Our Lenten Obligation

The Catholic Church is very clear as to our obligations during the season of lent, as well as what has been dubbed our "Easter Duty." Every year, as we prepare for the Resurrection of our Savior, we should be conscientious to not just prepare for the holiday in the secular sense of family visits, etc., but most important our hearts, minds, and souls for the HOLYday it is! One important way we do that, as Catholics, is by following these lenten rules.

  • Who must fast? All Catholics who are between the ages of 18 and 59. The obligation ceases on his/her 60th year, or 59th birthday.
  • Who must abstain? All Catholics who are 14 years of age or older.
  • What does fasting mean? The observance of fasting means that we may have only one full meal during the day. Two lighter meals, which should not equal a full meal, may be taken to maintain strength according to one's needs.
  • What does abstinence mean? The law of abstinence forbids the eating of meat, including poultry. The law allows eggs, dairry products, and condiments.
  • NOTE: You can be dispensed from fasting/abstaining by a priest due to extreme illness, etc. HOWEVER, we should not take the fasting & abstaining of meat lightly.
  • Easter Duty: Catholics are requoired to receive HOly Communion during the Easter season, which can be fulfilled from the 1st Sunday of Lent until Trinity SUnday. Also, those conscious of serious sin are reminded of the obligation to confess their sins once a year.

All of these can be found in the Canon Law of the Church. If you have questions, feel free to stop Msgr Finelli or one of our Deacons to ask them or express your concerns.



“By the solemn forty days of Lent the Church unites herself each year to the mystery of Jesus in the desert.”

(Catechism of the Catholic Church #540)