LENT BEGINS: On ASH WEDNESDAY – February 26th pop ABSTINENCE: All Catholics who have reached their 14th birthday are bound to abstain totally from meat on the following days: Ash Wednesday, ALL Fridays of Lent and Good Friday.
FASTING: All Catholics between their 18th and 59th birthdays are also bound to observe the Law of Fast on the following days: Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. This practice involves limiting oneself to a single full meal and avoiding food between meals. Light sustenance may be taken on two other occasions during the course of the day.
EASTER DUTY: After they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, ALL the faithful are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless for good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year. This obligation may be fulfilled between March 1st (First Sunday in Lent) and June 7th (The Most Holy Trinity Sunday).