Lent is a season of penance, and fasting and abstinence are essential means by which we celebrate the Lenten season. The laws of the Catholic Church (canons 1251-1252 of the Code of Canon Law) on fasting and abstinence are as follows:
Abstinence: All Catholics 14 years and older are obliged to abstain from eating flesh meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent.
Fasting: Catholics aged 18 to 59 inclusive are obliged to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days of fasting, one full meal is permitted as well as two smaller meals that, if combined, would be less than a full meal.
Fridays in Lent
On the Fridays in Lent, in addition to the 8:00 am Mass, Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 pm, as well. The Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 6:00 pm.
Extra Confession Times in Lent
In addition to the usual scheduled times for confessions on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm and Saturdays from 2:00-3:30pm, confessions will also be heard on Friday, March 23 from 6:30- 7:30pm and on Friday, March 30 (Good Friday) from 12:30-2:00pm. Confessions will be heard on March 31 (Holy Saturday) at the usual times of 2:00-3:30pm.