ARCHDIOCESE OF NEWARK
2020 LENTEN REGULATIONS
1. The days of both Fast and Abstinence during Lent are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil, (on Holy Saturday
night) as the “paschal fast” to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to
prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily His Resurrection. The
other Fridays of Lent are days of Abstinence.
On a day of Fast, only one (1) full meal is permitted, and two (2) smaller meals, which if
added together, would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Those between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast.
2. The obligation to observe the laws of Fast and Abstinence “substantially”, or as a whole,
is a serious obligation.
3. The Fridays of the year, outside of Lent, are designated as days of penance, but each
individual may substitute for the traditional abstinence from meat some other practice of
voluntary self- denial as penance.
4. The time for fulfilling the Paschal Precept (Easter Duty*) extends from the First Sunday
of Lent, March 1, 2020 to The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, June 7, 2020.
*Canon 920 All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year.