Today is Ash Wednesday. For a list of Mass times go to www.diocesealex.org
LENTEN REGULATIONS. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. This means that we do not eat meat and we have only one full meal.
The other Fridays of the season of Lent are days of abstinence from meat. The obligation to abstain from meat binds Catholics 14 years of age and older.
The obligation to fast, limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of the day, binds Catholics from the age of 18 to 59.
Those who are younger or older may freely embrace these disciplines. But Lenten disciplines should never endanger your health.
It is obvious that abstaining from meat is meaningless for vegetarians, who must choose some other form of abstinence.
It is equally obvious that replacing meat with a gourmet seafood meal is not in keeping with the spirit of Lent.