During the season of Lent, the Church urges the faithful to reflect a spirit of penance in their daily lives through performing acts of faith and abstinence. ASH WEDNESDAY AND GOOD FRIDAY ARE DAYS OF FAST AND  ABSTINENCE.

 
FRIDAYS ARE DAYS OF ABSTINENCE. 
 
FASTING requires that only one full meal be taken per day.  Two other smaller meals may be taken during the day to maintain physical strength, but these two meals together should not equal a full meal in quantity. Fasting obliges all  those who have reached the age of 18 and continues to oblige through age 59. Those who are not specifically obliged  to fast are encouraged to join in the discipline of fasting to the extent that they are able.
 
ABSTINENCE prohibits individuals from eating meat on a particular day. Abstinence obliges all those who have reached the age of 14 and continues to oblige throughout their lives. 
 
Those who are not specifically obliged to abstain from eating meat are encouraged to join in the discipline of  abstaining to the extent that they are able.