The Church prescribes fasting and abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. On these days, only one full meal is allowed, in addition to which two smaller collations are permitted according to need, which, if combined, would not be equal to a full meal. Catholics aged 14–59 are bound to abstinence from meat; those 18–59 must also fast. Those who are ill are freed from these obligations. Everyone, even those above the age of 59, is encouraged to fast and to abstain. Parents and educators are reminded of their duty to introduce children gradually to the understanding and practice of penance.
We must each make a good Confession in preparation for our Easter Communion. This is an obligation. Therefore, make good use of the Confession times at Holy Family. Confession is available before all Masses on weekdays as well as before and during Mass on Sundays.