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NEW Bulletin Insert! (Life, Marriage & Religious Liberty: Pray, Fast, Act)
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The U.S. Bishops are encouraging Catholics throughout the country to offer their Friday acts of sacrifice and penance, and particularly to abstain from meat and fast on Fridays, for the intention of the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.
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I pledge to join the bishops' call to prayer by fasting and abstaining from meat on Fridays for the intention of the protection of Life, Marriage, and Religious Liberty.
*A note on fasting and abstinence: As penitential practices, fasting and
abstinence unites us to the redemptive suffering and death of the Lord.
Latin Church Catholics in the United States are especially encouraged
to abstain from meat on all Fridays throughout the year, in remembrance
of the day Christ died for our salvation, and to observe fasting during
the weekdays of Lent. Both fasting and abstinence are, however,
obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Abstinence from meat is
further required on the Fridays during Lent, unless a solemnity falls on
a Friday. The norm consists of abstaining from meat; it does not
exclude eggs, milk products, or sauces made with animal fats. There are
many forms of fasting. The norm consists of eating only one full meal
each day; two smaller meals may also be taken, as needed, but not to
equal a full meal. Some Catholics may elect to observe a literal all-day
fast, or give up particular foods or drinks in addition to their
abstinence from meat. Please consult a priest if you have further
questions. See Fasting & Abstinence page.
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