Piety, Fasting, Alms Giving
Lent this year begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1st.
The traditional Lenten practices of piety, fasting, alms giving and other forms of self-denial are still most warmly recommended by the Church.
Prayer – Catholics are encouraged to pray more during Lent, especially with Scripture. Lent is also an ideal time to receive properly the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Fasting & Abstinence -Catholics of age 14 and older abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all the Fridays of Lent. In addition, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, Catholics from age 18-59 fast, limiting themselves to one full meal and two smaller meals each day.
Almsgiving – Moved by the sacrifice of Christ, many Christians combine almsgiving with fasting, giving to the poor the money they saved by eating, drinking or buying less as they rely more upon God’s abundant grace.