyone have favorite or traditional Lenten foods?
Rules vary from Diocese to Diocese but here are Eastern and Western Rules.
EASTERN CATHOLIC FASTING REGULATIONS (Eparchy of Parma)
The law of abstinence forbids the use of meat or meat by-products,
permitting the use of eggs and dairy products.
Abstinence is to be observed on all Wednesdays and Fridays during the
Holy Season of the Great Fast and on Holy Saturday.
The law of strict abstinence (fast) forbids the use of meat, eggs and
dairy products or any of their by-products.
All of the adult faithful of the Eparchy who receive Holy Communion
are obliged to observe Strict Abstinence. Those with valid medical
reasons; pregnant or nursing mothers are not bound to fast.
Strict Fast and Abstinence is to be observed on the First Day of the
Great Fast, Monday, February 4th and on Great and Holy Friday, March 21st.
Pastors and administrators may, for a just cause, grant to the
individual faithful and to individual families, dispensations or
commutations of Abstinence and Strict Abstinence into other pious
ROMAN CATHOLIC FASTING REGULATIONS (Diocese of Sacramento)
I. FAST AND ABSTINENCE (self-denial). To foster a spirit of penance
and of reparation for sin, to encourage self-denial, and to guide us
in the footsteps of Jesus, Church law requires the observance of
fast and abstinence (CIC, 1249-1253).
1. Abstinence: All persons who have already celebrated their 14th
birthday, are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all
Fridays of Lent, except Friday March 14, the solemnity of St. Patrick,
Co-patron of the Diocese.
2. Fasting: Everyone, from the celebration of their 18th birthday to
their 59th birthday, is bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good
Friday. Voluntary fasting on other weekdays of Lent, especially on
Wednesdays and Fridays, is highly recommended. Fasting is generally
understood to mean eating one full meal each day. Two other partial
meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken; but together
they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not
permitted, but liquids are allowed.
Other forms of fasting, especially regarding alcoholic drink, needless
television, video games, internet use, and social entertainment, is of
true spiritual value and is strongly encouraged. When health or
ability to work would be seriously affected, neither the law of
fasting nor the law of abstinence obliges.
If in doubt, one's parish priest or confessor may be consulted.
Airport workers, travelers, and others while on board ships or
airplanes are dispensed from the laws of fast and abstinence for the
duration of their journey (except on Good Friday). It is desirable
that they perform some other pious act instead.