Good Friday is a days of both fasting and abstinence. In the United States, all Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence . Abstinence means eating no meat (milk, eggs, and fish are fine). Fasting means eating only one normal sized meal adn two small meals with no snacks. Those 14 or older are required to abstain from meat, those 18-59 are required to fast, except in cases of special medical conditions that prevent fasting.
Those of us who are 14 years of age and older are obliged by Church Law to practice the penance of abstaining from eating meat on the Fridays of Lent. However, as St. Patrick's Day this year falls on a Friday of Lent, and as celebrations often include serving meat, Catholics in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat on that day. Those people who take advantage of this dispensation are encouraged to perform some other good work, for example, participating in Holy Mass that day, or abstaining from watching television, or donating to charity the same amount of money spent on food and beverage at the St. Patrick's Day celebration.
Join us for the Stations of the Cross each Friday of Lent at 6:00 PM.
There will be NO Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 14.